(renegade mechanics and doctors)


You can't leave anything alone - if it sits near you for more than five minutes, you've disassembled it and made it into something new. You've always got at least two screwdrivers and wrench in your pockets. Computer down? No problem. Hydrogen burner out in your Metrocar? No problem. Can't get the video to run or your interface plugs feedbacking? No problem.

You make your living building, fixing and modifying - a crucial occupation in a technological world where no one person really knows how half the stuff works. You can make some good bucks fixing everyday stuff, but fir the serious money, you need to tackle the big jobs. Illegal weapons. Illegal or stolen cybertech. Corporate espionage and counterespionage gear for big boys' "black operations". Neat little gadgets like termite bombs and the hunter-killer robots for the occasional "termination".

If you're any good, you're making a lot of money. And that money goes into new gadgets, hardware and information. You'll buy almost any new thing - because it might have dozen side applications you can use. Of course, your black market work isn't just making you friends - it's also racking you up an impressive number of enemies as well; people who've run into your handiwork and resented it. So you'll invest a lot in defense systems and, if really pushed to the wall, call a few new markers on a Solo or two.

Your cousin down the street is like you, but he's a Medtechie. In world where half of medicine is related to mechanics, it makes sense. He can do a black market surgical technique faster than you can fix a toaster and the Solos are always running to him to patch up wounds or install new illegal cybernetics. He's got a lot of the same problems you have, but he's hoping his new job with Trauma Team Inc. Tm will loosen things up You hope he's right. You may be needing his services sooner than think.

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