Shadows of Seattle
What is a shadowrunner
A Shadowrunner is, at their core, a deniable asset. Someone wants a job done, and is willing to pay for it to be completed, but doesn’t want their name or who they represent to be affiliated with the job. This ranges from a car enthusiast that wants you to steal an incredibly rare car for him, to a mob boss that wants someone dead but can’t endorse the hit due to criminal politics, to a corporation wanting you to destroy a rival corp’s R&D facility. Many people consider Shadowrunners to be criminals, others a necessity, and a few as opportunists. Regardless of what people think you are, the pay is good and you have the rare luxury of being relatively free to live your life in a world filled with corporate wage slaves and criminal goons.
But why would someone want to become a Shadowrunner? The job is incredibly dangerous, and there are plenty of employers that will simply cut ties without you ever seeing a paycheck for the job you’ve done. There are a wide variety of reasons, but one of the most common is necessity. Bureaucracy is just as slow as ever, and thanks to two different Matrix Crashes there are a large sum of people who have fallen through the cracks of society due to no fault of their own. These people are called the SINless, as they have either lost or never obtained a System Identification Number (or a SIN). Imagine trying to live without a Social Security Number, but getting a SSN could take upwards to 5-10 years to even obtain. You gotta find work somehow, and some people have the knowledge and skills to do so on their own terms in the Shadows. Others simply find the corp-life to be dull, and want to actually do something with their lives. And some are simply thrill-seekers that love the adrenaline that a Shadowrun can provide. There are many more reasons than this, but these are a few examples to help you out.