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RDL Subdues Bank Robber, Defends Honor

A Prestigious confrontation

On the evening of November 6th, 2104, New Light Media's latest star, Rafael de Leon, defended his honor against one of the Withmore Justice Force's most wanted.

Tap-tap-tap.

Jason "Prestige" Stettam, who attempted the notorious robbery of the Withmore Savings Bank central branch in October 2102, made a surprise appearance at Korova Milk Bar that evening, carrying his personal leather-bound cane and showing off his signature speedy tapping.

Tap-tap-tap.

On November 6th, Prestige managed to acquire a camera with a picture that he claimed contained Rafael de Leon. When he brought this to pubSIC's attention, he decided to make a show of it to any viewers of Korova Milk Madness on channel 420. Read More

"I'm a world traveler, and all that," he explained to NLM assistant lieutenant Carolina Dethrow, who was on the scene within seconds to control the situation.

Tap-tap-tap.

As Rafael de Leon drove down to KMB, Stettam entertained the crowd with a sleight-of-hand trick, approaching NLM pilot Waylon Redding. Spinning his cane and tossing it from hand to hand, all while tapping Redding's shoulders. A moment later, Stettam announced, "Tada!" Redding felt in his pocket and pulled out a copy of the false photo.

Tap-tap-tap.

With RDL's arrival, the main event had begun. The two men exchanged peaceful pleasantries, then perused the photo in Redding's hand. A comparison of RDL to the photo side-by-side made it clear to all the viewers that this was a hoax at best. Stettam offered a handshake to RDL, during which Stettam planted a Progia-7 on RDL. Stettam then dipped the phone and showed it off to the viewers, as if to play it off as RDL's phone. Not one to be played a fool, RDL counter-dipped Stettam's QuickTerm, showing it off to shocked audiences everywhere.

Tap-tap-tap.

The excitement rose as Stettam tossed his cane to Dethrow. "Maybe what you need is a good tussle," Stettam declared to RDL, "I can't promise you a good spar, but I can toss you around the bar until you ask real nice for me to stop." RDL tossed his jacket aside, ready to put his honor on the line.

Tap-

RDL's Afro-Brazillian capoeira-style stance was immediately recognizable, Stettam holding up his fists to defend.

tap-

With graceful moves and firm intent, RDL sidestepped Stettam's moves, landing two fierce blows to Stettam's neck and head, following up with a block and chop at Stettam's arm.

tap.

As RDL's foot brutally lodged itself somewhere deep within Stettam's gut, the criminal fell back, knocked out cold.

Field Medic Merrick arrived just in time to treat Stettam's injuries so he could be escorted away.

Stettam took the loss in stride, offering his sincere thanks to RDL. "Always happy to meet a fan," RDL chimed as Stettam offered a final hug on his way out.

The crowd gradually dissipated back to its regular flow and merriment. Carolina Dethrow, having kept the scene secure, offered a smile to the camera. She pulled out Stettam's cane, admiring her new collector's item.

Tap-tap-tap.

EGO: NLM's Newest Hit Series!

Exclusive interview with show-writer Lisette Dupuis

On October 31st, 2104, a new TV series was released by NLM at 6:00 PM sharp. After 30 minutes of pre-release celebration at Juicy Vee�s Korova Milk Bar, we switched to Channel 20 for the pilot episode of 'EGO'. Did you happen to miss it? Don't fret! In this article you will find everything you want to know about the show and the team behind it, without any plot spoilers. Around noon on the 1st November, a day after release, I sat down and spoke with Ms. Lisette Dupuis, the producer and writer of 'EGO' herself - to get YOU the scoop.

CD:
"Could you tell us about the pilot episode that was just revealed?"

LD:
"EGO is a dark political fantasy set in a post-post apocalyptic world, five hundred years into the future. Read More

The earth is controlled by a totalitarian government called 'The World Council', who have their hands in every aspect of your life. Your name, what you are allowed to study and know, your job, who you marry, and even when you will die. The World Council focuses on the collective rather than individuals... to the point that saying the word 'I' is known as a great blasphemy that can get you executed.

The story centers around a group of people who have left The City to form a village in the wilds of an old forest, led by a man called Prometheus, who escaped from prison after being put there for re-inventing light."

CD:
"What inspired you when you wrote the show?"

LD:
"The series was inspired by a short story by Ayn Rand known as Anthem. I have changed a bit about the world, but kept her main character - Prometheus, and introduced a cast that consists of mostly my own characters. The story is set five years past when the one she told ended.

In the end of her story, Prometheus escaped The City and found a cache of books. But we never knew what happened to him after that. I wanted to give him more story."

CD:
"Fascinating. So it's your sequel to a short story you like, more or less?"

LD:
"Oui. It is a sequel to a story that I've always found fascinating, and would sometimes expand upon in my head when I was daydreaming. Admittedly, I've taken some liberties with her world. The World Council, for example, in her story was The Council of Scholars, and was vastly different."

CD:
What's it like working with the actors for the show?"

LD:
"All of the actors are wonderful to work with. NLM has a wonderful stock of actors available for all different sorts of parts. It was an interesting experience to go through the casting calls, and decide who was just right for each part.

Amelia-Rose Gaines, the actress who plays Gaea is actually an accomplished martial artist, did you know? This is her first role as a leading lady. Johnathan Duran, who plays Prometheus, is quite the jokester on-set. One time he came in with his fake beard attached to his forehead... we all got a good laugh. And of course, Griff Crosby, who plays Galileo, had all of the women on set glued to everything he did."

CD:
"What has been your favorite moment so far when working on the show?"

LD:
"The entire process has been a dream for me; I'm not sure that I can pick just one moment easily. This is everything that I have ever wanted to do. But, I suppose, the moment that I saw my show's logo flashed on the television screen, and looked around KMB to see so many people watching my creation. I'm not sure that I can describe what I felt. Or how much lighter I felt after the credits closed, and the people in KMB applauded. Like I was a bird."

CD:
"What are the plans for the future of the show?"

LD:
"There are seven more episodes planned for the first season. You can expect to meet one new very important character, and see the world of EGO further developed, particularly exploring what it is like to live in a world where old technology has been cast aside, but not entirely destroyed. It is out there, still, to be found. You can expect multiple conflicts inside and outside of EGO, as well as a budding love story. You will also get to see Griff Crosby naked."

CD:
"Spicy. As an end note, would you like to say something to our readers?"

LD:
"Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share this story with you. It has been a privilege. Whether you are 'Team I', 'Team WE', or 'Team BEAST', please tune in to channel 20 to root for your heroes."

CD:
"Wonderful. Thank you, Ms. Dupuis, for sharing."

You heard it from the Withmore Globe first, from the words of the writer herself. Are you rooting for one side or another already? Though if you are in fact someone who missed the release, I highly recommend that you to catch the re-run on Channel 20!

- C.W Dark,
Withmore Globe.

HOW TO BE FAMOUS WITH THE HOTTEST TEAM IN WITHMORE

Behind-the-scenes with producers Fairchild and Dupuis

It's a foggy Wednesday afternoon in October. Withmore City looks like a calm, extended snapshot from high within the New Light Media tower, the bustle of cars and pedestrians muted beneath the haze outside. A brief moment later, the monolithic holo-boards flash new advertisements, reminding the world that Withmore never sleeps.

I take the elevator down to production, where I'm greeted by NLM Producer Arachne Fairchild and Assistant Producer Lisette Dupuis. Miss Fairchild is brimming with excitement, ready to begin the tour. Read More

Miss Dupuis is at attention, resolute after another busy day on the job.

As I step into the hallway, I'm awestruck by the immaculate workplace, decorated with a checkerboard of blue panels and frosty glass, looking not a day old despite the busy foot traffic. We move aside to clear the aisle, my hosts describing the architecture as aides, pages, and talent pass us by.

All of your favorite studios are here: NLM News, Withmore Beats, Class Wars, and so many more. The lavish setups include a mix of physical stages and holo-sets to meet the needs of every flash of news and entertainment. We slink quietly through the busy Withmore Globe bullpen and even catch a glimpse of NLM anchor John Fergeson preparing for the next news broadcast. The action is everywhere.

We make our way to the control room, where all the magic happens: recording, editing, and ensuring every final product of NLM is served to perfection. After a brief exhibition of our state-of-the-art equipment, I sit down with Miss Fairchild and Miss Dupuis at a comfortable break-room couch to find out more about what it takes to achieve fame.

Rose Ringo: How long have each of you been at NLM?

Arachne Fairchild: Two months for me today. I was offered a position after working with Talon Contracting Services to thwart a terror plot against NLM.

Lisette Dupuis: I've been at NLM since February of this year, and moved to production a month ago.

RR: Congratulations to both of you. Miss Dupuis, did you always want to be a producer?

LD: Every step since I arrived in Withmore was with the intent of becoming a producer. I worked at Bizou to gain some experience topside, and then at the Withmore Globe to gain experience writing.

RR: Both of your paths into production are so different, and each is well-earned. Now that you're here, what are your upcoming projects? What are they about?

AF: Currently we're planning an incredible dream experience for one lucky Rafael de Leon fan, where they'll be treated to an enchanting evening and posh dinner on us with RDL, live on Korova Milk Bar. It's the 'Big Date with RDL.' I can't get into the details of the evening but it will be an unforgettable experience for the lucky winner. Rafael de Leon, perhaps best known as the Anglianico Grappa spokesman, is a budding NLM star whose fiery Spanish manner and aristocratic bearing have captured the hearts of men and women across the Dome.

RR: How would one enter that contest?

AF: All you need to do is gridmail an answer to RDL's riddle to [email protected]

RR: What's the riddle?

AF: 'What of RDL's can you hold without using your hands?'

RR: That's quite a generous contest! And you, Miss Dupuis, what is your current project?

LD: I am currently working on a new television series. I'd love to get into specifics, but all will be revealed in time.

RR: I'm sure plenty of folks at home will be waiting in anticipation every step of the way. Everyone knows NLM brings the best quality shows and experiences. But how can aspiring producers get in on the action?

AF: Aspiring producers are encouraged to send their scripts to [email protected] Having an extensive background in related fields is helpful, for instance Miss Dupuis' work at the Globe.

