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                          SYSTEM SHOCK 2 FAQ & WALKTHROUGH
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AUTHOR   : BahamutZero
E-MAIL   : avrompaey@yahoo.com
DATE     : September 18, 2000
VERSION  : 1.00
COMPLETED: 25 %
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T A B L E   O F   C O N T E N T S
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[01] VERSION HISTORY
  A. Version 1.xx
[02] CHARACTER CREATION
  A. O.S.A.
  B. Navy
  C. Marines
[03] WALKTHROUGH
  A. Von Braun Deck 2 - Medical / Science
  B. Von Braun Deck 1 - Engineering
  C. Von Braun Deck 3 - Hydroponics
[04] APPENDIX
  A. Weapons & Ammo
  B. Armor & Suits
  C. Implants
  D. Hypos
  E. Misc Items
  F. OS Upgrades
  G. Audio Logs

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[01] VERSION HISTORY
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A. Version 1.xx
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Version 1.00 (09/25/00) - First version released

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[02] CHARACTER CREATION
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A. O.S.A.
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The OSA agent is trained to proficiently use the Psionic powers available. This kind of
agent is the typical example of brains over brawns. He has to think and plan his
movements before taking action.

His career options are the following:
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YEAR 1
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  - TOS Chu Lun Sensory Deprivation Tank
    MISSION POSTING: Sens Dep Tank 003/MU5: Mass Alteration
    GAIN: Tier Two Psi Disciplines, Cryokinesis and Psycho-Reflective Screen

  - TOS Ru Nang Sensory Deprivation Tank
    MISSION POSTING: Sens Dep Tank 437/WH1: Kinetic Empathy
    GAIN: Tier Two Psi Disciplines, Cryokinesis and Kinetic Redirection

  - TOS Shao Ling Sensory Deprivation Tank
    MISSION POSTING: Sens Dep Tank 925/NP5: Cyber Empathy
    GAIN: Tier Two Psi Disciplines, Cryokinesis and Psychogenic Cyber Affinity
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YEAR 2
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  - Tactical Psionic Training
    MISSION POSTING: Tactical Psionic Training/Deep Cover
    GAIN: +2 Endurance

  - Ki Luan Research Lab
    MISSION POSTING: Experimental Lab, TOS Li Kuan
    GAIN: +1 Research

  - Telepathic Interrogation
    MISSION POSTING: Telepathic Interrogation/Engramanalysis
    GAIN: +2 Psionic Ability
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YEAR 3
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  - Physical Field Operations
    MISSION POSTING: Field Operations, Io
    GAIN: +1 Strength, +1 Agility, +1 Cyber-affinity, and Remote Electron Tampering

  - Selections Group Field Operations
    MISSION POSTING: Field Operations, Selections Group
    GAIN: +1 Strength, +1 Agility, +1 Cyber-affinity, and Neuro-Reflex Dampening

  - Anti-Terrorism Field Operations
    MISSION POSTING: Field Operations, Anti-Terrorism
    GAIN: +1 Strength, +1 Agility, +1 Cyber-affinity, and Psychogenic Agility

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B. Navy
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The Navy soldier is a jack of all trades. He possesses skills in every area, from hacking
to repairing and from standard guns to energy weapons. It is the more balanced of all
classes but it is harder to specialize in a particular skill.

His career options are the following:
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YEAR 1
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  - UNN Lucille Military Police
    MISSION POSTING: Military Police
    GAIN: +1 Modify and +1 Strength

  - UNN Lucille Engineer's Mate
    MISSION POSTING: Engineer's Mate
    GAIN: +1 Repair and +1 Strength

  - UNN Lucille Ship's Ops
    MISSION POSTING: Ship's Ops
    GAIN: +1 Hack and +1 Strength
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YEAR 2
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  - Laverne Tactical Training School
    MISSION POSTING: Tactical Training School
    GAIN: +2 Standard Weapons

  - UNN Pierce Ordnance Master
    MISSION POSTING: Ordnance Master
    GAIN: +1 Maintenance

  - UNN Carfax Navigator's Mate
    MISSION POSTING: Navigator's Mate
    GAIN: +2 Cyber-affinity
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YEAR 3
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  - Yamamoto Zero-G Training
    MISSION POSTING: Zero-G Training
    GAIN: +2 Agility

  - Io Survival Training School
    MISSION POSTING: Survival Training
    GAIN: +2 Endurance

  - Marie Curie Research Facility
    MISSION POSTING: Lab Assistant
    GAIN: +1 Research

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C. Marines
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The Marine is the weapons expert. He is capable of efficiently using any kind of weapons
from standard guns to energy weapons. He is also a very physical trained soldier with
high strength and endurance.

His career options are the following:
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YEAR 1
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  - Guadalcanal Zero-Grav Training
    MISSION POSTING: Zero-G Training
    GAIN: +2 Agility

  - Io Survival Training School
    MISSION POSTING: Survival Training
    GAIN: +2 Endurance

  - Supply Ship Gallo Ordnance Master's Mate
    MISSION POSTING: Ordnance Master's Mate
    GAIN: +2 Strength
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YEAR 2
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  - Port MacArthur Weapons Range
    MISSION POSTING: Staff Assistant, Weapons Range
    GAIN: +2 Standard Weapons

  - JM-432 Asteroid Picket
    MISSION POSTING: Asteroid Pickets
    GAIN: +1 Heavy Weapons and +1 Cyber-affinity

  - Antigua Gunnery Mate
    MISSION POSTING: Gunnery Mate
    GAIN: +1 Energy Weapons and +1 Cyber-affinity
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YEAR 3
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  - Antigua Ship's Systems Consultant
    MISSION POSTING: Ship's System Consultant
    GAIN: +1 Repair

  - Poliedes Training Section
    MISSION POSTING: Quash Rebellion
    GAIN: +1 Modify

  - U.N.N. Honor Guard
    MISSION POSTING: Honor Guard, MP
    GAIN: +1 Maintenance

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[03] WALKTHROUGH
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A. Von Braun Deck 2 - Medical / Science
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 As soon as you wake up from your cryogenic sleep you will receive an E-Mail from Polito
 telling you to take cover. Your first objective in the game is to reach Deck 4. For now,
 examine the corpse lying nearby to find the [Wrench]. Equip the weapon and use it to
 smash the metal object blocking the ladder. Climb the ladder and go into the next room
 when everything starts to fall apart.

 Pick up the Cryogenics Sector Keycard and use it to open the locked door. Search the
 corpse to find an audio log, [Amanpour 07.JUL.14]. Listen to it to learn the access code
 that opens the next door. You can also hack the keypad if you have enough Hack skill
 (1+). Go through the narrow passage and you will end up next to the airlock.
 Unfortunately, it is locked. Pick up the [Dead Power Cell] and use the Recharge Station
 to recharge the cell. Then place it in the slot next to the door and it will open. You
 will receive the first 4 [Cybernetic Modules]. You can use these modules to upgrade your
 stats or skills. Now take the elevator to the second floor and go through the first door
 to the right.

  [ACTION]: If you have the Kinetic Redirection psi discipline you can get the items that
            you cannot reach. These are a pack of 6 [Standard Bullets] and a [Speed
            Booster].

 Find the Science Sector Keycard and proceed forward. You will see some kind of ghost.
 Open the door with the keycard and you will have reached the main part of Deck 2. The
 real action begins now, as some Hybrids will attack you. Defeat them and then try to
 activate the main elevator (the door with the big yellow button). Polito will tell you
 that the main power is offline and she will tell you what to do next.

