Forking & Merging as SOP for missions

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ICU2 ICU2's picture
Forking & Merging as SOP for missions

I see the usual mission idea being one of egocasting into a location, sleeving, doing the mission, then egocasting back to "home" (which is often a different location for each character) to be resleeved in the characters' usual morphs. If necessary, egos may be recovered from backup back at "home" and resleeved.

I'm curious as to how feasible it would be to instead to routinely send alpha forks on missions and then just merge it to the main ego when the fork gets back. This would help to preserve the character's cover identity (assuming the fork sticks to a fake ID) and, for short duration missions, doesn't seem all that hard on the character in terms of SV, at least in comparison to the shock of death.

In addition to criminal and Firewall missions, I see this as being especially beneficial for gatecrashing first-in missions. Here the total mission is usually less than 1 week in duration and has a very high risk of losing the ego and the stack.

Has anyone played it this way?

DivineWrath DivineWrath's picture
Well, it would add to the

Well, it would add to the amount of stress a character would gain. The example you gave, 1 week, would add a little bit of stress, fail or succeed.

Critical failure with psychosurgery can pose a risk of gaining neural damage and mental disorders (or other negative ego traits). Superior failure adds more stress damage. However, if the first attempt at merging fails, you could try again - assuming you made backups before starting. Taking extra time, on the other hand, can improve odds of success. Using 2.5x the normal time gives a +60 bonus (the max you can get) on such tests. Normal merging is 10 minutes so it would take 25 minutes to get the bonus.

Your team would do well to have a skilled psychosurgen available.

I don't see there being many problems for your team unless they are rushed for time.

ICU2 ICU2's picture
DivineWrath wrote:

DivineWrath wrote:

Your team would do well to have a skilled psychosurgen available.


That seems like a reasonable service to request with i-rep (for Firewall missions) or x-rep (for gatecrashing) to me.