The Evolution of Shadow
Aztechnology made an extremely poor judgement call when it ordered Aztlan to nationalize all foreign-owned businesses in 2044. This act of economic war prompted the Corporate Court to mandate the very first “Omega Order”—essentially a green light for every other corp to go after the offender with extreme prejudice. It took a few years for the Mega-Corps to respond to this, but they did so in style: in 2048, backed by the Corporate Court, the joint Operation Reciprocity struck Aztechnology’s Ensenada facilities. AZT couldn’t run to the bargaining table fast enough, and the resulting Veracruz Settlement forced the Mega-Corp to pay direct compensation to all affected companies. Somehow in the negotiation process, the Mega-Corp managed to arrange things so that other Megas could only establish local subsidiaries in Aztlan, and the major shareholders of those subsidiaries had to be Aztlan citizens or majority-owned Aztlan corps. Devious, no? It simply goes to show just how bloodthirsty they really are … pun intended.
In more recent years, AZT has been playing with magic. Specifically – they have been experimenting with the link between the human genome and the Astral Plane. Attempting to push the limits of human ability, AZT has been attempting to engineer super-shamans who can blur the line between earthly and Astral creatures. The experiments haven’t been going very well, most subjects have ended as a new coat of paint for the room or else have simply ceased existing without a trace. Obviously, more research is needed.