SCARRED MINDS AND CRUMBLING TOWERS
POSTED BY: MILES LANIER
What a long, strange trip it’s been. Five years ago, strange events led me to believe that I was losing my mind, and I contacted Mr. MacCallister—more support for my theory—offering to trade what I knew for access to this community. I’m pleased to say that the risk paid off. This posting will, I hope, tie up the loose threads that my first contribution unraveled. 真是次漫长而怪异的旅行。五年前，奇怪的事件让我确信自己正在失去理智，所以我联系了麦克卡利斯特先生（Mr. MacCallister）——为了更多理论支持——用我所知的和他交换，获得了这个社区的接入权。我可以很高兴地说，这次冒险是值得的。我希望这个帖子能给我第一次贡献的信息收个尾。
First, the good news: The tide is turning against CFD.
> Thank fucking Ghost.
However, as a wise man once said: “The most dangerous time in any operation is when everything is coming together.” The battle against CFD is far from won, and as you’ll see, gaining the momentum won’t necessarily make it any easier. I’ve compiled as much information as I can about both our current best efforts to combat the disorder and a few questions that have yet to be answered.
On a related note, I’m sure most of you are aware by now that NeoNET has left the ranks of the AAAs, and Richard Villiers has been replaced by Johnny Spinrad as the playboy of the Big Ten. The details I’ve been able to collect on that are also included in this file.
一条有关的信息是，我相信你大部分人都知道新网已经从AAA的席位上退下了，强尼·斯普兰德（Johnny Spinrad）取代理查德·维里斯（Richard Villiers）成为了十大的花花公子。我能找到的具体信息也包含在这份文件里。
UNFRAGGING THE CLUSTER理清混乱
The revelation of the truth behind the Boston lockdown sent shockwaves around the world.
Evo’s and NeoNET’s share prices plummeted as public opinion turned against them. When the lockdown’s true cause came out, the UCAS government announced that it would take the perpetrators to the Corporate Court as fast as it could assemble a case.
For the second time in as many decades, the Corporate Court Crisis Coordination Committee stepped in to manage the disaster. As a show of good faith, Celedyr gave C5 the schematics for his Overwriter nanites and their programming goo, which were immediately put to use in the relief efforts.
> Good faith? From a dragon? You can’t be serious.
> Our kind are not completely lacking in conscience, and Script-Diver is no fool; he knows that trying to avoid responsibility for this debacle would do him more harm than good. After the events of recent years, I suspect he is not feeling lucky.
> Orange Queen
> Nice to see that even the greats aren’t above the “get out in front of it” approach.
> Kay St. Irregular
>Kay St. Irregular
Corporate Court Crisis Coordination Committee，简称C5
Almost overnight, corporate-run clinics sprang up in BRA signatory nations around the world, offering free CFD screenings and treatment to anyone who could prove their identity.几乎一夜之间，公司归属诊所在全球所有签署了BRA的国家如雨后春笋般出现，给所有能够证明自己身份的人提供免费CFD诊断和治疗。
> Which, as usual, means no SINless need apply—and if you can afford a fake SIN good enough to fool GOD, you can afford the “confidentiality surcharge” at a private clinic that offers the treatments for a fee, instead of risking contact with people who work for a living.
> Hey, it’s not their fault that people in certain circles think the masses are a disease worse than CFD. Luckily for the rest of us, a lot of those people won’t even go to the private clinics to avoid starting rumors that they have CFD. Makes for great blackmail material.
> Kat o’ Nine Tales
> Note that Lanier said, “BRA signatory nations”—as in, not in the NAN, despite the original outbreak being in the PCC. I’d bet nuyen that the Big Ten are trying to use that clause as leverage to get the NAN to grant them extraterritoriality.
> It also means anyone who’s willing to move CFD treatments into the NAN can make some pretty sweet cred. Sometimes, the border patrols will even let you go when they realize what you’re carrying.
