HelixTec and the “Bag”

Notes: This mega corp was the one that I made up for the opening scenario for a game that I ran for a group that I had just met. Based on the outcome of that scenario, I new that they were going to be dealing with them again in a more antagonistic fashion. The original intention was that this drone would be used in a setup operation that HelixTec was going to hire the party for. This drone idea came to me while riding in a car down a street. I saw this discarded plastic grocery bag and it seemed to just float across the street like it was controlled by something external. And that lead me to speculate on this as a Interface Zero 2.0 drone. Looking through the book with references to things likesmart fabrics, this didn’t seem to far out of line with the normal technology level so I thought I would write this up for others to use. As well as the corporation that I created that was going to be the user of it when I was running an Interface Zero 2.0 game. The original scenario idea was written up here.

HelixTec is a mega-corp that is primarily involved in manufacturing and selling genetic upgrades and new DNA sequences. These genetic upgrades where originally developed for military contracts, and then later offered to private citizens. Currently they are working to understand the genetic of Zeeks, and how alter someone’s DNA to produce a Zeek, and what variations control how the powers are expressed.

A subsidiary of HelixTec, called Oversight, builds and sells surveillance drones to government and law enforcement contacts. They also have their own information network which is fed by a combination of paid informants, Zeek contractors, and their top of the line surveillance drones, that are not put on the market as drones, but disposable bags, that are branded and sold to stores so that they can be work there way to the streets.

The “Bag” drone
This drone appears to all the world like a regular disposable shopping bag with branding from an appropriate store for the region. Its preferred method of location is catching breezes and folding it shape to use the wind to propel it to where it needs to go, though it can in emergencies crawl along like an inch worm. When it arrives at the desired location, its primary senses are auditory and collecting sound waves across the entire body of the bag, and using those sound waves to generate sonar images of the surroundings, and it does have an average camera for capturing images of its targets. In general these devices are not actively transmitting and receiving data. They have enough processing power that they can follow the last instruction while witnesses are around to gather the sought after data and store it, but they do not transmit that data until they do not observe anyone nearby to minimize the chances of their discovery. This sometimes leads to loss of data as it either overwrites the data or stops recording until it can safely send it. It can only hold two hours of data at a time.

Attributes: Agility d4, Smarts d4(A), Spirit d6, Strength d4, vigor d4
Skills: Notice d12, Stealth d10
Pace: 2 or wind speed; Parry: 2; Toughness: 2; Firewall: 6
Special Abilities

    • Advanced sound detection: +2 to all sound based notice rolls.
    • Disguise: It appears to be a standard bag until it transmits the data it has accumulated.
    • Echolocation: Can generate detailed images of its location based on ambient sounds.
    • Size -1: It is the size of a plastic bag.
    • Small: Attackers subtract 1 from their rolls to hit.

Author: Hours without Sleep

I am a professional software tester, who has an interest in programming, computers, role-playing games, history, and reading in general. This is my third attempt at keeping a blog, and I am going to try putting all of my thoughts in one place, and see how it goes.

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