'''Shadowrunners''' are the elite criminals of the Sixth World. When conflicts arise that cannot be solved by legal means, the corporations, governments, wealthy individuals, and even organized crime will subcontract their dirty work to deniable specialists.

Shadowrunners fall outside the structured corporate world. Many are outcasts, having risen from the streets or fallen from corporate or government ranks. Their ranks include idealists and pragmatists, professionals and amateurs, disillusioned ex-corp/government/military personnel who have thrown off the shackles of corp society to achieve freedom, and those who have never known any life outside the shadows. The one thing they have in common is that through necessity or by choice, they work in the shadows cast by the gigantic corporate buildings.

==Shadowrunner Archetypes==
No two shadowrunners are alike, but there are broad categories of specialization that their culture recognizes.

*Street Samurai Technologically-enhanced physical combat specialist.
*Adept Magically-enhanced physical combat specialist.
*Decker Technologically-enhanced electronic warfare specialist.
*Technomancer Magically-enhanced electronic warfare specialist.
*Rigger Vehicle/drone control specialist.
*Face Social warfare specialist.
*Mage Hermetic Magic specialist.
*Shaman Shamanic Magic specialist.
*Investigator Stealth focused specialist.

I think referring to him as 'the best' unequivocally is a bit of a misnomer. Him and FastJack are probably more on par with each other. Also, shouldn't it say that he's allied with the AI Megaera and not KI?

--UserConnor 1705, 26 Oct 2004 (Eastern Daylight Time)
Here's a short proposal for some info on FastJack, obviously it needs expaned upon, but I don't have my books handy at the moment

FastJack is one of the preeminent deckers in the Matrix and by some accounts, the best. His real identity is unknown and he has always had a reputation for avoiding face-to-face meets, but a few facts are available about him. He was most likely born in 1999 due to a post which he stated that he was 12 in 2011 (ref. to Denver Sourcebook on this). It is rumored that he was a member of the Echo Mirage team, although FastJack has always denied this assertion. Overall, FastJack is an enigma within the Matrix. His goals remain largely unknown, as do his alliances.

Well, I won't say I'm a definitive source for info on FastJack or any other canon individual, but that might be a good start anyways.

--UserConnor 1705, 26 Oct 2004 (Eastern Daylight Time)

I'm always hesitant to call someone the best.  They're certainly some of the most well known deckers, but I thought many of them rely heavily on frames for a variety of reasons.  Are you really the best decker out there if all you do is program frames that do your bidding?  You're certainly a good programmer.  --UserMshieh 1858, 26 Oct 2004 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Very true on that. Even FastJack isn't above every threat in the Matrix, but I think it's fair to say that some do consider him the best decker. Although, cutting the first sentence off after Matrix would work just fine, in my opinion.

--UserConnor 1934, 26 Oct 2004 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Wasn't FastJack also the first Shadowland SysOp? I was thinking about adding that in because of SSC, also because I don't know when the first appearance of Captain Chaos. --UserYoungFreud 1330, 27 Oct 2004 (Eastern Daylight Time)

*Captain Chaos was doing the intro for the NAN SB1. IIRC, there was only one book older than that, the old Seattle SB, which is introduced by Prof TR Stealth. According to TargetMatrix, in 2061, Captain Chaos had been the sysop for more than 15 years. --UserNath 1512, 27 Oct 2004 (Eastern Daylight Time)

*Some other sysop does the intro for Coporate Shadowfiles, right? --UserConnor 0114, 29 Oct 2004 (Eastern Daylight Time)

Fastjack is a elf.He is around the same age as Harlequin or Ehren. He IS the best Decker of all time and in all of the Matrix. There are some that have come close, but not close enough.--UserPhoenix1859 05 Jan 2005
(Mountain Standard Time)

The Fastjack was not born in the 20th century, contrary to popular belief. He was born in the age of the elves. Just like Harlequin and Ehren the Scibe. He practically built the Matrix. All other deckers, (including The Dodger), look up to him and hope and pray that they never have to face him.--UserPhoenix 2109, 5 Jan 2005 (Eastern Standard Time)

Do you have a canon source for any of that?

--UserAdamJury 0739, 7 Jan 2005 (Eastern Standard Time)

A simplest way would to say something like "Fastkack is viewed as the best decker". This is true, saying almost the same thing, and keeping out the specific cases we don't know about, and the anomalies (such as Leo's friends). UserJérémie Bouillon 1521, 13 July 2006 (EDT)

== OOC Info ==

Maybe we should mentioned, that Fastjack is one of icons in Shadowrun universe?--UserMattness 2127, 13 July 2006 (EDT)

== Happy Trails ==
The ''Happy Trails'' short story in the 20th Anniversary corebook opens with "2065," but FastJack and Skald talk about the upcoming Novatech IPO, which was in 2064. --UserOboreruhito 1840, 6 August 2009 (EDT)
I feel that Genetic Engineering is just a specialized form of Biotechnology, and would like to work it into a subpage of Biotech rather than its own entry as an industry.  --UserMshieh 2138, 15 June 2006 (EDT)