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What is the NetEdit

The Net is the name given to the vast telecommunications network of the Cyberpunk world. It is analogous to the real world internet (which was still in it's infancy at the time Cyberpunk 2020 came out), but much more extensive, including things like appliances and even cybernetic limbs. The Net is made of up of hard lines, radio links, cell networks, microwave transmitters and anything else that can transmit information from one computer to another.

Access to the Net requires a modem of some kind. It is possible to use the Net the way we use the Internet in real life; with a computer or terminal, keyboard, and video display (also called Vidboards). But the professionals experience the Net in 3 dimensions, using a complex cybernetic interface called a cybermodem. People who use cybermodems are called Netrunners. A cybermodem provides an experience that is much more immersive and intuitive than the traditional keyboard/computer interface. This allows Netrunners ro react far faster than would ever be possible with a keyboard.

Using the Net in anything more than the most rudimentary ways requires a cybermodem (sometimes called Cyberdecks) You do not necessarily need interface plugs installed in your head to use a cybermodem though. There are also options for electrodes or even 2D displays with a keyboard. But actual netrunners will always use plugs, because actual cybernetic connections wired to your brain ensure the very fastest reaction times. And in the Net, speed matters. A lot.

IconsEdit

An icon is basically a 3D avatar you control to interact with other stuff (people, programs ect) in the Net. Icons can be as simple as a flat 2D monochrome shape, to a complex photorealistic human form. Everything in the Net is represented with icons...Data Fortresses, other Netrunners, individual programs, whatever.

Everything in the Net is rendered in three dimensions. The interface program in the cybermodem will interpret the Net for the Netrunner. Most of the Net environment is similar to the movie Tron, but the quality of the rendering depends on available bandwidth and memory. It is possible to render a completely realistic environment, similar to the movie The Matrix. More complex icons require more memory. For this reason, the bulk of the Net uses lower quality icons (think Tron, or present day video games). Things like long distance links (LDLs) will also have icons associated with them.

Programs in the Net have their own icons, and can be customized like anything else. They interact with other icons in intuitive ways that allow almost anyone to become a hacker. For example, a worm program may show an icon like a stylized worm burrow into a data wall and form itself into a doorway allowing access inside the data fort. All people and programs in the Net interact in ways like this.

The 3D interface in the Net is common to all cybermodems. So what you see, is what everyone else sees too. The Net originally had multiple interfaces that people could choose from. The three most popular were Megacity (where everything was rendered to look like 1930s Film Noire), A dungeons and dragons motif, and one that looked like Tron. Eventually the UIs were all consolidated into one, and it is now the standard for everyone. The Tron-like interface is now the default for the Net.

Ihara-Grubb Transformation AlgorithmsEdit

The IG Transformation Algorithms are a core part of the Net experience. They allow the Net to be rendered as an analog to the real world. They extrapolate distances to look similar to realspace. So if a computer is sitting in an office building on the 30th floor running a BBS, and another BBS is 3 blocks away on the ground floor, you will "see" the other BBS, in the Net, as being about 3 blocks distance and 30 floors lower in elevation. Movement in the Net is programmed to feel similar to movement in the real world, and therefore moving around becomes a lot more intuitive. Netrunning is far less cumbersome than the conventional Internet in the real world.

IG Transformation Algorithms govern the way the Net looks in other ways as well. They control how the environment is rendered in real time. For example, if the connection is unstable or there is interference, you may see the landscape morph into mountains that are harder to cross (and if it is bad enough, maybe impossible to cross). Areas of low resistance may be rendered as smooth grid lines. The exact details of the environment will depend on the region (more on that below), but will be similar almost anywhere.

As in the real world, the Net extends to wherever there are computers connected to it.

Data FortressesEdit

A Data Fortress is simply a computer system. It is a 3D representation of that computer within the Net. The specific form the fortress takes depends on the the system it is hosted in...as with icons, more realistic environments will require more resources (memory). The default rendering for data fortresses looks like something similar to Tron. But they can be as elaborate and photo-realistically detailed as The Matrix. You could make your data fortress look like a castle, or a cruise ship or a space station. Within the data fortress, the sysop (System Operator...the person in control of the Data Fort) determines what it looks like. The only limitations are the system's own resources.

Data Fortresses have data walls. These represent how hard it is to enter the system. Data wall strength will depend on the amount and quality of resources of the system. There are programs that can penetrate data walls and allow a Netrunner to move through them. All Data Fortresses have code gates (which will be rendered as actual doors, or something similar), which are the normal way of getting inside a system's data walls.

Within the Datafortress, various parts of the system will be rendered in intuitive ways. For example, files may be stored in a locked office (a section of memory in the system) in what looks like an actual filing cabinet. So your icon would open the filing cabinet and take out the file...giving you access to the information.

ProgramsEdit

All programs are represented by icons, just like people. And many programs are almost as complex as real people. There are far too many programs to list here. They span everything from common utilities to quasi-sentient AI assassins. Common examples of programs include:

  • Codecracker (Decryption) - A common program used to crack code gates in Dataforts. The default icon takes the form of a beam of white light shooting out from the "hands" of the Netrunner's icon, causing the code gate to glow and then dissipate into fog.
  • Wizards Book (Decryption) - This program uses brute force methods to comb through billions of possible combinations in an attempt to find the correct key. The default icon takes the form of a stream of symbols flowing from the outstretched hands of the Netrunner's icon.
  • Raffles (Decryption) - Raffles tries to decrypt keys that are specific words by asking the code gate questions (Is it bigger than a breadbox, is it hot or cold, ect). The default icon looks like a well dressed man from the 1900s briefly speaking to the door, and then vanishing when it opens.
  • Watchdog (Detection) - A defense program for dataforts. It is designed to alert the Sysop to intrusions withing their datafort. Watchdogs do not have to be confined to a datafort though...they can be assigned to watch portions of the Net (LDLs for example) and send alarms when triggered. The default icon looks like a large black dog with a spiked collar and glowing red eyes.
  • Bloodhound (Detection) - Similar to watchdog, but it will also track the intruder's location rather than simply alerting the Sysop. The default icon is identical to Watchdog, but it has glowing blue eyes and a glowing blue collar instead.
  • Pitbull (Counter Intrusion) - A more advanced version of Bloodhound, it will not only track the intruder to their source, but will cut their line as well, severing their connection to the Net. It otherwise has all the same capabilities as Bloodhound and Watchdog. The default icon is a robotic watchdog made of steel, with glowing red eyes and a glowing red collar.
  • See Ya (Detection Utility) - This program is designed to detect invisible or hidden icons. It's default icon is a shimmering silver screen that overlays part of the Netrunner's view.
  • Hidden Virtue (Detection Utility) - Designed to determine the difference between VR constructs and actual object or people. For example, it would be able to tell that a book on a shelf inside a datafort was an actual file, rather than just part of the simulation. Or that what looks like a virtual person is not part of a datafort simulation, but is a real person running the Net. It's icon is a simple glowing green ring (circle) that appears as an overlay in the Netrunner's view that they can look through.
  • Speedtrap (Detection) - This program will alert the Netrunner to the presence of nearby anti-personnel programs (programs that could be dangerous to the Netrunner). It cannot tell where the offensive programs are, only that they are nearby. The default icon is a floating pane of glass in the Netrunner's field of view...when it detects the presence of an offensive program, a monster appears in the glass. Otherwise it remains blank.
  • Flatline (Anti-System) - Flatline is designed to target the cybermodem of other Netrunners. It will fry the interface chip of the Cyberdeck, requiring it's replacement. And in the process, of course, will sever the Netrunner's connection to the Net immediately. It's icon is a simply yellow beam emitted from the fingertips of the Netrunner's icon.
  • Poison Flatline (Anti-System) - A more destructive version of flatline, it will destroy the entire Cyberdeck, not just the interface chip. A cyberdeck fried with this program is not salvageable, and must be completely replaced. It destroys the memory as well. Cyberdecks are generally expensive (at least hundreds of eb, with some in the tens of thousands of eb or more), so this can be a big deal. It's icon is a green beam instead of yellow.
  • Krash (Anti-System) - Simply causes the Cyberdeck to crash, requiring a reboot. This will sever the Netrunner's connection to the Net. Rebooting will take 10 or 20 minutes. This will work on dataforts as well as Cyberdecks, though it can only disable one CPU at a time (and many dataforts have more than one). It's default icon is a large round cartoon bomb with an active fuse.
  • Murphy (Anti-system) - This will cause the Cyberdeck or Datafort to launch all of it's programs at once, as quickly as it is able to. It has no default icon.
  • Vrizz (Anti-System) - This program impede the cyberdeck performance, reducing it's capabilities until it is rebooted. It can be used against dataforts as well. It's icon is a neon DNA helix.
  • Viral 15 (Anti-System) - Forces the Cyberdeck to randomly delete one program or file from the deck's memory every minute until the deck is turned off. The specific files or programs deleted are random. It's icon is a metallic blue fog with a white neon DNA helix in it's center.

