Full Body Conversions

People do love machines - even well before 2029 AD

Contents


Introduction

At a local ripperdoc, a street borg is on the operating table. A lanky, unkempt-looking guy, clad in a dirty lab coat, and smelling of bad liquor is picking the insides of a small bullet hole in the armoured chest with a pair of tweezers. Suddenly the borg twitches and a squirt of blood hits the man's right eye. The man wipes his eyes and takes a swig of homebrew from a jug sitting on the top of the instrument cart.

Borg : "You got it out yet ?"
Doc : "No, it's still in. It slipped a bit out though."
Borg : "You sure."
Doc : "Yeah, this is not my blood I'm wearing for makeup."
Borg : "How long is this gonna take ?"
Doc : "Depends."
Borg : "On what ?"
Doc : "On whether that runs out of booze." *points at the jug of homebrew* "Or you run out of blood."
Borg : "Oh. Well, be fast, I think I'm going to pass out soon."
Doc : "Me too."

But what the heck are those "borgs" ? Well, I wrote this sourcebook assuming you knew that. They were introduced into CP2020 in the Chromebook 2, and a few more designs were published in Chromebook 3. Plus, of course, a whopping mass of combat models on the Net. But let's assume you've never had any of these in your hands. A 'borg (or Full [cybernetic] Body Conversion, FBC) is a human cyborgised to the level where there's little left. Usually, only the brain and a part of the spinal cord, the rest is replaced with mechanical parts. There are multiple reasons to become "full metal" : grievous injury, incurable disease, career choice, or simply the need to cyborgise oneself beyond what is considered necessary. It is an expensive way, but some people do choose it anyway.

To my mind, Full Body Conversions are far too expensive to be popular. Of course, all the FBC types in the Chromebooks are built for specialist occupations, and thus don't have to come cheap - they are there to get the job done.
In the basic 2020 setting they are also unavailble for general public - their price is prohibitively high. Whether this is not a problem in our typical 2020 setting, it becomes less appropriate for in "later" settings, which have more advanced technology and should contain a higher number of 'borgs. I'm thinking about worlds like Ghost in the Shell, Appleseed, or Gunnm, where meeting a 'borg in the street is something that happens every minute.

The FBCs of 2020 are masterpieces of technology in this time, and surely they cannot come cheap. However, the advance of technology can allow making not only better things, but also make cheaper things, and even, make things simple and damn cheap. Maybe some of you remember how it was with quartz wristwatches in the eighties ? They were quite big, clumsy, and while they worked great, they were not much better than normal clocks. But soon after that there were damn cheap far-eastern wristwatches that were also measuring time, but were quite fragile. And nobody minded it, because you could buy one with your spare change... and I suppose similar thing would happen to FBCs.

The question is : why do people need to make themselves 'borgs ? Except for the rare few willing to swap their natural, perfectly functioning bodies for metal ones better suited to their work, the rest are going to become FBCs due to medical reasons. See, sometimes even the wonders of 2020 AD - era medicine, laser surgery, nanotech, "magic balls", advanced chemistry and cloned organ transplantology are not enough to save somebody's life. Be it a victim of cancer, some other deadly and incurable disease, a terrible accident, or your run-off-the-mill severe lead poisoning / deceleration trauma, one sometimes has no other way than to go full-metal just to survive. But all the FBCs in the books do not only cost fortune (my favourite way of showing relative costs is comparing the prices to your typical car, a family sedan in 2020, like Toyo-Chevrolet '17 Chevy, costs 10k eb, whereas the most basic 'borg, Alpha class, is 40k), but they also have numerous abilities being of little use for a normal human. Even the simplest one, Alpha, does have superhuman strength and endurance, also having movement speed and general coordination equal to those of Olympic athletes. Sure, it is nice to be super-strong, nearly indestructible, and fast and with great reflexes, but tell me : do you need it in your everyday life ? And, just by chance, does any of you possess such attributes ?
This superhuman feeling is going to be highly destructive to human psyche (Humanity loss that is). And it also costs you damn high...

So here we are. I believe that if the technology allows raising FBC performance for a little extra cash, it could also allow saving some eurobucks by making 'borgs with lower performance. More over, I'd like to mark technological advance in FBC technology.
First generation (around year 2020) is just what we got used to in Chromebooks. Generally the technological level is the same as in the main rulebook.
Second generation is the technology of the 2024-25 era, comparable to what we can see in Firestorm books. Things are similar, yet more advanced than first generation.
Third generation are 'borgs of 2027+ era. Things you do often see in books, comic books and movies. The best reference materials I've seen so far are Masamune Shirow's works.

Well, as I said in the very beginning, cheap FBCs are not a good thing in your regular CP2020 AD campaign. However, in stories taking place later, the FBCs would, I suppose, become more popular. Something an averagely wealthy person in a First World country could think about as a career choice or medical replacement.


A few notes on biopods

A biopod is the system containing cyborg's brain, back brain, and, in old models, spine (in many new models, only some parts of spine are used, the rest being substituted by mechanical means). A brain is placed in highly durable shell, filled with shock-absorbing gel, and submerged in a pool of cerebral-spinal fluid, which acts as transfer medium between the brain itself and blood (for unmodified humans) or terminals of artificial "lungs" and feeding system. Both systems are built into biopod, too. There's also a set of filters to remove organic waste products from the liquid. It also can be used to filter a drug out of borg's system, although this has to be manually triggered (and results in major hangover).

To become a 'borg, you need a surgical procedure of double Critical Level. This means you'd better do it in a hospital you really trust, 'cause you have a fair chance of passing away for good. Basically, if a doc with a hangover screws a Critical operation when replacing your meat arm with a metal one, you get in shock and have a massive hemorrhage. But hey, this is a hospital; they have medicines for the shock, wound dressings, and blood bank to replenish your stock of the red stuff. Not very easy, not very cheap, and sure as hell messy, but they can save you. But if they botch removing your brain from your skull and putting it into an artificial shell... well, there's no body to be resuscitated, so you are pretty likely to check what is on the "other side". And, of course, this operation costs double the Critical cost.

A biopod on itself doesn't have any HL listed. Not even an interchangeable one (in fact, every biopod is interchangeable. QCh biopods just make this easier and faster). What causes you to lose Humanity is the body shell you wear, and if you wear a lot of them, it hurts. Also, the cost of a typical biopod is included into the double Critical surgery. Of course, you can make it an additional expense if you feel it'll help you maintaining balance in your game.

The cerebral spinal fluid

The brain is surrounded and oxygenated by cerebral spinal fluid (CSF), not blood itself but a blood product. This could be directly cleansed and oxygenated internally, and provided with the proper amounts of glucose and synthetic hormones via a replenishment system that the FBC character would have in their domicile of sorts or the nearest FBC friendly ripperdoc or clinic. The only issue would be when the FBC takes a Critical to the biopod itself, and then things could get real bad real quick.

The total volume of the fluid at any one time probably varies between 70-120 ml in different subjects and its rate of formation is about 0.35 ml per min. It is thus replaced several times each day. There is also known to be a constant process of dialysis with exchange of various chemical constituents between the CSF and the blood across the ventricular empendyma, the perivascular spaces and the arachnoid membrane at all levels. Large molecules fail to enter the CSF from the blood because of the interposition of the vascular endothelium (the blood CSF barrier) but there is a rapid exchange of small molecular weight substances between the CSF and the extracellular fluid of the brain and cord. So is you had a detained "donor" you could theoretically milk them for a slow outward flow to keep you in business or do the quick and nasty "harvest" for a quick cash fix and a small glass of fluid, provided that you can get it to someone and spin the blood out of it in a centrifuge (really, it's not that bad, honestly).

And if we assume that a biopod would need about 1/2 a litre to add cushioning and floating potential as well as enough to run through the cyberliver / gills to keep it pure and full of brain loving goodness.
If it last for a month at a time this would create quite a need, wouldn't it ?

If you where really lax on your morals, you could use brain dead people. Keep them on artificial respiration etc, and fit a tap to their skull and drain some of the fluid every day. Of course the question is how unique is human cerebral spinal fluid would pig or simian fluid work just as well or as a bulking agent...

Swapping bodies

A replaceable biopod is just something alike to quick-change mount for limbs - here, you can just swap bodies in a moment, not mere limbs. Readjusting to another body takes about 5 minutes.

This doesn't mean, however, that you cannot move your brain from body to body if you don't have the interchangeable biopod. Sure you can, as you can have another limbs installed if you don't use quick-change mounts. This, anyway, requires about an hour (for a limb) of skilled technician's work in a fully equipped workshop. For a whole body, adjusting your biosystem to new body (and vice versa) can take a day or two...

Technically, it's pretty simple. Move the biopod from one body into another, reboot it, and voila. Now, there's the psychological art of the problem to be handled. You see, changing bodies like gloves isn't going to be without an effect. The more the bodies, the worse it gets. Changing bodies is disruptive to one's humanity. If you change your face, body & the rest often enough, you can forget how do you really look, and what you are really capable of. The kind of thing you could imagine on one of the covert types who do change their identities every few weeks. They become more like intellect with a set of quick-change identities. It is that frequent body change turns you into a kind of intellect without personality as well. Your "ghost" disappears.

Yes, it's Humanity what is affected. For every new body (and it means a body of another type, not another specimen of something you're used to), you loose a 1D6 HL, no reductions. If it looks the same, and is equipped with roughly the same options (GM call), you are not subject to this rule, or the HL is reduced.

For example : I used Ego-class body, but got into trouble and was convicted to work as an Ilya. Lose 1D6 HL. After six months, my Ilya was badly damaged and replaced with another Ilya. No lose. Soon after, I was extracted by my friends. They've brought me an Adam. Lose 1D6 HL. They should have been brought an Ego, these lazy idiots. If you merely swap between the bodies you're familiar with, it's another kettle of fish. First, you should roll HL for every body you're using, and keep it noted. Second, you should calculate the average HL for all of your bodies. This is the minimum Humanity Loss you may suffer.

When you're installed in one of your bodies, check for its HL. If it's lower than the average, use average. If the body's rating is higher, use the body's HL. The point is that while you're likely to be less sane in less human bodies, however, in a contrary situation HL wouldn't be that big. And yes, there's a point of having a very human body, even if your average HL rating keeps your Humanity pretty low : it's going to affect the average score. However, if you have just too many bodies, that 1D6's will be quickly accumulating...

Suggested period of disuse, required for a body to be dropped from the "frequently used" pool is 6 months, although details are up to GM. After all, psychological consulting is going to most likely shorten that.

"QCh" Quickchange Biopod (aka Interchangeable Biopod)

This is pretty a simple system - a set of links allowing a biopod to be quickly and easily moved from one body to another. Only a few bodies are being equipped with these as standard, as the cost of such a body is higher by 20000 eb, and the ability to quickly change bodies is useful only for a limited group of individuals. You can have a biopod with QCh interface installed in an unsuitable body, but this takes a lot of work, much more than with a regular biopod. QCh interfaced biopod can be ordered at no extra cost when the person is 'borged, but modifying an existing biopod to QCh standard costs 5000 eb. QCh interface uses one torso option space and there's no additional HL cost.

Biopod carry case

Consists of a reinforced, EMP-shielded Arasaka Jetsetter styled case, filled with shock absorbing foam. Basic optical and audio sensors, jacked via interface links are provided to provide rudimentary sensory input, along with a speaker for audio output. It is considered that the biopod will rely on its own breathing, power and nutritioning devices, however, custom made cases with built in "lungs", nutritive medium containers and batteries are available. A standard carry case does cost 3000 eb, and is meant to allow transport of a biopod for no longer than 24 hours.

Technological advance

Let's face it : no piece of gear is the bleeding edge forever. The Murphy's Law for Computers says that the best, fastest, most powerful machine ever made becomes obsolete just in the moment you pay for it. And so it is with cybernetics. The technological advance is a problem often neglected in role-playing games, and while within the fantasy genre, it isn't much of a problem. But in cyberpunk, when the new, revolutionary tech is one of the things it's all about, it becomes an issue. And then, it's supposed to go much faster than what I can see from my window.

Yesterday's bleeding edge is today's everyday use. Tomorrow it'll become so common you won't be able to imagine yourself living without it. In two days, a new, more advanced version will appear to take the market, and yesterday's marvel will become so cheap and common that they'll almost start adding it as a freebie to cornflakes. And in three days, you'll be able to find it only in a pawn shop, and nobody will be interested in buying it.

Sure, it doesn't go literally that fast, but that's the idea. We can't predict what will appear next on the cyberware market. What revolutionary changes will come, or when they will come. However, here you'll find a quick guideline. Use it as you prefer.

WaveDescriptionPricing
Anything before First WavePrototype created by start-up company400%
First Wave productMajor corporate release until first major sales300%
6 months after First Wave : Second WaveCompetition begins to emerge200%
18 months after First Wave : Third WaveMultiple, equally efficient brands on market100%
3 years after the First Wave : Fourth WaveMore advanced modules on the pocket75%
6 years after the First Wave : Fifth WaveCompany releases superior product to supersede this one25%

The Making of Cyborg

Basic parts

You need several parts to build a cyborg, apart from the biopod. The biopod is only what allows you to survive outside of your natural body. Then there come the basics you need to build a Full Body Conversion. Two arms, two legs, and a torso (this includes head). You should also throw in the sensors : two cybereyes, a cyberaudio module, and a voicebox (either Boxalter or NewThroat) to give the borg the ability to speak.

Pressure and heat sensors, responsible for the sense of touch, are built in cyberlimbs and torso, and chemical sense (that is, smell and taste) are built in into right places in the head. You can, of course, boost their sensitivity by installing Tactile Booster, Enhanced Smell and analogical modules.

Usually players are not concerned about the wide variety of market-available cyberlimbs. A cyberarm is a cyberarm, and it doesn't matter whether we're talking about Raven Microcyb model F-24, Arasaka Neotech Type 17, or IEC Cyberarm Advanced (or whatever the brand name is). But - as with modern day computers - cyberware is produced in numerous styles and technologies, limited only with prices and market demand on them.

By the way - didn't you ever wonder that all cyberlimbs do have the same damage resistance, and can house the very same number of additional modules (optionware) ? Doesn't matter whether we're talking about a sleek, thin arm for a tiny lady, or a huge and "muscular" arm for a cybernetic body builder, all are alike...
And here we are.

First, the rule is that anybody buys him/herself a limb that matches his body type (BODY value). You can use another size of a limb, but this is pretty obvious for anyone observing you, and raises limb's HL by 50%. Superhuman-range (Body 11+) limbs are usually built on a special request only. Remember to add whole body's damage bonus to hits caused by cyberlimbs - the damage dealt is as well a matter of the limb's strength, as the strength of whole body.

Limbware interfaces

Limbware interfaces are something many people forget about. You have to remember that a cyberlimb module (arm, leg, partial arm / leg or independent hand) isn't just bolted onto your flesh and bone shoulder, hip, knee, and so on. It has to be bolted into a special socket for such appliance. Whether such a socket is installed on a live flesh or on another part of cyberware, this is another kettle of fish. More - your typical cyberlimb has two points with such interface sockets / links : one at shoulder (to allow the arm to be linked to the rest of the body, cyborg or flesh) and at the wrist, to allow a cyberhand to be installed.

These interface sockets do not have any apparent Humanity Loss assigned, as this relies on what would you attach to them. They have no apparent cost also, as this is included into an implantation cost of your metal limb. But nevertheless, they are there. Your arm can be disconnected and taken away in a matter of minutes, by a skilled cybertechnican (or in seconds by anyone, if you have quick change mounts), but that does not mean your bones and nerves do lay there bare and unprotected - the socket core, built around your bone, is still in place covering them.

Cyberware compatibility

So you have an IEC Cyberarm Advanced limb module, Arasaka Neotech ToolHand attached to it, with Tritech built-in TV, and cheap, no-name plastic cover, and you want it to work flawless ?

Sure, no problem. And easier than someone could think. All the cybertech use the same standards and basic technology. Much like PC computers of the early 2000s - it doesn't matter what parts your computer did have inside. You could use parts made by a dozens of producers around the world, put together in a place you never heard about, and have a working computer. You don't have to install only Dell parts, or only IBM parts. And, because the technology used, and common standards, all that works together. Sure, some parts are better, others are not so brilliant, and some can be a complete waste of money. Good parts will give you better performance. They may be also less damage-prone, or last longer. But still, it works, and you can use the computer to do what you need it for - write texts, surf the Net, play games.

Simply, it worked together, because it was designed to. And with cyberware, it goes along the same lines, including some unexplainable glitches, like the ones that used to ruin a day worth of your text writing in the early 2000s.

SDP rating for cyberlimbs

The original CP2020 rules bear several flaws - including the fact there's always a 10 point difference between "disabled" and "destroyed" status. It becomes especially visible when we get into the realm of high-SDP cyberlimbs. Thanks to the Taking Damage rules, we can now rule that Disabled level is 66% of the total SDP of a cyberlimb.

So, just to be clear : the SDP ratings in the tables below are total SDP, i.e. "to destroy". In most cases, "to damage" value is 10 points less, if you prefer to use the old system.

Tables

The following tables deal with both full limbs and other replacement limb-ware, if I can use such a word. However, only full cyberlimbs are useful in constructing FBCs. The rest is included for completeness sake only.
As you can clearly see, SDP and amount of option slots do vary depending on arm's size. A typical CP2020 value is listed as Average - sized cyberware, with book price matching it.

Independent cyberhand : (wrist-down) can use 4 cyberfingers or a single cyberarm option (GM's call, most cyberweapons are too big). Almost any cyberhand variant is available (+50% price). Typical 1D10 crush damage (as it uses only its own myomars, not these of a full arm), 1D6 HL.
BODYBody typeSDPSpacePrice
2Very weak80550 eb
3-4Weak90650 eb
5-7Average100750 eb
8-9Strong110850 eb
10Very strong120950 eb
11+Superhuman+1 for every BODY point over 100+150 eb for every BODY point over 10

Cyberarm : typical 1D6 punch, 2D6 crush damage, 2D6 HL.
BODYBody typeSDPSpacePrice
2Very weak2222000 eb
3-4Weak2632500 eb
5-7Average3043000 eb
8-9Strong3453500 eb
10Very strong3864000 eb
11+Superhuman+1 for every BODY point over 10+1 for every 2 BODY points over 10+700 eb for every BODY point over 10

Cyberleg : same as for arm, but 2D6 kick damage. Note : a cyberleg has to be equipped with some kind of a cyberfoot, which takes 1 slot (only very rare models use 2 slots). A foot option space is not included in the following data (i.e. Average Body cyberleg has 3 free slots, and 1 reserved for cyberfoot).
BODYBody typeSDPSpacePrice
2Very weak2221200 eb
3-4Weak262.51600 eb
5-7Average3032000 eb
8-9Strong343.52400 eb
10Very strong3842800 eb
11+Superhuman+1 for every BODY point over 10+0.5 for every 2 BODY points over 10+500 eb for every BODY point over 10

Partial cyberarm : (down elbow) crush 1D10, punch 1D6-2, HL 1D6+3.
BODYBody typeSDPSpacePrice
2Very weak1611000 eb
3-4Weak181.51250 eb
5-7Average2021500 eb
8-9Strong222.51750 eb
10Very strong2432000 eb
11+Superhuman+1 for every 2 BODY points over 10+1 for every 4 BODY points over 10+350 eb for every BODY point over 10

Partial cyberleg : (knee down) cannot use Movement Enhancing options, nor can't it enhance Jump value. Kick damage is as normal kick with meat leg +2, HL 1D6+3. Same as cyberleg, there's always 1 extra slot for cyberfoot installation.
BODYBody typeSDPSpacePrice
2Very weak160600 eb
3-4Weak180.5800 eb
5-7Average2011000 eb
8-9Strong221.51200 eb
10Very strong2421400 eb
11+Superhuman+1 for every 2 BODY points over 10+1 for every 4 BODY points over 10+250 eb for every BODY point over 10

Cyborg replacement torso : biopod, neural processor and a single set of interface plugs are built-in (although neither not included in HL nor cash costs). Typical HL is 8D6.
BODYBody typeSDPSpacePrice
2Very weak34214000 eb
3-4Weak36318000 eb
5-7Average38422000 eb
8-9Strong40526000 eb
10Very strong42630000 eb
11Superhuman44734000 eb
12Superhuman46838000 eb
13+Superhuman+2 for every BODY point over 12+1 for every BODY point over 12+5000 eb for every BODY point over 12

Head SDP : SDP of a borg's head is equal to SDP of a full cyberlimb of the same BODY.

Cyberlimb variants and technologies

In the books, most tech is being made in "standard technology". Generally cyberlimbs don't differ from one another, only a few different models do stick out like sore thumbs. Now, 'borgs from all over the world can be created, and be somewhat more unique...

Clumsy limbs

Some types of cyberlimb technology create equipment that fails to meet standards. However, modifiers caused by these are not simply cumulative. E.g. : if you have a Chinese cyberarm, you are at -1 Ref and -3 Tech to all actions involving this arm. If you have a Chinese cyberbody, you still are on -1 Ref and -3 Tech, just now this applies to all actions performed with your body (driving a cyberlinked vehicle, for example, is usually unaffected).

Cyberlimbs of the world

Standard cyberwares : that's what we are used to, typical 2020-era cyberware, right out of the Cyberpunk 2020 handbook. This is what everyone does compare other styles to. Standard cyberware is being produced around the world.

Skeletal cyberwares : this form of cyberware is very basic and robotic in appearance, all servos and mechanics are clearly visible (for an example, a skeletal cybereye will clearly have a camera-type look). It's clearly obvious that the cyberware is not human in appearance.

Brazilian cyberwares : Brazilian cybernetics are conceptually close to European : they try to appear as human as possible. However, they do not keep up the raw power output of standard and European style cybernetics (this originates from the fact that in Brazil, superhuman-strength cyberlimbs are outlawed), and not as durable. Still, for everyday use they're absolutely okay. They're replacements, not replace-and-upgrade technology, and if you accept this idea, they'll suit you just fine. And they come with a nice price tag, making them quite popular around the world.

Chinese cyberwares : "Chinese cybertech" became a synonym of cheap, unreliable cyberware. Not that it comes only from China (Malaysia, Indonesia, India and some other countries have their share in this sector of market as well) or that Chinese can't manufacture quality stuff (they do). But the proverbial "Chinese take-away" suffers from the effects of inferior materials, manufacturing, and lack of adequate quality control, when trying to match performance of the standard cyberware with a much lower price tag. These tend to be always flawed with some problems. But hey, they're cheap, and you get what you've paid for.

NuTek cyberwares : this is a completely new idea. NuTek is something in-between cyberware and bioware : implants build of carefully blended cloned flesh and nano-build electronics. Whereas not necessary the best of both worlds, it does combine a number of advantages, including easier implantation, lower Humanity Loss, and the real feel of living tissue. Note : NuTek can't be used for FBC construction.

Russian cyberwares : this is a generic term - most of these cyberwares does come from Russia (and post-Soviet republics), but also from Eastern Europe, and there's at least one company in North America (Mexican Metals) that makes cyberware classified as "Russian". These cyberwares see to be quite primitive compared to Western standards, but if you can see past their brutish look, they're marvels of technology. Behind the former Iron Curtain, they do not jump to the newest materials, and they do not peel off safety margins to squeeze out a bit of extra performance. Instead, they do miracles with what they already know. Sure, this gives out crude cybernetics, and optional equipment may be limited, but Russian cyberwares are like AK-47 : they do not fail. No matter what you do and where, they remain as tough and reliable, if somewhat clumsy.

Outdated cyberwares : these cyberwares are pre-2013 era replacements and augmentations. Big, obvious and clumsy, they tend to combine flaws of several modern styles. However, they are quite tough, and can sometimes have various interesting solutions and ideas utilized, that weren't however used in later models. They're generally not produced any longer, and most of these are available only thorough second-hand market. Of course, custom manufacturing can make a difference, but then you should expect sky-high prices.

Orbital cyberwares : the pinnacle of modern cybertech. Using exotic and durable materials developed solely on orbital installations, the durability and sensory data quality of these masterpieces is staggering but the downside is that the costs are tripled. Only available on special order, but you tend to get what you paid for (now you know where that spoiled corporate brat got his totally chilly orbital crystal plated cyberoptics). Can be made almost indistinguishable from a normal human body part, but usually plated with materials not normally available on the open market. Also, several other types of cyberware can be made in Orbital technology, linking great design with superior materials. Also, orbital cyberwares are quite often equipped with EMP shielding, for safety reasons when in orbit.

Euro cyberwares : it is, generally, perfectly suited for hiding as a part of real body, undistinguishable from it. Generally, it requires 1 level higher Awareness to spot it with a naked eye, and as they are so non-obvious, Humanity Loss is lower - so it comes with a healthy price tag. Most of these are German, Swiss or Scandinavian models renowed for their durability, although French, Spanish and Italian have gained popularity thanks to better prices and clever marketing.

Japanese cyberwares : this cybernetics are marvels of micromachine engineering. Whatever you do, Japanese can make more advanced and smaller. And the processors in their cyberwares are much more advanced, allowing them to handle more peripheral equipment. It differs from series to series, but most Japanese cyberwares can handle 25% more options, and some even 50% more than their Western equivalents. Of course, said peripherals and options have to be Japanese tech as well, and are priced accordingly. They do come mostly from Japan, but the term is as generic as any - there are Korean companies that make this type of stuff as well, and at least one Chinese producer keeps within these standards.

ModelSDPHLDamage dealtSpacePriceNotes
Standard100%100%100%100%100%Plain vanilla from the basic book.
Skeletal100%+1 per die100%100%66%No realskinning, no superior myomars, but can use hydraulics without losing a space. Obviously, cannot be made to look human-like.
Brazilian50%50%, +1 per die50%100%75%Strength as meat limb of that BODY, and cannot be upgraded.
Chinese100%100%100%100%50%Poor precise movement control (-1 to ranged weapon attacks, -3 Tech). Only arms. GM's call : legs are -1 MA and -3 to attack rolls (in close combat).
NuTek50%75%75%-160%Cannot use cover (they come RealSkinned), neither use quick-change mounts, extra arms, hydraulics nor advanced myomars. All surgery costs are 1 level less serious.
Russian133%125%150%75%40%5% failure when overstressed comes equipped with hydraulics (Solo of Fortune 1 / Chromebook 4).
Outdated110%150%100%100%25%Hard to get, and cannot work with most modern options (only these from the main book). Hard to repair (2005-2011 era cybertech) (Chromebook 3). Arms are -1 REF, legs -1 REF and -1 MA (-2 MA if both legs).
Orbital250%100%100%100%300%Orbital-made materials : composites, crystalline titanium, of superb endurance. For special orders, also European, Skeletal & Japanese models are made in this technology (choose the better characteristic, add prices) (Chromebook 1).
Euro100%-1 per die100%100%150%Especially suited for RealSkinning. Mostly German or Swiss made.
Japanese100%100%100%125%200%The very best, most technologically advanced design. Mostly micro-machined (nanotech built), they need special, Japanese optionware (2x-3x price) to utilise the extra spaces. Repairs are also more expensive - and you may have to wait until they get the parts...
Japanese hi-tech100%100%100%150%300%

Additional SDP

Within the limits of particular technology, a cyberlimb can be produced with better quality standards, using better grade (and thus more resistant) materials, or just with sturdier construction. An additional 10% SDP costs 20% of the part's cost. However, you cannot go for more than 50% SDP this way. Cheap cybertech, made with poor quality control, and with your generic materials, is of course cheaper - every 10% less SDP gives you 5% cost save. Again, it cannot be less than -50% SDP total if the limb has to be working. Yup, even among Chinese cyberarms you can find sturdier models, and really cheap trash...


Skeleton cost

This is a cost of cyborg's basic parts - torso, arms, and legs (feet and hands included, although here we count that standard models are used) with given BODY (including extra cost caused by BODY increase due to tightened myomars, additional second generation myomars or hydraulics. For example, if you take a BODY 6 set with a +5 strength boost, which would cost +50% on the parts, you don't calculate Skeleton Cost for a BODY 11 borg, but a BODY 6, +50% extra). However, costs of additional SDP and technology modifiers are not included into skeleton cost. Skeleton cost is used to calculate costs of various additional control systems.

Cyborg Body

Cyborg has the BODY value you've chosen for it. A BODY 2 cyborg is going to be Very Weak - well, it is still built like a kid or a lady about 1,45 meter tall, little over 30 kilogram weight. It is damn light, so it is to be weak. Yup, you're right; it is also a damn rare model. However, you can build a body having great size, and great strength (HUGE Body value). An ACPA - sized 'borg, a thing often seen in various movies, isn't impossible - however, it is useful only in some (and even there - limited) military applications, as ACPA - sized body tends to be of ACPA - class weight... Most common people tend to buy bodies within normal human range (usually STR 5 to 10).
However, body's strength can be boosted without enlarging the body itself.

Tighter myomars (total BODY stat bought as optional : enhanced performance, 10% of the arms, legs and torso's cost per BODY point) will do the job. You cannot, however, raise the strength this way more than 8 points over your BODY. And this trick doesn't use option spaces. And well, there's not much point in upping strength in your arms only...

Second generation myomars (strengthened myomars from the main book) can be also used. However, they are much bulkier (eat a 25% of total slots on the body part in question), and their cost is 40% of the body (i.e. : if I buy a body - torso, four limbs and STR upgrade for 100000 eb total, no other options added, then equipping it with 2nd generation myomars is 40%). This trick doubles body's strength.

Hydraulics can be used for the same price and space requirements, but there's no way such a body could be made to look human. The body's strength is tripled (sic !).

Humanity Cost for increased MA and BODY

This is a tricky question. One could say that, comparing to other statistics increasing BODY and MA is not a big issue, and thus can be ignored as neglible. Another opinion is that there should be still some Humanity Loss. Now, you can use any formula, as there were a few suggested :
- 2 HL per every level of this characteristic above basic value (as in Chromebook 2).
- 1D6 per every point of this characteristic above your natural Body's Value (as for Muscle Grafts in CP2020).
- The same formula that is applied to ATTR changes.
Now, my idea is that the feeling of being superior to your former self, due to metal applied to your body, is what makes you feel not only something other than human, but also a better than human, is what makes you loose your sanity. A simple prosthetic replacement would be quite neutral. A replacement that you can use to outrun a car or punch holes in concrete walls, now that another story. Thus, HL for extra MA or BODY should depend on how much stronger / faster you are now, comparing to how strong / fast you were before you were 'borged.

Movement ability

It goes much the same way as for REF. Your basic myomar system can propel you with speed of MA 5, advanced myomar MA 4 (they are tougher, and somewhat more difficult to control) and hydraulics MA 3 (boy, these are powerful, but slow). Of course, you can buy a set of "muscles" that work faster, no problem. The price is overall 5% skeleton cost per level added, 10% in Superhuman Mobility range (MA 11+). Upper limit for hydraulics is MA 10, second generation myomars MA 15, whereas first generation myomars can propel you up to MA 20 (and some say that even faster... but that is still under development, as well as faster moving 2nd Gen.).

Movement Ability cost


MASkeleton cost multiplier
Standard2nd generation myomarHydraulics
3--free
4-free5%
5free5%10%
65%10%15%
710%15%20%
815%20%25%
920%25%30%
1025%30%35%
1135%40%impossible
1245%50%impossible
1355%60%impossible
1465%70%impossible
1575%impossibleimpossible
1685%impossibleimpossible
1795%impossibleimpossible
18105%impossibleimpossible
19115%impossibleimpossible
20125%impossibleimpossible

FBC weight

Ready, steady... Go !

If you are concerned with the weight of your borg for the purpose of airmobile operations, be careful.

First, a human-sized borg can use a human-sized parachute, glider or whatever. There's isn't a reason why it couldn't. As for heavy ones, e.g. ACPA-sized borgs, you simply need a bigger 'chute. Damn, we can airdrop tanks nowadays... In fact we can airdrop anything we manage to get into air. As for airlift - just keep the weight down to the limits of a fleshie trooper, and there will be no problem. Otherwise... how often do you see a helicopter-transported MBT ?

Human-sized cyborgs tend to be fitting in human weight range. There are purposes for that :
- They usually live among humans, in normal, everyday urban environment, so they shouldn't for example, destroy chairs by just sitting on them.
- Many of them look like humans, and weighting much more than you look for isn't handy.

Anyway, that is not such a problem - composites, carbon fibre, glass fibre, lightweight metal alloys, even the old favourite, aviation-grade aluminium, are quite sturdy and acceptably light.

However, if you go into heavy-duty range, these are mostly military or industrial cyborgs, and there no one is too concerned about their weight (it makes only logistical problem when one has to transport them), just sturdiness and damage resistance.

Basic calculations are : BODY 2 'borg weights 30kg, then +10 kg per every +1 BODY up to 110 kg at BODY 10. Every BODY point over 10 weights 15 kg. These are the calculations made for male bodies, or bodies with undetermined sex characteristics. Female bodies are often made lighter, although it takes extra money. This costs 2% skeleton cost per every 5% of weight missing (however, not more than -25% weight, I suggest). Remember, this applies to sheer weight only, not overall look. With enough lead ballast you can look like filigree ballerina, and still weight over 150 kg... and vice versa.

If your borg has more than 2 arms, a tail, or some other weird stuff, add +10% weight for every extra limb (or a tail). It's a rough guideline, but should do.

An ACPA - sized FBC is going to have ACPA-like weight, anyway ! Remember to add Heavy Armour's weight to this. Now, as 'borgs don't go fat, a cyborg can be made weighting up to 50% more than the weight listed above (sometimes it's an effect of using sturdier construction, sometimes just built-in ballast to fulfil purchaser's requirements) without adverse effect to its performance nor extra cost. However, this is GM's call.

And what about height ?

How to translate BODY into height ? Honestly ? Do not. BODY hasn't much to do with height, weight nor overall broadness when we talk about normal humans. One of the reasons why BODY was divided into 3 stats in the Fuzion system... To quote Mort : "I know a little tawny guy's that 1.50 meters and hits like a bus, and I know a 2.03 guy that couldn't punch his way out of a wet paper bag."

So, here's my "rule of thumb" :
Borgs that are in human range of BODY are usually made in human size (one of the reasons why Hero-series borgs are kept in BODY 8 and given 2nd gen. myomars, even though it eats down spaces and in emergency situations extra strength is always a bonus, is that they simply must be able to fit where a human does fit, use human-sized tools, equipment and vehicles. A BODY 12 Attila would have a tough time trying to fit into cockpit of many vehicles... and impossible with some of them). I.e. 150-190 cm, with most bodies being 170-180 cm (a universal height would be 175 cm, enough to make a tall woman or not so high man).

Of course, nothing is going to stop you from making a BODY 2, 210 cm high one, but it wouldn't look proportional, unless given extra ballast. Borgs with BODY of 11+ can easily have 200-220 cm, and ACPA-borgs even 250-280. Hey, these are ACPA-sized...



New face, prettier face...

Attractiveness

There's nothing to stop you from changing your look (and Attractiveness) when you feel in mood - if you can afford it. However, you cannot "resell" your former look nor store it anywhere - all the covers are tailored to a specified borg, and cannot be used on another, thus if you choose to change your look, the money you've invested in the previous one are lost. As for HL, a new face costs you 1D6 HL, of course being an FBC reduces this to a simple 1. ATTR changes make you loose ATTR if this was upping ATTR only, as it was when you were converted.

RealSkinned, ExoDermed and TrueSkinned FBCs, as well as SuperChromed (and even plastic covered) models can be made physically attractive. The price is to be paid for every point of ATTR. The beginning point is 0. You can be made of any ethnic type for no extra cost (if you still do have ethnic type...).

Surgery cost (and effect) varies due to quality - poor quality is 50% cheaper (but you look like your generic surfer, and it is Average to spot), then you have more advanced variants (Difficult is 100% more expensive, Very Difficult 300%, and Impossible 500%).

ATTR can be made over 10 (yes !) - such FBCs are usually referred to as artbodies (artistic bodies - projected by artists to be of superhuman beauty). However, nothing comes free - a body that is more slender than whatever the Nature approved does not work well, and tend to have difficulties with stability and motoric control. Reduce REF on 1 to 1 basis (-1 REF for every ATTR point over 10).

I'd suggest limiting ATTR to the max value of 12. However, if one wants to allow even more radical beauty, the cost suggested would be to increase by 10000 eb per point, e.g. ATTR 13 would be 20000 eb / point, ATTR 14 30000 eb per point, and so on. Still, I have trouble with imagining myself an ATTR 12 person, let alone an ATTR 16 one...

There's a question on how increased beauty would affect one's humanity (look at the famous people who had changed their appearance a lot, and tell me that Michael Jackson was sane). If you look again (roughly) as you've looked before becoming FBC, there's no HL on that.

However, additional ATTR is as many D6 HL as ATTR points, less one (so +1 ATR is D3 HL, +2 ATR is 1D6, +3 is 2D6 and so on). Of course this is reduced as for all HL when you're a FBC, so it is not so awful. There's no additional HL for having new face (if you already have new body, having new face is not any longer an issue).

On the other hand, if you look like a human, it's good for your mental health. With a face made well enough you can even watch yourself in the bathroom mirror in the morning and not be able to remind yourself whether you are a fleshie, or a 'borg. And you have a fair chance of finding a sexual partner, which is very important to humans, canned or not...

ATTRPrice per point
1-6600 eb
7900 eb
81200 eb
91500 eb
102000 eb
115000 eb
1210000 eb

Reflex

Superhuman reflexes aren't always good

This is a fact : if you want to hide your superhuman performance, or try to pass as a regular human / cheap 'borg, then moving with inhuman speed and insanely short reaction time isn't a good thing. However, it's not a much problem : usually you move at your top-edge only if you have to. There's not much point in keeping your reflexes low when you're already in combat, right ? If you're even more concerned with it, you can go for specialised software that will block your REF on a pre-set level (usually 6-8) and let it go on full power when issued a mental command. Such software can cost up to 500 eb.

Your cyborg body has nerves that transmit signals much faster than biological ones. Your brain is capable of processing signals faster, than your biological body was ever able to execute them. There's just one problem that lies between you and superhuman body coordination. The interface computer. A cheap, average model gives you coordination comparable to lower average human range. Of course, you can use better processor, and if you want to become a military combat cyborg (and survive) you have to. A basic model is built into body, for no extra cost.

However, better processors do cost. In Average Human range, it's 10% of the skeleton's cost per level (REF 5 being 10%, REF 6 20% and REF 7 30%), Human High Reflex 15% per level (REF 8 is 60%, REF 9 75%), and Human Top Grade 20% (120% skeleton cost for REF 10 processor). Superhuman Grade Reflex is affordable for the wealthiest only, like military, corporations and other high-echelon players (raise cost by 5% per every level over 10, beginning with REF 11 costing 25% per level, thus 7 levels, 175% skeleton cost total).

You can buy a cheap processor for the beginning, and then upgrade your body buying a new one. However, it is just that : you buy a new processor, for the full cost. As the processors are built for that particular model and BODY size (it has to be pre-programmed for cyborg's general weight), a second-hand market for such equipment is almost nonexistent. More FBCs keep their old processors as conversation pieces than are actually able to make any money from selling it.

Humanity loss is dealt with in a very similar way to ATTR raising : as long as your FBC REF is equal or lower than your old, meat body's REF, there's no HL. For every point between your 'borg REF and meat REF, HL is 2D6 up to REF 10. Every Superhuman Grade REF point is 3D6 (naturally, FBC creation rules break it down into simple 2 and 3, that can be even broken down further in some situations).

Upper limit for REF augmentation on full cyborgs is up to GM. I would suggest keeping the power level of processors within 10-12 for commercially available models, with 12-14 REF processors being available to corporations (or thorough damn high bribes) and 15 being a level for top-notch military borgs, and other superpowerful organisations. Anything over that is probably still under development in the most advanced cyborg science laboratories (and thus makes a potential adventure hook).

Reflex cost table


REFSkeleton cost multiplier
4free
510%
620% (10% x 2)
730% (10% x 3)
860% (15% x 4)
975% (15% x 5)
10120% (20% x 6)
11175% (25% x 7)
12240% (30% x 8)
13315% (35% x 9)
14400% (40% x 10)

Environmental adaptation

Note : it would be fully justified to require your players to pay these few hundred percent of the total 'borgs cost, since many systems do have to be modified to withstand adverse conditions. This applies especially to Extreme adaptations, as for many Serious ones an adequately modified cover would do well enough. Yet in some cases even fairly advanced upgrades can be pretty cheap. To sort it out in a quick, playable and not-too-unrealistic way I've decided to go for skeleton cost share, and that's what I'm using in sample FBC models created for this material.

Full Body Conversions are very resistant. In fact, they can survive in numerous situations where a human being would die almost instantly (or even in the very moment). But to be really able to not only survive, but also work efficiently under adverse conditions, a cyborg has to be properly modified. Extra heat shielding for high-temperature work, like fire fighting. Heating and insulation for arctic or space conditions (even myomars and micro-hydraulics can fall prey of extremely low temperatures and humidity - stiffen, block, or work in a way not designed to), and the cold would eventually penetrate the biosystem of an inadequately equipped borg, killing the brain. Water-resistant and marine composites for deep-sea borgs. Modified air filters allowing breathing in an atmosphere that has a limited amount of oxygen (like Mars or Venus). Extra brain protection for high-G cyborg pilots (the line started by famous Wingman). Radiation and contamination shielding for HazMat models.

