You have chosen, or been chosen to be one of the few, the strong, the Elite. Your Mission, whether or not you choose to accept it will be to destroy the most advanced commercial facility of the enemy of this corporation! That's right, you are going to the NSS Cyberiad.
A team of five (Borgs not included) Syndicate Nuclear Agents (Or Nuclear Operatives) have been sent on a mission to completely destroy the station with a nuclear bomb. However, they must get the Nuclear Authentication Disk from the station itself in order to arm the bomb. The operatives have access to advanced gear available only to them and pinpointers that will allow them to hunt for the disk.
- 1 Your Objectives
- 2 Preparing for your mission
- 3 Starting Equipment
- 4 Buying your equipment
- 5 The Assault
- 6 Mission Debriefing
- 1. Retrieve the Nuclear Authentication Disk
- 2. Arm the Nuclear Fission Explosive inside the NSS Cyberiad
- 3. Escape alive on the Syndicate Shuttle
Preparing for your mission
All nuclear operatives spawn in the Syndicate base on a distant, snowy planet. One operative is designated as the leader - they should be the one to decide what kind of approach the team should take in getting the nuclear disk, as well as spawning with the war declaration device and being the only operative with access to the doors leading to the shuttle.
The Nuclear Code
The very first thing you should do is memorize the nuclear code! This changes every nuke ops round, so if you've played before the code will now be different. How to make sure you memorize it is simple, type Note in the chat bar (without having say before it) or go to the IC tab then click Add Note followed by the code. The code will be on a piece of paper in the base, as well as being given directly to the leader in their own notes at the start of the round.
All nuclear operatives start with a tactical turtleneck, combat gloves, a headset with a Syndicate encryption key, a pinpointer locked to the nuclear disk's location, a stechkin pistol and a backpack with a cyanide pill and radio uplink in it.
The radio uplink is like an unlocked Syndicate PDA - it can order most traitor items and much, much more! Simply use the radio in your active hand to open the uplink.
A plan to kill everyone you meet
Before you drown yourself in guns, bombs and ammo, you should make up and discuss a plan with your fellow operatives.
The first thing to decide is whether to go in guns blazing, or take a more stealthy approach. Both have their pros and cons. If you are aggressive, shoot everyone and blow up half the station, you have a good chance of a surprise blitz, and get out with the nuke disk even before they notice you. If you are stealthy, and succeed, you may blow up the station before the crew notices the captain's dead and the disk is gone (this is highly unlikely though).
Most teams will take a shooty-shooty-boom-boom approach, though. For that to work, you need a good insertion point. Possible choices that actually work:
- Cargo. Cargo, especially disposals, is sometimes deserted, and close enough to the bridge with not too many airlocks. Beware of disposal units and file cabinets.
- Incinerator. The incinerator has no camera and air alarm, so you can breach it without the AI noticing. You don't even have to use C4, you can just disassemble the window.
- Armory/Permabrig. Done by some nuclear teams, but rarely has a happy end. The upside is that you can space most of the armory's content before security becomes aware of your existence. The downside is a metric fuckton of airlocks that can be bolted by the AI and the proximity of security forces - remember to never underestimate those tasers.
- Telecomms. Usually not a good idea. Most teams go to telecomms so sabotage the equipment there, and to use the teleporter to breach the station - either through the teleporter room or to the bridge. Remember, if you teleport to the bridge, watch out for energy guns and laser guns on the sides - their shots always go through the windows, bullets don't.
- Your shuttle's teleporter. If you choose to spend 20 telecrystals to complete the teleporter, you can use it like a regular releporter. Usually yields the same results as a telecomms strategy.
- Your base's Assault Pod. Unless if you want one of your operatives to stay in the shuttle and prepare the nuke and evac, there is no stealth in this strategy. But on the bright side, it has 8 machine guns and it's heavily protected, giving your team lots of cover. Pretty much the same way how the Telecomms strategy works. Be prepared for a one way out once you got the disk.
- It's a fair warning with all of these approaches excluding the teleporter and the assault pod that you will have to breach from space, and should be wary of having glass shards slam into your chest until it breaks your ribs. Never stand directly in front of a window you're opening.
Whatever you do though, the key to success of all plans is good teamwork.
Declaration of War - "The Syndicate Nuclear Strike Team Leader has declared their intent to utterly destroy NSS Cyberiad with a nuclear device, and dares the crew to try and stop them."
