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Publisher's summary Edit
"Cause and effect. It applies to everything."
Taren Capel's legacy is unleashed, and death stalks the streets. As Uvanov fights for his career and life, Paullus contacts a force which could be the salvation of the people of Kaldor -- or their destruction.
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(in order of appearance)
- Iago - Paul Darrow
- Uvanov - Russell Hunter
- Packard - Nicholas Courtney
- Voc 101 - David Bickerstaff
- Cotton - Brian Croucher
- Rull - Trevor Cooper
- Carnell - Scott Fredericks
- Paullus - David Collings
- Blayes - Tracy Russell
- Taren Capel - David Bailie
- Justina - Patricia Merrick
- Voice - Alan Stevens
- Cresswell - Robert Lock
- Yardley - Alistair Lock
- Landerchild - Peter Miles
- Kellen - Courtney King
- Voc 13 - Bruce McGilligan
- Producer - Mark J. Thompson
- Announcer - William Johnston
- Ghoul 1 - Danny Golem
- Ghoul 2 - Nickey Barnard
- Derhaven - Peter Halliday
- Attendant - Miles Gould
- Schraeder - Rachel Fishwick
- The Doctors estimate Rull will be released from hospital in 2 months.
- Landerchild is 1 of only 10 people to survive the attack on Company Central.
- Derhaven mentioned to 'old Galitzian' how Uvanov is unpredictable.
- Uvanov's parent's were from the Sewerpits. Citizen's from there wouldn't have got anywhere 30 years ago, back when his sort knew their place.
- Daniel Packard has been in the public eye for 20 years.
- Rull mentions the Larson Project scam and how Bextor died of auto-erotic asphyxiation. Cotton mentions it involved a piece of lemon. Rull suspects Bextor was murdered.
- Landerchild accuses Uvanov of killing 39 founding family members.
- Iago rationalises Carnell's chess game as a retreat from the emotional and unknownable into the logical and seft contained. A displacement activity: he was losing control of the real world, so he retreated into a fictional one. The game of chess was a way for him to pretend he was still in charge.
- Iago uses a laserson probe to modify V13's secondary command channel. Uvanov likens the laserson probe to using a spanner.
Kaldor City Edit
- Kaldor City is a dictatorship.
- Kaldor City Broadcasting is a news and media organisation. The Producer expects Daniel Packard to return for the 2200 update.
- Justina crosses 'The Boundary' and into the Sewerpits. Late at night it is full with night stalkers.
- Uvanov decided the survivors of Storm Mine Four, including himself, should not be allowed to tell its true story in fear it would destroy Kaldor City society. A society based on one fundamental principal: robots cannot kill.
The Company Board Edit
- Company Central have a secret emergency location unknown to Uvanov. He is to contract then using an emergency code, contained in a file marked emergency procedures.
- At 0000 hours a full emergency meeting of the Company board will take place to discuss the recent attack on Company Central and the outbreak of killer robots.
- Firstmaster Derhaven supports Landerchild in calling for a vote of no confidence in Firstmaster Chairholder Uvanov.
- The representative of the most senior family is Firstmaster Schraeder.
- There are no robots at Uvanov's residence.
- Prior to boarding the Storm Mine, Taren Capel used his position in the Company to ensure every Dum, Voc and Supervoc in Kaldor City would at the sound of a trigger phrase turn into a remorseless killer.
- The instruction to "stop the killing now" is passed from V13 to V101. Iago plans to use the news link and entertainment channels to broadcast it on a frequency that only robots will be able to detect.
- The Church of Taren Capel is announced to have claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack on the Company Central building.
- Uvanov describes the Tarenists as having "a twisted mix of robophobia and religious fanaticism."
- The cover story Uvanov gives to the Company Board is that Tarenists released the trigger phrase to awake the killer robots.
- Uvanov accuses Carnell of financing the Church of Taren Capel.
- The Fendahl communicates with Paullus through the static on the tapes using Taren Capel's aspect.
- Snake creatures appear; these are the Fendahl's servants known as Fendahleen.
- The Emptiness is a desert wind that comes directly from the centre of the Blind Heart Desert.
- Following the release of this play, and the sad death of Russell Hunter, it was generally assumed that the Kaldor City audio stories had reached a natural end. However, to date, three further audio productions have been released.
- Due to the ambiguous ending to this story, it can be speculated that what happens on Kaldor from this point onwards, (particularly AUDIO: The Prisoner and AUDIO: Storm Mine) is a product of Iago's dying brain. Another explanation is that everything onwards including the climax of this story is taking place within the Fendahl gestalt. (See story notes and continuity sections in AUDIO: Storm Mine for additional reasons as to why this might be so.)