 Go to the Medical Reception Area in the Science sector of Deck 2 and pick up the [Dead
 Power Cell] near the dead body. You will now have to find a charger to power the
 battery.

 You can find the Energy Recharging Station in the Power Plant section of the ship. To
 access this area, find the ladder leading down near the Chemical Storeroom. The area is
 guarded by 2 Slug Turrets. Destroy them and charge the battery at the station. Then
 return to the Medical Reception Area and insert the battery in the slot next to the
 door. Go into the next area.

 Find Grassi's corpse in the area and pick up the Deck 2 Crew Keycard nearby. You can now
 access the Crew sector. Head there and open the door using the keycard. You will find a
 set of upgrading machines here so you can spend your cyber-modules. You will also find
 the first OS Upgrade. Choose these upgrades carefully as you cannot change them once you
 choose them. Find Dr Watts' office and pick up the R&D Sector Keycard.

 Leave the Crew sector and head back to the main area of Deck 2. From there you can
 access the R&D section with the keycard. Explore the R&D section and reach Dr. Watts'
 office. He's wounded and will tell you the maintenance shaft access code and die.

 Return to the main part of Deck 2 and access the maintenance shaft. Destroy the guardian
 robot and climb down the ladder to Deck 1.

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B. Von Braun Deck 1 - Engineering
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 Polito will message you telling you what to do next.

 Go through the coolant tubes quickly to minimize radiation. Find the door to the Engine
 Core. It's locked because of the radiation leak.

 Head all the way south and you will receive an E-Mail from Polito telling you the code
 to Utility Storage 4.

 Find utility storage 4 and use the passcode to get in. You can find a [Hazard Suit]
 there. Now go all the way west until you reach the xerxes screen. From now, be extremely
 careful with the robots. Shoot them from a distance with Armor Piercing bullets. Find
 the Security Access Card and reach the security booth. You can heal there in the
 surgical unit and upgrade your skills. Now go into the Cargo Bay area.

 Explore Cargo Bay 1A/1B first and find the Cargo Bay 2A/2B Keycard. Now head to Cargo
 Bay 2A/2B. Explore the area and you'll find the code for Engineering Control.

 Go back to the Engineering Control and access it via the code. You'll learn that Xerxes
 has disabled the Fluidics Computer. You'll have to find another way around the problem.

 Return to auxiliary storage 5 (chemical storeroom) and open the door with the passcode.
 Pick up the correct circuit board and return to Command Control. Insert the board in the
 slot and return to Engineering Control. Activate the Fluidics Computer. Now you will
 have to manually restart both engine nacelles.

 Now that the radiation leak is contained return to the coolant tubes and access the
 Engine Core. Visit both Nacelles and activate them. Then activate the Main Power
 Computer in the Engine Core to activate the elevators. Now you can try to get to Deck 4
 to meet Polito. I say try because the elevator shaft to deck 4 is blocked by an organic
 mass. You will have to stop at Deck 3 and find a way to dispose of this mass.

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C. Von Braun Deck 3 - Hydroponics
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 You will learn from exploring the area that in order to clear the mass blocking the lift
 shaft you will need to plant some kind of toxin in the four environmental regulators.

 First, find and research a vial of Toxin-A. The you'll have to find the four
 environmental regulators and install a [Vial of Toxin-A] in each one of them. The
 regulators are located in the following places:
  - Find the ladder marked as 3 in the map. Explore the place and you'll find the first
    regulator.
  - Find the ladder marked 1 in the map and explore the area. You'll find a regulator and
    the Sector A access keycard.

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[04] APPENDIX
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A. Weapons & Ammo
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ANTI-PERSONNEL BULLETS
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 Slots: 1

 While nearly useless against armored targets, the Mite anti personnel round is
 devastatingly effective against flesh and blood. Nanites inside the head of the clip
 automatically sense when the round has entered an organic target. First, the head of the
 bullet fragments into several dozen pieces. Immediately, they seek the highest local
 temperature and, using microscopic pockets of gas, propel themselves towards the warmth,
 and presumably, the vital organs.
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ANTI-PERSONNEL SHOTGUN SHELLS
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 Slots: 1

 These explosive pellets combine a chemical incendiary with a cluster of self-converting
 nanites to pack an extra kick. Not many organic targets can stand up to these for long.
 They are best used at relatively short range, as the pellets tend to spread.
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ARMOR-PIERCING BULLETS
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 Slots: 1

 The armor piercing round is not particularly effective against soft targets, but it's
 the round of choice when up against mechanized foes. The uranium tips provide
 considerably penetrating power, even to relatively weak slug throwers like the Talon
 M2A3 and the M-22 assault rifle. The bullet is the kid brother of the discarding sabot
 rounds used by tanks in the 21st century. Besides the incredibly dense uranium tip, the
 casing is lined with an advanced ballistic material that decreases drag, imparting even
 greater penetration.
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CLUSTERS OF WORMS
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 Slots: 1

 These disgusting things can be used as ammunition by exotic, annelid-based weaponry. The
 worms can be collected by using empty beakers on piles of worms.
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FRAGMENTATION GRENADE CLIP
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 Slots: 1

 A standard fragmentation grenade. Damage is a combination of the concussive effects of
 the explosion and the resultant pieces of shrapnel.
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GRENADE LAUNCHER
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 Slots: 3
 Requires: Heavy Weapons: 1

 The grenade launcher requires a Heavy Weapons skill of 1 in order to use. The first
 modification to this weapon increases the clip size, while the second increases the
 speed of the grenades and reduces the reload time. Additionally, both modifications
 increase weapon damage. The TC-11 "Brick" can launch a wide variety of ordnance, from
 standard high-explosive, to proximity detection rounds, EMP, or white phosphorous
 incendiary. Creative souls have been know to jury rig other types of ammo. Unlike the
 earlier generations of launchers, the M-48 utilizes a reverse polarization magnetic
 launching mechanism instead of compressed gas.
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LASER PISTOL
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 Slots: 3
 Requires: Energy Weapons: 1

 The laser pistol requires an Energy Weapons skill of 1. The first modification to this
 weapon increases the energy capacity, while the second reduces the energy consumption -
 both modifications increase the damage. The deadlier cousin of the Sparq Pistol, the
 Apollo H4 Laser Pistol relies on refracted light instead of electricity to damage its
 target. While it has a fairly large battery, the weapon must be replenished at a
 recharge station. The overcharge setting can be used to get out of a tight spot, but
 puts an inordinate strain on the unit's energy supply.
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LASER RAPIER
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 Slots: 3
 Requires: Agility: 3
           Energy Weapons: 4

 A brutally effective melee weapon, the laser rapier requires an Agility of 3 and an
 Energy Weapons skill of 4 in order to use. Far more effective than the prototype model
 first developed in Citadel Station in 2072, the Mark IV laser rapier is a much more
 reliable piece of technology. The unit works by projecting a porous field of reflective
 material in a shaft shaped region around the base of the rapier. When the material is
 bent [as when the rapier strikes a target] the intense refracted light inside is
 released locally, causing intense burns to the target. "That's right, just like the one
 the Hacker used on Citadel Station! We're the only one in town who's got 'em! Only 40
 nanites!" - Street vendor selling Laser Rapier replicas in New Detroit.
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PISTOL
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 Slots: 3
 Requires: Standard Weapons: 1

 The pistol requires a Standard Weapons skill of 1 in order to use. Both modifications to
 the pistol increase damage - the first also increases the clip size, while the second
 decreases the reload time. Developed by TriOptimum's military division, the Talon M2A3
 .45 caliber pistol is a standard issue sidearm provided to all UNN military personnel.
 After 23 years in service, the weapon has been designed to accept a number of kinds of
 ammunition, including the standard steel-jacketed rounds, uranium tipped armor piercing
 rounds and even nanite-based anti-personnel rounds.
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PROXIMITY GRENADE CLIP
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 Slots: 1