RR: What are the best parts about being a producer?

AF: Being able to work with Rex Gold. He's a genius, a literal god of television. Having the opportunity to sway the emotions of audiences everywhere, whether it's to make them think, to shock them, to make them jump or cry or to put a smile on their faces.

LD: For me, the most exciting part is the chance to engage the hearts and minds of Withmore. I've been hard at work coming up with a new series that I hope will do just that. I'm trying to make it something for everyone, and can't wait to share it with the world. In addition, it really is an honor to get to work with Mr. Gold. The man is a genius in his field, and truly someone to look up to.

RR: A producer's job is very important, but they're not the only ones in production. What does it take to become a TV personality?

AF: People wonder where stars come from. The most important thing about becoming a television personality is having an unswerving dedication to getting where you want to be, and working hard for it. The most obvious route is to work at Korova Milk Bar, where you have a live audience 24/7 and an immediate opportunity to make an impact with your audience.

LD: So many of our stars have had a background at KMB. Juju and Lala, to name a few.

AF: Even Mixers become stars if they're good enough at generating interest, like Juicy Vee and his meteoric ascension to the top of the world. The most important thing is to be clear on your goals, to have a truly memorable personality, to be mentally tough, to be able to take advice and direction, and to be prepared to reinvent yourself upon request. Stars become the property of NLM and need to be both incredibly personable but also incredibly flexible.

LD: Yes. So many people feel like the world owes them the spotlight. Those people will be disappointed. Persistence and willingness to adapt are important qualities of any star.

AF: Both aspiring television talent and aspiring television producers need to be able to sell themselves, they need to have the skillset for the business and know their way around advertising, marketing psychology and negotiating people toward their point of view. A musical act who can't -sell- themselves won't gain traction.

LD: It's a great opportunity to learn how to work a camera. Whether you are interested in being an actor or a musician, there's so much you can learn from the way the audience immediately reacts to you in that setting.

AF: Personality, looks, creativity, intelligence, ability to sell, and swagger. Those are all elementary to success in television.

LD: And the dedication to put in the work.

RR: Are there any inspiring words you'd like to leave to those passionate about a career at NLM?

AF: Don't be afraid to take up a role at Korova Milk Bar. It's a proving ground. A place to gain interest, make waves, and get noticed. You'll be live on channel 420, so show the world what you've got!

RR: Thank you Miss Fairchild and Miss Dupuis for bringing the world a spotlight into you lives, and the passion and dedication behind all of us at New Light Media.

This concludes my interview with Arachne Fairchild and Lisette Dupuis, two producers among the grand community of diligent corporate citizens at New Light Media. With the best mentors around, now is the perfect time to join the winning team at NLM!

Ready to start your NLM career at KMB? Send your application to [email protected]!

Ready to join the team? Submit your script to [email protected]!

Ready to win your date with RDL? Gridmail your entry to [email protected]!

-Rose Ringo

Yoga class meets Terror

Terrorist meets Justice

October 15th was a foggy, cool morning in Sunset Park on Central Green, when a licensed Yoga Therapist was preparing for a pre-arranged group class for corporate citizens. Her name is Jane Devaro and she had gone far to make this event pleasant, she even arranged with a waitress from Rosa's to serve people tea through what was supposed to be a relaxed, enlightening morning. Unfortunately, things did not go as planned. Before elaborating further, I will state that I witnessed this event personally with the other victims, as I was already in the park in hopes to get an interview with the ambitious Ms. Jane Devaro.

The trouble of said morning was a mixer named Tarav Rax, also identified by the SIC alias 'Vendetta'. Read More

He had decided to make a very unwelcome entrance. Many of you may have heard his name roped together with a multitude of infamous failures that didn't have what it takes to be corporate. But what did he do, skulking around the park?

Gunfire pierced the eardrums of the yoga class-attendants and panic erupted after a brief introduction of the class that didn't get a chance to start. For everyone's sake, Judge Hadley was already stationed in the park and on the lookout for trouble. A few of the attendants were Corporate Security and actually aided the Judge in taking down the attacker. For a once self-proclaimed solo, Tarav Rax was quickly singled out. "Emphasize what a thirteen mil enforcer does to an unarmored skull. There wasn't much left to execute." Agent Hank Shiyani from ViriiSoma Security commented on the execution made by Judge Hadley, after Tarav Rax had been incapacitated. I inquired with Agent Shiyani about his perspective when it all went down. "My reaction was to first assess who was being attacked." He explained that he moved in to intercept the insurgent and attempt to assist Judge Hadley in protecting the rest. However, he did not have to do much. "As soon as I moved in, Judge Hadley's Enforcer caught Rax skillfully in the ear. You caught that, yes? Turned the side of his head into pulp." I did indeed. Though after the execution, there wasn't even much of a 'pulp' to mention.

To some, this may all seem like a desperate cry for attention and acknowledgement, as Tarav Rax had expressed melancholia throughout the entire morning on public SIC. When you look at it a little closer however, a motive starts to form. I personally believe his motive was to die in a way that would get him noticed, but also make a mess of things for people he used to know. One can look at it in different ways, but what can not be denied is his connection to Ms. Jane Devaro.

