So biomorphs have full brains (unless modded to have a cyberbrain), this is advantageous because they are immune to hacking and damage from Scorcher programs. Downside is that backing up takes an hour. Synthmorphs almost always use cyberbrains (biocore being a weird exception), the advantage is that forking and uploading only takes a few seconds (3 or 6, whatever is an Action turn/phase). The downside is that they are vulnerable to Scorchers. Either can use drugs thanks to narcoalgorithms. But pods are the weird part. They are mostly cybernetic brain parts. They come with cyberbrains but also use meat-brain bits too. So they are vulnerable to Scorchers, and also take half an hour to upload (twice as fast as a biomorph, x600 or x300 slower than full Cyberbrain-using Synthmorphs). There is no advantage! Because cyberbrains can be installed into biomorphs, why are pods not just completed with a cyberbrain? Do the meat-brain parts of a Pod prevent the -10 Integration/Alienation penalty for "Synthetic morph"? A meager penalty at best. Also would that penalty apply to Biomorphs with Cyberbrains, but not with Biocore (or other Synthmorphs with meat-brains)? Any one have any insight on this puzzle? What am I missing?
—Exhuman, and Humanitarian.