Day 048: Hack The Mountain
Summary: Cameron helps Tink, Cole and Reno sneak into Dr. Montgomery's office so they can find out what the Mountain Men are hiding.
Date: 07/16/2016
Related: SWM Seeks...Escape?
Tink Cole Reno Cameron 


Dr. Montgomery's Office
The small office belonging to Dr. S. C. Montgomery is stark and filled with things that mean something to the doctor. More importantly, this room has a computer that is hooked up to medical.
Day 48

So, Cameron's suspicious, and has talked the various techies into helping him where sneaking can't get him. Namely, the locked door in Medical, because really, its Medical he's suspicious about. He scouts ahead, getting his groove with ghost-impersonation going, but soon enough he's back at their staging point— some out of the way closet on the same floor as medical, where they're pretty sure there's no cameras. At least in this corner. But who knows if they're being as successful at hiding as he thought, "Problem… they've upped security on the … mystery lab room. There's a guard there and he seems he's there all the time."

"Where else are there computers?" Tink softly thinks out loud, "If we can't get into medical, maybe we can get on another computer that's connected to the network and then get in through a back door." She looks at the other two techies present and winks, "I think I saw one in the library…or maybe there's an office that we could borrow." She looks at Reno and Cole to see if they have any ideas.

"Person who runs the library might have one. Have better access." Cole utters slowly, being maybe more hesitant to join the group than other. But he did say he'd help, just not so much really enjoying the fact. "Or an office, like Tink said. Doubt any open computer is going to have isn't going to be limited in it's accessibility. It's one thing to really hack a computer, but you can't do shit if it's not hardwired into the network itself."

Reno seemed oddly inspired and noted quietly and with enthusiasm, "Cam, you forget though that near everything is wired for cameras. If they're guarding it that closely you'd better believe it's on a security loop somewhere. Trust me, I never got to see the Ark, but I still got to see parts of the Ark." Oh that lil felon. He looked to Cole, and Cameron for ideas and gave Tink's hand a squeeze. He was excited. Did he want to leave the Mountain? Not even remotely because no grounders for miles in here… but the young man could not turn down a challenge either. And better to do it safely than half-assed. "I know Dr. K's is on the medical loop for patient files but I didn't see cameras there. It's an option. We can start with the library though. I mean… gotta start somewhere."

"I don't forget, I spent a year evading the Ark's cameras. It’s all about angles: nothing has a perfect angle on everything, Reno." Then he's frowning thoughtfully, \"Psychiatric and medical aren't the same thing." Cameron shakes his head, "I want to know why she was afraid of me giving blood. I doubt Doc K's got access to medical files. And I really doubt the library computer would be on the same network as medical. It might be but it seems a long shot to me." That said he wrinkles his nose, "Though Doc M's office has to be on this floor, and he for sure has to have access to medical files. I say we try for it."

Tink shakes her head when Reno says for them to go to the library, "No…your idea is better Reno, let's go to Dr. K's office. I have a feeling if they see us all huddled around a computer in the library through the cameras, they're going to shut things down fast. If we can get in Dr. K's office nice and quick then we can get in, get the info we need and hopefully not trip any of the alarms." But then Cameron offers a better idea, "Dr. Montgomery's office, "Oh yeah…he sees everyone that comes in here. We should totally go there." And if Cole and Reno don't protest, she's going to follow Cameron to the good doctor's office.

"Can't switch servers if you don't have access to begin with." Cole remarks, tone distant, like he's somewhere else at the moment. But he's still listening from what it seems like. "If we're going to pick something, then just fuckin do it and get it done with. I don't like us hanging our asses out here together as it is. Ideally, we should probably break up into a pair of teams, both of us find two different computers. Would improve our chances." But, if they don't go with that, he'll just follow along anyways.

Reno sighed and pushed his glasses up with a free finger back up his nose. "If they stored the files locally and not on a shared drive that we can't just patch ourselves access to then I'm going to be really…" His jaw tightened thinking of the word. Ah! "Disappointed in them and will note that for future recommendations." Aww ain't he helpful. "Still, been asking Madelyn to help me build access a lap coat. I think an art smock might work. Something that'll pass at a glance incase. At Cole's suggestion he pointed, "See? Let's get 'a' computer and see what we can get. If it's not enough, we'll keep trying. We haven't even looked yet to know what our baseline to work with is and we're already worrying about decrypting firewalls. Let's start simple."