 "The Radius IV proximity grenade utilizes no fewer than six separate methods of
 detection, from IR signature to EM field sampling to volumetric air displacement in
 order to make sure that it explodes with pinpoint accuracy and in the close vicinity of
 your enemies! Be sure to purchase our Radius Exclusion Emitter, coming soon, in order to
 make sure that your grenades exclude you and your squadmates from detonation!" --
 TriOptimum advertising copy.
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PSI AMP
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 Slots: 3

 Developed by Esper Industries, a critical branch of TriOps military R&D division, this
 controversial device allows psionically able individuals to amplify and project their
 powers into the world. Before the development of the Psi Amp, Psi powers were mostly
 only detectable in a lab environment. The Amp contains and inhibits the normal diffusion
 problems inherent is Psi phenomena. The amp also allows the user to effectively channel
 their innate Psi powers to a number of proscribed effects. This device caused a furor in
 the Psi community, primarily because of its obvious military applications, but also
 because of the Amps tendency to define Psionic "disciplines" along a few specific [and
 generally utilitarian] axes.
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RIFLED SLUGS
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Slots: 1

 The design of the basic shotgun slug hasn't changed much in the past century. A small,
 heavy piece of metal, delivered with a high kinetic energy, is a short, simple recipe
 for damage.
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SHOTGUN
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 Slots: 3
 Requires: Standard Weapons: 3

 The shotgun requires a Standard Weapons skill of 3 in order to use. Both modifications
 to the shotgun increase damage - the first also reduces reload time, while the second
 reduces kickback. Shotguns in the military had generally gone out of favor until TriOp
 consumer division introduced a handheld version of this 10 gauge monster. While it works
 like a traditional [albeit incredibly deadly] shotgun, this magazine loaded behemoth
 also supports a triple load shot, which has been known to split its victims in two. A
 few months after its introduction, its popularity with hunters and other weapons
 enthusiasts prompted a large scale purchase of the guns by the UNN military.
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STANDARD BULLETS
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Slots: 1

 This .45 Standard Round is encased in a solid steel jacket, these rounds provide general
 purpose stopping power. Their main advantage of this ordnance is that it's extremely
 cheap to produce, and therefore readily available. No target type is either particularly
 vulnerable nor resistant to these rounds.
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WRENCH
ŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Slots: 3
 Requires: Nothing

 A multi-purpose tool generally used for engineering purposes. However, it makes an
 effective makeshift weapon. "When you hit someone over the head with 22 pounds of steel,
 they tend not to appreciate it" - Taz Amanpour, VB Maintenance Crew. The wrench does not
 require any weapons skill to use.

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B. Armor & Suits
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HAZARD SUIT
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Slots: 4
 Defense: +75 RAD
          +75 TOX

 The TriOptimum Zero-Phase Hazard Armor uses a combination of triple-layer rubberized
 mesh, reflective shielding, and low-intensity force field path warps, in order to
 protect its wearer from not only vacuum but other environmental hazards such as
 radiation and chemical spills. Competitors such as the HaziShield Group and Wykodyne
 have claimed that keeping force field generators so close to the skin for long periods
 of time can be carcinogenic, but most wearers are more concerned about short-term
 hazards and prefer the added protection.
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LIGHT COMBAT ARMOR
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 Slots: 4
 Requires: Strength: 2
 Defense: +20

 The Dartech class 1 armor requires a strength of 2 in order to equip. The armor is a
 complex mesh of Kevlar and substrate steel mesh that provides lightweight, marginally
 effective firepower stoppage. The armor is not only designed to resist penetration, but
 also to disperse the kinetic energy of the impact throughout its frame. Dartech is the
 arm of TriOps military branch that generally supplies the poorer belligerents, such as
 terrorists and local militias. While it's better than nothing, more than one wearer has
 met an unpleasant end while wearing the Dartech class 1.

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C. Implants
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BRAWNBOOST[TM] IMPLANT
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 Slots: 1

 Crigon Manufactory's BrawnBoost [TM] implant increases the user's STR by 1, burning up
 1% of its charge every ten seconds. The implant acts to circumvent many of the legal
 restrictions on athletic pharmaceuticals by avoiding any actual drugs, and simply
 stimulating the musculature with electric and magnetic impulses.
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LABASSISTANT[TM] IMPLANT
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 Slots: 1

 The LabAssistant [TM] implant increases research skill by 1, burning up 1% of its charge
 every ten seconds. The LabAssistant is one of the least popular implants that Crigon
 Manufactory sells, but a core market of graduate students keeps the line afloat.
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PSIBOOST[TM] IMPLANT
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 Slots: 1

 Crigon Manufactory's PsiBoost [TM] implant increases the user's PSI by 1, burning up 1%
 of its charge every ten seconds. The implant monitors the user's neurotransmitter
 levels, and acts on nervous controllers to keep the levels optimal for peak neural
 function.
______________________
SWIFTBOOST[TM] IMPLANT
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 Slots: 1

 The SwiftBoost [TM] implant boosts agility by 1, burning up 1% of its charge every ten
 seconds. While the RunFast [TM] Implant concentrates on stimulating the leg muscles, the
 SwiftBoost [TM] Implant speeds up reaction times for the entire body. This implant is
 popular among gymnasts and other athletes, but hasn't caught on fully with the military
 yet.

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D. Hypos
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ANTI-RADIATION HYPO
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Slots: 1

 This agent radically accelerates the half-life breakdown of many potentially hazardous
 compounds. Dr. Marie Delacroix, the chief engineer aboard the Von Braun, was well aware
 of the imperfections inherent in the rushed development of the ship. Notably, the
 coolant system of the ship had a chronic cracking problem, leading to the widespread
 leakage of hazardous materials. While these leaks are easily detected and usually
 quickly fixed, she demanded that an excess supply of ChemCal rad hypos be distributed
 throughout the ship. Unlike most of her cautions regarding conditions on the Von Braun,
 this one was actually heeded. Most effective if used shortly after the hazardous event,
 anti-radiation hypos inject small amounts of an agent comercially known as NukeTralizer.
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ANTI-TOXIN HYPO
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 Slots: 1

 "The Vita-Hyb Detoxification Hypospray acts fast, and it acts strong, to rid your body
 of chemical and environmental hazards. Had too much to drink? Wandered too close to a
 synthocrete building in progress? Try a dose! Children, senior citizens, pregnant women,
 and those of any form of medication are warned to consult Health Advisory 1053-T-032
 before using." -Vita-Hyb skybanner, 2110.
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MEDICAL HYPO
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Slots: 1

 Designed as a quick fix for minor injuries, the ChemCal medical hypo injects a healing
 enzyme which can make a crude assessment of the patient's condition and somewhat alter
 the chemical makeup of the hypo to fit the case. In addition, the hypo contains a
 mixture of pain killers and anti-coagulants. Not meant as a treatment for serious
 injury, the med hypo will do in a pinch. The only downside is the rather sharp stick of
 the over-engineered vacc needle, which was nearly recalled twelve years ago on its
 introduction. Strong litigation by TriOp's legal department eliminated that potentially
 costly eventuality.
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PSI HYPO
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Slots: 1

 The Psi Booster hypo contains a potent cocktail of tension relievers, dopamine
 inhibitors, and circulatory stimulators. A dose will increase your psi points by 30, up
 to your maximum. The Surgeon General has warned that Psi Booster hypos can be
 habit-forming and dangerous to your health. Note also that the manufacturer has used a
 special, patented process to make these items unable to be duplicated by those who know
 the Molecular Duplication psi discipline, in order to protect their monopoly.
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SPEED BOOSTER
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Slots: 1

 The Vita-Hyb SpeedBoost hypo confers twenty seconds of double speed. Popular among
 high-school students for a dangerous street sport of "Crash Careening", the SpeedBoost
 hypo can also be invaluable in emergencies.
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STRENGTH BOOSTER
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Slots: 1

 The Strength-Boost pharmaceutical confers one point of strength, up to a maximum of
 eight points, for five minutes. Vita-Hyb, the makers of Strength-Boost, have been
 rumored to sell surgically implantable Strength-Boost drip packages for athletes, though
 such things are, of course, highly illegal.