"I did date him for a short time. He worked for Corporate Security at the time." Jane Devaro, the yoga instructor from Sunset Park, explained that she was a service worker at Caf� Bizou at the time. "I broke it off with him, but he didn't respect that. Despite asking him for space." Ms. Devaro explains that she moved on to work at Westside Elective Clinic and eventually Acadia Way Clinic, where she works now as a corporate citizen. She explains that she worked hard to get where she is, despite Tarav Rax's occasional interruptions. "I always respected my place within society. It's difficult of course, corporate life demands a lot. And that's why I try to reach out to my clients. Support them in what they do." True to her words, I remember seeing Ms. Devaro's first reaction, after the guns died down, to treat any injured attendants. "I'm a Paramedic, I always keep medical supplies on me, especially during my classes. Just on the odd chance something should happen."

After a few hours of speaking with witnesses, I sat down to piece everything together. Jane Devaro called unexpectedly and shared details she had overlooked. Tarav Rax had Gridmailed her that morning, and many other mornings, begging her to come back to her. To end her career and move down to Red sector. "I hadn't responded. I can't tell you how many times he's asked me to get back with him. Each time I've said no. He just would never stop. I got to be very afraid of him. Someone like that - that persistent. That's not love. That's something else."

It appears that some individuals like the unfulfilled 'Vendetta' are simply obsessed, unable to move on and ahead. They are so unhappy, all they can do is cling onto the brief memories of happiness that they carry, like parasitic lifeforms. In turn, making the rest of us miserable. Ultimately and perhaps ironically, their blood feud is their failure.

- C.W Dark,
Withmore Globe.

CYBERTERRORIST BANISHED AFTER NLM AND WJF STING

Obscene glutton for failure fails again

On September 27th, 2104, NLM and the WJF secured another successful operation to make Withmore City a safer place for all corporate citizens with the capture and banishment of cyberterrorist Charley Bentley [SIC: Dutch], parading under the alias Arctus. NLM Supervising Agent Carolina Dethrow was promoted to Assistant Lieutenant for her part in the operation.

HISTORY

Cyberterrorist Bentley shambled through Omega Gate in April of 2102, after suddenly leaving her paramedic career behind in the Netherlands. During her time as an ambulance driver, she earned enough goodwill to be granted an opportunity to work on NLM Gridworks, supporting the very network you're reading today. Read More

In private, however, Bentley had a perverse, pathological desire to consort with vulgar underworld elements.

The instant Bentley was exposed, her employment with NLM was terminated and she was thrown back into the mix. The slogan "Garbage Out" is attributed to those who fail to meet the standards of corporate life. Not to be outdone, Bentley persisted in proving she was among the most fetid, moist garbage.

Bentley thrived upon failure. Every chance she was given to make herself a productive citizen was thrown away. In Red Sector, she leeched hundreds of thousands of chyen off mixers with no intention of ever paying it back, wandering from apartment to apartment like mildew, squatting in ignorant mixers' filth.

On April 26, 2104, Bentley ran into the bathroom of The Black Drome Bar to contract the Ebola virus, spreading it far and wide, causing over 105,000 deaths in a single weekend. Bentley's reaction was cold and egotistical, whining on pubSIC to draw attention specifically to her.

By May of 2104, she had assumed the alias "Psychopomp" and had launched an assault on Gridworks, while simultaneously whining to her social circle for attention to her actions. Before the end of the month, she was caught and branded a cyberterrorist.

Over the next months, Bentley's destructive, attention-seeking behavior only grew. "Swept up by the neck into the embrace of criminals, drooling with glee as she's forced to commit crime after crime for her own sexual pleasure," shuddered a source familiar with Bentley's thoroughly diseased mind.

The masochistic cyberterrorist ditched the "Dutch" alias, emerging as Arctus, launching rehashed Gridworks attacks reminiscent of her Psychopomp campaign. This led to Bentley's ultimate failure, because of her grossly inept and overt attempts at hiding her tracks.


CAPTURE

Leading the operation against Bentley were NLM Assistant Lieutenant Carolina Dethrow, Cadet-Judge Parashar, and NLM's Gridworks Support Antoine Gautier. While a narrative of their actions would no-doubt be a thrilling account, they are unable to comment on the sources and methods used to take down cyberterrorist Bentley, as is procedure.

A former Chex cabbie claimed that Bentley tipped poorly. She's since improved, having left plenty of tips for Corpsec to find her.

With their intel report compiled, organized, and verified by Staff Judge Pratt, it was time to commence the take down.

On September 27th, Staff Judge Pratt summoned Bentley to the Hall. SIC keys lit up and hushed whispers filled the dome. In a final act of canine-grade obedience, Bentley turned herself in. Along with Staff Judge Pratt, Judge Steele issued Bentley's banishment judgment, with Cadet-Judges all present for the ruling.

"I think it's somewhat poetic, personally," mused Dethrow, "Terrorists fight against order and progress, seemingly benefiting their agenda by not being beholden to things like due process, investigation, and the Law. And in the end, that's exactly what was their demise."