"Then we can't pool expertise, Cole." Cameron shrugs: but he's not in charge, so if they want to split up, they can split up. But he's going to nod and head towards Montgomery's office.

Tink shakes her head to Cole, "No…we need to stick together Cole." She gives him a smile and it's clear she appreciates him coming along, "All of us have things we're good with. It might take all of us to get what we need." And then she follows Cameron to Dr. Montgomery's office.

"Alright, I'm just saying that the four of us moving together is gonna look a little weird." Cole says, but he's not willing to fight over the point anymore. He said his worries on the matter. And if they get caught, he'll just be able to hold that 'I told you so' over their heads for awhile.

Reno said encouragingly and with a totally serious face, "Right and if I'm typing we may need another super sneaky delinquent who is good at not getting caught or knowing when to draw attention to help us out. And Cole might have something? Move as two and two? Together but like they did in that movie when they were moving forward trying not to be eaten by flying fish things?" Oh Sharknado, how you teach the important things in life.

<FS3> Cameron rolls Stealth: Good Success. (4 8 2 6 6 8 2 1 6 6 6) (for aiding)
<FS3> Cameron rolls Stealth: Good Success. (5 3 4 2 6 1 7 7 5 5 5)
<FS3> Tink rolls Stealth+1: Good Success. (6 7 7 5 2 6 4)
<FS3> Cole rolls Stealth+1: Success. (6 2 4 1 5 4 4 7)
<FS3> Reno rolls Stealth: Great Success. (8 2 1 8 7 8 5)

Cameron's not talking anymore, he's sneaking. Looking for moving cameras. Peeking around corners. Eyeing for people. Looking for angles. And heading for offices. Maybe Montgomery's will be labeled. Maybe they'll have to try a couple. Still.

Tink follows Cameron's lead, moving quietly behind him, doing her best to stay out of sight. When Cole almost steps into view, she puts out her arm to stop him so that he doesn't get nabbed by security.

Reno seemed to have mastered diving into a compartment and going unnoticed down like- oh yeah, he did do that for 17 years to stay alive. Second child ninja life skills finally found a secondary use. He looked to Cole and double checked that they had the right door and then looked warily at the number pad. Maybe if he had some chalk he could discern what buttons were used over others when- oh yeah, or we can try to hotwire the damn thing. There was plan B. It wasn't elegant but he tried to ask the question using miming rather than words.

Cole used to be better at sneaking around on the Ark. Weaseling around inside ductwork. This isn't the Ark, and he's gotten rusty at the whole sneaking and thieving thing. Which is a shame, but then again, he hasn't used said skill in almost two years, so it kinda makes sense. He flattens back against the wall when Tink tugs at him, frowning at himself. He looks at the keypad. Going to be a bit of a pain in the ass to do this without his tools on him. "I can hack this, but I know Reno is better than me at it." he offers admitting that. Which is horrible to admit that anyone is better than him at anything technically inclined. Teeth just grind at the thought. "But I can free up the housing to get you to the wiring." Because in his head, sitting here trying to guess the passcode is going to take forever, and he doesn't want to be here that long.

<FS3> Tink rolls Mechanics: Success. (4 3 3 3 6 6 2 3 7 1) (assist)
<FS3> Cole rolls Mechanics: Great Success. (8 7 5 7 3 5 5 8 2)
<FS3> Tink rolls Electronics: Good Success. (8 1 3 4 7 2 5 7) (assist)
<FS3> Reno rolls Electronics+1: Success. (4 2 2 1 4 5 4 1 1 6 7 1)
<Reno spends 1 luck points on Electronics roll because derp..
<OOC> Andromeda says, "Go for it. Reroll."
<FS3> Reno rolls Electronics+1: Great Success. (8 1 1 1 7 8 8 6 3 5 1 7)

Tink does her best to help Cole get the housing off. It's a little bit harder than she thought so it's a good thing that Cole is taking lead on this project. Luckily Cole is wizard at mechanics and gets the unit open without cracking the shell. She flashes him a smile and there's that unspoken, 'who's the man' going on as his does it. Then she glances at Reno to make sure that he's ready to step in once they get the housing off. As he steps up, she helps get the wires aligned so they can open the door to the good doctor's office. It's a bit rough going but they manage to do it.

