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Aria:
Well I made the first of the two adept hackers (VR hacker in the works)... so please take a look and tell me what you think!?

I could probably 'optimise' her more with higher activesofts but I went for bredth rather than specialism in this case...

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Race D Attributes A Magic D Skills E Resources A                        

ATTRIBUTES                        
Body:   2   (   2   )            
Agility:   5   (   5   )            
Reaction:   5   (   8   )            
Strength:   2   (   2   )            
Willpower:   5   (   5   )            
Logic:   6   (   6   )            
Intuition:   5   (   5   )            
Charisma:   4   (   4   )            
Edge:   2                     
Magic:   3                     
Essence:   4.11                     
Initiative:   13+4D6                     
Matrix VR Initiative:   5+3D6      +1D6 HotSIM               
                        
Phys CM:   9                     
Stun CM:   11                     
                        
Surprise:   13                     
Composure:   9                     
Judge Intentions:   10                     
Memory:   11                     
Lift/Carry:   40kgs                     
                        
Defence Rating   5                     
Bonus D Damage Res   0                     
Unarmed Attack   2S, 10/—/—/—/—                     

QUALITIES / RACIAL BONUSES                        
Buddy System   -7                     
Corporate Scapegoat   -5                     
Jack Jockey   11                     
SINer   -8                     

SKILLS                        
Active Skills                        
                        
Athletics *   4   (   9   )            
Biotech   0   (   /   )            
Close Combat *   4   (   9   )            
Con   1   (   5   )            
Cracking   6   (   12   )   S:   Hacking      
Electronics   4   (   10   )   S:   Computer      
Engineering   0   (   5   )            
Exotic Weapons   0   (   /   )            
Firearms   1   (   6   )            
Influence   1   (   5   )            
Outdoors   0   (   4   )            
Perception *   4   (   9   )            
Piloting *   4   (   12   )            
Stealth *   4   (   9   )            
                        
* Indicates Activesoft                        
                        
Knowledge / Language Skills                        
                        
Japanese                        
English                        
Matrix Architecture                        
Computer Science                        
Transhumanism                        
High Fashion                        
Seattle Club Scene                        

CYBER / BIOWARE                        
Cyberjack [Rt 2] (β)                        
Datajack (β)                        
Skilljack (Black Market)                        
Skillwires (Black Market)                        

ADEPT POWERS                        
Improved Reflexes [3]                        

GEAR                     
Renraku Kitsune Cyberdeck [R4, A/S 7/6, P8] w. All cyberprograms, Agent [4]                        
Renraku Sensei [R3, D/F 2/0 (2/3), P1] w. Sim Module, Biometric Reader, Browse, Signal Scrubber                        
5x Activesoft [4]: Athletics, Close Combat, Perception, Piloting, Stealth                        
Micro Transceiver & Subvocal Mic, Metalink Disposable Commlink [R1, D/F 1/0, P0], Fake SIN [1] , Fake Licence [1], Trodes, AR Gloves, Local Area Mapsoft                        
Flashlight, Respirator [6], Bug Scanner, Tag Eraser, 10x Plastic Restraints, Medkit, 2x Stim Patch [4], Trauma Patch, 2x Tranq Patch [6], Survival Kit, Weapon Cleaning Kit                        
Fake SIN [4], 3x Fake Licence [4] w. Driver, Weapon, Concealed Carry                        
Fake Licence [4] w. Cyberjack                        
Contacts [2] w. Imagelink, Flare Compensation, Glasses [3] w. Lowlight, Vision Enhancement, Ear Buds [2] w. Sound Link, Audio Enhancement                         
Ares Light Fire 70 [2P, SA, 10/7/6/—/—, 16(c)] w. Laser Sight, Special Silencer, Concealable Holster, 2 Spare Clips, 50 Caseless Normal Rnds                        
Lined Coat [3] w. Electrochromic Modification, Chemical Protection [3] w. Racing Helmet [+1] w. HUD Image Link, Flare Compensation, Laser Range Finder, Trodes                        
Securetech SkinShield [2] w. Concealed Holster, Ruthenium [2], Electrical Resistance [2]                        
Suzuki Mirage  [H2/6, A29, I30, Sp260, B4, A2, P1, S1, St1] w. Tuned Suspension (on-road) w. Spoof Kit, xGuide Override, Electrochromic Paint                        
6K nuyen left…                        

LIFESTYLE                        
Downtown Loft [Neighbourhood: Middle, Necessities: High, Comforts: High, Security: Middle, Entertainment: High, Space: High, Bribed Security, Reliable Utilities]                        

KARMA                        
Racial Costs   0                     
Qualities   11                     
Negative Qualities   -20                     
Attributes   30                     
Skills   25                     
Foci Binding   0                     
Resources   4                                       
Martial Arts / Driving Styles   0                                          
Initiation   0                                       
Contacts   0                     
Buy off negative Qualities   0

Aria:
And here's a VR hacker with a twist... again, maybe not the best but perhaps the boat load of D on hacking will be enough to make up for the lack of edge actions?!

