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Switch
SwitchIcon.jpg
Name Su Bai
Height 168 cm
Age 27 y.o.
Location Shanghai
Vambrace Power Clone

“Nothing is ever truly useless; it can always be broken down and rebuilt. That applies to people too.”

– Su “Switch” Bai

Switch, also known by her real name, Su Bai, is a scavenger in the Garden. Her default vambrace power is Clone.

Switch is an artful illusionist that can create clones to throw the hunter off track. While she can use this ability to selfishly save her skin, Switch will willingly stay behind to help exhausted allies escape the hunter.

Scavenging blood gives Switch a surge of adrenaline and heightens her sense of awareness. After depositing blood, she’ll typically rush towards the closest body pile, where she can extract even more blood.

Her recovery skills are enigmatic; when Switch gets up after being knocked down, she gets back to scavenging as if nothing happened—despite having narrowly escaped death.

Description[edit | edit source]

One way to survive in the ruins is as a Recycler - scavenging old tech and breaking it down into NPI. Su Bai takes that to the extreme, getting sent into The Bloodharvest for minor offenses, having her amputated limbs replaced with artificial ones, which she recycles when she returns to the ruins.

It takes a special kind of resourcefulness to be willing to sacrifice body parts to survive.

Vambrace Powers[edit | edit source]

Default[edit | edit source]

Icon Name Effect Description
Clone.png
Clone
Creates a clone which runs in a direction for a time (10-30 seconds, depending on rank) This is a variant on the tech behind Active Camo. A swarm of nanomachines, equipped with light emitters, creates a three-dimensional image of you. It's not that convincing up close, but it's good enough at a distance.

Alternate[edit | edit source]

Icon Name Cost Effect Description
Fog smoke screen icon.png
Smoke Screen
NPI icon.png250 Creates a 12m radius smoke cloud upon impact. Hard to see through. "Sometimes it's best to use the simplest solution. The bolt explodes, leaving a thick cloud, comprised mainly of printing by-products. All highly toxic, of course. But that's why you wear that mask, right?"

Perks[edit | edit source]

Icon Name Effect Description
Treasure Hunter icon.jpg
Treasure Hunter
Collecting Blood reveals all Crates and Blood for 10 seconds within a distance (35-125 meters, depending on rank) Harvest blood and your HUD will reveal useful objects near you, so you can clean up. Honestly, we're making this so easy for you now. I'm going to get complaints from the Hunters.
Herd Mentality icon.jpg
Herd Mentality
Increased Stamina regeneration when within 15 meters of other Scavengers (+20-70%, depending on rank) You've seen pictures of the past? Huge herds of cattle, keeping each other going through long journeys and despite attacks by hunting predators? You see where I'm going with this?
Toil Togeather.png
Toil Together
Blood gathering speed increased for all Scavengers when within 15 meters of them (+10-60%, depending on rank) The Bloodharvest is a test of your worthiness to society, remember? If you work together, the machinery of the Garden will transfer blood to you more quickly. That kind of thing can make all the difference.
Sudden Insight.png
Sudden Insight
Delivering Blood reveals all Crates and Blood for 10 seconds within a distance (35-125 meters, depending on rank) Dropping off blood, recycling NPI and earning the praise of the Enclave not enough motivation for you? How about I set your HUD to highlight useful stuff around you?
Evade Master.png
Evade Master
Increased Stamina regeneration (+5-60%, depending on rank) I can do a modification to your liver that allows for increased glycogen conversion and storage, aiding in recovery from exertion.
Size Matters.png
Size Matters
After Delivering Blood, interaction distance is increased by 4 meters for a time (10-40 seconds, depending on rank) The Garden's systems will recognize your interactions at a longer distance, as a recognition of your Blood deposits. It pays to contribute, so I'm told.

Unique Bonuses[edit | edit source]

Icon Name Effect Technician's comment
Revivalist alt icon.jpg
Revivalist
Revive with full Health instead of 2/3 full "You're tough, we both know that, but every advantage helps. I can fit your printed leg with a large nanomachine reservoir that will help you bounce back from the worst injuries."
Lighten your Load icon.jpg
Lighten your Load
Delivering Blood grants a Speed boost for a time (+50% for 10 seconds) "The best thing about having all those nanomachines sloshing around in your bloodstream is that they can be programmed to dump adrenaline into your system on demand. Better than an energy bar."