All these are environmental adaptation. Of course, if you want a human-replica body just for everyday life, you don't need any of these... Generally, if a human can do in given conditions, a borg can do even better. For example, a human can survive in 30°C heat, although not necessarily comfortable (he'd prefer to have air conditioning or at least a fan nearby, and some cool drinks at hand. However, a longer exposure without adequate equipment can be dangerous or even fatal - in the example above, dehydration can be dangerous, but it won't be a big problem very soon). Borgs are perfectly comfortable in such conditions.
The realm of serious modifications are conditions that would kill an unprepared human very quickly (like : Sahara desert without enough water), but not necessary instantly. However, they can be crippling. Unprepared borgs are going to work in such conditions for some time, although with limited efficiency. Long-time exposure would cause discomfort and malfunction, death being quite possible.
Extreme conditions tend to kill humans instantly, and unprepared 'borgs - within minutes. Of course, adequately prepared 'borgs feel perfectly okay in extreme conditions.

ConditionModerateSeriousExtreme
Water (pressure)Fin & snorkel depthSCUBA depthHardsuit depth
Vacuum (pressure, lack of)Mount EverestLow-pressure atmosphere (Mars)No atmosphere (Moon)
Gravity (acceleration)MotorbikeHelicopter (or typical prop-job plane / osprey)Jet fighter / aerobatics plane
Cold (temperature)Moderate climate winterArctic winterOpen space cold
Heat (temperature)Moderate climate summerSahara desert in summerBuilding on fire
Acid / base (corrosives)Acid rainTypical corrosivesIndustrial, concentrated corrosives

Note : radiation protection is included into EMP hardening, so it's not included here.

Costs (percentage of skeleton cost)

Moderate : all borgs come prepared to withstand moderate conditions. You could use sub-standard materials to save some cash, but nobody really does it, as such parts don't sell. Raven Microcyb attempted to build a Martian 'borg saving on the stainless steel parts, since on Mars its usually dry like nowhere else. Luckily, the design team was stopped by company's chief projectant. No one would want such an expensive cyborg with such an obvious flaw, would they ?
Serious : every Serious environmental adaptation costs 20%.
Extreme : cost for Extreme conditions adaptations is 50%.

EMP hardening

A standard cyberware (FBC included) are not shielded against EMP, microwaves and similar unpleasantness. Such shielding can be obtained and included into the wares, although this is expensive. I'm going to use Flipper is Dead's EMP rules here :
Level 0 is just that : no hardening. And this is free.
Level 1 are electronics hardened for use in heavy EMP environments, loads of radio transmissions, and such (industrial grade or expensive cybertech can be provided with this upgrade built in). It costs about +100% of the cyberware (or equipment, as this applies there too) cost, no spaces. It stops up to 200 rads.
Level 2 are LEO-certified cybernetics (they can be safely used in space). Cost is about +200%, and this can stop up to 500 rads.
Level 3 is military grade, EMP-hardened cyberware. The cost is +800%, or even more - and it depends on where exactly did you managed to get it. It can stop even up to 1000 rads (the technologies used there were invented during the Cold War, to save own electronics in times of nuclear world war).
Note : level 4 hardening exists as well, but it's not presented here, since it's too bulky to be used on cyberlimbs.

Covering the body

Borg body cover and realism

You've probably noticed that an "unit" of covering material does cost the same money, whether it's used to cover a BODY 2, or BODY 12 limb. I admit - it's not overtly realistic. But on the other hand, a model makes sense only as long as it's less detailed than the thing it is to represent. After all, ACPA covers (see Maximum Metal) do cost for the SP value, not for the size of the ACPA that uses them. So let's give it a break.

However, if someone's so obsessed with realism, I'd suggest dividing the price of a cover by 6 (average BODY of a human), then multiplying it by the actual BODY of whatever body part you're going to apply it on. The effect should be pretty realistic...

You can leave your cyberlimbs uncovered, but that's not a wise move. They would be unprotected from elements. Would you want to electrocute yourself under a shower, because of your cyberarm short-circuiting ? True, I do exaggerate. Safety will jack in, and kill all the electricity in the said arm. Still, it isn't a welcomed solution. Better have it covered. The cover can be transparent if you wish, so internal mechanisms will be visible. Some techno-freaks do like it. And don't worry about loosing the look of your skeletal cyberlimb. Covering of your chosen style will be applied to it, and it will fit like second skin... or rather, like second layer of varnish.

Plastic cover : just plastic panels covering your cyberlimbs. For 1 eb, these are dull, pale basic colours. Nothing interesting. More expensive variants are painted, sculpted, made in numerous lifelike colours or transparent. Whatever you wish. As most simple covers, plastic cover does not take option spaces, as it is simply bolted on the external part of the cyberlimb. It also, as all the covers, provides basic waterproofing, so taking a shower won't short-circuit you. However, don't try swimming pool (dynamic pressure during jumps or swimming can reach the level of a serious diving depth for a split of a second) or sauna (loads of steam that can penetrate membranes, which are capable of stopping liquid water) with a cheap model - it can hurt you. The more expensive ones don't have such flaws.

SP 20 ballistic nylon : the basic armour for cyberlimbs, known almost as long as the cyberlimbs themselves. These are panels of rigid and elastic (on the joints) ballistic nylon, usually with ceramic scales buried deep inside for added protection. It is usually black, but you could also get a camo variant, if you'd really look for it.

Superchrome : cover made of light metal alloys, covered with chrome, nickel, or something similar and shiny (bootleg editions use just shiny paint). Precious metals, like gold, silver, and platinum and so on can also be used, although this causes price to go sky-high. Retro style is also fashionable these times, using copper or brass covers. It offers you similar protection as plastic cover, but every variant of Superchrome requires lot of work to keep it clean and shiny.

RealSkin : the early "skin" technology, it was in 2013 already in the streets. This imitates human skin, with small scars, hair, discolourments, and so on. A Difficult awareness roll is required to tell it from human skin on casual inspection. However, a more detailed check always unveils its nature. RealSkin has temperature of surroundings, and if cut, it's just a very, very good latex imitation of skin.

ExoDerm : nicknamed also WarmSkin, this is a late first generation upgrade of RealSkin, invented first for the original Raven Microcyb's "Gemini" FBC. ExoDerm contains tiny wire mesh and its own power source, thus it is heated up to around 36,6 degree Celsius (normal temperature of the human body - on some body parts it's a bit lower). Thanks to this you not only look human, but are as well warm as human (RealSkin has the temperature of surroundings, so on longer contact or when checked via some form of thermovision it will surely unveil it's nature).

TrueSkin : first, it is warm like real skin (similar effect as with ExoDerm). Each limb contains also a nanoid tank. The nanoids make the skin grow hair (a default setting is all the hair growing in the places where a live human has them, but this is often tuned into custom settings if you don't want to shave yourself every day for example. The colour and type of hair can be set also). They are artificial, acrylic fibres, but they look like real, and feel like real. And yes, you still have to visit a barber. Unless you set it otherwise (the hair are woven from stocks of raw acrylic material by specialised nanomachines replacing normal human's hair growing cells). They also carry synthetic pheromones and sweat to the places where such should emerge from your skin (again, these uses replenished storages, and can be used for various custom settings). Your fingernails also grow and have to be regularly cut.

They act as blood if your skin is punctured / cut / torn (purely for aesthetic reasons, but the nanoid mix looks, smells and tastes like blood. However, a simple optical microscope - or cybereye with microvision ability - is enough to identify it as artificial. Same goes for hair, sweat and so on). And also "heal" punctured skin as well as your natural body heals itself (no, it cannot restore internal SDP of a limb. Only the skin heals !).

You have to visit a licensed cybertechnican to replenish material stocks and tune up nanoids (if you want to change your hair colour for example). This costs 100 eb per limb (twice for torso) and should be done once a month. However, if you use this system a lot (like heavy sweating or losing significant amounts of "blood" due to injuries) it has to be performed more often, usually once a week (such maintenance takes one hour).

And you have to comfort your TrueSkin's need for one more element : water. The supplies are heavily concentrated, and need loads of water to dissolute and function properly. If you have just a TrueSkinned limb, this is not a problem - the system will filter the necessary water out of your organism, so the only difference is that you might be drinking a bit more liquids.

FBCs have, however, to remember that they should drink about 2-3 litres per day. Distilled water is best, although the system has filters allowing you to drink tea, coffee, beer and so on for the same effect (almost. The filters are routinely replaced when visiting a cybertech, and they grumble about your filters much the way doc used to grumble about your lungs when you were still fleshy and smoking).

However, quick-change mounts for limbs cannot be used, and pop-up accessories do not work perfectly well with TrueSkin.

Heavy Armour : a full 'borg can be equipped with heavy military armour equal to MetalGear or even better - an ACPA - grade defences. SP, cost and weight for such plating can be found in ACPA construction rules, in the Maximum Metal book. Remember that, like ACPA, a 'borg cannot use plating with SP bigger than twice his strength. Heavily armoured 'borgs are prone to the same weight problems as regular ACPA. Since sometimes it may be needed to buy heavy armour for a single cyberlimb (for example, a quick-change one), the rules for getting partial heavy armour are : each arm is 10% of total armour's cost, each leg is 20%. The body is the remaining 40%. Add 5% more, if you're buying only parts of the armour, not a complete set.

Cyberlimb Coverings


CoverHLSpacePrice
Plastic cover101-200 eb
SP 20 ballistic nylon20200 eb
Superchrome30200 eb
RealSkin-25%0300 eb
ExoDerm-30%0.5500 eb
TrueSkin-40%11000 eb
Heavy Armour13 (whole body)0varies

But that means a Heavy Armor - clad is going weight close to an ACPA !

Sure thing. You want it to be armored like a tank, it will be. And it will weight as much as one too. What do you expect ?

Sure, you can use any kind of technobabble to justify armors that are lighter, but just as strong. But the thing is that if it is available for 'borgs, then it is available for ACPA as well and probably for personal armor as well. So, if you really are in a "munchkin mode", you can say that, for example, there are orbital-made armors that are 10% lighter, but 20% more expensive. Or apply the Universal Effectiveness Rule (CotW) in some other nasty way. Personally, I'd discourage even that 10% for 20% thing...

Notes : all data are for single limb. A torso and head will need 250% of the given cash, HL, and space requirements, a partial limb 75%, and an independent cyberhand 50%. The only exception is heavy armour, which is bought as a single homogenous shell, and thus the values for it are for complete body cover (but see the description anyway). All covers, except for Ballistic Nylon and Heavy Armour (as it would be of no effect on them) can be armoured, using a derivative Graded SkinWeave technology, with the same cost and HL values as Graded SkinWeave itself.

FBC armouring

FBC can use both Body Plating (total body plating, torso plate, faceplate, and cowl) and subdermal body plating in the same way as fleshies. They are, however, a subject to the same REF, MA and ATTR restrictions as humans. Thus subdermal armour is only medicorely popular, and heavier external armours are very, very rarely seen, as almost all 'borgs who need this level of protection tend to use Ballistic Nylon cover or Heavy Armours anyway.

Non-homogeneous body covers

Sometimes, you wish to apply different types of cover to various parts of your borg. Usually, this takes a form of an armored body, with RealSkin head. How to deal with that ? Head is considered to require 1 unit of cover. While it has smaller area to cover than, say, an arm, it's by far more complicated, so it cancels out in most cases.

In most cases, you simply calculate different type of cover into the cost and HL of it into the total for the body's cover. However, in case of using a Skin series cover, there comes the issue of HL modifier... Bad news here : unless at least 50% of the body's cover is homogeneous Skin, you aren't entitled to any HL reductions, and when it is, you get only a fraction of it, equal to the body's coverage share (said 50% RealSkin cover would be worth 12,5% knockoff of the total HL for the body). If there's less of it, simply note HL for that body part's cover as 0. Still, a RealSkinned face can be made pretty attractive, so it might give you the HL 5% reduction because of that.

How do built-in options emerge from a limb, without damaging the cover ?

First, not all of the built-ins have to be easily accessible. Quite a number of them need to be reached for maintenance purposes only, which isn't a problem, if you consider specialized tools cybertechnicans do use.
A number of options, however, need to emerge from the limb - built-in weapons are one of the most classical examples. These are placed within appropriately-prepared chambers, which keep the required environmental rigors, thorough access panels in the cover.

Whereas access panels in most covers are easy to imagine (however, please remember they are usually made to not be visible when not in use), it goes more difficult when there are Realskinned limbs on the agenda (not to mention more advanced Skins). How is it done ? By a "flesh" seal, very similar to the one used in subdermal pockets. However, unlike a subdermal pocket, it doesn't have to be pressure-sensitive, and easily openable form the outside. The main book calls for Diff 20 to detect a subdermal pocket - and since cyberlimb popup accessory covers are even better, I'd call for Diff 25 here... if you know what you're looking for first !

Humanity loss

The rules for humanity loss are not much changed, comparing to what you're used to. Every cyberware mounted on a FBC does only minimal HL possible for it (i.e. a set of wolvers, with nominal 3D6 HL, does only 3 HL). In the time of initial implantation, that is : when the borg is made, all such minimal losses are accumulated, and every full 6 points are changed into a single D6 of Humanity Loss.

However, this does not apply to the very basic elements of a 'borg. Arms, legs, cyborg torso, eyes, audio and vocobox (yes, this is an addition to standard Chromebook 2 rules. When they were creating the rules for first FBC they didn't knew about BoxAlters and NewThroats), plus neural processor and one set of interface I/O plugs. However, no armour - the armour is another kettle of fish, and it is not mandatory for FBCs any longer. You just summarise the die of theses basic system's HL, and add half of them into the dice pool of the FBC. Then the dice are rolled. After that, apply overall reduction, caused by cover (and possibly other attributes). Now, the conversion process is complete.

A sample HL calculation

2x cybereye, 4D6 HL
Cyberaudio, 2D6 HL
2x cyberarm, 4D6 HL
2x cyberleg, 4D6 HL
Cyborg torso, 8D6 HL
Neural processor 1D6 HL
Interface plugs 1D6 HL
BoxAlter vocobox 1D6+2 HL
Total : 25D6+3 HL
Halved into : 12D6+1D3+1 HL

Options :
2 sets of wolvers, 6D6 HL
Ballistic nylon cover, full body 13 HL

Total : 6D6+13 HL, applying minimal HL rule and D6 disruption : 6+13=19 / 6 = 3D6+1 HL
Complete body's HL : 15D6+1D3+2

FBC cost round up

No one is going to calculate the price down to every euro cent. At least not when we do have in mind a 'borg worth his name. So the prices are rounded up. The table below comes right from Maximum Metal book, but it applies to FBC as well.

CostRound-up
Less than 20kUp to full 100 up
20-50kUp to full 1k up
50-250kUp to full 5k up
250-500kUp to full 10k up
Over 500kUp to full 50k up.

Discounts

20% it is a mass produced model. Everyone knows it, it's drawbacks and limitations, and it is available only in a very few finish variants (i.e. a "Gemini" available with only one male, one female face, two hair colours, ATTR is set dead, and you have to go to after-market cybershop to do any customisations). No Superhuman range performance is available in this model (except for military combat 'borgs).

10% it is still mass-produced, but an average variety of finishes is available, however it is still sold "stock". It is still recognisable as a standard model and most people will know its limitations.

5% are popular models, which can have over a hundred of finishes available on catalogue basis. Only experts on the FBC field would recognise them at first glance, and many customisations may be ordered from the factory.

'Borg tuning

PlasticMan 'borg, very cheap

Yup, that's an interesting idea. While you could simply swap for a new body, or change the parts (like Reflex processor) for a better one, some users could try fiddling and jury-rigging with whatever they already have installed for better performance. Usually this involves exceeding the manufacturer's safety limits, and squeezing some extra performance out of the existing parts - with maybe a few more tune-ups. There's no way full rules could be provided for it without using a volume several pages thick, and having more effort put in it than it's actually worth, as it would demand - among others - that an extensive catalog of spare parts to be created. The below are just guidelines.

Of all the stats, only MA and BODY can be quite easily upgraded without much parts being changed. Since those two characteristic do rely on myomar musculature (or hydraulic pistons), you could make them move above the producer's specifications. With myomar it's quite simple - they constrict when electrical impulse is fed into them. Add a bit more electricity, and they'll start constricting faster and stronger.
Hydraulics is trickier, but here the trick lies in careful manipulation with pressure of the hydraulic liquid, or changing it for one with different compression characteristics.

A rule of thumb calls for 1% of the skeleton cost as a price of new safety fuses, adjustments and other necessary parts 'n' programs, per every 10% of the tuned-up performance in either MA or BODY. However, when the tuned-up characteristic is being used with full power, it can fail due to overstressing (after all, your BODY 10 myomar musculature was designed to stand up to BODY 10 safety limits, and if you rigged it to work at BODY 12, it's your own risk !), and this usually goes really messy.

The chance of a mishap is 10% per every 10% of tune-up. Sure, there's a chance that tuned-up body would fail during routine operations, but it's neglible.
Even the most hardcore tuning enthusiasts rarely go above 30% boosting.

REF boosting : as it has been said elsewhere, 'borg REF depends on the processing capability of a computer chip, which translates neural impulses of the brain into computer signals for the body. The better processor, the better reaction speed.

ATTR nor SP can't be improved by jury rigging, right ?

Danger : exceeding the producer's specs !

Every time the boost is used (that is, your body is stressed to go on all-out, with its tuned-up performance), there's a chance something would get bad - equal to the percentile value of your boosting. If that happens, roll a D6 and add +1 per every 10% boost (or part of it) you have installed.

D6 + boost level :
2The boost fails; the body part in question continues to operate at standard performance level. Reboot system to get the boosted stat value back on line.
3The boost fails and is damaged. The body part continues to operate at 75% standard performance level. Rebooting the system will bring the performance to the 100% standard. The boost requires repair.
4The boost fails, and is damaged. The body part in question switches off. Rebooting will bring it to 50% standard value. Everything above that has to be repaired.
5Partial system crash. The body falls down, and switches motoric functions off (sensors and biopod still operational, as they're not connected to the REF processor, nor myomar / hydraulic musculature). Rebooting brings back 25% of functions.
6Partial system crash. As above, except no reboot will help you above the level of an octogenarian with advanced Parkinson (REF) and a crawling baby. Repair required.
7As above, but sensors go dead as well, and you need a workshop-assisted reboot. Sensory deprivation may cause madness.
8Electric arc / overstressing does 1D6 damage to the body part in question per every 10% boost (or part of it), for MA and BODY boosts. REF : the brain gets electric shock, which is comparable to the effects of Zombie program.
9+Electricity / stress cause a mechanical failure. Myomar muscles melt down, hydraulic pistons do shatter, and fragments of either of them clog up the rest of the system. Programming goes crazy, sending the borg into epileptic twitches around the scene, completely out of control of the user (who would scream of pain, had he a vocobox still functioning), before the body shuts down as in 7. The parts have to be replaced. REF : the biopod shuts down. Only a quick rescue by qualified paramedics (Trauma Team unit, equipped for borg rescue) within 5 minutes will keep you alive. However, not necessary sane, given the sensory deprivation.

Costs & Rules of the tuning

1% of skeleton cost per 10% upgrade of MA & BODY, or part thereof. Only up to 20% are the parts (can be randomly determined by 2D10 roll), the rest is cybertechnican's pay. However, this requires specialized tools, computer programs and a lot of knowledge.

REF upgrades do count double their value for the purposes of cost and difficulty (so a +20% REF boost is going to cost as much as +40% MA boost, and be as difficult to do). Initiative boosts are possible. They are worked along the cost and difficulty lines of MA / BODY boosts, but they do count as REF boosts when a mishap happens. They are based on the borg's REF, naturally.

Theoretically, no boost can be more than +60% for MA / BODY, or +20% for REF. Hardly anyone does try to exceed half of these values... not that it stops some fools from trying it.

Cybertech Difficulty


Averageup to +10% boost
Difficultup to +20% boost
Very difficultup to +30% boost
Near Impossibleup to +40% boost.

Every 10% or part thereof requires an additional Near Impossible roll (so, a +60% boost will require 3 rolls at diff 30).


The Ghostline : an interview with Carson Ballantyne

Carson Ballantyne, the head of Ballantyne Enterprises, a multi-purpose group of edgerunners, who can take on almost any kind of operations, from acquisition of goods to grey ops, is here for an interview. He is tall, about 2 meters, weighs about 180 kg and the stylized black marble plating makes him look like a statue made of black marble. The most notable feature in his frame are the softly glowing blue optics he has. We're going to ask him about his decision to become an FBC.

Ghostline : Well, Carson, tell us, how did you become an FBC ?

Carson Ballantyne : I was a perfectly normal young-and-cocky edgerunner back then. Having more mouth than brains seemed to have the desired effect on the other edgerunners, they got steamed up pretty much, slapping me off a little now-and-then. In between I got to have some friends and enemies as well, some of them proving to be a little more fatal to me than others. Once I was on a roll, when someone ran me over with a car. I got really busted up, my legs got broken in five places, my left arm almost ripped off and mangled half-way to nothing, my face was busted up and my skull cracked. A couple of ribs pierced my left lung, my spleen was like it'd been put through a meat grinder. I had two choices then, either the doctors would pull the plug on me, or I could have myself a new body, you probably can see which option took on.

GL : How did you come up with the Alpha Class frame of yours ?

CB : The frame was state of the art then, IEC just needed a suitable test-subject to run it, and they got me. The whole thing was completely free for me, they even paid me to do it. For the first five years I was stuck with the gleaming chrome finish and white optics. I was running up a plethora of test ranges then, explosives, live ammo, the real stuff and all I had in hand at the end of the day was a big paycheck and some routine maintenance. At the end of the fifth year, they decided to put me on field duty in their security division, and gave me a new plating job, this time, it was swat-black, to me it seemed to suck all the light out a room I was in, no matter how brightly it was lit. They knew that I was more than muscle, I was a smart guy, although a little rowdy sometimes, so they didn't treat me like a bundle of muscle. Although my job was a physical one, they seemed to like my tactical insight on the job, and so I was free to use my own discretion on the missions I had. I was on their payroll for fifteen years more, and when I wanted out, they seemed a little sad, but let me go nevertheless. About a year afterwards I was back on the streets, having paid for my latest upgrades, I now had a dark chrome plating job and smoldering red optics.

GL : So when did you get the look you have now ?

CB : I got this about a year ago. I'm old, almost fifty now, and got bored with that flashy young-gun-look I had on, so I upgraded it into this. I've got Raven's new CO-6000i-series optics now, they're nice, much better than any of the previous ones.

GL : So you're old, how does it feel to be almost fifty, and to be able to outrun a car and lift about a half-a-ton ?

CB : Well, my body doesn't age, wear or tear as much as a normal human body does, so it pretty much feels like it always did, amazing, but I've grown used to it as I've done it more than half my life. Sure, I've matured a lot, I've begun to like being alone now and then, but there's nothing that might sway me off some dirty work, because of my age, like some of the other old guys out there.

GL : How about your friends then, how do they see you ?

CB : They respect me in a way that I like, I'm the closest one to a boss in Ballantyne Enterprises, while there isn't literally a "boss" in the group. I'm serving as a suitable constant to their lives, as I've always been like this to them. I'm older and wiser, and they respect that too. I'm sure that they see the man inside this frame, not just the surface, the worst thing they have labeled me is a "bowling ball", because the back of my head resembles one from a distance. I've started to take it as an inside joke rather than a derogatory name.

GL : So you don't have anything against normal humans ?

CB : No, I don't see them as a "lower" stage of human life. I see them as equals, I know they have their weaknesses, but so do I. You don't have to be 2.5 meters tall and bullet-proof to qualify as a human being, you know. I just wish more FBC hosts would agree with me.

 

Everyday life issues of a Full Body Conversion

Adaptation

So you've awakened in your new cyborg body, feeling like a young god, with a little help from a physician you've stand up from your bed, made a first step into your new future... And have fallen like a dead body.
Changing bodies isn't a piece of a cake, smartboy. Your sense of touch, balance and coordination are at least as good as they were before. Most probably even better. But they aren't the same. You catch the difference ? Good.

You have a great, new body, guaranteed to work brilliant. But you have to learn how to use it. Things that you've learned as a baby - how to stand, walk, run, jump. How to hold, how to manipulate things. You know that sometimes it takes a month to learn how to grab an egg and not crush it ? And as you can crush a hand when greeting someone, adjusting to your artificial sense of touch is an important matter. Same goes to skills.

So how do you deal with this ? How does it look in the rules ?

Just after awakening your REF, MA and TECH are non-existent, and you cannot apply any skill based on these stats. You need one day's worth of exercise to regain one point of an attribute, and one day to regain two skill points. Yes, re-training to use all your REF, MA and TECH points can take you a long time (often over a month, if your new body has Superhuman - grade performance), and adjusting all your skills to your new body takes usually much longer.



You drift slowly into consciousness, first there's only bright white light and white noise, then the world takes the shape of a messy tech lab. You find yourself staring at the dusty grey ceiling with rows acoustic baffling laid on it, every detail of it is shown in perfect detail and colour, your sensitive hearing picks up the faint humming of the air recyclers even when there are several computers and other electronics humming, bleeping and whirring around you. Something stinks of industrial lubricants, topped over with a sweet smell of something organic. You feel the rough imitation leather of an oversized dentist's chair under you, when a female face with long red hair, brown eyes and fair skin floats into view from the left.

"Good morning, Mr Armitage", she says. "I didn't notice you were awake. How do you feel ?"

You open your mouth to speak, but only burst of garbled digital noise comes out. Her face disappears from your sight and you hear the crackle of a computer keyboard. There is a whine of electric servomotors as the seat lifts you into a sitting position. She returns to your view, you see that she is clad in a long, white lab coat.

"You can try to speak now," she says.
"I feel fine", you reply; your voice is strong and deep, like a male lion's growl.
"Good, can you stand up for me ?"

You try stand up, almost falling back onto the seat, as you abruptly notice that you have gained almost a foot in length and quite a bit on weight, leading you to overcompensate for balance. Still swaying you start to get a hang on staying upright. The swaying subsides rapidly as you get used to the weight of your new body on your brand new legs, and the onboard gyroscopes adjust to the change in posture. The girl makes a few notes onto a notepad in her hand.

"Can you walk for me ?" She says, walking across the floor to a rail on the wall.

Carefully, you hobble towards her, almost falling on your face a few times. With each wobbly step you take, you gain more confidence and experience on how to walk on your new legs. For you it feels like walking on stilts the first time, when you get into the right rhythm, you feel like you could walk for miles on end. When you reach the rail on the wall, you put your hand on it, trying not to squeeze it. You know that you could easily rip out a section of the wooden rail without much effort, and you don't want to do it. The girl hands you a tennis ball and you take it. There is a muffled shup as you overestimate the strength of your new arms and the ball caves in, ripping from the seams. The girl makes another note on the notepad and cracks a slight smile.

"I'm Doctor Emma Thompson, Mr Armitage", she says. "Your cyber-therapist."

Lifespan

So how long can you expect to live ? Of course, most full borgs cease to function because of hostile actions by third parties (that is : murder) or simply accidents. But if none of the things happen to them, how long are you going to live ?

You don't have a body any longer, so most diseases that are nightmares of modern society do not affect you. No heatstroke, no cancer, neither a number of other unpleasantinesses. The same goes for bacterial and viral diseases - your filters are really good, if something is able to pass thorough them, you're probably the last live being around, anyway. The only thing that limits your lifespan is the longevity of your brain, and its degeneration. Y'know, Parkinson and such.

So, how long ? Well, if you don't have genetic predisposition for brain diseases, you can expect at least 80 years, most probably 100. Theoretical evaluations say that a 'borg should be able to live up to 120 years without any problem, although no one is sure if he will reach this ripe age fully operational (as for clearance of his mind). Everything over 120 is pure hazard. Hey, in some countries average lifespan is still about 30 years !

The famous Longevity Module is meant to triple this amount. Of course, nobody has proved it so far...

Breathing

The cybernetic lungs of an FBC are small, but highly effective. Anyway, they don't have to provide much more oxygen than required by the brain itself. They are also equipped with high-grade toxin filters. In the effect, an FBC is not affected by almost any combat chemical and biological agents, and can comfort itself with just a single breath every 8 hours. Some models, especially those designed to be used in environment lacking oxygen, have doubled or even tripled oxygen storage cells. Aquatic models are often refitted with gills for prolonged underwater operations. FBC built for space exploration can also be equipped with filters, allowing them filtering oxygen out of the local atmosphere (provided oxygen is there...). This is a fairly common solution among Martian cyborgs.

Eating

A female cyberdoc wakes up in the middle of the night and decides to take a walk, and while at it comes across a path of open doors. She follows it and finds the project subject in a room-sized cooler in the middle of several dozen emptied diet supplement containers. The metallic face of the subject is covered by several smudges of reddish yellow goo, and it holds out a pair of fingers covered in the stuff, just midway to its mouth.

"What the hell are you doing ? You're supposed to be offline and resting, mister."

"Oh, sorry, I had a case of midnight munchies. Didn't want to wake you up by busting up a vending machine and you've told me not to go out at night, so I came here."

"Yeah, that's pretty obvious. Do you know how much a container of the stuff we feed you costs ?"

"No, but you can probably get the same stuff for 25 cents a jar from the K-mart at the corner just outside the facility. This is banana-watermelon-pineapple mash, isn't it ?"

The mechanical bodies do need power (either replaceable fuel cells or reloadable batteries) and a routine maintenance from time to time. But biopod's load needs water, carbohydrates, vitamins, protein and so on.

Early FBCs just use nutrient modules - plug it in (something like half-a-litre bottle - sized) into the right slot, and replace it regularly (about once per 4 weeks), and you're ok (this is also one of the few ways to poison a 'borg - tamper with his food supply. However beware, as specialised companies produce these). Many 'borgs, maybe except for pure combat models do have ability to eat and drink like humans also - purely for psychological and social reasons, as they have no functioning digestive systems. This is, however, true for 2020-era technology. Later models, particularly those of third generation, are going to have micromachine "stomach" where food and drink are disassembled (to pure carbohydrates, protein, and so on) by nanoids, then absorbed into cerebral spinal fluid to keep biological component alive. Sure, during the second generation it is going to use special "cyborg food" that looks and tastes like real thing, although is specially made for micromachine disassembly, but more advanced models are probably going to be able to feed on the same kibble as you and me.

The nutrient modules are also equipped with pre-programmed "menu" of tastes, which turn the right centres in the cyborg's brain with a simulated experience of eating whenever he wants. More futuristic prognosis say that biological reactors will be invented, able to turn human food into electrical power, needed to run 'borgs. This is, however, kind of science fiction still. If it's going to happen, it is anyway not to be seen for many years. And that only if it's going to happen.

Additional nutrient canisters

As for the nutrient canisters, I'd think that one canister of nutrient sludge (or "baby food" as they dubbed it in RoboCop), would be good for at least a month, I don't see ending up without nutrients a problem. The host just starts to get drowsy, edgy and hungry when the nutrient supply starts to dwindle. And when it goes out totally, he's probably on his way to replace the canister already, because he cannot think clearly and ends up in everybody's face more often than normal. Here's what I suggest :
- A normal canister (good for a month) takes 1 space and costs about 500 eb.
- A medium canister (good for two weeks) takes 0.5 spaces and costs about 250 eb.
- A small canister (good for a week) takes 0.25 spaces and costs 125 eb.
- An emergency canister (good for three days) takes no spaces and costs about 50 eb.

Using the toilet

Organic waste products have to be removed, that's true. Generally, it is done in the same way as for feeding : there's a removable waste container built into body, and it should be replaced monthly. Most 'borgs find this more comfortable than the alternative. In fact, only a few specialised espionage Geminis can urinate and defecate like humans.

Power supply

Batteries lose about 14,5% capacity per year, or about 1,2% per month. However, it's not likely to affect gameplay.

Let's face it : an FBC is a power hog, even without additional modules built in. And it isn't going to run on wishful thinking. It needs electric power. And a lot of it. Most 'borg models use 6 energy cells, and these can be of various types. One in each limb and 2 in the torso are a standard layout, making it 6 batteries total (you can use a lesser number; it'll proportionally reduce your power time). An additional battery is able to power biopod for 72 hours, thus keeping it alive (this is standard equipment on all biopods, and is meant as backup system). All the limbs come with space for 1 power source (torso with two) of one given type (if you bought hydrogen-powered arm, you cannot use batteries). Additional power cells can be built in, each taking ˝ space and no HL cost. Those additional energy sources can be of different type (it's quite common on more adventurous 'borgs : they use batteries as a regular, day-to-day power source, but have also a hydracell or two built-in and kept as reserve).

Big 'borgs have energy requirements increased by 10% for every BODY point over 10. Thus, a BODY 20 'borg would need either a double number of power cells, or suffer 50% reduction of operational time.

Note that the lasting power time for the power cells is given with normal amounts of activity, which is medicorely active life in city limits, with a rather low amounts of intensive movement (like sports). Some times of activity use a lot of energy (fighting, running) and can wear down the power source much quicker (often to as low as 25% normal activity time). On the other hand, if you do almost nothing except lying down in your bed and reading books, your batteries will last much longer (often to as much as 200% normal activity time).

There are two main ways of dealing with the problem :

1. Compressed hydrogen fuel cells used as energy source. A 'borg needs 6 of them a month to function (each costs 100 eb), considering average energy output / activity. Military 'borgs usually run on these, but as they use to engage in high-energy using activities (like combat or running) a lot, they have to replace hydrogen cells every week, or sometimes even more often. When the hydrogen runs off, there is no longer electricity to power the 'borg, and it falls like a marionette with cut strings. This method of powering is also quite expensive (600 eb a month minimum for the power only). A side effect of using hydrogen fuel cells is that they produce water vapour. However, the amounts of the vapour from such small cells are negligible.

2. Rechargeable, advanced Nickel-metal hydride batteries, heavy-duty models (only the very old cyberware uses now-obsolete Lithium-ion batteries), they have almost no "memory effect". Their cost is comparable to fuel cells, but don't need replacing so often. As they wear down, they should be replaced once a year, but some borgs use theirs for 2-3 years and feel okay (although they're known to have "short breath", i.e. low amounts of energy available, as the battery's capacity eventually degrades). However, they are reloadable - a 'borg hooks up to power line, and recharges his batteries. It takes 4 hours with 220V current (6 with 110V), but the favourite are "fuel stations" used for loading electric cars - 5 minutes with such a thing, and borg's batteries are full and happy (480V industrial power line does pay the bills). A full load in the batteries is enough for 72 hours of normal activity. Next 72 hours the FBC remains active, but gradually losing power, which leads to loosing performance (reduce REF, MA and Body appropriately). Used mostly by civilian models. Each one costs 100 eb as well.

3. Nuclear batteries (or N-cells). These old-fashioned microminiaturised thermonuclear power cores are about the size of a normal D-Cell battery, but are known to keep 'borgs in functional condition for several years on end. Because of a built-in radiation shielding (a thin layer of lead-and-gold sheets just under the outer shell of the cell, with an RSP of 25*), they have a minimal radiation signature even in normal usage, yet the dosage of radiation in this case is not powerful enough to cause any actual damage to neither organic or any kind of electronic systems. However, if an N-Cell is damaged enough for the shielding to be punctured, a 10 millirad (1/1000th of a rad, according to Deep Space a human can safely cope up to 50 rads without adverse effects) radiation dosage per minute is inflicted to any being within one meter of the punctured N-cell, including the 'borg (an FBC can cope up to 100 rads without adverse effects, unless it's shielded from radiation) itself. This damage stops as soon as the N-Cell is disposed of or removed from the vicinity of the affected beings. Because of the potential radiation hazard, N-Cells are not recommended to be used as the backup batteries for the 'borg's biopod. These do cost 2500 eb apiece, and are usually replaced every 5 years.

* Radiation rules in Deep Space, have been used there so an RSP 25 means that the shielding will cut down 25 rads per turn, which is well enough to protect even an unshielded person from radiation effects, when working with N-Cells. If the cell becomes punctured, the shielding will not work.

Note : as there was a long dispute about nuclear-powered 'borgs, and most of opinions stated that such things are well above of what is usually considered reasonable tech level for 2020 (or even 2030) campaign. The N-Cells are presented here only for completeness' sake, and as such are absolutely optional thing.

Swimming

How do the borgs and water go along ? Well, as for water itself, all borg covers are waterproof, and thus will keep the user safe to a certain depth. An environmental adaptation can be applied to allow deep dives, if necessary.
But what happens if we drop a 'borg into a lake ? This depends on the model. If it was a 'borg meant for underwater work, it's not a problem - it will have appropriate equipment on board, including some form of mobility (a hydrojet, most likely) and construction, allowing for neutral buoyancy.

A heavy 'borg, like a seriously - armored ACPA-borg would sink like a stone - it has no displacement to counter its weight. That's why military 'borgs involved into sea operations are equipped with backpack-mounted hydrojets - both to propel them, and to keep them afloat thanks to raw engine power.
As for Geminis, they're not much heavier than humans, so they can swim like them. They have enough muscle power to compensate for balance problems, and their far greater stamina gives them an advantage over non-augmented humans. Still, they tend to use backpack-style floaters when swimming.

And if the water is shallow and the shore's nearby, why not to sink and have a walk on the bottom ?

Emergency buoyancy bladder

Cost : 200 eb / space, size : ˝ space per 50 kg of the borg's weight (or part thereof), HL 0.5. Can be built into torso or upper arms (shoulders). Can be installed as separate, 0.5 space-sized units as long as the total displacement of the set meets the requirements.

This was meant as an emergency floatation device, that - when deployed - forms a collar around the borg's neck, keeping its head above the surface for almost infinity. It consists of carefully packed floatation bladder and a compressed gas cartridge. After use, the bag has to be checked for wear & tear, carefully repacked and fitted with a fresh gas cartridge (this procedure costs circa 20 eb).

Floater

This is a backpack buoyancy tank, resembling Scuba breath tanks used by humans. It's used to either provide the borg with a neutral buoyancy or allow it to control diving and surfacing at will. It does, however, not function as a breathing device. Floater is controlled by a neural interface as a standard, but manual controls are included as well (placed at the suspenders). The device weights 6 kg, and can be used by any borg of BODY 10 or less (bigger versions are available for special requests). Cost is 2000 eb. The producer advises not to dive below 100m deep with this unit.

Routine maintenance

Apart from repair and replacement of broken parts, and occasional tune-up, your body requires regular maintenance. Well, it wears down, and some parts will - in time - become malfunction-prone. Spare servos, safety switches, joint lubricants and so on will cost you 1D10% of your FBC catalogue price, per year. It's suggested to visit a cybertechnican for this maintenance every half a year. If you can do it yourself, it's great, but usually you have to visit a specialist, who charges 100-150% over the parts value.

Rebooting the system

This is a maintenance procedure involving a complete shutdown of the borg's systems, and restarting them again. Its length can be anything from 30 seconds (a regular reboot and it can be made even faster for performing this in combat situations) to several minutes (workshop-assisted reboot, especially if the biopod has been moved to a new body, which is being adjusted).
Borgs do like it in a way most people treat visiting their dentist - unpleasant (if not outrightly painful), but necessary. They tend to do it as rarely as possible.

Using drugs

Sometimes there's a need to give the 'borg some medicine. Although his mechanic body requires rather repairs and reprogramming than healing, sometimes the brain just needs some help.

Every borg has a medical substance access port, where a capsule, containing the medicine has to be inserted. This is never mounted on the outside (so forget about putting a dose of neurotoxin there when in close combat), but can be easily accessed by borg himself (or a trained physician). One warning - most doses are measured for a normal or slightly augmented human (body mass to dosage ratio is important here). As the borg has nothing more than the brain itself, a normal dose of any drug would most probably cause an overdose and death. In fact, they use really tiny amounts of drugs.

Every good pharmacy and chemist's store do offer "borg doses" in one-use capsules. Fixers, dealing with FBCs can also provide you adequately prepared doses of recreational (or any other) pharmaceuticals. This also means that injected (in a traditional way, that is : by syringe) or derm-applied drugs are of no use on 'borgs, and inhaled or ingested ones aren't really helpful as well.

Drugs, stimulating physical characteristics (REF, MA and BODY) are of little use for 'borgs. BODY and MA are purely artificial and cannot be enhanced by any pharmaceutical means. As for REF, it is a bit different. Although the nervous system has been replaced with wires (unaffected by drugs), reaction time is still, at least partially, dependent on the brain. A general speed of movement and hand-eye coordination cannot be improved by drugs, but reaction time can be lowered (all REF boosting drugs boost Initiative instead). Same is for cyberware and bioware the now-cyborg had before going metal.

Skill boosting drugs (except for Endurance and Strength Feat boosters), hallucinogens, sedatives and so on work as normal.

Autoinjector

Due to the fact FBCs use only minimal doses of drugs, the autoinjector (Chromebook 3), FBC variant, holds not 5 doses of different drugs, but 10 doses of each of 5 (possibly various) drugs (50 total).