Artificial IntelligencesEdit

AIs (artificial intelligences) do exist in the Cyberpunk world, and the Net is their natural environment. There are many types of AIs. Some are deliberately created by corporations or governments, some by accident, and some are emergent properties of the Net itself. There is a great deal of debate as to whether AIs are actually sapient, or merely give the appearance of sapience. But in outward appearance, AIs can be completely indistinguishable from real people.

Types of AIs:

Dedicated Heuristic Controllers (DHC AIs)

  • The most basic form of AI, they are barely sapient. They are designed to perform specific functions, and their focus does not often stray from those functions. Most Droids from Star Wars would fit this model of AI. An Assassin Droid does not ponder the nature of the universe or dream of becoming a chef...it's focus is on assassinating, and all of it's thoughts will be focused on that. DHC AIs in Cyberpunk are similar. They are capable of interacting like a person, and learning and improving themselves, but their focus is narrowed to the specific function(s) they were designed for.

Symbolic Analysis AIs (SAD AIs)

  • Originally called Symbolic Analysis and Deduction (SAD) AIs. These are AIs deliberately designed to emulate human behavior. Think Data from Star Trek. The scope of their thoughts are much broader than DHC AIs. Although they can obsess over specific subjects just like humans do. They are most often used as artificial assistants of some kind (online help or secretaries for example).

Human AIs

  • These are AIs that were originally actual people, but have had their consciousness digitized and now exist only on computers in the Net. The process is often not voluntary...soulkiller programs can produce this type of AI for example. They are otherwise indistinguishable from Symbolic Analysis AIs. Jobe, from The Lawnmower Man, was a good example of this type of AI.

Transcendental Sentience AIs (TS AIs)

  • The mere existence of these is highly debatable. There is no consensus on whether they are actually real. TS AIs are an emergent property of the various regions of the Net. Meaning the structure of the Net itself (the IG Transformation Algorithms) provides a network that allows these AIs to come into being. They were not programmed or created by anyone...in the same way that flocks of birds and schools of fish do not deliberately form the ordered patterns they create. But by their nature, TS AIs are so large that most people cannot interact with them. Even when they can, conventional communication is not really possible, because the AIs are incapable of understanding any existence outside of themselves. They have a synclastic consciousness. Which is to say, their awareness is turned inward, instead of outward like ours. If you were to talk to them it would be to them like talking to yourself is to us. The shape their consciousness takes depends on the nature of the region they occupy. The Sovspace AI is far more chaotic and fragmented than the Pacifica AI, because it is using much more outdated and unreliable infrastructure. TS AIs have no code...the physical structure of the communications lines in realspace, and the IG Transformation algorithms that go along with them, are like the neurons in our brains. They are an emergent property of the Net...a natural consequence of how the Net functions. They cannot be copied or downloaded in the same way that you cannot copy or download your personality into your own nervous system.

