The Shadowcast Network
The Shadowcast Network
In its prime, WG03 had an all-encompassing network of public address systems and public access terminals, which were linked throughout the entire sprawling station. Fast forward to present-day, and the remnants of that same system play host only to Shadowcast, or “pirate radio”. Shadowcast is an anonymously operated “officially unofficial” media source within WG03. With the absence of any other broadcasting, the Shadowcast content has an almost cult following from residents of all walks of life; the recognisable modulated voice can be heard in many hushed residences, or played aloud in more brazen trading centres or cantina’s.
Content contributors to Shadowcast are equally anonymous, so as to avoid retribution from any segment of the community that happened to disagree with the message of the day. And even so, the act of getting a message through is a skill that few in WG03 have mastered; using a chain of dead-drops and runners to get messages out with the required discretion.
Diori regarded his ability to communicate (albeit one-way) with the Shadowcast network as a major milestone to his influence in WG03. He had a loyal group of dishevelled young Daeon locals who would run messages to the dead drops and perform other menial tasks with the utmost discretion. These runners knew that a successful job meant eating for days to come, whereas a missed drop meant going hungry… at best.
The messages coming out from the Shadowcast network were varied, which reflected the anonymous submissions by different contributors over time. Diori was both an honest and unscrupulous contributor all at once. He worked to ensure genuine news about the gang-wars and power struggle made it to broadcast, which was the news that kept the audience captive. He also ensured that embellished puff pieces with commercial interested were broadcast. His most memorable was the story of a lone Rhodian Merc who “was reported” to have taken out twoscore binary insurgents in some of the city’s poorest areas, using the best weapons from his home world. It was, of course, no coincidence that Diori had just shorted a shipment of Salus Corporation weapons fresh from Rhodia; their Tangle Gun’s, Fletchette rifles, and launchers suddenly booming in demand despite WG03’s already inflated economy.