Lane Hackers

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This is an NPC faction. For the affiliated player faction, see Lane Hackers (player faction). For the rules for this particular faction, see Lane Hackers ID.


Lane Hackers
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Origin Flag-liberty.png Republic of Liberty
Alignment Unlawful
Profile
Date of founding 750 A.S.
Founder(s) unknown
Base of operations Mactan Base, Magellan
Primary role
Hacking trade lanes, fighting Liberty house corporations
Secondary role
Supporting other criminals, Cardamine smuggling

The Lane Hackers are a criminal group with the technical expertise to monitor and disrupt Trade Lanes for the purpose of seizing valuable cargo.

Synopsis

The powerful alliance between Lane Hackers, Liberty Rogues and Outcasts serves as a dominant unlawful force in Liberty space and the Independent Worlds that fall under their sphere of influence.

History

The Lane Hackers are mostly composed of former Los Angeles Ageira Technologies employees who created the extremely complex scanning and database system known as USI (Universal Ship Identification). Departing the company rather acrimoniously in 750 AS, they have become a growing problem in the Independent Worlds. The Lane Hackers in Magellan and Galileo share one common origin -- Ageira. The scandal that erupted within the company after the great Galileo bypass project, which resulted in the unnecessary construction of a hugely expensive set of Jump Gates and Trade Lanes, forced several executives and an elite development team out. This would become the second part of the core of the Lane Hackers, along with the original California scanner group that fled to Magellan.

The investigation continues to this day, but has so far been unsuccessful in locating the Lane Hacker bases. No Hacker has ever been captured, although various Rogues in the Independent Worlds have been caught possessing remarkably accurate information regarding upcoming high-value shipments. Security measures have been added to the software, but the Hackers remain one step ahead, leading Ageira security experts to believe that there are many sympathetic programmers still within the company, possibly being secretly paid off with the proceeds from the thefts. The Lane Hackers prefer to sell their information to others rather than do the dirty work themselves, although they sometimes swoop in and tractor in a cargo if it’s particularly juicy.

Fancying themselves as modern-day Robinhoods, they avoid direct confrontation when possible, unless it is the henchmen of the despised IC and Ageira. They like to frequent Freeport 4 and the Ames Research Station, as their asteroid bases within the clouds can become claustrophobic. Their Cardamine addiction forces the Hackers to trade drugs for Trade Lane info with the Outcasts at the Mactan base. Leiden is a key transfer point for smuggled goods between Kusari and Liberty, especially the Artifact trade, which the Hogosha dominate. A steady stream of Hogosha ships make the journey to the Galileo system. The Lane Hackers have also been spotted in Colorado, leading authorities to speculate that there may be multiple Jump Hole routes into that system from the Independent Worlds.

Diplomacy

Faction Relationship
Outcasts
Allied
Liberty Rogues
Allied
Golden Chrysanthemums
Friendly
Mollys
Friendly
Junkers
Neutral
Hogosha
Neutral
Zoners
Neutral
Independent Miners Guild
Neutral
House Corporations
Unfriendly
Corsairs
Hostile
Kusari State Police
Hostile
Kusari Naval Forces
Hostile
Bretonia Police Authority
Hostile
Bretonia Armed Forces
Hostile
Xenos
Hostile
Universal Shipping
Hostile
Bounty Hunters Guild
Hostile
Liberty Police
Hostile
Liberty Navy
Hostile
Liberty Security Force
Hostile
Cryer Pharmaceuticals
Hostile
Deep Space Engineering
Hostile
Interspace Commerce
At War
Ageira Technologies
At War


Known Bases

Preferred Ships

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Bayonet
Heavy Fighter
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Falchion
Very Heavy Fighter
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Broadsword
Bomber


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Hacker Gunship
Gunship
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Dromedary
Freighter