Background Story[edit | edit source]

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All over the world, people try to scratch out a living in the ruins. With resources as scarce as they are, this gets harder every day. Some have turned to farming, relearning the skills of the past and gaining nature's help in feeding their families. That trade requires a lot of space though, space that is hard to defend from the less-industrious. Roving gangs of bandits, and those who have set themselves up as local warlords, are always ready to help themselves to the fruit of others' labors. For the technically-minded, another way to survive is the life of a Recycler, like Su Bai. She lives in the ruins outside the Shanghai Enclave, dismantling old tech that she, or the people around her, scavenge. Once broken down and sorted, this can be recycled into raw Nanoparticle Ink (NPI) and used in jury-rigged printers to make new items. The job is long and tedious, the yields low and the by-products often highly toxic. For those with few options, however, it can be a lifeline.

Three years ago, Su was sentenced to a short period in The Bloodharvest for talking back to a Hunter patrol. While inside, she lost an arm, which was replaced with a printed one, so that she could continue to participate. When her sentence was over, she was was returned to the ruins and was surprised that the arm was not reclaimed. The Enclaves have such a surfeit of resources that they often don't bother to remove printed limbs from criminals.

Sensing an opportunity, Su Bai had the arm removed, recycled it and traded the materials away for food-capable NPI. The medical-grade NPI in the arm, coming directly from the Complex, was highly valuable in the ruins, so Su decided this was a valid new form of income. She settled into a routine of being arrested for minor infractions, entering The Bloodharvest, where her arm is replaced, serving her time, returning to the ruins, removing the arm and breaking it down for NPI. This has been so successful for her that, during her last cycle, she ensured that one of her legs was damaged enough that it had to be replaced as well, more than doubling her yield. It's only a matter of time until she has another limb removed.

Customisation[edit | edit source]

Default[edit | edit source]

Icon Name Part Description
Patchwork Mask Icon.jpg Patchwork Mask Head This mask might be cobbled together from disparate parts but don't be fooled - it's as sophisticated as any other.
Scavenger's Bandolier Icon.jpg Scavenger's Bandolier Torso When hunting through the ruins, it's important to carry away everything useful you find, and sometimes pockets aren't enough.
The Layered Look Icon.jpg The Layered Look Legs Fashion doesn't count for much in the ruins. "If it's cold, cover it up" is the mantra.
Reclaimer Icon.jpg Reclaimer Vambrace Metal, NPI, flesh, blood. It's all just parts, and parts can be crafted into new things.

Prestige[edit | edit source]

Icon Name Part Description
Noimg.png Blood Doll (Prestige 1) Head

Earned by reaching Prestige Level 1 with Scavenger.

Noimg.png Bloody Bandolier (Prestige 3) Torso

Earned by reaching Prestige Level 3 with Scavenger.

Noimg.png Splashed Layers (Prestige 2) Legs

Earned by reaching Prestige Level 2 with Scavenger.

Noimg.png Refiner (Prestige 4) Vambrace

Earned by reaching Prestige Level 4 with Scavenger.

Cosmetic Vendor[edit | edit source]

Full Sets
Icon Name Rarity Description
Noimg.png Nature or Nurture Standard Or a bit of both?

Can be purchased for Blood icon.png4,000 from the Cosmetic Vendor

Noimg.png On the Inside Standard Make no mistake, you're a prisoner here.

Can be purchased for Blood icon.png8,000 from the Cosmetic Vendor

Noimg.png Life in the Ruins Standard There are many ways to get by.

Can be purchased for Blood icon.png4,000 from the Cosmetic Vendor

Noimg.png Adaptable Standard In harsh times, it pays to be flexible.

Can be purchased for Blood icon.png4,000 from the Cosmetic Vendor

Trials Set.jpg Trials and Tribulations Standard Depending on your outlook, the Bloodharvest can just be another job.

Can be purchased for Blood icon.png6,000 from the Cosmetic Vendor

Head
Icon Name Rarity Description
Noimg.png A Chip Off Standard "I grew up with tech, as my Mom was on a team that developed large scale printers, like those that create the Gardens. She loved the work and taught me everything she could."

Can be purchased for Blood icon.png1,100 from the Cosmetic Vendor

Noimg.png Temporary Situation Standard "It's okay in the Complex. I don't bother mixing with the other Scavengers too much, as I don't intend on being in here long. They come and stay until they're 'worthy'; I just do my time and get back to the ruins."

Can be purchased for Blood icon.png2,200 from the Cosmetic Vendor

Noimg.png It's A Living Standard "Being a recycler's not a bad profession, although it can be dangerous if you don't know what you're doing. First you have to find good stuff, things that will break down into valuable raw materials."

Can be purchased for Blood icon.png1,100 from the Cosmetic Vendor

Noimg.png Talking Back Standard "I fell into my new line of work by accident", says Su Bai. "I got snippy with a Hunter patrol, who were bothering me while I was working. Got sentenced to a few trials in the Bloodharvest."