Borgosis

Example

I've added a few tricks to my Adam body, moving me from the Slightly Edgy status into Definitely Eccentric group. I was lucky so far - got Narcissist at level 1, and Nightmares at level 2 - unpleasant, but bearable things. Nightmares can't go any worse, but if I get Narcissist again, I'll jump straight to level 3 in it. Bad perspective... I take a die and roll : Split Personality. Although never had it before, it starts at level 3. Fuck. At least Narcissism stays at 1... We're great. Both of us. Dammit.

Borgosis : a complex of mental disorders observed mostly among people undergone Full Cybernetic Body Conversion ("borgs"). Said to be similar, yet not the same as the earlier diagnosed cyberpsychosis (Webster English Dictionary, 2021 Edition).

Note : the rules for specific mental disorders below are suggested only. You are encouraged to role-play them rather than simply apply skill modifiers.

However the person may show no symptoms of borgosis, the Humanity level, and thus Empathy, will be affected. Humanity loss caused by cyborgisation prior to full body conversion isn't taken into account when calculating 'borgosis effect. However, mental disorders caused by drugs or earlier cyborgisations aren't discarded - they are simply being counted separately. A GM may apply negative modifiers in situations likely to go along the disorder. Suggested value of the modifier is the level of the 'borgosis.

Borgosis level table


Humanity lossLevel
0-10Normal
11-25Almost sane
26-35Slightly edgy
36-45Definitely eccentric
46-60Generally crazy
61-75Mad like the Hatter
76+Absolutely insane

How many disorders ?

Every time a character goes into a new 'borgosis threshold level, a roll for a disorder table should be made (of course, the disorder can be also chosen, up to GM's discretion, by the player or GM himself). If the effect is a disorder the character had gained earlier, he merely adjusts it to the current level. If it's something he hadn't yet the (dubious) pleasure to suffer, he gains a new disorder, starting with the current 'borgosis level, in addition to all the mental problems he gained before.


Level 0 : normal

No distinctive symptoms.

Level 1 : almost sane

01-11 - Dorian Grey syndrome : Take a chance ? No, thanks. Waste not, want not as they say. And believe me, gambling is a thing for fools. You dislike putting yourself at risk, trying to stay out of dangerous places (which, in a cyberpunk world is rather hard).

12-22 - Pyromania : Fire's cool. Haven't ever seen those guys at rock concerts, waving their lighters ? Cool, ain't it ? And candle light is so lovely... You like fire, often lighting small fire's for the sake of doing it. A finger lighter is a given, probably you have a lot of candles where you live as well.

23-33 - Light hyperactivity : You weren't made to sit still for hours ! Nor to waste time waiting ! You're a man of action ! C'mon, let's do it ! The character feels jumpy and edgy, have problems sitting still, etc. A negative modifier can be applied to all tests where patience is required.

34-44 - Lightly narcissistic : Thank you, thank you, you're too kind. You don't have to praise me, I do know I'm good. The character thinks about himself as somebody better than the people around. He's good-looking, intelligent, well-behaved, and knows it. This may be not well taken by other beings, but on a jet-set party it's likely to go unnoticed...

45-56 - Borg superiority complex : Metal is better than meat. You have anything to say ? C'mon down here and say it again, sucker ! You often find yourself questioning the authority of fleshies, and often start thinking that you are superior to "regular" humans. You seldom act on it. Different from narcisstic that you see borgs as superior, not you. You tend to be brass, bold and cocky.

57-67 - Emerging split personality : Yes, my precious. We'll go there, and have this issue solved... The character talks or mumbles to himself, often not noticing. Again, not something other people take well.

68-78 - Inferiority complex : I'll do as you say, I'm sure you do know better. You think being a borg makes you "less" worth, often following orders without thinking about it. Your personality is often a shy one.

79-89 - Phobia : Ugh, I've told you, I don't like spiders, they're disgusting... You can force yourself to face the object of your phobia, but you prefer not to. You feel serious discomfort doing so, thus in most of the situations you won't even close. Note : phobia is a strong, non-rational fear against something. It can be something that ordinary people don't consider frightening, or something that is not dangerous or frightening at all.

90-00 - Stutter : Y-yes, I-I'm interr...rrested. O-of course. The character stutters and stumbles when speaking, especially if he feels the matter being discussed is important in some way. This may seriously hinder communication and interpersonal relations.

Level 2 : slightly edgy

01-11 - Dorian Grey syndrome : Listen, with my longevity module, I can live well over two hundred years. By your standards, this means I'm immortal. You want me to risk my immortality just to prove this bastard I'm better ? Calm down. He'll overdose within less than ten years. I'll be there for over a hundred to piss on his grave. You are what most people would call a coward, backing down from challenges that might hurt you.

12-22 - Pyromania : There's something mystical in fire. Modern heating can warm your body, but only a real, live flame could warm your soul. I think I really have to get a fireplace for my apartment... The fire's start getting bigger (bonfire big).

23-33 - Hyperactivity : So what if I'm drumming with my fingers ? You didn't liked when I whistled tunes, you didn't liked me singing, didn't like me walking around the room, didn't like me playing with matches... What should I do to please you, lay dead in a coffin ? You are tense and have problem relaxing. If confined in a room you tend to pace, drum with your fingers and similar things. Sitting still starts to be a mental challenge.

34-44 - Narcissistic : Hmmph ! You couldn't've recognized a masterpiece, even if it did jumped out of the forest and kicked your ass ! The graffiti I made is perfect ! You are what most people call egoistic, always put yourself in first hand and so on.

45-56 - Borg superiority complex : You want to tell me what I should, and what I shouldn't do, officer ? Don't make me laugh. Metal is better than meat. Let me show you : I'll get into that blazing building and bring that shiny bit back. (a minute later) See ? And all I need is some cleaning. You start referring to fleshies as meatbags, squishies or similar. You don't dislike humans, just look down on them, perhaps you tease your partner about his weakness (come on, I'm barely jogging, can't you run at 30 km/h ?).

57-67 - Split personality : Shouldn't have done that, my precious. Shouldn't have taken interest in pharmacy... No, but why not ? It'll get you good, my precious... You often second-guess yourself. Light moodswings and new interests start to appear.

68-78 - Inferiority complex : Would that be good ? Or now, maybe it's better ? No, no, I really want to hear your opinion... You want to please others, generally appearing as a considerate person.

79-89 - Phobia : Yuck... eat a snake ? But the guys will laugh at me if I don't... SpecForces type who's afraid of snakes... ok, man, take a deep breath, and imagine it's a chicken... You will not face the object of your phobia, unless your social status (or life, or health) depends on it. Most of the cases, you just back off.

90-00 - Nightmare disorder : Aieeee ! No, leave me at peace ! ... ugh... a nightmare again, darling. God... good it wasn't real... You have nasty nightmares, often waking in the middle of the night (the second part of the sleep period, to be precise). Needless to say, you don't wake up rested after that.

Level 3 : definitely eccentric

01-08 - Dorian Grey syndrome : Ok, I'll take a desk job, boss. No, no more any risky assignments. You want to fire me then ? Shheeesh... Okay. Fieldwork isn't for you; you leave that up to the stupid muscle. You're more content with sitting in your apartment, watching and planning.

09-16 - Pyromania : Flames.... they're beautiful. Similar, yet different every time... I can stare at them for hours... Fire's might mesmerize and distract you (if they are big enough).

17-24 - Hyperactivity : Why do you want me to stop ? I tell you, I'll get crazy if I stop doing something. I'm not a lazy type like you. You have problems staying in the same place for long, feeling increasingly nervous and caged if you can't do something physical (yes, if you're thinking about sex, it counts). You start getting shaky, having problem holding things still.

25-32 - Narcissistic : Hello, hello, I'm glad to see you too, ladies and gentlemen. Hey, I'M HERE. NOT OVER THERE !! Aww. Fuck. Just like the president of the US is such a big thing. You have problems when you're not the center of attention, unable to see the interest in anything not relating to you, low self-esteem is a problem.

33-44 - Borg superiority complex : Get outta my way, you fleshbag ! I'm gonna park my car here, so take your wimpy ass-wagon where it belongs - while it's still able to move on its own ! Along with yourself ! You can't stand it, then get outta here ! If I see you around next month, meathead, I'll whack you with your fuckin' car ! You start to be an asshole to humans, seeing them as weaklings and losers. You often refuse fleshies just for being fleshies. You don't tend to have non-augmented friends, except in a professional capacity.

45-52 - Split personality : C'mon, let Alvin deal with them. I'll kill them quick and sure. Trust Alvin, Adam, my precious...I'll end the fight. A second personality starts to appear under stress. It has great similarities to you, sharing your memories and goals.

53-60 - Inferiority complex : I'm no good here... I'm no good anywhere. I'll better get out to not disturb you... You feel bad for being you, go out of your way to help others, self-critical.

61-68 - Phobia : Aieee ! A spider ! Sergeant, kill it, quick ! This is an order ! Even compromising yourself in the eyes of the people won't make you face the object of your phobia. Most of the cases, you just freak out completely, and run away screaming - no matter who's looking.

69-76 - Severe addiction : I can't stand it any longer... Please, give me... at least a little bit so I could stand for the big thing later... Don't be cruel, I really need it... You are addicted to something, like sex, booze or drugs. Note : this is a heavy addiction, like alcoholism and nymphomania / satyriasis. And since you're a 'borg, getting the rush might be hard, because no matter how much you drink, you won't get drunk.

77-84 - Depersonalization disorder : Jesus Christ, why ? Why are my hands doing that ? Where I'm going ? You start thinking about yourself in third person, often leading to the fear that you're not in total control of your own body.

85-92 - Narcolepsy : "Yawn... Must get some stimulants, or I'll fall right here. I know it's a very important meeting... Sorry, just I can't stand it, gentlemen." You often feel sleepy, leading to lapses in concentration or perhaps even falling asleep at inappropriate times. This usually wears of in about 10 minutes.

93-00 - Light delusion : "Don't speak, write me notes. The whole house is tapped." So, would you like a cup of coffee ? You believe in something that's not real. This has to be a non-bizarre illusion that is something that could really happen - like your partner is cheating, somebody bugged your house, and you were an adopted child. Stuff like that.

Level 4 : generally crazy

01-08 - Dorian Grey syndrome : Home sweet home ? Nope. My home is my castle ! I'm not going anywhere. No, sure I can. I simply do not want to, clear ? Getting out of your apartment start's to become a mental challenge, you start to become agoraphobic.

09-16 - Pyromania : There's nothing like the smell of napalm in the morning... I love it. You start using fire as a weapon (if you aren't already), carrying around a can of flammable liquid of some sort. If you're a techie, you might make some rather fascinating weapons...

17-24 - Hyperactivity : I know, I know, pill-time. The damned Breakfast of the Champions. I'll take them, and maybe I'll be able to lie down and take some sleep. If I don't spill these pills around again... You're a freaking energizer bunny ! You are unable to stay in one place for more than a few seconds, more than likely you are using some sort of sedatives to keep it in check. You suffer from severe performance loss in motoric functions.

25-32 - Narcissistic : We'll part the money in the right way, guys. I take one half, you can split the other half between yourselves. Why are you looking at me like that ? You want to deny me my rightfully earned part, you greedy, greasy swine ? You're greedy, egocentric and an all-around self-centered asshole, unable to even relate to other people.

33-44 - Borg superiority complex : So what ? Taking advantage of a fleshling ain't sin. I'm higher evolved than he. Would you call outsmarting a chimpanzee a sin ? You dislike humans, similar to racist behavior : you might rob a man, steal his car, but physical violence is still kept in check. Usually.

45-52 - Split personality : Hey, Adam... I know you're a pacifist, but let's face it - either we beat them, or they'll nail us. Trust me, I'm with you for all the time. But Albin, you're going to harm them ! Can't make an omelet without crushing eggs, Adam. Would you prefer ourselves to be harmed ? Your other personality starts to change, becoming more unlike you, getting slightly different goals; it also starts to emerge easier.

53-60 - Inferiority complex : Maybe I should walk to work. Yeah, maybe the Inquisition will shoot at me... You actively punish yourself in different ways, often trying to make yourself as miserable as possible.

61-68 - Phobia : How did I got both my arms broken ? Well, you see, a spider came on me, out of nowhere, and I had no other way than to jump out of the running car... You'll do almost anything to avoid the object of your phobia, including risking serious injury.

69-76 - Near death addiction : Yeah, that's it. That makes me feel the life. There's nothing like a little walk on a breast of a window, 50 floors above busy streets in the rush hours. You need to put yourself of the edge, brushing with death to feel alive, often perceiving the normal world as incredibly boring and dull. You're brash and wild, participating in different extreme sports to get your rush - for example : no rules fighting, street racing and base jumping.

77-84 - Delusion : You must be either stupid or crazy to not believe me ! There is a conspiracy behind the scenes, the reality is manipulated from outside ! I tell you, we have to kill all the bearded men in glasses - they are the agents of the Unspeakable Horrors ! This is the bizarre variety; you might believe that your parent's are a bunch of aliens, that a mutated rat wants to kill you so it can use your energy's to power a cd of death, or anything else that's suitably unrealistic.

85-92 - Intermittent explosive disorder : Have this, motherfucker ! And this, and this ! I'll kill you, you filth... ...Jesus Christ, what I've done ! Hey, are you okay ? Give me a mark ! Bro', forgive me... forgive me, I really didn't wanted it ! You have episodes of violence, feeling an overwhelming urge to cause damage, such as smashing furniture. These episodes might last for hours, but you do feel bad about it afterwards.

93-00 - Antisocial personal disorder : De facto, there's only one person in the world you're concerned with : yourself. Your life, your health, your welfare, your fun. You want to do something, you do it. No matter whether it's against their puny laws, or something. You want a lollipop, you rip it from the kid on the street. And yeah, break his leg in the process. See, the kid's screaming, trying to run away on his broken legs. Damn, it looks so funny ! You should do it again. The character becomes a sociopath. No legal, social, moral or ethical restrictions do bind him, as he goes for whatever he wants. However, a show of deadly force can still warn him off... for a time.

Level 5 : mad like the Hatter

01-10 - Dorian Grey syndrome : Please don't hurt me ! And these people... I want them to go away, please ! You are an agoraphobic and even the threat of bodily harm can make you sing like a bird.

11-20 - Pyromania : Burn, baby, burn, flames will get higher ! Arson, pure and simple.

21-30 - Hyperactivity : If they make me wait here longer than fifteen seconds, I think I'm going to kill somebody. Fuck, how long they can make me wait ? You can't function in normal society, you must do something all-the-time, and you must do it fast. If you've ever seen somebody on stimulant drugs (amphetamine, ecstasy and the like) this is it - well, five times as much.

31-40 - Narcissistic : I'm out ! If you can't respect my genius, then you're not worthy of my company ! You lock yourself away from the people who can't understand the greatness that is you. You can't see why people don't bow down to your superiority, making you confused.

41-50 - Borg superiority complex : How do you like that, you worm ? Huh ? That's for walking the same side of the road ! This is for looking at me ! This is for...for...DIE ! You start with physical violence, beating and hurting humans.

51-60 - Split personality : But stealing is wrong, and I don't even want it ! But I do, so come on, for me ? No ! Please ? Okay, but just this once. Your personality is going wild, often acting in direct opposite to your wishes, your control can slip at anytime.

61-70 - Inferiority complex : Yes master, right away master, would you like to hit me ? Of course master. Now I'm gonna go shoot myself in the foot. If that is alright with you master ? You start to seriously hurt yourself, implanting yourself with slavechips and similar, as well as removing your ability to filer out pain.

71-80 - Phobia : Stay where you are or I'll jump ! And fuck the altitude ! You'll do literally everything to avoid the object of your phobia, including risking your life in an almost certainly deadly way.

81-90 - Borderline personality disorder : There is no grey zone. Nothing in the middle. There's only good and evil, black, and white. Anyone stating anything different is just a liar, trying to abuse you. If they aren't with you, then they are against you. Even your family and relatives. You do love them, but they are wrong. Characterized by extreme "black and white" thinking, mood swings, emotional reasoning, disrupted relationships and difficulty in functioning in a way society accepts as normal.

91-00 - Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder : The fork is not placed right. No, really. This is important. Let me check. See ? It's half a degree to the left. I can't accept it... It should be placed in the right way ! What were you saying, darling ? You have problems showing and feeling emotions. Perfectionism and indecisiveness are some of the symptoms. Essentially, everything must be right.

Level 6 : absolutely insane

01-12 - Dorian Grey syndrome : No, mum. I won't come to see you. See, it's too risky; the city is so dangerous these days. No, I don't want you to come here as well. What if you get some terrible disease in the street and come here with it ? You can't even leave your apartment, you won't see anybody (they might want to kill you) and you have food and such delivered to you door. You at most might trust your cyberdoc. Maybe.

13-24 - Pyromania : And so does Lord speak : take the heathen like dead wood, and put them into fire. And flame will clean all impurity... Burn ! Fire is glorious, a tool of god(s). And it's your job to spread its divine beauty everywhere, engulfing the entire world in its cleansing beauty.

25-36 - Hyperactivity : Can't stop. No, really. You can afford to be lazy, but I have all these things to do. Not a second to waste. Rest ? C'mon, I'll rest in my grave, once I'm dead. Until then, I have things to do... You are essentially so charged that you "burn out" causing brain damage as your brain overloads itself. Until then, it's like you're hyped up on combat drugs.

37-48 - Narcissistic : You're the best of the best, the most worthy being in the Known Reality. You can't go wrong. You're the Master, the God. Everybody should submit to your will - or be destroyed if they don't. They want to oppose ? You'll kill them. All of them. They submit ? Good. You can start recruiting followers - finally, you'll show the world who is the boss. The character automatically attacks anyone who does not admire him, or does criticize or simply do not bow to his whims. Often starts plotting a plan for "world domination".

49-64 - Borg superiority complex : Homo Sapiens Cyberneticus. This is what we are. The next step in the ladder of evolution. And as the Darwin's Rule says, we will drive out the inferior species. The so-called Homo Sapiens Sapiens. The dreaded fleshlings. We'll make the world free of them - the next link of evolution has arrived ! The more intelligent ones do sometimes stay in the shadows, planning and plotting, but as often they just waltz out for a destruction derby.

65-76 - Split personality : Yes ! NO ! Let's kill them ! No, it would be wrong, it would make us evil ! Yes, nobody would ever know anything ! But I can't... Yes, yes, you can... or let me do the dirty job... You're like Two Face, constantly battling over your own body. You tend to lose.

77-88 - Inferiority complex : You're worthless, not a human, and not a machine. You can't do anything right. You're so clumsy in your actions that there is no chance for you to ever improve. There's only one way you can go to end this misery : end your own pity by yourself. The character tries to commit suicide, most likely in some quick, if brutal way. The attempts will be repeated until successful.

89-00 - Phobia : Yep, Max was a really tough fella. Good friend, too, and a real help in a fight. We've lost him to a practical joke : we knew he was afraid of spiders, so one of the guys bought a huge, hairy rubber spider at a joke shop and dropped it on Max out of surprise. Poor Max is a human vegetable now... You can't stand to the object of your phobia. If confronted with it, you fall into comatose (for how long, it's up to GM. Quite possibly for the rest of your life).

Therapy

CYBERPSYCHOSIS IS NOT A NEUROSIS, MANIA OR FLAW.

IT IS A LACK OF HUMAN WEAKNESS.

JOIN US. OR DIE. *

(* of unspecified causes containing, but not limited to, natural death due to limited biological warranty, sudden shock loadings in excess of the maximum rating of biological structural elements, or cascading systems failures caused by failure of non-redundant system-critical components)

What actually is cyberpsychosis ? And what exactly does cause it ? Well, hordes of experts do still squabble and argue over this, and they can't conclude to an acceptable definition. So we can't say either.
Some things are certain, though :

  1. It is a mental condition.
  2. It is generally perceived as an unwanted one.
  3. It is somehow linked to cyberware, most likely to the process of obtaining it, and most probably has to do with the process of adapting one's psyche to it (or rather - lack of such adaptation and acceptation - this would explain why kids, being naturally more adaptable than adults, are affected by cyberpsychosis in a much lesser degree).

So, while we don't know what it exactly is, and we have only a vague idea of what does cause it, we have found a few ways to counter this problem. And some of them do seem to actually work. Psychiatry is a funny science...

Adaptation therapy

The experts have created a therapy concept, based overcoming the adaptation stress they perceive as the most destructive to human personality in the whole experience of getting wired. The thing is, the therapy has to take place immediately after implantation, (or, if that's possible, begin even some time before it) to counter the causes, not the effects.

Game mechanics : if the therapy is started immediately after implantation, then the overall amount of Humanity lost due to that (and only that !) implant is reduced by the percentile amount depending on the therapy chosen. Please keep in mind that the reduction is applied to HL after all other reductions - due to technology used, cover material and others - have been applied, and dice rolled.

- Chief, you ever question the ethics of the neural surgeons who monkey around inside your brain ?
- They undergo psychiatric evaluations, especially those in security. There's object to stringent screening of their personal lives. Of course, those who check... heum... are only humans.
- I guess once you start doubting, there is no end to it.
(Batou and chief Aramaki, Ghost in the Shell movie)

The adaptation therapy has to take place right after the surgery. It can reduce HL caused only by that implantation, by allowing the subject to adapt into his new existence more smoothly. It uses traditional consulting, VR simulations, psychoactive chemicals, hypnosis (along with post-hypnotic suggestion), personality conditioning, subliminal suggestion and whatever more the modern cyberpsychiatry finds effective - or at least promising...
There are three levels of this therapy :

Note : please keep in mind that those rules - especially when combined with HL reduction due to other factors (especially cover material) can knock HL to as low as 25% of the rolled value (i.e. 50% off a TrueSkinned 'borg with all the bells and whistles, then next 50% of what's left due to "special" therapy). While it's intentional, this may also have a potentially destabilizing effect on game balance, severely weakening the major anti-cyberware safety of Cyberpunk game mechanics - EMP reduction and the menace of cyberpsychosis. However, the cost is high, especially with the more advanced therapies, which is going to limit their popularity. The same problem stops the governments from making a therapy mandatory for every cyborg - such regulation would be simply impossible to enforce.

Calculating therapy's length

We keep to the Chromebook 2 rules here : you need 1 week for a Neglible surgery, 2 for a Standard, 4 for a Serious and 8 for Critical. A borg's therapy requires 16 weeks (2xCR). All the fee has to be paid in advance. For simplicity's sake, 4 Neglible surgeries equal 1 Standard, 2 Standard = 1 Serious, 2 Serious = 1 Critical, when you've undergone a major implantation and want to adapt to it in bulk.

Obviously, only a single adaptation therapy can be taken for every implantation. For simplicity's sake, a new 'borg shell is always counted as a 2xCR surgery, no matter how many options are crammed into it. Having that in mind, an adaptation therapy can be taken along with every extra shell, to determine HL level for it, as for the rules in "swapping bodies" paragraph.

What if I break a therapy ?

For example, I have signed for a 16-week Standard therapy (25% HL reduction) after going full metal. But after 8 weeks I had to leave the hospital to help my friends. What then ?
Since you've done 8 out of 16 weeks, i.e. 50%. Thus, for simplicity's sake, you're entitled to 50% of its effects, i.e. 12,5% HL reduction total. Of course, your money is gone and no refunds will be made.

Can I come back and resume the therapy ?

I was needed only for a few days, now I'm back and I want to continue.
Well, since you had place and time booked for a pre-set period, so if there's any time left of it, you're welcomed back. However, if you want to get a full effect of the therapy, you'll have to make up for the days abandoned, and the later, the more difficult it becomes. For every day skipped, you'll need two extra days. And yes, you have to pay for these. Should you skip once again, then every skipped day will require two more days - even if that rule was applied before ! A hint : it's easier, faster and cheaper to not skip your therapy time.

Other methods

Okay, your adaptation therapy is already over and you're back to everyday life. What else can be done to help your mental health ?

Of all these methods, most do have some drawbacks. Meds are okay, but they tend to have unpleasant side effects, plus you have to be wary of what do you mix them with. The drugs are usually illegal, and this means their quality may be not the same as for those Ministry of Health - approved stuff you get from your chemist's. Behavioral chipware can be worn for about 24 hours before Artificial Personality Rejection Syndrome will kick in, although this time varies from person to person. Yet APRS is always a nasty bitch. Besides, some of us just don't like the feeling of not being yourself. Ordinary chips are okay, but their effect is pretty limited.

So what else you can do ?

Well, the good news is that, although we aren't exactly sure what cyberpsychosis is, we can try to cure it. Some methods invented to cure other mental problems have proven effective in some cases of cyberpsychosis. And the psychiatry had made a few steps forward - we aren't limited to the tricks Freud and Jung used in the dawn of this trade - we have hypnosis, VR sims, braindance... and more than enough drugs to back that up.

Ongoing counseling / therapy

An average cyberpsychiatrist

Int 7-8 (generally all the guys monkeying around with one's mind are quite bright).
Revealent skill at 5-6 (professional level).
The skill can be either Psychological Counseling or Cyberpsychiatry (literally, GM's call, since no skills were described in the rules...). Better specialists are likely to charge substantially more for their time.

The therapy is, in essence, applying an outside pressure on someone's psyche to change it. And, like all other ways of making one's change his mind its difficulty is based on the person's mental resilience. Or, game-wise speaking, Cool rating. As it has been said in the "Wildside" sourcebook, difficulty for such task is obtained by multiplying one's Cool by x2,5 - thus giving a factor named Stability. It is up to GM to decide what the tools are needed, but I suggest applying negative modifiers due to exhaustion and the like apply to both therapist and patient - when you are half asleep, you aren't very receptive, nor very persuasive. The only exception is for some psychoactive drugs, which may lower the patient's Stability by their Strength.

The amount of Humanity restored is equal to the number by which the therapist's skill roll has beaten the patient's stability. However, it cannot be greater than patient's current EMP value. Well, counseling doesn't work well on true psychos. A botched roll is likely to actually cause a further loss of Humanity (I suggest a 1D10 loss).

A therapy roll could be made every counseling session. However, a session can't be more frequent than twice a week, and less frequent than once a month, should the therapy be considered "continuous". However, to make it take longer, GM can chose an option to apply an average result once per every 4 sessions of therapy. Therapy does need time - not only for the counseling itself, but to let the ideas and suggestions root themselves into patients mind... Yes, it is a lengthy business.

How to use this with a HL system like the Ianus' or Blackhammer's ? I.e. one having the Humanity Loss broken down into several separate psychoses ? Then the only thing you have to is declare which psychosis is being cured this time, and then reduce it by the amount rolled. Once you get above the threshold level for a certain effect, it ceases to apply to your character (however, should you drive a particular psychosis down to zero and below, all excess points will be lost). It works the same with the 'borgosis rules presented in this book : once you drop from the HL level, a symptom is considered cured (although should you cyber yourself more, it will most likely reappear).

Now, if your EMP has dropped to 0 or below, you can't use this path. To be honest, people who are completely mad, insane beyond the point where they can be allowed to live on their own, are difficult to cure, and simply attending weekly consultations isn't likely to help them. However, I suggest that the people who still have a few points of Humanity left (technically leaving them on the very edge of cyberpsychosis - below EMP 1, but still above the complete zero) should be able to regain a fraction of an Humanity point (as the rules would indicate, i.e. a character with EMP 0,4 - 4 Humanity points - can retrieve maximum 0,4 Humanity per roll) until they climb back to the EMP 1.

Note that - according to Ianus and Blackhammer rules - anyone with starting EMP lower than 10 gets some points to distribute among his psychoses even before the game starts. I suppose it is to represent all those little phobias, egocentrisms and the like most of use seem to have - to some degree. But - in game mechanics terms - these rules do allow to help those little problems as well, thus bringing the "initial" HL to zero, and your humanity to 100. And I find this okay. But once your Humanity can best the original score, a question arises : what happens to your EMP then ?

It would be all too easy to say that since 10 Humanity = 1 EMP, then 100 Humanity = 10 EMP, period. However, we touch a problem here that wasn't addressed in the Cyberpunk sourcebooks : raising character statistics (it was declared nonexistent, however, there are examples of characters having their stats raised in various sources - for example, Santiago in "Never Fade Away" story / scenario in the main book has Int 5, in NeoTribes the same character - if 7 years later - has Int 7). Anyway, I don't think it should be as easy as I pointed in the beginning. My call (and I've been using this rule for some time now) is to allow a character to have more Humanity than their EMP indicates. These excess points won't unbalance the game - maybe I have Humanity at nice round 100 level, but since my starting EMP was 7, not ever being brought back from the Edge by modern cyberpsychiatry is going to make me more sociable than my "sane" state, i.e. EMP 7. These extra points will form a buffer that would be depleted by further implants before they start taking their toll on EMP itself. And by allowing these therapy rules to be used you agree that the Damocles' Sword of cyberpsychosis isn't needed any longer, anyway. Sure, the cyberpsychosis is a problem to be considered and be wary of, but it becomes curable.

Costs of therapy

When allowing my players to undergo therapy, I used to charge them the standard 200 eb a visit (the sum listed in CP2020 as the cost of medical counseling). Feel free to adjust the cost, especially, if the psychiatrist is an expensive (that probably means "good", and surely "popular" one), and you want to limit the therapy's availability. However, keep in mind that the listed cost for a day in hospital in 300 eb, and intensive care is 1000 eb a day.

Spontaneous remission (optional rule)

In medical slang, "remission" means recovery. "Spontaneous" - God only knows what caused it. There are known cases of people recovering from serious illnesses and grievous, theoretically mortal wounds, reasons unknown. Ordinary folk do call it "a miracle". And yes, there are cases known of "spontaneous remission" from cyberpsychosis. But, as with any kind of miracle, this is extremely rare.

So, if you want to check whether your character is that much lucky, simply test your luck against any obscene difficulty your GM's whim sets. Myself, I suppose that Diff 40 should be appropriate if the person is staying in a nice, calm place that is meant to improve his mental health (like a hospital). If he's being kept in a psycho-block, Diff 50 would be suggested. The roll shouldn't be made more often than once every 6 months, but if GM states that the character can try this only once in a lifetime, it's ok as well. As I've said, it's a miracle after all.

If you are lucky, you regain 1D10 EMP (i.e. 1D10x10 Humanity) at once. Boom. Spontaneous remission.
There's a catch, however. Such rapid improvement usually causes major shock to one's psyche, as you realize what you've done while being nuts... and how evil it was. Which commonly results in a depression, and suicide attempts aren't unknown.

The tools of the trade

There are numerous techniques that can be used in dealing with cyberpsychosis, and they need the use of various equipment. Here, I can merely suggest what can be useful... and what effect would it have.

Okay, so I've gone cyberpsycho... what now ?

The first question is : how would anyone notice ? Ok, now seriously - would anybody mind ? Not all cyberpsychos are the ravaging cybermonsters the media show us. If you're just an anti-social, solitary (yet harmless) type, you are pretty likely to be left to yourself. You won't bother them, they won't bother you. If you are a rampaging monstrosity going to mash all squishies into a pulp by the end of the week, you're most likely to be shot by Psychosquad. And since they aren't the type of guys famous for taking prisoners, you should consider that as "shot to pieces". If you are sentenced for some serious crime, and found to be a cyberpsycho (or, in fact, mentally ill in some other way that would make you not adequately responsible for your actions), you are going to be put into PsychoBlock until you get better (read : for the duration, given the fact there's no real therapy being undertaken in 97% of psychoblocks). The court can, of course, judge as well that you are merely pretending to be insane, trying to avoid punishment - and sentence you to death (see "Protect & Serve" sourcebook). Not an healthy option, right ?

However, if you have caring friends, family, or a very expensive medical insurance, you might be put into an asylum or mental hospital (however, if you are of legal age, either your consent agreement or court sentence is required to keep you there !). Sure, you can also apply by yourself, but here we touch one of the real problems with insanities : the majority of affected people do not think of themselves as ill and needing treatment.

Dropping the Chrome

Now, as for asylums, psycho-blocks and the like - the first thing they are going to do is removing as much cyber as they can. If we're talking about a nice, well-paid private mental hospital, they'll do to great lengths to provide you with organic replacements for the parts removed (okay, if you are a 'borg, this becomes a real problem). Of course, you'll have to pay extra for these, but hey - those poor crazies in PsychoBlocks aren't even that lucky. In a PsychoBlock, the personnel will rip away everything you can live without (legs, arms, eyes...) - not more, because having you constantly hooked up to the life-support machinery would be too expensive. And yes, they are going to sell your cyber to the highest bidder to help paying for your upkeep in a governmental penal facility.

If you're lucky, or famous, the penal system might be showing mercy - i.e. providing you with organic transplants. Very few prisons make this a routine procedure, due to costs. And even then, if you are unlucky, your body might be destabilized by Metal so far it will reject organic transplants. However, the real problem is with 'borgs - they are often reduced to merely a brain with a set o interface plugs, floating in a life-support tank... Okay, so you have dropped all the cyber you could, received (or not...) organic replacements and you want to know what that was for. The answer is "cold cyborg", by analogy to "cold turkey", a method used in drug addiction therapy. The points are to get you rid off cyber and show you that you can live without it. Of course, some rudimentary therapeutic procedures are applied, so are drugs - even in a PsychoBlock (unless, of course, the guy who runs it is more corrupted than he should, and he finds better uses for the money he receives for curing the inmates...). The "cold cyborg" period takes between 6 months and 2 years (4+2D10 months), and effects in regaining a certain amount Humanity.

"Too unstable to accept any meat transplants"

I'm not a medic, so I'd suggest a simple rule here : test your luck vs. Diff 10. If you're unlucky, your body won't accept body-bank replacements. If you haven't met Diff 6, even cloned ones will be rejected. Of course, body bank parts are readily available, and - unless you have a full set of "spare parts" waiting somewhere - providing cloned ones can take quite a while.
The "instability", resulting in transplant rejection could be probably cured. However, it would take several years of therapy, and a lot of specialized (and expensive) drugs, which tend to have nasty side effects. To sum it up, it isn't an option one would consider in game terms, although not impossible fluff-wise.

To calculate it, take all the cyber removed from your body and calculate the minimal HL for it (i.e. a basic cyberarm module has HL of 2D6, so the minimal HL will be 2). Once the "cold cyborg" is over, you will regain half of that sum.

The point isn't to give you all your humanity back - this is simply impossible (and stupid, game-wise speaking). The point is to give you a chance of being pushed over the edge of sanity - in the right direction, this time. Once you obtain a Humanity value that is above zero, not below it, you can undertake regular counseling to regain your Humanity in the ordinary way. Well, the point is to not make dropping all the cyber a quick and easy way of regaining all the HL lost. Still, removing the cause of your problems definitely will help your sanity, and if you remove all of it, you're likely to be back among those moderately sane.

Also, keep in mind that this system favors characters that had high starting EMP than those who always had problems with themselves.

How to apply these rules when using the 4-psychosis system ?

Yes, these rules have been invented with either CheapFBC's Borgosis rules, or standard HL system. But if you're using the Ianus Games' 4-psychosis rules (or the Blackhammer's variant), you can follow one of these ways :

  1. If you were noting which cyborgisations caused what type of Humanity Loss (not to mention value...), it's easy. Simply remove it from where it was added.
  2. If you weren't tracking it (well, nobody's perfect...), then simple reversing becomes impossible. If so, I'd suggest consulting the table covering the connections between particular types of psychosis and classes of cyberware. Removing the cyber should effect in removing HL points from the psychosis marked as the most probable for this type of cyber. Once there's no points left, switch for the next one in the possibility queue.

For example, the queue for NeuralWare is : Alienation, Obsession, Paranoia, and Egotism. So, removing my neuralware, I should remove points from Alienation, as long as there are any. Once there are none left, I should remove them from Obsession. And so on.

Former cyberpsychos and implantations

You've surely heard that former alcoholics or drug junkies, if cured, shouldn't take even a single dose of their poison ever, because it is likely to ruin all the therapy and turn them into addicts again ? And ex-cyberpsychos aren't unlike that. Sure, I'm exaggerating a bit, but that's how it generally is. While implanting a skinwatch isn't going to push you over the Edge, any cybernetics installed on a character that was brought from the depths of cyberpsychosis is going to have a double effect on said character's Humanity. No matter he had exactly the same cyber before. If a SkinWatch has a nominal HL of 0,5, a former cyberpsycho will lose 1 HL for it.
So, be careful, cat. Be very, but very, careful. You have been warned.

The abstract of the rules

These rules are somewhat abstract - I feel I've said that a few times in this chapter, and I'll surely say it again. However, I couldn't have gone more specific without defining the cyberpsychosis itself. And my personal opinion on it is just that : my personal opinion.
Therefore, if you're looking for detailed rules for therapy, I'd suggest you to consult some other sources. The "Call of Cthulhu" RPG (by Chaosium) seems to be one of the beret choices. After all, they deal a lot with madness there... and methods of curing it as well. The "Sanity" in CoC matches Cyberpunk Humanity closely enough to allow for 1 to 1 conversion for the sake of therapy. And - in case you haven't known - there was a full set of Cyberpunk 2020 to Call of Cthulhu and back again conversion rules, published in Interface 2.2 (among other sources).


Dressing

Just head down to B0RG5 R U5, or Big, Tall and Mechanical, and pick something out.

A FBC doesn't generally have to dress. Their shell is capable of keeping them alive and well in most conditions that happen in human-hospitable regions. Only during really cold winter some additional insulation is required, and even that only for the models that weren't adapted for such environment and conditions. Of course walking nude isn't the best option either, if there's a possibility of being arrested for immoral behaviour.
However, most 'borgs who wear clothes, do wear them for their social value and function. They just want to look well.

If a FBC is of human size (Body between 2 and 10) and has a typically built body (two arms, two legs, human torso, and no un-human appendages), then it can easily wear human clothes. Plastic covered and SuperChromed models have to be especially aware about what they are going to wear on, as it's difficult to find clothes fitting such an inhumanly coloured being.
BODY 11-12 clothes can be sometimes found in stores selling to cyber-modified humans, although the choice is somewhat limited.
For anyone above BODY 12 clothes have to be custom-made, but such big FBC are usually combat models, who have little need and use for clothes. Even more, if they have some sort of sophisticated camouflage wired into their cover, using clothes could interfere with it...

Although many fashion companies are currently issuing and selling whole lines of CyberWear, most FBC tend to wear normal human clothes, either generic fashion, or hand-made and especially tailored for them (tailor craft is meeting its renaissance nowadays), as they are at least averagely wealthy professionals.
Or they just don't wear any clothes at all...

Sleeping

Even if your machine body does not need rest (which is not exactly true - it requires to loose the extra heat you've created working very intensively), your brain still requires it. And it needs as much sleep as it needed when you were still a fleshie... That's why many 'borgs use built-in sleep inducers. Sure, you can go on drugs for a few days, but finally you'll have to rest.

And, by the way - borgs sleep with their eyes closed. Unless, of course, their bodies are programmed to do otherwise...

Resting

Full cyborg doesn't tire. Not in the way a human does. His breath has nothing to do with how long he can run. His muscles do not hurt. He's not getting thirsty. Nor sweats. Nothing this like. And food canisters or main power batteries do not have to be replaced every day. So someone could think that a 'borg can run for days non-stop. And this is not true. First, the brain has to sleep. The other problem is machine endurance. Both myomars and hydraulics can work long, but they produce a kind of waste : heat. And that's what limits 'borg endurance.

Hydraulics can work for (BODY - MA x 3 hours) without overheating due to friction-induced heat and then require a ((BODY + MA) x 10 minutes) cooling period of light activity or less for the heat build-up to dissipate.
Myomers (including advanced myomers) would work for (BODY - MA x 5 hours) without overheating and then require a ((BODY + MA) x 5 minutes) cooling period of light activity or less for the heat build-up to dissipate.

Gender of the body

Cybertechnology can give the body any shape, regardless of whatever reproductive organs it is equipped with (if any). This is solely a matter of preference. There are, generally, four types of bodies being produced, each usually fitted with a matching face :

Think of body gender as if it were blood groups : male and female are meant to fit the general population, males and females. Herm users are very, very rare, and these bodies do not fit to general population. A no-sex body is an equivalent of a O group - anyone can use it, even if it is not a perfect match.

Having sex

*A cheap motel, at midnight*

Knirk ! Whirr-irrr ! WHAM ! Knirk ! WHAM ! Knirk ! WHAM !

- Man : "Would'ya stop banging the trash cans together out there, people are tryin' to friggin' sleep in here !!"

*In the neighbouring room, an alpha class male gets up from the bed, retracts his Studd-implant and pulls his boxers back up, while the female one stays in bed.*

- Alpha-man : You just wait here, honey, I'll go tell the nice young man next door to keep his mouth shut. *The male gets out the door*

CRASH ! Shuffle, bump !

- Alpha-man : "YOU KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT OR I'LL TIE YOUR SPINE ONTO A KNOT !"
- Man : "Uh, okay, sir ! Just don't hurt me !"

Sex drive is one of the most basic human instincts. Perhaps even the most basic. Of course, right training, or pharmaceutical means can suppress it. It can be replaced with electric stimulation of pleasure centres in the brain. Modern technology can do it all. But the effects are just not satisfactory. Lack of sex drive - and the lack of sexuality itself - is nearly as disrupting to human psyche as having the instinct, but no means to utilise it.

Fortunately, a FBC can be equipped with right organ replacements (Mr Studd or Midnite Lady), usually installed on a torso slot (there's no technical obstacles to utilise a free space on any cyber body part, and in fact some cyborgs do it, although it looks pretty insane, and many cyberpsychiatrists take it as a sign of serious mental disorder).
Hooray, you're able to do "it" again (and this is worth an overall reduction of HL by 5%).