Let this be reinforcement to anyone who finds themselves lured down this same path: pity-trolls like Bentley fade quickly from memory, their achievements shelved, scrubbed, and erased.

Who is Charley Bentley? Some dumb dog.

-Rose Ringo

New Asst. LT saves NLM from terrorists!

Criminals get a Dethrow Sentence

It was around noon on a typical Wednesday workday, 2nd of October, 2104. Terror shook Gold sector as organized terrorists targeted the three major corporate headquarters; New Light Media, ViriiSoma Pharmaceuticals and NeoTrans. Suffice it to say, some CorpSec teams handled the situations ideally and some less so. Especially efficient was the NSEC group lead by Assistant Lieutenant Carolina Dethrow with the assistance from Agents Frost and Graves. They were able to quickly dismantle the threat and minimize any harm to NLM grounds or personnel. It seems part of the reason it was handled so well was preparation. Asst. Lt. Read More

Dethrow herself explained; "Agents Frost and Graves were staged on grounds as I made my way to the tower, due to potential RLF activity." The 'Red Liberation Front' is what she's referring to, a terrorist group situated in Red sector that aim to bring destruction and chaos to the corporations that built our city.

A single insurgent had targeted the NLM tower and from the sounds of it, they were ready and willing to cause a ruckus. ""The RLF insurgent was well equipped. Full Protek, WAI bodysuit, sonic grenade, WAI 900LR rifle" Dethrow explains. "However, we dispatched them with ease." When inquiring about any damage to the property of NLM or its employees, the Asst. Lt. explained that no damage was received on their end, other than a few minor injuries to the brave security personnel defending the perimeter. "Anyone striking against topside will find their 'victories' to be Pyrrhic illusions" she continues. In fact, it rather seems like the attempt made by the terrorist was instead a catastrophic loss on their end. "The insurgent's ID has been gained" Dethrow says. "We'll be pursuing any and all leads regarding not only perpetrators, but supporters and potential facilitators. We're working in conjunction with the Hall to ensure the same outcome for anyone whose foolish enough to threaten our way of life." She also wanted me to inform you, dear readers, that "anyone who brings forward information about the RLF and their supporters will be given considerable compensation" and are asked to simply contact an NSEC official in order to do so.

There is much comfort to gain by knowing how empty the claims made by this terror-invoking group really are. A statement was made just before the attack by a well-known SIC handle of theirs called 'ProMix'. "You take away one freedom fighter? You freeze him forever? THREE MORE APPEAR!" This was easily disproved by the quick response made by NLM's corporate security team. After dealing with the terrorist, no more insurgents dared to step on their sovereign ground. This does not mean they are incapable of doing harm and you should always be wary of their ilk, as well as reporting anything you may discover in relation to their group. But why stop there? You can in fact be one of the heroes ridding society of terrorists, as NSEC is currently hiring Junior Agents for their teams!

Working for talented people in the world's most powerful corporations certainly has its benefits, when you consider how far sheer will can take you. Carolina Dethrow wasn't the Assistant Lieutenant up until recently and when asked about her latest promotion, she admitted; "I had my sights set on this position from the day that I joined the company." She explains this promotion followed the arrest of the infamous cyberterrorist 'Arctus'. On that note, keep your eyes peeled for that scoop, it'll truly be something to read. Stay safe, Withmore.

-C.W Dark - Withmore Globe

Arachne Fairchild performs NeoTrans Diss Track at KMB

Multi-talented it-girl Arachne Fairchild took Withmore by storm this past Friday the 13th at Korova Milk bar, when she performed a live diss-track dedicated to NeoTrans. The newly-minted assistant producer had not taken to the stage in KMB since winning a talent contest at the club some time ago.

"I'll never forget that talent show!" gushed an excited attendee. "I've been a fan of Miss Fairchild since that day! We are so lucky that we got to see her perform again tonight. I've been here in KMB for hours!"

The performance, which included all of the spectacle that the NLM production team could bring to bear, was truly a sight to be seen. Read More

Holographic backup dancers wearing NeoTrans stewardess uniforms were wreathed in flame as scenes of the shuttle crash flashed all over, along with images of plunging stock graphs, and a heartwarming story of megastar Shareena, who was injured in a June 14 shuttle crash at NeoTrans space port.

The performance itself was perfectly on-point.  Fairchild, no stranger toward working a stage, held the crowd in thrall; the room was filled with the voices of the audience singing along to the hook: 'your airline is in a nosedive', referencing both the June 14 crash, and the stock price of shares in the NeoTrans corporation.

"It was real smart, that metaphor" said Robert Quintero, an accountant who was just in the club to relax after work. "The whole thing was smart. Layers upon layers of insults. I had a good laugh."

Stock holders for NeoTrans are having less of a laugh these days, with safety concerns rising in the wake of the recent crash.

"Miss Fairchild does have a point..." continued Quintero, sipping at a White Russian. "I'm not really feeling like traveling these days."

-B.B. Planche, Withmore Globe

THE FIVE PILLARS OF SUCCESS

Corporate life is a privilege.

THE FIVE PILLARS OF SUCCESS

Corporate life is a privilege. One that is earned and just, and always in check.