> Turbo Bunny
>也就是说，和以往一样，意味着无SIN者不适用——如果你能负担得起一张足够骗过GOD的假SIN，你可以自费给有偿提供这类治疗的私人诊所一笔“保密附加费”，而不用冒险和那些以工作谋生的人接触（instead of risking contact with people who work for a living）。译注：
>Kat o' Nine Tales
Business Recognition Accords，商业认可协议，即公司治外法权。
Pueblo Corporate Council，普韦布洛公司议会，位于北美的类公司组织国家。
As usual, petty megacorporate squabbles filtered into the relief efforts. Not wanting to lose more money than they already had, Shiawase insisted on using the treatment it had developed—the much-reviled NanoScrub, or as one wit called it, “NaNope”—citing a lack of trust in any “cure” developed by NeoNET. The rest of the Japanacorps followed suit.和往常一样，超企间可悲的争吵也掺进了救灾工作。幸福公司不想继续丢掉更多的钱，他们坚持使用自己开发的治疗方法——饱受的唾弃纳米擦除（NanoScrub），或者用风趣的说法，“不纳米”（Nanope）——以表达对新网研发的“治疗药物”的不信任。其它日本公司纷纷效仿。
> They might’ve gotten NanoScrub rolled out, but after his near-complete failure to capture Evo’s lost share of the bio-augmentation market, Kazuja Shiawase is still on thin ice with the rest of the family. The only reason he still has a job is that Shiawase Biotech managed to reduce NanoScrub’s rate of side effects from ten percent to less than one percent, which I’ve heard was less about research than it was about stopping whoever was behind the shadow interference in the project.
> Baka Dabora
> Probably another victim of the ongoing ColtraneKiyomoto rivalry. The only question is whether one of Kazuja’s rivals used the MFID itself to sabotage Kazuja’s efforts, or just had them stand back while runners did the job instead.
> Kay St. Irregular
The UCAS government filed lawsuits in the Corporate Court against NeoNET, Evo, and Aztechnology in late 2078. The verdicts in the cases against NeoNET were handed down throughout the second half of 2079; I’ll cover those in more detail later. And finally, Deep Space Exploration and Colonization I departed from Gagarin Station just last week, which has already had a huge effect on the Monads remaining on Earth—and is the subject of the next section.
>Kay St. Irregular
Market Information and Forecasting Department，市场信息与预测部
Deep Space Exploration and Colonization I，简称DSECI
ON THE DEFENSIVE 防守方
When the truth about CFD first came out, metahumanity’s views on head cases were split between hate and pity. Some argued that they were victims who only did what was necessary to escape their torturers, the way any metahuman would. Others refused to forget that these digital invaders had erased loved ones who had nothing to do with the corps’ misdeeds. If nobody could bring back the people they’d lost, revenge was the next best thing.
The head cases found each other and organized into Monads, then lost what little sympathy they had gained when DSECI launched last week. Reports that the departed Monads’ hosts were left catatonic aboard Gagarin Station set off a firestorm of negative publicity.
> I know a lot of people are still upset about Gagarin, but I’ll leave this here in the hope that people will read after they’ve had a chance to cool off. The Monads at Gagarin and on DSECI were the ones who asked the Space Rescue Service to stand by during the launch, and they made sure there weren’t active Monads who might accidentally retransmit CFD in the area while the SRS was ferrying the hosts back groundside. As far as I know, they all made it back alive, too.
> Plan 9
Estimates of how many Monads actually departed with DSECI vary wildly, as the Corporate Court has kept the number of “returned” bodies found aboard Gagarin Station strictly classified.
> The CC did, but the Space Rescue Service has been a little more lax—emphasis on little, but I can confirm that the number of people recovered went into the thousands. I’ll pass on any more data I find, but with how closely everyone’s connected up here, I try to keep my nose out of SRS business.
> Orbital DK
With DSECI’s departure, earthbound Monads are busy figuring out their next steps. They certainly have no shortage of problems to face.
>我知道有许多人还在对加加林事件感到不快，但我在这里写下这些，希望他们冷静后能读到。加加林和DSECI的单子要求宇宙救援服务（Space Rescue Service）在发射时待命，并且确保SRS把宿主运回地面时附近没有任何可能传播CFD的单子活动。据我所知，宿主们也都活着回来了。
MATTERS OF LAW 法律事务
The backlash resulting from Evo’s acceptance of the Monads has made both national governments and megacorporate leaders hesitant to do the same. The Monads have little motivation to go anywhere else, though; receptions from other corps have ranged from cool to downright hostile, and while many North American governments are offering citizenship to both Monads and AIs, none of them have laws in place to prevent anti-Monad prejudice. In fact, certain countries have just the opposite—early in 2079, the Confederation of American States brought its first Monad test case to court on charges of involuntary manslaughter. I’ve attached a video clip from the trial here [link], along with a transcript of the meaty part.
天演接收单子的决定导致了公众的反弹，这让国家政府和超企的领导们犹豫是否要采取相同政策。但单子几乎没有什么动力去其它地方；其它公司对他们的接受程度从冷漠到公开的敌意不等，虽然许多北美政府给单子和AI提供公民权，但他们中没有那个国家有法律制止了歧视单子的行为。事实上，有些国家正相反——2079年年初，美洲联邦（Confederation of American States）进行了第一次单子审判，罪名为过失杀人。我附上了一次庭审的录像[链接]，以及主要部分的文本。
GEORGIA SUPERIOR COURT: PEOPLE V. L. O. PANE
[Clip excerpted from State of Georgia vs. L. O. Pane, Judge M.J. Weatherby presiding.]
