Metahuman News Welcome to the new year, and a strange milestone in my life. The year was 1990, I was a free range tween living on the isle of Manhattan cast adrift with fresh babysitting cash and a desire for something new. This led to a mall, towering as they are in the city, where I found a glossy image calling from the shelves of, what I want to say was a KB Toy Store. The image, a yellow eyed solo smart gun in hand, wires plugged into their spine, rocking jacket, and a car with driver waiting. This was not another Dungeons & Dragons module, this was Cyberpunk.
That was nearly thirty years ago, and history has caught up to us. Of course if you haven't heard, Cyberpunk 2077 is now only a few precious months away, and there is a new tabletop game on the horizon as well. It's a good time to be a gamer. So, what does this have to do with Metahumans Rising?
With World Builders we wanted to give players new challenges. We've talked about the evolution of the Deadheads, and the expansion of military forces. Now lets talk about the Rippers.Working in the information sector there is a quote that has rings disturbingly true
"The Street finds its own uses for things - uses the manufacturers never imagined." - William Gibson, Burning Chrome
This may be the founding doctrine of the Rippers.
“We’ve survived three alien invasions. The short version, poachers, harvesting humans for experimentation, an intergalactic turf war, and some Christopher Columbus types. Every last one of them left scars on this planet. Just like they left the kit they couldn’t recall. Throw in the occasional super jumpsuit that gets bopped and there's a whole lot of lost tech out there. What do Rippers do? We bash it, bag it, kit it, and thrash with it. Saddle up kid, it’s time to go fishing.” - Tabby,, Astro Kiddie
The Ripper hierarchy is as follows: Gutter Scraps Benders Tough Nuts and Gunners Junk Dogs Astro Kiddies Docs Mic Droppers Wreckers and the Glitterati
Over the next few weeks we will explore what this means, and who the Rippers are as a group.