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You may recall that a number of weeks ago the weapon dampener in Plaza Sector 1 was reportedly sabotaged, which resulted in the death of two runners after weapons were unexpectedly drawn. Since the incident NExT Security Technicians have been in the sector around the clock trying to establish how the security measures in place were bypassed allowing the system to be taken offline. Additional security was placed in the sector immediately after the attack.
In light of the recent events that took place in the Plaza District, the City Administration has remained largely quiet on the issue, until now as it has finally released a statement regarding the situation.
A City Administration spokesperson had this to say:
"After a significant investigation into the recent incident in Plaza Sector 1 carried out by our own personnel, along with NExT Systems Incorporated, and members of the NCPD, we have established how the security measures in place were bypassed allowing the system to be tampered with.
As rumored the Twilight Guardian was indeed behind the terrorist attacks that sabotaged the system, and are to blame for this loss of life and unnecessary violence in our great city!
The Jack Red Administration will not stand for actions of this nature, nor will we allow these so called rebels to threaten the security of the citizens or the runners of our great city.
As a result NCPD have redoubled their security efforts in Plaza Sectors 1 and 2 and will continue to evaluate the security of the other sectors in the Inner City. We will also begin to deploy our own personnel at key locations in the City, starting with City Administration Headquarters in Plaza Sector 1. For the security of our people, these forces are authorized to attack anyone they deem to be of suspicious origin on sight."
While it is clearly concerning that the Twilight Guardian have managed to enter the heart of our city, it is a relief to know that as always the benevolent and mighty City Administration have taken actions to protect us all.
The Jack Red Administration has also confirmed that a Presidential visit to City Administration HQ would occur in the next couple of weeks, so that President Red may personally reassure the day to day operatives of the City Administration.
NExT System Inc. have also confirmed that the Plaza 1 weapon dampener is running smoothly with replacement parts but will continue their monitoring of the system for the next few days. NExT also re-enforced the point that the replacement parts used are in plentiful supply and that rumours of these parts being incredibly costly and difficult to produce are false.
When we have more information on the mobilization of security within the City, as confirmed today by City Administration, we will of course keep you informed.
After more and more mutants crawling out of their hideouts in the past few weeks, we have now reached new heights in the recent concerns over security. Large numbers of Anarchy Breed managed to enter Pepper Park Sector 3, ready to cause mayhem long since witnessed on the streets of the Red Light District. While the chaos could not be prevented, it was eventually contained before any structural damage had taken place.
Under the lead of NCPD Special Operations Officer John Davis, an alliance was forged out of necessity. Consisting of members from City Administration, their allies and backed up by members from the Pepper Park factions the unsteady alliance fought against the intruders. Davis, a City Administration Officer and his men not only had to face Anarchy Breed but also the mutant backup the Breed brought with them.
Officer Davis was available for an interview shortly after the last Anarchy Breed scum dropped dead. On the question of how the anarchists had managed to come this far he answered: "The City Administration board decided that the security of the inner city sectors needed more attention after recent incidents. Therefore troops have been withdrawn from the outer sectors like Pepper Park. On top of that reinforcement troops have been dispatched in the Plaza District to increase security even further. This leaves us in a difficult situation out here. Heck they managed to bring in a whole damn fucking platoon it seems."
On the question of what the Breed wanted in the Pepper Park Davis has this to say: "Honestly I don't know what they wanted here, they are all dead now. But teaming up with mutants looks like something has driven them out of their hide outs, fighting them felt like fighting men who have nothing to lose at all." Of course we asked if he had heard the rumours about Twilight Guardian planning something big and if this incident could be connected to that, he went a little nuts but ensured us, that "scum like that is never capable of planing big things, they're to busy chasing their own tail."
"In the long run, we have to rely more on Runner assistance to keep the inner city sectors clear of such threats," Officer Davis stated regarding the general safety in Pepper Park.
We like to thank all runners that helped to keep our city safe and clean. Our deepest condolences to the surviving dependents, may this never happen again, their lives have been sacrificed for a greater good. For Neocron. For the people.
The next round of Neofrag team deathmatches has taken place with much higher security level than normal. No one was quite sure why two STORMbots were present, some rumours suggested people feared NEOFRAG matches were being targeted by terrorists.
Those rumours were quickly blown away when Jack Red entered the arena. When we say blown away, we mean literally blown away by tremendous applause and cheering. President Red chose a seat in the middle of the common folks, while he was guarded by two STORMbots at all times, the message was clear - Jack Red was here to enjoy himself.
President Red, a huge fan of NEOFRAG, attended both team matches although he never revealed his favorite team. Regrettably we couldn't get an audience with the President but when passing our reporter he did quickly comment that he had "enjoyed his evening in the City but had to leave and ensure everything is running smoothly at City Administration HQ".
