Reproach and Recriminations

September 7, 2006

Chief of TISD Office
Level 688
Tanfen Corporate Tower

“What can I say about her? That she is one of the most beautiful women to have ever lived? That she fought her way from the anonymous legions of TPRO to become one of the most respected, the most feared of women to be in charge of TISD? That she has absolute dominion over one of the galaxies finest intelligence agencies? That she can, without flinching send a thousand men to their deaths if it would benefit the Families and the Corporation? That she could slay you in cold blood without a thought if it would further the goals of the Families? That she has more blood on her hands than Tolwyn would ever have in his brilliant career? That she is nothing more than a merciless broker of lives and secrets? Then you do not know her enough. There is much more to her than that. Much more.
I saw her once, in a moment of terrifying vulnerability. You have never seen her sob in the night, seen her wring her hands at the decisions she must give out daily. The moments when she is racked by the guilt, the faces of the hundreds of dozens of young men and women and troops she flings at the Families rivals in the hidden conflict that only those who bear witness to a Corporate patron know. Yet, at dawn, she is Sue Yen Ng Lai again. The Ice Queen. The Queen of Tarots. The most merciful of the merciless.”

Keiko Gan “Personal Journal”

“I will not be taking any calls Miss. Ching” she said as she thumbed off the intercom.

She uttered to the air around her. “Seal doors. Activate white noise generators”. At her voice, the doors snapped shut even as the dull hum told her that white noise generators were activated. She snapped her fingers and the curtains closed in, swathing the room in darkness even as the windows slowly began vibrating at a high frequency – the means to throw off laser and audio taps. Sue pressed another button again that scanned her room. Her console gave a beep of confirmation. No bugs.

In the darkness, the woman went to her desk. She didn’t need the light to navigate her way. Her elegant fingers touched her expansive desk that was hers even as she sat back in the high backed chair that was the symbol of her office. Read the rest of this entry »


The Imperial Guard

September 7, 2006

Imperial Guard gruntsThe Hammer of the Emperor. The Emperor’s Divine Fist. Also known as the Flashlight Brigade on account of their puny lasguns, the Imperial Guard in version 1.51 is still, for lack of a better word, horribly undergunned.

Despite adding an additional man to the average Guardsman squad and slightly juicing up their hitpoints, they are expected to go head on against other races Tier 0 units and accomplish miracles. With the morale of girly men unless you have an expensive Commissar in charge, the squad is expected to go up against the likes of, well…everything else including Tactical Marines or Chaos Space Marines and worse since their replacements – the Kasrkin – only drop by in Tier 3.

The odds of surviving Dark Reaper squads dancing around you plinking away, massed Raptor packs or even Scouts with Sniper Rifles in Tier 1 are minimal at best. Not only do they outclass the average Guardsman unit in quality, they succeed on a cost basis as well. To even marginally offer resistance barring as some form of meatshield, the average Guardsman squad needs either the Command Squad disrupting enemy units or a Commissar backing them up. Without either of these, a squad will fold in a matter of seconds to massed fire.

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