Governor Nero Michaelis didn't like being disturbed while dining, his
people knew that. Running the Republic of Yamaka was no small affair, and
his meals were reserved for contemplation. His people KNEW that. He had just
found out that yesterday that there had been an explosion in the Northern
Lab, not a good development. With Yamaka Hy, the younger, expected at 19:00,
this was going to take serious thought. The latest reports indicated that it
would be two days before the lab would be functionable at minimum, Hy would
be here for three. If that facility were still down when he left, heads
would roll, and his would be one of them.
"Curse this plague infested place", he thought aloud shooing a Whizzer
away from his breakfast. "Why did they send me here anyway? I was happy at
He knew why of course, Yamaka the younger. With his father retiring in two
years, junior wanted to start bringing in his own team. He being one of the
older execs, and one not too close to the son at that, well...
"This Ahmad character won't leave Sir, he says it's about the lab," a
voice interupted. It was Wayne Marshall, his Security Director. He'd seen
action almost everywhere, even on Tyco. That's where he lost his right eye.
It had been replaced of course, company health plan and all. The new one
actually was better than the original from what the files said. Able to
detect heat sources from 200 meters.
He didn't need to see anyone right now, but Dr. Ahmad Belengi, especially
today, with the arrival of his future boss, was an exception. It was
important to keep the natives on your side in the face of the enemy, and as
Ahmad was their elected representative... He rose from his chair, dabbed his
mouth with a napkin, and walked stiffly to the door of the audience.
"The heat on this island could be unbearable sometimes," Nero thought
silently entering the chamber. The Governer's Mansion, situated on a hill
overlooking the capital of Jilna from the south, was a castle some 700 years
old. When Yamaka Special Forces had stormed it 7 years ago, they had blown
a hole in the north wall of the study as it then was. It had been converted
to a balcony with form-fitted glass that nothing short of atomics could
penetrate. Outside, the walls were of the original Haldiphite, the prevelant
mineral on Yamaka. Fifty thousand volts of electricity coursing through
them tended to discourage further attacks. It was for this that the firm had
come here in the first place.
Haldiphite was valued because of it's flexibility and conductivity. It was
the next generation in telecommunications, as Yamaka, the elder, had
correctly foreseen when he had 'invested' in this island. The Northeren Lab
had been experimenting with their possible uses in military technology, when
it went up in flames yesterday. Yamaka, the younger, was coming to see the
results of those experiments.
"Has he been scanned?" the Governor asked his SD, before allowing the
"Yes Sir." Wayne nodded and continued. "He says he has results you've been
requesting from the experiment."
"Good news indeed!" Michaelis pondered inwardly. "Show him in."
Dr. Ahmad Belengi was a bit on the short side for a Yamaka native.
Balding, nearly as old as himself, he had never married, being too dedicated
to his research for social gamemanship.
"I have it, Your Excellency, I have the solution!" The scientist exclaimed
entering the audience, skipping the formalities. This gained a look of
disapproval from the soldier, but it was waved off by Michaelis. "I can show
it to you, right now if you like."
"You allowed him to bring it here?" bellowed the merc through the closed door.
"It's okay, Wayne, we need results, and we need them yesterday. Go on."
"Excuse me a moment" the chemist started, retreating and then returning
through the door. He was rolling a table with a small cannister and several
pieces of metal in front of him. "We tried a few different variants, but the
one we found to be the most effective was Thurium-Chloride." He then reached
into his pocket and pulled out a pair of rubber gloves. This," he stated
donning them," is the world's first electro-bullet. Here put these on." he
montioned the other two men to more gloves Michaelis now noticed on the
cart. "It can take down a Cyber-Merc in one shot." Wayne Marshall, glanced
nervously at his counterpart, before taking ahold of the slug. "Not to
worry, Captain, your men checked me. You need a gun to fire it, just like
any other. "Once it has impacted, it fires off a 500 volt jolt of
electricity, enough to short out any cyberware the target might be using. A
beefed up version of this could down an entire security system long enough
to stage a well co-ordinated assault."
"Interesting, potentially very useful indeed." Michaelis replied
impressed. "I don't need to ask you opinion of this, do I Wayne?" Not
waiting for an answer, he then turned to the scientist again. "And the
cannister, what's in the cannister?"
"It's something I'm still working on, it's not yet complete."
"Well, what is it?" the eldest prodded, thinking of the possibilities if
he were able to show the younger two new applications for Haldiphite.
"It's like this. We all know how condusive Haldiphite is" he began,
opening the cannister."Here is a liquified version, that has been mixed with
Serium to keep it liquified at room temperature. We were thinking of what we
could do if we could instill the same properties in it as this bullet. Don't
worry," he reassured, seeing the Captain fingering his holster,"I said I'm
still working on it. It's not active." He then pulled out an orangelo and
began peeling it. "However, we think we have something even better. We have
found," the doctor explained pausing to take a bite from his fruit, "that
when mixed with citric acid, we get a reaction that some might call," the
native dropped the fruit into the cannister "explosive."
"Lawrence Billington for WNS here. We are live in Jilna the capital of
the Haldiphite-rich Republic of Yamaka and all hell has broken loose here,
if you can excuse my use of the English language. As far as we know, the
entire native population of this island revolted, as if on cue, when a major
explosion erupted in the Governor's Mansion, just south of here. The
security forces have been over-run, and the heli-jet carrying Yamaka Hy, the
younger, was shot out of the sky killing all aboard as it approached Jilna
International Airport. Pete, it really is complete chaos here. Nobody owns
anything anymore. Every thief, highwayman, scavenger and thug is having a
field-" THWACK. THUD
"Quick, you get the drone-cam, I'll rifle his pockets."
Third World Revolt is a NR variant on the Sealed Deck. Each participant
starts with 1 Limited Starter, 1 Limited Booster, and 1 Proteus Booster. The
Starters are opened first. Each player has 5 minutes to remove 6 Runner
Cards and 6 Corp cards from the Starter. That Starter is then passed 1
player to the right and the procedure is repeated. The player who receives
that starter after 12 Runner Cards and 12 Corp Cards have been removed keeps
the rest as the basis of his deck. The Limited Boosters are then opened and
each player has 1 minute to remove 2 cards from it, before passing it to the
left. This procedure is repeated until there are 9 cards left. The person
with those 9 cards keeps them for his decks. The Proteus Boosters are then
opened and distributed similarly to the Limited Boosters only this time the
passing is to the right. Each player now has 30 minutes to build his decks.
Sideboarding from the cards a player has but has not included in his deck
is, as per Sealed Deck, allowed between matches.
An option here, if you are playing for the rares in the decks is to record
them before playing. That way it is possible to draft them as prizes, or to
chose among the different decks (i.e. the 1st place player may chose from
all the decks/sideboards and takes the one he likes the most. The 2nd place
player then choses...)