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
Void – female human physical adept B&E specialist, a shadow that blends in easily
Killroy – male human street samurai, specializes in hand-to-hand combat (and apparently machineguns)
Bookie – male elf alcoholic hacker, favors whiskey with a whiskey chaser
Murdoc – male elf kilt-wearing street mage, at home with the hobos
Prometheus – male human street samurai, handy with any firearm
Tuesday, February 25, 2076
Watching the Federated-Boeing building through his Fly-Spy drones, Sin watched two HRT teams exit the building and start actively sweeping the area for drones, 10-15 minutes after Murdoc’s astral investigations. He watched as they search for, located, and eliminated several other drones, but they never came close to his own, well-hidden drones.
Back at the Pleiades Group office, the team decided that Prometheus would infiltrate the building the next day using the valid housekeeping ID Bookie had purchased. It was an infiltration method he had used before and he would raise the least amount of suspicion. Due to the building jammers, Prometheus would have to store the data on his person for later review by the others. There was some danger to this if Prometheus was caught, but the odds of him being caught were small.
Near midnight, Sin watched the targets leave the building, each in their own chauffeured limousine. The cars arrived at the interior exit inside the parking garage shortly before each target left for the night. Combined with when the lights went off in the offices, this was reasonable confirmation that the targets worked in the identified offices. After the last one left, Sin went home.
Wednesday, February 26, 2076
Prometheus paid the cleaning team 100¥ each to let him tag along for the day, no questions asked. Prometheus pulled his weight cleaning and made no trouble, so the cleaning crew never turned him in. [Cleaning staff are notoriously underpaid, so the opportunity of making an extra day’s pay at no danger to them was an easy question to answer.]
After finishing his shift at 4:00 PM, Prometheus took public transportation home (where he changed clothes) and then hired a taxi to get to the Pleiades Group office. Back at the office he turned over his recordings and started answering questions as to what he saw while in the building. [I had one of the other players roll Prometheus’ Edge as a luck roll for reasons I can’t explain until after the run is over, but I will then. He rolled OK, so nothing bad happened.]
After that, the plan was put together [I’m compressing a lot of discussion here]. The best option appeared to be an air insertion onto the roof for the wetwork team, while Bookie would use the valid badge to walk in on the ground floor for a data grab, looking for juicy paydata. Bookie felt he’d have a better chance to sleaze around inside the host by accessing it directly.
Sin contacted Kaylee, asking for rigged air transport for 4 passengers and stealth parachutes for the same [Killroy, Void, Murdoc, and Prometheus, while Sin would pilot remotely]. She asked if he needed to buy it or just borrow-and-return it and Sin confirmed he just wanted to borrow it. Kaylee called back later, confirming she had located an Ares Venture VTOL that Sin could access at 5:00 PM on the 27th, but he couldn’t launch until after sunset and had to be back before sunrise. Sin agreed to those terms and they worked out the details on picking up the vectored-thrust aircraft. Sin noticed that Kaylee never stated whether there was a price attached and expected to owe someone a significant favor after the run.
With the vehicle secured, the team finalized the plan (all times in the PM):
3:00 – Bookie will enter the building using the cleaning crew ID. He will locate an unused cube on the 3rd floor (there are many) and access the system, looking for paydata.
4:30 – After the security team shift change, Bookie will leave the building.
5:00 – The insertion team picks up the Ares Venture. Sin checks it over before use.
5:51 – The sun sets.
7:30 – The team takes off.
8:00 – The team arrives 2000 ft over the building (the building, not the ground) and parachute to the building. Then:
- Land on stairwell roof.
- Use access code to enter stairs.
- Make way down to 12th floor.
- Murdoc casts silence (R2-3), probably on himself.
- The attack happens, preferably attacking targets one at a time.
- After targets are down (assuming alarm has not gone off), Killroy to use katana to cut open exterior window for deployment of rappel line.
- Rappel to ground level, leave in car Sin has waiting.
- Deliver proof of death and get paid.
If things go sideways, the team will improvise. What could possibly go wrong?
End of session
[There was repeated discussion about just mounting a missile launcher on the VTOL and shooting the targets from outside, but the lack of proof of death photos repeatedly nixed that plan. It was agreed that the look of surprise on the targets' faces would not count.]
[As the GM, I took no part in the planning, other than to answer questions about what was and was not possible and what the PCs knew. Prometheus’ infiltration was done off-stage and I had him make some general statements and then answer specific questions.]
[I’ll have a lot more to say about the plan after next session – I don’t want to tip my hand yet. I do have the NPCs statted out and the background of what’s really going on. I’ll share that after next session as well.]