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

11 October, 2017

To 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 One: Rat Trap

Modern CafeteriaGuest Starring: BB and Double Up.

Pink and Glitter are in the cafeteria when a scream rings out from the school kitchen, they run it to see it overrun by debil rats (like devil rats but cuter).  The school wants to exterminate them but the Environment and Vegetarian Clubs want to save them.  Pink and Glitter volunteer to try and humanly capture them.  Cue increasingly Rube Goldberg-esque traps to capture the rats who become increasingly militant and the school janitor (Mr Carl, a off-kilter veteran ala Bill Murray’s character in Caddyshack) who gets involved wanting to exterminate the rats.   It ends with all the debil rats loaded up in a contained that is then dumped on an abandoned desert island.  Pink and Glitter end the episode in the school’s pool where they watch a debil rats in water wings swim by.

What really happened:

WarehouseHired again by Seiji Akae, one of our first employers, at the Road Rash Grill (Rated 4.5 out of 5 Happy Cats!*).  We are asked to switch out a chip on 7o0(!) circuitry cards that are stored in a Livermore warehouse before being sent to their final destination.  So, we have to get in and then have enough time (and peace and quiet) to switch out the chips.  The target warehouse is one of four warehouses protected by a razorwire topped chain link fence, basic sensors and onsite guards.

But PinkCat has a plan, release devil rats into the compound and then pose as exterminators to go in and clean them out.  This meets with the approval of the team.  PinkCat sets up a website and starts filing paper work for ACME Pest Control “Minimizing Collateral Damage” Specializing in devil rat mitigation.  She posts blurry pictures on local media groups for the area, “Is that a devil rat?” and generally tries to promote the idea that there are devil rats about.  BB sets up the Tacosaurius Rex Taco Truck in a nearby (otherwise foodless) strip mall and makes some mention of devil rats.  Double Tap picks up a shotgun and anti-devil rat ammunition and everyone gets anti-devil rat boots and jumpsuits.  Sparky uses a devil rat drone to dig under a poorly lit section of the fence.

Once everything is in place, ACME-wise, which has been fielding calls and having to put people off “due to the high volume of requests”.  We capture three devil rats from the local sewer (ick), RFID chip them (with a 24 hour delay before they start broadcasting), two are packaged up and sent into the warehouse as normal freight, where they are then released, the third is ferried by a small wheeled drone to the gap in the fence and shoved through to run onto the warehouse grounds, that proves to be the most difficult as it does no want to go but eventually it is wrangled across.

Then we wait and the call is not long in coming.  Double Tap and PinkCat get to go to the corporate office give a presentation and fill out paperwork, then they pick up Sparky and head off to the warehouses.  BB has the taco truck “break down” a block or two from the warehouse entrance and waits for help while keeping an eye on the outside.

The on-site security is not pleased to have to deal with outsiders, but we smooth things over with them as best we can mostly by being very solicitous.  Problems, such as the items being on a top shelf and requiring one of the warehouse staff to get them down (union rules) so we could check the upper level for “rat penetration of cinder block construction”, dealing with agents from one of the other companies who were storing things in the warehouses and were worried about damages, and (of course) actually hunting down and killing the devil rats and making the switch of the chips.

In the end, everything worked out.  We were paid, ACME is recruiting staff and PinkCat has a pile of removed chips to play with.

Notes: I was very happy to be able to use devil rats for good (or at least profit) in this adventure.  This is one of those runs that works perfectly due to a combination of good planning and a little bit of luck.  Very satisfying.  J, the GM, said that the adventures has links to the latest Seattle Scream as Gillig, the bus maker, is based in Livermore implying that these circuitry cards were heading there.

*One of PinkCat’s webchannels is Cool Foods for Cool Cats which offers both teenager friendly do it yourself recipes and reviews of food places, also used to add legitimacy to BB’s cover restaurants and Tacosaurious Rex. While both of these segments are filmed from Pink’s POV, she is never seen in them and her voice is always overdubbed (with a computer simulation of Mayim Bialik as Blossom, same voice used for Pink in the cartoon, which means that Clawz sounds like a young Joey Lawrence).

Previous Episode 30 Bad Science.  Next Episode: ?

Cafeteria photo by Stephen Rahn and is in the Public Domain.  “Warehouse LED Lights” by Ravenshoe Group is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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