Sugar and Soil
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"Gentlemen, we have a situation."
All seven advisors looked up as the Vegetable King walked into the room, holding his carved wooden staff. This was almost certainly about the international situation.
Ever since the Candy and Vegetable Kingdoms had banded together to annex the neighboring Fruit Kingdom and depose its insane ruler, tensions had always existed between the two countries.
By the time the Fruit Kingdom was broken into parts, half each becoming Candy and Vegetable Kingdom territory, a hidden 'shadow war' existed between the two countries. Agents of each country showed up as the villains in each other's popular fiction. There were real infiltrations, of course, at both low and high levels.
Then, scientists in both Kingdoms completed development of their ultimate weapons.
The Broadspread Caramelization Bomb , or BCB for short, was the Candy Kingdom's last resort. Everything in its blast radius, friend and foe alike, would be blasted into a fragile afterexistence as a sugar statue, as it seeded the very ground for Candy Kingdom colonization.
The Liquid Compost Bomb , or LCB, was the Vegetable Kingdom's answer. This bomb was filled with a liquid right with all the materials plants needed to grow. Seeded within it were deconstructor nanobots, ready to disassemble anything they came into contact with in the blast radius, reassembling it into utmost-quality soil.
After each nation test-fired its bombs on different remote islands in the Fresh-Water sea, tensions between the two superpowers had never been higher. One careless gaffe, one wrong move, and both nations could find themselves decomposing into soil and sludge.
That was before today.
"Gentlemen, we have a situation," the Vegetable King repeated, pulling down the projector screen at the end of the long table. "Two days ago, a strike team entered the capital of the Candy Kingdom, in an attempt to steal current military intel. All were captured. This morning, we received the following video."
He activated the projector screen. An image of the Candy Queen appeared on it, long, red hair flying as she ran.
"The dancers '1' through '4' have been confirmed to be four of the five strike team members," the King explained. "We believe the doppelganger in the mask to be the strike team leader, who was only captured after sending back an important amount of information."
No one else said anything. The advisors were all staring at the video, mouths open in horror.
"The information we received," the King continued, "is why we are holding this meeting." He raised his voice so that everyone would hear him clearly. " If we do not take action now, the Candy Kingdom will launch Caramelization Bombs at major Vegetable cities within 24 hours. "
That got everyone's attention. In second, the table was host to a host of argument and accusation. The King slammed his staff down on the floor.
"Listen!" he said, as the hubbub died. "There is something we can do. I have spoken to the Kingdom's weapon research division. If we can keep the Candy Kingdom busy for several days, our own Mark II Liquid Compost Bombs will be ready to launch. If we succeed, we will be able to fire them, obliterating strategic components of Candy infrastucture, rendering them unable to retaliate."
The Vegetable King began delivering folders of info around the table. "Unfortunately, the intelligence the team leader sent back indicates that our efforts against the Candy Kingdom so far have been thwarted by a cabal of three high-ranking, deep-cover agents." He gestured at the advisers. "They are all within this room."
It took three loud bangs of the King's staff before order was restored this time. "Here is what we will do. We will go around the table, in order." He scribbled on a pad of paper, and held up a list.
Order of Proposals
"I will list one of the objectives the strike team has singled as important. The person who is next on the list will propose a subset of this group to handle its execution. Everyone may then vote to ACCEPT or REJECT this proposal." He slid a carved wooden bowl to the center of the table. "Secret ballot, of course."
The King finished, "Once a proposal is APPROVEd by a majority, those named will supervise the execution of the mission. If we are to fulfill the missions in time to keep the Candy Queen busy, we will only have time for 5 proposals. Keep this in mind, or the last thing we will see will be the business end of a Caramelization Bomb."
The King looked around the table. There was something approaching desperation in his eyes, under the surface.
"Good luck. Gentlemen, you may begin."
**Target #1 Infrastructural Attack: Munitions Production** Intelligence indicates a large cluster of factories on the outskirts of the Candy Kingdom's capital are involved in productions of large munitions for a planned military invasion of the Vegetable Kingdom, after the bombs fall. It is rumored that deep under the factories, one top-secret assembly line is responsible for the assembly of Caramelization Bombs themselves. A pair of saboteurs has been readied for this mission. Their goal: To cause delays and shutdowns in production of all armaments. However, the facilities are heavily guarded and secured, and the saboteurs will need accurate information if they are to have any hope of succeeding and getting out unscathed. **JacaByte** , please make your proposal. This proposal will contain two names. Once the proposal is made, all may vote to ACCEPT or REJECT it.
The traitors all know who they are. Traitors, using PMs or any other private communications system to coordinate your votes, proposals, or other actions is forbidden.
Everyone else, take any received private communications with a grain of salt. Not all people are who they say they are.
The five missions will require 2, 3, 3, 4, and 4 people on their proposals, respectively. Once a proposal is accepted, all on the proposal secretly vote SUCCEED or FAIL. One fail vote is usually enough to doom a mission, with the exception of Mission #4, where two fail votes are required. If you are an innocent, you should always vote SUCCEED.
As stated above, a maximum of 5 proposals may be made for any mission. If 5 proposals in a row fail, the game ends in a win for the traitors. Keep this in mind.
This post has been edited by SoItBegins : 24 August 2012 - 07:42 PM