It is possible to use the small device found on the nuclear operatives leader to declare war on the station within the first 10 minutes of the round. This will send a loud warning to the station's personnel warning them of the Nuclear Operatives' soon arrival, but give you an additional 180 TC to buy more equipment, as well as four crystals for every crew member over 50. These crystals will be split evenly between your team members. However, you will also be required to wait until the round time reaches 20 minutes before you can use the shuttle, in order to give the crew time to prepare for your arrival.
As declaring war throws any element of surprise or stealth out the window, there are some additional things you should consider before wasting all your TC on guns and ramming into the station:
- Cargo will almost always be supplying guns to the crew once war gets declared. Consider bombing the cargo bay once you're able to land in order to prevent them from supplying any more arms.
- Invest in medical equipment - You are likely going to be taking on several crew members eager to gun you down and those bullet wounds will add up over time. A medborg can do the job, or you can have an operative buy a medbeam gun and medical kit to keep the other operatives alive. Just be careful if you're using two medbeams at once as the beams will cause an explosion if they cross.
- Bombing telecomms is often a waste of time if you've declared war. The crew already know you're on the way and will have likely gotten station bound radios and the AI or captain can just announce your location instead.
- The AI will have likely been moved off the satellite and possibly off station once the war declaration was sent out. Be prepared to work around the AI bolting you out of rooms or trying to kill you with the firelocks.
- Consider using all that spare TC on reinforcements or assault borgs. Having an extra hand or two is significantly more helpful than just buying a lot of the expensive gear for yourself.
- Declaring war can give you enough TC to afford a mech or two, but make sure you stick with the other operatives - the mechs are strong but not very agile and easily torn apart when alone and surrounded.
Most times declaring war means facing a completely armed and armored station filled with barricades and the Captain snuggly secured with the disk in their Gamma armory mech hidden inside a bolted room. Good luck.
One of the keys to success as an operative is proper equipment. You'll have several free items you can grab strewn about the base and shuttle. You have limited space, so choose every item carefully.
Equipment in the base
Where you spawn, the Syndicate base has more than meets the eye. Most of the equipment comes from the southern room with the lockers, but useful stuff can be found here and there.
- 10mm stechkin magazines - The most common weapon seen in operative hands, this is your standard firearm. The Stechkin deals decent damage, but doesn't fare well against armored targets and often takes an entire clip to keep someone down. There's more ammo for it in the base and on the shuttle.
- Military belt - Must take. Holds the stechkin, ammo, grenades, minibombs, emags and much more.
- Night Vision Goggles - They let you see in the dark perfectly. Feel free to take out light sources, because it will provide you a tremendous advantage.
- Ion Rifle - Useful against IPCs and borgs. Also useful for disabling energy weapons or equipment.
- Crowbar - An all access ID card at best, a last-ditch melee weapon at worst.
- YouTool machine - Dispenses a variety of tools such as: welders, crowbars, cable coil, wrenches, screwdrivers, and more!
- pAI device - Might be worth taking, as it can see the crew manifest and provide quality company.
- Big Red Button - Not just for show. It blows up Syndicate Bombs.
- Box of drinking glasses and assorted bottles of alcohol - To have a drink before you make your way to
your deathscertain victory.
- Pizza - Delicious.
- Syndicate deck of cards - A game of blackjack before the mission? A thrilling match of poker with the captain for the nuke disk? Improvised throwing weapon? You decide.
- Soap - Slip the captain before you put a few holes in his chest.
Equipment on the shuttle
In addition to the equipment you can buy with your crystals, you get to loot the Syndicate Shuttle. Here's what you can expect:
- Blood-Red Hardsuit - The signature armor of nuke ops. It protects well against bullets and lasers, but has almost no radiation resistance (remember this when the captain hides in the SM engine room). Comes with a jetpack module built in, allowing you to fly in space using the suit's internals.
- Bulldog Shotgun - This handy semi-automatic shotgun comes loaded with slug shells by default, which will deal a whopping 60 damage on hit. However there's no spare ammo for it lying around, so you'll need to buy more magazines through your uplink. In addition to the standard slug shells you can also choose from stun shells (deals little damage, but acts like a taser shot), buckshot (can deal up to 75 brute damage at point blank range, but useless at longer ranges) and dragonsbreath shells (deals light brute damage and sets people and tiles on fire).
- Suspicious Toolbox - It's like a standard blue toolbox, but more sinister looking, lacks an analyzer, but has a multitool and an extra pair of combat gloves instead.
