Reapers are a semi-secret society arising in Replicant controlled space. Their tolerance and acceptance for the Reaper phenomenon is low.
Reapers believe that the glory of the experience of death and resurrection made possible by modern backup technology should be experienced by as many as possible. They travel through Replicant controlled space, and 'give the gift of rest' to randomly chosen individuals. Reapers are each equipped with emergency backup technology which they use to retrieve a current mind-state recording of each one of their victims immediately after death. Recordings are delivered anonymously to the nearest resurrection facility where the victim (or Sleeper as the Reapers call them) may be reconstructed and revived.
Reapers are very concerned with the 'artistry' of the experience they believe they are giving their victims, often seeking out individuals who have just experienced a particularly pleasurable or memorable event. They believe that the culmination of such an experience with an artful death adds spice or flavor to lives made bland from a lack of surprise.
Additionally, some Reapers are taking to using non-intrusive DNI sensorium and/or cognitive hookups to experience the death in conjunction with their art-partner, and to share that blessed experience with as many as will download it. This makes them a DNI Death Cult, or at least a variant of such. A few have accepted left-handed assistance from certain Organized Crime cells, gaining both hardware and a paying audience for their efforts.
The Reapers are thoroughly outlawed and if captured are subject to punitive measures ranging from fines to memory erasure and personality rebuild. However, due to the great care that each Reaper takes to ensure the resurrection of all of their victims, Replicant society regards them as little more then an annoyance, subject to at most a stern warning. In less regulated areas of Replicant controlled space they are treated as a tourist attraction or even as a valuable addition to society. In extreme cases, some regions actually regard being taken by a Reaper as an almost necessary component to truly understanding life. 'One is not truly alive until one has died,' the saying goes.
In these regions, some Reapers have been raised to virtually celebrity status, with fan clubs and 'tracking services' which provide very general information as to the location of the Reaper in question, down to about the solar system, or occasionally planet or habitat, level of detail.
Benefit: Assassin Profession at level 2 which can be improved as a normal profession. It can function as either Criminal or Soldier depending on the circumstances.
Core Value: Life through death — 'One is not truly alive until one has died,' sums up the creed of the Reapers. They believe the best way to experience life is through death.