ASST. DISTRICT ATTORNEY JELLICOE: Mr. PANE, you said that when you were formulating your escape plan from your alleged torture—
DEFENDANT PANE: Alleged? It happened.
ADA JELLICOE: —at NeoNET’s hands, you decided your best chance lay in, as you described it, “writing yourself to an external organic storage medium”—or in other words, into the brain of a metahuman, is that correct?
ADA JELLICOE: And that one of the reasons for doing so was that metahuman brains are function
ally similar to the digital storage media you previously occupied?
ADA JELLICOE: Mr. Pane, I assume someone of your … background is very familiar with the mechanics of data storage. When someone attempts to write data to a medium where data is already stored, what happens?
PANE: The application will ask the user to confirm whether they would like to overwrite the existing data.
ADA JELLICOE: And if the user consents, the existing data is overwritten by the new data?
ADA JELLICOE: What happens to the old data at that point?
PANE: It’s erased.
ADA JELLICOE: Can the data that’s been erased be recovered?
ADA JELLICOE: But not always.
ADA JELLICOE: And if the data can’t be recovered, is it still functional?
PANE: Not usually.
ADA JELLICOE: Mr. Pane, when you decided to “write” yourself to the victim’s brain, were you aware of the possibility that any existing data there would be overwritten as a result? PAME: Yes.
ADA JELLICOE: And that any data overwritten as a result of your “transfer” was potentially unrecoverable?
PANE: (nervously) Yes.
ADA JELLICOE: And you chose to do so anyway.
PANE: (long pause)
ADA JELLICOE: Mr. Pane?
PANE: (shifting in his chair) I … invoke my Fifth Amendment right to protection from self-incrimination.
ADA JELLICOE: Your Honor? JUDGE WEATHERBY: Mr. Pane, you waived that right when you agreed to testify. Please answer the question.
PANE: (sighs) Yes.
ADA JELLICOE: You chose to write yourself into a metahuman brain, despite knowing that any data already contained therein—that is, the thoughts, feelings, and memories of the person who already possessed that body—would be overwritten and might be permanently lost.
PANE: (angrily) We never intended to do this kind of damage!
ADA JELLICOE: But you knew it was possible.
PANE: (long pause)
ADA JELLICOE: MistPANE: (frustrated, resigned) Yes, we knew it was possible.
ADA JELLICOE: Nothing further, Your Honor.
The Georgia Superior Court found the defendant guilty of involuntary manslaughter. He’s appealing his verdict with the help of the well-known legal firm Schmidt, Jakob & Lei, but at this point his prospects are anyone’s guess. Nobody has tried to present a “secondary cerebral revision” case yet, but if Pane’s case is anything to go by, I suspect the CAS will charge any Monad defendant with first-degree murder.
佐治亚高等法院：公诉人对L·O·佩恩佐治亚高等法院判决被告过失杀人罪名成立。他在著名律师事务所施密特，雅各布&雷恩（Schmidt, Jakob & Lei）的帮助下提起上诉，但此时他的前景还是所有人的猜测。还没有任何人试图提起“二级大脑修改”的指控，但如果参考佩恩的案子，我怀疑CAS不会对任何单体被告提起一级谋杀指控。
> The knowledge of the Monads’ origins being so widespread actually helps them here. So many people having anti-Monad sentiments makes it difficult for the courts to find an unbiased jury—any perceived prejudice can get a potential juror disqualified.
> Kay St. Irregular
> But what if people agreed to let a Monad move in?
> Plan 9
> If honoring the contract would require one or both parties to break the law, the contract is considered unenforceable—consenting to an illegal act doesn’t make it legal. The courts take a lot of heat over that principle, though, especially from libertarians. They don’t like the idea that someone could be jailed for things like patient requested euthanasia or consensual rough sex.
Needless to say, this position is very unpopular among both Monads and civil-rights advocates, who claim that interpreting CFD transmission as assault or murder effectively criminalizes being a Monad. CAS lawmakers have responded that CFD transmission isn’t protected by CAS metahuman rights laws. The pro-Monad activists naturally rejected that argument and have begun pursuing legal action.
> All of the “primary cerebral revision” cases we’re aware of were NeoNET citizens, and those events happened outside the CAS. How can a court in Georgia even charge them?