With the President in the house the pressure was stacked even higher for the teams to deliver a good show and a good show was certainly delivered. First up were the Anarchists against sMASH!. The Tsunami Syndicate team Anarchists entered the arena surrounded by dancing girls doing their signature incredible stunts. It must be said the entertainment factor of this team is still unbeaten, even with Protopharm's decision to give their team sMASH! a whole redesign, shying away from the greyish uniforms they introduced last season.
The match itself had everything a good deathmatch needs in addition to the the obvious grisly deaths of the players. Breath taking stunts, tactics, incredible displays of skill and of course a celebrated winner. In this case it was the Anarchists, who won 42:39.
Next up the match between the Saints and the Dusk Paladins was in no way inferior to the first. The Paladins, recently subjected to a personnel overhaul ordered by their trillionaire owner A. Peck, were said to be in for a hard time against the Saints sponsored by the infamous Crahn Sect. While the Saints have had their own overhaul in the equipment department Peck was confident for his team in an interview before the match: "This team is going to kick ass!".
The Saints are mainly staffed with PSI users and therefore require a whole different set of tactics to deal with them. The Paladins did their homework though and managed to beat the Saints with a clear 56:43.
In the singles league match Joe Spengler scored only one point to his combatant Aris Foo. Foo, who managed to score several spawn kills, ended with 41 points on his counter.
Stay tuned, we keep you informed.
Over the last week DJ BlackMaze has been transmitting his NeoCast across the City. Just in time for his Friday show a new DJ Booth and more powerful sound system was installed for the DJ. The exclusive system, with its custom design and unique finish, should help the well known radio channel produce a better quality of transmission with improved audio across the city.
The new system was paid for via sponsorship by our Editor in Chief Barry Pepper, who grinned as he answered questions about the lavish investment: "With the cancellation of Neocronicle's Christmas Party, as well as the work outing this year, the investment shouldn't have too much effect on the budget of the Neocronicle."
The new music system is a top of the range mobile platform utilising the latest generation of kit, which can be easily transported and set-up at any site.
On top of the new sound system Red Pepper Entertainment Group provided their dancers and strippers for free during Friday's live show. The grand unveiling of the new system at Friday's NeoCast rave was one of the reasons which lead to the huge success of the live show.
According to the NCPD there was a record number of complaints from the Outzone in the vicinity of the Electric Vibes Club, which is definitely proof of the capacity of the new system.
Shortly before our editorial deadline the following announcement reached us from the NCPD:
The NCPD informs citizens that a new, extremal dangerous drug has surfaced on the market. If there is a connection between the chemical substance dubbed "The BlackMaze Drug" and the charismatic DJ of NeoCast, it remains to be seen.
In addition to this a spokesperson from City Administration commented on his concerns that Red Pepper Entertainment, rumored to be founded by Tsunami Syndicate and Black Dragon could be involved in the organisation, and potentially the financing, of the radio show.
As soon as more details become available, we will inform you.
The next series of neofrag matches have taken place.
This time the well know Scavengers, under the new lead of John McFran, went into battle with the Mechanics. McFran a native of the Wasteland and raised by Nomads was discovered or should we say traced and arrested ten years ago by the NCPD as main suspect in several cases of Wasteland convoy heists. McFran was hunted for two weeks by the NCPD, and although several times they had him surrounded, he somehow managed to escape.
The NCPD finally managed to capture him alive but with some good negotiations McFran got away with only ten years of jail time. Boyden Brace, head coach of the Scavengers, bailed him out of jail just in time for training for this new season and is highly convinced of his skills when dealing with a superior number of enemies.
Brace said before the match: "John McFran is going to be one of most remarkable Neofrag players ever." The match itself went fairly easy with a final outcome of 34:54 for the Scavengers as the Mechanics had to go without Travor Howles. Howles is suffering a three match suspension for using blacklisted drugs in an official game.
City Mercs' Soldiers of Fortune fought against the Black Dragons' Goon Squad. The match was fast paced and the Soldiers scored well at the beginning. Their lead was taken away by some awesome group kills in the second half of the game, leading to a result of 51:59 for the Goons.
Games in the Singles League had to be postponed due to mutants in the locker room. Outcome: None of the participants hurt, 23 Mutants dead. Lia Cheng described the mutant attack as "[the] dumbest place to crawl out of the sewer ever".
Stay tuned, we keep you informed.
The Bunny Man has struck again.
The weird eggs with goodies for the finder have been placed again all around neocron. Some have even been spotted in the wastes.
For the time being no foul eggs like last year have been reported. But since last year some people have died of these trick eggs the City Administration has put a bounty on the head of the mysterious bunny man. So far the City Administration hoped to catch him red-handed, but again he managed to place his eggs unseen. Even a promising update to copbots and the camera system didn't work as expected. According to a NCPD spokesperson the suspect wasn't able to shut down the cameras this time but they nonetheless didn't catch a picture of him.
