So, several of the lore pieces that have actually come out room addressed come Bounty Hunters and Mercenaries (Merc.net, together an example). In analysis the articles, both of them still at the very least sound "legal", and also somewhat divorced from the idea of Pirates.

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So I want to obtain a discussion going ~ above what people expect from this two different professions. Typically, Bounty Hunter felt favor a hired gun to walk after certain targets, while a Mercenary was much more a rental gun to walk after... Anything. But I'm not certain if that's too narrow-minded and influenced by experience in the past.

What do you expect to check out as differences in between the Hunter and also the Merc? What type of ships carry out you intend pilots the the profession to use?


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Mercs will do pretty much anything that calls for force.

Bounty Hunters are just for catching poor guys.

Kind of like Mercs are a toolkit, if Bounty Hunters room a much higher quality screwdriver.


This is a good description! i love this!

If you to be to take it a look in ~ the roles of the already established ships, what execute you think would fit each profession? The toolkit versus the dedicated screwdriver?


Mercs work for a client, that pays them money because that a particular service (be the security, together a private army etc...).

Bounty hunters don't usually occupational for anyone. They catch said person, and hand them in to the person who posted the bounty for the reward.


Bout 3.50... Oh wait... This is really about bounty hunters and mercenaries not the tag we get for purchase stuff?

Bounty hunters go after criminals v bounties on your heads.

Mercenaries shooting anyone that the person who payment them says to walk shoot.


A couple of more points I've i found it from various portrayals in media:

Bounty hunters have tendency to be more of lone wolf (or self sufficient) if mercs deserve to be solo or component of a group.

Hunters seem to be an ext technologically progressed than mercs, who are much more of the foot soldier type.

Hunters charge an ext for a dedicated mission/target. Mercs are more general purpose and also so they charge less.

Or atleast thats exactly how I always see bounty hunters since I usually play/role play as one.


I've always thought that Bounty Hunters as a sub class of Merc. A merc is a human being who's a rental gun period. A Bounty Hunter would certainly be a merc who's dedicated in tracking and finding a person or small group.

Other points that merc's might specialize in would be: rental Combat Pilot (Escort) hired Marines (Security against Boarding) hired Repo guy (boards and also repossesses a ship)

The list might go on and also on...


Agreed. "Mercenary" is basically a catch-all term for performing soldiery for pay. Escorts, guarding, attacking, delivery, whatever. However there's an expectation of feasible violence there.

Bounty Hunting can be considered a form of mercenary work. Yet you're going after a certain person or group.


One point I'd like to expand on about these, space the macro level the the explained roles.

Mercs in big groups will certainly be Private military Contractors, and also could also be used as an auxiliary assistance in fleet engagements.

Bounty Hunters will certainly probably have actually their Guild(s), or some kind of banking and also trader's union to companion with, because normally, pirates will hunt merchant ships, and also who hunts the pirates? Bounty Hunters, mate.

I'd love to see this take off and also blossom and also be a real unique element of the game, together I'm sure other roles and also groups will show up in due time. I doubt an anti alien coalition as well, yet that could be RP related.


Bounty Hunter - You made decision your target indigenous a list.

Mercenary - You room told what your target is.

I suppose really the Merc is a much more broad based job description. It can include elements of going after someone, but it can additionally include much more dynamic job methods such as escorting a ship or being part of a bigger team of strike ships or retrieve objects of attention to the client. Where as i would expect Bounty hunting to be a much much more narrow field, kill/capture person of interest type missions.

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I know it's to be answered fairly well about their straight roles as personal military and also police already, but I thought I'd re-publishing the analogy

mercs put their resume out and also clients who require security or brutes because that a struggle will strategy them to hire for an arranged job

conversely, clients can put the end a bounty ~ above a person. Bounty hunters can check up top top space-craigslist gigs to check out there's a person looking to pay for a target. They most likely go after ~ the target through no contract and also only reap reward top top success, so it's a time and also financial risk yet probably good money


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