> The principle of universal jurisdiction has existed for over a century, starting with the Nuremburg Trials after the Second World War. Normally it’s reserved for crimes against metahumanity and the like, but the CAS’ “tough on Monads” stance led the CAS Congress to pass a law claiming universal jurisdiction over CFD-related crimes. That law’s constitutionality hasn’t been reviewed by the CAS Supreme Court, but I suspect this case will change that. And the corps, of course, will weigh in when they can determine how money will best flow.
>Kay St. Irregular
TROUBLE IN PARADISE 天堂里的烦恼
I had planned to include information on each of the Big Ten’s Monad-related activities in this section, but it turns out that for any corp besides Evo and Saeder-Krupp, the answer is “not much.” On top of that, S-K’s counterintelligence apparatus is as skilled as ever, my queries were blocked so thoroughly that even if that information does exist, I’m not sure whether anyone outside S-K would be able to access it.
> If it makes you feel any better, Mr. Lanier, my former comrades in S-K Prime weren’t any more forthcoming. I’ve tried to learn more on a few occasions since the Market Panic download, with no success. I don’t know whether that means Lofwyr is keeping the Monads under even tighter security than before, or that he’s decided they’re no longer useful and disposed of them.
On the other hand, Evo’s Monad-related issues are wide-ranging. They may have captured the lion’s share of the market with Monad-developed technologies, but Evo may yet find that the price for openly accepting Monads into the corp was too high.
Evo was the first of the Big Ten to offer sanctuary to Monads. Corporate emphasis on diversity aside, everyone knew the Russian mega was using the Monads’ scientific brilliance to recoup some of their financial losses. Mere weeks after opening their doors to the Monads, Evo was besieged by shadowrunners looking for paydata on the miracle tech the Monads were surely helping them develop.
> Just curious, did anyone besides Planners not take a run against Evo in the past couple years?
> Yeah, that’s what I thought.
>不知能否让你好受一点，卢内尔先生，我在S-K总部（S-K Prime）的前战友也不愿提供信息。市场恐慌（Market Panic）文档发布后，我尝试了几次想了解更多内容，但都没成功。我不知道这是否意味着洛菲尔对单子的控制比以前更加严苛，还是他决定单子没用了并把他们都处理掉了。
Despite more shadow interference than any other single megacorp has seen in a similar period of time, Evo kept their more sensitive trade secrets hidden long enough to be the first to market with their Monad-designed augmentations. The results were so successful that even after the origins of CFD became public, Evo enjoyed a slight increase in their market share.
As the DSECI launch grew closer, though, more and more of the Monad researchers left the corporate labs for Gagarin Station. The ones who remained were already working beyond normal metahuman capacity, which resulted in a lot of grumbling from the Monads when the corporate leadership made it clear that they expected productivity levels to remain high despite the loss of so many staff.
> So you’re telling me the Monads wanted to go to a corp where people accepted them, then they started complaining because they’re being treated the same way every other corp drone is?
> I have it on good authority that that demand came from Ysil. The tension had been there since before she was appointed CEO, but the naga cultural disdain toward technology and the non-Awakened opened the fissures wider. The factions that had supported the Monad Cynthia Bills and the AI Taylor Dacopral for the CEO spot have become an informal bloc that’s trying to influence policy in a pro-AI/Monad direction. Last I heard, the Monads were talking amongst themselves about protesting their working conditions by forming a labor union.
> Plan 9
> A union full of machines in metahuman bodies that replaced regular metahuman workers? That’s just … as a Wobbly, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.
Industrial Workers of the World，会员自称Wobbly
Time will tell whether Evo can keep its product-development edge without the majority of their Monad researchers, but that isn’t the only potential disaster Evo has to watch out for, as the inter-corp conflict with NeoNET continues to play out. Ironically, Evo may end up suffering almost as much harm from the Corporate Court’s decision in the NeoNET case as NeoNET themselves did. Even though the Court is holding all of the CFD-related trials in-camera, the UCAS government convinced them to make the full record of the trial available to the public, including all of the evidence that NeoNET presented to try to shift the blame to Evo. I expect Evo’s reputation to suffer further as more of that evidence comes into the public eye. 时间会告诉我们天演能否在失去大部分单子研究员的情况下继续待在在产品开发最前沿，但这并不是唯一一个天演需要当心的潜在危机，它和新网的公司摩擦还在继续。讽刺的是，最后天演因为公司法庭对新网案件的判决受到的惩罚或许会和新网一样严厉。虽然公司法庭把所有CFD相关的审判都设为非公开，UCAS政府还是说服了他们将审判的完整记录对公众公开，包括所有新网提供的、试图将罪名转向天演的证据。我估计随着越来越多的证据进入公众视野，天演的声誉会进一步受损。
After a few months of C5-led relief efforts, the situation in the NEMA began to stabilize. Supply drops into the QZ became more regular. Corporate security forces began air operations to soften up the worst-hit areas of the sprawl, with mixed results.
