Cleanup in the aisle
Levy University’s third supply room on the 42nd floor had an astringent smell. Pervasive. Undefined. Every time Ayla stocked her needs from the third supply room, she scouted around for whatever the offending odour was coming from, but she never found an answer.
The supply room was square with two, long, freestanding shelves that split the room into three equally sized lanes. The lining walls were also shelved, but they held locked cabinets that Ayla couldn’t access until she had her full credentials.
Rolling her cart down the left-most aisle, Ayla grabbed fertilizers and testing equipment.
And that astringent smell assaulted her nose.
It seemed stronger in the back, left corner of the room.
Leaving her cart, Ayla paced up and down the left aisle, trying to find a hint, a clue.
That’s when she saw the stain.
It was tiny, only a spec of discoloration on the otherwise uniformly taupe floor tiles. It looked like a half-circle of runoff that had seeped out from under one of the locked cabinets.
The smell was definitely stronger here, but to be sure, Ayla grabbed a pair of gloves and a sampling towelette. She rubbed the disposable synthetic cloth on the spot and held it up to the light. There was no wetness to it, but it smelled. She wafted the air towards herself and nearly gagged as the toxic scent cloyed at her nostrils.
“Got you!” Ayla said, then she turned back to the cabinet, reading the name plaque for that particular locked case. “Professor Carlos Ramirez, eh? You need to check your containment!”
Watching grass grow
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again—I’m not a good Shaper. I like to attack! Not set up.
But I built this deck to set itself up. Get the rig, Mopus for cash, then attack remotes and dig R&D. We’re digging R&D in two ways, of course. Bursting with The Maker’s Eye and using the scalpel of Indexing plus Mad Dash.
With Ayla’s NVRAM, very impactful events are pretty powerful. You effectively have a free Planned Assault for any event that ends up in your NVRAM. And of course it’s amazing if you get a breaker or some redundancy. I don’t see a situation where NVRAM is bad.
I opted to go for Test Run instead of SMC because I was running relatively high-costed programs, and I’d rather have the option to Mod them out. Plus, if Ubax is in play, we Test Run a program out, then we get it drawn into our hand for free the next turn.
I think this deck will require patience. We’ll see if I remember that when I play it.
Cultivation Ayla (Ayla “Bios” Rahim)
Ayla “Bios” Rahim: Simulant Specialist
2x Employee Strike ●●
3x Injection Attack
2x Legwork ●●●●
3x Mad Dash
2x Peace in Our Time ●●
3x Sure Gamble
2x Test Run
2x The Maker’s Eye
1x Plascrete Carapace
2x Beth Kilrain-Chang
2x Film Critic
2x Sacrificial Construct
3x Same Old Thing
2x Corroder ●●●●
2x Gordian Blade
1x GS Shrike M2 ●●
1x Mimic ●
2x Magnum Opus
15 influence spent (max 15, available 0)
45 cards (min 45)
Cards up to Terminal Directive