Critical Pathway Plateau AIs (CPP AIs)

  • These are similar to TS AIs, but on a much smaller scale. They are AIs that came into existence by some accident. A company may be trying to create a very complex program that, by coincidence, becomes sapient. Skynet from the Terminator movies is a good example of a CPP AI. These can only emerge in specific types of hardware (holographic crystal processing networks), so there is no way to create them on your home computer. Though, presumably, they can move to conventional systems after their creation, just like any other AI. Their personalities can vary widely...they may appear indistinguishable from people, or they may behave in completely alien ways. Because they are not deliberately programmed from the start to be AIs, the final form their personality takes is impossible to predict.

RegionsEdit

Regions represent large ambiguous sections of the Net that share the same basic virtual. Meaning, what the default environments (often called "Virtuals") look like. The actual boundaries are not fixed though, and can shift all the time for a number of reasons. Mostly it has to do with how much control various governments or influential groups can exert in the area.

Thanks to the IG Transformation Algorithms, Netspace is analogous to real space. Almost like an alternate dimension. So if you are Netrunning in a Pacific Island, for example, you will see things through the Pacifica Virtual. The Virtuals for each Region are described below:

Atlantis Edit

This region is controlled mostly by the Central American Federation (CAF) and the Corporations allied with it. It is popular for it's black market trade. Atlantis covers the area of realspace associated with the (south) Atlantic ocean, including Central and South America, the entire south Atlantic down almost to the south pole, and the African coast.

It's borders are in constant flux, sometimes by a lot. They can change by 1000 miles in a single day. This is due to the unrealiability of it's switching stations (if it goes down, a neighboring region like the Eurotheater or Rustbelt will take it over). It's volatility can sometimes affect Netrunner programs. It's virtual is described as "old fashioned" (futuristic by our standards), similar to the movie Tron. Some islands have constructed custom virtuals to attract tourists...the Caribbean islands do this.

Robotic looking icons are chic with Atlantis Netrunners. Atlantis is a sort of Wild West...there is little oversight or policing done here. The governments and Corporations that control this area are not very well coordinated, and you can get away with a lot in the chaos.

The main Corporations that dominate here (in addition to the CAF government itself) are Arasaka, Orbital Air, RIO Meatwagon, SovOil, and WNS (Worldsat Communications Network).

Major grids include Havana, Panama City, Quito (Ecuador), and Rio.

Pacifica Edit

Pacifica covers all of the Pacific ocean pole to pole, including all of Australia, most of the western half of the US (to Denver, at which point it transitions into the Olympia region), Alaska, Southeast Asia (include Hong Kong and the rest of SE China) and the part of Russia near Alaska. It does not include any of South America, nor does it include Japan (Japan has it's own region, called Tokyo/Chiba). Pacifica will sometimes take over parts of Atlantis if the weather is bad.

The Pacifica virtual is probably the best of all the regions on the Net. It's virtual is a stylized version of a real Ocean, with glowing fish shapes and other sea life. Dolphin programs (complex, but non-sapient) patrol it, cleaning up garbage data...and according to some, tattling on any criminal activity they see. The sky is pleasantly illuminated, without any specific light source. The sky has many hazy overlapping sections of varying hue and brightness. There are two moons in the sky...the lighter one one represents the sun in real time, and the other the regular moon. These can actually be used to keep track of time while in the region (although as a Netrunner you will, of course, have easy access to a clock just as you would using any other computer). The LDLs in this region are represented with unique abstract art sculptures as icons, and where the LDL leads can be known simply from the sculpture representing it.

The city grids hover above the water on tiles or planks. The default architecture resembles a modern stylized version of floating ruins will columns and balustrades. The surface geometry of all of the buildings is reflective and smooth. Unlike the default elevation rendering that accompanies areas of low bandwdith in the form of mountains, the Pacifica virtual renders these areas instead as dark and ominous. An area of little or no transmission will appear to have hurricane like conditions (so, impassable), with a black and red sky and massive choppy waves in the water.

