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Shanfara:
Long story short:

The party is in a foreign country searching for some telekinetics who have been snatched from city A and dragged to city B.

While the players enter said foreign country, some of the characters elect to enter through customs, some choose to sneak through airport security.

Player A, awakened, while going through the regular customs interview is identified as awakened. This precipitates another more in depth interview.  During the interview Player A adds a wholly unnecessary lie and fails his con(fast talk roll). Part of failing the con roll, besides defaulting, is that the lie was completely unbelievable by anyone who knew anything about said foreign country.

 He is then deported after telling the authorities where the rest of the characters are staying while in country.

The characterss are armed with illegal weaponry, are travelling on rating 6 fake SINs, the party includes a less than sexy ork, a high magic adept and a technomancer.

Besides being under fairly close surveillance, how screwed would you say my players are currently?

I imagine the authorities are watching them closely waiting from them to do something clearly illegal. I would think the run is scrubbed and they should beat feet.



How would you play it?

Cheesedapplications:
They already have done something illegal. They have entered the borders illegally. Not a big deal, but in association with a ganked awakened might be worth the warrant to bring them in. Especially if one is an unregistered magic user of decent power. Because now your troublesome immigration/customs problem just brought off the books mojo in. Imagine if they knew you had smuggle din an assualt cannon, AT missile, and foridden chrome. An unregistered mage = that. And god forbid they know the other guy is a technomancer. An unregistered technomancer illegally entering the border...people still have anti-technomancer riots because they fear them so much. You can imagine the gov is working the pick up plan right now.

Shanfara:

--- Quote from: Cheesedapplications on ---They already have done something illegal. They have entered the borders illegally. Not a big deal, but in association with a ganked awakened might be worth the warrant to bring them in. Especially if one is an unregistered magic user of decent power. Because now your troublesome immigration/customs problem just brought off the books mojo in. Imagine if they knew you had smuggle din an assualt cannon, AT missile, and foridden chrome. An unregistered mage = that. And god forbid they know the other guy is a technomancer. An unregistered technomancer illegally entering the border...people still have anti-technomancer riots because they fear them so much. You can imagine the gov is working the pick up plan right now.

--- End quote ---

what really cheeses me as the GM (sorry for the cheese pun :)) is that any degree of research on the player's part might have avoided this. They all could have sneaked into the country, no one needed to go through customs, but some of them did.
Heck, the lie might, stress might here, have gotten any traction if it weren't so poorly thought out/executed.

Now how do I drop the idea that they might have completely screwed the run and exposed themselves without giving it away/ruining the fun.

Lord Scythican:
By chance what would happen to them exactly if they were...caught?

That might prove to be an interesting game. Have them break out of prison of something. Imagine if one of them had something on their record that would give them the death penalty in that country but not in their country of origin? Granted I think I would drop a heavy suggestion to the other player's to rescue him. I mean, they are already breaking the law, what's a few more laws broken compared to serving time?

Wayfinder:
Give them a hint. Have them all roll perception. If they hit then let them know they are being watched. They notice an obvious surveillance truck, drone, undercover cop etc. They won't know for sure who is watching them but it ought to spook them. If that don't work just make the arrest from the authorities rather lax to give at least some of them an escape.

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