ADC is short for Alien Dice Corporation.
It derives its profits from the Alien Dice Game, and more recently the Alien Dice Master Set game, as well as all activities surrounding them - be it video feeds of the matches, gambling on the matches, selling Premium Passes for people to meet their premier players, or even the sale of spin-off products like Alien Dice Junior.
It currently operates the Alien Dice Academy which takes in orphans and unwanted children and trains them for the Master game, though they also have initiated a breeding program for it.
Unfortunately it does not always operate aboveboard, and many of the 'orphans' it takes in are in fact kidnapped or reported as deceased to their families so they can be claimed. Such happened in the case of Shira Lexx and Shira Kaimar, where delays caused by distance between them and their grandparents on Litta after the death of their parents were delayed further until enough time had passed that the ADC could 'adopt' them as unclaimed. (AD Day 21, strip 111)
The ADC owns the players and can make them do anything they want,… one way or another, even if the player thinks it's their choice. To avoid the galactic console’s anti-slavery laws, certain conditions had to be met in the ADC's contracts. It was perfectly legal to have a nondisclosure agreement while a player was in the game and under employ by the ADC. Once the indentured player completed the game, he or she could talk. They thought that this would keep abuse from occurring. They were short sighted. There were loopholes there from payoffs. (AD Day 10, strip 28)
- Past the processes key to employment, the ADC could not ‘harvest’ organs, or any part without permission of the player (including DNA for producing offspring). (AD Day 11, strip 37)
The majority of investors in the ADC, do not know about the conditions the sentient players are put under. They do not know that they're indentured players, essentially slaves to the ADC. Many of the indentured players are Rishan because family members rarely had the means to locate them. (AD Day 6, strip 50)
The holdings of investors can be inherited.
The business of the ADC is conducted through the ADC Headquarters Main Relay, where investors patch in for explanations from the shift router. The elite investors congregate separately, each displaying as a colored orb along with a shift router. There are at least 15 of them at the topmost level. (AD Day 10, strip 44)
They have an interest in breeding Lexx, due to his being a Pure Strain, and likewise have an interest in Shira Alyssa Kane for the same reason, so they have a larger gene pool. They're afraid his developing relationship with Chel might jeopardize it, however, with the ratings and profits surrounding him being at an all time high, they don't want to react too hastily, but want to maintain control. (AD Day 10, strip 44)
- They also offer breeding contracts to players from the Arena Circuit who have won enough... they are very interested in using proven stock. (AD Day 14, strip 36)
- They have also gone searching among the population in general for specific bloodlines. If a child tests as being one, they offer the parent 500 credits a month, as well as 5% of their earnings if they qualify to let them take the child and 'educate' them. (AD Day 27, strip 81)
They tried hiring a Mimic to be rid of Chel, (AD Day 18, strip 120) but when that failed found themselves deluged with angry messages from the viewers stating they did not approve of harming the girl and demanding that steps be taken to keep her safe - although on the plus side viewership and extended pay-per-viewing had risen sharply. This conversation was one of many that were occurring simultaneously, with a flood of questions and concerns from the investors. There was a deep concern about Lexx's progress in two directions. One side wanted Lexx terminated, the other wanted him released from his contract and steps taken to ensure that no other players managed to get as far as he did. There were a few who were even suggesting that they should drop the master player game. It was too threatening to the future of the ADC. (AD Day 20, strip 99)
- Rumors first going around that they were considering issuing the Gauntlet in AD Day 14, strip 27
It is currently headed by Andisel. (AD Day 20, strip 100)
- Lexx had been too old when he was brought into the ADC. But if he were in their possession again, any children he sired would easily be brought up with the rules and conditioning that would make for more easily handled fighters. This was the change that Andisel was moving the company toward. More players who were carefully bred from existing players and fewer outside children brought into the system. There had been too many risks taken in the past when Andisel's mother had run the company. Andisel's methods ensured more players who survived bonding and less lawsuits should they pick up a child, such as Lexx, who ended up having living relations. Fortunately for the ADC, Lexx's relations were not aware of his circumstances until long after the time had elapsed for them to be able to file a claim for him. Unfortunately, a very annoying Littan was in the process of changing the laws. Another reason Andisel was cutting down on the children being picked up. A few exceptional children here and there, but no more orphanage raids and agents retrieving children from starships by force. (AD Day 23, strip 68)
- Lexx was perfectly obedient and at the same time rebellious. He had studied his contract. The majority of students never bothered to read them, depending on what they were told. It made them easily to manipulate, but Lexx, he knew his rights and he never hesitated to hide behind them. (AD Day 23, strip 68)