<<Jackdaw>>

And replicated here without pretty pictures:               
                  
Race C Attributes A Magic D Skills D Resources C                                    

ATTRIBUTES                  
Body:   1   (   1   )      
Agility:   5   (   5   )      
Reaction:   4   (   4   )      
Strength:   1   (   1   )      
Willpower:   5   (   5   )      
Logic:   7   (   9   )      
Intuition:   6   (   6   )      
Charisma:   4   (   4   )      
Edge:   4               
Magic:   6               
Essence:   6.00               
Initiative:   10+1D6               
Matrix VR Initiative:   6+3D6      +1D6 HotSIM         
                  
Phys CM:   9               
Stun CM:   11               
                  
Surprise:   10               
Composure:   9               
Judge Intentions:   11               
Memory:   14               
Lift/Carry:   10kgs               
                  
Defence Rating   1               
Bonus D Damage Res   0               
Unarmed Attack   1S, 5/—/—/—/—               

QUALITIES / RACIAL BONUSES                  
Addiction [VR]   -8               
Analytical Mind   3               
Astral Perception, Allergy (Iron, Medium), Concealment (Self), Movement: 2/5/+1 (Walk), 10/40/+2 (Flight), Vanishing   0               
Curiosity Killed the Cat   -5               
Data Anomaly   5               
Software Optimisation [Exploit]   10               
Trust Issues   -10               

SKILLS                  
Active Skills                  
                  
Athletics   1   (   6   )      
Biotech   0   (   /   )      
Close Combat   0   (   4   )      
Con   0   (   3   )      
Cracking   10   (   19   )   S:   Hacking
Electronics   5   (   14   )      
Engineering   1   (   10   )   S:   Gunnery
Exotic Weapons   0   (   /   )      
Firearms   0   (   4   )      
Influence   0   (   3   )      
Outdoors   0   (   5   )      
Perception   5   (   11   )      
Piloting   1   (   5   )   S:   Anthroform
Stealth   1   (   6   )      
                  
Knowledge / Language Skills                  
                  
English                  
Gaelic                  
Speretheil                  
Wild Matrix Zones                  
Host Architecture                  
Seattle Matrix                  
Folk Rock Music                  
Teen Trid Shows                  

               
ADEPT POWERS                  
Adrenaline Boost [1]                  
Combat Sense [1]                  
Improved Logic [2]                  
Improved: Cracking [4]                  
Sustenance                  

GEAR               
Nissan Oni  [H3/4, A10, I5/4, Sp30, B9, A10, P3, S2] w. 2 Cyberarms w. Standard Weapon Mounts, 2 Cyberlegs, Micro Rigger Cocoon                   
Ingram Smartgun XI [3P, SA/BF, 13/12/7/—/—, 37(c)] w. Gas Vent, Smartgun System, Integral Silencer, Foregrip, Personalised Grip, Extended Clip, 2 Spare Clips, 80 Caseless Explosive Rnds, 40 Caseless Gel Rnds                  
Honda Spirit  [H4/5, A15, I20, Sp150, B10, A3, P1, S1, St4] w. Spoof Kit, xGuide Override, Electrochromic Paint                  
Spinrad Falcon [R2, A/S 5/4, P4] w. Cyberhack [D2, F4] w. Cyberjack Initiative Booster [1], all programs, trodes                  
Transys Avalon [R6, D/F 3/1 (4/6), P3] w. Hot Sim Module, Biometric Reader, Editor, Browse, Signal Scrubber                  
Securetech SkinShield [2] w. Concealed Holster, Ruthenium [2], Electrical Resistance [2]                  
~5k nuyen left                  
               
Red Light Bolthole [Neighbourhood: Squatter, Necessities: Low, Comforts: Low, Security: Low, Entertainment: Squatter, Space: Low, Bolthole, Escape Route]                  

                  
Racial Costs   10               
Qualities   18               
Negative Qualities   -23               
Attributes   0               
Skills   35               
Foci Binding   0               
Resources   10               
Martial Arts / Driving Styles   0               
Initiation   0               
Contacts   0               
Buy off negative Qualities   0               
            

Aria:
And for the more traditionalist I threw together a dwarf adept hacker, not my best work but still, he has the potential to grow exponentially (like many adept builds) and can capitalise on both karma and cash to get better

<<Weaver>>                     
                     
Race D Attributes A Magic D Skills D Resources B                     

ATTRIBUTES                     
Body:   6   (   6   )         
Agility:   2   (   2   )         
Reaction:   4   (   4   )         
Strength:   2   (   2   )         
Willpower:   6   (   6   )         
Logic:   6   (   10   )         
Intuition:   6   (   6   )         
Charisma:   1   (   1   )         
Edge:   3                  
Magic:   4                  
Essence:   5.08                  
Initiative:   10+1D6                  
Matrix VR Initiative:   6+4D6      +1D6 HotSIM            
Astral Initiative:   16+2D6                  
                     
