RR #116: Subcommander Tal
This Card-Review was written by Kathy McCracken and was published first on "Major Rakals Tal Shiar Headquarters (members.cox.net/majorrakal)" at Apr 1st, 2001.
This article is part of the article serie "Romulan Review" from "Major Rakal (Kathy Mc Kracken)". Also see:
- Previous "Romulan Review" (# 115): "RR #115: Commander Charvanek".
- Next "Romulan Review" (# 117): "RR #117: Hidden Agendas Revealed, Part 1".
Aefvadh! Finally, an original series Romulan who was actually given a name in the episode, The Enterprise Incident. The unnamed female Romulan Commander was assisted by her able -- and named -- first officer...
Tal's double personnel types -- OFFICER and SECURITY -- are common as dirt among the Romulans, but so many strategies (especially capturing) require SECURITY personnel that it seems like you can never have too many. Additionally, it lets him download to Romulus with Homefront, or to any place he could normally report with Defend Homeworld. Although Anthropology is required for only a small handful of dilemmas and missions, the latest mission, Historical Research, needs two, and the skill is still uncommon enough that another source is welcome.
One type of skill not found in abundance among the Romulans is special downloads. Tal's can get either of two cards. Intruder Alert! could save your Romulan Empok Nor from commandeering (and fetch you a captive or two), or get you an Intruder Force Field to protect against annoying Rogue Borg pinging. Or for sheer simplicity, how about a gun? The Classic Disruptor will only enhance your personnel, so it's not a general-purpose hand weapon for Romulans, but it will work for any of the dilemmas that just require a "hand weapon" or "disruptor", and with a special download you can wait until you hit the Surprise Assault or Center of Attention to get it.
The Major's Combos:
- Subcommander Tal + Classic Disruptor: When you just ran into a nest of Denevan Neural Parasites, you're going to need every disruptor you can get your hands on.