You feel something, vaguely, in the mists of your semiconsciousness. A feeling of motion.

Clone Vat (Parallel Resurrection Clone Vault)
Respiration hoses and slimy umbilicals cling to your face and body, pulsing with each heartbeat and breath. You float in some sort of pink, translucent fluid, and bright light filters through the liquid womb from somewhere above.

The only exit from the vat is out.

You feel rested.

[-] Good morning, palmer.
[-] You have 5 new mail messages.
[-] Your complant's ID number is not publicly readable.
[-] There are new BBS posts in MetaNews, Meta, OOC, Chat,
[-] Anonymous, WantAds, News, and NCI News.

OOC: Because of the cloning process, your character remembers nothing that occurred before Thu Dec 19 11:54pm 2032.

"It's going down tonight, you gunna be ready for it?" [nci news]

"...The end of the purple gas, quite possibly the end of Graye."

For months, a terrorist group called the Son's of Mercy had been plaguing New Carthage, releasing a deadly poisonous acidic radioactive poison gas.

It took a man known as Bungle, to discover that the Sons Of Mercy was actually a red herring, and that longtime New Carthage resident Graye was the real man behind the attacks.

Few are privy to the details of that night's events, though the citizens should be thankful to those brave enough to face the (quite likely) possibility of death, and still rise above it and persevere. Rinnan, Bungle, and Otto, among many others should be recognized for this.

New Carthage has lost, not only the lives spent battling aggressive drones, and those successfully shutting down the RSI reactor that was releasing the gas, but has come to the close of an era. Graye represented much in and to this city, both in his person and in his image.

But as he quoted his final night, "No one remains in the city, only the city remains."

Palmer Quinn, NCI News.

The Revenants [nci news]

A tumbleweed rolls by on the quiet streets of New Carthage..until a new biker gang hits town, that is.

This group, calling themselves the Revenants, had a modicum of popularity some time back, when Preach led it. Since his departure, there has obviously been a changing of the guard, but the gang dropped off the New Carthage radar until now.

"The Revenants?" one cromag repeated when I asked if he'd heard of them. "Well, they're a biker gang. Been making some waves. Some known members, if you want to know of 'em. Don't really know their agenda, however."

Thier agenda? They started off just hunting Kings, I'm told, though few are left besides Ross, Lewski, and Lewis. With so little resistance, and no corporate security force to stop them, anything seems possible. But now they're getting power hungry and going after everyone.

"Showed up a few weeks ago, and went on a killing spree.. Been killing people ever since -- they pretty much go after anything that moves."

Will the Revenants make a powerplay for the west side of New Carthage? Will a new corporate security force come in to take care of business? In this city, no one can know for sure what will happen, but you can count on NCI to be the first to tell you about it.

Nicole Blackmann, NCI News.

NCSP vs NCPK, an interview. [nci news]

Many citizens refer to them as a glorified gang and Rent-a-cops, which amuses Chief Smitty of the NCPK. Smitty reassures the public that "we are a legitimate corporation. A very small corporation, but one nonetheless." With the recent strife between Parallel Resurrection and the NCSP, the new Security Corporation is voicing their concerns and trying to help the chaos.

Concerned, disappointed, and upset with the recent attacks upon corporate citizens by the NCSP, Chief Smitty is offering his services to all of New Carthage's citizens. He laughs at the mentioning of him as a 'goon.'

"I'm hardly a goon. I'm here to help the some don't like us, because we attempt to keep peace in town, while others live on carnage and violence, but that's what we're here for, to get rid of those that like to do...more mischevious things."

When asked about his employees having external and conflicting jobs he assured us that none of his employees were doing anything illegal and if they were caught making any illegal transactions they would be "fired the moment I find it is true."

Some West side citizens still do not trust the 'Peacekeepers,' complaining that the NCPK is seen slaughtering poorly armed members of the community. One citizen stated that "Killing gangers with big guns just make them want bigger guns and it doesn't do a thing about the underlying problem."

