Alpiners were a relatively common biomorph design on early frontier Mars, when temperatures and atmospheric pressure had not yet risen to present levels. Now they are found predominantly in the city of Olympus, where environmental conditions will always be incredibly harsh. Avid rock climbers and outdoor types also favor this morph, and in recent years it has enjoyed an unusual vogue among chic urbanites going for a rough-and-ready look without sleeving in the more de classe ruster morph.
Implants: Basic Biomods, Basic Mesh Inserts, Cortical Stack, Direction Sense, Grip Pads, Low Pressure Tolerance, Oxygen Reserve, Respirocytes, Temperature Tolerance (Improved Cold)
Aptitude Maximum: 25
Wound Threshold: 8
Advantages: +5 SOM, +10 Climbing skill
Disadvantages: Fast Metabolism trait, Planned Obsolescence trait
CP Cost: 30
Credit Cost: Expensive
Violet Perdido: Worth it over a ruster, if you have the choice.
Voight-Kampff: There’s a statistical anomaly worth noting: among people reported missing in the Martian outback, an unusually high percentage were sleeved in alpiner morphs.
Jake Carter: Arguably, alpiner-clad types are more likely to engage in behavior that carries some risk (mountaineering, rock climbing, hiking), but that is an interesting thing to note.