Thursday, March 29, 2018

Session Report – Code Name: Parrot T-Rex – Session 1

[This session happened April 24th, 2017, and features a new GM, The Fin’s player.  She had an idea for a run and neither I nor the Other GM had a strong desire to run next, so voila! New GM.]

[It took us a session or two to name this run, so if the name does not make sense to you, wait a couple of sessions and hopefully you’ll see why we named it this.  Incidentally, the names listed for the runs are not always the name the GM running it titled it (except mine, because tyranny of the keyboard and such), but the name the players came up with to refer to the run.  So the name of this run is NOT what New GM called it but what I called it while taking notes during the game.  Blame me if you don’t like the name – I’m not going to change it, but at least you will be complaining to the correct person.]

Void – female night elf physical adept B&E specialist, a shadow that blends in easily
Sin – male human rigger, knows exactly the wrong thing to say and says it
Killroy – male human street samurai, specializes in hand-to-hand combat (and apparently machineguns)
Prometheus – male human street samurai, handy with any firearm

Bookie – male elf alcoholic hacker, favors whiskey with a whiskey chaser
The Fin – female human con artist and gambler from India, by way of Russia, posh and elegant

Wednesday, June 17, 2076
Void was contacted by Mr. Wo, her sponsor to The Ascended Lodge.  Word had come to him of a job The Ascended Lodge would like to see accomplished.  The Masters had discussed the issue and decided that Void and her…associates would represent the Lodge in this matter.  Void accepted this assignment and was told to meet Ms. Johnson on the 20th.  [The time and location data is shamefully missing from my notes, but particulars were actually given.]

Void contacted The Fin and told The Fin that there was a job offer for the Pleiades Group, with a meeting scheduled on the 20th.  Void also explained that she personally would like this job to happen, would The Fin handle negotiations?  The Fin agreed and received the meeting particulars.  She also sent out an alert to the Pleiades membership that a job was on tap and for members to report their availability starting the 20th.

Saturday, June 20, 2076
The Fin, with Void and Killroy physically and the rest of the Pleiades Group watching via Fly-Spy, met Ms. Johnson.  Ms. Johnson is a short human woman with tall pretty-boy bodyguards, whom she mostly ignores.  There is minimal small talk and Ms. Johnson outlines the job basics:

  • The first job is an extraction job in Tir Tairngire, requiring the extraction of a doctor and her 8 “family members” [pets] from a research facility, plus the acquisition of all the project data files and taking biosamples from the research animals.  The team is to destroy the lab on the way out.  Bonus objectives include extracting the lab assistant and grabbing a specific unique creature.  Support for the job included transportation into Tir Tairngire, along with false passports and visas.  Delivery was to the local airport and pay was 300,000¥ plus 50,000¥ for each bonus objective.  The team could take up to two weeks to perform the job from a certain date.
  • The second job was optional, but was to escort and deliver the target to a facility on a different continent.  Air travel and additional equipment would supplied at the receiving airport for a land transport phase measured in hours.  Pay for this job was 250,000¥ and could take up to an additional week as long as it was successful.

If the Pleiades Group accepted the job or jobs, additional details would be provided as necessary.

The Fin started negotiating for better pay based on the first job actually being multiple jobs rolled up in one and if Ms. Johnson wanted all of them done, she was going to have to pay for all of them.  She was able [through a fairly amazing set of rolls done at the table in front of the players] to talk Ms. Johnson up to 500,000¥ for the base job and 70,000¥ for each bonus objective.  However, Ms. Johnson used the same tactic on the second job [that is was clearly a single job] and would not budge on the pay at all.  Sensing she had pushed Ms. Johnson as far as she could, The Fin accepted both jobs and asked for the details.

Job 1 would take place in Cara’Sir [Portland], starting June 29th, and involve extracting Dr. Sorcha O’Seahnasaigh from the research labs on New Dawn Technologies campus, a company that specializes in creating new breeds of para-animals.  Dr. O’Seahnasaigh is a human working for an elf-owned and run corporation.  Her research assistant, Dr. Loracan Valdi, is also Ms. Johnson’s inside man and point of contact, who indicated Dr. O’Seahnasaigh was willing to leave and what her conditions were.  Dr. O’Seahnasaigh’s “family members” were 8 dachshund hell hounds crossbreeds.  [Void was very unenthusiastic about this –she had a bad experience with hell hounds in Everybody Needs Somebody.]  On top of that, the biosamples were to be taken from 15 different experimental para-animals in two different labs in adjacent but connected buildings.  The team would need to grab all files related to the code name PURPLE CARROT and eliminate any system back-ups and destroy the lab equipment.

Bonus objective one was extracting Dr. Valdi along with Dr. O’Seahnasaigh.  He was ready to leave and acting as Dr. O’Seahnasaigh point of contact as she is under tighter scrutiny.  Plus, her family owned the corporation and they would notice if she was acting weird.  Bonus objective two is a paragoose named Siren.  It had to be rendered unconscious for transport or its voice weapon would damage/destroy the extraction plane during transport.

Delivery of all components would be to the Cara’Sir corporate airport about 3 miles north of the NDT campus.  A hyperjet would be waiting to receive everything.

Job 2 started with getting on the hyperjet and flying to the Czech Republic with the cargo.  The hyperjet would land at Prague International Airport and the team would have to escort everything to an address in Brno.

In Cara’Sir, there would be two other teams, backed by competing corporations attempting to extract Dr. O’Seahnasaigh as well.  Current intel suggested the competing extraction teams were aiming for an extraction on or after the 13th of July.  The competing corporations were Marsh Genetic Innovation and Telestrian.  Additionally, in the Czech Republic, additional opposition would be expected by Freeman Health Manufacturing (FHM) and Zenith Astrotech (ZAT) [those with strong memories might recall those two corporations have appeared already in this campaign].  Their operatives were likely to attempt an intercept between Prague and Brno.

The good news that Ms. Johnson would supply passports valid for the time of the job for whatever cover identities the team used to enter Tir Tairngire, passcards for the lab building on the NDT campus, basic maps of the campus, training on the proper method of taking the biosamples (including the sampling gear), and a vehicle with equipment resupply in Prague.

At the end of the meeting, The Fin and Ms. Johnson worked out communication details, shook hands, and left separately.  The rest of the team, back at the Pleiades Group office, immediately started brainstorming ideas for a plan to achieve the large amount of work they had just taken on.  This included working out a cover story for operating in Tir Tairngire that put the team’s two elves in charge (Bookie and Void, neither of whom knew Sperethiel, the national language of where we were going) and start a Needed Equipment list.

End of Session

[Every time the New GM gave us a new detail or part of the job, we frantically wrote it down, asking, “there’s more!?”  Once she stopped and we’d agreed to the jobs we were like, “Holy crap! How are we going to do all that?”  The answer turned out to be “take the next two sessions to plan the job.”  I might combine sessions 2 and 3 into a single write-up to speed that along.]

Sessions 2 and 3
Session 4
Sessions 5 and 6
Session 7
Session 8 (not yet written)
Session 9 (not yet written)
Session 10 (not yet written)
Session 11 (not yet written)
Session 12 (not yet written)
Session 13 (not yet written)
Session 14 (not yet written)

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