Storeowners are also upset with the NCPK leaving corpses bleeding all over their storefronts. "They are ruining my business, clients are affraid to come by!" said a concerned storeowner.

But whose side is the NCPK on? Chief Smitty has friends on both sides of the conflict, and some of his employees have even been members of the SP. Can the public trust this new police force?

He (Chief Smitty) guarantees us that he is "neutral for the most part. I mean I personally have friends within the SP and PR...along with the other corporations, but business comes before that. Mainly we will uphold our purpose in life and attempt to keep the peace in these times of tension, but if need be, we will be siding with the corporations, despite my personal feelings.”

Chief Smitty also would like to add a request, "Well, upon the request of several concerned citizens, I'm asking the NCSP to remain on the east side of the Wall, for their safety and the safety of the citizens. Now, NCSP will have to come over to this side for emergencies and such...but with all of the violence that has been occuring as of late, it be in the best interests of everyone if they stayed over there. Also, if the corporations would like, we can begin patrolling the east side, and to protect the corporations, until this whole matter gets worked out."

Palmer Quinn, NCI News

NCPK, gift or burden? [nci news]

The recent uprising of a group called the NCPK, who when asked what thier purpose was answerd, "Pretty much protect the citizens from gangers and people trying to kill them". Among this band of men are Chief Smitty, once manager of SecuriTech apartments, Drake Riddek, ex-RSI, ex-NCSP and has been know to take contracts for killing, Lt. Achilles, well known DTV fighter, owner of the NewCarthege Resellers Guild. I asked Cheif Smitty if I could apply, he simply stated, "no, we're busy". Yet another question has risen, is the NCPK simply a group for men? I don't doubt thier sincerity of doing good in our city, but is thier presence likely to cause an uproar corpside? How does the NCSP feel about a force, much like thier own, protecting the usually forgotten west-siders?.

Contacting a member of the NCSP was difficult, so they were not availible for questioning. Just recently I had an incident with the NCPK, standing on my own in the street Cheif Smitty and Sgt. Drake asked if I was NCSP, I, of course am not, yet they felt the need to frisk me and attempt to steal something from my person. Once satisfyed at finding nothing beloning to the SP they smiled and went on thier way, which leaves me to the conclusion that the PK and SP may infact be slowly working thier way to a war.

Seth finally became availible, when asked, he said 'I’m neutral' Cheif Smiley seems to act otherwise.

Skylar Robins, special to NCI News.

Med Shield back for a piece of the Market. [nci news]

After almost a year’s leave of absence, Med Shield is once again open for business. Located on High Street just east of Blumenkraft on the 40th floor of the Nakamura building, they are offering their services to citizens on both sides of the wall. They provide a variety of services, such as cybernetic implant installation or removal, counseling, autopsy and emergency medical services.

Head of Public Relations, Ciara, guarantees that her company doesn't take sides. "We operate as a professional company and do not take sides with any corporation or group, we provide services to paying clients regardless of their political affiliation." Med Shield also provides temporary passes to the corporate sector for their clients or potential clients.

Now that Med Shield is done researching our city potential for profit, they are again looking for their share of the market. Now, all that is left is to see how this Corporation is going to affect the black market clinics and if there is going to be any retaliation.

Ciara also wanted to add that "if anyone needs our services, they may come to any doctor or employee with the Med Shield tag on their comsig. We strive to have the best customer service in the business."

Palmer Quinn, NCI News

NCI response to DTV objections over NCI post [395] [nci news]

This post is in response to DTV objections over NCI stories relation to the DeathMatch Television bouts.

NCI is surprised and somewhat amused that a primarily illegal, small upstart company would object to free press that is read by millions of subscribers.

While DTV may own exclusive broadcast rights to specific bouts in its arena, asking NCI to refrain from reporting on these bouts would be akin to asking your nightly news not to give you the play-by-play or scores for a sports game.