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E. Misc Items
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ANNELID HEALING GLAND
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Slots: 1
 Requires: Research: 1
 Chemicals: Os (x1)

 Summary: This tissue can be used to physically heal damage.

 Analysis: This gland secretes a prolific mix of hormones and stimulatory enzymes, and a
 quickly dividing layer of cells spawns off multi-purpose circulatory cells. These cells
 seek out sites of tissue damage and graft themselves into the tissue, taking on the
 characteristics of the local host tissue in a matter of moments.

 Recommendation: The shared tissue compatibilities between human and annelid tissue will
 allow this gland to be used for healing, though not as fully as it would in an annelid
 host. Once removed from the host's body, it can only be used once.
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AUTO-REPAIR UNIT
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Slots: 1

 The Viridian V-Badge Auto-repair Unit is marketed, in an amazing display of underrating,
 as a repair device. In reality, the Auto-repair Unit scans, and then virtually rebuilds
 from scratch, a target device, in its original pristine state. Several documented cases
 have observed subtle improvements in the repaired device, where the original was damaged
 beyond scannability. Much to the relief of licensed repair specialists, the Auto-repair
 Unit is a single-use device.
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BAG OF CHIPS
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Slots: 1

 Crack-O's Potato Chips, voted the UNN's national food product in the early 21st century,
 are made from slices of common potatoes deep fried in hydrogenated oils. This treat is
 often supplemented with vitamins to boost its questionable nutritional value. "When you
 need a tasty treat, Crack-O's are the chips to beat. Eat 'em by the bunch or by pound,
 new improved Crack-O's won't let you down." -Crack-O's Neuro-Net Promotion 2111.
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BOTTLE OF JUICE
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Slots: 1

 Produced from genegrafted fruit in hydroponics tanks, the popular TastyFruit Caffeinated
 Fruit Drink is chock full of vitamins, sugar, and fruit pulp.
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BOTTLE OF LIQUOR
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Slots: 1

 With advances in pharmaceuticals that mimic the effects of alcohol, liquor has begun to
 be rated in both "true proof" and "factor proof", with the strongest drinks being close
 to 330 factor proof. This rotgut gets you drunk the old-fashioned way, with no added
 factor proof.
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BOTTLE OF VODKA
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Slots: 1

 A distilled liquor, vodka is something that the replicators never really got quite
 right. The replicated brand is numbingly strong, but one's enjoyment is hindered by a
 sharp, biting taste.
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CHAMPAGNE BOTTLE
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Slots: 1

 Champagne is a popular drink enjoyed on the Von Braun [and smuggled onto the
 Rickenbacker], both in its lounges and replicators. However, since the entire liquor
 concession is run by TriOp and all champagne is replicated from the same nanite
 archetype [due to limited database storage], there is only a single brand available.
 Fortunately, the vintage is excellent.
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CHARGED POWER CELL
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Slots: 1

 The ElectroSim Type 5 power cell is a new model, designed to deliver a lot of power over
 a small period of time. These are typically used to provide emergency backup power for
 ship-critical systems.
 Unfortunately, they have a tendency to lose their charge if stored for more than a few
 weeks, so they must be frequently recharged at energy recharging stations. ElectroSim
 has replaced this unit with the more stable 5A, but the upgrade was not available before
 the Von Braun left Earth.
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CIGARETTES
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Slots: 1

 Every box of the Tobacco Conglomerate's new phylo-filter-tip cigarettes comes with three
 optional, experience-enhancing, additives available at the touch of a button. The
 "Mint-o-matic" button infuses your smoke with a menthol/eucalyptus/mint blend. The
 "Kicker" button adds a flavor-rich double dose of tar, nicotine, and carbon compounds.
 The "Self-cleaning" coats your cigarette with a layer of smoke-depositing nanotech. "As
 my testimony indicated the last time I stood before this committee, there is still no
 clear evidence that cigarette smoking is proven to be harmful to the health of the
 smoker." - Jack M. Sutton, Chief Executive Officer, Uplift Tobacco, 09-03-2112.
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CIRCUIT BOARD
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Slots: 1

 This circuit board, like half of the rest of the equipment aboard the Von Braun,
 combines cutting-edge technology and a haphazard jury-rig quality. Some of the logic
 chips are marked with experimental serial numbers, and there are smearings of solder and
 nanite-grown junctions everywhere.
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DEAD POWER CELL
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Slots: 1

 The ElectroSim Type 5 power cell is a new model, designed to deliver a lot of power over
 a small period of time. These are typically used to provide emergency backup power for
 ship-critical systems.
 Unfortunately, they have a tendency to lose their charge if stored for more than a few
 weeks, so they must be frequently recharged at energy recharging stations. ElectroSim
 has replaced this unit with the more stable 5A, but the upgrade was not available before
 the Von Braun left Earth.
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DISPOSABLE MAINTENANCE TOOL
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Slots: 1

 Gunnery sergeants everywhere make it a point of pride that their tool of choice isn't a
 "loser know-nothing fix-it-all device" - the better the maintenance skill of the
 operator, the more effect using the tool will have. These tools are disposable, and can
 only be used once each.
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FERMIUM [FM]
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Slots: 1

 Research software and nanite-driven molecular processing has come to mean that the
 necessary material for performing basic research no longer includes complex organics and
 complex synthetics. Instead, chemical elements serve as raw materials for the nanite
 research processors, and are combined as needed. Chemical containers such as this one
 are carefully designed to prevent the material from reacting with the environment either
 chemically or energetically, and are fitted with with dispensing nozzles that dock with
 most standard nanite injection ports.
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FRENCH-EPSTEIN DEVICE
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Slots: 1

 The perfect birthday gift for the techie with less than ideal technical skills, the
 French-Epstein device is a portable, nanite-driven, self-contained analysis and
 modification tool. Simply place your weapon in the device, and let the French-Epstein's
 expert systems do the work necessary in the weapons modifications. One use only.
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GRUB POD ORGAN
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Slots: 1
 Requires: Research: 1
 Chemicals: Ga (x1), Cf (x1)

 Summary: While you have learned the vulnerabilities of this creature, they're so easily
 killed it hardly matters. Like all annelids, they are somewhat resistant to energy
 weapons. Annelid eggs often contain useful organs if you search them before they are
 destroyed.

 Analysis: Genetically female, the annelid grub is the most basic annelid form. The
 creature is principally nervous system and musculature - the highly advanced [for a
 worm] nervous system appears to be tied into a rudimentary psionic sense organ. While
 wormlike in appearance, the grub has no actual digestive track, but is furnished with
 energy reserves at birth. When these are depleted, the creature shuts down into a
 dormant state, possibly until a further psionic trigger acts on it. The eggs that these
 emerge from often contain organs that might be extracted for useful purposes, unless the
 egg was destroyed in combat.

