Despite the advances in biotechnology, the hyperelite still need caretakers for their children and inﬁrm. The ayah pod morph is designed to fulfill all nurse and caretaker functions. Rather than trust lower-class transhumans, hyperelites prefer AGI servants sleeved into ayah morphs, especially in polities where AGIs have few, if any, legal rights. Ayahs are almost always female with pleasant but not stunningly beautiful features.
Most of the enhanced features of an ayah are built under the hood, so to speak. Their enhanced olfactory capabilities help them monitor the health and emotional state of their wards, as well as alert them to potential environmental dangers. Their ability to withstand temperature extremes and survive without air for short periods helps them protect and rescue their charges in an emergency, such as a hull breach or a ﬁre. Ayahs are often modified with bioweave armor and implanted weapons so they can act as a last line of defense against potential attackers.
Implants: Basic Biomods, Basic Mesh Inserts, Cortical Stack, Cyberbrain, Enhanced Smell, Mnemonic Augmentation, Oxygen Reserve, Puppet Sock, Temperature Tolerance, Wrist-Mounted Tools
Aptitude Maximum: 30
Advantages: +10 SAV, +5 to one other aptitude of the player’s choice
Disadvantages: Social Stigma (Pod) trait
CP Cost: 25
Credit Cost: Expensive
Eludere: This is a great morph to sleeve if you want to come across as safe and innocuous. No one suspects an ayah—at least until you’ve had one try to feed your head into the kitchen disassembler.
Das Frettchen: Expect any ayah you ﬁnd in an oligarch’s demesne to be loaded with intriguing aftermarket add-ons, and don’t be surprised if there isn’t an infomorph on hand to drop in and take it over when alarms start ringing.
Nezumi: I know a commune out near Neptune where the males all sleeve male ayahs and the women wear furies, just to tweak the gender dynamics.