- 2x Suspicious Beacon - Spawns a Syndicate Bomb (makes a big hole), which can be detonated early with the big red button.
- Intellicard - Real men not only blow up the entire station, but steal the AI as well.
- Military PDA - Comes with a detomatix cartridge, and can open and close your shuttle's blast doors.
- Compact Oxygen Jetpack - Can be used for internals and allows you to freely fly in space rather than float in one single direction. If you're using the suit storage slot to hold this, you'll need to use your suits built-in jetpack module or else it won't work! Alternatively, equip the jetpack to your backpack slot instead.
- Black and Red Space Suit and Helmet - Offers almost the same protection as the hardsuit, but will slow you down outside of space and doesn't have a jetpack module built into it like the hardsuit. On the bright side, the suits are less likely to cause panic as they're classed as a Non-Contraband item in space law, making them better for a stealthier approach.
- Internals crate, O2 and N2 canister - You can take an Oxygen tank in case something happens to your jetpack. Don't forget to fill it up.
- Medical Supplies - Medical kits, spare prosphetic limbs, a syndicate sleeper, bone repair kit and various medical kits. Handy for healing injuries both on and off the ship.
- Donk Pockets - Donks filled with meth and stimulants. Eating more than one at a time WILL KILL YOU! Be careful.
- Box of Flashbangs - Fill up free space on your military belt with one or two of these. Works great against regular crew, but security and some command staff will likely have protection against these.
- Box of Tear Gas Grenades - See flashbangs. These are quite effective against people who don't have gas masks on, that is, almost everyone... Until they find out you're using tear gas.
- Plastic Explosives - C4. Use it to blow open a wall or an airlock that you can't get past quickly enough otherwise.
- Surgery duffelbag and equipment - Nobody ever plays the doctor, considering how long and dangerous a surgery is when you're assaulting an enemy vessel, but hey, it's there if you want it.
Buying your equipment
Once you've grabbed all the stuff you need on the base and shuttle, you'll want to get some of the good stuff available on your radio uplink. Make sure to discuss a plan with your team first and communicate who is buying what. You don't want someone buying a machine gun during a stealth operation, or 4 people buying medbeam guns.
You should also check to see what items have been discounted on your uplink, as it may make for a more interesting approach or at the very least save you some extra TC compared to what you'd have spent originally.
The unique guns available to nuke ops are very nice, but you'll want to ensure you buy some of the less exciting items as well to ensure a successful mission. The following is a list of items useful in any plan that you'll want to consider in your loadout:
- Adrenal Implant (8TC) / CNS Rebooter (12TC) - Both of these work well in combating or preventing stuns - which will render you helpless. The adrenals can be used to recover from a stun instantly but have limited uses, whereas the CNS rebooter only shortens stun times but cannot be disabled or run out of uses.
- E-Mag (6TC) / Access Tuner (6TC) - You won't have access to anywhere but maintenance when you board, being able to force open doors is highly useful in getting to the disk's location. The Access Tuner takes longer to work, but can also unbolt any doors the AI has locked you out of.
- Combat Medic Kit (7TC) - Much cheaper than the medbeam gun with the bonus of being usable on yourself. The compact defib also doubles as an instant-stun melee weapon when used on Harm intent.
- Blood-Red Magboots (2TC) / Chameleon No-Slips (4TC) - Prevents issues with atmos forcing you into space, as well as preventing slips from water or banana peels alike. The magboots are cheaper but need to be on for protection, slow you down and are extremely obvious. The no-slips have no speed penalty and work well for stealth at a higher price.
- Additional Ammo (TC Varies) - Self-explanatory, but you'll want to make sure you have enough clips to deal with whatever plan you're going for. Assuming of course the plan calls for a gun in the first place.
- Diamond-Tipped Drill (1TC) - You should save 1TC on your uplink in the event you need to use this rather than buying it beforehand. Makes getting into the safe relatively stress-free compared to having to raid medical for a stethoscope and read up on how to crack it while in a firefight.
You are equipped and armed with the best equipment the Syndicate can provide you with. Actually completing your objective is another story.
The syndicate shuttle is NOT in proximity of the station when the nuke team is first sent out. One of the agents must use the control computer to move the shuttle into close proximity to the station.
Next, you must use the blast doors to exit the shuttle. Only a PDA with a detomatrix cartridge can open these doors remotely, though there is also a button controlling them. The syndicates start with one PDA that has this, this is a very important item, do not let the enemy get their hands on this.
