Program: Icebreaker - AI - Caïssa • Install: 2 • Memory: 1 • Strength: 7 • Influence: 2

2: Break subroutine on host ice.

: Host Knight on a piece of ice not hosting a Caïssa. If already hosted, Knight can be hosted only on ice that is not installed directly before or after the current piece of ice hosting Knight.

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Note Regarding Caïssa programs

Knight is the 3rd in the series of Caïssa programs. Hat tip to Fantasy Flight Games for the cool name as Caïssa is the name of a fictional Thracian dryad portrayed as the goddess of chess. Thematically all Caïssa programs once installed onto ice may move around the servers with unique movement restriction rules similar to chess pieces moving on a chessboard. Currently only four Caïssa programs have been released, Pawn, Rook, Knight & Bishop


Deep Red is the console specifically tailored to complement Caïssa programs by providing dedicated memory as well as allowing the unlimited positioning for only one . This ensures you can get Knight onto the specific ice you need it on to break it's subroutines.

Pawn can provide the runner some savings and compression when used to run on a preferably lightly guarded server where in addition to accessing whatever is in that server the runner may then install a Caïssa program like Knight for free.


As an AI ice breaker, Knight can break ice of all sub-types.

2 cost to break subroutines is reasonably good

Can be re-positioned to help the runner get through other-wise difficult to break ice as the runner learns where it's needed most.

Unlike Parasite, Caïssa programs are not -ed once they've done their work

Costs 2 which is cheap compared to some other AI ice breakersl.


Costs 1-2 s to re-position

Unlike other icebreakers, Knight can only target subroutines on the ice it is installed on. For servers with more than one ice program the runner will need other icebreakers installed


Until King or Queen are released, probably the only main Caïssa program that will see any usage will be Knight. Both Bishop & Rook seem to weak in their payloads given their costs. Perhaps future Caïssa program, hardware resources or even perhaps events will change things, to make an overall Caïssa program strategy more viable. Still with 3 Knight cards in a deck the runner will have some very flexible ice-breakers at low cost to target some of the most scary ice out there.

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Reina means queen in spanish, so she IS the Queen piece, while Deep Red is supposed to be King. —