Eclipse Phase: Mission Extreme
Scout is the sentinel alias of one Octave Lalonde from Boston Massachusetts. Octave was born into a long lineage of Quebecois. Driven out of their ancestral home by the freezing, climate change-induced climate the Lalondes joined the stream of refugees, huddling in the crime-ridden cities of increasingly fascist United States. Octave grew up in poverty running in the “Courier” gang, dodging similarly ethnocentric gangs from other neighborhoods as well as police drones. Drones and cameras were Octave’s specialty as he broke and subverted the security systems of the poorly secured bodegas on behalf of the Couriers. It was inevitable that he make a mistake and subsequently be apprehended. Octave was unlucky in in terms of timing, having the misfortune to be caught during one of the “Tough on Crime/ America for Americans/ No Tolerance” revival waves. Facing the choice between a long prison sentence, deportation to ice-locked Canada or indenture Octave chose indenture and ended up working a number of vacsuit jobs for Terragenisis, running iceteroides from the belt to Mars. Much of this time was spent in synth morphs but occasionally called for Octave to sleeve directly into the ship’s sensor and drive systems during all-too-common emergencies. During the Fall Octave was stationed on one such ship “The Thug Tug” dragging an iceteroid from one part of Saturn’s ring to another asteroid slated to be converted into a Cole Bubble. He and the indentured neo-beluga uplift pilot Glacial Nuzzle took advantage of the crisis, stole the ship and made a break for freedom.
Octave has spent the decade since the Fall jumping bodies, spying,, stealing and generally making a nuisance of himself to hypercorperate and inner system powers. After spending so much time in unusual morphs in deep space Octave began to stop thinking of himself as strictly human and drifted into the Mercurial movement, aligning with the “self determination and social justice” slice of the Mercurials. Since joining Firewall Octave has been going by the alias Scout and has applied his talents and flexibility to the organization’s cause.
Scout has two major holes in his memory. He doesn’t know how he was recruited into Firewall nor does he remember the last few months. He knows he was restored from backup and that Mother Triage probably knows what happened to his prior instance. Scout is not on friendly terms with Somatek because his aiding and abetting of Nuzzle’s escape was seen as a violation of DRM. Scout is on similar terms with Starware because The Thug Tug was owned by that corporation.