Control is not as uniform as other regions of the Net. The region is so large that different groups exert different levels of control over the region. The eastern part is dominated largely by the American West Coast, and the larger corporations based there. They also control Hawaii and Alaska as well. The USPG (US Government) and France share control of the middle of the ocean on various islands. The South and Southwest portion of the region are jointly controlled by the Australian and New Zealand governments. The Western portion of the region is controlled by the FACS (Fa Asian Co-prosperity Sphere), and the Japanese Zaibatsus.

Netwatch has a strong presence in Pacifica, and Magnificent Curtis (their leader here) is something of a celebrity. Unlike the rest of the Net, the Pacifica branch of Netwatch is actually very even handed and fair. Magnificent Curtis is very strict about how the organization is run, and careful to make sure all laws are followed.

Major grids include the Antarctic relay station,(controlled by the EU/UN), Jakarta and Manilla, Galopogos Islands, Hong Kong, Singapore, and various USPG domains (Honolulu for example).

Olympia Edit

The Olympia region spans almost all of the western US, and part of the Central US, and includes the portion of Canada directly above these areas of the US. The Olympia virtual is themed on modern skyscrapers, with a heavy corporate feel to it. The skyscrapers have no foundations. Instead they float in mid-"air", and there is a mirror version of the Skyscraper on the bottom side. The "gravity" in the virtual is relative to whatever side you are on. So "down" is always in the direction of the building foundation. There is a sun, which is bright without being blinding, and clouds in the infinite expanse of blue sky. Communication lines are rendered as catwalks...you cannot see the people on the "bottom" of the catwalk unless you reverse your polarity (which you can do at will) and switch "down" to "up". Rache Bartmoss once made a program that would allow him to walk on the "edge" and see both sides at once (he used to this program to successfully evade Petrochem Net security...a good example of how you can use Net Virtuals to your advantage), but this is not something normal people can do without a specialized program like he had. The non-standard physics programmed into this region can be confusing for new Netrunners.

The infrastructure in Olympia is high quality, so the environment is typically smooth and calm. If bandwidth is affect by weather or other things, the "sidewalks" will appear to fracture, and eventually become impassable.

Olympia is known for a heavy Corporate influence. Most (almost all) major cities are dominated by a single large corporation. Orbital Air controls Denver for example. For this reason, Netwatch has a limited presence here (Corporations do not like to share power). This makes it relatively easy to evade the police/security, as Corporate Net Cops will not be able to pursue you to neighboring cities. At least not normally. Kind of like those movies where the bad guys cross the county line and the cops can't go after them.

City Grid Corporation in Control
Alburqueque NM Militech
Bizmarck ND None (City/State control)
Boise ID None (Netwatch)
Calgary Petrochem
Dallas TX Net54
Denver CO Orbital Air
El Paso TX Republic West Oil
Grand Prairie MT Montana Agribuisiness Concern
Houston TX Worldsat
Las Vegas NV DMS
New Galveston TX Merril, Asukaga & Finch
Phoenix AZ Netlink Software
Reno NV Arasaka
Salt Lake City UT Militech
San Antonio TX Bronleigh Development

This table lists the major corporations and major city grids in this region.

Netwatch has a weak presence in this region, due to the fact that the corporations have little tolerance for their antics. Netwatch runners are treated no differently by Corporate Net Security than anyone else. The Nevada "branch" of Netwatch has gone a step further, openly mocking Netwatch as a whole. Called "Notwatch" (yes, that's the official spelling), they keep the peace while at the same time letting people generally do what they want. This includes a lot of "illegal" activity. As long as you are not making a mess or attacking people, they will leave you alone. This is an area that heavily relies on tourism, and lots of black Ice flying around tends to scare off tourists. Even the USPG and the real Netwatch are allowed here. But Notwatch drops the hammer hard if they try to pull anything or harass people.

Tokyo/Chiba Edit

Japan has such a concentrated high tech population, that it has it's own region separate from Pacifica. Due to it's density, the virtual in this region cuts normal view distance in half or even by 75% (bandwidth limitations). The virtual is full of stylized Bamboo which casts "shadows" that are light, and get more intricate and brighter the closer you look at them.