 Analysis: The grubs are fairly fragile, but can be somewhat dangerous if they close
 before you see them. In large numbers, they may prove a more significant threat.
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HYBRID ORGAN
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Slots: 1
 Requires: Research: 1
 Chemicals: None

 Summary: You've learned how to best target the Hybrid for maximal damage. All damage you
 deal to Hybrids will be increased by 25%.

 Analysis: DNA structure indicates that this organism is a hybrid of a human host and a
 parasitic organism. Although the parasite [resembling a yard-long worm] has deteriorated
 to a stage beyond useful analysis, the effects of the process are evident. Severe
 deterioration of higher level mental processes is caused by tumerous growths along the
 spinal column and brain stem. The non-human tissues seem to be formed of a composite of
 small wormlike creatures that have adapted into the host body and taken over a majority
 of motor control and decision making functions. There also appears to be direct
 stimulation of the autonomic nervous and glandular systems. Hence, the organism produces
 exceptional amounts of both adrenaline and endorphins, making it remarkably strong and
 aggressive. What remains can not really be called human at all. The damage done to the
 host by the process is irrevocable, and the organism now functions with no sense of
 morality or hesitation.

 Recommendation: The organism is vulnerable to the same forms of stimuli as a human.
 However, the changes in its physiology suggest a chemistry more complex than is
 currently understood. Further analysis of similar organisms might provide more insight
 in this area.
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ICE-PICK
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Slots: 1

 The ICE pick's limited power supply and custom-programmed nanites allow for one
 successful hack, regardless of the skill of the user. Banned as illegal in most
 countries and aboard UNN ships, the ICE pick is nevertheless a great help for any hacker
 who can afford the prices the black market charges for the device. A persistent rumor in
 the hacker underground is that "Cantor", the ICE pick's inventor, has offered his own
 ice-breaking algorithms as a reward to anyone who can demonstrate to him a system the
 ICE pick can't break.
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MAGAZINE
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Slots: 1

 A high-color journal covering the artificial-personality circuit. Feature articles
 discuss synthetic talk shows, aggregate personalities developed as corporate spokesmen,
 and low-budget personality tailoring that can be done at home.
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MAGAZINE
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Slots: 1

 This magazine, very popular among protocol droids and their programmers, is an eclectic
 combination of technical information and interior design. Some articles are written
 wholly in byte-compiled code format, easily readable by droids, but many human
 programmers consider it a mark of competence to be able to read those articles without
 software assistance.
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MAGAZINE
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Slots: 1

 A wildly speculative, low-budget magazine, which covers subjects from "Are They Among
 Us?" to "Pros and Cons of Silicate Genetics." The only things more amusing than the
 articles are the letters to the editor published at the front.
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MAGAZINE
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Slots: 1

 This fat, glossy magazine is principally advertisements for expensive leathers, both
 clothing and accoutrements. A feature article talks about the experimental Ganymede
 nu-cow farms.
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MAGAZINE
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Slots: 1

 This holografic glossy magazine appeals principaly to a rich youth market. The
 long-running feature stories detail the romances and adventures of several highly
 photogenic celebrities.
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MEDICAL KIT
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Slots: 1

 The self-diagnostic medical kit is able to stop bleeding, rebuild damaged tissue, and
 even make rudimentary organ repair. A staple of emergency medical technicians,
 battlefield medics, and policemen everywhere, the medical kit will restore all lost hit
 points.
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MFD GAME PLAYER
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Slots: 1

 A shiny new GamePig [TM] entertainment device from Vortex Mechanics Unlimited. Able to
 play dozens of different game, simply by inserting new memory cartridges. Most games
 star "Grunty the Gaming Pig", who first rose to fame in the 2005 interactive
 entertainment "Corporate Swine". DISCLAIMER: VMU is not liable for any accidents which
 may occur due to distraction from playing GamePig [TM] games in a heads-up display.
 Oink!
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MONKEY BRAIN
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Slots: 1
 Requires: Research: 1
 Chemicals: Fm (x1)

 Summary: You've learned how to best target the monkeys for maximal damage. All damage
 you deal to monkeys will be increased by 25%.

 Analysis: The monkey is genetically normal, an African squirrel monkey. However,
 it appears to have been subject to a large number of chemical and surgical procedures,
 both before and after birth. These procedures have enhanced brain size and connectivity,
 as well as enhanced the myelination of the central nervous system. The skull of the
 creature has been surgically removed, presumably both to prevent cranial pressure and to
 allow quick experimental access.

 Recommendation: The neural construction of the creature is similar in nature to psionic
 human neural structure - the monkeys are likely to have psionic capability. They are
 vulnerable to all attacks which affect standard organic creatures.
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MUG
ŻŻŻ
 Slots: 1

 The Vacuu-Sol insulated mug keeps hot beverages hot and cold beverages cold, up to three
 years at a shot. The semi-permeable force-field over the rim prevents heat transfer, as
 well as keeps the liquid inside in case of a spill.
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OSMIUM [OS]
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Slots: 1

 Research software and nanite-driven molecular processing has come to mean that the
 necessary material for performing basic research no longer includes complex organics and
 complex synthetics. Instead, chemical elements serve as raw materials for the nanite
 research processors, and are combined as needed. Chemical containers such as this one
 are carefully designed to prevent the material from reacting with the environment either
 chemically or energetically, and are fitted with with dispensing nozzles that dock with
 most standard nanite injection ports.
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OVERWORLD ZERO
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Slots: 1

 This memory module contains a complete working game for use with your VMU GamePig [TM].
 Oink!
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PLANT
ŻŻŻŻŻ
 Slots: 1

 This hardy specimen has been genetically tailored to require minimal water, even less
 light, and almost no minerals or fertilizer. It bears a striking resemblance in both
 color and lifelessness, to the plastic plants of several decades past.
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PORTABLE BATTERY
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Slots: 1

 The ElectroSim Type 2 portable battery contains enough power to recharge virtually any
 powered device. A small flaw in the discharge terminal prevents the battery from being
 used more than once, as it fully discharges upon use. ElectroSim has issued a recall for
 this particular type of battery.
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SMALL BEAKER
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Slots: 1

 While most DNA infusion clipping is done via protein databases, this beaker is still an
 effective way to test new compounds of both carbon and non-carbon based compounds. The
 shielded beaker is an excellent method of storing small quantities of hazardous
 materials for transport and/or storage.
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SODA CAN
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Slots: 1

 Invented in the early part of the 20th century, soda was created as a refreshing
 beverage, a mixture of carbonated water and corn syrup. For such a trivial seeming
 product, soda and similar beverages fueled the rise of the first two mega-corporation,
 the names of which are illegal to publish by UNN Information Ordnance #234/fd34. Net
 rumors suggest that these two corporations' marketing skirmishes turned into physical
 ones, promulgated by the destruction of offshore bottling plants by hired mercenary
 squads in 2023.
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SURGICAL UNIT ACTIVATION KEY
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Slots: 1

 The standard surgical unit is useful for diagnostic procedures, under the control of a
 trained physician. This activation key, when attached to a surgical unit, will allow it
 to perform healing procedures automatically. A fierce battle with the medical lobbyist
 groups has resulted in a compromise, in which the nanite-driven activation keys may not
 be installed by the vendor on a surgical unit, but may be stocked separately for
 customers to install in case of emergency, and the installation is not difficult.
 However, once the two are connected, a factory technician is required to disconnect the
 two.
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SWINEKEEPER
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Slots: 1

 This memory module contains a complete working game for use with your VMU GamePig [TM].
 Oink!
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VIAL OF TOXIN-A
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Slots: 1
 Requires: Research: 1
 Chemicals: Sb (x2), V (x1)

 Summary: Placing this toxin in an environmental regulator will reduce local annelid
 growth.

