The Thonian Core Runner and Ordhren Handler are hackers, assassins, hunters and trakkers.
Core Runners are virtual savants. They spend the majority of their extremely short Journeys within the virtual reality of the Acquiry or some offshoot network tracking person’s of interest, preparing for an assassination, or relaying information back to Commanders and Advocates for larger strikes and Fleet maneuvers.
Runners are bombarded with information and shaped before birth. When they are finally ready for field work they are often reclusive and suffer from massive superiority complexes. Runners typically enroll for citizenship at 14 and do not live to see 21. Most runners train for 3-4 years and generally only live approximately 1-2 years in-field post deployment and are often immediately terminated upon successful extraction to prevent any form of Core Corruption within the Acquiry.
Runners test on Access and Movement, and can specialize as either Ranged-Snipers or Close Combat Assassins.
The Ordhren Warhound Handlers have recently come under fire for their 'dated' and often barbaric tactics.
When Ord razed the Acquiry hubs in the East, it was the Riders that trakked and captured several Runners that were caught behind enemy lines with no virtual or networked method of escaping.
The eventual trakking and capture of 7th Echelon Runner 'Whitelist' by the Riders proved invaluable as the Sons of Ord interrogated Whitelist and forced him to relay misinformation back to the Alliance, leading to the catastrophic counter-attack at Starlight Kala.
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