Model citizens are those that need not fear their career, their employer, or the Law. A career should be self-evident, by name or by results, without a shadow of jeopardy on the horizon. An employer seeks the best staff, while culling the underperformers; an efficiently self-improving totality is naturally desired, albeit idyllic. Read More

And to its name, the Law protects those upstanding citizens from those who wish to do us harm.

Upon a clear conscience, free of fear, a corporate citizen may achieve mastery of five pillars of success: Respect, Professionalism, Ambition, Productivity, and Modesty.


RESPECT

As a corporate citizen, one must understand that respect is paramount to any successful career. Everyone's place is earned by merit, and is to be appreciated as such.

One doesn't simply work alongside associates and affiliates like a mindless data-gobbling ogre. Become the example that you want to lead by, and you, in turn, will feel that same respect. It's in this way that NLM producer Rex Gold is as respected as he is, with rising producer Arachne Fairchild working closely and respectfully with him.

Those that jeer and clamor their way towards fame, however, will find their goals snuffed.


PROFESSIONALISM

Your emotional health is important as a corporate citizen, and there are services available to help prevent stress from leaking into the workplace. An outstanding citizen manages personal crises by not allowing any issue to creep to that level of intolerance. A professional checks in their personal grievances at the door and comes to work prepared to advance their corporation and career with integrity.

A recent NLM retiree, famed musical artist superstar Alivia Phillips, proved herself as a paragon of professionalism, delivering on the demands of loyal customers over her years of dedicated service.

Without this motivation to continue to rise, a corporate citizen may find themself aimless, embracing nihilism at the worst. Ones that rise to seek a quick financial jolt by slandering and selling out a corporation are the quickest to fall.


AMBITION

When asked who defines a passion for success, you may imagine those that truly make a positive difference in our lives. It could be any number of us who have the temperament to be not just affable after a day's work, but downright ambitious. Those who excel with ambition are those who don't just have ideas, but also find a way to turn those ideas into reality, and -- most importantly -- follow through with a task to the end.

NLM's Lala Gomez, the Latina Queen, is a prime expression of one who sees a lofty goal and doesn't stop until she hits it, maximizing the capability of the tools and talent around her.

There's a line, however, where ambition can lead to an undesired outcome. Every ambitious corporate citizen takes risks, but it's astute to stop and take a sanity check once in a while. When one's zeal leads to espionage, fetish exploitation, or unrequited obsessions, the end of one's tenure is nigh.


PRODUCTIVITY

Your job is more than simply a service: it's patriotic. Put your corporation above all others. Understand your goals, face them head-on, and revel in your exemplary efficacy. That is the mindset behind productivity.

A highly productive member of the NLM Corpsec team, Chayna Parashar, started Cadet Academy for the fine WJF this past week. Her unyielding effort to go above and beyond what is expected is proof that the NSec program produces the best security agents.

A job is not something to struggle through, overdosing on drugs and alcohol after your shift is over. Seize the opportunity to eliminate distractions and vices when presented, or else those above you will eliminate everything you've worked for.


MODESTY

Mistakes happen. In this position, a corporate citizen espousing modesty shows loyalty to their employer. Chances are offered. Given proof of value, good standing is retained.

A corporate citizen who is simply underperforming doesn't fall under the banner of modesty. Rather, one who exceeds expectations and faces a stumble in their path is at the core of humility. Whether it be in the face of a coworker, superior, or even the Law, showing unwavering modesty separates the shining examples from the Rock Ciders.

It benefits nobody for a corporate citizen to go on a tirade, be it via pubSIC or tagging or public indecency, even if the voices are goading and prodding at the issue. The values one endorses shine as clear as one's thoughts.


CONCLUSION

To comfortably exist as a corporate citizen, one must uphold the standards of corporate life. When your name is oft referred to as a joke instead of out of jealousy, it's time to rethink where you're headed, because it sure isn't up.

Remember the pillars: Respect, Professionalism, Ambition, Productivity, and Modesty.

Ask yourself what standards you meet, and what pillars you need to raise. If we improve our pillars, we improve our corporation.

And thus, we improve the world.

-Rose Ringo

New Variant of Plague Hits Withmore

New Variant of Plague Hits Withmore

In 1347, an epidemic of astounding proportions struck Europe. The Great Pestilence, also known as the Black Death, swept across Europe, killing over half of the population within a period of four years. While the disease dug its claws in, lingering until the 1700s and wreaking its havoc on a smaller scale as it moved from place to place, we largely speak of the Bubonic Plague as history. It has popped up from time to time since then, but never threatened humanity on as grand a scale. Read More

That is, until the first of September this year, when Bubonic Plague Variant 7 made its ugly face known in Withmore.

It isn't entirely certain where the source of the infection began, but signs point to an outbreak within the stray dog population that makes its home inside the gated walls of Banspuro Park in central red sector. Other variants of this sort of plague have been known to be carried within infected fleas that occupy both the living bodies and corpses of animals in an affected area. Other theories point towards an individual with the SIC alias "Cocklovr" as patient zero. This individual spoke of being injected with some sort of orange substance under the guise of receiving free nano injections, afterward describing symptoms that are similar to those of Variant 7. The same day a stack of corpses ended up in Banspuro park belonging to those who had suffered the same symptoms, which were summarily savaged and eaten by the park dogs.