It's a matter of getting the housing off. Cole fingers around it lightly, looking for a seam that's not completely within the wall. Turns out, there's nothing to pry off, more like he has to move the housing in a certain way, which unhooks it from the wall itself, causing it to slide out without much effort. "Huh. Well, that's efficient." Suppose it would make repair work a lot faster. Ironic it's being done for other uses. Then he backs away, letting Reno and Tink do their thing.

Cameron is just going to sit through this, keeping an eye out on people coming down the hall, and then once they have access inside? He's gonna quickly usher them in, "Okay, so, … Good job. Hey everyone in and close the door." Then he nods, "All I know is Scarlett was terrified by the idea of them taking my blood and practically begged me to stay away from Medical, so I don't specifically know what we're looking for here. But it has something to do with blood."

<FS3> Tink rolls Electronics: Good Success. (4 6 5 4 7 3 8 3) (assist)
<FS3> Cole rolls Electronics: Good Success. (7 6 5 4 6 5 8 2) (assist)

Reno pat Cole on the shoulder. This was good! The hiccup came when Loden Jr. was so enamored by the construction of the lock he almost forgot to disable it. It was nearly heartbreaking. Still though he was able to bypass it on a base level and would mourn the lack of time to study their security infrastructure later. Little Loden glided into Montgomery's seat and studied the keyboard for a moment gauging its wear, took a look around the office scrutinizing for social clues as well. Hacking was only part technical and part of knowing how to read your mark. He bit his lip and then, well he got his thinking face on becoming squarely focused on that. Quietly he said, "Alright I'm gonna need help, Careful moving things around the room, but let's see what we can't find. Hell he might have the password laying around on a sticky note for all we know. He might not be used to needing to distrust the people around him." Because he thought highly of team work to that extent.

<FS3> Reno rolls Electronics+2: Success. (6 3 6 6 4 4 4 5 4 1 5 1 7)
<Reno spends 1 luck points on Hacking the Gobson…
<FS3> Reno rolls Electronics+2: Great Success. (6 2 7 8 5 2 2 7 5 3 8 1 7)

Tink does her best to search for a slip of paper that Reno indicates, looking to see if anything stands out. "I'm not finding anything Reno…" She looks a little frustrated as she glances at the others, "Did you guys have any luck?"

"Doubtful. Probably doesn't seem like the kind of guy who's password is a three-letter word." Cole remarks, going back to the adage that most passwords are. God. Sex. Etc, etc. Still he looks around the room, looking for something that might border on helpful. "Guy keeps his shit clean. I'm betting it be some kind of medical term. Something he would use every day. Though, I would point out whatever his password is, it's likely the same one for everything."

"Dali! He was named after Salvador Dali," Tink tells them, "Oh and he loves Ray Charles." She starts to go through her mental list, "And jazz. He's a big fan of jazz." She gets a big smile because she just remember a few of the conversations that they had.

"Can't you… bypass the password somehow?" Cameron doesn't really know how computers work. He knows mostly how wires hook together. But he's sure there's some way around that whole… password business.

Reno typed inordinately fast. Really aside from the time Tink gave him Cole's computer in the Tech tent to rifle through no one's ever really gotten to see his wicked stenographer skillz. And with Cole giving him tips on the OS versions and usable password minimum requirements and Tink's knowledge of commonly used passwords they actually… managed to get into the desktop. His eyes got a bit wide and he whispered. "All good ideas, but bad password- oh- OH! Guys… Guys we're in. We still have to find what we're looking for if there's something to find but… we actually did it. Cameron, how's it look out there? We in the clear?" He poked around more and took a deep breath before squinting at how the file management and drives were laid out. "I think I found some promising things that he has drive mapped. There's one with soe security protocols. I might… be able to go around the encryption instead of bust through it? Maybe. Then onto finding files and making sure our benefactor has the permissions we need."

