A First and Not a First

So, I killed someone’s character last night.
So. My apartment building was evacuated because of a fire last night.
Guess which one of these things I haven’t done before….

I have never, ever killed someone’s character in an RPG before. (let me define some terms here for people in the audience who are giving me the dubious eyebrow wiggling – knock that off, will you? You’re giving me eye-twitches.)
I – the GM, a GM initiated action. (I do not count “I juggled with my poisoned knives after pissing off the cleric and stealing her stuff and botched my juggling roll trying to show off and now I’m poisoned and dying” as being my fault. Sorry, I don’t)
Killed – dead.
someone else’s – not my own character on the Hall. (yes, yes, I’ve done that a few times, but whaddaya want? I have 15+ characters and personally, my head is too crowded anyway!)
character – a role playing character, as in not a real person, although I have been tempted, on occassion to do the latter, I haven’t done it. Yet.
And he wasn’t even being stupid. Well, ok, he was, but that was earlier and not at all related to a Humanis Policlub assassin trying to shoot him in the head. And it was in-character stupid, so I didn’t mind that either. (Although why, after being a transexual male who bought a very expensive rigged bot to live a fantasy female life through, would you take your disillusioned and somewhat bitter EX WIFE out on a DATE?? Just a personal thing, mind you. And it did make for some extremely funny roleplaying.)
So, anyway….
The bot got shot in the head and took a deadly wound. Which is… well… deadly. Except that it’s a bot, so technically it could be rebuilt or repaired (we can rebuild her, make her stronger… faster… BAH, get out of my head stupid AOL commercial. Out, out, you’re evicted. And no, Steve Austin is not an acceptable substitute.)
I did some checks. Repairs to the bot are going to cost 250,000 nuyen. Which JD’s meatbody doesn’t have. Which all the characters put together don’t have. The bitter and disillusioned ex-wife might have it, but I don’t know that she’s all that interested in helping, really. As a matter of fact, both Marionette and Shadow are rather deeply in debt already.
– JD rolls up a new character and I transfer Marionette’s karma to the new character. By far the easiest plan.
– the runners attempt to earn enough cash to pay for the repairs. Unlikely. they hadn’t been running long enough to like each other quite that much. And it wouldn’t give JD anything to do for several runs.
– the runners attempt to find a backer who will invest in the bot’s repairs. Maybe, but Marionette hadn’t gotten that much reputation yet.
– the runners sell the plans to the bot to a big corp for the cash to repair the prototype. This might work. It also has its ups and downs as the corp will use the technology and then Marionette model As might be running around and doing things which Marionette might then be blamed for.
There are some possibilities here…

On the other hand, this is not the first time I’ve had to evacuate the building I live in because of a fire.
I’m glad we were all still awake when we started smelling smoke. The fire alarm is so weenie that we’d never have heard it if we were asleep.
Someone set fire (or maybe it was an accident, but I dunno) to the trashcan in the laundry room.
So we got the baby and left the house and called the fire department and woke up all the neighbors…
Very exciting.
Jessica thought so, at any rate.
But now she’s all worn out from being up in the middle of the night. She’s still sleeping at 11am. Which is not necessarily a bad thing, as I have no idea when we’re going to have time for her to take a nap today.

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7 Responses to A First and Not a First

  1. Matt says:

    You are, however, a vicious horse-killing GM. Bereft of mercy or pity for all equines.

  2. KT says:

    Not so! Not all! Just that one. Damnit.

  3. Matt says:

    And Kevin’s cavalier’s horse in the most recent D&D game.
    And I suspect more horse butchery when I wasn’t watching.

  4. Well, you know, I (as a player) was pretty sure it was stupid to ask Brigitte out. I was also pretty sure (as a player) that it was dumb to spend karma to conceal Marionette’s bothood. But it was completely appropriate to Marionette, who was pretty much neurotically fixated (a cyberneurosis?) on trying to find ways to please her.
    And, you know, I’m completely willing to take the fall here. A little bit shocked, to be sure, but it makes for interesting roleplaying.
    And while we’re trying to figure out what the hell’s going on, I already have at least two character concepts: Squiggle (a Covert Ops Specialist from a previous game I didn’t get much use out of but would be willing to tweak) and a Ronin Otaku who doesn’t have a street name yet but will provide most of the functions of a Decker without having to buy or work programs (other than Matrix connections he’d understand intuitively).
    It mostly depends on what you need more, and if neither of them are appropriate, I’ll try to figure something else out.

  5. KT says:

    Some more brainstorming on Marionette’s behalf – you happen to have saved the life of Virtue Leigh twice now and she might be convinced to do a benefit concert, the profits for which she would put towards your repairs. So if you still want to go with that concept, we’ve thought of a few things.

  6. Gris says:

    I could swear you’ve killed characters before… but it seems to me the game I’m thinking of was a one-shot pickup that you’d *designed* to be difficult to survive, so that we could all have messy deaths at the end. 😀

  7. Greg says:

    I’d go along with most of that, JD — I’ve done some things I’ve known would be counterproductive myself on occasion because that’s just what the character would DO — but I do disagree with one point. Your character didn’t know she had karma to blow to buy off my aura-sensing success. She didn’t know I was aura sensing in the first place. It’s not my place to say whether that was the right thing or the wrong thing to do (not that that always stops me) but I will say that that was a player decision.

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