- The play closes with a version of the theme music from The Logic of Empire, a fan produced Blake's 7 audio co-written by Alan Stevens, before leading into the series theme.
- A specially recorded audio trailer was released to promote this story taking the form of a short monologue as read in character by Paul Darrow as Iago.
- The copyright notice printed on the CD release of this production states: "Unauthorised copying, hiring, renting, public performance and broadcasting is strictly prohibited or Cotton will insert a lemon."
- This story was part of a recording block that also consisted of: AUDIO: Hidden Persuaders, and AUDIO: Taren Capel.
- The CD cover art was designed by Andy Hopkinson.
- The third edition of Mad Norwegian Press' reference work AHistory gives a year of 2890 for the events of this story.
- This story takes place immediately after AUDIO: Taren Capel.
- Several story elements were foreshadowed in previous stories; including the existence of Taren Capel's skull (AUDIO: Death's Head), and the emergence of the Fendahl (AUDIO: Taren Capel).
- The Fendahl once survived being dropped in the heart of a supernova. It has grown stronger from this. (TV: Image of the Fendahl)
- It's been 10 years since Taren Capel attempted to take control of Storm Mine Four using an army of modified robot killers. (TV: The Robots of Death)
- The conclusion of PROSE: Corpse Marker, in which Uvanov's attained the position of 'Firstmaster Chairholder', occurred "3 years and 30 days" ago.
- It's been 10 months since Iago arrived in Kaldor City. (AUDIO: Occam's Razor).
- At the close of the play, Iago is shot and apparently dying when the Fendahl (through Iago's paramour Justina) offers him a deal. This seems to involve him going back to a time and place before his death, although this may all have been an illusion created by the Fendahl for its own ends. He is seemingly taken back into the events as previously featured in AUDIO: Occam's Razor, when they are looking at the painting of the red pentagram. Iago then kills Justina, possibly as a means to retroactively abort the Fendahl.
- Various concepts originating from TV: Image of the Fendahl feature. This includes:
- The Ritual of Twelve.
- A skull containing the Fendahl's power.
- Placing a hand on the Fendahl skull to activate its powers.
- "The one that kills."
- Dead bodies decomposing rapidly.
- 'The Fendahl Core'.
- Uvanov quotes someone who he doesn't recall who: "If Taren Capel didn't exist then it would be nessercary to invent him." Carnell made this statement in PROSE: Corpse Marker, its likely Uvanov is deliberately not mentioning Carnell, due to his recent betrayal.
- The Boundary, The Sewerpits, and, The Emptiness. (PROSE: Corpse Marker)
- The Firstmaster Murders. (AUDIO: Occam's Razor)
- Iago's statement "Cause and effect. It applies to everything." echos Carnell's words. (AUDIO: Death's Head)
- A variation of the following exchange between Blayes and Iago is repeated from AUDIO: Death's Head:
- Blayes: "Nice place you've got here."
- Iago: "It goes with the job."
- The assassination of Diss Pitter. (AUDIO: Hidden Persuaders)
- Rull's investigation into the Larson Project. (AUDIO: Hidden Persuaders)
- The Oxgenator Four hostage crisis. (AUDIO: Hidden Persuaders)
- The destruction of Company Central. (AUDIO: Taren Capel)
- Iago and Uvanov review Carnell's farewell message. (AUDIO: Taren Capel)
- The activation of the killer robots. (AUDIO: Taren Capel)
- Carnell played Chess against V31. (AUDIO: Taren Capel)
- Rull was attacked and hospitalised in (AUDIO: Taren Capel)
- Company Central was blown up earlier today. (AUDIO: Taren Capel)
- Bextor's apparent death by auto-erotic asphyxiation. (AUDIO: Taren Capel)
- Iago uses a secondary command channel and a laserson probe to modify robots as did Taren Capel in TV: The Robots of Death. The difference being that Capel used them to turn robots into killers, whereas Iago is using it to make them safe again. The laserson probe also makes appearances outside of Kaldor City. (PROSE: Synthespians™, COMIC: Mortal Beloved)
- The Fendahl Core refers to Paullus as Ander Poul. This is the first only time in the series, the character is addressed directly by that name. The characters full name was first given in PROSE: Corpse Marker.
- The Fendahl Core uses a variation on the Tarenists refrain "Humanity be in him", here it highlights how the Church of Taren Capel, namely its leader Paullus has been used by the Fendahl. (PROSE: Corpse Marker, AUDIO: Hidden Persuaders)