<FS3> Tink rolls Electronics: Good Success. (5 8 2 4 1 7 2 2) (assist)
<FS3> Cole rolls Electronics: Good Success. (1 1 1 8 4 7 8 2) (assist)

"You're gonna have to go through the BIOS then if you want to bypass the encryption and it's been a bit since I had to read that much in command prompts." Cole remarks, coming around when Reno offers that he's in. "Just make sure that you're not going to leave traces that we've been here. Going into the registry files and deleting the last time the file was accessed. Getting rid of timestamps and that shit. Y'know…whenever you do find the fuckin thing. And…" he snapping his fingers, trying to remember something. "Sometimes people don't really know computers, so they forget you can just turn off permissions from the control panel within the OS. That might just be an easier way of doing it."

<FS3> Reno rolls Electronics+2: Good Success. (2 1 1 5 1 6 5 4 1 3 8 7 6)
<Reno spends 1 luck points on Root access is not just for Herbologists anymore….
<FS3> Reno rolls Electronics+2: Good Success. (5 1 2 1 1 7 7 8 1 6 4 2 3)

<FS3> Tink rolls Electronics: Good Success. (1 5 5 5 4 8 1 7) (assist)
<FS3> Reno rolls Electronics: Success. (5 3 5 8 6 5 5 6 5 6 4) (assist)

Reno was typing like a madman until his brain was on meltdown and he was going crosseyed. He was actually sweating and he looked panicked. "no… no NO EDENBURN YOU ALL." Wow… his jaw was set and there was nothing but rage and loathing left to which he promised, "So help me I WILL reformat you. Reimaging- TOTALLY in your future." He spun in his chair and looked to Cole. "Different OS than I'm used to. I might be able to help on pass permissions on the files but getting access to this drive… it is personal. It hates me."

Cole makes a face. "Man, you're computer expert here. I'm good, but I'm not you." It's true that mechanic isn't shabby as a hacker, but again, he knows his own limitation. "I can take a shot at it, though." And now he's finally in the hot seat, pulling the keyboard in front of him. There's a couple clicks with the mouse, bringing up a command prompt window. All black with the blinking white cursor. "I guess we'll have to do this hard way. If you guys got any tips, I'm welcome to them." That said, white text starts to roll down the screen, he reads, then starts to type again, more white text rolls down, and the clicking gets just rapid-paced as it did for Reno.

Tink is so upset when Reno can't hack the Mountain and looks to Cole with those big eyes, "Cole…I believe in you." Okay, it's a little cheesy but Tink knows that Cole is a wiz at setting up the computer at their camp so surely he can do it, "You totally got this." She flashes Reno a look that lets him know that he did his best and she's cool with the results.

<FS3> Cole rolls Electronics+4: Great Success. (7 3 5 8 6 7 2 7 4 2 5 2)

<FS3> Tink rolls Electronics: Good Success. (1 3 2 5 7 7 2 3)
<FS3> Cole rolls Electronics: Success. (3 1 6 1 5 6 8 1)
<FS3> Reno rolls Electronics+1: Great Success. (3 7 4 7 4 6 7 8 4 5 6 1)

Reno was upset and irritated as if it were now personal. Very very personal. The mountain itself was trying to bar him from playing with its goodies instead of just the staff and that he would not abide by. He reached out and gave Tink's hand a squeeze watching Cole recompile what they came up with so far to see if it worked. He took a moment to just calm down and looked to Cole with a smile. "Nice. Really nice, Cole! I almost missed that." He filed obscure permissions settings and command line Cole entered in his brain for future purposes. He looked to Tink and took a deep breath. There was something ideep in his nerd heart that was not wanting Cole to not feel like Loden failed the team. Teamwork and being useful? He wanted for this. Tink though? He was not going to risk seeing himself as a failure in her eyes. Nope nope nope. Pushing up his glasses and focused. Using Tink's skilled intuition on file management and Cole's aforementioned shortcut he found sa thing… typed and …"Well that was … unsatisfyingly unceremonious. We're in… What is this?" He squint and looked at the curiosity.

When Reno gets into Salvador's secured files, he finds a variety of subfolders. One is labeled 'HARVEST PROJECT.' When opening the folder, there are various files. One appears to provide a security camera feed, another is several detailed medical files, and one appears to be a shared folder of correspondence between other high level doctors in Mount Weather.

Cole gets out of the chair, pinching the bridge of his nose. "All you, dude. I can't get any farther than that. But I got the files opened up." Standing up, he looks over Reno's shoulder to watch. "Why does labeling a file Harvest Project sound mildly foreboding tome?"