This is a Zaibatsu playground. The Far Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere (FACS) is an independent board that controls this region, in theory. In practice, the Zaibatus ignore them and do whatever they want anyway. Arasaka has defacto control over this region for that reason. The FACS Netrunners are openly hostile to foreign Netrunners. Resisting them or retaliating against them will get you on the shit list of the Zaibatsus. A lot of Netrunners come here anyway, because in the Cyberpunk world, Americans love anything Japanese. Japanese culture (including it's products) are highly coveted.

All of the corporations that dominate this area are Japanese, except for Disney. Major corporations include Arasaka, The FACS, Disney, Kenjiri Technologies, Kiroshi (Kiroshi Cybernetics Inc). The FACS has made a lot of enemies on the mainland due to their expansionist agenda on the Net, so terrorists are common in this region as well.

Major grids include Tokyo, Osaka, And several large BBSs that are analogous to cities.

Eurotheater Edit

This region encompasses all of Europe (the EU is called the "EC" in Cyberpunk), from the Atlantic to the Soviet Union, from the north tip of Africa to the Arctic. The Eurotheater virtual is an idealized version of their real life culture(s). Lots of globes, high art, Roman columns, and outer space motifs, projecting an air of opulence. They like straight lines and organization. Their dataforts are carefully sculpted to look like works of art. The infrastructure is generally advanced and well maintained, so you will never see "mountains" (areas of low bandwidth) except in Britain, The northern part of central Europe, or North Africa. You can often see three times farther in this region than in other regions because of this.

Unlike the Australians, Europeans in the Cyberpunk world look down their noses at Americans and American culture. Their view of Americans ranges from condescending chauvinism to barely concealed contempt. They are haughty and arrogant, even with each other, but especially with Americans. American accomplishments (such as, oh I don't know...inventing the Net for example?) are downplayed or ignored. Net security is very rigid and authoritarian, though not oppressive (as long as you're not doing illegal stuff). The Eurotheater is the major economic power in the world, eclipsing even the Japanese, and there is a lot of (legitimate) economic activity in their region of the Net.

Major Corporations include Biotechnica and EMB. Netwatch has a very strong presence here, to the point where it almost has official sanction from the Corporations. They have very few restrictions, and can cross borders and enforce laws at will, as if they were legitimate police. Expect Netwatch to act as judge and jury if you encounter them here. With the blessings of the legitimate governments and dominant corporations. Unlike other areas of the Net, Netwatch has it's own Dataforts here.

Major grids include Berlin, Tunis, Lisbon, Jerusalem, and Athens.

Sovspace Edit

This region encompasses all of what we knew as the Soviet Union, and most of what we knew as Eastern block nations (Poland, Romania, Czechoslovakia, ect). The Soviets still exist as a nation in the Cyberpunk world, and still exert influence over Eastern Europe. Spider Murphy (See Net Personalities section below) has theorized that they have been deliberately excluded from the Eurotheater as some kind of political bargaining lever in the real world.

Due to the outdated hardware in this region, the Sovspace virtual feels cramped and claustrophobic. The streets curve over the horizon very closely to reduce rendering distance because of the limited bandwidth. It's constructs appear old fashioned...cobblestone streets, gas lamps, carriages, lots of old-timey cottages from the 1800s. The feel is very Victorian and Czarist, with an oppressive and malevolent atmosphere. Nothing is straight or clear. The line of sight is so limited that inexperienced runners could unintentionally travel off a city grid and into the next country or into wilderspace.

The bulk of the Net population is clustered at the Western edge of this region. Netrunners here are reckless and defenses are weak compared to other regions of the Net. But the few defenses encountered are likely to be very lethal. Netwatch is generally unwelcome here, being seen as as form of European influence. Anyone affiliated with Netwatch is forbidden by the Soviet government from entering this region. Netwatch has lodged formal protests against this policy, arguing that the Net is supposed to be open to everyone. But the Soviets and their allied corporations hold the power here.