So if you have seen him, know who he is or where he can be found, turn in that information directly to City Administration or a Copbot near you.
Additionally the Neocronicle has put a price on a photo of the Bunny Man placing his easter eggs. So check your own cameras, maybe, just by chance you have recorded him and didn't notice.
And if you're the Bunny Man reading this, contact us. We're interested in an interview.
As always, we keep you informed.
tired of always listening to the same humming sound of your power armor air filter? Then we have good news for you. Tonight is the debut of NeoCast, it's all new with the sounds we all like to hear.
Just feed your audio system with http://myradiostream.com/neocast and everything should run smoothly from there. NeoCast is sending their dope for your ears from 1700 GMT. Unless you're deaf tune in, your ears will be grateful.
As always, we keep you informed.
The new Neofrag season has begun!
In the opening game the City Administration team Birds of Prey fought against the BioTech Inc team Toxic. Toxic lost with 45 to 48 in a rough and close match. Ryan Colby Leader of the Birds: "Toxic was a though opponent and in the last quater we were close to loosing but Jack saved the day with that incredible front tuck dodge. Simmons didn't even stand a chance and that opened up the opportunity to seal the deal and go for victory."
The game between Diamond Real Estate Builders and Tangent Industries Xrays went as expected to the hottly tipped Xrays with a final score of 30 to 41.
In the single league all time favourite Joe Spengler won with 4 points advance to the second Lia Cheng. He dominated the match since the first minute. In the second half he lost a few points due to bad luck but recovered quickly.
Seems that we're looking forward to a good and exicting season. Stay tuned, we keep you informed.
Greetings dear Runners!
Today we, at the Neocronicle, would like to bring you great news and joyous tidings. We would like to announce the first winner of the City Administration Lottery, in association with Diamond Real Estate!
Our first lucky winner has found himself the proud owner of a brand new Via Rosso deluxe apartment complete with a very special set of unique prizes and rewards inside.
I got the inside scoop on this incredibly lucky runner. (Our transcript follows)
"So Mr Kaden De Ward - the first winner of the City Administration Lottery!"
"Yes I am so pleased to be receiving my new apartment key today! It really is very exciting!"
"Yes I can imagine, Mr De Ward can you please tell us a few details about how you found yourself in this situation?"
"Yes I am a clerk working for the Pussy Club, I guess technically you could say that I am a Tsunami Syndicate accountant but I have not done any work for any client other than the Pussy Club ownership in a long time. Well this one day I was sat at my desk reading my emails and an email came through inviting me to join in this secret lottery. It said that it was a brand new project and I had been invited to join as a special invitation."
"So it cost you nothing and you stood the chance to win a fabulous prize?"
"Yes basically. The email promised a luxurious apartment in Via Rosso filled with delicious goods and a large celebration party for the winner. I couldn't possibly have turned it down! My own apartment building in Pepper Park is currently undergoing maintenance and repairs as it has leaked for nearly 3 months and there have been reports of mutants in our basements!"
"And this apartment you have just received has instantly catapulted you out of that poverty and elevated you up to a newfound status within your faction?"
"Well I hope so - I have not actually looked around it yet but I am keen to go there after our interview and see what treasures are in store for me!"
"Mr De Ward it has been a pleasure talking to you. I wish you good luck with your new deluxe home and wish to say thank you for the interview."
So runners there you go. The first winner is clearly a very satisfied customer! This Lottery has been brought to you by the benevolence of the City Administration in partnership with the most loyal citizens at Diamond Real Estate.
Keep a look out for an invitation to the next Neocron City Lottery as the winner could be you!
Safety in Neocron took another blow last week as the localised system which prevents the operation of weapons in Plaza Sector 1, failed without warning. Technicians from NeXT Systems dispatched to the scene let slip to the Neocronicle that vital components of the system had actually been stolen.
Mere weeks after violence erupted in Via Rosso, this comes at the worst possible time. Both of these events seem to have damaged the sense of safety in the city built up since the end of the Dome of York War. With citizens and runners alike starting to get edgy as they roam the streets.
Could the recent increase of Anti-City Administration sympathisers in the Inner City be the cause of this mysterious occurrence? Or is this just the work of someone trying to score some quick money? With the sophistication of the sabotaged system, it definitely seems like this was a professional job.
Thankfully no lasting damage was caused during the downtime and although a Runner died in order to discover this flaw, the NCPD quickly dispatched more CopBot units and put down all guilty parties. All the victims of this shock disruption were tended to by MediCare personnel or revived via GenRep for questioning.
NeXT Systems have informed the Neocronicle that their technician personnel will stay in Plaza 1 to monitor the situation.