One night on the discord I asked "Do we need more varied traitor objectives?" to which nearly everyone one came back with a resounding "Yes". This has had me thinking about new potential objective ideas. It's worth pointing out that the Syndicate, despite many seeing them as a terrorist organisation, are first and foremost a loose collective of companies and parties rivalling NT who provide clandestine funding and resources to operatives. In short, corporate espionage and sabotage is the main goal (The reason steal objectives exist is because presumably these groups are looking to copy or reverse engineer key items)
With that being said I'd like to introduce a new objective type that isn't stealing or killing; planting.
Planting involves placing or bugging equipment so that rival groups can glean a variety of information from the space station. This involves the use of a new item, the Remote Listening Device or RLD, which only appears in the uplink if the player has a planting type objective (Similarly to how hijack only items work) and cost 0 TC. The RLDs are tiny items that look similar to USB flash drives.
The planting target are varied in nature and can be split into separate categories detailed below:
Cameras "Plant [X] Remote Listening Devices into Security Cameras" Fairly self explanatory, so the Syndicate can snoop into the Camera system of the station remotely to facilitate further espionage.
Specific Camera "Plant a Remote Listening Device into the [Location] Camera" A variant of the above, used to gather information from a specific locale. Places include the Bridge, Head Offices, Processing, Xenobiology, Toxins, Brig etc
Consoles "Plant a Remote Listening Device into a [Console]" Used to gather a variety of information dependent on the console in question. Targets include; Power Monitor, Crew Monitor, Security Records, Operating Computer, Supply Console, etc
Devices "Plant a Remote Listening Device into the [Device]" Similar to the Console target. Things such as the PDA Server, Research Server, Body Scanner, Cloner, Recycler, ORM.
To prevent players from simply spawning in an RLD as they stand at the target it first has to be "used" to establish a connection to an outbound server and set up a unique encryption to transmit data discretely. This process takes several minutes (2-3 roughly) and the RLD must be kept on the player's person, otherwise is device will abort the process. This process makes a specific ping once it is complete and can be heard from a few tiles away. Once complete the RLD can simply be used on the target to plant it inside (Cameras would require the maintenance panel to be opened first). The devices behave normally and show no outward signs of being bugged. To remove an RLD, the device simply just needs to be dismantled where the RLD will appear among the components (Cameras only need the maintenance panel to be opened again for the RLD to fall out) Seeing how Nanotrasen are very protective of company secrets the RLD is considered S Class Contraband.
The reason I'm posting this here rather than in suggestions is because I'm sure other have ideas for new objectives and I want to see what people come up with.