> With the near-total Matrix embargo in the QZ, the corpsec goons weren’t subtle about it, either. I found a report in a Knight Errant host describing how victims of the Lockdown strain were drawn to active Matrix transmitters. Someone suggested mounting a repeater unit on a helicopter or t-bird and flying low enough to draw the head cases out, then hosing the area down with Gatling guns and rocket fire.
> Part of me is sickened by that, but I have to admit, it would be effective.
When the damages from the Corporate Court’s NeoNET ruling were finally awarded to the NEMA government, the slow process of reconstruction began. C5 directed the initial efforts on the ground, first securing NeoNET Towers as a staging area. Corpsec forces led by Knight Errant pushed through the Hub to link up with units moving east from Route 128.
The least-affected areas of the city were pacified relatively quickly, but the lockdown is still in place around worst-hit zones. The MIT&T cordon is still in place, and probably will be for the foreseeable future. South of the river, C5 and the corpsec forces have managed to narrow the Hub Containment Zone to between BU and Northeastern, and are pushing hard to clear the Fenway so they can focus on hitting MIT&T from all sides.
Northeastern Metroplex Axis，东北都会中轴区
Hub，波士顿的别称，波士顿曾被称为the Hub of the Universe
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Thaumaturgy，麻省理工与咒术学院
> Good, then they can rebuild Fenway Park!
> I took an astral jaunt over to MIT&T and regretted it the instant I got there. The DIMR and Manadyne have already started preparing to clean up the astral space once the head cases are out, but they’re going to have a bloody awful time of it, and it’s going to get worse before it gets better. I’ve heard whispers that some of their magicians are trying to get in early and are hiring teams to babysit while they discreetly try to limit any further damage.
With the head cases contained, the biggest threat to people on the ground are the gangs and the Knights of the Red Branch. As soon as word of the NeoNET ruling came down, the KRB and their Bane-Sidhe allies jumped at the chance to thin the Ancients’ numbers before the corps wouldn’t let them run wild anymore, and the Centurions and the Roxx stepped up their turf war over Roxbury.
> It seems the KRB didn’t get the message last time we crossed paths. I may have to pay them another visit.
Dunklezahn Institute of Magic Research，黑牙魔法研究院。
Knights of the Red Branch，简称KRB，波士顿反精灵团体，由因提尔那诺成立而被驱逐的爱尔兰人组成。
Mayor O’Rylan’s been too busy trying to organize the reconstruction efforts to press Knight Errant to step up their patrols, and even if she wasn’t, KE’s heavy hitters are all tied up dealing with the head cases. So, the gangs are making hay while the sun is shining, and it’ll be interesting to see whether they remember to run when the head cases are gone and all the AAAs’ corpsec is sitting on their doorstep. 奥雷兰（O’Rylan）市长正忙于组织重建工作，没能督促游侠组建巡逻队，但哪怕她有时间，KE的重火力也全都被用来对付脑病患，再无余力。因此帮派们还能趁着日头好做工，当脑病患都解决了、AAA的公司安保坐在他们家门口时，看看他们还记不记得跑路一定很有趣。
One notable absence from Boston is the newest member of the Big Ten. Spinrad Global’s American VP, Katie Brookes, has repeatedly said the corp is reviewing its options for a move into the Hub, but nobody’s heard anything that sounds like actual movement. Personally, I think she’d rather just stay in Manhattan until the place doesn’t look like an urban brawl arena anymore.
Everywhere else, Boston is still Boston. Two catastrophes in fifteen years have left the city and its people more than a little weary, but for now, it looks like the worst is over. Enough areas have been cleared of head cases that the corps are reopening their offices. They haven’t taken the walls down yet, but the NEMA government is starting to let a few carefully screened people into and out of the QZ. In a few months, things might even be within shouting distance of normal. At least, as normal as a city can be with a big hole where its main economic engine used to be.
> Smugglers who can figure out reliable ways over the wall (or as reliable as things like that get, anyway) still have the chance to make some really good cred. Now that the corps have had time to clear out some of the head cases, word’s getting around that Boston’s safe enough to move people or cargo through, and they haven’t loosened the cordon enough to account for the increased demand.
> Traveler Jones
The nano-pocalypse seems to have been averted, but it would be premature to say CFD and the Monads are gone. The situation has simply transformed from CFD as a whole into individual Monads. They may be allies, employers, or enemies, but in many ways, they are becoming acclimated to life in the Sixth World, living just like other people.