The problem is getting a partner if you look like a waste bin, behave like a waste bin, and smell like a machine workshop. Of course fetishism can always help. And you can always look for a partner among these like you. Now, here the problem begins, as the old proverb states that "you need two to dance a tango". RealSkinned, ExoDermed or TrueSkinned models are in the best situation here - they can pass as humans, and thus - even if their potential partner knows that he/she is going to bed a 'borg - are pretty easily accepted (this works on their benefit, adding next 5% of overall humanity restored).

Super-chromed models only in shape do resemble humans, although they can be still made damn attractive. And whereas having sex with a chromed cyber-lady is not something I would call normal, and I would definitely feel funny doing so, I won't say a definite "no" if given such a proposition. You don't believe me ? Then have a look on these old Hajime Sorayama's art. Does make an impression, huh ? Plus, Cyberpunk world is a pretty weird place, and there are enough weirdoes, fetishists and people just looking for a new experience...
Plastic-covered models either fall into the same niche as SuperChromed, if they are well made, although those with a cheap plastic cover tend to be much less accepted, as they're neither super-stylish, nor human-like.

The most miserable category are armoured 'borgs. Ballistic armour just isn't made to be good-looking. They are made to stop attacks. Not to caress and be caressed. And since the overall appearance of combat borg is usually made to be intimidating, well... Would you ever consider making love with a two and a half-meter tall, gun toting waste bin ? The more lucky of combat cyborgs have quick-change biopods and spare, "civilian" humanlike bodies for off-duty time. But the rest can only hope some weirdo would get interested in them, when they leave the barracks. And as usually they don't (would you let a gun-toting waste bin to go into the city 'cause he wants a leave ?) they are forced to find partners among the other ones like them. Believe me; if you haven't heard the sound made by a pair of Dragoons having sex, you haven't heard anything. And you don't even want to know how this does look like.

As for forming stable relationships, it goes along similar guidelines, although lasting relations with FBCs are not something common. And a long-lasting relation between two 'borgs is something particularly rare, although not completely unknown.

Having kids

Well, bad news here : even the most advanced 'borgs cannot bear nor father children. A hint : before you get "canned", visit a reproductory clinic and leave sample of your reproductive cells (semen or ovaries) in liquid nitrogen deep-freezing, so you could ask for them later. Artificial insemination does the job when you are full metal. Of course, there's a need for a partner, and a (flesh) woman is needed to bear the child, but these are problems that can be overcome.

Of course, you can always go for cloning, using one of your brain cells as a source, and even use genetic recombination technique to mix your genes with genes of another person, thus allowing even two FBCs to have a baby.
Nevertheless, keep in mind that in many countries there are regulations forbidding FBCs to have kids, either their own, or adopted (much like in late 20th century it was about homosexual couples).

Children as 'borgs

Since we are at the kids already... What if we put a minor in a FBC shell ? Apart from the easy to imagine trouble when your typical, hyperactive teenager goes full-metal ?
First, human children are adaptable. Unbelievably adaptable, if not outright frighteningly able to tune to the situation encountered. And the younger they are the better for them. Since they will grow in the new situation, they'll soon start accepting it as normal... no matter how far from normality would it be. The history gives us numerous examples - kids growing up during a war will perceive a war as a natural state of things. Hey, it's out there. Everyday. They don't know another life.

"Home of the Brave" sourcebook gives us some rules for applying cyberware to minors. According to HotB, any cyberware applied to a kid of age 11 or younger would have HL divided by 3. From the age of 12 to 15, HL will be halved. From age 16 up, apply full HL, as such characters are considered adult in the rules of CP2020. Of course there's a long list of adverse effects most cyberware classes would have on a kid's biology and growth.

But we're talking about FBC here. They do not grow (well, the brains do). They lack most of their glands (required hormones are applied to the biopod as needed). They would avoid most - if not all - these problems.
What if we take a baby and turn it into a 'borg ?

Anne McCaffrey depicts such a problem in her Brainship series. Although her "Armored", pilots of the brainships are - in CheapFBC terms - BrainJar systems hardwired into spaceships, the problems are well-depicted. Her Armored ones are mostly babies born in disfigured bodies, saved from death by converting them into "FBC" (hey, they aren't even humanoid ! These are "columns", armored sarcophagi containing a small, surgically adapted body with huge head and brain, but brainships tend to refer to their ships as their "bodies"), then raised in a special government facility, and rigorously trained for their intended roles.

Naturally, it costs a fortune.

But the effecting personalities are... not exactly human. I mean, they seem to have a good deal of Empathy, just their ways of thinking and perception of humans is quite different from what we are used to. Brainships are aware of their limitations - but so are of the limitations of humans. Yet they can be trusted with diplomacy, human relief and even military missions. I suppose it's a matter of the way in which they were raised up, under a constant supervision of wary psychologists and pedagogues. So, I suppose it would be possible in Cyberpunk as well. You could raise borg-children to be anything you want. Caring, responsible beings that wouldn't harm a fly... or heartless, cold-blooded killers.

In fact, just as with "real" children. The point is - they wouldn't lose Humanity. It's rather a matter of training what kind of humanity - if any - would they develop.


But let's deal with the mechanical side. A kid 'borg would need maintenance much more often than an adult, and then - applied with greater care. Just the hormonal alterations are going to give the caretaker a hard time. Then, I suppose most - if not all - countries, allowing kids to go True Metal, would require a constant psychological supervision over the minor by a fully qualified specialist. It is also likely that a child would have software limiters put on its body, should it ever have to deal with other children. After all, when you're young, many disputes can be possibly settled with fists. Kids do not generally have the strength to seriously harm (an occasional black eye doesn't count) each other (although it isn't true any longer for teenagers), but if you are a 'borg, things can get nasty. So probably they would have their physical strength limited to a value typical for a child of that age. To keep on par, the body would have to be periodically swapped for a bigger model. The point is to accommodating the growing child brain, rather than the psychological aspect - a 10-year-old should be as big as a 10-year-old. Not more and not less. I gave a thought to bodies that would contain extendable options to be modified as the child matures, but it would be only a partial solution. And although one could think about a shapechanging / nano-modified shell, I find it to be more trouble than it's worth.

It is also possible that there could be government, corporate or the like facilities, where such borg-kids would be trained. From ones truly adapted into society, to totally obedient metalhead stormtroopers for some forsaken cause. Some GM would like to use this option to flood the world with FBC yenitseri, but keep in mind that this is a process requiring several years of training and indoctrination, not to mention expensive maintenance, to produce even a handful such personalities. So I doubt whether it would ever become popular - even in the grimiest, most totalitarian regimes.

Please also keep in mind the problem of technological advance. Whereas a 'borg doesn't have to wait about 20 years for its body to reach top condition, it doesn't learn that much faster than a normal human. And since borgs weren't invented before year 2000 (and I suppose the first, crude ones were created about 2010), you need several years. First, to get the technology needed to make the technology of transplanting baby brains into biopods available. Then, to make it reliably safe. Then, to find someone who would get the idea. Then, again, years needed for training. If you want a child borg character to appear in year 2020 or close to this date, keep in mind he would be pretty young. Simply before it wasn't possible to create them earlier...

There's one more thing worth mentioning as we speak of 'borg children. The shells themselves. A child is inconspicuous. A child can operate in well-populated area without drawing attention. This is why many intelligence agencies - both governmental and corporate - do often equip their 'borg agents with child shells, either modified civilian ones or custom made "mini-Ghosts" that pack a wallop in a kid silhouette (Japanese do excel in such, due to long experience in creating "cute" effect and significant achievements in miniaturization). Of course, even the most souped-up "kid-borg" isn't going to be as high on stats as a full-sized one could be. The number of options is also quite limited. But such a 'borg isn't meant to fight, just to observe and call for reinforcements if necessary, and with stats high enough, as well as the right optional (and carried) equipment they're likely to hold their own until cavalry arrives.

Several police departments have been using child shells, crewed by experienced officers, to round up pedophiles, kidnappers, or for invigilation. Covert agents in kid shells are also useful in penetrating youth gangs and underage criminal activity.

Taking damage

Borgs don't feel pain, do they ?
The answer - as stated below - is "no, they don't". A borg can disconnect the pain receptor interface. He will feel hits, pressure and so on, but it wouldn't cause pain.

However, it doesn't mean the borg can take hits without adverse effects until it shuts down. No. If you're a fleshie, wounds can incapacitate you because of pain, shock and blood loss. But even if you're really hard (or simply drugged), tough-as-nails, and you laugh at pain, you will be affected with wounds. Shattered muscles can't flex very well. Cut strings will immobilize whole limbs. Cut nerves won't transmit impulses further.

And the same is with 'borgs. Bullets and blades do penetrate borg's hide, but in reality they don't do abstract "damage points". They sever neural transmission wires, cut the metal/plastic/composite strings and shatter hydraulic pistons / myomar muscles. Which means the borg can't use the damaged body parts as well as if they weren't damaged... The system provides us with the threshold point where a cyberlimb becomes non-operational - 2/3 of its total SDP value. However, it's not like it works perfect until that point, and shuts down after it has been reached. The efficiency loss is a gradual process.

To make it easier, think of it as an equivalent to human wound levels. Simply, there are more "wound boxes" on a cybernetic body part and there are no such things as pain, shock, and blood loss (however, put a damaged cyberlimb in water, and a shortcut is quite likely...).

How do we determine "wound" levels ?

We do divide the "still working" SDP into 3 parts.
Part one (up to 1/3 "working" SDP lost) - "warning !". No adverse effects - backup lines do compensate the damage. Equivalent to a light wound on a human being.
Part two (up to 2/3 "working" SDP lost) - "malfunction...". -1 to all actions with this limb (not -2, since pain is not a factor here). Equivalent to a serious wound.
Part three (between 2/3 and "disabled") - "system critical". 50% reduction of all the stats for tasks performed with this body part. Equivalent to a critical wound.
Part four : "disabled" level achieved - "system shutdown...". Equivalent to a mortal wound.

Note 1 : if a torso was damaged, this applies to all actions.
Note 2 : if head was damaged, sensors (eyes, ears, radar, etc) placed there will be affected.
Fractions are rounded up - first in "warning", than in "critical" levels, if needed - in favor of the cyborg.

Example : your standard-issue cyberarm SDP 20/30. So, we have the "disabled" level made at 20 (21 damage and you have it disabled). Divide the remaining 20 by 3 = 6,66. Not good... but round up, and we have 7 "scratch", 7 "damaged" and 6 "critical" points of SDP. Clear ?

Full 'borgs and electricity

Typical damage is not a problem any longer, but what happens when a full 'borg gets zapped with a taser ? This is a tricky question. On the one hand, tasers were invented to bring down humans, not machines. On the other hand, electricity is a pretty good way of damaging electronics. However, it would be far too easy to knock down a combat 'borg worth a whole heap of money with a 10 eb zap-stick... And tasers are not the only form of electricity a borg can face.

As (mostly) mechanical beings, 'borgs cannot be stunned - they don't fall into shock, they can turn their pain receptors off, and these few internal organs they still do possess are well-protected against concussion. But still, there is a lot of mechanical "nerves" and "muscles" that tend to conduct electricity exceptionally well. Thus, following rules do apply to 'borgs (and humans with cyberlimbs affected by electricity) :

EMP-hardened borgs can reduce negative modifier by the value of their EMP shielding, on one-to-one basis (thus, a grade 2 EMP protection makes the 'borg immune to most commercially available tasers, as they do cause only -2 modifier).
Someone could ask why the biopod isn't affected as well. The answer is - it partially is. However, the biopod is a really safe box, and it's additionally insulated. Thus, the shock it takes is counted into the negative modifiers described above.

FID Tasers

If you're using the Flipper is Dead's Taser rules (which are IMHO way better than the standard), simply use them as they are : roll Body save (plus EMP rating) versus the taser's Stun rating. It the borg didn't passed the test, all points it didn't made it by are applied as a negative modifier.

Pain Editor

'Borgs do not mount pain editors - they don't need any. Simply, the same way you can turn off pain receptors in your cyberarm (allowing you to put it into campfire and pick up that sausage you've just dropped), a full 'borg can do with any part of his body. Of course, remember that "street 'borgs", that are just human torsos & heads closed in armoured shells, aren't so lucky.

Frying FBC netrunners

Well, that's a problem, at least as long as you're trying to fry one. Since they're more machine than men, some forms of anti-personnel attacks are useless against them. For example, a Hellhound program causes damage (2D10) by stopping one's heart (artificially induced heart attack). But, as an FBC has no heart, he's immune to such tricks.

On the other hand, if you could hit a borg with dedicated anti-system software, like Flatline program, it could be deadly - imagine shutting down one's life-support system. I suppose this should lead into more GitS styled combat... but his is to be further investigated...

Dying

Sure, if we blast a 'borg into myriad pieces, it will do, but what about more conventional methods - bullets and blades ?

The head contains the brain and kind of last-ditch rescue system. If the head is destroyed - well, welcome to the heaven where chromed angels sing to the glory of the chromed Lord. You're dead. But if torso is destroyed, or head separated from it, there's still a chance of survival. So your rescue system comes into action - saving (by instant freezing and drug / nanotech application) your brain. Roll 1D10 to indicate your death state, and call TraumaTeam (in late settings they should be equipped to save borgs as well as fleshies), increasing Death State in normal way. And when the specialists come, they use right equipment to revive your brain (or find it frozen into a stone and useless). After that (if you're still alive, that is) you can begin a long and expensive process of getting and adjusting new body. In the meantime, you need as much time to heal as a normal human would, and you could have lost some memories (as the neurones in your brain were destroyed by ice), including some skill levels (GM's call).

Of course, you can also die because of your power sources running out (but this takes quite a time) and not being able to power your life-support system. If you can't breath (usually because you're in space or underwater), you're dead in 5-10 minutes after your time for another breath comes (a hint - breath as often as you could, so you'll have an 8-hour backup). You can starve yourself to death by not changing food container (this takes about 3 days). Then, of course you can electrocute yourself or fall the prey of EMP. Both these things first of all turn your life support off, thus leaving you 5-10 minutes air reserve. As your sensors usually go dead as well, absolute sensory deprivation can make you crazy in just a few minutes. Complete sensory deprivation is one of the few things 'borgs are really afraid of.

De-borging

And what if you have changed your mind and don't want to be a 'borg any longer ? Yes, I know - when pigs fly. But let's pretend, okay ? You'd have several options.
If you want immortality, you may download your mind into the Net, as described in Rache Bartmoss' Brainware Blowout. This problem is well-covered there.
Switching back into human form - borgs call it "fleshing out" - is much more difficult. It's up to GM then whether such means are available in his campaign at all.

The first method, surgical, is technologically simpler. You need a fresh body your brain will be transplanted to. Here's where the simplicity ends : you'll need a complete cloned body. That is so, because complete bodies are a rare offer from body banks. Besides, you need the best genetic match possible if you don't want to risk transplant rejection. And since it's your brain to be rejected, there's nothing to make fun of. Of course, the body doesn't have to be exactly like your original one - some minor modifications, like cybernetics implantation, may be already done to it. Birth defects overcame, genetically-transferred illnesses neutralized, and so on. As for Humanity cost, treat it as a "bodyswap", although a Mk. 1 human body will have no HL on itself. Thus the only HL experienced will be due to the change itself. Still, the surgery is a risky one, requiring a double Critical level. Personally, I'd rate it as a Third Generation tech.

The second method requires mind transfer technology. You scan your mind and transfer it into a fresh, cloned body with a blank mind. It is described (with satisfying set of detail) in the Hardwired sourcebook. Whereas the rules for Hardwired state such mind-scans cannot be stored for prolonged periods, the following book by Walter Jon Williams (Voice of a Whirlwind) points out clearly that such records can be kept safe for whole decades. Of course, either way there's a risk of losing some parts of memory and obtaining unpleasant mental problems. If you want my opinion, that would be well beyond even the Third Generation tech.

But, of course, your campaign could be stretching so far to include even such advanced technologies.


What the 'borgs do in spare time

Borg organizations

There are a relatively small number of borgs, most of borg groups are relatively small. The Combine is the largest, while Supra thought is common and the Faceless and Collective can both claim a couple of thousand adherents. The others are limited to smaller covens scattered across the globe, or individual adherents. Still, do not consider these to be homogenous, as like not all the racist groups are one, even if they do share the same (or similar) ideology.

Political

- Borg supremacists

"Cyberpsychosis, as seen by meat doctors, is a defect, an - as they say - psychosis. I say this is wrong ! I say it is merely the next state of being ! I say it is the hardening of the obsolete, indecisive human spirit into something solid, something strong enough to break the old world, and bring about the new, stronger world !" - attributed to the "Steel Soul", 20 minutes after the bombing of a anti-metal meeting in a church in Houston, February 2023.

This is the earliest and most infamous borg organization. "Metal is good, meat is obsolete" is the simplest form of supra philosophy, and probably as far as most of them get. Those philosophical types who run the movement have a more solid foundation, based on cyberpsychosis.

Supra political cells have varying philosophies and ideals, and most have no explicit programme of violence. Some leave human society and form colonies in the desert, but like all borg communities these tend to be very small. Most groups console themselves by trying to encourage borgs in corporate servitude to revolt against their employers, and supra borgs come in all models, most without a dedicated cell, rather a pile of downloaded literature and a grudge.

The Supras have links to most other borg groups, to varying degrees. They claim kinship with the Immortals and the Builders, but the former are in reality victims of self loathing and the latter don't care about politics. The Faceless and the Collective are regarded as just manifestations of borg superiority, albeit weird ones. Supra leaders loathe the Combine for remaining within the meat political arena, seeking to transcend it completely, although many members share affiliation.

- Combine

The Combine is an early political association of borgs fighting corporate servitude. The Combine sees borgs as another oppressed minority, albeit a very, very small one, divided against itself. Inspired by old left thought, they campaign for borg employment rights and try to expose corporations that "abuse" borgs. The Combine is essentially a union, made more difficult because the what exactly "abuse" constitutes is a difficult question for borgs, and the very nature of the creation of most "working" borgs implies their employer has a stake. Combine borgs can be of any type, although military types are rarest.

The Combine usually operates within human politics, with a lot of meat support. However, this very act causes many more political motivated borgs to spurn them, including the Supras, who believe that borgs are superior and should take, not just another group. The Combine are ignored by the Faceless and Collective, although both support its aims of freeing borgs from corporate indenture, and many Builders could not carry out their actions without Combine help in setting up new lives first. The Combine dislikes the Immortals intensely, because they feel that their actions undermine their political program by causing anti-borg feeling. All this said, a large number of borgs with no interest in philosophy join the Combine, and it is one of the largest groups.

Philosophical

- Faceless

While most borg groups formed after the borgs came into being, many faceless chose to become borgs after joining this group, which composes only a few cells in a few cities. Faceless philosophy, devised in a series of texts by early borg, AI and ghost theorists is very complicated, but it comes down to a number of points :

Essentially, faceless covens consist of a borgs with completely stock, unmodified bodies. In some covens all models are the same, in other covens, different ones are used by different members. It is often impossible to tell a devotee of faceless philosophy from other borgs. Specialized shapes are most common. Many faceless tend to be individual (wrong word...) borgs working with companies to make the "machine" work faster, and many faceless do not agitate against indenture. The faceless believe that when all people have attained a metal body of certain stock types specialized in certain roles, society will function as a perfect machine, free from distress or agitation, capable of creating anything new.

The faceless always use stock borgs, often using the same mechanical vocal pattern.

Faceless philosophy shares elements of supra thought, and the two groups are connected. Faceless tend to ignore the Combine, but many graduate to the Collective, which is a newer group stealing members from older Faceless cells. The Builders stand in complete opposition to Faceless thought with their reckless, unspecialized individuality, while the Immortals are simply juvenile, somehow not adapting to their superior form. The Faceless are a small sect in most places, although many borgs are aware of the philosophy, and some meatheads aspire to become faceless borgs, searching for discipline and place in the cyberpunk world. Faceless memes are subtly encouraged by the corporations, reasoning (wrongly) that it serves their aims...

- Immortals

No-one knows how long a borg lives. They don't catch disease. They are armored against trauma that would kill a man. They can avoid pain. A borg can walk away from a car crash without any trouble. Imagine the kind of extreme sports these guys can get away with...

The Immortals are a group of borgs, mostly independent types, corporate runaways and so on, who's feelings of invincibility lead them into a series of nihilistic activities - partly related to borg feelings : unable to feel pain in the traditional sense, and with feelings suppressed by the lack of chemical stimulation, it takes a lot to make them feel anything - and a lot of them want those feelings back again, so they do whatever they can to feel a rush...

Street races are the most famous and spectacular Immortal activity, in the city or out in the desert, often resulting in spectacular crashes. Individual Immortal covens engage in even crazier activities, often lethal for bystanders. Many are just a step away from cyber-psychosis, and murder often follows. Others gain their kicks through more altruistic means - firefighting borgs often join the Immortals, as do rescue workers and others who put themselves into extreme danger that only they can survive.

Immortal borgs tend towards heavier models, with a focus on amour plating. Human forms are the norm, because it allows them to operate in most machinery and gain the widest selection of experience within the human sphere. Immortals are scattered through the borg community, with major cells in orbit and in major urban areas.

The Immortals tend to be fairly individualistic and in many cases apolitical, spurning the Combine. The Collective too, melding consciousness', seems anathema to a group who are effectively trying to regain their feelings. The Builders appear tools to the Immortals, who are confused by their desire to leave their humanity behind completely. The Faceless evoke similar feelings, although the two groups rarely come into contact.

The Immortals have a strange relationship with the borg Supremacists - many covens are interconnected with Supra cells, and many Immortals claim affiliation with the Supra groups, claiming that their ability to walk away from what would kill a man makes them superior. However, at the very core of the movement is a desire to return to human feelings by any means, and while neither side realizes it, their aims are mutually opposed at the deepest level.

Technical

- Collective

The Collective are a group who took borghood as a method of combining their personalities completely with others. They live and work in total connection, able to experience anything another borg feels through the Link, to form a collective consciousness.

The Link grew out of a module used by emergency borgs as a co-ordination tool, and the machine is very simple to install. Small Collectives are common within corporations and military units. Originally these systems were used to share thoughts and experiences, but in the case of The Collective, the modifications went further than they did in most groups.

The Collective is not merely an experience sharing group, it is something else entirely. Using a modification program, collective borgs merge their personalities into a whole, with one voice. Individual consciousness is essentially lost, but incorporated into the whole. The Collective Consciousness changes a little with each new convert. Each borg's individual mental capacity is used by the Collective Consciousness to increase its own mental power. The Collective Consciousness uses each borg to its own ends.

There are some things that cause concern to those outside the Collective. Many Collective borgs have taken the upgrade without those around knowing, and carry out their lives as before, except serving the Consciousness (which doesn't appear to have any explicit plans as yet, beyond perhaps incorporating smaller, less conscious collectives). And even while it has only a few hundred members now, some people (those who know about the real truth of the largest group) think that it is already tending towards cyberpsychosis...

The smaller collectives come from all groups of borgs - there are Immortal collectives, Supra collectives, Builder collectives... the larger consciousness seems to regard Supras as potential if unpredictable allies, the faceless as a group of potential converts, the Immortals as self loathing failures to be avoided, and every other borg as someone to incorporate if possible. Right now, it seems to be mostly concerned with experience and expanding its horizons. Both groups can be of any model.

- Builders

The Builders are a small group of independent borgs with means. Believing that they have left behind their humanity already, they see no reason to continue to appear human. A biopod does not need a human form body to operate a machine it is plugged into, so why should there be a human form body at all ? Newer members start by changing the appearance of their frame to take after old golems, baroque steampunk apparitions, changing at will and always creating newer ideas until the human form is left behind forever...

The Builders are one of the newest and best sources of innovation in the borg community. They change their bodies every way. Starting with golems, they graduate onto creating new body forms, tails, tripod and quadruped bodies, multiple arms and legs, even spider legs and outlandish forms. They create new frames, while builder covens pool resources to create such objects with CADAM machines and so on. They have run across problems - even upgraded, the human mind can only operate so many limbs at once, and while programs can be created to compensate, this is a stumbling block on the way to creating completely new forms. Other problems have also been found, but nothing halts Builder enthusiasm.

Builders share information in much the same way as any other enthusiastic techie, over forums and at small conventions. Famous Builders tend to be idolized within the community for their newest body form, while their meat neighbors look on in horror at their outlandish visage. The continual changing of body can lead to cyberpsychosis very quickly in some cases, and some Builders are mentally unbalanced. The only commonality among Builder frames is detachable biopods. Most Builders have financial means available, and there are few of them, usually rich eccentrics.

The Builders have little contact with the Combine. Some form collectives but the Collective itself spurns them. The Builders embrace their borg from rather than rejecting it, so the Immortals tend to be ignored or pitied, although a few Builders test their frames in Immortal contests. Essentially Builder culture is an outgrowth of Suprematism, but the Builders consider their exploits to be personal exploration rather than to a political purpose. The Builders in general do not like the Faceless at all - after all, borgs are still individuals, not just the cog in some machine...

- The Elementals

The Elementals, never a big organization, became full borg to get back to Nature.
Seriously. I kid you not.
The idea goes like this - borgs are created of metal, which is one of the elements of the Earth. By returning to metal, one can return to the Earth.

How this manifests itself is in a group of borgs who have retreated into the wastelands. Most of them sport modified borgs with piezoelectric generators placed wherever possible, and are masters of power conservation. They are also hermits by tendency. Look up Epicureanism, and consider the whole of nature to be the garden...

Beyond this vague hedonism of thought and back to nature philosophy, there isn't much to connect individual Elementals. Some of them take up vigilantism against corporations like Petrochem, and at least one borg out in the Bayou has created a major urban legend around himself, appearing out of the swamp like the Thing from the Black Lagoon, covered in vines and plant growth, and ripping apart an illegal hunting party with his bare hands...

Anti-Borg organizations

Most anti-borg organizations are also anti-cyberware organizations, but not necessarily visa versa - in fact FBCs face less stigma than the very heavily cybered, since groups like Mothers Against Consumer Eugenics aren't really sure what the hell to make of borgs, especially indentured ones.

The problem is, MACE and related groups aside, most anti-cyberware groups fall into the category of religious (and probably religious) wackos. This author has no intention of going into the theological justification that the Evangelical Church of South Georgia had for persecuting borgs before getting their just desserts, any more than I intend to go into the reasons of finance and continued survival-with-guns-pointed-at-their-heads that the Islamic Council of the UAE declared that the Emir of Abu Dhabi's decision to go Immortal was entirely theologically acceptable and in line with Sharia. So the anti-borg organization section will take on a different character to the Borg group.

Do 'borgs dream of electric angels ?

FBC and religion

Although religion is a problem often neglected in Cyberpunk, it is by no means insignificant. It is far too important to numerous people in the world to be considered not significant... even in 2020-era. Sure, one can argue that FBC are a good evidence for atheists - we can do what was once thought to be available to the Maker only, so there is no Maker (call him Jesus, Brahma, Allah, Jehovah, or simply God). Vivat rationalism. But on the other hand, what makes the difference between an FBC (especially a heavily augmented one) and a humanoid robot ? Do AI have souls ? What happens to your ghost when you die ?

What exactly IS a ghost ? (remember Major's problems from Ghost in the Shell ?)

We can't say. We do not know.

However, institutionalized religion would have to answer these questions. It couldn't pretend that such things do not exist... although quite a few are likely to say that "It ain't in the holy books, therefore it's a work of the Evil One". You have to remember that most religions are very traditionalistic, if not outright reactive. On the other hand, they have to change. The world around does change and the followers do so as well. Thus, the doctrine can either follow the changes, and decide which are acceptable, and which have to be banned from a theological point of view, or begin loosing followers. Because people are going to do things, that aren't in the holy texts and if you point them out as sinners, some of the will simply abandon the religion. Religions (mostly) no longer have the power to dictate to their constituents what they can or cannot do, and if a large enough portion of the People want to get 'borged up, the Church is going to have to go with it eventually. Kicking and screaming, maybe, but they'll go. Of course, there will be enormous space for splinter churches and cyber-bigots around, which leads to some possibilities for religious wars and riots against Satan's spawn, but by and large, mainstream religions will go with it eventually. Sure, it's pretty likely that some sects of major religions will follow different paths here, but again, we can't predict this.

As far as it goes for cybernetics and FBC, there are two typical points of view, both somewhat extreme :

In fact, most religious officials fit somewhere between these two statements.

See, there's pretty simple logic behind this : cybernetics is, first of all, a form of prosthetics. Sure, prosthetic teeth aren't exactly the same level of technology... But only an extremely hardcore traditionalist would oppose them. Then, why oppose contact lenses ? And then there come more advanced and invasive prosthetics. Why use a fake leg, if cybernetic prosthetics are available ? They are fully functional replacements... And so on. So, every faction within a religion has to mark the border on its own. Since it isn't all that obvious.

How particular religions could react to 'borgs ?

Islam : will use borgs as further proof of the unholy decadence of the west (lets face it, unless their religion changes drastically they will still be in the 12th century), and so launch a new Jihad. However, there's already an excellent passage on Islam and cybernetics, and it doesn't make these two automatically opposed. You can find it in the When Gravity Fails sourcebook.

Catholicism/anglicanism : will originally call it unholy and the spawn of the devil, but will one day induct a borg pope/archbishop and so make it holy writ that borgs can go to heaven too. Whereas many traditionalists were shouting that cyborgising is against the will of God, the official position of the Catholic Church was first that cybernetics are allowed for prosthetic reasons only, then, after the New Catholic Reformation, it became just allowed. However, going cyber is still considered a very dangerous to your soul, and many priests treat it as a sin. Going FBC was first forbidden to Christians, as after such operation you practically cease to exist. As you're doing this of your own will, that meant suicide (which is a deadly sin according to Christianity). Now, in the very early 2020s, first 'borgs have been recognized to (still) have souls (see Firestorm: Stormfront, there's an NPC Aquarius 'borg with such event meant in his history).

Uniting/presbyterian/pentecostal : will embrace the new technology as "a gift from God" because they will use it to heighten their emotions and so get more of a "buzz" out of church.

Baptists : will be divided, and never agree with anyone else, or indeed each other, and each church will go their separate ways, as they do, some accepting borgs to preach, others banishing them from their churches and claiming there is no place in heaven for one such as them.

Buddhists : won't care, nothing really exists anyway.

Atheists : will hail it as further proof that god doesn't exist, and then proclaim the technology to BE god, so contradicting themselves.

Agnostics : still won't know if it is really real or is it all just a dream...

Jehovah's witness : will still be door knocking, however there will be new signs on fences "JW's beware : uncontrolled BORG inside programmed to kill".

Mormons : will discover a new "golden template" that expressly states that borgs are some other mysterious lost tribe of Jews and that Jesus was really a borg and so all borgs really are Mormons, gods incarnate on Earth.

Jattenhand

"Learn to accept."
-- Rick Denning

"Just like a caterpillars hatch into butterflies, we become borgs.
But not all caterpillars hatch into butterflies, nor do all humans become borgs.
But all caterpillars that survive hatch into something.
But none of these creatures has a reason to hate the caterpillar, for they too were caterpillar once.
And just like they hatched into something else, so will the rest."
-- Rick Denning on borgs and fleshies

"They are fighting themselves. They're no longer human, they pretend to be, and yet hate it at the same moment. And then they wonder why humans do not trust them. Some of them do better in this fight, some - and this is tragic - do not do well.
A fight with yourself is a fight you can't truly win, for if you're victorious, then you're the defeated as well.
Abandon this path of self-mutilation, and accept what you are. Do not mistake your imaginations for the reality."
-- Rick Denning on "unenlightened" 'borgs

"We have changed ourselves. We have made ourselves to fit the environments in which we do live and work.
Some of us do work mainly among humans, so they do chose a human shape to fit this environment. However, becoming a Gemini is a two-edged blade. They are not struggling against the memoirs of their humanity as strongly as non-Geminis, but for this reason they don't question themselves.
A Gemini is an easy way to accept your change, but a difficult one to accept you're not a human any longer. In other words, it makes your first step on the path of Jattenhand easier, but the following one much harder."
-- Rick on Gemini conversions

So what is this "Jattenhand" ?

The founder of Jattenhand, Rick Denning, was a young Parkour practitioner, turned 'borg in an effect of unrelated road accident. He was a student of the Stockholm University as well. Thus, he became one of the most important subjects of the university-run research program in psychology, and methods of diagnosing, suppressing and counteracting cyberpsychosis (borgosis wasn't recognized as a separate disorder back then). Sure, the program was state-funded, and there were corporate grants as well, but that's not the point.

One of the psychologists was a Zen practitioner as well, and he insisted on implementing Zen philosophy into the counseling, as a possible way to teach the subjects the acceptance of their new self. In this particular case, it worked. Zen meditation and acceptance, as well as respect for every living thing got mixed with the "free move, free thought" philosophy lying behind advanced Parkour. The effect was early Jattenhand, a way incorporating Parkour as improvised kata's, Zazen meditation for mental stability, and 'borg superhuman performance to make the impossible into reality.

What's it all about ?

JH slang, a few phrases to get you started :
Mäster : master, rarely used.
Traceur : a Parkour or Jattenhand user.
Jam : doing Parkour or Jattenhand with others.

Jattenhand is a philosophy about adapting and accepting to being a borg. About using the speed, precision and strength that your new body grants you. Not only in combat but in everyday situations. When your eating breakfast (if you do that) driving your car or helping your wife with the cleaning. It's about realizing and accepting that your not human anymore, and using the abilities of your cyborg body to there fullest extent.

There are several aspects to Jattenhand, the bigger it is, the more time is spent teaching it.

Movement : the biggest and most basic aspect, it's the aspect that really shows of its parkour roots. It about doing parkour, borg style. Jumping between rooftops, performing aerial maneuvers that not even a circus performer would think of and other things that would make your average parkour performer yellow with envy. Every Jattenhand user loves this, running across the city, finding new, unexplored routes and just having a blast, either alone or with friends and fellow users.

Combat : the smallest aspect, this is a fighting style that incorporates Capoeira, Bok Pai, Fu Jow Pai and several other arts. The preferred way of attack is hit'n run. Where the user never stops moving, jumping between enemies and using the environment to his advantage. If used in a more classical way, it looks like a multi style art, with smooth stance changes, sweeping attacks and handstands. Using the environment is still a major tactic.

Meditation and philosophy : this aspect is the one which clearly shows the Zen part of Jattenhand. Philosophical discussion with Rick, meditation in unorthodox places and lots of plain thinking. The discussions are done both in groups and one on one, often at the lounge of the "school". The meditation is often performed in unusual ways, such as in the net or while running.

So where do you learn it ?

In a small bar in Night City, owned by Rick, named the Bucket o Bolt. The bar's main clientele are borgs, with opened minded parkour users a close second. The second floor serves as apartments for Rick, JH users and students who don't have there own place. The basement serves as the hangout for the JH and local parkour users. It features a gym (mostly used by fleshies. The borgs only use it for fun, or testing new hardware) a small room used for installing and tuning cyberware and various form of entertainment. However, very little actual training in Jattenhand is done here; it mostly serves as a meeting place.

I wanna learn !

JH combat, key attacks
Strike
Punch
Kick
Disarm
Sweep
Block
Dodge
Grapple
Throw
Hold
Choke
Escape
Ram
2
2
1
0
3
1
4
0
2
0
0
4
3

Well, you get little choice in the matter, since Rick handpicks his students. He often chooses parkour performers that recently got a FBC. If you do get picked, you're in for a bumpy ride. Not only will you struggle with learning the moves, but you will be forced to give up your very humanity. The end result is something that is not quite human.

In game terms you will have to learn two skills, or aspects. JHcombat and JHmovement.
JHcombat is, for all extent and purpose, a standard martial art. This is knowing how to use your body in combat.
JHmovement is the knowledge of the parkour-like aspect of Jattenhand. This is how to best traverse your surroundings, and looking good while doing it. This is the knowledge of flips, vaults and jumping techniques.
By combining JHcombat and JHmovement, you get JHphilosophy. This is used instead of Empathy for the Jattenhand user. This represent that the Jattenhand user is no longer human, but something else.

So, what do I need to know ?

Well, for starters, the average Jattenhand practitioner isn't your typical Buddhist monk type. They tend to be wild, crazy and fun-loving (not that hermit-like types aren't at all possible).
Secondly, we get some fun statistics ! There are about 15-20 trained practitioners and 10 trainees. 7 out of 10 students fail the training.

What fun stuff to I get to do ?

Well, apart from kicking ass, you get the tag. Not the silly little thing you play in kindergarten, mind you. No, you get JHtag. Basically it's tag. With borgs. And fighting. Needless to say, it's violent. Of course it's fun.
You also get the nice sessions (as in not including kicking each other of rooftops) with your fellow jattenhanders, and the occasional fleshie parkour user.

A players guide to Jattenhand

So, you wanna play a jattenhand borg ? Assuming that your character fits, the first thing is really showing that parkour is a major part of its life. Small things, like vaulting a fence instead of opening the gate.
Thing is, parkour ain't for everyone. Jattenhand ain't for all the borgs that do parkour. So, Jattenhand is rare. Really rare.

Secondly, remember that your character has removed itself from humanity. How you show this is up to you, but learning Jattenhand is a major change in a characters life. It's up there with losing your virginity and being born.
If you come out the same, with nothing but a flashy martial art to show, you've missed the point.

Another thing that's really important, especially in Cyberpunk, is clothes. You not gonna see a female traceur in a long dress, or a tight pair of jeans. The key is freedom. Non restrictive clothing is very important; the style doesn't matter as long as you can move freely. Secondly, secure pockets. After all, you don't want that important piece of data falling out of your pants fifty feet in the air, do you ? However, even thought the style of clothing changes from user to user there are a few common nominators. A very popular accessory is lightbands, bracelets filled with glowing liquid. When worn they produce light streaks, making the flashy moves even cooler.

Being borg : something that goes even further to show your borgness : customization. Do what you like, just as long as you do it. Fiber optic hair, marble skin, glowing eyes or headmounted air vents. Personality is important and originality is the key.
Then there's combat. In gunfights, show of. In fact, show of. Period. Spinning flips, butterflies, cartwheels. For you, they are as easy as breathing.
And last but not least, cyberware. For this, think like a traceur. Could you use a cyberwhip to swing with ? Would catfeet give you better grip ? I can't tell you what would work, that's up to you and your GM.

How does PanzerFaust look like ?

Since we're already in the Martial Arts matter ?

I'd think PanzerFaust looks like something out of a proverbial giant robot anime (although there's no fight-&-flight scenes and buildings are rarely slagged), although on a human-sized scale. You know, 'borgs start a fight and for the first few minutes, it seems like a normal bar fight scene, but then one of them throws the other through a reinforced concrete wall. It's a no-holds-barred punching-kicking-grappling style, similar to modern Sambo or military variants of, say, ju-jitsu. You know, no rules except for "you have to survive, and he does not" - thing. Of course, this was designed for FBC. It can incorporate all the techniques humans can perform, including those you have to train for years and be exceptionally fit and flexible to begin with.

So there are going to be all the nastiest, most brutal tricks invented in the martial arts history, like Muai Thay kicks. All on full power. Techniques the fleshies won't use, because they might be effective, but are too risky. You can't fight with a broken leg... but if you're a borg, your leg won't break ! And even if, so what ? You can always buy a new one...

Mr Toad, FBC-only option

HL 3D6, 400 eb, 1.5 space. Torso spaces only !
It's thicker and longer (3 meters) than a standard cyberwhip (see Chrome 1). However, the strangest part is the placing. Mr Toad is housed down the throat, like a cybersnake, and most of the whip itself rests in a torso compartment when not in use. It can be, however, launched in blink of an eye, sliding upwards and being swung by its own myomars.

The whip and it's anchoring point are strong enough to withstand most of the human borgs swinging on it, however, large models (over 100 kg) should be wary that although the whip should bear them simply hanging, putting it against dynamic changes is risky (reliability VR, if there would be a need to test it). The end of the tentacle can be covered with mild adhesive to help it snatching small items. However, the adhesive itself couldn't hold anything heavier than, say, a pen, and - given the huge speeds the whip reaches - it couldn't be seen as a reliable way of holding anything (thus the tentacle does usually wrap around the item in such a situation).

Borg sports

Some futurologists did predicted 'borg sports to be solely combat sports. Sure, their greater physical prowess, as well as injury-resistance, makes them well-suited to such activities. However, becoming a 'borg doesn't make one a destructoholic, so visions of 'borgs playing "rip'n'smash" or football with an explosive-rigged ball haven't come true. Yes, there are some combat sports among FBC, like cyborg wrestling, or Motorball (described in the next chapter). But majority of the 'borg sports are just adapted variants of the sports regular humans do attend, and that's simply because there's no way in which 'borgs could be competing directly with humans. Their physical capabilities make them far out of any possibility for a fair competition. And since fair competition is what sport is all about...