Phys CM:   11                  
Stun CM:   11                  
                     
Surprise:   10                  
Composure:   7                  
Judge Intentions:   12                  
Memory:   16                  
Lift/Carry:   40kgs                  
                     
Defence Rating   12                  
Bonus D Damage Res   0                  
Unarmed Attack   2S, 6/—/—/—/—                  

QUALITIES / RACIAL BONUSES                     
Addiction [HotSIM VR]   -10                  
Allergy: Common Mild [Hayfever]   -11                  
Analytical Mind   3                  
Quick Config   3                  
Surgical Strike   11                  
Thermographic Vision [Meta]   0                  
Toxin Resistance [Dwarf]   0                  
Uncouth   -6                  

SKILLS                     
Active Skills                     
                     
Athletics   0   (   1   )         
Biotech   0   (   /   )         
Close Combat   0   (   1   )         
Con   0   (   0   )         
Cracking   6   (   16   )         
Electronics   5   (   15   )         
Engineering   5   (   15   )         
Exotic Weapons   0   (   /   )         
Firearms   1   (   3   )         
Influence   0   (   0   )         
Outdoors   0   (   5   )         
Perception   1   (   7   )         
Piloting   1   (   5   )         
Stealth   0   (   1   )         
                     
Knowledge / Language Skills                     
                     
English                     
Mandarin                     
Japanese                     
Matrix Architecture                     
IC Programs                     
Computer Forensics                     
GOD SOP                     
Computer Science                     
Matrix Phenomenon                     
VR Games                     
Data Havens                     

CYBER / BIOWARE                     
Cyberjack [Rt 1] (β)                     
Datajack (β)                     
Sleep regulator                      

ADEPT POWERS                  
Improved Logic [4]                     

GEAR                     
MCT 360 [R3, A/S 6/5, P6] w. all Cyberprograms, Agent [3], Matrix Initiative Booster [2]                     
Transys Avalon [R6, D/F 3/1 (4/6), P3] w. Hot Sim Module, Biometric Reader, Editor, Browse, Signal Scrubber                     
Micro Transceiver & Subvocal Mic, Metalink Disposable Commlink [R1, D/F 1/0, P0], Fake SIN [1] , Fake Licence [1], Trodes, AR Gloves, Local Area Mapsoft                     
Flashlight, Respirator [6], Bug Scanner, Tag Eraser, 10x Plastic Restraints, Medkit, 2x Stim Patch [4], Trauma Patch, 2x Tranq Patch [6], Survival Kit, Weapon Cleaning Kit                     
Fake SIN [4], 4x Fake Licence [4] w. Driver, Weapon, Concealed Carry, Cyberjack                     
Contacts [2] w. Imagelink, Flare Compensation, Glasses [3] w. Lowlight or Thermo, Vision Enhancement, Ear Buds [2] w. Sound Link, Audio Enhancement                      
Ares Predator VI [3P, SA/BF, 10/10/8/—/—, 15(c)] w. Integral Smartgun, Silencer, Concealable Holster, 2 Spare Clips, 30 Caseless Normal Rnds, 20 Caseless Explosive Rnds, 10 Caseless APDS Rnds, 10 Caseless SnS Rnds (Clip load 10 Normal, 2 Explosive, 2 APDS, 1 SnS)                     
Armour Jacket [4] w. Programmable Camouflage Package, Shockweave [6], SecureTech Invisi-Shield [+2] w. Thermal Dissipation [2]                     
Ford Americar  [H4/5, A9, I20, Sp160, B11, A4, P1, S2, St4] w. Spoof Kit, xGuide Override, Electrochromic Paint                     
~5K nuyen left                     

LIFESTYLE                  
Suburban Home [Neighbourhood: Middle, Necessities: Middle, Comforts: Middle, Security: Middle, Entertainment: Middle, Space: Middle, Houseplants]                     

KARMA                     
Racial Costs   0                  
Qualities   17                  
Negative Qualities   -27                  
Attributes   35                  
Skills   15                  
Foci Binding   0                  
Resources   10                  
Martial Arts / Driving Styles   0                  
Additional CF    0                  
Initiation   0                  
Contacts   0                  
Buy off negative Qualities   0

Aria:
Added the stats to the three characters above for anyone who isn't keen on following links to other sites :)

Hobbes:
Cyberhacks from Hack&Slash (Starting on p. 33) are a thing now.  Sum to 10.  Attributes A, Resources C, Skills D, Magic D, Meta C.  Decent Cyberhack, mediocre cyberdeck, basic runner gear.  Would make a good AR hacker.

Normal Priority gets tight as you're kinda stuck with Skills E, but it's still workable. 

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