> Except most people can’t overwrite other people’s brains. It’s those subtle differences that matter.
> Hard Exit
There is one exception to that, however. It seems Eliohann saw my comment in the Market Panic file, because shortly after posting it, I received a message from “Neurosis,” a warning that a threat from the past would return. I’ve been investigating and verifying the evidence Eliohann included since I received it, with the help of one of JackPoint’s members, in the hopes that it was yet another hoax. Unfortunately, it wasn’t.
I’m sure most of you already know the background behind Project Vulcan. Needless to say, it succeeded—but it very nearly didn’t, or at least, not in the way Celedyr intended. Another digital intelligence besides Cerberus tried to take over Eliohann’s body during the encoding process. NeoNET’s internal investigation later found that the digital intelligence’s profile matched a known AI, and that the code to create the backdoor was provided by Dr. Penelope Ann Xavier. Traces of the same code were later found in a small but significant number of CFD infectees inside the Boston QZ, and C5 investigators reported a similarity between it and code fragments found in the Renraku Arcology servers in 2061.
> Oh frag.
I asked some trusted associates to review my evidence in the hopes that I’d made a mistake, but all of them confirmed it: The AI writing itself into those CFD infectees was Deus.
> Oh fragfragfragfragfragfragfragfragfragfragfrag– <user disconnected: Slamm-0!>
> Did Slamm-0! just brick himself?
> Kat o’ Nine Tales
> Pretty sure he wasn’t the only one.
> I suspect someone will ask me this eventually, so I’ll just answer now: No, I don’t know what Deus is planning. I was the JackPointer who helped Lanier investigate Eliohann’s claims, because I want to see Deus and Pax stopped as much as anyone. (Don’t bother with the usual wave of “bulldrek” posts; I know you don’t believe me, and I couldn’t care less.)
> And Lanier just took your word for it?
> We’ve both been in this business too long to take anything for granted, Glitch. During our conversations, Puck was held inside a Faraday cage—at his own suggestion, I might add—and subjected to a mind probe from … let’s call him a former NeoNET executive. Suffice it to say, if Puck had intended to feed us bad intel, we would have known.
> Miles Lanier
>Kat o' Nine Tales
> Speaking of loose threads, a technomancer contact in Boston told me about a few people he met who were … honestly, I don’t know what to call them. My contact said they were fellow technomancers he knew personally, who didn’t show any signs of CFD infection, but had some awfully Monad-like abilities. When I tried to get more information from him, he got dumped mid-convo; a mutual friend told me later that he’d been bagged by a corp.
> I knew it. I fucking knew it. The AIs are possessing their techno-freak pets and using them to turn everyone into head cases. None of you believed me before, and now– <user muted by sysop
> I don’t know whether you’re Clockwork or Plan 10 spoofing Clockwork’s account, but behave yourself.
> And as if Boston didn’t have enough crazy drek going on already, last time I went over the wall, I saw a corpsec unit made up entirely of orks and trolls. Typical, right? Except that if the rumors are true, every single one of them is a Monad. Personally, I’m not getting close enough to find out.
> I’m fine, everyone, the rugrat just spilled his drink on my deck. So Butch, now that you’ve saved the world from CFD, what are you going to do with all that free time?
> Sleep like the fucking dead. Good night, folks.
THE FATE OF A GIANT巨人的命运
To quote the classics, NeoNET has passed on. It is no more, has ceased to be, has expired and gone to … well, you know.
> I wasn’t expecting Lanier to be fond of twentieth-century British comedy.
> Nobody expects it.
> Miles Lanier
When the truth came out about CFD and the Boston lockdown, it was inevitable that the UCAS government would take NeoNET to task. The verdict was decided long before the trial had begun, of course, but neither the UCAS nor the Corporate Court was going to miss an opportunity to polish their public image when the blame fell squarely on one of their own.
To nobody’s surprise, the Corporate Court found in favor of the UCAS, and NeoNET was ordered to establish a disaster relief fund totaling in the hundreds of billions of nuyen. Naturally, the corporation had expected that outcome since the trial began and had already been busy downsizing, restructuring, and selling off whatever assets they could. At first, it looked like NeoNET might have weathered the storm, until the Court delivered the second half of its decision. I’ll let Justice Belczyk’s words speak for themselves. [link]
> Holy drek.
> Mr. Bonds
> Could someone translate that to non-lawyer?
> It means that for the first time since … drek, almost before I was born, there won’t be a triple-A mega with Villiers running the show.