Be sure to lock the blast doors behind you, otherwise Nanotrasen personnel may be able to board your shuttle and steal your equipment (or even the nuclear fission explosive itself!). Be aware that station cyborgs are still able to open those blast doors.
Roger Wilco, this is Charlie OVER
You have a special head set frequency, set in an encrypted wave length (:t). This is how you will, and must communicate with your team. Communicate pass words, safe words, the nuclear code, and attack plans on this channel early, there is no telling who might get the head set later.
Making code named strikes with your nuke team will be the most effective way to deal with the crew, but it is difficult to get them to listen.
Safe words can be said if you see a fellow red suit but are in disguise. Example, "Know Wait!". Something simple. Keep it simple, fast, and easy to say.
Passwords are only useful if you have a door guard in the shuttle, or some one with the Military PDA. Make it as you want, said over the syndicate frequency.
VERY IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW
- When your team decides to go out via the Syndicate Shuttle, make sure to grab a jetpack if there's any left. You can use it in the hardsuit's storage slot as long as you are using the built-in jetpack module to turn it on and not the jetpack itself. Alternatively, just equip it to your back and hold your backpack in your hand until you board the station.
- As said before, do NOT eat Donk Pockets more than one at the time, otherwise it will cause heart attacks, leading to your death.
- All of your fellow agents will have a nuke ops icon by their head, so you know not to attack them while in disguise. Be very careful when you see this icon as you don't want to kill your fellow agents on accident.
- Take out the AI. Very important. The AI can bolt doors, electrify every defense, slow down your team's advances. Using a Sniper Rifle with penetrator rounds or EMP and emag may help. Alternatively, if you can get into secure tech storage you could try subverting it instead, turning one of your biggest obstacles into an ally.
- Communication is key. Your special headset can intercept almost every message in the station and you can communicate at a private frequency, understand their messages and your team's messages. Misunderstandings can lead to accidents, and accidents can lead to a failed mission.
You need this disk, but as it could be guarded by Captain, Head of Security, or Head of Personnel... You best go in without second thoughts or distractions. Even a lure and false positive to get the disk holder to where you want them will be effective.
One method includes blowing up the wall the disk holder has their back to. With a pack of X4 or a Syndicate Bomb, you can both tear down the wall, and cause critical damage to those on the other side.
Another requires team work, have one agent cause trouble in one spot (some place secure, like the brig), this will cause the disk holder to flee some place else secure. A place you will have your team staking out and ready to strike.
The disk's whereabouts can be located using a Pinpointer on your PDA slot, assuming you aren't a chucklefuck and remembered to take one with you. Do not throw the disk to a place that is dangerous for you, it makes your life harder.
Now, sometimes, the crew gets a whiff of you before you can strike, and hides the disk in the safe. Read about it for details on how to crack it, bank-robber style. Alternatively, you can buy a diamond-tipped drill for 1TC to break into it the loud way.... assuming you didn't spend all your TC beforehand.
You Have No Chance to Survive, Make Your Time
Once you get the disk, you need to rush back to the shuttle, make sure your team knows you got the disk, and to defend the shuttle and throw off anyone chasing you. There will be the nuke, now follow these guidelines in order:
- Quickly right click it and make it deployable.
- Click it with your open hand.
- Place the Nuke disk into the slot.
- Punch in the nuke code, hit enter.
- Set the time.
- Set it to Armed.
- Disengage the anchor.
- Have it timing as you run off with the thing (if you die it will still go off).
- Place the nuke anywhere you want on the station.
- Anchor it.
- Take the Nuke Disk out.
- Take the Nuke Disk with you, or it'll be real embarrassing when a greyshirt finds the nuke by chance and disarms it.
- Get back to your shuttle.
- If any other nuke agents are alive, give them a moment to get to the shuttle (Examining your PDA will tell you how much time is left before the nuke goes off).
- Once you and your buddies are loaded in the shuttle, get out of there.
- If the Emergency Shuttle leaves with the Disk on board the NAS Trurl or if all Nuclear Operatives are eliminated, the Crew wins a Major Victory.
- If the Emergency Shuttle leaves with the Disk still anywhere on the station, the Syndicate wins a Minor Victory.
- If the Bomb detonates in the station successfully and the Syndicate Shuttle escapes, the Syndicate wins a Major Victory.
- If the Bomb detonates in the station successfully but no Syndicate Operatives manage to escape, no-one wins.
- If the Bomb detonates in an area that is not part of the station, no-one wins.