 Analysis: This is an experimental toxin, highly virulent, developed specifically to
 break down and dissolve annelid tissue. The canister is highly pressurized, as the
 liquid toxin would evaporate quickly under ordinary conditions.

 Recommendation: For maximum coverage, this toxin should be introduced into
 air-recirculators immediately after being opened.

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F. OS Upgrades
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CYBERNETICALLY ENHANCED
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Allows the use of two implants at once.

 RANK (1-16): 1
 The best upgrade. By using two implants at once you can increase any two stats or use
 any two special abilities.
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NATURALLY ABLE
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 One-time bonus of 8 Cyber Enhancement Units.

 RANK (1-16): 16
 Useless. Don't waste your upgrade with this. 8 Cyber Modules is not that much and you
 won't gain any other extra ability.
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PACK-RAT
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Adds three extra inventory slots.

 RANK (1-16): 15
 Completely useless. Inventory slots depend on Strength and if you have a STR of 6 it is
 useless. You can increase you STR with implants so don't bother choosing this upgrade.
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PHARMO-FRIENDLY
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Extra 20% benefit from all hypos.

 RANK (1-16): 7
 Quite good for any agent, but that one relying on psi hypos will get more benefit. This
 upgrade may be useful in harder difficulty levels where the damage dealt to you is
 greater.
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SHARPSHOOTER
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Each shot with a ranged [non-psionic] weapon does 15% more damage.

 RANK (1-16): 2
 This is good. Although 15% is not that much it greatly helps defeating the hardest
 annelids.
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SPEEDY
ŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Movement speed increased by 15%.

 RANK (1-16): 11
 Not very useful in my opinion. Movement speed is not very useful except for running and
 you don't need to run much in the game except to escape from some monsters.
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STRONG METABOLISM
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 Damage from radiation and toxins reduced by 25%.

 RANK (1-16): 14
 This is not a good upgrade since you suffer from radiation and toxin damage rarely and
 the effects are not powerful.
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TANK
ŻŻŻŻ
 Increases maximum hit points by 5

 RANK (1-16): 5
 Pretty useful in harder difficulty levels as you have little HP. It isn't that good on
 Normal since you could increase your Endurance for a few Cyber Modules and it would have
 the same effect.

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G. Audio Logs
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   _________________
---DECK 2: MED / SCI---
   ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
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DIEGO 17.MAR.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 UNN RICKENBACKER
 re: Yanking my chain

 To: Korenchkin, Anatoly
 Anatoly, there's only so much corporate calisthenics I can go through before I start to
 feel a little queasy, so let's get down to brass tacks here. We don't like each other.
 We each have our own motivations for undertaking this mission, so let me give you a
 little warning. I cannot be circumvented, I cannot be tricked, I cannot be manipulated,
 and I cannot be bought. You come at me straight and keep the fancy maneuvers for your
 next board meeting. Just because my father swam with the sharks doesn't mean that I do.
___________________
DELACROIX 07.APR.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 ENGINEERING
 re: Xerxes

 Why is it that no one listens to me? The security protocols on the Xerxes system are
 clearly immature. Some idiot hacked into the primary data loop last night and made
 Xerxes sing Elvis Presley songs for three hours. I finally had to pull the voice
 sub-system off line. What would happen if somebody with a real agenda got into him?
________________
GRASSI 12.MAY.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 MED/SCI
 re: Damn chimps

 Whose idea was it to bring 150 chimpanzees on board anyway? The interests of science?
 What about the interests of hygiene? Does anybody have any idea how much crap 150 lab
 monkeys make in a day? The poor chimps... they come onboard for the most historic
 mission of all time, and they end up being chopped into little pieces in the name of
 progress.
____________________
KORENCHKIN 14.JUN.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 COMMAND
 re: First contact

 To: Zhukov, Vladimir
 We have picked up a transmission from the surface of Tau Ceti 5. I have been in
 negotiation with Captain Diego of the Rickenbacker and after some... coercion, he's
 agreed to go planetside as a joint venture. Imagine, this historic mission might even
 become more historic. First Contact. And who is there to get exclusive rights to all
 media, patents and land grants? TriOptimum. Miri, I told you this would be worth it.
________________
GRASSI 20.JUN.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 MED/SCI
 re: All work, no play

 I got called up around 0430 to help unload the shuttle coming back from Tau Ceti.
 Korenchkin was there alone. Jesus, what the hell happened to him? He'd lost most of his
 hair, and you could see these lumps on the side of his neck. And that smell. I told him
 he should go see Dr. Watts, but he told me to mind my own business. Well, la-dee-da.
________________
SUAREZ 20.JUN.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 UNN RICKENBACKER
 re: 100% Torture

 To: Siddons, Rebecca
 Wow... you are incredible, do you know that? I made this game where I tried to make
 myself not think about you. What a moron. I love you, Rebecca. And I've got a plan. I've
 been buttering up the captain to transfer me from the Rickenbacker to the goodwill team
 on the Von Braun. Pretty soon, nothing will keep us apart.
________________
POLITO 25.JUN.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 OPS
 re: Strange AI

 To: Delacroix, Dr. Marie
 Marie... I'm sorry I've been out of touch, but I've been working on that artifact
 Bayliss brought back from Tau Ceti 5. I've done a level 3 analysis on it... I think it's
 some kind of Artificial Intelligence. I've managed to pull an audio tag file out of its
 memory... I'll let you be the judge... Marie... I think it's speaking English...
________________
GRASSI 26.JUN.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 MED/SCI
 re: Animal rights?

 Ever since we reached Tau Ceti, the lab monkeys have been acting strangely. Nurse
 Loesser picked one out of a cage to be brought in for the vivisection and the rest of
 them, I mean the entire group, stood on their legs and howled. This wasn't just a random
 display, it was a protest.
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WATTS 30.JUN.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 MED/SCI
 re: Nonsense

 To: Loesser, Angela
 Angela, while it may appear that the lab monkeys are communicating with each other, I
 assure you it's quite impossible. You claim that one monkey signed the passcode for a
 supply closet to another and the latter proceeded to open it. As I'm sure you know,
 there have literally been tens of thousands of studies of primate intelligence and there
 is no evidence of behavior even remotely that sophisticated. So either you've single
 handedly trumped the entire field of animal behaviorists or you're badly in need of a
 vacation.
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WATTS 01.JUL.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 MED/SCI
 re: Patient Watson

 Since returning from the Surface of Tau Ceti 5, patient has experienced numerous novel
 phenomena, evidenced by inflammatory nodular growth and the presence of a large wormlike
 parasite. This morning, the parasite penetrated the subject's test... from the inside...
 and attached one end of itself to the subject's forehead. If I remove it, I could kill
 the kid. If I leave it... Final Diagnosis: beats the hell out me. I'd love to refer this
 to Madorsky at CDC, but unfortunately, he's 67 trillion miles away.
________________
CURTIZ 02.JUL.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 ENGINEERING
 re: Rad Hypos

 Medical tells me they've replicated a whole bunch of Rad Hypos. I'm gonna pick those up
 and distribute them to the engineering staff unless anyone gets a better idea. Watts
 also asked me to check on the replicator in the crew lounge... he says it's a hacker's
 paradise.
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CURTIZ 06.JUL.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 ENGINEERING
 re: Coolant leaks