It did took a while to set the standards for 'borg sports. Some, like performance sports - pole vault, jumping, swimming - had to be eliminated, since this had turned into plain competition not between participants, but the tech teams who were preparing the bodies. Others needed to have additional rules set - mostly to limit the amount of body modifications allowed. Of course, the equipment used does need to be made especially for this... But the effects are interesting, especially in team sports. When you have two teams of 'borg soccer players, each body with exactly the same performance level, it becomes purely a game of skill, and elaborate tactics (that's why the Combat Crystal rigs are thought to be a big hit next season), even if you need a slow-motion replays to see the whole artism of an action.

Motorball

The motorball was invented in Germany, as a past-time among local IEC factory's worker 'borgs, but soon became a popular sport among FBC elsewhere.

The rules

The ball : it's a 40 kg "ball" (about the size of basketball one), with 6 independent, motorized balls sticking out of it. The balls move in random directions, propelling the ball, if it isn't carried by a ball-keeper. There are series of holes (grouped by three) on the surface. If player's fingers are put into the holes, the propelling balls are stopped.

The track : the track is of various lengths, and there may be any kind of obstacles and weird inventions on it - loops, tunnels, tight curves, and the like. Generally, most tracks are between 1 and 3 kilometers in length, and they surprisingly resemble rollercoasters...

The players : these are exclusively FBCs, usually specially modified bodies (called "wett zeug", after the original, German description). Although there's a lot of league-enforced limitations on wett zeug performance and construction, two most universal are :

The winner. There are a few variants of winning conditions, two most common are :

  1. The one who makes a full round on the track holding the motorball, wins.
  2. A number of circles are made by all the participants. The one, who holds the motorball when crossing "finish" line after his last circle, wins.

Like in car races, players do start from computer-generated pole-position, and the ball is launched randomly on the track during the first circle (or dropped by a car leading the group of players, this varies from track to track). If the ball falls off-track, or is destroyed (that is, it can't propel itself any longer), a new one is launched.

There's pit-stop, as in races, localized at the start / finish line. You can get there for repairs. However, if you stay in pit-stop for longer than 10 minutes, you're disqualified. However, the ball-keeper can't enter the pit-stop (ever wondered, why quick-change mounts are so popular in Motorball ?).
Fighting on the pit-stop entry is penalized in overall rating points. Also, going back on track is penalized as well - you should go forward only. If you stop on-track - for any reason - for one minute or longer, you're disqualified. Actual penalties do differ from league to league.
If there are only two players left on track, they enter so-called "showdown" - a one-on-one combat not limited by the stopping or going back rules.

Legality : Motorball is being technically classified as Low Impact bloodsport, but - due to the destruction visible on track - many officials perceive it as High Impact bloodsport. Thus, Motorball is illegal in most areas (but where it's legal, it's usually transmitted on TV in prime time, even to places that wouldn't allow such sport to happen on their territory).

"Low Impact bloodsport ? You gotta be kidding..."

Well, the Low Impact / High Impact bloodsports (see Wildside) differ in that in Low Impact Bloodsport, a participant's death can happen, but is not a goal as itself. In High Impact bloodsport, a death of a participant is very likely, and almost expected to happen, or is a goal on itself. Cyborg wrestling is considered Low Impact, and I've classified Motorball as similar.

Sure, you can be killed on the track, but the point is to get the ball to the finish line. Besides, wett zeugs are specifically designed for this type of game, and have appropriately reinforced construction. I can't honestly imagine participants getting pulped to death each race. As long as the biopod remains undamaged, even a borg who lost the rest of his body is pretty likely to rejoin the league as soon as his manager gets a new wett zeug.
For a fleshie, having an arm ripped off is a death sentence. For FBC, that's merely a discomfort. So, although this is a damn brutal sport, it's not that lethal...


Weird ideas

FBC are a quite new and still somewhat experimental technology. Although there are some ways of doing things that have been already generally accepted, once every time someone comes out with a new idea. This can be revolutionary, or awkward, useful or useless... nevertheless, it's usually too weird to be mass used...

Cyborg-driven vehicles

The basic idea is to use a 'borg to drive a vehicle, usually a combat one. 'Borgs are potentially much better pilots than fleshies, and, although it can change on daily basis, they're still better than AI systems. The reason is they combine human intuition and experience with machine-like reaction time and endurance.

The simplest way is to put a 'borg in place of normal pilot, and let it drive the vehicle, either by manual controls, or - better - thorough interface link (on interface, there's only -1 cumulative penalty for multiple actions), and - combined with his superhuman reflexes, a single FBC can successfully control a fairly complicated vehicle. A FBC can control a cyber-linked tank single-handed (or rather, single-minded) - driving, firing the main gun and spotting for new targets - something you'd need at least 3 ordinary tank crewmen to do. And he's doing all that with only -3 modifier - with his REF 14 and boosted perception, it places him still well above ordinary tank crew. Not to mention he takes up only 1 seat, so you can throw two out and use the space for ammo, for example.

Sure thing, the army just fell in love with the idea. And began to experiment.
The most widely known incident was when a FBC-controlled tank went berserk and fled from Fuji testing grounds in 2017. It rampaged from Osaka to Tokyo, until a joint strike force of Arasaka and JSDF gunned it down. What happened ? Cyberpsychosis. They used an interchangeable biopod to drive the tank. You think they've abandoned the idea ? Nope. It was clear to them it needed a few modifications, that's all.

Nowadays biopod-driven vehicles are considered a dead end - you need a "brain controller" or "mood regulator", like the one being used to prevent Dragoon FBCs from going psycho, and the effect is similar - most of the personality is lost, same goes for initiative and creativity, leaving just a little more than organic-based AI driver. Not what generals consider their wet dream. Still, some armies, corporations and people use these old "brain jar" systems.

Brain jar driver system

You need only a biopod of a borg. The vehicle must be equipped with biopod socket (0.5 space, provides power to life support system, interface linkage and "brain controller") that costs 15000 eb. A rudimentary REF processor is also required, but it's needed only to interpret data between the brain's interface and vehicle. It's being build in the vehicle, costing mere 1000 eb per 1 REF. Although cheap, this system has a few disadvantages. Apart from its potential psychosis, the biopod lacks personal mobility. It has no body except for the vehicle. If the vehicle is disabled or destroyed, the 'borg cannot run away - even in the vehicle was equipped with an equivalent of ejection seat (such systems do exist), it has to depend on its internal life support, power system and whatever SAR group being sent to retrieve it. No one likes his best pilots hanging helplessly on some tree, so brain jar system is considered a dead end in cybertech development.

Tight pack driver system

This is how the problem is solved nowadays. You take a normal cyborg with a standard-sized body (anywhere in human range, although the smaller, the better), pack the body tightly and stuff it into a specially designed compartment in the cockpit. It takes 0.75 spaces, no extra cost. This makes use of the fact that 'borg can stay motionless for hours, even in a position a fleshie would consider to be a sophisticated form of torture. Yet the body remains fully operational, and can operate independently from the vehicle when dismounted or ejected.

Please note that all input data are received thorough interface, from vehicle's sensors. Tight pack compartment is designed to take as few space as possible while still allowing for use of rescue equipment (equivalent to ejection seats), but not to provide a good all-around view.

ACPA borgs

As I've mentioned in the main tables, regarding FBC size / BODY, there's nothing to stop you from building an ACPA-sized 'borg. Note, however, it'll have similar advantages and disadvantages as a regular ACPA. Not to mention you can leave your ACPA shell in the warehouse and go on leave in your flesh, but you can't do it with your FBC shell. Thus, interchangeable biopods are generally a must. And, of course, there are no much applications for an ACPA-borg, especially a heavy model, except purely military duties. ACPA-borgs make great grunts, except for the fact they can be sometimes too big and too heavy for urban combat, just like fleshies in ACPA suits (and are completely useless in everyday life - think about the size of their fingers). But in the open field, they're general's wet dream. Sure, they usually can't be trusted if not fitted with behavioural regulator, and are far too expensive to even replace flesh soldiers...

In short, treat ACPA-borgs as ACPAs, not FBCs, just nastier.
On the other hand, since you must fit only a quick-change biopod into the suit, and not a full-sized human, there's a lot more space for extra equipment. And with a good REF processor, this baby would outclass a regular ACPA equipped with coprocessor and fleshie pilot as far as coordination and reaction speed is concerned.

In fact, only three things have to be clarified :
ACPA 'borg's Interface system. This is equal in performance to ACPA Wide Range HUD (Initiative Bonus +0, Direct Fire Bonus +2, provided the 'borg has smartgun subprocessor, and combat ones usually do have. Note, however, that none of the upgrades listed as standard for such interface is included - they have to be installed separately, usually as cyberoptic options). A better one, like VR interface, can be installed as extra set.
Spaces. The number of spaces is derived from borg's BODY stat. Each ACPA Space is equal to 2-3 cyborg spaces (GM's call, I think that x2,5 would be closest call - ACPA equipment was being built quite bulky and resistant, where cyborg parts had to by concealable first).
Humanity Loss for the systems adapted from ACPA equipment : use the HL for the closest cybertech equivalent. For example, all cyberarm guns have HL of 2D6. Therefore, any ACPA gun you adapt for use on your ACPA 'borg is pretty likely to be 2D6 HL. Even if it is longer than you are tall... If a system doesn't have an equivalent, use your common sense.

Head spaces on 'borgs

In Cheap FBC, torso and head are generally bought as a single piece, with an amount of "option spaces" located there, but without pointing out any more precise location. While this depends on a particular model, and the spaces are usually equally distributed among lower and upper torso, some people would like how's that exactly. And since ACPA can have some of their equipment installed in their heads, it'll be nice to deal with it, right ?

First, remember that the head is already being packed with a lot of optionware. A brain, vision equipment (cybereyes or similar, usually two), audio receptors and processors (cyberaudio), voicebox (either BoxAlter or NewThroat, usually mounted in throat of course), plus typically a moving jaw, ventilation ducts (yes, air intakes and exhausts can be fitted on any body part, but usually they are in the same place as on normal humans, both because it helps you being human-like, and because it's one of the better localisations on a bipedal, upright creature. You think why the evolution placed these right there ?), and olfactory & contact chemical sensors (nose and tongue, that is). Quite a lot, huh ? Sure, you can freak around a bit, moving some of these elsewhere (or dropping them out completely), but still, you're not to gain much. So this is rarely used.

Of course, you can decide you want another shape of head, for example a cone-head. This would give you the extra room. Or when you become an ACPA-borg, you can decide for a large, unproportional head, that's the same effect (ACPAs do regularly have quite big helmets, nothing new). Just don't pretend you're a "human-looking 'borg" anymore.

All in all, up to 25% of "body" spaces can be declared as head spaces when the FBC body is bought. However, only small options (GM's call) can be installed there, if the head is not to gain "inhuman" features.

External spaces

Optionware can be fitted on the outside of a cyberlimb / body, like it can be mounted on ACPA as "external equipment". Maximum amount of spaces for such things is the number of internal spaces on that body part, -2 (direct offspring of ACPA rule). Remember however, that such 'ware isn't protected by the armour, nor by any means it cannot be said to be human-looking. Apart from that, a full set of external optionware almost doubles the 'borgs amount of "options", thus driving energy use thorough the roof ! GM should reduce FBC operational time then, even by up to 50%. All in all, it's rarely seen...

How many limbs can a borg have ?

With artificial shoulders and multisection modules, you can go for a pretty high number of these. However, with a lot of extra arms you'll probably have to use an elongated torso, which will have adverse effect on your balance. You might find it easier to crawl than walk upright. But the real problem emerges when you try to use all those limbs. See, your brain isn't used to having more than four limbs, two of them prehensile. Some mammals do have prehensile feet, and even prehensile tails, but that's all. No vertebrate has more than four limbs, so our brains are really evolved far away from having to cope with such.

Sure, with enough time you'll teach your brain how to recognize third or fourth arm, or sixth and fifth leg. The point is, however, not in recognizing them, and not even in just moving them. The problem is coordination. Legs are easier to cope with. After all, the number of things you do with them is somewhat limited - you mainly walk or run. A "backbrain" computer, built into a multisection module, will cope with it, keeping your legs from getting in their own way. Jumping is going to be a problem, however, as your body is much longer than you ever though it'll be, and has completely different movement mechanics.

Kicking someone (or even a couple of "someones") is another kettle of fish.

Arms are more difficult to handle, since we use them for precision tasks (yes, there are disabled artists, who paint keeping a brush between their toes, but they're rare. Even more so in 2020, when prosthetic replacements are readily available). And most people (apart from those few ambidextrous ones) have one hand dominant, the other being the "off-hand". Even with a dozen of arms, only one will be dominant... Also, whereas you can try doing more things at once (you don't have to count on boosted reflexes to try punching four opponents at once - you simply have enough fists), you have to divide your awareness between them, and this translates into multi-action penalty. Just a simple processor isn't enough to deal with it. While we can dream about gizmos like "Hecatonchires" ("Hundred-handed") processors, that would allow us to control immense number of devices and operations, such things do not exist yet. I'd say they're above the level of even the third generation technology.

After all, it doesn't make much difference to the game mechanics on how many arms do you have : you still can't do more things at once, and the only advantage is that you won't ever lack the proverbial third hand to hold you something.

ACPA-borgs in everyday life

Maybe becoming ACPA-'borg sounds nice, but remember you would stick out like a sore thumb in a crowd, as they're about two-to-three feet taller than the average Alpha Class 'borg. I'd imagine that they have some difficulties fitting into vehicles and using things designed for normal people (cellphones and common household remotes, ATMs etc). I mean, typing messages using an antique "Net-Slug" terminal or a cellphone would be akin to normal Joe Cyberpunk pushing the keys with a sausage, but that can be countered by plugging into the device or using vocal controls if present, and to use a car it would probably have to be a cargo truck or a van (with cybernetic controls), and that'd be an awfully tight fit at best. I'd suggest a pair of normal-sized utility arms for this kind of jobs, and the above mentioned cyber-controls for vehicles.

And then to the obvious, you'd probably have to use a tailor if you ever want to wear clothing ever again (even for camouflage purposes), unless you want to use a cargo tarp for camouflage (but you probably would not get into night clubs and places like that with a cargo tarp slung over your oversized shoulders). Of course if your shell has adaptive camo, the camouflage issue is solved, and you could use some stylized colour for festive occasions.

Of course, using an interchangeable biopod would solve all these things, as you could have an Alpha Class or a Gemini body for off-duty purposes, and you would use the ACPA-body only when in active duty.

ACPA spaces vs. cyborg spaces

After consulting Maximum Metal and a few other books I came to a conclusion that ACPA spaces are about twice the size of a cyborg space. Weapons taking 1 space on a cyberarm tend to take 1/2 space on an ACPA, although ACPA variants tend to be equipped with much more ammo. I take this as an effect of lack of consequence from R. Talsorian, they were making "popup weapons in cyberlimbs" size variation without going into much detail, obviously stating that option spaces on a BODY 10 limb are bigger than on the BODY 4 limb, but their number is stable. I took a directly opposite approach - "option space" represents a set amount of free space, bigger limbs just do have more of these.


Sample FBC designs

Below, you'll find several examples of Full Body Conversions created with these rules. All of them have been calculated using "cheap cybertech" prices. No HL caused by increased REF or ATTR has been counted in, as these losses are handled on individual basis. Same goes for MA and BODY - caused Humanity Loss. Although these FBCs have been constructed in various technologies, there's no specific technological level / generation assigned.

Standard neuralware - many of the 'borgs below have their neuralware listed as "standard". This means they do have a neural processor (mandatory for all 'borgs) and a single set of interface plugs.

Borg weapons - Since we're speaking of combat 'borgs, what the 'borgs tend to pack ?

Glad you've asked. Borgs are all too often portrayed packing absurdly big weapons, just for the thrill of that look. In fact, it's the matter of what do they carry these guns for, at the first place.
If you have a military 'borg, like the Attila, and want it to go tank-hunting, then it'll likely need a railgun, or ATGM launcher. Sure, a 'borg can swing a railgun with ease no human is capable of, and carry more ATGM spares than any human. But that does not mean every 'borg carries these weapons. Choose your target, and it'll show you what guns you'll need.

For most of time, 'borg troopers do use assault rifles, in either 12,7 mm or 14,5 mm caliber, simply for their utility. These weapons aren't more cumbersome to them than regular assault rifles to human infantrymen, and give them ability to effectively fight most 'borgs and ACPA, as well as some of the light armored vehicles. Not to mention regular troopers, no matter what personal armor are they going to wear.
For strictly anti-personnel ops against fleshies, a simple general-purpose machinegun is all you need - adequate power, and loads of belted ammo.

Now, as we go into the realm of civilian 'borgs, we can see that many of them do not have the strength to use some of the insanely powerful guns that keep filling gun shows. And apart from that, such monster hand cannons tend to be rare, and thus easily traceable. Some Freud's followers do claim that carrying the biggest handgun one could afford is a way of compensating for one's Mr.Studd (or the lack of it).
A reasonable 'borg out in the city does carry a normal, commercially available handgun, not necessary in the 12 mm+ range. Frightening boosters off with the very size of your gun sounds reasonable, until you face a punk on Black Lace. Not even packing a 16' naval gun is going to impress such one...

 

Belo Horizonte Sebastian

"We'll treat your child like a king !" - BH Sebastian's marketing slogan

BH Sebastian is meant as a medical replacement / Gemini body for children. Rumor says that the first one was invented for major shareholder's nephew, who was crippled in an accident. Whether true or not, it is fact that BH put a lot of attention into Sebastian line, and show great care for fitting them to specific users.
Sebastian is a body that can be factory-fitted for a child of almost any age (there are variants with higher Body rating as well, although the basic BODY 2 is the most popular), any sex and any look. This is meant to provide a body as close to the original look of the child as possible, and minimalise personality loss and emotional trauma.
Because it means every Sebastian has to be personalized, BH maintains a small stock of "generic" Sebastian bodies in ready-to-ship condition for emergency orders. However, those bodies are usually only rented for a limited time, that is - until the proper, personalized body can be finished and delivered. Such a "generic" body is ATTR 6, good quality in RealSkin cover, and costs 21000 eb.

Technology note : this FBC is built on Brazilian technology. The data below depict a "raw" Sebastian, without any cover. Belo Horizonte can deliver this model in such condition, but they usually insist that they produce the requested look and cover.

General info
Type : Gemini medical replacement body for children
Price : 11435 eb plus cover costs
Skeleton cost : 10800 eb
Weight : 30 kg
Cover : varies from order to order. Usually WarmSkin
Energy source : batteries

Performance
BODY : 2
REF : 6
MA : 5
ATTR : varies
SP : 0

Sensors
Optics : Brazilian, L&R : 3 free spaces each.
Audio : Brazilian, 4,5 free spaces.
Vocobox : BoxAlter, 0,6 free space (i.e. effectively no free spaces).
Neuroware : standard.

SDP allocation
Head : 11 SDP
Torso : 17 SDP, 2 free spaces
Left arm : 11 SDP, 2 free spaces, standard hand
Right arm : 11 SDP, 2 free spaces, standard hand
Left leg : 11 SDP, 2 free spaces, standard foot
Right leg : 11 SDP, 2 free spaces, standard foot

Humanity Loss : 6D6 + 1D6/2 + 7

Note : optional ballast is available for extra weight.
Depending on the cover variant, a Sebastian can be entitled to varying HL reductions. They are also considered to be attractive, however, they lack Mr.Studd / Midnite Lady implants, since they are not meant to participate in sexual contacts. BH company politics call it would be "inappropriate" to equip a child with fully-functional sexual organs. Sebastian-class 'borgs do have realistic genitalia made of the cover material, but these are not useable, and provided only for completeness sake. Of course after-market modifications are possible... Generally, depending on cover type, a Sebastian is entitled to HL reduction of 30-45%. Please check the "Children as borgs" chapter for more information.

 

Biodyne PM-01 Full Cybernetic Body Conversion

Nicknamed "PlasticMan"

PM-01 FBC was one of the first commercially available FBCs in history, and the one being best known. A 'borg equivalent to Ford model T, although it was available in more color variants than simply black. Nowadays, it's clumsy, outdated and long out of production. Biodyne, the company manufacturing it, had collapsed many years ago. Still, bootleg copies are being made around the world, and some "PlasticMen" are available on used cybertech market - prices vary widely, based on actual age, producer, condition, after-market modifications...

Technology note : this FBC is built on Outdated technology. The price has been calculated along Cheap FBC rules, yet in reality this could be only a suggested market price for a new, bootleg copy.

General info
Type : basic body replacement cyborg
Price : 15250 eb
Skeleton cost : 24500 eb
Weight : 90 kg
Cover : average-quality plastic (numerous colors available)
Energy source : batteries

Performance
BODY : 8
REF : 5 (6*)
MA : 4 (6*)
ATTR : 0
SP : 0

Sensors
Optics : Revelation cyberoptics, +1 to visual Awareness rolls (see Chromebook 3). L & R : 4 free spaces each.
Audio : Spectrum cyberaudio. Apply -1 to balance rolls, +1 or +2 to audio Awareness rolls (depending on microphone set used, consult Chromebook 3). 6 free spaces.
Vocobox : BoxAlter, 1 free space.
Neuroware : outdated Model 100 interface plugs (see Chromebook 3).

SDP allocation
Head : 36 SDP
Torso : 47 SDP, 5 free spaces
Left arm : 36 SDP, 4 free spaces, standard hand
Right arm : 36 SDP, 4 free spaces, standard hand
Left leg : 36 SDP, 3,5 free spaces, standard foot
Right leg : 36 SDP, 3,5 free spaces, standard foot

Humanity Loss : (19D6 + 1D6/2) - 0,5

Note : * Outdated body parts cause the reduction (see Enable Cyberlimbs, Chromebook 3). REF processor and movement myomars are capable of performance equal to 6 stat value, but because of the limbs construction, effective performance is limited as shown.

 

Bodyweight Life Preservation Systems/Adrek Robotics BX-100 ERB

Nicknamed "Jameson"

The "Jameson" is a down-to-the-ground, cheap-as-dirt replacement body for use during you regular body is in for repairs. Its basic configuration is nothing impressive to look at, it's a simple metal box atop four stout peg-legs with a pair of arms installed at the center of its top face on a rotating mount that can be turned 180 degrees both vertically and horizontally. The one on the left is an interface arm, it has a set of interface plugs, a retractable, articulated physical probe for pushing buttons and typing on keyboards, and a small manipulator claw for picking up small objects and otherwise interacting with the world around. The one on the right is a sensor boom that can be used to see things that are outside the main camera's FOV, it contains a small fiberoptic camera and a microphone pickup. The boxy main body sports a small digital video-camera on its forward face, internal microphones for audio pickup and a simple voice-box for communicating with the outside world. The legs are barely worth mention, as they're just four short peg-legs on limited mobility mountings on the lower corners of the side faces of the main body. They're articulate enough to allow basic mobility at a slow pace, but lack the sufficient articulation to allow the body to traverse neither stairs nor steep inclines on its own. It is, however able to utilize all ramps under 30 degrees of inclination, so it can enter most buildings with ramps for the disabled. It cannot jump, and dropping from extensive heights can damage its leg mountings. It is, however, light enough to be lifted by a single unaugmented person, and thus can enter most vehicles and other places it cannot go on its own.
Most "Jamesons" are found on small cybernetic clinics tending only FBC hosts, along with some less-than-legal establishments (read : ripperdocs) and 'borg communities. Its simple design means that it's cheap to maintain and fairly easy to modify. As it's an older, almost obsolete design, it's very hard to find a completely off-the-shelf "Jameson"(presented by the stats below). This also means that all modifications are made on rebuilt "Jamesons" and aren't therefore available for a stock unit. With a stock "Jameson" the performance values can be upgraded up to a max of 5 per stat, but some rebuilt "Jamesons" can have aftermarket modifications to allow even greater range of mobility and articulation of limbs. It's rumored that some of these rebuilt "Jamesons" have had their fixed biopod mountings replaced with receptables for Interchangeable biopods, although they are not available for stock "Jamesons".

Technology note : this FBC is built on Skeletal technology, because its limbs do not have the full function range of a human being, they're counted as partial cyberlimbs.

General info
Type : budget emergency replacement body
Price : 9050 eb
Skeleton cost : 6205 eb
Weight : 40 kg
Cover : cheap plastic (20 eb per location, body counts as one location). Available in a limited range of colors (red, blue, green, white and black), although rebuilt models can have other colors as well.
Energy source : batteries

Performance
BODY : 2*
REF : 2*
MA : 2*
ATTR : 0
SP : 0

Sensors
Optics : high-grade digital video camera, 2 free spaces.
Audio : omnidirectional microphone setup, 2 free spaces.
Vocobox : BoxAlter, 1 free space.
Neuroware : standard.

SDP allocation
Torso : 34 SDP, 2 free spaces
Left arm : 16 SDP, 0 free space, (interface arm/manipulator) pair of interface plugs in an articulated mount, physical probe, manipulator claw
Right arm : 16 SDP, 1 free space, (sensor arm) fiberoptic camera, microphone
Left leg : 16 SDP, 0 free space, 4 legs (stats per limb)
Right leg : 16 SDP, 0 free space, 4 legs (stats per limb)

Humanity Loss : 18D6+2 / 12D6+1D3+1

Note : * can be upgraded to a max of 5.

Popular options/upgrades : LiveWire Prehensile Interface Plugs (most rebuilt "Jamesons" have these already), 400 eb, *2*.
MA upgrade (improved leg mountings), cost and HC as in CheapFBC.
REF upgrade (improved motoric system processors), cost and HC as in cheapFBC.
BODY upgrade (Reinforced structure, improved hydraulics), cost and HC as in cheapFBC.
Utility Pincers, cost and HC as in cheapFBC.

Jameson construction notes :
1. All limbs are considered partial cyberlimbs, because none of them are fully functional when compared to normal cyberlimb standards. Also, as the the main body is just a simple metal-framed case, it shouldn't cost as much as a full FBC torso (the 3300 eb comes up to 5000 eb if you disregard the skeletal tech cost modifier and go for standard tech instead). I also calculated the body's HC as 6D6, rather than 8D6, simply because the box shape is a bit easier to fit options with than a borg body that has to at least mimic humanoid body shape. The amount of limbs builds up the rest of the HC, and because there are so many limbs (seven in total, four legs and three manipulators (I'm counting the interface arm as a manipulator as it can be used to type on keyboards and keypads as well as used as a convenient extendable plug-in device), it bumps up the HC quite a bit.
2. Those stats are for humanoid and near-humanoid ('borgs with inhuman transportation devices instead of legs) bodies, the Jameson is neither, plus it has short legs (low MA), poor coordination (low REF), and the legs as well as the primary manipulator arms (utility pincers) are frail so it cannot carry much else than itself (low BODY), so that drops the stats.

 

CINO Nautilus


The Nautilus was meant as an equivalent for Hydrosubsidium's Aquarius. It isn't anything fancy - it is a rugged, effective underwater worker (although military versions aren't unknown - equipped with heavy armor, decoy launchers and boosted performance), with good attention paid to security. It can not only work undersea for much longer than Aquarius, but it can bail out in case of an emergency or failure almost like from a bottle of champagne. It is also intended to be able to care for fleshie colleagues - it utilizes a pretty unique emergency rebreather system, fed from borg's own gills.
Note that it is considered essential for every diver to have a knife at hand, and Nautilus' knife compartment can carry almost any combat / survival knife the user is comfortable with (in fact, underwater versions of IMI Chainknife are the most popular choice).

Technology note : this FBC is built on Standard technology.

General info
Type : undersea operations body
Price : 88620 eb
Skeleton cost : 20800 eb
Weight : 110 kg
Cover : high-quality plastic
Energy source : batteries

Performance
BODY : 10 (20*)
REF : 6
MA : 6
ATTR : 0
SP : 0

Sensors
Optics : standard, Low-light (L&R), 3 free spaces each.
Audio : standard, Radio, Scrambler, Level Dampener, Sound Editing, Enhanced Hearing Range, 1 free space.
Vocobox : BoxAlter, 1 free space.
Neuroware : Processor, Interface Plugs, Chipware Socket, ULF Transceiver, Machine/tech link.

SDP allocation
Head : 38 SDP
Torso : 48 SDP, 0 free space, Quick-Change Biopod, Underwater Propulsion System, Saltwater Gills, 0,5-space Emergency Floatation Bladder
Left arm : 38 SDP, 1 free space, webbed hand, Semi Contained Searchlight (800m range), Heavy Sonar, 0,5-space Emergency Floatation Bladder
Right arm : 38 SDP, 2 free spaces, webbed hand, Emergency Rebreather, 0,5-space Emergency Floatation Bladder
Left leg : 38 SDP, 1 free space, webbed foot, ULF Radio Antenna & Reel, built-in computer (PCX equivalent)
Right leg : 38 SDP, 0 free space, webbed foot, Chemical analyzer, 2-space sized knife holster

Humanity Loss : 19D6

Note : * due to 2nd generation myomars.
This model comes with Extreme-level environmental adaptation versus pressure and a Serious-level adaptation vs. cold.

Emergency rebreather : this system is an assembly consisted of compressed helium canister (a modified Secondary Breathing Tank), a mixer unit linked to borg's own oxygen supply / gills, and a mouthpiece. It is meant to provide air to a human victim of an underwater mishap. Since the helium supply is limited, it cannot be used for longer than one hour, provided the human minimizes its air demand by remaining calm and motionless. The gills can copy with increased oxygen demand caused by a human for up to 3 hours. The whole assembly takes 2 spaces, costs 400 eb and has HL of 1.

 

Corporation Farmaceutica de Belo Horizonte Adam / Eva


Adam / Eva is a cheap, basic Gemini FBC. Yet it's a great market success, being produced and sold - under license agreements or as bootleg copies - all over the world. Sure, it's generally just an artificial human, but that's what keeps this model popular.
Adam / Eva comes with a very limited choice of face finishes, hair styles and similar features (initial edition had only four faces - two male and two female each with its distinctive hair color and cut. As they've become popular in other parts of the world, license agreements were made to produce 'borgs matching local phenotype). The bodies are covered with RealSkin, what gives them impression of being human, but this is far too easy to unveil, and their faces are just too generic - they just look like straight from cheap cosmetic surgery boutique (hence the nickname "Barbie and Ken"). Still, for some people that is enough. Besides, there's a huge modification after-market for Adam / Eva's, so if you want to change your face, or modify your body in any other way, it's pretty easy.

Technology note : this FBC is built on Brazilian technology.

General info
Type : basic human-replica cyborg
Price : 24750 eb
Skeleton cost : 15700 eb
Weight : 70 kg
Cover : RealSkin (generic quality beauty)
Energy source : batteries

Performance
BODY : 6
REF : 6
MA : 6
ATTR : 6 (generic)
SP : 0

Sensors
Optics : standard, L & R : 4 free spaces each.
Audio : standard, 6 free spaces.
Vocobox : BoxAlter, 1 free space.
Neuroware : standard.

SDP allocation
Head : 20 SDP
Torso : 25 SDP, 3 free spaces, Mr Studd (Adam) or Midnite Lady (Eva)
Left arm : 20 SDP, 3 free spaces, standard hand
Right arm : 20 SDP, 3 free spaces, standard hand
Left leg : 20 SDP, 3 free spaces, standard foot
Right leg : 20 SDP, 3 free spaces, standard foot

Humanity Loss : 9D6 + 1D6/2 + 1

Note : due to realskinning, physical attractiveness and ability to participate in sexual contacts, overall HL is reduced by 35%.

 

IEC Golem


IEC produces the Golem quite as a "Do-It-Yourself" FBC. They provide this high-grade main component and the buyer has to finish it, customizing it to his needs. Golem is big and strong, very sturdy, and capable of accepting almost any set of equipment you'd wish it to use. It is, however, pretty raw. It has the basic reflex processor, and rudimentary mobility control, so you could use it out of the box, but it lacks even a most basic outer casing.
It's a rare thing to see a stock Golem, but heavily-modified variants are pretty common.

Technology note : this FBC is built on Standard technology.

General info
Type : high-grade component
Price : 23900 eb
Skeleton cost : 20800 eb
Weight : 120 kg
Cover : none. It's up to buyer to install a cover that fits his needs
Energy source : batteries

Performance
BODY : 10
REF : 4
MA : 5
ATTR : 0
SP : 0

Sensors
Optics : standard, L & R : 4 free spaces each.
Audio : standard, 6 free spaces.
Vocobox : BoxAlter, 1 free space.
Neuroware : standard.

SDP allocation
Head : 38 SDP
Torso : 48 SDP, 6 free spaces
Left arm : 38 SDP, 6 free spaces, standard hand
Right arm : 38 SDP, 6 free spaces, standard hand
Left leg : 38 SDP, 4 free spaces, standard foot
Right leg : 38 SDP, 4 free spaces, standard foot

Humanity Loss : 12D6 + 1D3 + 2

 

Mexican Metals Anaconda


Anaconda is a market follow-up of the Sidewinder : an FBC combat sports body. However, Mexican Metals used their experience from the previous model that had achieved only a mediocre success. Since Anaconda is meant for the professional circuit (its price tag shows this clearly), it's meant to be customized to the user's needs. Thus, it has a pretty rudimentary basic package, but a lot of space for options to fit particular user's combat style.
Generally, there are as many Anacondas as users - some equipped with hydraulic rams for extra strength, others with double-jointed, rotary limbs, even others with heaps of build-in weaponry. They do have to comply with particular sports rules and personal taste of the user. However, quick-change limbs are almost unheard about, after a few cases when these were used against the combatant - by simply unlocking and removing them from an opponent.

Technology note : this FBC is built on Standard technology, with oversized legs.

General info
Type : cybernetic gladiator / hand-to-hand combat shell
Price : 109400 eb
Skeleton cost : 22400 eb
Weight : 110 kg
Cover : SP 20 ballistic nylon
Energy source : batteries

Performance
BODY : 10 (oversized legs of BODY 12)
REF : 12
MA : 10
ATTR : 0
SP : 20

Sensors
Optics : standard, Anti-dazzle (L&R), Microvideo (L), Dodgeball (L) and 1 free space each.
Audio : standard, Radio Link, 5 free spaces.
Vocobox : BoxAlter, 1 free space.
Neuroware : standard.

SDP allocation
Head : 38 SDP
Torso : 48 SDP, 5 free spaces, Quick-Change Biopod
Left arm : 38 SDP, 6 free spaces
Right arm : 38 SDP, 6 free spaces
Left leg : 40 SDP, 4,5 free spaces
Right leg : 40 SDP, 4,5 free spaces

Humanity Loss : 13D6 + 1D6/2 + 4,5

 

Mexican Metals Sidewinder


The Sidewinder is one of the few wett zeugs (Motorball race / combat bodies) that are actually being produced. Most of such shells are constructed by a race team's techs on individual basis, and accustomed to the user's preferences. Sidewinders are a common sight in the amateur league, however, and some of the less well-doing Motorballers in the professional circuits also stick to this model, although it's then heavily modified.
A few features of the Sidewinder that are worth noting (and often copied in professional bodies) are the techscanner / radio link telemetry set, allowing the chief mechanic of the team following the damage status, and quickchange mounts to keep pit-stop repair times as short as possible. Please keep in mind that the Sidewinder does have no cyberpsychosis suppression equipment installed.
Please note that - as a bloodsport - Motorball is generally legal in very few places, and only there regulations do allow purchase of 'borgs like the Sidewinder. And even there, it's usually not street-legal, being restricted to the proper Motorball tracks only.

Technology note : this FBC is built on Standard technology.

General info
Type : Motorball "wett zeug"
Price : 77692 eb
Skeleton cost : 16515 eb
Weight : 125 kg
Cover : SP 20 ballistic nylon (often painted in bright colors)
Energy source : batteries

Performance
BODY : 8
REF : 10
MA : 30
ATTR : 0
SP : 20

Sensors
Optics : standard, L & R : 4 free spaces each. Optishield with Anti-dazzle, Times Square Plus and Time/Date on top of that.
Audio : standard, Tight-beam Radio, Scrambled, Level Damper, 3 free spaces.
Vocobox : BoxAlter, 1 free space.
Neuroware : standard.

SDP allocation
Head : 34 SDP
Torso : 44 SDP, 2 free spaces, Quick-Change Biopod, Techscanner, Gyrostabilisator
Left arm : 34 SDP, 2 free spaces, Mace hand, Quick Change Mount, BigRipp, Whip
Right arm : 34 SDP, 2 free spaces, Mace hand, Quick Change Mount, BigRipp, Whip
Left leg : 51 SDP, 6 free spaces, multiwheel assembly
Right leg : 51 SDP, 6 free spaces, multiwheel assembly

Humanity Loss : 21D6 + 1D3 + 0,5

 

Militech Agamemnon


When Militech made Attila combat 'borg, it soon became the object of wet dreams of most generals in the world. So, Militech went along "the more, the better" line, creating Agamemnon. However, it seems they've lost the link with reality somewhere in the process. One of the reasons why Attila remained a general's dream - and usually only a dream ! - was the price tag. And Agamemnon was meant to be even more expensive.
Militech's 'borg construction department were also unable to make their mind about the new design - was it to be a commander model, or heavy weapons platform ? Those two roles don't mix up well, but that didn't stop the R&D team from borrowing a number of subsystems from the ACPA division and installing these in their new project. The advantage was to be having a 'borg whose sensor and communications range would be on par with ACPA and many vehicles.
So, here it is, Militech Agamemnon, the biggest and scariest 'borg in the yard, stuffed with expensive electronic equipment and providing a first-class target to any anti-vehicle system on a battlefield. A perfect case of what they call "putting all your eggs in a single basket"... Plus, the HL caused by this package requires it to use Cybertrooper moddy, which - in fact - cancels most of the mental qualities that would make an useful battlefield commander...
Popular add-ons include drone bays (using either the free spaces in right arm, or bigger spaces gained thanks to rearranging option placement) and externally-mounted heavy weapons (especially big autocannons, or hand-held Gatling guns).

Technology note : this FBC is built on Standard technology.

General info
Type : ACPA-borg
Price : 2111355 eb
Skeleton cost : 85190 eb
Weight : 753 kg
Cover : Militech Crystalline Steel (SP 40 Heavy Armor), with built in Reactive Armor, thermal baffling and Militech Mirage Gear camouflage
Energy source : hydrogen cells. A secondary set is included

Performance
BODY : 20 (40*)
REF : 15
MA : 12
ATTR : 0
SP : 40

Sensors
Optics : uses a "Bug Eye" (R) and a standard one (L). Option package : Anti-dazzle (L&R), Low-light (L&R), Infrared (L&R), Image Enhancement (L), Times Square Plus (R).
Audio : standard, Level Damper, Amplified Hearing, Enhanced Hearing Range, Radar Detector, Wideband Radio Scanner and Scrambler.
Vocobox : NewThroat, Subsonic Speaking, Volume Regulation, 1 free space.
Neuroware : Processor, Interface Plugs, Black Box, Remote Targeting, Combat Crystal, C3 (ACPA-grade), Smartgun, Dataterm, Cybermodem, Kerenzikov +2, Tactile boost, Olfactory boost, Machine/tech link, Chipware socket (with behavioral chipware / moddy link), Echolocation co-processor, Lockdown, Cyberdetection computer. Cybertrooper moddy is included into the package.

SDP allocation
Head : 48 SDP
Torso : 68 SDP, 1 free space, Quick-Change Biopod, AGAMS, Radar (ACPA-grade), Radio Lantern / Homing Beacon, Gyrostabilizer, 1 free space
Left arm : 48 SDP, 4,25 free spaces, standard hand, ACPA-grade Laser Comlink, Built-in computer, Cybernetic Drone Control Deck
Right arm : 48 SDP, 0,25 free space, standard hand, ECM (ACPA-grade), Painting Laser, Satellite Uplink, 2 spare hydrogen cells
Left leg : 48 SDP, 0,375 free space, standard foot, Doc Richter Movement Detector, MAD (ACPA-grade), 3 spare hydrogen cells
Right leg : 48 SDP, 0,375 free space, standard foot, ECCM (ACPA-grade), Radiation Sensor, Chemical Analyzer, 1 spare hydrogen cell

Humanity Loss : 28D6 + 1D6/2 + 2,5

Note : * due to 2nd generation myomars.
Due to widespread use of Cybertrooper Moddy, HL is usually considered irrelevant.
This model comes with EMP grade 3 hardening, Extreme heat, Serious cold, Serious pressure and Serious lack of pressure environmental adaptations.

Cybernetic Drone Control Deck : just as in Chromebook 2, apart from the fact it is built into the cyborg. I followed computer rules here : 1 space, 1600 eb, HL 1 (like a cybermodem, it doesn't differ that much after all).
Sensory extension ("Rabbit Ear") : Anti-dazzle, Thermal Imager, Image Enhancement, Teleoptics, Tight Beam Radio and Amplified Hearing.

 

Militech Attila


Militech Attila is a typical modern combat FBC. Whereas too big and obvious for clandestine operations, it makes great attack unit (generals tend to refer to it as "cybernetic stormtrooper"). Although it has a power output and lift capability comparable to a light ACPA, Attila is still not much bigger than a powerfully-built human. This allows it for the use (although not always comfortable) of many human-made weapons, vehicles and other equipment, thus vastly enhancing its tactical flexibility.
Stock Attilas do not come with built-in weapons, since it's considered wiser arming them with 'borg variants of standard firearms (the most common is 12,7 mm / .50 cal assault rifle, although 14,5 mm assault rifles are also popular, especially where Soviet equipment was once widely used (for stats of such weapons, see SoF 2). Yet all four limbs are equipped with twin quick-change mounts, allowing outfitting the borg to given mission in a matter of minutes. This is truly a "Two-Legged Weapons Platform".
Attila is definitely a team player, being equipped with Combat Crystal and a wide area of data transmitting options (tight-beam radio, standard radio, laser communication and infrasound speaking). It has broad range of sensors as well.
And, with the addition of Cybertrooper behavioral chip, Attila becomes cyberpsychosis-proof, intelligent, dedicated and obedient combat unit, a commander's dream.
Attila is available in two variants of REF performance (standard Attila with REF 14, and REF 15 Attila Plus) and three of EMP Protection. Thus both these information are included in the name, e.g. Attila I Plus or Attila II.

