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"Earther" is the general term for any planet-born individual, regardless of the planet. They are, in comparison to Pioneers, squat and muscular. Most come to the outer stations for work or to get away from the 'civilized' world. On Vesta, Earthers are a minority of the permanent population at around 10%, though more may be seen in between shipping runs, on business deals, or working security operations for the corporate-owned station.
Individuals from Mars specifically are often part of the Martian navy at one point or another, with very little keeping them on their in-transition planet after leaving the forces. As such, most permanent Earthers on Vesta come from the red planet.
Earthers are met with harsh resistance on any Pioneer-owned station, as Earth and Mars consider the outer worlds to be their backyard. The individuals who remain on Vesta for long quickly learn to band together with fellow Earthers to create a certain level of security. These sub communities often dot the levels closest to the ports as to remain nearest to the station's security forces (who are predominantly Pioneers regardless). With the current suffering caused by an Earther's war, the general public opinion is at an all time low.
A "Pioneer" was originally any individual who could trace his or her roots to the original settlers of the outer planets or the Belt. Now, a Pioneer is any individual who has been raised in lower gravity (be it on traveling ships, stations, or otherwise). As a result of an upbringing in a lower field of gravity, a Pioneer grows to be tall and slender with an affinity for navigating through lower gravity as an Earther might plain, planet-bound open ground. They are the natives of stations like Vesta and Pallas, even if these stations are often held by planetary corporations.
Pioneers from the stations orbiting Jupiter and Saturn are often held in higher standings than those from the Belt due to their industrial prowess: the so-called Martian warships (currently the most powerful vessels on the playing field) are built on Pioneer-operated stations. A few of these Pioneers, either out of work or wishing to start their own mechanical-related businesses, reside in Vesta.
Most station inhabitants view the Earthers as inferior due to their self-assurance in everything. A Pioneer's station is a fragile environment, where everything must be carefully measured and controlled. Earth, Mars, and Venus all produce their own air. Water falls from the sky for them. Food grows in soil in mass amounts. Nothing about an Earther's life seems difficult to a Pioneer, and so their attitudes towards them reflect this view.
- Whether it be on a mining vessel, aboard a mighty warship, or in one clinic or another, you have learned the skill of healing people.
- You have a real knack with machines. If you take this trait, you must specify what you are good at repairing (weapons, appliances, ships, etc.). Further specializations may be 'purchased' with minor traits.
- You are part of sciSoft's trained and armed peacekeeper force! You are given standard-issue gear, a stable job, and a prepaid place to live. This, of course, comes with the responsibilities of the job.
- You're just the average, every-day individual trying to make it out in the real world. Though you don't gain any real benefits, you do get one more minor trait than normal.
- You may designate another type of mechanical work you are skilled with. Alternatively, you may be skilled at repairing complex structures (reactors, engines, station systems) at the cost of two trait points.
- Earther only. Character must be 25 or older. You served in the UN Coalition marine corps or the Martian Marines for enough time to make a difference! You know how to function well in low gravity, follow orders, and use firearms. Note: You are not currently a marine.
- Character must be 25 or older. You were on an asteroid or ice miner for quite some time and learned a thing or two about how to operate mining equipment and basic hull repairs.
- Requires Military Background or Miner Background. You learned how to sail the stars, and even though you don't own a ship you can call your own, you know how they fly. You must specify who employed you to fly and what type of ship you flew.
- Your childhood saw either numerous fights with siblings, bigger kids, or whatever you could get within arms' reach. Now, that irregular training has paid off and you are skilled in dirty fighting and using your hands to do some harm.
- Character must be 21 or older. You went through the red-tape hassle that is earning an official gun licence. You may own and operate a firearm within the realm of the law. This applies to pistols only.
- You know a guy. He can be anyone from a local food producer to a drug dealer. Remember that contacts are normal people, too, and may disappear throughout play. You may take two contacts per point spent; you may take this trait more than once.
- Medic Major Trait Only. You served as a medic in some official capacity on board one ship or another. This trait will allow you to start with a comprehensive first aid kit and your skills range beyond that of scrapes, cuts, bruises, and minor injuries: you can be relied upon to treat gun wounds, for example.
- Pioneer Only. You really know how to get the most out of your gear and equipment after having lived a life of poverty. Any possessions you begin with are well-kept and in working condition and you can even attempt minor repairs.
- Pioneer Only. Life on the street was hard for you. You were probably the result of a 'squeezer' birth or some other awful circumstance. You know how to find food, navigate airway chutes, and can point out the best places to lay low.
- You've spent your life selling something. Food, drugs, toothbrushes. Whatever it is, you've made a living off of it. You start play with a place to live and your shop and may take a single contact to begin with. Earth alternative. Worth two points: You work for an official company and gain the above traits plus a nicer place to live.
- Character must be 30 or older. Earther only. Civilian only. Worth three trait points. You are someone of influence, but you aren't one of the top dogs on Earth or Mars (otherwise you'd be there and not here). Your apartment is in the loftier districts of the station and you may take a single contact. Your starting wealth is also worth noting, and the food you eat is 'real'.[/stabs]
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