Yeah, I'm still breathing. I want to thank all of you for your support, especially the AWKN fans. I turned down your donation. A Body-bank leg from Sanja Gruppa and a slightly used ICE cyberbar-leg is enough for me. We had a war here and got enough to worry about without the mayor sucking tax dollars...(Xander looks across his audience assembled on the steps of the shelled City Hall)...Alexina Davidson didn't die, but I gave up the ghost.
For four minutes, till some AV ambulance revived my ugly ass. Lexi D cut through her own leg got crushed and turned numb. Hell, made it home for dinner crawling through a war-zone. AWKN fans, that's metal as frack and deserves a super-chromed customized cyberleg! (waits for applause)
Look, I got offered assassin insurance before the votes even came in. Now, I'm not saying that it was a 'hard sell. That don't make sense. I ain't even claiming to "Die for Night City." Had enough of that. I already warned you. It ain't me you should be worried about. Hell; NCPD, the Corps, City Council, the Religions, all want to think of me as the enemy...Well, better me than you. (Grins like a Jack-o-lantern left out too long) And, just wait. I'm about to add Organized Crime, the Gangs, and all you Liberals to that list, too.
Night City, my emergency powers are over next week but I'm still here. Most of us survived, but that ain't news. (shakes head) Nah, most us take that same chance, everyday, stepping on the street just working. Not trying to revise history, Sheee-it...I posted it on the 'Net. (Stares at the Network 54 camera crew) You want some back-door, favor-trading, no-fracking-handshake dealings, well, I ain't your bitch. I'm the Mayor of Night City. All us frackers just surviving.
Tell you one thing that's going to be different. I give a shit. (nods) Yup. Sure, the Judiciary Committee talking impeachment before I take office, but those seized drug labs provided medicine citizens needed. Hope to keep that program going. Hope to expand it. (nods)
I'm already working with City Services to convert our unused trash trucks to dispense kibble for the homeless. The bureaucrats can bitch all they want, but it's time City Hall starts thinking about everyone calls this city home, SIN's or not. I've heard enough of "got to steal to survive." Need to build a wall to keep the crime out, something is broken. (Shakes head)
As we investigate the crimes of the evil corporate executives behind Project Titan, the murder of Mac Stone, and the wasted tax dollars toward a super soldier program, I admire Genetek's commitment toward restitution. They are choosing food instead of war in addition to rebuilding their market value for our invested pensioners. City Planner Prometheus is already directing a fleet of bulldozers to reclaim the destroyed buildings and ruined harbor for the foundation of the first 'Living Building.' We need fresh food instead of a zoo full of technologically necromanced animals we can't even eat. Genetek agrees and has invested in this project. Ambition Park will be only a few feet above the ash, rubble, and graves of the unknown from this war. Destruction and Renewal. Life and Death. We need a memorial and a warning for future generations: beware for we are not gods, only a part of the natural world.
Now, I need to remind you. CEO Kilroy Vanlith is wanted for murder and treason in our city; but don't mean everyone at TriOp is a criminal. What about the super-soldier Sarah got fired, pit-fighting making ends meet? Julia from clone batch 34, project abandoned, with no SIN? The AI built for nuke war strategy in cold-storage? Stone's cyber-baboons? This is what happens when you, our corporate citizens, choose to ignore basic humanity. Yes, it's all of you. Will you sign off on that piece of paper? Will you risk your job to actually do it? Yeah, that's right. It's not the corps I want to hold accountable. All those low-level employees working under some sociopath executive. Well, their day has come. Wagering your corp's reputation to amass resources to pervert and enslave humanity while costing us our jobs. (Snarls and points at the camera) This is Night City. The market ain't going to tolerate that kinda shit. Neither will we.
We are the living, the sentient and you will respect us; for we are many. Oh, yes. You can live in our new world or die in your old one, alone on your pile of data chips that you believe hold wealth. I'm tired of fantasy. This is real life. I've already submitted legislation to legalize drugs and prostitution. Not because it's righteous or a solution to crime but because I'd rather trust the free market. I believe that slavery whether enforced by addiction, programming, poverty, or death is illegal. I can't hand out guns on the street corner, but I hope every criminal in this City knows that we are all armed and have had enough. Our citizens take care of themselves.
Governor Black has chosen to punish abuse of power with legal castration for the Militech corporation. I can understand but I don't agree. He has dropped thousands of unemployed on our hands. The era of corporate police is over but I think we can do better. We need you. Please apply to the Night City Police Department. Our NCPD officers deserve all the resources the bloated budget can give them. Yeah, sure, we going to have robots on the street but at least they ain't corrupt. Hell, if a robot stops the bullet shoulda hit his partner serving her City, well, that was worth it. And I challenge all of you, so called, rogue AI's. We need officers and if you want to experience life on the streets, well, we are hiring. I will personally guarantee a full SIN and pension for service.
I'm tired of our citizens afraid to call the police. Do you want to live in a city gets a rape a minute, a murder every 5? None of this is going to work unless you want it. I'm not talking private security. You live here. I need you on the streets. Sign up for your local neighbourhood watch. I want a city where every fracking criminal scared that victim going to shoot them down like a rapid dog, foaming at the mouth. One last thing in case you looking at your bank account wondering; I can't be bought. Maybe first Mayor ever do the job, and that's ok with me.
Thank you. I'll take questions after this Deth Metal set.