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PinkCat: Running in the Shade “Bad Science” (A different sort of SR campaign report)

6 August, 2017

Let's go up to the labTo understand what is going on here, you had best read the first PinkCat: Running in the Shade post, but short summary, this is a campaign report for our Shadowrun campaign set in NorCal through the filter of a cartoon made by one of the team members.

Episode Thirty: Bad Science

Guest Starring: Clawz, Double Up, and Toru.

Pink get word that one of the local labs in doing cruel animal experimentation and sets about mobilizing the school’s clubs to protest against such, easy for the environment club less so for the programming group.  The student groups include a variety of fan and supporter created characters, PinkCat has her own channel for Running the Shade and other projects and this is a good chance to thank them for their fandom.  The organized protest include pickets, virtual and actual, media and blogging offensives, really a light introduction to activism.  The lab tries to fight back with experts, their own media offensive and bribery.  But exposing the bribes finally turns the tables on the lab and they knuckle under and agree to treat their animals humanely.  The protestors retire, but keep the pressure up via blogs and the media.  Trust by verify.

What really happened:

Meeting a new employer at Flavored Burger, we are hired to subvert some research at the Lauma Pharmaceutical Group, including doctoring samples and replacing a vital piece of equipment with a non-functioning version.  It was a free standing building in a distant office park with onsite protection by Vrykolas Security (a Russian firm).  Double Tap got a tour of another building in the park by acting as a rep for Shahab Advanced Ballistic Systems, which PinkCat mocked up a site for, and got a good rundown on the physical structure.  The team ran some drones, disguised first as food delivery drones on high overflights and then one disguised as a pigeon to actually land on the roof, to access the security.  Luckily, it was fairly light, counting on a chain link fence with sensors and cameras.  We build a system to spoof the fences sensors and send everyone but PinkCat in in stealth suits at night, in the rain.  Using grapple guns to get to the roof, they opened the door and hacked into the camera linked PinkCat into the system, giving her access to the security feeds.  Everything goes well, until the team enters into the computer hub, not monitored by the main security net, and runs into a tech.  Toru terrorizes him and then knocks him unconscious and tags the place with GreenWar graffiti.  PinkCat layers in a GreenWar themed virus after carefully changing the files needed.  The existing samples are contaminated, the machine is switched and the team gets out without getting noticed by security.  Another success and we got paid.

Notes: PinkCat is working hard to build up her online brand and presence, as well as a stockpile of existing business websites and frameworks to make spoofing such things easier and possibly spinning them off into actual brands.

Previous Episode 29 Things go Wrong.  Next Episode: ?

Photo “Life sciences lab” by University of Michigan School of Natural Resources & Environment is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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