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RR #12: Vulcan Stone of Gol

    Vulcan Stone of Gol

    Ancient Vulcan telepathic weapon. Kills by magnifying aggressive and violent thoughts, but can be blocked by peaceful thoughts.

    Artifact Artifact

    Place in hand until played as an Event card. Kills everyone in an Away Team without Youth or CUNNING > 7. Discard artifact.

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    Vulcan Stone of Gol

    This Card-Review article was written by Kathy McCracken and was published first on "Major Rakals Tal Shiar Headquarters (members.cox.net/majorrakal)" at Mar 3rd, 1997.

    This article is part of the article serie "Romulan Review" from "Major Rakal (Kathy Mc Kracken)". Also see:

    Aefvadh! Let's investigate the uses of an artifact created by the Romulan's ancestors, the Vulcans, in their pre-Surak days.

    VULCAN STONE OF GOL

    First, the limitations. It specifies an Away Team, so you can't use it on a ship's crew. And you must somehow get your opponent's Away Team stopped, because you can only play this on your own turn, barring a serendipitous Manheim’s Dimensional Door temporal hiccup. Finally, its usefulness may be badly diminished by the presence of PADDs, Yellow Alertimage, or Lower Decksimage.

    Pluses: It can be used by Feds to kill without doing battle. It's possible to drain CUNNING selectively with Brain Drainimage, and across the board for Non-aligneds with the Humuhumunukunukuapua’a fish card.

    Unlike some artifacts, this one is very affiliation-dependent for its effectiveness. How many personnel in each affiliation have CUNNING less than 8 and no Youth? (I didn't count holos since they would reactivate next turn anyway.)

    Federation:

    40 personnel (49%) will be killed, nearly all uncommon or rare. Although many of the best bridge crew will survive (Jean-Luc Picardimage, Geordi La Forgeimage, Dataimage, Beverly Crusherimage), you will lose Deanna Troiimage or Major Rakalimage (likely source of Empathy), both Tashas, and Worfimage (all your best SECURITY).

    Klingon:

    35 personnel, a whopping 80%, of the dim-witted Klingons will be toast. This includes all but one common, and all SECURITY and MEDICAL save Divok. Lower Decks won't even save most of them. Of rare Klingons, Gov. Worf, Gowron, Kurak, and Kurn are among the dear departed. Good for some Death Yells, but not much else.

    Romulan:

    Ah, only 12 (35%) Romulans aren't bright enough or young enough to live. Although this includes all SECURITY and MEDICAL except Tarisimage and the holo-Jera, Lower Decksimage (frequently used for a universal Integrity boost) or even Yellow Alertimage will save most of them. Among rare Romulans you will lose only the Tomalaks and Mendakimage; the much more useful women will all survive.
    Non-aligned:

    17 (41%) will die, including Berlinghoff Rasmussen, Tarminimage, Zonimage, and Mortal Qimage (great way to keep your opponent from playing Immortal Againimage to reopen his Q Continuum). But you can make it even worse by playing Humuhumunukunukuapua'a on the Away Team's location before playing the Gol Stone; it drains your opponent's non-aligneds of 4 CUNNING each, so the Stone will claim 83% of them (all but 7).

    In summary, best used against Klingons, and Non-Aligneds with a Humu fish; not as effective but still damaging to Federation; and much less effective against Romulans. Appropriate, considering its origin.

    Keep a Disruptor Overloadimage around just in case your opponent favors PADDs, and a Q2image in case he tries to KU the Stone. Oh, and to stop the Away Team, try any wall dilemma.

    The Major's Combo: