"but it's just a balloon"
Created by: Yelier
The Syndicate balloon exists to take away all your TC, reveal that you're a traitor, and also to show that you're robust enough to deal with both of those WITH ONE HAND. However, whenever someone sees one, they think "is this guy really a Syndicate agent?" and ignore it, because they know that if they act on it, the guy holding it can just ahelp "IT'S JUST A BALLOON WTF", which I agree with. It IS just a balloon. Nobody would kill someone over holding a balloon with a letter on it.
All of this just completely removes the point of the item, so here's my proposed solution (which you may have seen in the thread a week or so ago): -Balloon is replaced with "Syndicate Advertisement Bundle" on the TC exchange PDA screen -Box contains both a Syndicate balloon, and also a new item; a Syndicate t-shirt, which would basically just be a red t-shirt with an S on it that occupies the armor slot -Having just one item on your person does NOT make you valid (it's JUST a balloon/it's JUST a t-shirt, etc), but having both DOES (you can be considered a Syndicate advertising object, marking you as an enemy of NT)
What it accomplishes: It removes your TC, completely reveals you without a question if you're wearing both, and even gimps you further by taking up a slot that could be armor or a hardsuit, but there's nothing stopping you from just trashing the shirt and using the balloon like how it was before the addition of the shirt.
Also, perhaps a deluxe version that costs all your TC+ the NT opposed bonus that contains Syndicate sneakers/ballcap?