Symptoms of Bubonic Plague Variant 7 begin largely like those of the flu, with the afflicted suffering hot and then cold flashes, shaking and loss of concentration. I spoke with an individual, who wished to remain anonymous, about what it was like to experience the onset of Variant 7.  "[The] first thing I noticed was I felt hot to start... sweat was dripping down my brow, my skin felt flush. But then it crashed. I felt very, very, very cold... I had trouble standing after a certain point... not dizzy, but I didn't feel like my balance was good, like my senses were just going haywire... it was hard to concentrate... I couldn't control my shaking." As the symptoms of the disease began to make themselves known they intensified, and according to our source still intensified even under treatment.  "Once I got my treatment, a terrible headache set in... and then the rest started. Oh, did it start." Our source went on to describe intense vomiting over a period of hours, and spitting up blood. "It felt like someone had taken an engine and wrapped my intestines around [it] and just turned the f***** on. After that, the lights got so awful.  So bright, too bright.  Like burning inside my eyes, I couldn't hide from them." Afterward, the hot and cold flashes returned, according to our source, much worse than before. "I couldn't get rid of it.  Nothing would make me warmer... on the second day I passed out, and woke up much better."

The cure for Bubonic Plague Variant 7 is the timely administration of Doxycycline, and the afflicted are asked to remain in quarantine to prevent the further spread of the disease, until they are shown to be symptom free for a period of two hours. Quarantine may last a number of days, with reports of up to thirty six hours or more. Citizens are advised that failing to do this puts the entire city at risk.

Withmore City officials are still working on getting an official death count for the recent outbreak, though there have been rumors that the number has reached over a million afflicted, the majority of these cases in Red Sector. Citizens are advised to allow city services to handle any reports of corpses, as they have special biohazard suits to aid in their protection. Under no circumstances should someone touch a corpse without some sort of protection.

There have been a number of accusations against ViriiSoma Pharmaceuticals, who have occasionally been blamed by Mixers for the spread of the disease. Earlier this week a number of mixers rioted in front of the corporation, and at one point a member of ViriiSoma's CorpSec team, Agent Rafael Gallardo, was abducted, taken down to red sector, and killed.

In the wake of widespread panic, Mixers have retaliated in other ways, as well. Just today former Artery member Tulip 'Blackstar' O'Hare made her way up to green sector while infected and under the influence of some sort of drug. O'Hare made her way to Cordoba Mallplex, where she took several hostages over the course of being pursued by the Withmore Justice Force, shouting Mixer propaganda and demanding Doxycycline. Clerks at both Bitch'n Chick'n and DigiDreams were taken hostage, but thanks to the brave efforts of Cadet-Judge Avarius Pike, both hostages were rescued without harm, and O'hare received a sentence of clone-death, executed on the spot by Judge Hadley.

The Cadet-Judge was unfortunately infected in the process, and is currently under treatment, but Withmore certainly thanks Pike for his heroics. O'Hare was posthumously judged for multiple counts of homicide, inciting a riot, and the attempted murder of a judge and cadet-judge. She was fined twenty thousand chyen payable in two weeks for the attempted murders.

When asked for a statement, Cadet-Judge Pike offered the following:  "Let this be a reminder to Mixers - any attempt to violate the sanctity of our work and living spaces will be met with overwhelming force. There is no outcome here where your tantrums can put a dent in the corporate order. Keep your revolutionary fervor and infectious diseases to yourselves, down there where they belong. Obey the Law."

-B.B. Planche, Withmore Globe

NSEC and TCS down Crazed Terrorist!

Joint Operation between NSEC and Talon brings down Barry 'Bu

Multiple fires raged throughout gold sector on Sunday night, causing damage to Southside Motors and Westside Elective Clinic. The conflagrations, beacons to distract the Withmore Justice Force's attentions, were but precursors to the main event of the night which took place at the New Light Media towers. There, fugitive Barry 'Bush' Patterson, also known as 'The TERRA Killer' and who is believed to be part of a remnant RLF cell, detonated a bomb within the building's HR department, taking NLM's head of human resources, Collette Guevara, hostage.

"It was terrifying!" said Alexandra Deacon, a production intern who witnessed the event. "I was just coming out of the break room, and I felt the heat from the explosion. Read More

Everything was chaos for a moment, and when I could see through the smoke I saw that that horrible man had Miss Guevara, and was trying to use her as leverage to escape!"

Supervising Agent Carolina Dethrow and Junior Agent Immram Loreto were on the scene to neutralize Patterson, assisted by Agent Chayna Parashar and Junior Agent Keira Frost who acted as surveillance and recon. "We have no clue what Patterson might have been planning," said Dethrow, "but knowing his previous work, we certainly mitigated a disaster that could have been on the scale of NeoSec's own failure with the shuttle [explosion]."

The NLM Security team's prompt and effective response to Patterson's threat was greatly due to the information gathering and warning from the team's liaison in Talon, Arachne Fairchild. Fairchild, who had been deep undercover in the mix, was able to inform NSEC that Patterson was planning to make a move, allowing them to stage accordingly.