> It’s not just that. JRJ is at least an A-rated corp in itself. Villiers is the sole owner, but he can’t be a director or the CEO with the ban in place. If voting shares are his only means of controlling JRJ, whoever Villiers appoints in his stead could sell JRJ out from under him before he has a chance to stop them. The Corporate Court might’ve just taken away Villiers’ Golden Ticket.
> Mr. Bonds
Monty Python and the Flying Circus第一季第八集的台词。全台词：“It's not pining, it's passed on. This parrot is no more. It has ceased to be. It's expired and gone to meet its maker. This is a late parrot. It's a stiff, bereft of life, it rests in peace. If you hadn't nailed it to the perch, it would be pushing up the daisies. It's rung down the curtain; joined the choir invisible. This is an ex-parrot!”
Of course, Richard Villiers wouldn’t be Richard Villiers if he didn’t have a plan. From what I’m told, the first thing he did after leaving the courtroom was to walk into a private lounge, where Johnny Spinrad and a team of lawyers happened to be waiting. By the time they left, Spinrad Global was poised to become the newest member of the Big Ten, NeoNET would only barely outlive its debts, and Richard Villiers had made another tidy profit from one of his many schemes.当然，要是理查德·维里斯没有一个计划那他就不会是理查德·维里斯。就我被告知的内容，他在离开法庭后做的第一件事是走进一间私人休息室，强尼·斯普兰德以及一队律师正好在那等着。他们离开时，斯普兰德全球已经准备好成为十大新成员，新网勉强清理了负债，而理查德·维里斯再次利用他许多谋划之一弄到了又一笔丰厚利润。
> Wait, how can Villiers just transfer NeoNET’s AAA membership to Spinrad? Doesn’t he have to sell it, or have the Corporate Court vote on it, or something?
> It’s legal hair-splitting. The short version is that the guaranteed Corporate Court seat—the “Golden Ticket”— belongs to JRJ International, which Villiers owns. Villiers simply “leases” the rights to the Court seat like a landlord renting out an apartment. The CC couldn’t force Villiers to sell JRJ, but they could force him to give up control of it, so Villiers turned around and rented the apartment out to Spinrad instead.
> And now Johnny finally has the AAA membership he wants—for a decade, anyway. It’ll be interesting to see what happens when Villiers claims it back.
> So /dev/, does this mean you’re a Spinrad citizen now? (What do they call those, Spinizens?)
> If Spinrad’s adopting former NeoNET corp families, nobody’s told us—and even if they did, too many people from Novatech are out of jobs for SpinGlobal to take them all. I think any city in NorthAm and Asia with a major NeoNET presence is going to have a lot of new runners, if they don’t already.
THE OTHER VILLIERS DIVORCE维里斯家族的分裂
As you’d expect, the damages NeoNET had to pay and the loss of the Corporate Court seat were the straws that broke the camel’s back. Fifteen years after being forged from the Crash, Novatech, Erika, and Transys-Neuronet went their separate ways.
> Even the NeoNET dissolution was another Villiers scheme. Apparently, he offered Malmstein and Celedyr a deal where Transys-Neuronet and Erika got cut loose before the Corporate Court decision was released, and Villiers got their shares in NeoNET in return. The dwarf and dragon agreed, then Villiers turned around and sold
the Golden Ticket, and he and his Trans-Latvia ball and chain cashed in on Spinrad buying out NeoNET’s share of the Z-OG Bank. Any truth to that, Miles?
> Mr. Bonds
> Let’s just say I don’t expect Richard to get birthday cards from them anytime soon.
> Miles Lanier
Since the split, Malmstein has been focusing heavily on Erika’s operations in Africa, forming a partnership with A-rated Bosaso Industries in the Ethiomalian Territories, managing the Kilimanjaro mass driver, and doing other things that pointedly lack any connection to NeoNET’s former endeavors. Celedyr, on the other hand, hasn’t been seen in public since the Corporate Court decision. I suspect he’s decided to lie low until the negative publicity blows over.