The region is policed mostly by the government (the KGB for example) or large corporations like SovOil. Rostovick/Kalishnikov, a corporation that makes hardy (read, clunky and primitive) cybernetics also has power here. Russian cybernetic limbs tend to be less advanced than their western counterparts, but are more durable. Russian cyberlimbs will have fewer features, but are harder to damage and are typically stronger since they use actual Hydraulics and Pneumatics (Robocop/Ed-209) instead of the synthetic muscle that is used in Western cybernetics.

Major grids include Moscow, Kiev, and Teheran.

Net PersonalitiesEdit

Rache Bartmoss - Arguably the world's best and most famous Netrunner. He is currently rotting away in Cryostasis after getting nailed by some black Ice.

Spider Murphy - A companion of Rache Bartmoss. Still alive and well.

Regional AIs - Reports of these Transcendental Sentience Regional AIs are so sporadic that a lot of people do not even believe they exist. They are treated like reports of aliens or Bigfoot. Spider Murphy is convinced that these are either a delusion of Rache Bartmoss, or that he made them up as a joke. These personality summaries are based on encounters Rache Bartmoss claims to have had with them:

  • Europa - This is the AI of the Eurotheater. Highly intelligent due to the fact that it has the best hardware infrastructure on the Net. It is very intellectual with a focus on logic and organization. It enjoys puzzles, but not the same puzzles we do. Chess is ridiculously simple by it's standards. Rache claims that it has not communicated for almost 2 years, and suspects it is involved in some major project, like trying to escape the Net (which is theoretically impossible for a TS AI) or communicating with aliens or performing some ridiculously complex calculation.
  • Akira - This is the AI for the Tokyo/Chiba region. Described by Rache as "nice", and very unlike the people in the region it makes up. He characterizes it as being like a Hermit constantly tidying up it's shack. Like other TS AIs, it has no concept of other regions of the Net. It is much more interactive than other TS AIs on the Net, and will even directly interfere with Netrunners and Sysops in it's region (though there is no pattern to the interference...at least none that humans can comprehend).
  • Rusty - This is the Rustbelt AI. A very abstract AI, until Rache named it, it never occurred to it that it needed a name. It has no real feelings or agendas. Mostly it just accumulates information. Not to do anything with it (yet), just to accumulate it. It will sometimes follow Netrunners around just to see what they are like, and even tamper with their "world" for a while to see how they react to the stimulus. Rusty has supposedly constructed an actual avatar of itself patterned after Rache's, so that it can interact with Netrunners directly. Spider Murphy believe this is a deliberate deception by him (a joke) and that this avatar is likely a conventional AI or another Netrunner.
  • 0-1 - This is the AI for the Olympia region. It is extremely paranoid, due to encroachment of the Rustbelt on it's region (which is similar to being eaten alive). It's focus is more on objects (Programs and conventional AIs) than people (Netrunners) as it considers these the "real" threat to itself. If it determines the object is a threat to it, it will destroy it. It is said to interact with Netrunners though, and it is possible to befriend it.
  • Packer - This is the Pacifica AI. It is intelligent and fascinated by the illogical. It spends it's time thinking about the nature of reality. Rache claims to have gotten actual VR code from it before. Getting it's attention is difficult because most people think and act in logical ways.
  • The Duchess - This is the AI occupying the SovSpace region. It is not complex because of all of the substandard hardware in SovSpace. Rache describes it as gullible and childlike. It is easily distracted. It's actions are often ignored as they are indistinguishable from the normal hardware failures that plague this region.
  • Zero - This is the AI for the Afrikani region. Plagued by even worse infrastructure than The Duchess, it is intelligent and sapient but highly delusional and erratic. It's personality is unknown at this time, but with hardware and infrastructure upgrades from the Pan African Confederation, it will eventually become more stable and an actual personality will materialize.
  • Orbitsville - Rache claims there is no AI for this region. And that it is likely run by aliens (no, he's not kidding).

ReferenceEdit

FISK, C. Cyberpunk, Version 2.0, 1st ed. Berkeley CA: R.Talsorian Games, 1990        

ACKERMAN, D. Rache Bartmoss' Guide to the Net, Version 1.0: R.Talsorian Games, 1993        

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