 To: Delacroix, Dr. Marie
 Marie, I've got to restrict access to Engineering until we can figure out what to do
 down there. It's just too hot. I don't know where all the Hazard Suits went, so I'm
 reduced to bringing down an armful of Rad Hypos. Those damn things always give me a
 headache.
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AMANPOUR 07.JUL.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 MED/SCI
 re: New code

 Great. I've got to change the access code out of Cryo A again! Like I've got nothing
 better to do. I think Grassi just likes to make work for me. I'll set the new code to
 45100. That should be easy enough to remember.
________________
GRASSI 07.JUL.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 MED/SCI
 re: Implant job

 To: Polito, Dr. Janice
 Hey, doc... a security bot showed up with orders from you to place this grunt into the
 recovery freezer. I'm no cyberdoc, but I know a plant job when I see one. I suppose you
 know they outlawed R-grade cyber-goodies after that fiasco back on Citadel Station...
 but, hey, I just work here, right?
________________
CURTIZ 07.JUL.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 ENGINEERING
 re: More trouble

 I've been unable to get in touch with Delacroix... this place is falling apart...
 members of my team keep disappearing. The leaks in the venting shafts shorted out the
 primary access channel... and that means we'll all be on auxiliary power until we can
 get it back up. That means ALL the lifts are out... Marie, where the hell are you?
_______________
WATTS 07.JUL.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 MED/SCI
 re: Patient Watson, pt. 2

 Patient Watson died at 0240 of non-specific causes. Despite zero respiratory and brain
 function, the body is still displaying autonomous motor function, as does the parasite.
 At 0847, the patient even spoke to one of the nurses. Autopsy is set for 1630 and then
 we'll see what makes this Lazarus tick...
________________
CURTIZ 07.JUL.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 ENGINEERING
 re: Lifts are out

 I can't raise anybody down in Engineering. With the lifts out, I'll need to get down
 there through the emergency conduit in the Sci Annex. I think the access code is in
 Watts' lab.
__________________
TURNBULL 07.JUL.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 OPS
 re: Procedures

 Goddamn Bronson and her stupid procedures. She's changed the code on the MedSci 2 sub
 armory again. Now I've got to head back up to deck 4 to find out what it is...
 somebody's gonna frag her but good some day...
_______________
WATTS 07.JUL.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 MED/SCI
 re: Watson autopsy

 The time is 1630. Autopsy subject: A. Watson. Now we're going to make the first incision
 in... hold him down nurse! Nurse! Hold him down! Aahhh!!! Hey! AAAHHH!!!
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WATTS 07.JUL.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 MED/SCI
 re: Maintenance conduit

 To: Curtiz, Juan
 All right, calm down already... the access code to the conduit is 12451. I've got an
 autopsy at 1630, but let's grab a beer on the Recreation Deck afterwards. Sound good?
___________________
DELACROIX 08.JUL.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 ENGINEERING
 re: Not ready

 To: Korenchkin, Anatoly
 This mission should have been scrubbed before it left Earth. We've been unable to
 contain the reactant coolant leaks on deck 1. I've put an order requiring Hazard Suits
 down there. I know you think this will cause a panic, but it's better than giving
 everybody radiation sickness, don't you think?
   ___________________
---DECK 1: ENGINEERING---
   ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
_________________
SIDDONS 02.JUN.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 OPS
 re: Lame old me

 To: Suarez, Tommy
 They aren't making this easy for us, are they? I miss you. I know it's stupid, but I do.
 I think I'll wallow in self pity for an hour or so and then write you again. Figures, I
 have to travel 67 trillion miles to meet a man. Once you're transferred to the Von
 Braun, everything will be better. I'll be better, I promise. Great, someone's coming.
 Counting the seconds...
___________________
DELACROIX 30.JUN.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 ENGINEERING
 re: Tau Ceti 5

 To: Korenchkin, Anatoly
 Anatoly, you MUST open up the planet to the scientific staff of this vessel. If there IS
 something down there, it's bigger than TriOp, it's bigger than the UNN and it's bigger
 than you. And why have you and Diego shut off Deck 3? What's going on?
________________
MALONE 03.JUL.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 UNN RICKENBACKER
 re: Psionic chimps!

 To: Mak Pao research authority
 A laboratory worker from MedSci called me down to the vivisection room yesterday. He
 felt the lab chimps were exhibiting uncommon intelligence. I sat with one for four hours
 and tried to probe it with the psi amp on a beta 4 cycle. It failed to respond. I of
 course assumed it was because it was, naturally, incapable of reacting to the
 sophisticated beta 4 cycle. But then I realized it was blocking the probe intentionally!
 As soon as I raised the psi-amp to attack it, the creature lashed out with its arms and
 projected a cryokinetic field towards me, paralyzing my arm. I immediately psi-dampened
 the monkey and then stunned it with an electric prod.
___________________
DELACROIX 04.JUL.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 ENGINEERING
 re: Taking action

 To: Korenchkin, Anatoly
 I'm not sure what secrets you and your new buddy Captain Diego have got going up on deck
 3, but I intend to find out. If you continue to refuse to meet with me and my staff, you
 will leave me no choice but to register a complaint with corporate. If you won't take me
 seriously, perhaps Sgt. Bronson and her security staff will.
________________
SANGER 04.JUL.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 ENGINEERING
 re: Delacroix

 I don't know where we'd be without Delacroix. This whole ship is falling apart and she's
 the only one who knows what from what. I saw her arguing with that creep Anatoly
 Koretzkin or whatever his name is, and she was giving it to him but good. But that freak
 job stares her straight in the eye and starts babbling about how she doesn't know the
 pleasure of the joyful unity or some such. Mama mia, the clowns are running the circus.
________________
SANGER 05.JUL.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 ENGINEERING
 re: The soldiers

 Before, I couldn't get rid of those jarheads from the Rickenbacker, and now I can't find
 one for love or money. That creepy OSA guy followed me around for two months until he
 got the hint. Now I tried to contact him to see if he knew what was going on, but all of
 a sudden he won't return my mail.
___________________
DELACROIX 05.JUL.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 ENGINEERING
 re: Be brave

 To: Sanger, Constance
 Constance, I fear now for my life. I think this has gone beyond any imaginings of Diego
 and Korenchkin. I do not believe they are in control at all. We must discover what it
 was they found down on the surface of Tau Ceti 5 and why they guard their secret so
 jealously. I think this is more important than my life or your life or the life of this
 ship. Be brave. And be careful.
___________________
DELACROIX 05.JUL.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 ENGINEERING
 re: Fluidics backdoor

 Somebody's been tampering with the Xerxes unit. In the interest of keeping secrets from
 the powers that be, I've installed a back door to the fluidics control computer. To
 activate it, install hardware override 45m/dEx in the systems monitoring unit in command
 control. You can find 45m/dEx in auxiliary storage 5 in the coolant tubes, keycode:
 34760.
_________________
BRONSON 06.JUL.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 OPS
 re: Turret problems

 Due to the tenuous situation as of late, I've ordered security defense turrets placed at
 key locations. Yesterday, one went off accidentally and critically injured crewman
 Wells. However, somebody must have tampered with the Xerxes security sub-systems because
 now my technicians are unable to take them off line. Until we get to the bottom of this,
 I've ordered all security turrets recalled to storage... but now I can't get in touch
 with the team I sent out to do the recall.
________________
MALONE 06.JUL.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 UNN RICKENBACKER
 re: Further experiments