Technology note : this FBC is built on Standard technology.

General info
Type : assault cyborg
Price : depends on variant, see table below
 AttilaAttila Plus
EMP protection grade 1360000 eb400000 eb
EMP protection grade 2390000 eb430000 eb
EMP protection grade 3600000 eb650000 eb

Skeleton cost : 42400 eb
Weight : 340 kg
Cover : Militech P-Steel Composite Armor (SP 40 Heavy Armor), with built in Reactive Armor (see SoF 2), thermal baffling and Militech Mirage Gear camouflage
Energy source : hydrogen cells

Performance
BODY : 12 (24*)
REF : 14 (15 for Attila Plus model)
MA : 12
ATTR : 0
SP : 40

Sensors
Optics : uses "Bug Eyes" (see Chromebook 3). Option package : Anti-dazzle (L&R), Low-light (L&R), Infrared (L&R), Image Enhancement (R), Teleoptics (R), Targeting Scope (R), Time / Date Display (L), Times Square + (L).
Audio : standard, Level Damper, Amplified Hearing, Enhanced Hearing Range, Radio Link, Radar Detector and Scrambler.
Vocobox : NewThroat, Subsonic Speaking, Volume Regulation. 1 free space.
Neuroware : Processor, Interface plugs, Kerenzikov +2, Tactile boost, Olfactory boost, Cybermodem link, Vehicle link, Machine/tech link, Smartgun link, Chipware socket (with behavioral chipware / moddy link), Echolocation co-processor, Lockdown, Cyberdetection computer, Combat Crystal, BlackBox Braindance recorder. Cybertrooper moddy included into the package.

SDP allocation
Head : 40 SDP
Torso : 52 SDP, 0 free space, Built-in options : Quick-change biopod, Radar, Autoinjector, Radiation detector, Chemical analyzer, Gyrostabilisation
Left arm : 40 SDP, 2,25 free spaces, standard hand, shoulder and wrist quick-change mounts
Right arm : 40 SDP, 2,25 free spaces, standard hand, shoulder and wrist quick-change mounts
Left leg : 40 SDP, 1,375 free space, standard foot, pelvis and ankle quick-change mounts
Right leg : 40 SDP, 1,375 free space, standard foot, pelvis and ankle quick-change mounts

Humanity Loss : 27D6 + 3,5

Note : * with enhanced myomars.
Due to widespread use of Cybertrooper Moddy, HL is usually considered irrelevant.
This model comes with two Serious environmental modifications : it's adapted to remain fully operational in hot and cold weather. Grade 1, 2 or 3 EMP shielding is also built in.

Sensory extension ("Rabbit Ear") : Anti-dazzle, Laser communicator, Thermograph, Ultraviolet, Tight-beam Radio and Frequency Changer.
Spare limbs : spare arms and legs for Attilas are readily available from Militech. They have been calculated as simply limb modules with all the same features as a full Attila, including armor, IR baffling and so on. Each of them is supplied with 2 Quick-change mounts, but you can resign from the wrist / ankle one (this saves 400 eb and gives one space). The module is supplied without hand / foot which has to be purchased separately.

 

Mitsubishi / Koryidansu Jason


Jason, named after the leader of the mythical Argonauts, was designed to be an explorer. "To boldly go where no man..." - of course, this is just the marketing slogan. Due to budget reasons, the world it is suited to work at is Mars. A new world, nevertheless. And requiring a lot of precaution to be explored safely.
Like Ardek Robotics' Burroughs, Jason is somewhat a basic package, meant to be outfitted to specific tasks on as-needed basis. However, design team put a lot of effort to make it suited to long-range scouting missions - a Jason is equipped with additional nutrient canister, extra energy source, and a very sturdy construction. Provided some kind of energy outlet is available (and Jasons do often carry portable solar / wind power generators in their equipment), it can perform scouting mission for week without a need to restock.
Please keep in mind, however, that even this marvel of Japanese technology, built with the most advanced Orbital-grade material, isn't completely maintenance-free. To maximize its durability, it is suggested to not perform maintenance duties in situations, where Marian dust can get inside of the mechanism. Although the cover (along with Optishield) was designed to be especially durable, and is - theoretically - able to withstand a Martian sandstorm, any testing of this fact may be performed on user's own risk only.
Due to high cost, compared to the standard Burroughs, Jasons are almost never seen outside of JAB forces on Mars.

Technology note : this FBC is built on Orbital / Japanese High-Tech technology. It uses Japanese High Tech sensors. All options for this borg (except for neural options) are 3 times more expensive.

General info
Type : Mars operations 'borg
Price : 247840 eb
Skeleton cost : 25900 eb
Weight : 90 kg
Cover : SP 20 ballistic nylon
Energy source : batteries (primary), hydrogen fuel cell (secondary)

Performance
BODY : 8 (16*)
REF : 8
MA : 8
ATTR : 0
SP : 20

Sensors
Optics : Japanese High Tech standard, Cyberoptic Logocompass (L), 4 free spaces (L), 6 free spaces (R). Optishield (Japanese High Tech standard) : Times Square Plus, Low-light, Time/Date Display, 1 free space.
Audio : Japanese High Tech standard, Sound Editing, 8 free spaces.
Vocobox : Japanese High Tech BoxAlter, 1,5 free space.
Neuroware : Processor, Interface Plugs, Chipware Socket.

SDP allocation
Head : 85 SDP
Torso : 110 SDP, 3,125 free spaces, nutrient canister (1 month worth), 3 additional fuel cells
Left arm : 85 SDP, 3,125 free spaces, standard hand, Satellite Uplink, Radio Lantern / Homing Beacon, 1 extra battery
Right arm : 85 SDP, 3,125 free spaces, standard hand, build-in radio, 1 extra battery
Left leg : 85 SDP, 2,937 free spaces, Sand Foot, 2 extra batteries
Right leg : 85 SDP, 2,937 free spaces, Sand Foot, 2 extra batteries

Humanity Loss : 17D6 + 3

Note : * due to 2nd generation myomars.
This model comes with Serious-level adaptation vs. cold, heat and lack of pressure, as well as Grade 1 EMP hardening.

Sand Feet : this is simply a variant of the "swimming" Web Feet. The "fingers" spread apart, and thin, fan-like sheeting (or high-resistant film, like Kevlar fabric, that depends on the model) is spread between them, allowing to distribute your weight over a bigger area (useful when you have to walk on sand, snow, mash or any else terrain not dense enough to support your weight - it counts as "having larger feet"). While these don't perform well as fins (and vice versa), they are very useful in the environment they were designed for. Cost & HL as for Web Feet.

 

Olympia Cybernetics / IEC Aesklepios


Aesklepios is the paramedical variant of Hero. It isn't a full-fledged doctor, but it is meant to be a lifesaver, not cosmetic surgeon for the rich. It is to ride ambulances to the meanest back streets of the town. Several are used as battlefield medics as well. An Aesklepios carries all the tools it may need in it's arms : there are two sets of Microwaldo bracers (effectively, Aesklepios has more hands than a whole surgical team), modular hands with medical instruments, two storage bays for extra utensils, taser grips re-tooled into use as defibrillator paddles (with extra batteries to compensate the power drain) - not to mention these can be also used to zap anyone trying to interfere. Also, a gas jet is provided - usually, its reservoirs are filled with antiseptics, to be sprayed upon the patient. However, Olympia Cybernetics is considering adding more of these, to allow quick application of tissue glue and spray-on casts, as soon as those technologies are patented by Trauma Team.
Aesklepios is usually seen carrying a huge backpack or bag with supplies : IV's, stretchers, oxygen supply, mylar blankets, wound dressings - that would make anyone but an Olympic athlete fall to the ground.

Technology note : this FBC is built on Standard technology.

General info
Type : paramedic 'borg
Price : 111950 eb
Skeleton cost : 16500 eb
Weight : 90 kg
Cover : SP 20 ballistic nylon
Energy source : batteries

Performance
BODY : 8 (16*)
REF : 12
MA : 12
ATTR : 0
SP : 20

Sensors
Optics : standard, Anti-dazzle (L&R), Times Square Plus (L). Thermooptics (R), Low-light (R), Micro-optics (R).
Audio : standard, Radio, Scrambler, Level Dampener, Sound Editing, Enhanced Hearing Range, 1 free space.
Vocobox : BoxAlter, Volume (used usually as a megaphone).
Neuroware : Processor, Interface Plugs, Chipware Socket (modified to accept moddy chips).

SDP allocation
Head : 34 SDP
Torso : 44 SDP, 2,75 free spaces, Quick-Change Biopod
Left arm : 34 SDP, 0,75 free space, Medical Modular hand, Medscanner, Microwaldo Bracer, Taser grip
Right arm : 34 SDP, 0,75 free space, Medical Modular hand, Gas Jet, Microwaldo Bracer, Taser grip
Left leg : 34 SDP, 2,125 free spaces, standard foot, storage space, additional battery
Right leg : 34 SDP, 2,125 free spaces, standard foot, storage space, additional battery

Humanity Loss : 18D6 + 2D6/2 + 1

Note : * due to 2nd generation myomars.
This model comes with one Extreme-level environmental adaptation versus heat.

 

Olympia Cybernetics / IEC Apollo


The most commonly seen of the Hero variants, Apollo is equipped with a genuine set of tools - all for one purpose. Get to the disaster site, remove any obstacles in its way, and get people out of there ! Contrary to the old model, Brimstone, it doesn't drag a heavyweight water pipe attached to its back - a small CO2 extinguisher is built in, but it is meant as an emergency measure - normally, the borg carries a conventional, hand-held fire hose. There are chemical and radiation scanners as well, so the borg can detect such dangers. Variants protected vs. radiation and chemicals are available (see Olympia Cybernetics / IEC Hades), but the standard model can use human-issue protective means, if a need arises.
The Apollo presented here is equipped with an external, cyber-controlled fire extinguisher backpack with extendable foam jet / sensory unit boom.

Technology note : this FBC is built on Standard technology.

General info
Type : firefighting 'borg
Price : 108565 eb
Skeleton cost : 16500 eb
Weight : 90 kg
Cover : SP 20 ballistic nylon
Energy source : batteries

Performance
BODY : 8 (16*)
REF : 12
MA : 12
ATTR : 0
SP : 20

Sensors
Optics : standard, Anti-dazzle (L&R), Times Square Plus (L). Thermal Imaging (R), Low-light (R), 1 free space (R).
Audio : standard, Radio, Scrambler, Level Dampener, Sound Editing, Enhanced Hearing Range, 1 free space.
Vocobox : BoxAlter, Volume (used usually as a megaphone).
Neuroware : Processor, Interface Plugs, Chipware Socket (modified to accept moddy chips).

SDP allocation
Head : 34 SDP
Torso : 44 SDP, 1,75 free space, Quick-Change Biopod, Radar
Left arm : 34 SDP, 1,75 free space, Grapple hand, ChainRipp
Right arm : 34 SDP, 1,75 free space, Extension hand, CO2 extinguisher, cutting torch
Left leg : 34 SDP, 2,625 free spaces, standard foot, Chemical Analyzer
Right leg : 34 SDP, 2,625 free spaces, standard foot, Radiation Detector

Humanity Loss : 19D6 + 2D6/2 + 1

Note : * due to 2nd generation myomars.
This model comes with one Extreme-level environmental adaptation versus heat.

 

Olympia Cybernetics / IEC Ares


While Ares, the military Hero variant, can't match Attila as a "cybernetic shocktrooper", it is still a valuable asset. Militech may try to ridicule it, since Ares isn't as strong, as fast, or as resilient as their model, but Olympia points out one small thing : price. You can have almost two and a half Ares borgs for the money you'd need to buy a simplest Attila. And Ares comes with grade 2 EMP shielding standard. And if the protection is too weak, you can always dress it in some XL-sized flak jacket for extra armor. Plus, Ares will fit into any standard transport, combat or utility vehicle, and it won't damage the shocks, unlike a 340 kg Attila.
The commanders who like to flex their muscles are going to lobby for Attila. But Ares is not as expensive, and it can do most of the same things. That's why so many countries prefer it over Militech's product.

Technology note : this FBC is built on Standard technology.

General info
Type : military 'borg
Price : 143065 eb
Skeleton cost : 16500 eb
Weight : 90 kg
Cover : SP 20 ballistic nylon with Militech Mirage Gear camouflage system equivalent build-in
Energy source : batteries

Performance
BODY : 8 (16*)
REF : 12
MA : 12
ATTR : 0
SP : 20

Sensors
Optics : standard, Anti-dazzle (L&R), Times Square Plus (L). Low-light (R), Targeting Scope (R), Image Enhancement (R).
Audio : standard, Radio, Scrambler, Level Dampener, Sound Editing, Enhanced Hearing Range, 1 free space.
Vocobox : BoxAlter, Volume (used usually as a megaphone).
Neuroware : Processor, Interface Plugs, Chipware Socket (modified to accept moddy chips), Kerenzikov +2, smartgun link.

SDP allocation
Head : 34 SDP
Torso : 44 SDP, 0,75 free space, Quick-Change Biopod, Radar, Sensory Extension (with 4 free optical and 2 audio spaces)
Left arm : 34 SDP, 3,75 free spaces, standard hand
Right arm : 34 SDP, 3,75 free spaces, standard hand
Left leg : 34 SDP, 2,125 free spaces, standard foot, 3 extra batteries
Right leg : 34 SDP, 2,125 free spaces, standard foot, 3 extra batteries

Humanity Loss : 18D6 + 1D6/2 + 1,5

Note : * due to 2nd generation myomars.
This model comes with one Extreme-level environmental adaptation versus heat. Also, EMP grade 2 hardening is provided.

 

Olympia Cybernetics / IEC Hades


A rare sight, Hades is hazardous-environment Hero variant. It is protected far more than a standard Hero, it can cope with a chemical spill, nuclear reactor leak, biohazard - in fact, nearly any problem that would otherwise require the use of most severe protective means or even remotes-only. Like Apollo variant, it has some tools built in, but generally relies on hand-held equipment. Thanks to extensive sensor system, it can work even in the worst kinds of smoke (not even white-phosphorus smoke is going to stop it !). The one quality that is often seen as disadvantage is the lack of additional air reserve. However, Olympia Cybernetics replies that requiring even a Hades to work in a place so dangerous it can't breathe in it, for over 8 hours is asking for an accident, and thus lack of additional air supply is to force regular checkups on Hades 'borgs when working in harshest conditions.
Standard moddy link is rarely used, however, some Hades borgs are being equipped with the "Rescue Ranger" moddy.
The Hades presented here is equipped with an additional backpack tank meant to disperse liquid chemical neutralizers. The two jets are fully adjustable due to cybernetic control.

Technology note : this FBC is built on Standard technology.

General info
Type : base for emergency service 'borgs
Price : 263440 eb
Skeleton cost : 16500 eb
Weight : 90 kg
Cover : SP 20 ballistic nylon, usually in orange (or yellow)-black "hazard" striping
Energy source : batteries

Performance
BODY : 8 (16*)
REF : 12
MA : 12
ATTR : 0
SP : 20

Sensors
Optics : standard, Anti-dazzle (L&R), Times Square Plus (L). Thermograph and 2 free spaces (R).
Audio : standard, Radio, Scrambler, Level Dampener, Sound Editing, Enhanced Hearing Range, 1 free space.
Vocobox : BoxAlter, Subsonic Speaking.
Neuroware : Processor, Interface Plugs, Chipware Socket (modified to accept moddy chips), Echolocation co-processor.

SDP allocation
Head : 34 SDP
Torso : 44 SDP, 1,75 free space, Quick-Change Biopod, Radar
Left arm : 34 SDP, 1,75 free space, standard hand, Squirter, Cutting Torch, Satellite Uplink
Right arm : 34 SDP, 1,75 free space, standard hand, Squirter, Semi-contained Searchlight (800m range, white light)
Left leg : 34 SDP, 1,625 free space, standard foot, Movement Detector, Chemical Analyzer
Right leg : 34 SDP, 1,625 free space, standard foot, Radiation Detector, Mini-computer (PCX-equivalent)

Humanity Loss : 19D6 + 1D6/2 + 2,5

Note : * due to 2nd generation myomars.
This model comes with Extreme-level environmental adaptations versus heat and corrosives, and Serious-level adaptations versus cold, pressure and lack of pressure. Grade 3 EMP hardening is included.

 

Olympia Cybernetics / IEC Hero


The Hero class, a design from Olympia Cybernetics (now produced by IEC, under license agreement) has proven to be a massive success. While not outstanding in any particular field, it is a good all-around platform and several specialized variants are based on it. Hero was - from the very beginning - designed with crisis reaction forces in mind : fire brigades, ambulance services and police forces. It is small enough to use any equipment designed for humans, including load-bearing equipment, tools, weapons, and vehicles. It's well-armored, so it can enter a blazing, collapsing building (advanced heat shielding comes handy here) or any other disaster site without fear, and still strong enough to move debris with its own hands. There's also a moddy-capable socket, if the buyer prefers to have his emergency personnel issued such and a handsome amount of space for further upgrades.
Please note that Hero and its variants were intended as duty-only bodies, thus all are equipped with quick-change biopod sockets, standard.

Technology note : this FBC is built on Standard technology.

General info
Type : base for emergency service 'borgs
Price : 105715 eb
Skeleton cost : 16500 eb
Weight : 90 kg
Cover : SP 20 ballistic nylon
Energy source : batteries

Performance
BODY : 8 (16*)
REF : 12
MA : 12
ATTR : 0
SP : 20

Sensors
Optics : standard, Anti-dazzle (L&R), Times Square Plus (L), 3 free spaces (R).
Audio : standard, Radio, Scrambler, Level Dampener, Sound Editing, Enhanced Hearing Range, 1 free space.
Vocobox : BoxAlter, Volume (used usually as a megaphone).
Neuroware : Processor, Interface Plugs, Chipware Socket (modified to accept moddy chips).

SDP allocation
Head : 34 SDP
Torso : 44 SDP, 2,75 free spaces, Quick-Change Biopod
Left arm : 34 SDP, 3,75 free spaces, standard hand
Right arm : 34 SDP, 3,75 free spaces, standard hand
Left leg : 34 SDP, 3,625 free spaces, standard foot
Right leg : 34 SDP, 3,625 free spaces, standard foot

Humanity Loss : 16D6 + 1D6/2 + 1,5

Note : * due to 2nd generation myomars.
This model comes with one Extreme-level environmental adaptation versus heat.

 

Olympia Cybernetics / IEC Themis


Police model of the Hero, Themis is meant to be used as a SWAT or Max-Tac commando, although they were successfully fielded as riot troops as well. There's nothing preventing Themises fulfilling any police duty, simply they are too expensive to be widely used. Still, in any SWAT situation, they're going to do just fine. In fact, Themises perform so well that the military asked for a combat variant, which Olympia had designated Ares.

Technology note : this FBC is built on Standard technology.

General info
Type : police 'borg
Price : 109140 eb
Skeleton cost : 16500 eb
Weight : 90 kg
Cover : SP 20 ballistic nylon
Energy source : batteries

Performance
BODY : 8 (16*)
REF : 12
MA : 12
ATTR : 0
SP : 20

Sensors
Optics : standard, Anti-dazzle (L&R), Times Square Plus (L). Low-light (R), Targeting Scope (R), Image Enhancement (R).
Audio : standard, Radio, Scrambler, Level Dampener, Sound Editing, Enhanced Hearing Range, 1 free space.
Vocobox : BoxAlter, Volume (used usually as a megaphone).
Neuroware : Processor, Interface Plugs, Chipware Socket (modified to accept moddy chips), Kerenzikov +2, smartgun link.

SDP allocation
Head : 34 SDP
Torso : 44 SDP, 2,75 free spaces, Quick-Change Biopod
Left arm : 34 SDP, 1,75 free space, standard hand, Gas Jet, Taser grip
Right arm : 34 SDP, 1,75 free space, standard hand, Black Book computer, Taser grip
Left leg : 34 SDP, 3,625 free spaces, standard foot
Right leg : 34 SDP, 2,625 free spaces, standard foot, Restraint Strip Dispenser

Humanity Loss : 18D6 + 1D6/2 + 2

Note : * due to 2nd generation myomars.
This model comes with one Extreme-level environmental adaptation versus heat.

 

Raven Microcybernetics / Versace Angel


If Adam / Eva is a low-key Gemini body, then Angel is a top-shelf - in fact, one of the best artbodies that aren't made for individual order only. The body itself as well as its control systems, is pretty standard, yet good quality European technology.

Technology note : this FBC is built on European technology.

General info
Type : high-quality general-purpose artibody
Price : 400000 eb
Skeleton cost : 14800 eb
Weight : 80 kg
Cover : Trueskin, with good quality plastic/artistic job (Very Difficult to recognize the look as not being nature's work)
Energy source : batteries

Performance
BODY : 7
REF : 9 (7*)
MA : 7
ATTR : 12
SP : 0

Sensors
Optics : standard, L & R : 4 free spaces each.
Audio : standard, 6 free spaces.
Vocobox : BoxAlter, 1 free space.
Neuroware : standard.

SDP allocation
Head : 30 SDP
Torso : 40 SDP, 3 free spaces, Mr Studd or Midnite Lady
Left arm : 30 SDP, 3 free spaces, standard hand
Right arm : 30 SDP, 3 free spaces, standard hand
Left leg : 30 SDP, 3 free spaces, standard foot
Right leg : 30 SDP, 3 free spaces, standard foot

Humanity Loss : 9D6 + 1D6/2 + 3

Note : * superhuman beauty causes the Reflex loss.
Due to trueskinning, physical attractiveness and ability to participate in sexual contacts, overall HL is reduced by 50%.

 

Raven Microcybernetics Ghost

Also known as "Black Raven"

Ghost has been projected as commando / secret agent FBC. It combines a dedicated combat cyborg performance with artibody human look of a Gemini. Since it has to be able to pass as human being (or at least, a civilian FBC), Ghost lacks heavy armor or raw physical strength of Militech Attila. However, it's heavy on sensors, quick and able to use its advantages against milspec 'borgs, augmented humans and any ordinary fleshies. It has to be remembered, however, that Ghost is primarily a covert ops 'borg, not a combat model. Sure, it can hold its own, but it's not what it is built for.
Ghosts are marketed with corporate security and investigations divisions in mind. Governmental agencies, if they can afford it, tend to build more technologically advanced equivalents of this FBC (it is said that Raven builds such bodies for governmental contractors as well, just this is classified. These high-performance Ghosts are nicknamed "Black Ravens". One of the better known Ghost's equivalents are Megatech Class A Special bodies, used by Japanese state agencies (they're made in Japanese High Tech technology, probably Orbital as well).
Low-performance Ghosts are also sold on the open market as expensive artbodies. Since they are very expensive, very few people who would find use for a "secret agent" body, can afford it. Of course they are not being sold as "low-performance Ghosts" - only people who are aware of "true Ghost" specifications know that this is not exactly "the original artbody of the Secret Services of the world".

Technology note : this FBC is built on Standard technology, with +50% SDP upgrade.

General info
Type : special purpose human-replica cyborg. Geared for intelligence and commando duty
Price : depends on variant, see table below
"cheap" Ghost"true" GhostBlack Raven
550000 eb600000 eb650000 eb

Skeleton cost : 28480 eb
Weight : 80 kg
Cover : TrueSkin, good quality, albeit of limited attractiveness (Difficult to tell from nature's work)
Energy source : varies, primary power source are batteries. However, there's backup power source in form of 3 hydrogen cells to be used in emergency situations

Performance
BODY : 7 (+8 Strength due to thickened myomars, BODY 15 total)
REF : 11 ("cheap" Ghost) / 13 ("true" Ghost) / 15 ("Black Raven")
MA : 12 ("cheap" Ghost / 15 ("true" Ghost & "Black Raven")
ATTR : 7 (good quality)
SP : 10 (Skinweave analog wired into the TrueSkin), with feature alteration system and Militech Ghost camouflage system built in

Sensors
Optics : standard, Anti-dazzle (L & R), Lowlight (L), Teleoptics (L), Image Enhancement (L), Times Square Display (R), Infrared (R), Thermal Imaging (R), Time / Date Display (R).
Audio : standard, Radio Link, Phone Splice, Scrambler, Bug Detector, Level Damper, Enhanced Hearing.
Vocobox : NewThroat, Forked Tongue, Voice Pattern, 1 free space.
Neuroware : standard, Processor, Interface plugs, Tactile boost, Olfactory boost, Taste boost, Cybermodem link, Smartgun link, Vehicle link, Dataterm link, Machine / tech link, Chipware socket with ChipLock, Cyberdetection computer, Lockdown, Sandevistan boosterware, BlackBox Braindance recorder.

SDP allocation
Head : 45 SDP
Torso : 60 SDP, 0 free space, Sexual implant, 1 Reserve hydrogen fuel cell
Left arm : 45 SDP, 0 free space, standard hand, Satellite phone, Storage space, Cyberfingers : Wirecutter / Scissors, Lockpick, Interface plug
Right arm : 45 SDP, 1 free space, standard hand, Storage space
Left leg : 45 SDP, 0 free space, standard foot, Motion detector, Cellular cyberdeck
Right leg : 45 SDP, 0 free space, standard foot, 2 Reserve hydrogen fuel cells, Autoinjector

Humanity Loss : 12D6 + 1D6/2 + 1,5

Note : due to trueskinning, physical attractiveness and ability to participate in sexual contacts, overall HL is reduced by 50%.
Grade 3 EMP hardening is included.

 

Rockwell Enhanced Mobility Prosthetic Modification


The first widely produced cybernetic replacement body, and probably the first functional FBC as well, Rockwell EMPM was meant for people whose bodies were completely destroyed, and for quadriplegics. It used a wide, heavy chassis on rubber tracks to allow the user any mobility - and to avoid balance problems that were common among walking machines.
In it's time, this was bleeding edge of technology. Nowadays, it's but a museum piece. EMPM's aren't produced any longer, not even as bootleg copies.

Technology note : this FBC is built on Outdated technology.

General info
Type : medical replacement body
Price : 10244 eb (this is the price due to the rules in this sourcebooks. However, in its best time, this FBC reached price exceeding 100000 eb)
Skeleton cost : 11587 eb
Weight : 160 kg
Cover : good quality plastic
Energy source : batteries

Performance
BODY : 4
REF : 5
MA : 5
ATTR : 0
SP : 0

Sensors
Optics : Revelation cyberoptics, 2 free spaces each.
Audio : Spectrum cyberaudio, no option spaces.
Vocobox : BoxAlter, 1 free space.
Neuroware : outdated Model 100 interface plugs (see Chromebook 3).

SDP allocation
Head : 29 SDP
Torso : 40 SDP, 3 free spaces
Left arm : 29 SDP, 3 free spaces, standard hand
Right arm : 29 SDP, 3 free spaces, standard hand
Left leg : 57 SDP, 7,5 free spaces, tracked chassis
Right leg : 57 SDP, 7,5 free spaces, tracked chassis

Humanity Loss : 23D6 + 1,25

Note : since the body is quite inhuman anyway, a round-up to 23D6 + 2 HL is suggested.

 

Rostovic Ilya Mooromyets


There's only one explanation why FBC don't tell their children "if you'll be nasty, you'll grow up to be an Ilya" - because full 'borgs don't have kids. Ilya Mooromyets (Ilya the Wall-breaker, named after popular hero of Russian folk tales, renewed for his great strength) is a cheap, mass-produced Russian Full Body Conversion used for heavy labour in factories, oil rigs and wherever its great strength can be useful. That's the light side of Ilya. The dark side is numerous such cyborgs used for slave labour in the infamous labour camps of Gulag.
Using FBC for slave labour can sound crazy, but isn't so out of sense. They are stronger, don't tire, don't get ill, and die much, much rarer than normal humans. It is also hard to run away in an Iliya. Besides, if the political situation changes, you can always move the biopod from a labour 'borg into a civilian body, and send the former convict wherever the government needs him.
Ilya is equipped with only the very basic stuff, like Anti-dazzle and Level Damper to allow him working in heavy, industrial conditions, and pain stimulator to keep them doing what a guard had told them to. They work as lumberjacks, miners, and builders... There's an EMP-hardened (grade 2) variant that is usually used for uranium ore mining and nuclear reactor maintenance.
Almost all Ilyas are poorly maintained, and their overall look doesn't even resemble humans. Here they are, slaves-convicts of Gulag in the Cyberpunk Era...

Technology note : this FBC is built on Russian technology.

General info
Type : heavy labour / slave cyborg
Price : 11000 eb ("hardened" variant : 22000 eb)
Skeleton cost : 0 eb
Weight : 140 kg
Cover : cheap plastic (usually orange / black "hazard" striping)
Energy source : batteries

Performance
BODY : 10 (30, due to built-in hydraulic rams)
REF : 3
MA : 4
ATTR : 0
SP : 0

Sensors
Optics : * Anti-dazzle (L & R), 1 free space each.
Audio : * Level Damper, 1 free space.
Vocobox : BoxAlter, 1 free space.
Neuroware : standard + pain centre stimulator *2*.

SDP allocation
Head : 51 SDP
Torso : 64 SDP, 3 free spaces
Left arm : 51 SDP, 3 free spaces, standard hand
Right arm : 51 SDP, 3 free spaces, standard hand
Left leg : 51 SDP, 2 free spaces, standard foot
Right leg : 51 SDP, 2 free spaces, standard foot

Humanity Loss : 16D6 + 6,5

Note : * uses Soviet cybereyes and cyberaudio. See ChromeBook 4.

Pain centre stimulator : this implant, activated via radio by third party, causes blinding, agony-like pain in the subject, thus dropping the victim completely unable to do anything. Used for prisoner control. HL : 2 (included).

 

Saab-Bofors Icarus


Saab-Bofors consortium has a long and respectable history in producing military hardware, including some of the more innovative designs. They've also found their way into cyberware market, and their products have gained healthy reputation as well. One of the better known (in military circles) products of Saab is their aircraft. They do not only stand up to world performance standards, but also tend to sport some unique innovations that become obvious in time - and then everyone wonders why those Swedes had got the idea first.
However, modern combat craft began to suffer from the weakest link in the chain : the pilot. Whereas planes themselves are capable maneuvering very tightly even on ultra-Mach velocities without any harm, a human pilot - even in a bulky G-suit - can withstand only that much stress before he loses the ability to fight further. Yet no AI can replace a human pilot so far, at least in combat missions. FBC pilot seemed to be the best option - but Wingman borgs were found absolutely unacceptable by Saab-Bofors. Their brand new Saab J-45 Svärdet (aka the Sword) cyberfighter needed more.
And that's where the Icarus comes from. It's innovative, yet surprisingly reasonable construction. It is light and as strong as ordinary human (there was an idea to make the pilot 'borg the size of a child, to save on space and weight, but it was rejected, as such a borg would need a cockpit to be made especially for it), since there's simply no need for more. It's battery - powered, for it cuts down on maintenance, and - contrary to ground combat borgs like Attila, it doesn't use much energy when in action, and can even power itself from the plane's systems, if appropriate links have been provided in cockpit (in J-45, they were). It is equipped with internal parachute, but this is meant as backup only - normally, Icarus is ejected along with the seat, using the parachute and survival supplies attached to it. Borg's optic system is one of the best packages for air combat ever designed, including the highly-valued Blue Max subsystems. No matter whether the aircraft has old-styled manual controls or cyberlink, transparent canopy or all-around armor with external cameras - Icarus will handle it equally well.
Icaruses are also adapted to adverse conditions, so they can survive cockpit depressurization even on extreme heights. Some organizations are taking advantage of it, employing these borgs as aero-orbital and space pilots (although some minor modifications are often applied). Also, situations are known of Icaruses successfully driving various other vehicles in combat. Recently, commercial airlines began inquiring Saab-Bofors for a stripped-down Icarus variant to be used on their commercial air- and spaceplanes.
What's worth noting, Icarus is meant to be full interchangeable with a flesh pilot - a regular, unaugmented human can fly the plane, then Icarus can do it as well, without any readjustments needed. In fact, this was one of the requirements in the J-45 Svärdet program : that the very same fighter could be piloted by human and 'borg. The only equipment in the cockpit an Mk.1 human wouldn't have use of is interface cables and power links.

Technology note : this FBC is built on Standard technology.

General info
Type : cyborg pilot
Price : 186950 eb
Skeleton cost : 15700 eb
Weight : 70 kg
Cover : top-quality plastic, usually covered in appropriate ground camouflage pattern
Energy source : batteries

Performance
BODY : 5
REF : 15
MA : 8
ATTR : 0
SP : 0

Sensors
Optics : Blue Max (L&R), Teleoptics (L&R), Image Enhancement (L&R), Thermograph (L), Ultraviolet (R). Optishield : Anti-dazzle, Times Square Plus, Time / Date Display, Low-light.
Audio : standard, Level Damper, Sound Editing, 4 free spaces.
Vocobox : BoxAlter, 1 free space.
Neuroware : standard plus Psycho Restrainer / Cybertrooper Moddy rig, Kerenzikov boosterware +2, chipware socket, vehicle link, smartgun link.

SDP allocation
Head : 30 SDP
Torso : 40 SDP, 0 free space, built-in Parachute, Quick-Change Biopod
Left arm : 30 SDP, 1 free space, Gyrostabilizer, standard hand
Right arm : 30 SDP, 1 free space, Autoinjector, standard hand
Left leg : 30 SDP, 1 free space, standard foot
Right leg : 30 SDP, 1 free space, standard foot

Humanity Loss : 14D6 + 1D6/2 + 1

Note : due to widespread use of Cybertrooper Moddy, HL is usually considered irrelevant.
This model comes with grade 2 EMP hardening and three Extreme level environmental adaptations : vacuum, cold and gravity stress.

Blue Max : HL 1, 700 eb, 1 space. Surely you've heard about Dodgeball, a cyberoption that analyzes opponent's movement in hand-to-hand combat, allowing to predict his further moves and thus both avoid his strikes better, and aim your own attacks more effectively. The effect of Blue Max is similar, but its field of expertise isn't a mere barroom brawl, just aerial combat. When multi-ton, cybercontrolled fighters worth zillions of eurobucks throw superfast missiles, AI missiles and cannon bursts at each other, squeezing out dozens of G in tight turns at supersonic speed, Blue Max gives pilots the edge they need. Game effect : like the Dodgeball, Blue Max gives a +1 to attack rolls and vehicle dodge (i.e. increase "to hit" difficulty level by 1) against a particular opponent after a brief moment of observation. Blue Max requires neural processor - it relies on it's extra processing power to cut the observation time down to 15 seconds (still a lot of time when in combat).
Saab-Bofors is still working on "Viggen" ("the Thunderbolt") system, a Combat Crystal's equivalent for Icarus 'borgs, to allow perfect coordination of aircraft squadrons. It is to rely mainly on craft's laser communications system for coordination. Cost of such a device is yet unknown.

 

Sukhoi Cyberwares Stalker


If you've thought all Russian 'borgs to be hulking, clumsy uglies like the infamous Ilya Mooromyets, let the Sukhoi Cyberwares prove you wrong.
Meet the Stalker.
Contrary to many opinions, this is it's true name (originating from a 20th century SF novel, "Roadside Picnic", by A.&B. Strugacki). It doesn't have that sinister meaning attributed to the term "stalker" in English - in modern Russian, it means someone capable of recon and exploration in the most dangerous places. The Stalker is a dedicated military scout / commando shell. Contrary to secret agent / commando Ghost from Raven Microcyb, it lacks the ability to pass as a human being, but it is able to take (and deliver !) much more punishment. Its mission is to gather intelligence on battlefield or behind enemy lines, being able to perform acts of sabotage, wage irregular warfare and generally do most of the things you expect from elite recon / commando unit.
Spetsnaz, the elite of Russian Special Forces, is said to keep a number of Stalker shells ready for their 'borg operatives. Several such shells have been purchased by other armies for their reconnaissance and commando units; although it is rumored they usually decide to drop the "security" self-destruct explosive charge Stalker comes with.

Technology note : this FBC is built on Standard technology, with +50% SDP upgrade.

General info
Type : military reconnaissance 'borg
Price : 639290 eb
Skeleton cost : 33300 eb
Weight : 90 kg
Cover : SP 20 ballistic nylon with Reactive body plating, Ghostsuit and IR baffling
Energy source : batteries (basic) & hydrogen power cells (additional)

Performance
BODY : 16 (8, +8 due to tightened myomars)
REF : 15
MA : 20
ATTR : 0
SP : 20

Sensors
Optics : standard, Anti-dazzle (L&R), Image Enhancement (R), UV (R), Microoptics (R), Teleoptics (L), Infrared (L), Low-light (L).
Audio : standard, Sound Editing, Level Damper, Enhanced Hearing Range, Radar Detector, Amplified Hearing, Bug Detector.
Vocobox : BoxAlter, Subsonic Speaking.
Neuroware : standard, Sandevistan, Tactile boost, Olfactory boost, Vehicle link, Smartgun link, Machine/Tech link, Cybermodem link, Chipware socket, Cyber-detection computer, Echolocation, Lockdown, Black Box recorder, can accept moddies.

SDP allocation
Head : 51 SDP
Torso : 66 SDP, 0 free space
Left arm : 51 SDP, 2 free spaces, tool hand, Digital Recorder, Gyro-stabilizer, Satellite Uplink.
Right arm : 51 SDP, 1 free space, Surveillance cyberhand, Built-in blade (machete-sized, 2D6 damage), Line & Clamp Launcher, Laser Mike, Built-in Microcomputer (PCX class)
Left leg : 51 SDP, 0 free space, Climb foot with Catspaw Stealth coating, 3 Hydrogen fuel cells, built-in radio set
Right leg : 51 SDP, 0 free space, Climb foot with Catspaw Stealth coating, 3 Hydrogen fuel cells, built-in ECM set

Humanity Loss : 27D6 + 2

Note : this model comes with Serious level environmental adaptations vs. cold, heat, pressure, lack of pressure, gravity and Grade 3 EMP hardening.
Stalker has both batteries and hydrogen fuel cells. Fuel cells are the preferable power source for a military borg (due to the unit's high power output), and thus should be replaced on as-needed basis. However, Sukhoi's engineers were aware that battlefield situation is usually less than perfect, and restocking might be not possible. So, the power system hardwired into the borg is rechargeable batteries - thanks to this, Stalker can re-power from any power output available.

 

Trauma Team / IEC Model 14 Emergency Replacement Body

Nicknamed "Wheelchair"

The "Wheelchair", as it's usually called, is a small, weak, poorly coordinated FBC on an unusual (but cheap !) tri-wheeled chassis. Trauma Team invented it (with a little help from IEC) as a temporal replacement body for it's cyborg patients, especially those who have their everyday bodies undergoing serious repair, modification or damaged beyond repair, and waiting for a delivery of a new one. Rather than have the biopod kept on drugs, and linked to massive life-support machinery, TT invented a cyborg equivalent to wheelchair. It's skeletal construction allows for easy access to all internal parts, EasyClean plastic cover can be quickly washed and disinfected (initial series of Model 14's were clad in white only, but it was found to be depressing on both users and other patients - now, they're produced in a number of nice, pastel colors - blues, greens and reds). A number of recently produced Model 14's are equipped with quickchange biopods, to allow transferring patient into the "Wheelchair" in a matter of minutes.
A number of FBC possess Model 14 bodies as spares, just in case they'll have to leave their everyday use body for repairs. However, since "Wheelchair" is physically inferior to most humans, they prefer to use these only within safe locations, and even then only if necessary.

Technology note : this FBC is built on Skeletal technology.

General info
Type : budget emergency replacement body
Price : 10205 eb (a Quick-Change Biopod equipped version is available for 30300 eb)
Skeleton cost : 9380 eb
Weight : 30 kg
Cover : cheap "EasyClean" plastic (50 eb per location)
Energy source : batteries

Performance
BODY : 2
REF : 4
MA : 5
ATTR : 0
SP : 0

Sensors
Optics : Kiroshi Mono-Vision, 6 free spaces.
Audio : standard, 6 free spaces.
Vocobox : BoxAlter, 1 free space.
Neuroware : standard.

SDP allocation
Head : 24 SDP
Torso : 34 SDP, 2 free spaces
Left arm : 22 SDP, 2 free spaces, standard hand
Right arm : 22 SDP, 2 free spaces, standard hand
Left leg : 31 SDP, 4 free spaces, multiwheel assembly (3-wheeled)
Right leg : 31 SDP, 4 free spaces, multiwheel assembly (3-wheeled)

Humanity Loss : 15D6 + 1,25

Note : due to blatantly inhuman appearance, and to get rid of that funny "0,25 HL" thing, round up to a full 15D6+2 HL is suggested.