分家后，马斯坦的重心一直在艾瑞卡非洲的工作上，他和埃塞马里领（Ethiomalian Territories）的A级公司博萨索工业（Bosaso Industries）建立伙伴关系，管理乞力玛扎罗的质量投射器，还在做一些明显和新网之前的工作毫无关系的事务。另一方面，塞勒迪尔在公司法庭判决后就没再公众场合露面。我估计他觉得低调行事，等待负面效果过去。
CORPORATE COURT RULING (Excerpt from the Corporate Court’s decision in United Canadian and American States, Plaintiff v. NeoNET, Celedyr, Anders Malmstein, and Richard Villiers, Defendants. Judgement rendered September 29, 2079. Delivered by Belczyk J. for the majority.)公司法庭裁决（节选自公司法庭的判决，原告联合加拿大和美利坚合众国，被告新网、塞勒迪尔、安德斯·马斯坦以及理查德·维里斯。判决于2079年9月29日生效。由Belczyk法官宣读。）
“… for the foregoing reasons we find that, though Mr. Villiers was not directly responsible for the events leading to the widespread destruction in Boston, his failure to organize NeoNET’s corporate structure in an effective manner created a gap in oversight which allowed these events to occur. As such, we declare that Mr. Villiers was grossly negligent and in breach of his fiduciary duty as chief executive officer of NeoNET. Counsel for the United Canadian and American States has recommended that Mr. Villiers be barred from holding an officer or director position in any corporation under the jurisdiction of this court for a period of no less than ten years. The court accepts counsel’s recommendation, and we do so order.”
FAMILY HEIRLOOMS 家族遗产
Twenty years after its debut, the phoenix has risen from a different set of ashes, with a different Villiers at its helm. Richard has been grooming his daughter Caroline to follow in his footsteps for years, and after his sudden but inevitable departure, Cara took Richard’s place as CEO of the much-diminished family business.
> ”Much-diminished” is one way to put it. Everything except Novatech’s core Matrix subsidiaries—the remnants of Fuchi, Mangadyne, Matrix Industries, and Central Industrial, among others—was sold off in the surprise restructuring.
> Mr. Bonds
> Yeah, but that still makes them one of the top Matrix outfits in the world, even if the Corporate Court downgrades them to A or AA. Villiers is still the majority shareholder, too, so Novatech isn’t likely to be absorbed by another mega.
Shortly after Cara took the reins, Novatech moved its official headquarters from Boston to St. Louis, and Cara seems to have moved her own office into the ARCHology—which was transferred to Novatech ownership days before the Corporate Court ruling. Besides Novatech, Cara has also stepped into Richard’s other director and officer positions, save for JRJ.
> Does the Corporate Court really think Villiers won’t still be controlling those companies if his daughter’s the one replacing him?
> On the contrary, the Court’s probably thrilled with that. Richard has the same problem with Cara as he did with Samantha: They’re too much alike. It might mean they get along well, but it also means they’ll only cooperate with each other when it benefits them, not out of any sense of familial loyalty.
As for Richard himself, he’s as closed-mouthed about his schemes as ever, but I’m certain of one thing: He’s not happy about taking Evo’s share of the blame for CFD. Knowing him, he’s already set plans into motion to see that injustice corrected. (Those of you willing to work for the archetypal corporate Mr. Johnson may be hearing more from your fixers soon.)
> Footloose and fancy-free, with a giant pile of nuyen and a grudge against the AAA that screwed him … Villiers sounds like the next Art Dankwalther to me.
> Stop, the irony is killing me.
>“衰弱许多”是一种说法。除了超星科技的核心矩阵子公司——富士的残余、魔法力、矩阵工业（Matrix Industries）还有中央工业（Central Industrial）等之外，所有资产都在这次突然重组中被卖掉了。就在卡拉拿到控制权后不久，超星科技就把它的官方总部从波士顿搬到了圣路易斯，卡拉似乎也把她自己的办公室搬到了同一栋生态建筑——就在公司法庭判决前几天建筑所有权转给了超星科技。超星科技之外，卡拉还接任了理查德其它的负责人和主管职位，除了JRJ。
As I mentioned in my introduction, I first set virtual foot on this host—or node, or VPN, or whatever they’re called nowadays—just over five years ago. Today will likely be the last time I do so as a primary contributor. I may still stop in from time to time, triumvirate allowing, but the simple fact is that my purpose for contacting Mr. MacCallister has been fulfilled. Besides, somebody has to keep Richard out of trouble, now that he has all that free time on his hands.
I never would’ve expected to say this when I first arrived, but thank you, JackPoint. Whatever our differences, you’ve consistently impressed me in the last few years. The aid you’ve lent me with my own struggle has been invaluable, and for that, you’ve earned my respect and my gratitude. I suspect that if we ever cross paths again, it’ll be as opponents instead of cautious allies, but I wish you the best all the same.
> Wait, after all this, he’s still going to work with Villiers?
> As has been observed in countless business articles, they complement each other well. Besides, Villiers has a ton of liquid cash, a lot of interesting ideas, and a perpetual sense of restlessness. How could it not be fun to be in his circle?
> Right. Because Miles Lanier is all about the fun.
> Kay St. Irregular
>Kay St. Irregular（K街偶客）