Can be purchased for Blood icon.png1,100 from the Cosmetic Vendor

95.jpg 9 to 5 Standard "Yes, I've been in the Bloodharvest a lot, that's true," Su laughed, "I'm pretty calm about it. It's like jobs used to be: you put your time in and then you go home."

Can be purchased for Blood icon.png1,650 from the Cosmetic Vendor

Torso
Icon Name Rarity Description
Noimg.png Birth of a Recycler Standard "I was dismantling and re-purposing tech as a hobby all the time, used to drive my parents nuts. They'd sit down to watch something and I'd have taken the screen apart."

Can be purchased for Blood icon.png1,800 from the Cosmetic Vendor

Noimg.png Minimum Sentence Standard "I've got it down to a fine art now. Hunters are sticklers for rules; you break them, you get sent here. They don't escalate though, there's a set time for a set crime. I don't need to worry about being here longer than I need."

Can be purchased for Blood icon.png3,600 from the Cosmetic Vendor

Noimg.png Handiwork Standard "Breaking the things down is a hard job too. These have all been created by good printers, with fine detail. If we could use the deprinting tech they have in the Enclaves, it would be a different story."

Can be purchased for Blood icon.png1,800 from the Cosmetic Vendor

Noimg.png Unlucky Shot Standard "It was just unlucky. I had just filled up with blood, was turning to head to the nearest blood bank and the Hunter was right there. He fired off a couple of lucky shots and that was the end of my second-favorite arm."

Can be purchased for Blood icon.png1,800 from the Cosmetic Vendor

Observant.jpg Observant Standard "I have learned a lot here; there's a lot of tech and it's interesting to observe. I'm sure there are things that I can apply to my time outside."

Can be purchased for Blood icon.png2,700 from the Cosmetic Vendor

Legs
Icon Name Rarity Description
Noimg.png Useful Knowledge Standard "Of course, when the Hunters took over, I had to use my tech knowledge to survive. If I'd known, I'd have spent more time making printers, rather than fighting robots!"

Can be purchased for Blood icon.png600 from the Cosmetic Vendor

Noimg.png Arm's Length Standard "It's best not to get too involved with people in here. They all have terrible stories of their times outside and their hopes for the future. I say the future is what you make of it. Put your fate in someone else's hands and you'll be disappointed."

Can be purchased for Blood icon.png1,200 from the Cosmetic Vendor

Noimg.png By-Products Standard "Once everything is separated out, there;s a number of processes that will result in the raw materials you need to make new NPI; all of them leave some nasty by-products."

Can be purchased for Blood icon.png600 from the Cosmetic Vendor

Noimg.png High-End Standard "They patched me up with a new arm, which was so well crafted that it was impossible to tell from the original. It's easy to forget what's possible, when you're used to jury-rigged prostheses in the ruins."

Can be purchased for Blood icon.png600 from the Cosmetic Vendor

MvM.jpg Man\Machine Standard "Even the trials themselves can be treated as a technical exercise. We're all just machines that take inputs and translate them into behavior. The Hunters can be very predictable."

Can be purchased for Blood icon.png900 from the Cosmetic Vendor

Vambrace
Icon Name Rarity Description
Noimg.png Selfless Choice Standard "My Mom got exposed to a lot of toxic nanoparticles over the years and that came back to haunt her. If we'd been in The Enclaves, it would have been treatable. But the ruins were where she could help people."

Can be purchased for Blood icon.png500 from the Cosmetic Vendor

Noimg.png Corrupted Ideals Standard "Then you have the idealists, trying to convince you to join their faction, who will take over the Enclaves, or wipe them out entirely. Give them ten years and they'll be as bad as the Hunters."

Can be purchased for Blood icon.png1,000 from the Cosmetic Vendor

Noimg.png Waste Not... Standard Su Bai leans across to the next table, where another Scavenger has left an empty food wrapper. She grabs it and puts it in her pocket. "That can be recycled", she says with a smile.

Can be purchased for Blood icon.png500 from the Cosmetic Vendor

Noimg.png New Career Standard "I guess I thought they'd want it back when I left the Complex, but they didn't. So I sold that arm and its prime NPI as soon as I could, and decided this would be a great way to earn."

Can be purchased for Blood icon.png500 from the Cosmetic Vendor

Learnop.jpg Learning Opportunity Standard "I'd love to get a Vambrace outside and break it down. The printer inside is very advanced and I could re-purpose it easily. They keep close tabs on them; maybe one day."

Can be purchased for Blood icon.png750 from the Cosmetic Vendor

Special[edit | edit source]

Cosmetics
WarpaintSwitch.jpg Mark of the Recycler Specialized Even in the ruins, there are things that are considered trash. The wise know that everything is useful, one way or another.

Earned by completing the weekly challenge from August 1-8

See also[edit | edit source]