Running the Shadows
What are implants? Implants are anything you put inside your body. Shadowrun contains two main distinctions of implants. First, there is cyberware, which is hardware implanted into your body. Mechanical machines, nanites (whether biological ‘soft’ nanites or mechanical ‘hard’ nanites), etc. Second, there is bioware, which is cloned, modified biological material implanted into the body, such as cat eyes, snake venom glands, etc. The bleeding edge of this technology are ‘symbiotes’, which are similar to bioware, but usually temporary. Imagine a slug you attatch over your body, to cover vital organs with armor., or imagine swallowing one so it can leech food out of your stomach, in exchange it filters poisons.
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