Tink is standing over the computer, providing her assistance when needed. When he opens a file called 'Harvest Project' she looks at the two other techies, "Ummm…yeah, I don't like the sound of the Harvest Project." If Dr. Montgomery was a farmer, it would make a little more sense…. "He doesn't work on hydroponics in his spare time does he? Hey Cameron, this might be up your alley." Especially if they're talking about hydroponics.

Reno muttered absently squinting opening the files up, and being careful not to save and pull up a time stamp. Deadpan he asked, "Who's watching the door is my question. I dunno maybe they're into crops rotation and it's hard because they have one room and need corn. I dunno. We're looking." That said he also pulled up the security feed. He wanted ot know what was going on elsewhere.

"Harvest Project. Scarlett was terrified of me donating blood. I don't know why. I mean, we donate blood on the Ark all the time. Every community has done so since the old world." Cameron frowns, "But we don't call it harvesting. Maybe they harvest organs after one of them dies. That's what they did in the old world for organ transplant, I think." Still he reaches over to clap first Reno then Cole and Tink on the shoulder, one each, "Congratulations. Great work. Quick, what have we there?" But he scoots over, to check out this.. Harvest Project stuff, when Tink decides to show up.

Six video feeds pop up, but only four of the six are active. The other two have restrictions on them, adding another level of security. The four feeds that are active give a bird's eye into what looks to be a semi-dark series of rooms.

The first feed is focusing on a security door that appears to lead into the infirmary.

The second feed look to provide a few of one end of a sizable, but narrow room. Two bodies are hanging by their ankles from the ceiling, swaying slightly. There is no audio, and the two look dead. Their tattoos give away what they are: Grounders. Tubing is connected to their bodies in various spots, particularly where the largest veins run. The tubing appears to be leading up and out of the room, going… somewhere else.

The third feed another angle of the same room, highlighting the two dozen cages stacked on top of each other, and in each cage is a Grounder prisoner, mostly naked save for what looks like simple hospital gowns.

The fourth available feed reveals an enormous room that is far taller than it is wide. It contains hundreds of cages, a Grounder in nearly all of them.

Tink moves over to the door so she can take Cameron's place since he's going to helping Cole and Reno figure out what the Harvest project is. She's got her back to them and her attention is all on what's going on out there.

<FS3> Cameron rolls Resolve: Failure. (3 6 3 3 1 2)
<FS3> Reno rolls Resolve: Great Success. (7 1 8 8 8 2)
<FS3> Cole rolls Resolve: Good Success. (5 3 7 5 7 6 3)

"Hoooooleeeee shit." Cole utters blankly when he starts seeing the video feeds. Especially the part with the hanging bodies being bled dry and the human beings in cages. "This…this just got really fuckin messed up. No wonder she didn't want you volunteering to blood donations. Not when you're gonna get strapped up like that. Holy fuck. This is shit is fucked. They're doing that to Trikru? I mean, is that why Hanne and Cookie vanished? I mean, we haven't seen them for days, where did they go? Did they wind up in there?" Then his hand is smacking Reno's shoulder repeatedly. "Shit shit shit. Reno. Look to see if there's names anywhere that mention Hanne and Cookie."

Reno sat and stared. His reality was having a conflict with his rational mind and he did what Reno does; he hyper rationalized the shit out of. with a utterly dispassionate tone that was TOTALLY at odds with the little bastion of encouragement and hope he said simply, "Just grounders, let’s not get worked up. Probably tried to attack us like they did. And almost killed Georgia and tried to destroy everything beautiful in here." He was not getting worked up. After all it didn't actually affect them. He scanned through the filed and squint. He was being shook and he said "Hold… Hold on guys they don't mention Cookie or Hannah…" NOW he looked concerned. "They mention Ruth and Madelyn though… Cage has a memo here saying 'congratulations we can move onto Phase II…. but there's NO mention of what phase two is" He gave the screen a dirty look and tried several more files. "I was there… what… did they do to Ruth… we need to find her again. And weirdly NO mention of Lip, Cookie, or Hanne. If they were sick they should have a file but that they don't? That worries me."

