I'm running a game tomorrow, so there's a specific situation, but I'm hoping for some general insight on this subject, as I notice my mind keeps returning to the more typical action RPG "party faces obstacle, struggles to overcome it" modes.
The PCs are Azure the battlebabe; Zed the angel; Brace the brainer and Zed's nurse. There's also Dr. Hope the self-help psychologist hocus; and Lafferty the operator, but their players missed the first two sessions so we haven't seen them in action yet. They live in a semi-ruined Sisters of Mercy Hospital, run by Mother Superior
and the Sisters of Mercy, his inner circle of enforcers, mostly his daughters. Azure did a brief stint as a Sister, but she doesn't work well with authority. There's a flu going around that has even odds of wearing off in a week, killing you, or turning you into violent fast zombie kind of thing. There's Ward H, a creepy, dangerous wing of the hospital that's mostly shut off from the rest.
Azure and III, one of the Sisters, got the flu, and Zed made some breakthroughs on slowing it down at least, but needed blood centrifuges and other more sophisticated medical equipment than he had handy. So, naturally, everyone went down to Ward H, and nearly started killing each other driven by some sort of psychic feedback. But they got a grip, found the stuff they wanted, and also took home a computer that seemed to be working without a power source, and was probably the source of the psychic feedback.
Now Brace wants to see what's in the computer, hoping for some sort of creepy medical experiment records pertaining to the flu. So they went across the city to buy a working monitor from Proust, the best woman to ask for hi-tech and electronica. This time it was the PCs and Roark, a young guard in Mother's employ, as III got sick of Brace's weird shit, and Roark wants to "hang" "out" with Azure. But Roark got his head exploded Children of Men style in a bandit ambush. Roark's sister Ruby, another one of the Sisters of Mercy, isn't going to be happy about that.
That's most of what we have, after two short sessions.
I want to tangle up the PCs, and I'm thinking Ruby is going to be pissed at Azure, and might want solace from Dr. Hope, and while III is seriously creeped out by Brace, she might want to back Azure against Ruby. But mostly, I keep going back to thinking in terms of straightforward acquire stuff, slow down flu, cure friends, fend off anyone who gives them shit. What triangles do you see here, and how to best look for them in general?