[This session happened January 25th. My notes are getting better now that we are actually doing things rather than talking out the plans. This session covers the Pleiades Group securing a Fairlight Excalibur for Bookie to use on the main run.]
Void – female human physical adept B&E specialist, a shadow that blends in easily
Murdoc – male elf kilt-wearing street mage, at home with the hobos
Prometheus – male human street samurai, handy with any firearm
The Fin – female human con artist and gambler from India, by way of Russia, posh and elegant
Sin – male human rigger, knows exactly the wrong thing to say and says it
Bookie – male elf alcoholic hacker, favors whiskey with a whiskey chaser
Killroy – male human street samurai, specializes in hand-to-hand combat (and apparently machineguns)
Friday, March 13, 2076
Looking over the security on the boutique electronics store containing the only Fairlight Excalibur in the Seattle Metroplex, the Pleiades Group realized it would take hours to slowly bypass the many security layers involved. Therefore, the Group decided to do a caper to get the Excalibur instead.
The Fin disguised herself as a sex-bomb lush to distract the small number of morning employees. Murdoc assumed his physical mask personality of Grandma Tang (an unguessably old Chinese woman), then cast invisibility on Void. Killroy positioned himself in the alley behind the store fronts, ready to get to the roof in a moment’s notice. Sin had a previously stolen rigged BMW 400GT parked nearby and ready for use as a get-away car. Prometheus was bodyguarding Sin’s body while he was jumped in. Bookie was keeping Killroy off the local surveillance cameras and providing technical expertise on electronics to The Fin via micro-transceiver.
The Fin went in first. Sashay-ing through the large revolving doors, the deep v-cut of her blouse immediately drew the attention of all three store employees. She asked to be shown the high-end video equipment she needed for her “hobbies”. She immediately received excellent customer service.
Shortly afterward, Murdoc as Grandma Tang entered the store. Void passed through the rotating door in tandem with “Grandma Tang”, the invisibility spell keeping the store employees from being aware of her presence. “Grandma Tang hobbled up to the service desk on the opposite side of the store, set down a computer deck, and then started to slam her cane on the service desk, demanding loudly in broken English, “Race start in 10 minutes. You fix!” Two of the store employees immediately brought an index finger to side of their nose, the third, being a little slow on the uptake, realized he had self-selected to assist the angry Chinese woman. He put on his best customer service face and went over to help “Grandma Tang”.
While the attention of the store staff was split, Void started defeating the locks on the Fairlight Excalibur display. Twelve seconds later, she signaled to Killroy the locks were unlocked and he was up. She then stepped back to a nearby wall and, most importantly, out from under the skylight.
Killroy quickly scaled the back of the building to get to the roof. He was wearing the physical mask earring and looked like “Green Mohawk Dude” [see Session 8 of The Third Run]. Just as he was doing this, an actual customer entered the store, a human male wearing khaki slacks and a polo shirt with a chain store logo on it. This person was nearly under the skylight when Killroy shattered it with a blast from his automatic shotgun, shocking everyone inside the store (except the Pleiades Group members) into immobility.
Killroy jumped in through the now shattered skylight, landing adjacent to the Fairlight display. “Bwa-hahaha! At last – it is MINE!” He pulled out an electronic clicker and pressed one of the buttons, making it beep. He then attempted to lift the display case off the Fairlight Excalibur, intentionally failing. “Oops, wrong button.” He pressed the other button on the clicker, which made a be-beep noise. Killroy then lifted the display case off and tossed it aside. He reached into the display and took the Excalibur off its display, triggering all of the interior alarms, which, among other things, locked down the rotating door.
Pocketing the Excalibur into a satchel, Killroy turned to the innocent bystander and declared, “Don’t let The Man keep you down!” Killroy then shot out an exterior window with his shotgun and exited, climbing into the perfectly timed stolen BMW 400GT that was just arriving. Sin then drove Killroy and the car away.
Back in the store, the employees were blinking rapidly, just starting to come out of shock at the impossible thing that had just happened. Void carefully exited through the missing window pane, careful to not make any noise while walking on the shattered safety glass. The Fin pulled her clothes together and, stating her husband could not know she’d been here, left the store next, shortly followed by the bystander, who was seriously taking Killroy’s words to heart.
“Grandma Tang” resumed demanding her computer be fixed. The store employee attempting to assist her explained that he couldn’t right now as he needed to talk with the police when they arrived. “Grandma Tang” seemed to accept this, picked up her computer, and hobbled out of the store. She asked for assistance stepping over the minimal ledge of the window frame and the employee assisted her leaving the store.
Shortly after “Grandma Tang” left the area, the local Knight Errant HRT arrived to secure the area.
End of Session
[Sometimes shock and awe is just the way to go.]
[Use of the clicker as misdirection was a last minute add to the plan and provided the crazy element that the employees’ memories would focus on rather than what anyone looked like. Bookie (as NPC) was able to scramble the video recordings, so eye-witness reports would be all Knight Errant had to go on. The Fin’s lush disguise would keep the employees from remembering anything above her neck and the “angry Chinese grandmother” clearly had no clue about computers, removing her from the suspect list in the eyes of the store employees and probably Knight Errant as well.]
[Next session is the side job for the Construction Gig side job. Spoiler: it did not go as smoothly as this one did.]