April 1st 2020
You’ve found Tracker, the only stop for news and tips from the Bounty Hunters Guild. I’m your host, Garret Coliga. Let me say, you’re gonna be glad you tuned into this one because we scored quite the catch for today’s guest.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me start by congratulating my old friend Quinn Clarkson on the safe apprehension of Kohei ‘Slip’ Benton. Just saw the collar come through the database, and I couldn’t be happier that Quinn was the one to slap the cuffs on Slip. If you’re a long-time listener, then you might remember Slip by his other, more popular name: the “Spectre of Nexus.” That’s right, Slip was the one who’d find ships on the drift, sneak aboard as the crew slept or made major repairs, steal what he could, and disappear before ever being discovered. Whole lotta crews got torn apart by accusations of theft resulting from his break-ins. Once he got ID’d, it was only a matter of time until the Spectre got busted. Since he never killed anybody, Slip basically got a bunch of minor theft charges, so he was locked in one of those Klescher Rehabilitation Facilities. Turns out the ghost still had some tricks up his sleeve, because the thing only held him a year before he mysteriously vanished. Been in the wind damn near a decade. Law enforcement and Advos got nowhere until Quinn clapped the cuffs on him and put him back where he belongs. Hopefully that’s given Klesher enough time to get its act together and make the necessary upgrades to keep a damn-near mystical cat burglar behind bars for good.
I’m really thrilled to see news like that come in, especially on a day like today because it shows how essential bounty hunters are to the safety and security of us all. We know we’re an important cog in the wheel of justice, but some don’t seem so convinced. I think it’s fair to say that our guest today falls in that category.
Emma Thorne is the Deputy Assistant Director of the Advocacy and one of ten candidates still in the running to be the next Imperator. Thorne recently released an extensive policy proposal called Creating a Safer Empire for All (CSEA) and pledged to enact it if elected Imperator. The proposal includes several changes that could significantly impact bounty hunters, including adding limitations to areas of operation, increasing regulations around engaging hostile targets, and even restricting the pursuit of some high-value targets. Ms. Thorne, thanks for joining us today. To be honest, I admire your willingness to walk right into the lion’s den here.
Well that’s good to hear, but it makes me wonder why your proposed CSEA puts a bunch of new restrictions on bounty hunters. If we’re so essential, then why do you want to limit how we operate?
That I can agree with, but the devil’s in the details.
Ok, well, you want to add a new classification for criminals that are essentially off limits to bounty hunters.
The language around why someone would get such a classification is vague, but the offenses that could qualify a criminal for it is quite extensive. They include homicide, armed robbery, treason, terrorism, sentient smuggling… the list goes on and on. Many of these crimes generate premium, high-paying bounties, so reducing their availability to us is concerning. What do you say to those worried that such a classification will make it harder for bounty hunters to make a living?
Wait, isn’t that the exact type of criminal that you’d want as many people pursuing as possible? Why ban highly skilled bounty hunters authorized by the guild from joining the search?
So if someone is a known member of an outlaw pack, they could be slapped with the designation.
Well that certainly opens this up to a whole lot of people.
What’s wrong with issuing a capture-only bounty instead?
Well, yeah, what in the hell are you supposed to do if the target starts shooting?
Despite what you said to start this conversation, I don’t see how anyone could read this proposal and not see it as an attempt to reduce the UEE’s dependence on bounty hunters.
Wow… well, I appreciate the honesty.
Have you given any consideration to how many bounty hunters may find themselves out of work because of this?
Not sure how many folks will take you up on that offer. Let’s just say a lot of us don’t work well with others. Might be what drew us to bounty hunting in the first place.
We need to take a quick commercial break, but don’t go anywhere. There’s plenty more to discuss with Imperator candidate Emma Thorne, including how her proposal to overhaul UEE security may affect when and where bounty hunters can operate. That and more when Tracker returns.