Secondly, the DTV corporation depends on sponsorship contracts and advertising by other companies and corporations for its funding. NCI is a multinational corporation, and could, quite frankly, easily crush DTV without losing any sleep over it.

If DTV is foolish enough to pursue litigation with NCI over the aforementioned post, they are more than welcome to, but are guaranteed, almost certainly, that they will be unsuccessful. To quote a classic science-fiction film: Come get some.

Palmer Quinn, Editrix in Chief, NCI News.

Death from Above…again? [nci news]

Less than an hour ago, a stream of light came out of the sky, hitting the street in front of Ghini’s on Pullman. Few significant human casualties have been reported as of yet, but you never know where it might hit next.

The only response to this flash of light from the sky, what is being considered another IO laser strike, was Sheriff Smitty of New Carthage’s newly founded NCPK.

‘I had a friend check the IO node, and he told me the co-ordinates and it matched where I was...And I've only seen Helios shoot burning laser fire from the sky.’

The mess created by the blast was quickly cleaned up, and damage was limited to a few west-side vehicles and properties. No noteworthy human casualties have yet been reported. Said Smitty, ‘I waited a little to make sure everything was cooled down and proceeded to the scene, but thankfully no one was hurt. There was several car wrecks, but no casualties.’

InterOrbital Incorporated’s Helios solar-powered satellite (also an orbiting ion cannon) seems to be behind the strike. Was the responsible party simply a joyriding decker who didn’t know when to stop, or someone else - someone with a purpose?

Other than Sheriff Smitty, the only citizens of note (and hardly, at that) were a few Jerks populating the streets. Was the strike directed at Smitty himself? For the cannon to be fired with any accuracy, two competent deckers are needed – one to set the coordinates, and one to lock on and fire the laser. If the culprit was acting alone, it’s entirely possible that the blast would ‘miss its mark.’

But why would someone be out for NCPK blood? Only time will tell. And leave it to NCI to be the first with the details.

Palmer Quinn, NCI News.

NeoTokyo PeaceKeeping (NCPK Branch) is now open. [nci news]

The New Carthage PeaceKeeper, a branch of NeoTokyo PeaceKeepers and a subsid of BMC Corporation is now established in the city. At this time, we at NCPK would like to thank the citizens of this city for the help that they have already provided.

"By the citizens, for the citizens." That's our motto here a PeaceKeepers. Using new technologies, we are bringing the best care we can provide into town to better serve -you-, the Citizen. If for any reason at all, that you need the assistance of one of our officers, wheither it be you're getting mugged by a group of Anarchists, to needing help cross the street; We encourage you to imediately contact Sheriff Smitty and/or one of his Deputies to assist you.

Here at NCPK, we don't believe in death and killing. It is this, we believe, that keeps our public relations in such good standing with the community.

Even though NCPK is a branch of a Corporation, we aren't funded as such. In order to get paid, we here at NCPK ask all citizens to donate creds weekly to help support us to provide the best possible service we can. Now, whatever you can afford weekly, wheither it is 1k or 25k it is all greatly appreciated.

New Carthage PeaceKeepers

TerrorCorp offers new security for New Carthage [nci news]

Among a recent wave of security services in New Carthage is the TerrorCorp, led by Maj. Gyle. Noticing a need in New Carthage, Maj. Gyle took it upon himself to organize the group.

A variety of services are offered, including bodyguarding, services in which a trained soldier is needed, ‘from sec team to rescue team black ops..anything just about...’ The cost of these services vary depending on what is needed and who is involved.

Possible competition for the TerrorCorp comes from the recent addition to New Carthage -- Parallel Ressurection, offering similar services, in addition to others. ‘I'm not worried [about competition],’ Maj. Gyle told me. ‘I have faith in my team.’

So there you have it, folks. TerrorCorp, trained professionals able to handle jobs in a professional manner.

Malachai Darling, NCI News.