Shadowrun@QUT - Finished
Unbeknownst to the masses of metahumanity, the Crash of 2064 laid seeds that would take years to bear fruit in the fertile digital fields of the new Matrix. It is now widely believed that the Crash, intentionally or not, resulted in a singularity event. While thousands of online users were killed, others found themselves subtly changed, becoming true children of the Matrix. A select few survivors discovered they were able to interface with the new wireless Matrix using only the power of their minds and the elusive force known as the Resonance. Though their numbers remain small, they seem to have grown in the years since the Crash.
Technomancers were not the only side effect of the Crash of 2064. Some of the less fortunate people connected to the Matrix during the Crash would later be diagnosed with AIPS.
Identifying rare individuals with this strange gift, the megacorps initiated secret pogroms to ruthlessly capture and examine these “technomancers,” in a bid to contain, control, and harness their power for profit and security. In June 2070, the disastrous and bloody breakout of a handful of such test subjects from a research facility in Hong Kong shoved technomancers into the public eye in the worst possible way. Faced with justifying their actions or scapegoating these potentially dangerous individuals, several megacorps fed the media hysteria and public paranoia. Technomancers were linked to the Crash of ’64 and AIPS and blamed for everything from illegal Matrix access to brainhacking. The media-fed frenzy quickly spiraled into worldwide persecution and violence, forcing many technomancers further underground and into the shadows.