 

TripleCo Ego


Ego is a mid-line Gemini, a human-replica cyborg popular among those who need something better than Adam / Eva with its low performance and generic beauty. It's being built on pretty standard-quality parts, without a try to save by using inferior ones, but also without price-boosting superior technology. All in all, it sets a good average level, and is quite liked for its versatility and sturdiness, which is much superior to Belo Horizonte model.

Technology note : this FBC is built on Standard technology.

General info
Type : good quality human-replica cyborg
Price : 49225 eb
Skeleton cost : 18500 eb
Weight : 90 kg
Cover : WarmSkin with average quality plastic job (Difficult to recognize the look as not being nature's work)
Energy source : batteries

Performance
BODY : 8
REF : 8
MA : 8
ATTR : 8
SP : 0

Sensors
Optics : standard, L & R : 4 free spaces each.
Audio : standard, 6 free spaces.
Vocobox : BoxAlter, 1 free space.
Neuroware : standard.

SDP allocation
Head : 34 SDP
Torso : 44 SDP, 2,75 free spaces, Mr Studd or Midnite Lady
Left arm : 34 SDP, 3,5 free spaces, standard hand
Right arm : 34 SDP, 3,5 free spaces, standard hand
Left leg : 34 SDP, 3 free spaces, standard foot
Right leg : 34 SDP, 3 free spaces, standard foot

Humanity Loss : 13D6 + 1D3 + 1

Note : due to realskinning, physical attractiveness and ability to participate in sexual contacts, overall HL is reduced by 40%.

 

Utopia Galileo


When Cybermatrix created their space operations 'borg, Copernicus, they had an idea that wasn't half bad, but it was far from being perfect... Mostly because it was designed by dirtsiders, not Highriders. By people who know a lot about living in space - in theory, but they lack practical knowledge. For example, even if the borg itself isn't much concerned with the atmosphere or radiation status, this information are critical to the fleshies working side by side with it. And there's nothing like a chemical and radiation analyzer at hand in a situation like this !
Utopia is an orbital corporation, and they know their FBC will have to deal with the same issues they do deal with on daily basis. What they wanted, thus, was more like a space equivalent to all-purpose borg, a FBC platform that could be used for everyday operations inside and outside of habitats, living and working among humans.
So various interesting designs, like four-armed "quaddies" were left on the design boards, and the Galileo was given a basic humanoid shape. Like to Copernicus, it is protected well enough to make it safer from debris than a human in a space suit - however, the key to survival in space isn't the armor, but fail-safe construction of multiple redundancy, achieved thorough the use of Orbital-made materials.
Galileo 'borgs are especially common in the Belt area.

Technology note : this FBC is built on Orbital technology.

General info
Type : space operations 'borg
Price : 125255 eb
Skeleton cost : 15700 eb
Weight : 100 kg
Cover : SP 20 ballistic nylon
Energy source : batteries

Performance
BODY : 6
REF : 8
MA : 6
ATTR : 0
SP : 20

Sensors
Optics : standard, Low-light (L&R), Anti-dazzle (L&R), Thermal Vision (L), Cyberoptic Rangefinder (R), 1 free space each.
Audio : standard, 6 free spaces.
Vocobox : BoxAlter, 1 free space.
Neuroware : Processor, Interface Plugs, Chipware Socket, Full Ambidexterity Processor.

SDP allocation
Head : 75 SDP
Torso : 100 SDP, 0 free space, Maneuvering Thrusters, built-in radar
Left arm : 75 SDP, 1 free space, standard hand with Magnetic Grip option, Gyrostabilizer, pop-up searchlight (500m range model), solid oxygen battery (1 space-sized, good for 16 hours)
Right arm : 75 SDP, 2 free spaces, space tool hand with Magnetic Grip option, Radiation Detector, Chemical Analyzer
Left leg : 75 SDP, 0 free space, prehensile leg & grappling foot with Magnetic Grip option, Satellite Uplink, Storage Space
Right leg : 75 SDP, 0 free space, prehensile leg & grappling foot with Magnetic Grip option, built-in radio set

Humanity Loss : 20D6 + 2

Note : this model comes with Extreme-level environmental adaptation versus lack of pressure, cold and a Serious-level adaptation vs. heat, as well as Grade 2 EMP hardening.

Space tool hand : this is a variant of the standard Tool Hand, adapted to the use in null-gravity and void of space - the screwdriver has a counter-rotating balance, the soldering iron is a vacuum model and so on. All for mere 50% increase in cost.
Cyberoptic rangefinder : this small laser rangefinder was designed to allow people precision distance guessing. Simply look at whatever you want and know how far away it is. Accuracy is limited by atmospheric conditions, distance and the size of the object, and of course it isn't as good as vehicle-mounted rangefinders, but still useful. Generally, 5 km range is considered standard, provided you can see the target at all. It would be especially useful in space, letting people almost instinctively guess how far they are from things and thus how much energy they need to get there, but since helmet visors tend to interfere with it, it isn't very popular. Almost all models work outside of the visible spectrum, usually in IR. 400 eb, 1 HL, 1 cyberoptic space. May be considered as +1 to maneuvering in space, or +1 to hit with ranged weapons outside Short range, at GM's discretion.


Appendix 1 : Full Metal Slang

The Word on the Street about Full Conversion Cyborgs

"Hey, metalboy ! Have you put new batteries in your Mr. Studd or you're just glad to see me ?"

Aquaman : A full conversion cyborg designed for aquatic operations (eg. Dynalar's Aquarius).

ArtBody : Any cyborg body projected to be very attractive (although not necessary to look human). Especially custom-built bodies with ATTR over 10.

Barbie : A female "Humanoid Full Conversion" (Gemini or comparable models), especially low-key styled. Considered extremely derogatory by the said group. Any human using the term would be dead in the next few seconds.

Body-Swap : Change a Biopod between full-conversion bodies.

Boomer : 1) Gun, weapon (eg. : "Drop the boomer now !"). 2) A full conversion borg; the term is often used to refer to those borgs near or completely cyberpsycho.

Brain-Swap : 1) Undergo full-body conversion. 2. See Body-Swap (most often used in this manner by unaugmented humans).

Bunny : Any cyborg equipped with Sensory Extensions. Derogatory.

Canned Meat : 1) Derogatory term applied to full-conversion cyborgs by non or lightly augmented persons. 2) Derogatory term applied to ACPA Troopers by full-conversion cyborgs (eg. : "I am the pinnacle of chrome! You, however, are just canned meat").

Canned Pork : A full borg serving in the police forces.

False-Face : 1) Dummy facemask cyberware. 2) A cyborg equipped with such an appliance.

Flesh Out : Opposite to Fully Enhance - replacing a full-body conversion with a human body.

Fleshie : An un-augmented or lightly augmented human.

Fleshling : See Fleshie.

Fullfaker : 1) A Trooper, whether in Assisted Combat Personal Armour or not. 2) Anyone in Assisted Combat Personal Armour.

Fully Enhance : To fully enhance : to undergo full-body conversion (eg.: "Henderson went fully enhanced after that bombing took most of his body").

GP : For "General Purpose (body)", any human-like Gemini FBC, especially if of human-range performance and/or mass produced.

Gemini : Full borg designed to look human. From the first human-design borg, Raven Microcyb's Gemini.

Ghost : 1) The personality, consciousness or conscience; the humanity of the cyborg. Often referred to as if it were a tangible, distinct and separate body part. Used similar to 'gut' in gut feeling : "I have a whisper in my ghost...". 2) A deckjockey who assists a "physical entry team" by entered and controlling the computer of the target site.

Haunted : Derogatory term used by "true borgs" when referring to a full borg with a demonstrated conscience/high Empathy.

Herm : A shell with hermaphroditic features.

Hydracell Bunny : A female FBC powered with hydrogen fuel cells, especially those with sexy styling. Sometimes considered derogatory by the said group. More widely, any H-cell powered 'borg (derogatory).

Inquisition : The Cyberpsycho Squad of any police force (not the Night City street gang known as the Inquisitors).

Ironman / Ironmaiden : Any obviously non-human Borg (essentially, any not being a Gemini). Considered derogatory by some members of the said group.

Juice Drinking : Act of powering reloadable batteries on a borg, especially if using some kind of wall socket.

Ken : A male "Humanoid Full Conversion" (Gemini or comparable models) especially low-key styled. Considered extremely derogatory by the said group. Any human using the term would be dead in the next few seconds.

Meat-Lover : See Haunted; also, a full conversion cyborg who has a regard for non-enhanced life/spends most of time with non-full conversion cyborgs.

Meatboy/girl : See Fleshie.

Meathead : See Fleshie.

Metalhead : 1) Individual with a fully mechanical body - a full 'Borg. 2) A heavy metal fan.

Mk.1 : Also "Mk.1 body", an unmodified human body. A "plain vanilla Mk.1" is completely natural human body.

Near-True : Moderately- to heavily-augmented human without full-body conversion.

No-sex : A shell with absolutely no gender-specific features.

Panzer : 1) A combat-oriented full conversion cyborg. 2) A full-conversion borg trained in the martial art of PanzerFaust.

PanzerFaust : The martial art designed for full conversion cyborgs. See Solo of Fortune 2.

Probe(s) : 1) An interface spike, similar to that used in the movie Robocop, usually extends between the two middle fingers of the cyberhand. Can also be used for a makeshift survival blade, but needs a thorough cleanup afterwards to clean up blood residue and other stuff that might interfere with the data pickups. 2) A set of LiveWire interface cables (in this case the plural form is used).

Pure Chrome : A full conversion cyborg. Most commonly used by full conversion cyborgs with low empathy as an adjective for themselves.

Pure Metal : See Pure Chrome.

Robocop : Full borg serving in the police forces. Typically not derogatory (unlike Canned Pork).

Shell : A full-conversion borg body, typically one built to accept an Interchangeable Biopod option. This term is most often used by such cyborgs (eg. : "I think I'll take the Enforcer shell today").

Smasher's Run : Any direct confrontation or duel between a full conversion cyborg and an un-augmented or lightly augmented human; typically for the purpose of settling an argument over whether "Metal is better than Meat".

Softie : See Fleshie.

Softshell : Built humanoid enough to pass.

Spam-in-a-Can : See Canned Meat (1); more often applied to full-conversion cyborgs with Interchangeable Biopods.

Squishie : See Fleshie.

Sword : Any FBC using primarily bladed cyberweapons (both conventional and powered) or bladed melee weapons (including powertools such as angle grinders, circular saws and chainsaws). The term comes from the movie Screamer, where killer robots equipped with various bladed weapons were called "Autonomous Swords".

TWLP : Acronym for Two-Legged Weapons Platform, usually used in military slang, means a heavily armed and armoured combat borg or ACPA. Not usually considered derogatory.

Tank : From "walking tank": any full-conversion borg intended for heavy combat/warfare (eg. IE's Dragoon).

Trash Can : A poor-quality "near-true" street 'borg. Derogatory.

True Borg : See Pure Chrome. Often shortened to "True".

Truefaker : See Fullfaker.

Voomer : See Boomer 2.

Wannabe Fleshie : See Gemini. Mostly used as an insult by undisguised full conversion cyborgs (also Wannabe Softie, Wannabe Squishie).

Wannabe True : 1) A more derogatory version of Near-True. 2) Someone wearing Assisted Combat Personal Armour (see Fullfaker).

Wett Zeug : A Motorball sport body, meant for an on-track use only. Also, any fast, close combat-oriented shell.


Appendix 2 : Wereborgs

Some people feel the need to change their bodies for metallic, artificial ones. Sometimes the cause is career choice, or medical requirement, or whatever else.
Some people feel they should go Exotic, turn into animal-like humanoid beings. This is mostly fashion statement, or an effect of some kind of personality disturbance. Although not always.
Now there are those who do both things at once. Cybernetic Exotic Conversions or simply Wereborgs.

Becoming a Wereborg is not an easy thing, as most of the cybersystems have to be custom built. Digitigrade "animal" cyberlegs can be constructed, but there's no mass demand for them, so there is also no supply. And the same goes for all such 'wares.
Humanity Loss is dealt similarly to that of normal FBC - exotic parts cause some extra HL, but it is not so big (when you're an artificial being, it doesn't matter that much whether you're artificial human, werewolf or just a metallic robot-like being).

Wereborgs can be built using almost any technology, but the purpose is to remind living beings, so in fact Russian and Skeletal cyberwares are out of question, as NuTek technology in most cases is. Most exotic modifications are used for aesthetic purposes only. Exotic fashion depends mostly on nanotech and biotech, which are of little use for FBCs, and have to be replaced by similar looking cyberware. The general rules for exotic conversions can be found in ChromeBook 2.

Exotic changeHLCostNotes
Minor face change1D6/25% torso cost
Major face change1D610% torso cost
Short muzzle1D610% torso cost
Long muzzle2D615% torso cost
Mandibles3D615% torso cost
FangsVariesVampires, Sharkgrin, whatever you want
Claws1D6+120% hand / foot price
Retractable claws2D6200% hand / foot price
Scratchers1D6+100 eb per hand / footStandard scratchers applied to a cyberhand / foot
RippersUse Ripperhand / Talon Foot from the main book
Short ("Bunny") tail2100% single Cover value
Regular tailSee belowUses Dan Bailey's Cybertail from Information Overload netbook
Digitigrade legs+1D6 / leg300% of leg costSee below. Affects Skeleton cost
Fur / Scale / Skinchange0 to 3D6200% cover costSee Cover, below
Heavy scalesSpecial, see below
ExoskeletonNot applicable
Frame alteration2D6300% skeleton costSee below. Affects Skeleton cost

Notes and options

Cover : any cover except for armour can be made to look like non-human skin. Of course plastic scales or feathers are worth nothing on the longer run, but hey, some people think it's cool. Superchrome can be made like scales, although it is not too good as feathers, and feels definitively nylon with fur. If you want really nice skin, fur or feathers, you should go for a Skin variant. As most of the wereborgs are insanely wealthy to begin with, most of them go for TrueSkin, as TrueSkin scales, feathers and hair really grow, and feel like real (the same technology that allows TrueSkin grow hair and fingernails is used to grow fur, feathers or scales that cannot be told from live with non-augmented senses).

Cybernetic tail : surgery code MA (if used on fleshie), or uses 1 option space on a 'borg (usually on torso). Can be covered, of course (50% cover cost for a limb, but uses the same amount of space). Please note that cybertail options are not the same as cyberlimb options, even if the table below uses the same formula as regular cyberware tables. As a cybertail is an additional limb and not something you are normally used to, it requires a custom-made Ref chipset, and it is included into Skeleton cost (see digitigrade legs, below). Also, its size doesn't have to match your body size. Tail BODY value has to match the body's only if you want to use it for prehensile functions; it is also suggested for combat tails. However, a tail with BODY smaller than your body does not affect MA. A tail of BODY equal or greater requires a custom-made mobility (MA) system to use its weight for balance. A tail which has BODY more than 2 points over the cyborg's BODY itself does modify MA and REF by -1 per every 2 BODY points difference.

Cybertail : typical 1D6 damage (-1 to hit modifier), 3D6 HL.

BODYBody typeSDPSpacesPrice
2Very weak711500 eb
3-4Weak91,51750 eb
5-7Average1022000 eb
8-9Strong122,52250 eb
10Very strong1332500 eb
11+Superhuman+2 per every BODY point > 10+0,5 per every BODY point > 10+400 eb per every BODY point > 10

Prehensile : 1D6 HL, 2 spaces, 1000 eb. You can use it for simple manipulation, or hang on it (provided the tree will withstand your weight, you cybermonkey).

Lizard "disposable" tail : 1D6/2 HL, 0.5 space, 50 eb. An equivalent to quick-change mount. Unlocks on simple mental command, so anyone who held you by tail remains holding your tail, but not you any longer.

Variable length tail : 2D6 HL, 1 space, 100 eb. A popular fashion statement, this tail can be shortened and elongated at will (size can be changed by 75%).

Sensory extension : 2D6 HL, 1 space, 150 eb. A cybertail equivalent to "rabbit ears". Can contain up to 2 cyberoptic options and up to 3 audio.

Interface tail : 1D6 HL, 0.5 space, 100 eb. This is a standard cybernetic interface port mounted in the tip of the tail.

Combat tail : 2 HL, 1 space, 200 eb. A variant of advanced myomar application, it doubles the strength of a tail (this translates into 2D6 damage, although not when using The Sting or Blade).

Blade : 3 HL, 0.5 space, 500 eb. A small, dagger-like blade extending from the end of a tail, it does +1D6 stabbing damage (that is 2D6 total). Illegal.

The Sting : 6 HL, 1 space, 1000 eb. A hollow variant of Blade, paired with 3-dose container for drug or toxin (and a compressed air canister adapted from medical drug applicators). Illegal.

CyberBeast : 4D6 HL, 2 spaces, 3000 eb. This is your regular cybersnake, disguised as a cybertail. It already is a combat tail (doing 1D6 damage) and Lizard tail.
Any (GM's call) Cyberfinger variant can be also used for 0,5 option space equivalent and 200% finger cost, HL unchanged. Just in case you want a cigarette lighter in your tail...

Digitigrade legs. These animal legs (usually 3-joint) do not change the body's MA per se. Instead, their cost is added to body's Skeleton Cost, as such inhuman mode of movement requires special MA systems and REF processors that have been tuned for such a body. As this often means custom-built, well... All SDP and Option space values remain the same.

Heavy scales. Any cover can be moulded to resemble heavy, scaly skin. Most covers can be also armoured by means of Graded Skinweave (variant), even up to SP 16. So you can have an equivalent of Heavy Scales if you really want. But Heavy scales themselves are a thing for fleshies only.

Frame alteration. This is a touchy modification. You can have a body changed in height and broadness by 40% (a fleshie is limited to 25%) without changing your BODY value. However, short-legged forms (like Fantasy Series dwarves and halflings) tend to have -2 MA modifier (their MA is lower by 2 than their body MA would suggest, in other words, you have to pay for MA 10 to get MA 8). Option spaces remain unchanged if size change is minor, or it is compensated dimensionally (a shorter body can contain the same amount of optional wares if it is proportionally more massive, otherwise it's GM's call). However, if you want a BODY 8 frame with the size (height and broadness) of a BODY 2 frame, well... in fact you need a BODY 2 frame with +6 BODY due to tighter myomars, not a reduced size BODY 8 shell...

Behaviour chips. Let's face it : if you turn into an animal, you want to not only look like one, but also behave like one. And that's what behaviour chips are for, among others. As FBC tend to have devastating effect on human psyche, and exotic conversions are just second to them, there's also a high demand for chips that would change their behaviour into something socially acceptable. There are enough sociopaths out there in the street and cyborg werebeasts rampaging thorough the City are no what anybody really wishes for.
I suggest using "When Gravity Fails" moddies here, for they may be used to add a few points to user's EMP - a deliberately handy trick. At best, these become available in 2024-5, along with new generation of neural interfaces.

But I thought about some more shapeshifting wereborgs...

Generally speaking, it is possible. But in fact it is more trouble than it is worth. And has no practical application.
Don't even start with that "style over substance" with me - a borg who has no substance to back up his style, is worth nothing. Even if he's a frackin' shapeshifter.

Right, let's go to the business. To effectively "shapeshift" you need memory-shape materials, either plastics or ceramics. Yes, we have something like that in Cyberpunk, in the Ianus Games' supplement "King of the Concrete Jungle". You'll need to build a whole 'borg in that technology and equip it with appropriate options. Below you'll find a characteristic string in the CheapFBC format.

ModelSDPHLDamage dealtSpacesPrice
Modularware100%75%100%50%133%

Modularware cannot be used with 2nd Generation Myomer nor Hydraulics, it doesn't require microwave shielding - it does effectively come with Grade 2 EMP-shielding and Serious-level environmental adaptation to cold. It is naturally armoured up to SP 17 and cannot use additional armour. Due to ceramic construction, it is almost undetectable as well.
Modularware is available in Canada and in Canada only (i.e. illegal elsewhere) - even there, it isn't easy to obtain. Besides, I'd say that it's far too cheap for the options included, not to mention possibilities.

If you ask my opinion, it's munchkinism. I wouldn't approve these in my game. And should I meet you on a street, using a modular-based shapeshifter borg, I'll shoot you. With .477 Express silver-jacketed DPU bullets.


Appendix 3 : Inhuman transportation modes

Although rarely, yet sometimes FBC constructors want their creations to make use of such inhuman methods of propelling themselves. Wheels, tracks, mouseball-like "casters" or fish-like tails, these things are not very popular - they tend to be less practical in use than legs (yes, they tend to be very useful in a single specified environment, but are not as universal as legs). Yet they can be encountered.

Notes : each of the optional modules is a full "waist-down" set for a FBC, replacing two legs and two feet. Yet prices, HL and other data are given in comparison to a single cyberleg. Non-standard ones, like Japanese multicasters, or Russian tracked chassis, can be found (although they are really rare, and if someone has them, they have been either bought tenth-handed or delivered on a special order). Price is low, as they don't use most of the advanced myomar muscles, just simple electric motors (tails are exception - they do use first generation myomars). They don't "tire" as myomars, and can easily propel a 'borg much faster than legs. Yet they cannot be masked to look natural. It is also impossible to use most Martial Arts moves when having such an unit mounted (all body mechanics are different) - although it is said that appropriate techniques are being developed for PanzerFaust. Of course, you can still brawl somehow...
Prices are for the system only. Due to their lack of popularity, they are not usually available, and have to be provided at special request (which can make the price x2 - x3 and up).

Inhuman modes of transportation
ModelSDPHLSpacesPriceCost per 1 MA
Monowheel100%300%150%35%1,5%
Multiwheel150%300%200%30%2%
Monocaster125%300%125%60%2%
Multicaster175%300%175%50%2,5%
Tracked200%500%300%25%3%
Propeller100%300%200%40%3%
Snaketail150%250%250%400%7%
Fishtail150%250%250%300%5%
Multisection module25 SDP2D6See below1500 eb+100%

Acceleration and deceleration

Since some 'borgs, especially wheeled models, can achieve vehicle-grade speeds, accelerating and decelerating can take up a significant amount of time. A human can go from a full stop into all-out run within single turn, but speeding like a car would take more time. Thus, these few borgs who move on wheel, tracks or balls are subject to vehicle rules, respectively they accelerate and decelerate as bikes (mono wheel and monocaster), cars (multiwheel / multicasters) and tracked APC (tracked ones). Extra Acc and Dec can be bought as in Maximum Metal - use the borg's skeleton cost instead of "vehicle's SDP cost".

"Help ! I speeded too much and have to maintain control !"

Well, your fault. If you crash into something, you still have a fairly nice chance of survival, unless you were rolling a few hundred kilometres per hour. Sorry boy... but in the meantime, be optimistic. All "vehicle" manoeuvring modifiers do apply to you, besides you receive +2 bonus for being a cyber-controlled vehicle, and +3 for better handling (now, if you don't know how to handle your own body, you shouldn't be allowed of any utensil more dangerous than a disposable teaspoon). And your GM may allow you to use athletics or skating skills as "driving" skill. Most of the time you don't need any rolls, these are applied only when you're trying to travel real fast...

Transport mode descriptions

Monowheel (also two wheels side by side) : this is a very fast method of movement, yet useful only on rather flat and firm surfaces. It requires gyrostabiliser (1000 eb, 1 space, 1D6 HL - see Chrome 1) to help them keep balance. Monowheeled 'borgs are, however, quite agile and they usually deal with stairs by locking the wheel and jumping up or down. 1 MA costs 1,5% skeleton cost of a 'borg, and it's practically unlimited. Since they can reach potentially great speeds, as single-wheeled vehicles they are subject to same rules as motorbikes.

Multiwheel (either three, or four, larger number of wheels is rare) : this rig is more stable than monowheel, and more resistant, if somewhat slower and bulkier. Gyrostabiliser is not required. This system costs 2% skeleton cost per 1 MA, and there's no upper limit except for your common sense. Wheeled 'borgs were tested on race tracks, exceeding 300 km/h (yes, there are no practical use for them. So what, you think it stopped anyone ?). However, GM may apply the same rules to speeding 'borg as to speeding car (see MaxMetal).

Tracked (one or two tracks, usually rubber rather than steel, to protect floors) suspension is slow, but reliable. Blatantly inhuman, track chassis handles rough terrain well. It was applied to some of the heavier military 'borg projects. It costs 3% skeleton cost per 1 MA, and - although it is not a rule carved in stone - tracked 'borgs shouldn't be made faster than 80 km/h. It can manoeuvre according to tracked APC rules.

Casters : casters are spherical wheels, which function basically like powered mouse-balls (there are motorised rollers in the caster casing that roll the sphere to produce propulsion). They are more manoeuvrable than normal wheeled propulsion systems and the 'borg can literally turn on a dime, and can even cope with stairs by locking the caster and jumping up or down them. A typical caster comes with a rubberised surface to ensure traction on most level terrains, this rubber surface can be stylised to fit the 'borg's overall style. Treat casters as wheeled systems (respectively monowheeled and multi-wheeled - e.g. monocasters do need gyrostabilisation). Casters are also more manoeuvrable - on slow speed (up to normal human's fast walk /slow jogging) they can make instant direction changes, turning on the spot, or moving back ways / sideways on a moment notice. On greater speed it's not that easy (momentum becomes too great), yet they still gain additional +3 to all manoeuvre attempts. The drawback is that the ball and rollers tend to catch dirt, and require careful maintenance to keep them fully operational - traction problems are a bane of caster-users.

Propeller blade : it consists of usually two (singular ones tend to drive off-course a bit) coaxial, multi-fan propeller screws in a protective casing (like fantail system on helicopter tail rotors). This is the mechanical competitor to fishtail set. Easy to control and manoeuvre, propeller system is equipped with angle adjustation utensils, giving it most of the advantages of vectored thrust. Propeller-driven FBC pay 3% skeleton cost per 1 MA, in water only. Upper limit is 35 MA.

Tails

Snaketails are not more popular than other Inhuman Transportation modes, but Fishtails have achieved limited popularity among ocean dweller 'borgs. They use myomar technology, not electric motors, as previous models did.

Snaketail (requires to be at least 3-4m long to work, I suppose) your typical Naga image, snake from waist down. I can see no real advantages of it, although the tail is prehensile, and can be used as weapon (dealing as much as 150% of a cyberleg's kick damage with a swing, or 300% on a boa constrictor - like crush). It is not the best way to propel yourself around as well - it takes 7% skeleton cost per 1 MA, and can't move you faster than 15 MA (10 on 2nd Generation Myomar and 5 on hydraulics... have you ever heard about a hydraulically-driven snake ?).

One aspect of having a snake body that is hard to imagine - at least if you do not deal with snakes on regular basis - is that al. this long body can easily become a monstrous spring. A man can crouch to accumulate energy in its legs. Still, human legs do bend only at the joints. A snake body doesn't have that limitation. It can become one big spring... Have you seen that old documentaries about arboreal jungle snakes, jumping from one tree to another ? Well... That's it. A snake - given it has time to prepare - can add its length to the jump distance. Also, if the tail is somewhat coiled, the snake can maneuver on it as easily as we humans balance on our feet. But you can't use the tip of your toe as support to extend your head a few meters to the front. Or side. A snake can do it easily. This makes it a deadly enemy in close combat : when fighting a human, you have to count in his arms range and how far can he leap from where he stands. For snake, the lean range can be several meters longer !


Fishtail. This module mimics water creature's movement - fin can be either horizontal (like dolphin) or vertical (like shark), it depends on model. Fishtails are, of course, useful in water only. They allow great movement ability in water, up to 20 MA (15 and 10, respectively with 2nd Generation Myomar and hydraulics), at 5% skeleton cost per 1 MA (remember that a legged being has its MA severely reduced when in water). Also, you can perform "tail bash" like a whale (and that's a deadly manoeuvre, given the strength and mass used - 200% kick damage, and since it's an attack invented for underwater combat, don't apply any "kick" restrictions here !)...

Multisection : pelvis equivalent to artificial shoulders, this module allows you to mount two extra legs. Prices and performance are comparable to artificial shoulders, but you can have more than just a single pair - any number of multisection modules can be linked to your lower spine (rear to pelvis) and then subsequently to each another, creating a centipede-like image. Not that it has any practical use, but it's possible (and for some people, that's just enough)... each multisection unit can mount two legs (or one Inhuman Transport module listed in this section). It can also mount up to 20% of option spaces available to torso of matching BODY. Note that when calculating MA cost, each multisection adds +100% to the actual cost...

Centauroid 'borgs

It is a subculture among 'borgs, true, but a distinctive one : the centaurs. Yes, they go for the look of ancient Greek mythological centaur, the being that was depicted as human from waist up and a horse below. While creating a biological body of such a type has proven to be impractical - if not simply impossible - cybernetic ones are available.
Their users claim centaur form has numerous advantages, like, much greater stability and mobility, but, in fact, they tend to be simply unwieldy. Still, there are people who aren't warned off by such things.

Centauroid body is usually detachable; thanks to quick-change mounts in the "horse's" "neck" and humanoid body's pelvis - height leg anchor points. Below, a quadruped body begins, usually formed to resemble an equine body. It is usually well-oversized, comparing to the torso. It typically consist of a slightly modified cyborg torso, four legs (there can be more, just it isn't common) and a tail. Since there's no need for a biopod rig or life-support equipment, but also no head (in which the biggest part of biopod, containing brain, is housed), the torso has 2 more option spaces than it's size would indicate - which means damn a lot of spaces, since even a pony-sized body isn't smaller than BODY 12. Apart from that, statistics for both body and legs are calculated normally. The tail is a particular case - a horse's tail can't have any options installed in it - it's mostly hair, so count it as a "small tail", like the rabbit's one.

The body does always have a Serious Frame Alteration feature (see Wereborgs section), and the legs are usually Digitigrades. HL counts as normal, however, so unless it's a permanent, first body, the loss is going to be really painful.

Apart from that, there's a serious problem here, concerning mobility - you'll need a specialized REF and MA co-processors to have the body moving properly, since there's no way a humanoid brain (de facto, a brain of any mammal) could deal with having a centauroid body. Never, ever in our evolutionary history had we such a posture and our brains simply aren't prepared to handle it. Even with the co-processors you're going to need awhile to get used to the new shape. Cost of such processors are pretty high as well : MA costs 7% per level (starting from zero) of the centaur's body's skeleton cost, +1% per level above 6. Generally, the boundaries are wide - horse-sized bodies were known to be able to run as fast as MA 35. They use same myomar or hydraulic musculature as regular bodies, though, thus the limits for other technologies than standard 1st Generation Myomar may be more narrow. REF costs are 15% higher than for standard bodies - usually, the processor is installed to match the power of the one installed in the 'borg itself. A gyroscope is a popular addition.

Humanity loss : this is another tricky question - first, the shape itself is blatantly inhuman. Centauroid bodies tend to cause massive HL - it is calculated as if they were part of a basic body (i.e. half of their cost for a non-'borg, 1D6 of every 2D6).


Appendix 4 : The Book of Forgotten Tech

In Chromebooks 2 and 3, there were numerous exotic options built into the 'borgs being presented. Some of the stuff came from previously published books, some were covered in later publications. Many of them had altered names, and some were nowhere explained. I took an effort to unveil at least some of these forgotten technologies.

Ambidexterity co-processor : ambidexterity is achieved in two ways, generally. It can be the Ambidexterity Chip (Chromebook 1), that is available in two variants - the basic one allows for typical ambidexterity (no -3 penalty off-hand, 800 eb), whereas the advanced one allows full ambidexterity - including independent use of each eye (thus e.g. shooting at two different targets, 1050 eb). It's a normal chip, and requires Chipware Socket (or free interface socket). Alternatively, Neural Bridge (Chromebook 4 - 600 eb, HL 1D6+2) can be used, that allows for typical ambidexterity. This, however, is a biotech that has to be applied to a brain. There are naturally ambidextrous humans, and this technology just makes you one of them (this translates as no -3 off-hand penalty as well), so this feature cannot be included into a cyborg body (only into his brain, thus swapping bodies with biopod).
The built-in variant, used in some cyborgs, is little more than the chip, just being permanently hardwired into neural processor, so it doesn't take up space in the socket.

Black Book microcomputer : a cyberlimb built-in, it takes 1 space, costs 500 eb and is 1D6 HL. It comes EMP shielded, grade 1. A civilian model, E-book, is 200 eb, 1D6 HL and it's not shielded.

Black Box : this is a compact braindance recorder (15000 eb, 2D6 HL, neuralware option). Whereas using digital audio / video recorder would be significantly cheaper, Black Box allows for registration of all sensor data (audio, video, olfactory, touch, radar, radio...).

Built-in blade : although nature and method of operation of cyberarm blades is still under discussion, I'm going to list these blades here as simply retractable "survival knives" (in fact, they're big knives; some could call them even small machetes). Both variants are 1 space, 1D6 HL weapons. A steel blade costs 300 eb and does 1D6+3 damage. A monoblade edition is 1500 eb and 2D6+3 damage.

Built-in camouflage suit : (like Militech Ghost camo on Eclipse and Militech Mirage Gear on Dragoon, along the lines for Cam-O-Skin) this is a camo suit interwoven into 'borg's cover. It can be interwoven with any type of cover, except for cheapest plastic ones. The cost is equal to the suit's cost (a cyborg version of Ghost suit costs 5300 eb), the trade-off is that cyborg version cannot be taken off and isn't armored. HL is 1D6/2.

Built-in ECM set : a compact electromagnetic jammer. It can disrupt radio and cellular transmissions, radar waves, and wreak significant chaos in cybernetically-enhanced senses. However, without a right skill, it's a blanket effect (covering everything and everyone in a regulated, 5 to 50m radius), creating a load of fuzz on enemy radars. This does mean you're undetectable, but not unnoticed (e.g. as if a hot smoke grenade has been discharged - you can't see who is inside and where exactly, but on the other hand, the smoke around means they are somewhere there and doing something they don't want you see). However, a properly trained electronic warfare specialist can detect and determine enemy detectors type and capability, jam them in a way they wouldn't see anything suspicious, and do all this on a subtly tuned frequencies that he wouldn't affect own side's communications.
It uses 2 spaces, 2950 eb and HL 2.

Built-in holsters : in my opinion cyberleg holster - if it is to hold a regular firearm, not a stripped down version - should take up two spaces, as it uses whole upper leg. The standard version can hold a P - concealability weapon (knife, derringer or other small pistol). Its grenade version - one standard or two mini grenades. Double - sized variant (two spaces), able to hold most of the J - sized guns (or 3 standard grenades), costs 200% and has the same HL (200 eb, 1HL).
In this sourcebook we do take that "space's" size is not tied to a limb's size, but it's rather a set amount of arrangeable space (thus bigger cyberlimbs do have more of these). Therefore, you'll need that much space to hide a weapon of following size :

Bigger guns - except for specific cases - cannot be hidden. Why ? Because of their overall length ! You can quite easily conceal a gun in upper or lower part of the arm or leg. But these do have limited length. For example, my lower forearm has about 23 cm of useable length (I'm about 180 cm tall, and probably about BODY 6 in CP terms). So, no matter how I'm going to arrange space within it, I won't put anything longer than those 20-something centimeters in it. No way. And, due to the fact there's either elbow or knee standing in the way, you couldn't use all of the limb's spaces to hide a weapon - merely half of them.

Torso. Whereas it's much bigger, and can hold a respectable number of spaces inside, it provides a problem with this application : it has to be flexible. You can't insert any big, hard object, like a SMG or rifle (or sword) into it, or it will somehow interfere with turning and bending (I assume that we want the borg to be able to bend like a fleshie does). You can use some place inside the chest area (ribs make it pretty non-flexible anyway) but it's still not much more length available. No way to hide your typical rifle (thinking AKM here) in, even with the stock collapsed.

Okay, maybe ACPA-borgs would be able to hide such big guns. But smaller ones ? No way. Of course, you could always try to disassemble the weapon and hide it as parts. However, you're not going to gain much, unless you can separate the barrel into several parts. This is up to GM.
Of course, you can always fit these externally, in something like a backpack. But that's not something we're for, right ?

Built-in microcomputer : a built-in PCX minicomp, it costs 2400 eb (I'm using the guideline worked down for Black Book : implant version = 2 x non-implant version) and has 1D6+1 HL. Due to space restrictions, cyberlimb variant doesn't have screen nor keyboard (it's operated via cybernetic linkage, hence the price), nor any other peripherals. However, it has a full set of I/O ports, so peripherals can be jacked in, or it can utilize user's cybernetics instead of peripherals (e.g. use Times Square Plus or subdermal viewscreen as a screen, chipware socket as chip drive, and so on).

Built-in radio set : this is an equivalent to typical military radio set, so-called manpack radio (since it's roughly backpack sized). It is capable of voice transmission, Morse-code telegraphy, and data transmission (although it should be used for small amounts of data, and it's not fast enough for active netrunning). It can also perform burst transmissions (the message is recorded before, then compressed into a split-eye short "burst" of information and emitted, thus making it less probable to be detected and almost impossible to be localised. Naturally, you need another burst-transmission-capable radio to receive the message and decompress it). Cyberaudio module is required to operate this set.

Alternatively, standard microphone and loudspeaker / headphone sets can be used, the module is also equipped with computer I/O ports. To prevent opposition listening to your messages, frequency-hopping ability is used (frequency changing-pattern chips cost 150 eb a piece. Without an identical chip installed it's considered to be impossible to stay tuned for longer than a few seconds or even less). An external scrambler / descrambler can be attached, or cyberaudio scrambler can be used as well. The one included with the set is Very Difficult to de-code. Range depends on the antenna used. No external antenna reduces the range to 3 kilometres. A typical military "whip" wire antenna (about 2m long, usually attached to backpack) raises range to 15 km. Longer antennas, like 6m wire, can be used only as stationary, but they have a range of 25 km. Larger antennas are usually mounted on vehicles or as a part of bigger broadcasting installation and paired with amplifiers. Their range varies from 30-40 km for a jeep-mounted set with longer antenna and small amplifier (yet it can be used on a move) to several hundred kilometres for a large and powerful sets with stationary-only antennas. Power supply is rechargeable, replaceable batteries that provide 168 hours of operational readiness, but real power reserve depends on how heavily the radio is used.
It uses 2 spaces, 2650 eb and HL 2. First described in Interface magazine, 1#2.

CO˛ extinguisher : described in Chromebook 1 as "Icer" (1 space, 200 eb, 1D6/2 HL). Additional gas canisters can be installed per 0,5 space, 0,5 HL and 100 eb. Each of these canisters contains as much gas as the basic "Icer" itself.

Combat Crystal : (comes from Hardwired) a Neural Cybernetic option, combat crystal requires either Kerenzikov or Sandevistan initiative booster as prerequisite. Some form of data interchange (usually a Cyberaudio Radio Link) is also required. This is a military cyberware used to maximize effectiveness of small infantry units. It ensures that 360 degrees space around the group is observed, cover used to maximum effect, suppressing fire laid properly, and moving team-mates are given proper fire cover. In fact, there's not much voluntary action promoted by this system, but the whole team goes with perfect coordination and great efficiency. At least 5 troopers with Combat Crystal are required to get it working. It gives +1 modifier to all attack rolls, +2 to defence rolls and +2 Awareness. GM option : Combat Crystal equipped units always have better Initiative than these who are not equipped with it.
Note, however, that communication between crystals can be jammed (depending on its nature) ruining the effect. 1500 eb, 2D6+2 HL.

Cybersteroids : it is a new way of enhancing borg's Strength, tripling its original value. However, they are much cheaper than Hydraulics, costing flat 300 eb per 1 BODY of the borg, they take no spaces and do not limit performance. They can be switched on and off, but - contrary to hydraulics - they aren't meant to be used as general-purpose muscles, since they need a dedicated power source (a rechargeable battery, good for 10 hours of use). Cybersteroids do triple only the basic BODY - there's no point in outfitting a 2nd Generation Myomar / Hydraulics - equipped 'borg with them.

Electrified hull : it has been described in Chromebook 3 as "Eelskin" (1D6 HL, 1400 eb, built into body cover).

Glue ball launcher : spring powered launcher, shooting 1" balls, used to emergency patching of holes in space. Effective range is 10 meters, and each ball can cover a hole of up to 5 cm in diameter. Internal clip holds 3 balls. Cost : 100 eb, 1 HL and 1 space.

Grenade holster : a variant of regular cyberleg weapon holster (same cost : 100 eb and HL 1), adapted to carry grenades instead of a gun. It can hold either 3 standard grenades, or 5 minigrenades (this must be specified during installation). There are also variants used to hold spare ammunition, like 40 mm grenades (roughly equal to mini-grenades), 20 mm grenades (circa 12 per holster) or even more shotgun rounds.

Hand taser (Enforcer) : this is nothing else than Tazer Grip (Chromebook 1), a cyberarm option (150 eb, 2D6-2 HL, 1 space).

Headlights : in fact, a little more than high-power torchlights built into a cyberlimb. Modern ones are very energy-efficient; generating almost no heat (did you know that Edison - invented light bulbs emitted only 2% of energy as light, and 98% as heat ?). These lights don't have their own battery packs; instead they run off limb's power supply. These are narrow-beam searchlights, rather than wide-beam floodlights, since floodlights tend to not fit well into an option space. Two variants do exist : pop-ups (that are hidden until deployed, but when deployed, they're not protected by limb's cover) and semi-contained (partially sticking above limb's surface, but fully protected by its cover). Both variants are fully adjustable, with 360 degree rotation ability.

