Software Plug-Ins

Plug-ins are simply programs attached to the mind-state emulation software, so that the ego may access them immediately. A plug-in requires a Complex Action to install; once installed, it is “carried” by the infomorph, so that if the infomorph moves to another device, the plug-in moves with it. Plug-ins may be deleted with a Quick Action. Almost any software can be installed as a plug-in, including standard programs, scorchers, and skillsofts (the latter require virtual skillware to run). Other active infomorphs (including AIs and muses) cannot be attached as plug-ins, as they require their own mind-emulation suite. An inactive infomorph, however, could be attached, just like any other electronic data.

High Active Countermeasures

This code helps an infomorph resist brainhacking (p. 148) by installing additional firewalls and layers of security applications within the infomorph's digital mind. The infomorph (or anything else serve as active security for its mind-state) receives a +10 modifier on attempts to zero in on spotted intruders (p. 257, EP).

Low Autodelete

Though infomorphs can voluntarily delete themselves, there are some cases where a device's permissions may not allow it or the infomorph may be trapped on a lockbox (p. 146).

Low Copylock

This plug-in has two uses. The first prevents an infomorph from voluntarily copying/forking itself. This also prevents the ego from resleeving into a physical morph. This is a common plug-in used on forks, indentures, or people that really don't trust themselves. This feature can be disabled with the proper passcode used by the installer.

Expensive Digital Veil

This code masks the presence of any installed plug-ins and upgrades (including itself). The character must choose which are hidden (any installed after the veil is installed are not hidden unless the veil is re-installed). Anyone attempting a standard scan on the infomorph for plug-ins and upgrades (p. 148) will fail to detect the concealed software.

Moderate Emergency Backup

This plug-in automatically broadcasts a copy of the infomorph's ego through the mesh to a predetermined secure storage site every 48 hours. This interval may be voluntarily modified, keeping in mind that ego broadcasts tend to be intentionally limited as a precaution against interception/forknapping and that such transmissions hog bandwidth.

Low Hacking Alert

This plug-in launches a suite of running processes running that monitor the simulated mind-state and keep track of any lost time, inconsistencies in events, or other evidence of involuntary brainhacking or psychosurgery. If the character is mind hacked or subjected to involuntary psychosurgery, the hidden/ covert intruder or psychosurgeon must make an Infosec or Psychosurgery Test at -30.

High Impersonate

This upgrade provides the user with a library of mannerisms, vocal patterns, and other social cues. This aids Impersonation Tests, even when communicating verbally or via avatars, providing a +10 bonus. The processor in this upgrade can also help analyze a target's mannerisms and duplicate them more effectively.

Expensive Increased Speed

Infomorphs already have a higher innate speed than physical morphs, but some individuals need even more speed, and specially optimized code makes that possible. This upgrade increases the user's Speed by +1. Since even basic infomorphs possess a Speed of 3, this upgrade increases the infomorph's Speed to the maximum of 4. No other Speed modifiers may be used in conjunction with this upgrade.