 To: Mak Pao research authority
 Taking precautions, I proceeded with further experiments. Since we've reached Tau Ceti,
 the creatures have gotten smarter and somehow gained limited psi abilities. I probed
 another subject with a beta 5 cycle and sensed many things, but mostly an incredible
 empathy. The chimps have become acutely aware of their own history, of the vivisections
 and experiments that have been performed on them while onboard the Von Braun. They have
 anger, and they are ready to express it. Clearly they are both a fascinating scientific
 resource and an incredible security risk. My recommendation... either freeze them in
 cryo storage for the remainder of the mission or liquidate them immediately. Who knows
 what other abilities they'll acquire?
_________________
BRONSON 06.JUL.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 OPS
 re: Hacking turrets

 Well, we can't get the malfunctioning turrets off line and now Xerxes isn't even talking
 to us. Pollard thought of a workaround. By running bypass into central control, we can
 hack into the turrets locally and take control of them. However, that means walking
 right up to the little sons of bitches and hoping they don't go off. One thing is
 sure... I'm going to figure out what the hell happened here.
________________
CURTIZ 07.JUL.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 ENGINEERING
 re: That leak again

 Delacroix was right, this ship was NOT ready for prime time. Ok, the automatic safety
 seals have shut due to the radiation leak in the tubes. I'm gonna head down to
 engineering control... I think I can use the fluidics monitoring computer to purge the
 tubes.
________________
CURTIZ 10.JUL.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 ENGINEERING
 re: Just us

 It's down to just a few of us now. Right after Valdez died, I guess I went a little nuts
 and started tearing things apart... but what do you know, I found two more Rad Hypes.
 Hopefully that will keep me going long enough to figure a way past that damn turret...
 Who is that? Delacroix? Sanger?
________________
MARTIN 10.JUL.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 ENGINEERING
 re: Cargo bay 2

 I'm not sure what's creeping me out worse: The hybrids with their pipes and shotguns,
 the berserk turrets, or our supposed allies. I don't trust those UNN bastards. I've got
 to find Sanger. She knows the access code to fluidics control. I'm gonna make my way
 over to cargo bay 2 to find her.
________________
SANGER 10.JUL.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 ENGINEERING
 re: Locked in

 Malone's dead. I was just talking to him and this... cyborg came up behind him and...
 Okay, Connie, get a grip. Get a grip. I've re-coded the door lock in enginnering control
 to 15061. I think I'll be safe in here. I'll be safe in here.
________________
SANGER 10.JUL.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 ENGINEERING
 re: Locking Eng. Control

 God, get me out of here. I've re-coded the lock to this room. Maybe that will hold them.
 I'm heading to cargo bay 2, come find me there.
________________
MARTIN 10.JUL.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 ENGINEERING
 re: Ambush

 They hit us six hours ago. Malone, the OSA spook, tried to take one of things out with
 pyrokinesis attack, but it didn't even break stride. Then it unloaded both barrels into
 his stomach. Falzone said there's a weapons cache in one of the engine nacelles. Maybe I
 can find him and the others there...
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DIEGO 11.JUL.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 UNN RICKENBACKER
 re: Is it so bad?

 In some ways, the Many is not unlike the UNN. There is a joy in working towards a
 collective goal, in being able to put aside the things that draw us apart and make us
 separate. Why do we fear the loss of our individuality so much? Man can dream, but the
 Many can accomplish.
________________
SUAREZ 11.JUL.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 UNN RICKENBACKER
 re: Hang tight

 To: Siddons, Rebecca
 Stay where you are, Bec, I mean it. This isn't something you can fight, this isn't
 something you can run from. If you love me, you won't come looking for me. Just hang
 tight... I won't let you down.
_______________
DIEGO 11.JUL.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 UNN RICKENBACKER
 re: Resist the call

 My duty is to the UNN and to this ship. But can I resist the call of the Many? My
 father's weakness brought SHODAN into existence. MY weakness has invited these things
 aboard the Von Braun... can I undo the wrong I have done?
___________________
DELACROIX 11.JUL.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 ENGINEERING
 re: A new friend?

 I've been contacted by some kind of artificial intelligence that wants to help me
 reclaim control of the Von Braun from whomever... or whatever is now in charge. I don't
 know where it came from, but I must confess I'm happy it is here.
   ___________________
---DECK 3: HYDROPONICS---
   ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
____________________
KORENCHKIN 28.JUN.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 COMMAND
 re: Miracles

 There, the young ones are all aboard. Captain Diego and I have sealed off Deck 3. He and
 I are now of one mind... our bodies are changing too. Sometimes it hurts terribly and
 sometimes it is... marvelous... something wonderful is happening to me...
________________
MILLER 29.JUN.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 HYDROPONICS
 re: The children

 The specimens are dying. And we're powerless to help... they're highly toxic. Muldoon
 wouldn't leave them, and now he's dead. But this morning I had... a revelation... I
 started work on specifications for a radical series of cybernetic enhancements... If
 successful, I could make a body practically indestructible... yet the mind would remain
 human, nurturing... There's not a lot of time...
________________
MILLER 30.JUN.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 HYDROPONICS
 re: Wondrous toy

 I'm changing. My head is full of wonderful ideas and experiments... they have so many
 miracles to share... so much knowledge to give... They told me how to make this
 implant... they said it will make a better me of me... I wish I had more time so I could
 give it to them...
________________
BLOOME 02.JUL.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 HYDROPONICS
 re: Worried

 I found these schematics on Dr. Miller's desk... they're plans for the kind of cyber
 modification that's been illegal for forty years... that's not like him... I was going
 to talk to him about it and then I noticed... the DNA sequence he spec'd for the
 prototype... it's mine...
___________________
DELACROIX 03.JUL.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 ENGINEERING
 re: Making a change

 To: Polito, Dr. Janice
 I received an e-message from Anatoly. He's not well. The Corporate protocols specify I
 can remove the Senior Executive Officer if he's found unfit for duty... but what about
 his ally Captain Diego? He's got 120 goons on the Rickenbacker to back him up... I
 wonder if that fragmentary AI you discovered on Tau Ceti 5 is connected to this...
____________________
KORENCHKIN 05.JUL.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 COMMAND
 re: A new purpose

 To: Delacroix, Dr. Marie
 You can't understand my joy, Marie and I won't try to make you. I feel like a new man...
 I have a purpose... more important than this mission, even more important than
 TriOptimum... I will protect them... no matter what... I will protect them...
_________________
LOESSER 05.JUL.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 MED/SCI
 re: Where are they?

 To: Miller, Marc
 Marc, what's going on? I thought it was weird when you asked me to send up sixteen of my
 female staffers... but... what have you done with them? I'm shorthanded up here? Also,
 have you heard from Watts, Sanger or Polito? It's like everyone's gone on vacation and
 didn't bother to tell me.
___________________
DELACROIX 09.JUL.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 ENGINEERING
 re: Killing the worms

 It's becoming clear that the worms are some kind of communal entity... While I'm not
 sure whether airborne Toxin-A will directly kill any ambulatory specimens, it should
 impact their communal mass and remove the residue I've observed growing on the walls and
 the lift shaft. But perhaps there is a more potent formula to be synthesized...
___________________
DELACROIX 10.JUL.14
ŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻŻ
 ENGINEERING
 re: A ray of hope

 Killing the children won't be easy. But I think I'm actually on to something. The
 biochemistry of these worms, which I call the Annelids, treats inverted proteins as
 toxins. With the help of a replicator in the Biological Survey lab, I've managed to
 isolate some inverted proteins in a number of vials. However, the mix with the base
 compound is still off, so I still need to do some more research. Once I do that and mix
 the toxin into the four Environmental Regulators... Well, things can only get better.