[This session happened February 13th, 2017. I forget why we skipped a week The Other GM was running.]
[This is the second half of the actual run – getting to our safe house and the pay off. This part (thankfully) went somewhat according to plan.]
Void – female night elf physical adept B&E specialist, a shadow that blends in easily
Moondance – male street samurai with an Ares fetish and a sniper specialization
Sin – male human rigger, knows exactly the wrong thing to say and says it
Prometheus – male human street samurai, handy with any firearm
Wasabi – young male human mage with more than a touch of ADHD
Ezekiel Tee – male human mage of the Zoroastrian tradition
Killroy – male human street samurai, specializes in hand-to-hand combat (and apparently machineguns)
The Fin – female human con artist and gambler from India, by way of Russia, posh and elegant
Bookie – male elf alcoholic hacker, favors whiskey with a whiskey chaser
Monday, June 2, 2076
Approximately 3:30 AM
Sin was jumped in to the getaway, driving the infiltration team, when both Void and Moondance called out a warning: Sniper! [They both have the Combat Sense and Danger Sense Adept powers.] Sin immediately threw the vehicle into evasive maneuvers [much to the annoyance of the handful of other drivers and GridGuide’s traffic algorithms on the I-5]. Sin was able to dodge the sniper’s shots until Moondance unlimbered a gun and shot the sniper with a double snapshot. The sniper withdrew, bleeding heavily.
Exiting the freeway, they found a roadblock across the off-ramp in the form of a two armored vehicles. Flanking the vehicles, with guns out, were four Aztechnology goons. One of the goons was pulling up a loudspeaker to order the team to stop when Sin floored it! Just before he reached the roadblock, instead of ramming it, he swerved to the side and up the concrete barrier to the side of the exit. This forced the car up and over, into a barrel roll over the blockading vehicles, landing just past them and on top of two of the goons, pasting them on the concrete. [Sin’s player declared he was trying a driving stunt and poured his eight Edge into it. Many of the dice exploded and the GM let him describe the results. Drop a comment if you think this is impossible – I have stories to tell about car wrecks in Houston.]
Elsewhere, Prometheus and Ezekiel Tee were leaving the area in their own vehicle and got pulled over by a random Knight errant cruiser. The Knight Errant officer was either angling for a bribe or attempting to avoid responding to the call in Puyallup. Prometheus decided he was not getting paid to kill a patrol officer nor get hassled and arrested by one. He convinced the officer to let him call his lawyer and then called The Fin. Prometheus explained he wanted his lawyer to explain to the Knight Errant officer why the traffic stop was just going to cause the officer nothing but trouble. He then handed the commlink over to the officer and The Fin spent the next five minutes burning the officer’s ears off with exactly the right legalese. [Prometheus cannot talk his way out of a wet paper bag, but he knows to call The Fin.] By the time she was done, the officer was apologizing for interrupting her evening and sent Prometheus and Ezekiel Tee on their way. He then hurried to answer the Aztechnology call as it now seemed safer than dealing with lawyers.
Both teams arrived at the safe house and got inside. Sin drove the cars away and ditched them in gang territory with the doors unlocked. The warded mage bag holding the target was carefully edged into the ritual ward and the rest of the team stepped inside and rested.
Wasabi, Baelthor, and Ezekiel Tee took turns standing watch Astrally. With two rating seven wards hiding the target, it would take a mighty big spirit to find her. Even if Aztechnology had a material link to track her with, it would take them hours to summon a large enough spirit. If Aztechnology had another way to magically locate her, the mages would notice and either raise the alarm or stop the effort. Possibly both.
After a tense day had passed, it was time to head to the drop off point. The target was still alive and asleep in the mage bag and no spirits large enough to breech the wards had shown. Sin brought in his GMC Bulldog and the team decamped from the safe house, taking care to ease the warded mage bag back out of the ritual ward.
The team was at the drop-off point. Prometheus set himself up on the roof of a nearby building to provide over watch. Killroy and Moondance were in the GMC Bulldog with the target and most of their armory. Sin had Susan and Sheila [his two Steel Lynx combat drones, and yes, that is a Red vs. Blue reference] active and ready in their travel bays inside the Bulldog.
Another sniper climbed up onto the building to set up and paused when he saw Prometheus already in position. Prometheus recognized the sniper as Magnus Fox, another shadowrunner he had worked with in the past. Magnus recognized Prometheus and asked if he was here for a hit or a protection job. “Protection,” Prometheus responded and Magnus relaxed. “Me too,” he said and then started assembling his Ranger Arms SM–5 sniper rifle and setting up his gear to cover the exchange point. [Professional courtesy is a valuable asset.]
A Saeder-Krupp-Bentley Concordat rolled up to the exchange point and several bodyguards got out. Moondance and Killroy exited the Bulldog with the mage bag. Once the bodyguards felt certain the area was safe, Mr. Johnson got out of the Concordat. He and the bodyguards started approaching Moondance and Killroy, who started walking forward as well. After a brief exchange of words between Mr. Johnson and Moondance, Killroy handed off the mage bag to one of the bodyguards. Mr. Johnson then handed across a gold and a platinum credstick and left with the mage bag.
End of Session
[There was a little more after that as the pay was split into shares and divided up among the team. Prometheus suggested the mages get double shares as without the wards the job would have been a nightmare. The rest of the team agreed. It was also suggested that Prometheus covering the team’s escape and taking out the HRT vehicle and the spike strip was also vital and should get him a second share. The rest of the team agreed and I wasn’t going to argue. We also put one share to the Pleiades Group Fund, which covers the living expenses for the office and other incidentals so no one takes a pay hit. It is also designed to pay for a rescue operation if the team ever gets in too deep and needs rescue.]
[The ending turned out to be almost anti-climactic, but I can live with that if my character walks away with a payday and not the enmity of a major megacorporation.]
Sessions 2 and 3