"After neutralization, the target was confirmed by the Talon representative, Fairchild, and the body was sent to the Hall for bounty processing." said Dethrow. "NSEC rigorously investigates any potential terror threat concerning NLM and I wasn't willing to abide such action on our doorstep."

Talon and NSEC have had a joint operation to take Patterson down for some time, following a bombing in the Media gardens during the 'Prestige' incident. The success of the pairing was able to ensure that the full effect of Patterson's plans was a failure. Thanks to the performance and effective tactics of the NSEC team, along with the heroic vigilance of Fairchild, the day belongs to NLM.

Supervising Agent Dethrow sums everything up in the following statement, "We've had quite a workload, but as you can tell, we always win in the end."

-B.B. Planche, Withmore Globe

Hab-X - Gold Sector's Haven for Criminals?

Crimes on the Rise at Habitat-X

The judges who patrol the eastern side of New Light Avenue face a daunting challenge; among a towering monolith of electronic billboards, streets filled with the hustle and bustle of busy travelers, and glass skyscrapers stretching ever toward the projected clouds, a small blemish on Gold Sector often makes its ugly voice heard. Nestled just south of NeoTrans space port, Habitat-X Cube Hotel, advertised as your so-called "home away from home", boasts the highest crime rate in the sector, and it is rising fast.

On any given day, the walls of Hab-X are covered in graffiti. Obscenities or gang tags are popular with the vagrants that stay here, some of them mixers fleeing the violence of red sector. Read More

There are ex-corporate washouts as well, cowards clinging to the last vestiges of a life they didn't deserve, soaking in the piss-like brine of their own crimes and failures. Outcasts and untouchables, ranging from self-dubbed ghouls to the otherwise mentally deranged are the sort that make there residence here. It is in effect a roiling, bubbling, cauldron of filth that threatens explode at a moment's notice.

As a result, reports of incidences to the Withmore Justice Force taking place within Habitat-X are on an upward trend. This past week alone, Staff Judge Gerik Phillips had to disband a gathering of the newly-minted central red sector gang the 'Vultures' on the facilities, Judge Alina Echols was forced to respond to an armed assault involving two immigrants in the cube hotel's lobby, and there was a report of a pickpocketing attempt on the grounds. This is to say nothing of the crimes that go unreported: cubes rented for shady business deals or illicit meetups, people playing 'cube lotto' in an attempt to steal things that vagrants might have stashed there, or those thieves who simply steal things from sleeping folk who were too cheap to renew their stay.

Despite this, there remain those corporate citizens who choose to occupy rooms within this overbooked, crime-ridden cube hotel, despite having homes elsewhere. I attempted to reach out to a number of these corporate citizens for commentary on the nature of their stay: Archer Vermeulon, Marco Mohammed Karakhan, and Secra Leblanc. I was unfortunately unable to reach them by the publishing of this article. One may simply assume it must be a matter of the convenience of the locale to the NeoTrans spaceport, however, one may also assume that they are compensated enough to afford vehicles, cab fare, or the paltry chyen it takes to ride the lev.

Even juniors ride the lev.

-B.B. Planche, Withmore Globe

Chaos Shakes Skywatch Mall!

Foxtrot Lease Holder Brings Violence and Chao

On an average Friday morning, the shops and interior concourse of SkyWatch Mall are jam-packed full with loitering teenagers, mall walkers, and consumers of all kinds eager to spend their chyen on the variety of products that are offered within. This morning, however, the shopping crowd has thinned, mall security seems to be in a state somewhere between vigilance and unease, and citizens of Withmore are left wondering whether or not it is safe to set foot inside at all.

The reason for the sparse crowds is easy to discern. Read More

Over the past two weeks, Foxtrot Beauty Boutique, located in Skywatch Mall in Gold Central, has been the victim of a series of attacks that have left others wondering what the ugly truth is behind the violence that has recently afflicted this beauty store.

Foxtrot Beauty Boutique is certainly benign by all outward appearances. The business has existed for a number of years in Withmore without any sort of negative attention drawn to it. Yet, within the past two weeks it has been the scene for a number of topside crimes. Suffering damage from an ethicol time bomb and the aftereffects of a spray of bullets from an AKS-47, both of unfortunate assaults sent the beauty boutique's shop clerk to Genetek and caused chaos in the mall as shoppers fled for their safety.

But why have these attacks occurred, and why do they seem to be escalating? �The answer lies in the hands of the newest leaseholder of the business, Red Fuki-Yama, also known as HotGoods, a former Sing a Rong bartender and Red Sector fixer. An anonymous source has told the Globe that the new leaseholder is indebted to the outspoken individual known as Sergei on the Sic Network, and that Sergei has vowed to bomb the business once per week until Fuki-Yama has paid off his end of their business deal. What this business venture was exactly is still unknown, but we are all left wondering how long Mr. Fuki-Yama will be allowed to bring chaos and violence to Gold Sector?

-B.B. Planche, Withmore Globe

(Edited by NewsDesk at 3:24 pm on Aug. 2, 2104)

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