These are white-light versions. Both IR and UV variants do exist, they cost 50% more. Please note that ranges are given for normal air clearance. 1 HL per light.

Hecatonchires processor : this is but a predicted tech, so if it's ever available in the game (I advise to not do so) the exact cost and size are up to GM.
Suggested HL is 3D6. Hecatonchires ("Hundred-handed") processor allows the user to perform a number of actions simultaneously. The system operates as a semi-AI, utilizing user's knowledge and ability (thus, his skill level) to perform things ordered by him, but without his supervision - without his mind even being aware of that. For example, you could drive a car via Hecatoncheires, and it'll go just as good as if you were driving it with your very own hands. However, you're at the controls of an AV, several meters above the car, and you have to really concentrate on piloting. However, all systems controlled by Hecatoncheires have to be digitally linked to it (in the example above, the car has to be cyberlinked and under remote control of the AV pilot. It is suggested to pilot the AV via cyberlink as well).

It's up to GM, how many operations a given Hecatoncheires system can supervise, also, how big it's going to be. Early ones are likely to use several spaces (if it's possible at all to install one into a 'borg), whereas late models are likely to be as small as neural co-processors, taking no space. Likewise, prices are GM's call, although I'd suggest that Hecatonchires system should always be expensive.

High power radar : this is a more powerful variant of a standard radar system, and due to its larger antenna it cannot be implanted into flesh. It takes 2 cyberware spaces, costs 800 eb and takes 1D6 HL. The range - if not obstructed - can reach 8 km, although in space it's often limited by various electromagnetic interference. In ground mode, it's about 2 km, and dense terrain (e.g. city) can cut it down to as low as 200m.

High power sonar : sonar equivalent to the above. Takes 2 cyberware spaces, costs 1600 eb and 1D6 HL. The range is 40m active, 150m passive mode. Underwater, it's respectably, 400m and 1500m.

IFF transponder : there are a few ways to let your allies know you're on their side. Usually, an IFF is used. However, it's often mistaken on how it works. It's not a wise move to attach to yourself a radio beacon transmitting constantly "I'm a friend" with coded signal. This would mean it screams also "I'm here !" to every electronic warfare device around, and if you're not emitting the signal they use to designate friends, they'll automatically identify you as foe.
So, IFF transponder is usually wired into radar (or sonar) emitter and bursts a directional transmission in response to other radar's scanning (like : "oh, you've seen me ? Well, I'm actually a friend"). Of course, this doesn't allow passive detection devices to "ask" your IFF. But hey, even today an infantry patrol tends to rely on their eyes and ears, not radar. That's why visual recognition marks are still being painted on military hardware... Cost is 10% of the radar's / sonar's cost, no spaces or HL.

Line & clamp launcher : another piece adapted from ACPA equipment. This is spring-powered cable and winch system. 20 meters of cable that can support up to 500 kg, a winch (can drag up no more than 300 kg), and either magnetic clamp or grapnel. The cable is 20 SDP. Whole set costs 400 eb, takes 1 space and is 1 HL.

MAD (Magnetic Anomaly Detector) : is rarely used on full borgs, since it's difficult to shield from the borg's own magnetic anomaly effect (on vehicles, it's usually done by installing MAD on a long antenna). It takes 1 space, HL 1 and 2000 eb. It can detect large metallic objects (like armored vehicles) on up to 100m. Gauss weapons can be detected on up to 300m (firing impulse only).

Masking / feature alteration system : although it has been described in Chromebook 2, some more explanations are needed. This seems to be a more primitive variant of Feature Alteration from When Gravity Fails, as it doesn't have to work on a living face, just on a 'borg's one. It consists of numerous liquid silicone pouches on one's face, linked to hidden reservoirs. Pumping those pouches up or down can change the shape of your facial features within two minutes to make you look quite different than before. Hair color is altered by oil-diluted pigments dispersed from hair cells on head. It takes about 3 hours to fully affect a medium-length hair. 2 HL, 1000 eb.

Parachute : a tightly-packed arachno-silk chute. It's used to allow Wingman 'borgs safe evacuation from damaged aircraft. Minimum open height is 60m. This parachute is much smaller than one meant for a human, thus forcing much greater descending velocity. Since descend is so fast, this parachute cannot be used by humans - only FBC can safely take the landing with such speed. Also, no 'borg weighting more than 150 kg can use this system. Bigger ones aren't usually used as pilots, anyway, and if airdrop insertion is required, most 'borgs use heavy - duty backpack parachutes (the biggest of them were originally designed to paradrop ACPAs). It takes 3 spaces, and costs 5000 eb. HL 2D6.
In fact, 'borgs prefer using regular human rescue gear (like ejection seats included with most combat aircraft) than the built-in parachute.

Prehensile legs : such legs are quite common among 'borgs projected for zero-gravity use, also can be found on these rare models intended to be arboreal. It's a quite simple modification, requiring two cyberlimb options being installed : Double-jointed (knee) and 360° Rotating Joints (ankle) - 1120 eb, 1D6/2 +2 HL, 1 space all together (each leg). "Climbing" cyberfeet mounted on such a leg unit make functional, if clumsy (-3 all actions) hands.

Psycho restrainer : I weren't able to determine what exactly was used to keep Dragoon from becoming a rampaging cyberpsycho apart from psychoactive chemicals (and that tends to produce minds I won't trust with any coordinated military action). However, after a brief discussion, a conclusion arisen that it was some kind of behavioral chipware. Although Chromebook 2 mentions such chips, it doesn't determine how they work. Thus, I had to turn to "When Gravity Fails" sourcebook, where a whole chapter is devoted to construction and use of behavioral chips, known as "moddies". The one being most often used in military 'borgs is called "Cybertrooper" moddy (see below).
Note : in my campaign, moddies are a 2nd generation tech, available together with new generation of neural processors. If you want them to be used in regular CP2020 campaign, I suggest using following tech :

Radiation shielding : popular equipment on haz-mat cyborgs, this feature is covered by EMP-shielding.

Radio lantern / homing beacon : this utensil broadcasts an easily identifiable radio signal on a pre-set frequency (usually an international emergency frequency), allowing a rescue party to find you. It cannot be used to transmit other information (at least, without some tampering). The range at which beacon's signal can be picked up and traced is 100 km in ideal conditions (like orbital conditions : open space and no electromagnetic interference). In ground-to-air mode (e.g. you're on the ground, and SAR 'copter has been dispatched to pick you), usual range is 80-100 km in good conditions, but can drop to 50-60 in bad conditions. In ground-to-ground mode, you shouldn't hope for more than 20-30 km in flat, clear terrain, and in urban conditions it can be limited to less than 10 km. This beacon holds its own power source (reloadable battery) good for 36 hours of constant broadcasting, but can run off body's power source as well. Cost is 500 eb, 1 HL, 1 space.

Remote targeting link : 1500 eb, 0,5 HL, 0 spaces. A cyborg version of this utensil doesn't use its own transmitter to send / receive indirect fire data. Instead, it relies on other communication forms built into the user's body. All it does, is calculating the data. This is a neural option.

Restraint strip dispenser : common police modification, it's a little more than a storage space for plastic restrain strips. It can hold a dozen of these one-use handcuffs, and mounts a spring to feed them to dispenser access slot. 150 eb, 1 HL, 1 space.

Satellite uplink : from user's point of view, this is little more than a built-in satellite phone. Just like a cell phone, but you have the range everywhere on Earth. It has a small antenna array that has to be deployed when you wish to use the phone (whether it's a satellite dish or simply a telescopic antenna, depends on the model). On its own, the link can transmit voice, but it can be linked to computer and used as a modem. When used by 'borgs (or seriously augmented humans) it's usually linked to neural processor and cyberaudio, for hands-free operation, but it can be operated via small numeric keypad as well, and microphone / speaker is built in as well. It functions also as GPS positioner. 1 space, collapsible antenna included. 3 HL, 2000 eb.

Secondary breathing tank : there are a few ways to deal with extended life support on 'borgs (like the Aquarius and Copernicus 'borgs are equipped with). The simplest of them is installing an additional air tank in the breathing system. Every 'borg has a "lung" running off a storage canister, refilled with every breath-in. Efficiency of that lung plus the low oxygen demand of the biopod (compared to a complete body) allows for up to 8 hours of use per refill (i.e. breath-in). However, to prolong this period, more tanks can be installed - each of them being simply a small, pressurized gas tank. These can be installed theoretically in any body part, however, because of practical means (these have to be linked up to the central breathing system) secondary breathing tanks are installed almost exclusively in torso. 1 space, 200 eb, 0,5 HL per an 8-hours tank.

Silenced cyberfoot : this is an another name for Catspaw Stealth Cyberfoot (Chromebook 4).

Solid oxygen battery : like the one installed in Aquarius 'borgs. It uses blocks of chemically-bound oxygen, the same as used in Independent Air Supply implant. It's available in various sizes, and can be installed in any part of the body, although torso is preferred. The system itself costs 100 eb, plus the cost of a sufficiently large amount of chemically-bound oxygen. Humanity cost is, in every case, 2.

Sons of Alessi Personality Chipware Line : Sons of Alessi found itself a niche on the market - their moddies are substantially cheaper (if somewhat simpler) than others, and are build especially with the Olympia Hero series 'borgs in mind. Sons of Alessi offer substantial discounts for wholesale deals.

Sound neutralization system : overpriced and over-adverted, this system doesn't emit "counter-sound" the advert claims. In fact, it works on a simpler principle - by emitting a "white noise" buzz that covers other sounds, yet fits as "background noise". It is so tuned, that human ear doesn't recognize it (that is, it's heard, but not noticed). The sound affects human perception, de-concentrating people and thus making it harder to them to notice something is wrong. A prolonged exposure (over approx. 15 minutes) can lead to serious headache, yet in operational conditions a single human rarely is exposed on such stimuli that long.
In game terms, this is -3 to hearing awareness rolls. A level damper doesn't affect it (it's not a loud, sudden sound), but sound editor can be set to ignore the "buzz", thus making the emitter lose its efficiency. HL 1D6+1, 2000 eb, takes 1 space.

Space maneuver / main jet : another ACPA equipment derivative, it's scaled down ACPA space maneuver rocket. It requires 2 spaces, 800 eb and HL 2D6 as well. Offers +2 to space maneuvering. It allows 20 seconds of main thrust or 12 hours of maneuver jets usage. Velocity change 5 m/s on main jet. Spare fuel cartridges are 5 eb apiece.
It is worth noting that - although it's described as "rocket", this system doesn't utilize rocket nor jet engine technology, as this would be dangerous and unpractical. Whereas chemical engines of that kind provide great fuel effectiveness and reaction speed, they also produce vibration, noise, and heat, as well as possibly harmful side effects. Such things won't be tolerated inside of a habitat, where non-borged humans do live. Modern 'borg space maneuvering systems do use neutral gas cartridge (either CO2, or, more often, nitrogen) to propel themselves, in exactly the same way space maneuvering units do work. While they are less effective than classical rockets, they have almost no side effects, and spare gas canisters are much cheaper (and refillable).

Squirters : these are chemical dispensers installed on the original haz-mat 'borg, Sheol, to neutralize chemical contaminants. In fact, these are slightly modified Icers with variable loads (exact load depends on assignment) and should be treated like such.

Thermal baffling : full 'borgs do not generate much heat, especially if they aren't moving a lot. In above zero temperatures, they don't differ much from surrounding temperature, over 12°C they are generally in the same temperature as air around them. Of course, heavy work causes myomar muscles to emit heat and hydrogen cells emit water vapor (although in small quantities). Yet there's sometimes a need to baffle IR signature of a 'borg, usually a military model. This costs 10% of the body's cost, no spaces taken (as with other camouflages, this is a cover modification). IR baffling can be combined with any cover, although it's useless with ExoDerm and TrueSkin, as they are made to emit heat in a human-like pattern and temperature (of course you can turn the Exoderm off to make your thermal baffling useful, but you'd need a few minutes to cool it down and dissipate heat). 2 HL.

ULF radio : this is an underwater communications set. It consists of ULF Transceiver (1D6/2 HL, neural option) and 100m wire antenna on a reel (1 HL, built into a cyberlimb - usually a leg). The whole set costs 200 eb, and allows for voice transmission on distance about 15 km. Data can be transmitted even farther (depending on conditions).

Underwater propulsion system : (aka "caterpillar drive") this is a scaled down derivative of EuroArms Deepwar ACPA "floater". This one costs 5000 eb, and uses 2 spaces on torso section (however, can be also installed in a fishtail module, if the borg is equipped with such). HL 2D6, maximum speed is 54 km/h (MA 30). Underwater propulsion unit runs off main batteries.

Warning lights : these are police / ambulance - like warning lights. They have no other uses (e.g. can't be used to blind anyone). Cost : 100 eb, HL 0,5, 0,5 space if mounted externally (1 space if pop-up).

Water jet / fire extinguisher : this toy, tested on early Brimstone fire-fighting 'borgs, consists of a heavy-duty water pump installed on the borg's back (2 spaces, standard fire-fighting water hose is attached there), and linked by series of high-pressure pipes to a regulated nozzle in the wrist (another 3 spaces). While it allows the borg for infinite supply of high-pressure water, it also means it has to drag a several meters long and quite heavy water hose. Not that a borg cannot stand the weight, but it still can limit it's mobility in a blazing building. And disconnecting it takes precious seconds... Nowadays, old - fashioned hand-held water jets are popular among firemen borgs, mostly because they can be dropped in a blink of an eye if there's need to move quickly. HL of this system is 2D6 and it costs 1700 eb.


Breaking options into fractions

Working with the CheapFBC rules, you'll sometimes find yourself with odd fractions of an option space left. Now, there comes a question - can a piece of built-in equipment be installed in several places at once ?
The answer, as usually is "it depends". The rule of thumb says that if it's mostly electronics, then it can be broken into several pieces that will be installed separately. For example, a built-in radio set, which takes 2 options. I can see no reason why it couldn't be installed as 2x1, or even 4x0,5 space, or even in some more weird combination. They have to be linked together, but when within a cyborg body, it's not a problem.

However, if the option in question is mostly hardware, it cannot be broken that way. For example, headlights must be as big as they are, for summing up 2x0,5 space small searchlights isn't going to give as much light as a single 1 space one.

This procedure does not cause any costs, however, if any of the body parts containing such a broken-down equipment becomes damaged, then the system is affected as a whole, just as if it was installed solely in that part.
To not complicate up things, my 'borg designs in this book do not make use of this rule (except for Nautilus, whose 1,5 space floatation bladder was parceled into three 0,5 space ones).

Replacing arms with weapons

This is possible and some people find it "cool". The advantage is that the borg won't lose the gun too easily, and it is much cheaper and less complicated than having the same gun built into a cyberarm. The disadvantage, however, is that the bigger gun, the more unwieldy will it be in confined spaces, and that you forego a fully functional arm.

A few issues that have to be addressed :

Cyberarm blades

This is an old problem. What you can see in the Book of Forgotten Tech of the CheapFBC, is merely accepting the status quo. However, it needed a more serious approach. Many of the cyberweapons in Cyberpunk came there because they "looked cool", without any regards for realism. The "wolvers" are a good example of it : they were literally stolen from the X-Men comic books. Sure, these are cool. But first, they're not going to deal 3D6 damage. They're thin, thinner than knives, and not much longer. Sure, we could agree that each of these blades equals a knife, and since there are 3 of them... Whoops, wrong point. See, if you shoot 3 bullets, each worth 1D6 (.22) damage, you do not roll 3D6 versus the armor. You check each of the bullets separately. And the same it goes with wolvers. Suddenly, it's not that lethal, right ? Still, if they hit someone unarmored, they're going to make real mess...

Not to mention the way these are implanted, housed and deployed. For example, wolvers are usually shown reaching circa 30 cm from their access points in the back of the hand. Now, make a simple exercise : take a ruler, and check how you're going to hide these 30 cm in your forearm. Unless you're really big, this is impossible. Not to mention you wouldn't have more than 3-5 cm of the blade still in the housing on the back of your hand. What does this mean ? Circa a 15:1 leverage ratio when you hit anything with a slash of your wolvers. Now, if these are housed in a flesh arm, this is pretty likely to tear them out and apart. A real pain, not to mention screwing your blades... and leaving a lot of your blood spilled around the scene.

Rippers. Sure, that's cool, having blades springing out from your fingertips. But 5-7 cm length depicted in the rulebook would require taking place within the finger, up to a second joint. Whether the finger would be replaced with artificial one or left biological, it would have to be stiff. Simply, with a 5 cm blade inside it won't be flexible at all. So no bending your fingers any longer. And this is damn uncomfortable.

The only option is to have rippers like Molly had - small, flat, double-edged blades under your fingernails. Taking my hand as an example (I'm 182 cm tall, on my better days), this would mean no more than 2 cm blades, and that's the best assumption. I'd guesstimate that 50% of the blade's length would have to stay inside of the finger, anchored there and acting as counter-lever. What we are left with, are essentially scratchers. Not that you can't kill someone with them, but this wouldn't be so easy.

But then there are cyberarms. You can use a much more space in these, since you don't have to worry about veins, bones, muscles and nerves - their cybernetic equivalents can be arranged as you wish to allow installing whatever-you-wish inside. Still, the blade can't be longer than the part it is housed in.

But then why not make it fold ? A typical folding knife consists of a blade, and a handle that covers the blade when folded. But change the handle for a twin-blade set that would cover the primary blade when folded, maybe add a third such a segment to house these two, and attach the butt-end of the whole assembly to the cyberarm's wrist. It's all nice and dandy when folded - it hides within the forearm. When deployed, the segments unfold, and the hand (useless for the time) is moved out of the way, usually to the underarm. In a moment, you have a blade that is almost 2, sometimes 3 times as long as your forearm.

Sure, it has its weak points : the joints. But still, it's an impressive blade, which can rival proper melee weapons.

Since the way they are linked to the arm, such blades can't be used for proper fencing - you lack the wrist mobility needed for those fancy movements. Also, due to their length, everything larger than a knife-length (well, maybe short-sword, in a pinch) are too unwieldy to be effective as thrusting weapon. Still, as cutting (or rather cleaving...) blades, these work pretty well. They have the proper length, and although the lower parts of the blade tend to be sharpened as well, you usually use only up to top 1/3 part of the blade to actually hit the target the rest is mainly to provide the reach and leverage.

The rules below will allow you to create cyberlimb blades under the above mentioned mechanics. Please note that damage listings are my guesstimations, and they do not equal damage listings given in CP2020 official rules. Use them, or lose them - I needed them mainly to reflect the scale. Take in mind that this takes different approach to conceal ability : blades tend to be flat, long objects, so one that could be strapped to a shin or forearm and hidden in a sleeve of one's cloth (P conceal ability) won't necessarily fit into a pocket (also P conceal ability) - CP conceal ability rules were invented for guns.

Blade master table :


Blade lengthDamageConcealability of equivalentEquivalent carried blade
Up to 10 cm1D6/2PPocket knife, Swiss Army knife
Up to 25 cm1D6JSurvival / combat knife, bayonet
Up to 50 cm2D6LShort sword, machete, wakizashi
Up to 80 cm3D6L/N (GM call)Long sword, scimitar, katana
Up to 100 cm4D6NBastard sword
Up to 160 cm6D6NTwo-handed sword, no-dachi

Now, using the master table for bladed weapons, we can determine Humanity Loss : 1D6HL, +1D6 per every damage die of a blade.
Spaces used : 1 per damage die. However, the blade can't take more than 50% of a cyberlimb's total spaces. So, under CheapFBC rules, an Average-sized (Body 5-7) cyberarm, that can hold 4 spaces, can't house anything bigger than a machete-sized (2D6 damage, 3D6 HL) blade.
Cost : 50 eb, +100 eb / damage die. The above mentioned machete would thus cost 250 eb.

Optionally, the top part of the blade (the one you use to cut) can be made out of monocrystal, giving it +1D6 damage extra. It costs +300% of the system (not +500% as in typical rules, because the monocrystal blade makes only a part of the whole assembly).

Optional rule : when dealing with wounds from bladed weapons, apply 1 extra damage per turn per 1D6 of the weapon's damage, due to bloodloss. A successful dressing of the wound stops it.

Partial Body Conversions

Before biopods like those of the modern FBC were developed, Partial Body Conversions were created. The basic idea was to replace all the limbs with cybernetics, shell the torso in an armored cuirass (breastplate & back plate), head in a cowl and faceplate, and fit the whole thing with a set of then-modern audio & optical sensors. Most of these conversions were used in the armed forces, but a few were present in police forces as well, especially in Detroit (now completely replaced by proper 'borgs).

An interesting idea was to leave a PBC one meat arm, as well as going for only a partial coverage of the face and - sometimes - torso. Whereas this meant abandoning the all-around armor and environmental protection, it allowed the PBC to have one arm and one eye still useable, should its mechanics fail. Naturally, most of the noted examples were built that way rather for the owner's fancy, not for practical reasons - and they have never been widely used.

In it's time PBC were an interesting idea. They had several advantages : with heavy armors and mechanized limbs they were very durable, very resistant to damage and given very high stamina (that's mostly thanks to the fact their organisms didn't had to supply whole bodies with blood, oxygen and nutrients, also, there was much less flesh to be moved around). They could be further updated with modified internal organs. However, the psychological impact was devastating. Besides, PBC were usually thought about more like machines than humans, which added to psychological problems.

Nowadays, they are almost no longer seen around, except for cheap "street borgs" which utilize the same technology. However, Militech did try to revive the idea with their Xenon system.

Note : HL of PBC is handled on normal basis, not preferential FBC basis. Also, although it would be up to the spirit of CheapFBC to design every PBC to fit the users BODY score, I recently got another idea.
PBC were generally made in a specific BODY, much like FBC. The most typical was BODY 12, since these packages were meant to be big, intimidating and mean business. Where this would call for an Oversized cyberware penalty to HL score, I suggest a preferential approach in this particular case : charge a PBC in the very same manner an FBC would be charged for BODY exceeding his human BODY value, including the "minimal HL" rule of FBC.


Appendix 5 : Anima

Anima (Latin) : the spirit within, one that moves the object (sometimes translated as a "soul"). Also, a kind of pseudo-intelligent computer program, used mostly to run drones.
-- Webster English Dictionary, 2022 ed.

Anima (plural is the same as singular) are programs made to run drones... as well as pretty complicated robots and androids. However, don't let their clever behavior and smooth talks mislead you - Anima are not Artificial Intelligences. They are mere programs. How an Anima is different from an AI ? First, AI is self-aware, and has some free will. It's an intelligent being, capable of improvisation and creativity. Anima are just programs, not more self-aware than your digital, net-capable refrigerator. They can't be creative.
Still, a well-programmed Anima can make an impression of a real personality, if it's needed (much alike to a character in a computer role-playing game). They can react to changing environment and adapt to it.

Where are they used ?

Mostly in military, to run reconnaissance and combat drones / remotes. They lack the imagination of humans, but usually react faster, and they can work under human supervision to compensate for the lack of their imagination. Plus, they are cheap, comparing to big-time military hardware or trained soldiers.

Apart from that, Anima can make companions, assistants, helpers... have you seen Ghost in the Shell : Stand Alone Complex ? The mechanical "secretaries" in red costumes are Anima, contrary to "true AI" Fuchikomas (easily distinguishable when a Fuchikoma overloads secretary's logic with the famous "liar's paradox" - a true AI wouldn't let such a minor problem stop it down !). Or whatever you wish them to do, provided you take in mind they are not too bright...
Similar pseudo-AI are being used for quite a while in Net applications. The famous Igor assistant program is one of the better known ones.

Hardware

You need a computer that will run an Anima. While really small ones can be ran out of a E-Book class palmtop, usually a more powerful computer is used, most likely a Microtech IIKL workstation equivalent. While Anima themselves tend to be large programs, their expert programming is what can really hurt your hardware requirements.

Nine out of ten Anima run robots of various kind, so you'll need a body for it. Here, only Anima in 'borg bodies are dealt with, so I won't describe a whole system for creating robots. Citizen X's Robot rules cover robots by far well enough.
When installing Anima-running computer inside of a 'borg body, you can either mount it instead of a biopod (so it won't take any spaces), or in a normal way, supplementing a biopod (then usually the biopod is given priority in decisions over the Anima, which is used to run the body when the user is not connected).

Software

From a technical point of view, Anima are Controller programs (Diff 10), that can also have Interactive function (Diff 10) if they are to interact with people in social situations (something military drones do not need to).
They can also have Conversational ability (which allows them to express themselves vocally in a way humans can understand), Pseudo-intelligence (in fact, Neural Network - like structure, which allows for many amazing feats... but is by no way comparable to what we call Intelligence ! See below) and usually have Memory (Diff 5) ability and Recognition (Diff 2) to help them. Since Anima spend most of their time (if not all of it) as real-world robots and androids, not as net programs, they sometimes do not have Icons at all, and those that do use simple, Cartoon representations of their bodies (very rare civilian models have Realistic icons) (Diff 1-5).

Program Strength varies widely. The more Power an Anima has, the more skills it can run.

Statistics

While Anima are not humans, we are used to human stats, and Anima - dealing with humans - have to be treated in a similar way.

Intelligence : as stated before, Anima have no intelligence on their own. They can't think. They merely execute programs. However, some Anima have neuron network programming build into their code. If we forlorn the pointless investigation of the chapter of computer science that deals with neuron networks, we can point a few effects quickly. First, it gives out a limited ability of learning. Not learning in the sense of "raising skills", but of mastering the skill there already are, including something that is called "professional intuition". When a neuron network-equipped Anima tries to do some mental task, you may roll twice - one Skill+1D10 roll and one pseudo-Intellect+1D10 roll, and choose the better result. However, pseudo-Intellect score can't be greater than the Skill value.

Reflexes : this is governed by the body. However, the more complicated program, the better coordination it can control. Effective REF can't be higher than Anima's program Strength (which would limit Anima to the REF 10 max, unless a GM calls for higher maximum score of program Strength). Reflexes-based skills will be added to it for skill rolls.

Tech Aptitude : Anima have no Tech. None at all. Some parts of equipment will still add to the appropriate rolls, but there's no something like Tech for Anima.

Cool : It's a complicated business. Robots do not have Cool as such. Any skill based on Cool works on flat skill value. However, robots do have Stability rating (aka "chicken factor" in the programmer slang), which represents difficulty to convince the robot that situation has exceeded normal parameters, and it should, for example, back off to protect it's integrity. The Stability is totally up to the programmer - low Stability gives cowardly Animas (Stability of 5-10 being common in commercial applications), while high Stability gives Animas that are bold and careless (many military robots have complete disregard for their own safety).

Empathy : robots, by definition, have no empathy. However, they might use pretty advanced programming based on extensive databases, making their behavior appropriate to the situation and human expectations (and since they use sensors that equal our eyes, ears, skin etc - or even sometimes superior ones - they can get pretty a lot of information about our mental state).

Luck : can a robot be lucky ? Since we can't determine what exactly the Luck is, not to mention reproducing it in an artificial way, it's up to GM. You can declare all robots bad-luck losers by definition (Luck 0), or you can roll a 1D10 to determine Luck of every single robot in your game, or... you might have yet another idea.

Movement Ability, Body (i.e. physical strength) and Attractiveness are purely physical things, and they depend on the robot's body type.

Skills

Like other computers, Anima can have skills. And these are not mere skill-chips, but skills of much higher value. Computer skills cost 50 eb per level, up to level 4. Above level 4, they cost 100 eb per level (i.e. +6 would cost 400 eb). Maximum value for computer skills is +10 (which makes the most advanced Anima equal to average human professionals when it comes to mental tasks). Skills take 1 MU per level. Both costs and MU use need to be multiplied by Difficulty modifier.

An Anima can have as many skills as double value of its program Strength. The skill levels are limited only by MU available (yes, Strength 10 anima can have 20 Skills, each of value of 10... which is calling for a MU 200 databank, minimum).
However, you have to remember that, if anima has no given skill, it can't do that thing. Not at all : it doesn't know how.

See, if you're a human, you are assumed to have some basic idea about many skills. You might have no driving license, and probably never driven yourself, but you've seen how a car is driven, even if only on TV. You have a rudimentary idea how this is done. Enough to seat in, and roll your REF+10, hoping that with the massive "never did it before" modifier you'll be, however, lucky enough to have a go. An anima has no bloody idea how a car works, probably not even what it is. You can tell it to take a seat behind the wheel, sure. But when you tell it to turn it on and drive, it'll do nothing : it has no knowledge.

You don't need Basic Repair skill to take a hammer and use some nails. Sure, you won't hammer them straight, you're pretty likely to waste a lot of nails (depending on your Tech) and the material you're hammering them in. And it's quite likely you'll end with a very sore finger. But you at least know how to hold a hammer. Anima without the skill does not know how to hold a hammer, yet alone use it. It doesn't even know what a hammer is, and what it is used for.

And Anima, even with neuron network program, isn't going to figure anything out of its area of expertise. It can find a way to do something better and more efficiently, or even solve a problem it encounters during performing a task, but this is true only as long as it does have some skill in the subject in question.
No skill, no action.

Having MA and REF, Anima can move itself. Having Conversation function, it would be able to speak (however, it knows no language - you have to install a skill for it). Having no Awareness, it won't have a clue that it should pay attention to that car coming in when the robot itself stands in the middle of motorway. Sure, when it notices it, it's the robot's Stability to determine what it will do...

Learning. Whereas neuron networks are capable of learning (they can even develop professional intuition !), it's not learning like humans do. Anima can learn how to perfect bits of its everyday tasks, and it can learn to solve problems it encounters, but it's not learning in the meaning of gaining any skill levels. Only true AIs are capable of such feats.

Initiative

Robots tend to react fast. They act much faster than humans, at least in most of cases. However, the more complicated they become, the more they have to take into consideration ("to think about", if they were thinking). And this makes them slow down. While it has little influence on civilian droids, as they rarely are exposed to combat situations, programmers of military Anima have to balance it out carefully : the big Anima can be pretty smart (having a lot of skills), but they are slower on reaction. Small Anima are fast, but they have limited number of skills.

Bonuses :

Penalties :

* Please note that this may be understood as MU of the complete program, including skills, or just of the core Anima. Personally, I'd suggest the second option - use only MU of the Anima's core program.

And what about a "True" AI ?

I don't cover them here. The AI have been already decently covered in Interface magazine. You should refer to it... But, since we are here, I'm going to give a few guidelines.

First, forget about the "AI" system from the Maximum Metal. It's a military system, which means it's too limited to be really smart. The grunts are too afraid to allow anything like that !
Instead, take a decent computer / cybermodem, and upgrade it to the point where it will be able to house an AI. Yup, it's going to cost you. Then, apply the AI core program, and equip it to your expectation with skills (and leave some memory for gained experience... AI do learn...). Install the whole thing in a shell, just like in the Anima case.

The statistics are going the usual way. Physical are given by the body, mental by the ghost. You have to install a REF processor and keep in mind that AI's INT will limit the top value of the REF. Simply; REF can't be higher than INT. Since AI are usually damn smart, it's rarely an issue...

Neural Networks of various complexity

You can have neural networks of various degrees of complexity. Those more complicated are "smarter", however more difficult to create, and they do work longer to reach a conclusion (simply because they are more complicated - they have more links between logic cells to check). The number of possible linkings between the cells rises damn quickly when you increase the number of cells.
The "intellect" option for programs in the CP2020 rules gives "Int" of 6, and raises difficulty of the program by 6.

My call : neural networks have Difficulty of 1 per level of Int, up to INT of 6. Above that, raise difficulty by 1 per level.
Diff 8 for Int 7
Diff 10 for Int 8
Diff 12 for Int 9
Diff 14 for Int 10

Remember, however, this is pure neural network, it knows nothing from the start !


Appendix 6 : Cyberware brand names

Man : "Oh, you have a Ferrari cyberarm. I thought I recognized that shade of red not to mention that logo it has near the elbow. How much did you pay for it ?"
Woman : "I'd rather not talk about that, but I can say it was rather expensive."

Below, you'll find several sample names of various manufacturers, divided into categories. Note, however, that "technology" isn't tied to a geographical location. While Russian cyberwares are produced mainly in Russia (and former Eastern Bloc), they're just big, tough, somewhat primitive cyber. And cyber matching these guidelines is produced in many places of the world.

Standard

Arasaka Neotech
Daimler-Benz
Ericsson
Hillard Corporation
IEC (International Electric Corporation)
Militech Cybernetics
Modernbody
Motorola
Panasonic
Raven Microcybernetics


Japanese

Hitachi
Hosaka
Hyundai
Kiroshi
Microtech
Mitsubishi
Nikkon
Samsung
Sony
StrykerTech


Skeletal

Adrek Robotics
Cyberdyne
Hyperion
Lead's
Life Vision
Nexus Robotics
O.R. Marco
Storm Tech
SyCust
X-treme Technologies


Brazilian

Actaris LTDA
ANS (Advanced Neural Systems)
Belo Horizonte
Bodyweight
Cobretti Cybernetics
Cyphire
Girardi & Cia
Sons of Alessi
Spider Tecnologia
Stryker


NuTek

Cyclops International
Fox Industrial
In Finty Technologies
Maas Biolabs
MindWire
Modernbody
Pacesetter
RGA (Revolution Genetics of Antarctica)
SyCust
Wyzard Technologies


Soviet

CZ (Ceska Zbrojovka)
HSW (Huta Stalowa Wola)
IRE NASU (Institute of Radio physics and Electronics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine)
Lomo
Mexican Metals
PCT (Polish Cyber Technologies)
Rostovic
SRC (Soviet Resale Cyberware)
Sukhoi CyberWares
Tyco Electronics


Chinese

Bintang
CCMIC
Coby International
HKC Electronic
KraftMatrix
Ono-sendai
Radio Shack
Samsung
Shenzen L*Time
Yang Ming


Orbital

Biomarine
Gestalt GMBH
Hyperion
Kiroshi
Mitsubishi
Paradigm Robotics
Replitech
StellarFox
TerraNova
Utopia


European

Blaupunkt
Daimler-Benz
EBM (European Business Machines)
Electrolux
Nokia
Phillips
Saab-Bofors
Telefunken
Thomson
Zeiss


Outdated

AuraSound
Biodyne
DermaTech Inc.
General Products
IEC (International Electric Corporation)
J&J (Johnson & Johnson)
Life Vision
Medtronics
Modernbody
Synthes Switzerland



Appendix 7 : Quick construction tables

The following tables are meant to help you creating your own 'borg quickly... provided it is a standard design, i.e. a basic human shape. You remember how a Skeleton Cost is calculated ? Take the cost of all arms and legs of a given BODY you're going to install, add a suitable torso, then +100 eb for every limb (to fit it with a hand or foot - at this point of calculation we assume standard ones only). Some of the BODY modifications (Tightened Myomars, 2nd Generation Myomars, Hydraulics) are going to affect Skeleton cost. So are various crazy ideas like non-human modes of transport.

But most of the time you will be creating typical bodies. Humanoid, one torso, two arms, two legs, all of matching BODY. So, to ease your work, here are sample Skeleton Costs for typical bodies of BODY 2 to 20 :

Typical skeleton costs

Standard body, all parts of matching BODY type. Standard feet and hands included.

BODYBody TypePrice
2Very weak20400 eb
3-4Weak26200 eb
5-7Average32000 eb
8-9Strong37800 eb
10Very strong43600 eb
11Superhuman50500 eb
12Superhuman57900 eb
13Superhuman65300 eb
14Superhuman72700 eb
15Superhuman80100 eb
16Superhuman87500 eb
17Superhuman94900 eb
18Superhuman102300 eb
19Superhuman109700 eb
20Superhuman117100 eb

Since we're talking about typical sets...

A typical sensor package consists of 2 standard cybereyes (500 eb, 2D6 HL, 4 option spaces each), a standard cyberaudio module (500 eb, 2D6 HL, 6 option spaces), a BoxAlter vocobox (400 eb, 1D6+2, 1 option space) and neural processor (1000 eb, 1D6 HL) with single set of interface plugs (200 eb, 1D6 HL).
Total : 3100 eb, 9D6+2 HL.


Cyberlimb price tables


Cyberarm : typical 1D6 punch, 2D6 crush damage, 2D6 HL.
BODYBody typeSDPSpacePrice
2Very weak2202000 eb
3-4Weak2602500 eb
5-7Average3003000 eb
8-9Strong3403500 eb
10Very strong3804000 eb
11+Superhuman+1 for every BODY point over 10+1 for every 2 BODY points over 10+700 eb for every BODY point over 10

Cyberleg : same as for arm, but 2D6 kick damage. Note : a cyberleg has to be equipped with some kind of a cyberfoot, which takes 1 slot (only very rare models use 2 slots). A foot option space is not included in the following data (i.e. Average Body cyberleg has 3 free slots, and 1 reserved for cyberfoot).
BODYBody typeSDPSpacePrice
2Very weak2201200 eb
3-4Weak2601600 eb
5-7Average3002000 eb
8-9Strong3402400 eb
10Very strong3802800 eb
11+Superhuman+1 for every BODY point over 10+0.5 for every 2 BODY points over 10+500 eb for every BODY point over 10

Cyborg replacement torso : biopod, neural processor and a single set of interface plugs are built-in (although neither not included in HL nor cash costs). Typical HL is 8D6.
BODYBody typeSDPSpacePrice
2Very weak34014000 eb
3-4Weak36018000 eb
5-7Average38022000 eb
8-9Strong40026000 eb
10Very strong42030000 eb
11+Superhuman+2 for every BODY point over 10+1 for every BODY point over 10+5000 eb for every BODY point over 10

Head SDP : SDP of a borg's head is equal to SDP of a full cyberlimb of the same BODY.

Cyberlimb variants and technologies


ModelSDPHLDamage dealtSpacePriceNotes
Standard100%100%100%100%100%Plain vanilla from the basic book.
Skeletal100%+1 per die100%100%66%No realskinning, no superior myomars, but can use hydraulics without losing a space. Obviously, cannot be made to look human-like.
Brazilian50%50%, +1 per die50%100%75%Strength as meat limb of that BODY, and cannot be upgraded.
Chinese100%100%100%100%50%Poor precise movement control (-1 to ranged weapon attacks, -3 Tech). Only arms. GM's call : legs are -1 MA and -3 to attack rolls (in close combat).
NuTek50%75%75%-160%Cannot use cover (they come RealSkinned), neither use quick-change mounts, extra arms, hydraulics nor advanced myomars. All surgery costs are 1 level less serious.
Russian133%125%150%75%40%5% failure when overstressed comes equipped with hydraulics (Solo of Fortune 1 / Chromebook 4).
Outdated110%150%100%100%25%Hard to get, and cannot work with most modern options (only these from the main book). Hard to repair (2005-2011 era cybertech) (Chromebook 3). Arms are -1 REF, legs -1 REF and -1 MA (-2 MA if both legs).
Orbital250%100%100%100%300%Orbital-made materials : composites, crystalline titanium, of superb endurance. For special orders, also European, Skeletal & Japanese models are made in this technology (choose the better characteristic, add prices) (Chromebook 1).
Euro100%-1 per die100%100%150%Especially suited for RealSkinning. Mostly German or Swiss made.
Japanese100%100%100%125%200%The very best, most technologically advanced design. Mostly micro-machined (nanotech built), they need special, Japanese optionware (2x-3x price) to utilise the extra spaces. Repairs are also more expensive - and you may have to wait until they get the parts...
Japanese hi-tech100%100%100%150%300%

Cyberlimb Coverings


CoverHLSpacePrice
Plastic cover101-200 eb
SP 20 ballistic nylon20200 eb
Superchrome30200 eb
RealSkin-25%0300 eb
ExoDerm-30%0.5500 eb
TrueSkin-40%11000 eb
Heavy Armour13 (whole body)0varies

Notes : all data are for single limb. A torso and head will need 250% of the given cash, HL, and space requirements, a partial limb 75%, and an independent cyberhand 50%. The only exception is heavy armour, which is bought as a single homogenous shell, and thus the values for it are for complete body cover (but see the description anyway). All covers, except for Ballistic Nylon and Heavy Armour (as it would be of no effect on them) can be armoured, using a derivative Graded SkinWeave technology, with the same cost and HL values as Graded SkinWeave itself.

Reflex cost table


REFSkeleton cost multiplier
4free
510%
620% (10% x 2)
730% (10% x 3)
860% (15% x 4)
975% (15% x 5)
10120% (20% x 6)
11175% (25% x 7)
12240% (30% x 8)
13315% (35% x 9)
14400% (40% x 10)

Movement Ability cost


MASkeleton cost multiplier
Standard2nd generation myomarHydraulics
3--free
4-free5%
5free5%10%
65%10%15%
710%15%20%
815%20%25%
920%25%30%
1025%30%35%
1135%40%impossible
1245%50%impossible
1355%60%impossible
1465%70%impossible
1575%impossibleimpossible
1685%impossibleimpossible
1795%impossibleimpossible
18105%impossibleimpossible
19115%impossibleimpossible
20125%impossibleimpossible

Attractiveness cost table


ATTRPrice per point
1-6600 eb
7900 eb
81200 eb
91500 eb
102000 eb
115000 eb
1210000 eb

Appendix 8 : Borg character sheet