Thursday, January 31, 2013

031: Tien Tan Tanas


ENTRY 031: Tien Tan Tanas


Egobrokerage on the Venus aerostats is relatively common, with agents like Tien Tan Tanas contracting out their indentured infomorphs to fill in the skill gaps of various work groups and research pods. Tanas, or T3 to their acquaintances, is a talent agent-cum-jobs counselor, working with their indentured to find them work both suited to their skills and interests as well as remunerative. However, Tanas is also a businessperson, and is more than capable and willing to push the infomorphs’ limits—including sex work, if that’s what pays the bills this month.

For most appearances, T3 is no different from any other of the clanking masses in middle management—their synthmorph a little higher quality than others, but still not a particularly fashionable or interesting model, aggressively practical and economical. It is a carefully fostered image of banality, to encourage those not directly involved in their business to overlook, underestimate, and forget about them. Tanas knows too well the nanowire legal lines required to maintain their business, and some of the darker things Tanas has had to deal with—addiction to nanoalgorithms, psychotherapy, and paying to retrieve an indentured ego that has fled employment.

COG
COO
INT
REF
SAV
SOM
WIL
MOX
15
10
20
15
20
20
15
-
INIT
SPD
LUC
TT
IR
DUR
WT
DR
6
1
30
6
60
40
8
80

Morph: Synth
Skills: Academics: Business 60, Academics: Psychology 72, Academics: Sociology 60, Climbing 60, Free Fall 53, Interests: Gambling 45, Interests: Slavery 80, Intimidation 67, Kinesics 80, Language: Native Fanti 90, Language: English 80, Language: Chinese 80, Networking: Autonomists 66, Networking: Criminals 55, Networking: Hypercorps 35, Perception 68, Profession: Egobroker 75
Implants: Access Jacks, Basic Mesh Inserts, Coritcal Stack, Cyberbrain, Mnemonic Augmentation
Traits: Armor (6/6), Social Stigma (Clanking Masses, Ego Broker), Uncanny Valley

Using Tien Tan Tanas

The business T3 is engaged in is likely to antagonize many of the people T3 interacts with; for this reason Tanas avoids speaking directly on such unpleasant details unless the necessary or the situation seems to call for it. T3 will speak of their stable of indentured infomorphs by their first names or favored callsign, is intimately aware of the details of their life and personality, and will use this to their advantage when dealing with outsiders to emphasize their familiarity with the indentured—to give the appearance of a caring boss or business agent closely connected with clients and their lives. In this fashion Tanas may end up dealing with the PCs as a villain, or a go-between; the PC’s contacts may send Tanas their way to provide some temporary skilled labor for a job, or Tanas may approach them looking to reclaim one of their flock that has gone missing, emphasizing concern over their well-being. In their own way, this is not a charade—Tanas does care about their stable’s well-being, T3 is intimately familiar with their aspirations, abilities, and foibles, and is relatively honorable about fulfilling their part of agreements or contracts. Tanas sees their services as necessary, and even in the best interests of their clients, who have through their bad management of their own affairs fallen into debt-slavery.

2 comments:

  1. Typo detected in the pronoun changes... "In ther own way, this is not a charade" should be "In their own way, this is not a charade"

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