(Working on some character background) tldr; What would you say are typical and extreme distances an asteroid miner would go from home? What is the limiting factor (egocast cost, far asteroids are 'owned' by someone else, fuel or cargo limits, other?) Here's my mental model: You are an @ living in the Jupiter Trojans. You and your buddies decide to go into asteroid mining. There is a glut of elements from your local asteroids, so you go someplace else. (For example, from Jup Tro to an unpopulated part of the Main Belt) Everyone is in a synth so no need for air/food/water mass. Find an asteroid, mine out the rare elements onto your ship, then for any bulk elements slap a beacon and a thruster on the rock and Hohmann it home. Since mining can be hard, lonely work you egocast home for vacation every so often. This seems a lot like offshore oil rigs, so I'm imagining a rig-like schedule. Say two weeks working, two weeks at home. Maybe one week in your mining morph, one week as an infomorph sleeving the ship or ghost riding a miner (concentrate on skywatch while other guy mines) Feels to me that egocast cost and jurisdiction disputes aka piracy would limit your distance. I'm trying to figure out what would be 'extreme' for a story: found an asteroid at the extreme limit of your range, no one else anywhere near, mining reveals secrets man not meant to know, one person survives and limps the ship back home. Also, I don't like nova crab aesthetics. But even in freefall you occasionally need big strength to handle inertia of heavy masses, which rules out the default 0g-adapted synths. Any morph suggestions? My best thought right now is start from a Daitya with freefall propulsion for stats, but not sure what I want it to look like. (Uh, meaning the morph is not a Daitya, doesn't resemble a Daitya, looks more 0g adapted, but uses Daitya stats for aptitude, enhancement and the like)
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