"Eden preserve us." Cameron's blood drains out of his face as he stares at the feeds, just.. staring. Especially the second feed. He wants to keep cool, but he can't, he's sorta sounding… freaking out. Voice a bit high pitched, and he explains for Tink, as best he can, "Oh, my, God, in Eden's name what are these people doing. They … they have hundreds of grounders. In cages. And two of them. They're bleeding grounders. Harvesting them. She knows about this." He trembles, "Scarlett does. And she thinks it might be what they want to do to us. That's why she practically jumped on me to keep me from donating blood… and… where's Hanne and Cookie." He nods to Reno, to encourage him to look them up, eyes a little wild and urgent, "And… Remember how well that guard turned out after the transfusion from Madelyn? How they were surprised she healed so fast?" He shakes his head, "Don't say 'just grounders', Reno. Grounders are human beings too. I know they attacked us but they're people. You bleed animals." Well, in theory. Not that he knows anything about that. "You don't bleed people. Oh, my, God." He gestures wildly, "There were other folders secured besides Harvest Project, any of them seem of note?!"

Tink is watching the door but at the sounds of the guys freaking out, she glances back, especially when Cameron starts to describe what is going on, "We have to find out what they're planning…are there any emails? Or memos that talk about this Phase II?" She looks back at the door and tries to stop the tears from forming. She's not going to cry. She's just not.

Tink does her best not to completely lose her cheese right then and there. She tells Reno, "I don't care if the Grounders are violent…some of them aren't like Gideon, and I would hate to have her like you described…upside down and being drained of their blood."

Reno sat there with a studious level of stoic patience the actual Dr. Montgomery would be proud of as his impostor, Reno, looked through things from the scientific angle trying hard not to leap to any conclusions and find the answers to the mystery to be unraveled. He furrowed his brow and thought first going to the dark camera and seeing if they have night vision, UV, or infrared lenses to let him see in the dark. Hell thermal would be even partly useful. It was to Tink offhandedly he said "If Gideon knows not to just attack a village's peaceful way of life than I'm sure she's not down there and is fine." Blue eyes went from file to file scanning as fast as he could. Without looking up he said "Cole, we need to see if Doc's got a spare access card in here. We might be borrowing it." Funny. For Mr. everything is fine he was… making plans to get more access?

"Grounders are people, Reno. We're not fuckin Nazis looking at Grounders like they're the Jews, blacks, or anyone else not Ayran." Cole remarks, shaking his head, trying to get the color to go back into his face, because he held it together a bit better, but damn, he was creeped the fuck out about that. "Human beings are human beings, if you're at war or not. And I'm sorry, I blew up enough of them to know, that you don't treat a human being like a damn lab experiment." He's then looking at his watch. "No, we don't got time to look around any more. We've been here long enough and people are going to start wondering where the fuck we all are if we don't make ourselves visible some time soon. I say we get out of here and try again later. But we gotta start spreading this around to the others. Do not give your damn blood. Don't sign up for anything."

Cameron nods his head slightly to Cole in agreement, "Yeah… we don't want to get caught in here. Not now. Especially not now. I… We should get going. Sneak back."

Sadly Cole's references were lost on Reno who had never seen a day of Earth Studies. "I… don't know what any of that means but fine." Reno looked at the security camera, "Guys, if we don't want to get caught? We might have to make a second trip. We have maybe enough time to put things back where we found them. We need to find Ruth and find out what that was not cake happened to her. She might have volunteered for a thing but I want to be certain. As for Hanne, Cookie, and Lip? If they were sick they/'d have a patient file soooo where's their patient file." He hated saying it but admitted, "Something's… off and Dr. Montgomery seems a lot more careful about his lab notes to forget whole patients."

"Guys…we gotta go…we can talk about this later in the art storage," She flashes a look back at them, "Let's make sure we don't flag anything for the doctor and get out of here." She's not happy about anything they found out. There was a piece of her that was hoping they were on the level. She hoped but was preparing for what she thought was the worst…clearly she doesn't have that good of an imagination because this never entered her mind.

Reno worked painstakingly to close all programs that weren't there and reset things and locked his computer, checked the chair and put the chair back as he found it, locked the door from inside and checked the housing on the lock. They were not going to be executed for trespassing today, or worse, made to go back outside.

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