MEMBERS (est.): 1,000
AREAS OF EXPERTISE: Junk, recycled tech
SIN REQUIRED?: No
STRICTURES: Must attend Trade Days and bring some interesting junk
LOYALTY: Maximum of 1
KARMA COST: 5
The current trend of what to do with trash is to bury it to make it go away. But like information on the Matrix, it doesn’t always stay buried.
The gomi-nezumi (trash-rats) live and work from the trash dumps of The Rat’s Nest, making a living recycling and using what’s been buried for generations. Need a DVD player? Readers Digest in paper form? How about a twentieth-century car engine? A trash-rat collects many low-tech items or raw materials.
The community of trash-rats trades recyclables for foodstuffs and medicine. Standard currency can be used to buy his stuff, but it’s not preferred as most transactions are barter.
Gomi-nezumi also have the advantage of knowing just where a body—dead or alive—can be stashed and never found.
Group contacts’ cost comes out of your character’s starting Karma, rather than your free Contact points (Run Faster, p. 177).