Union Technician Eclipse
|Difficulty: Easy |
Superior: Union Merchant
Duties: Maintain the storefront for the merchant, and salvage valuable loot from ship maintenance, Ruins, and Beyond.
Guides: Guide to Profiteering, FTU Lore
Quote: Hey boss, I found a nuclear authentication disk.
Union Technicians are hopeful, often downtrodden people who have attached themselves to a Union merchant in the hopes of someday being provided the rank of Merchant and a loan to begin their own journey in venture capitalism. They work directly for the merchant who holds their contract. They themselves are not members of the Union, but are there to work as a merchant’s work forces for any and all jobs the merchant needs of them. But are able to become a merchant themselves by the will of the Junior Partner, with a union merchants license, and a hefty buy in.
Your main duty is to assist the Union Merchant in any way they need. This usually takes form in the way of:
- Delivering goods to persons or departments that ordered them.
- Staffing the front desk, taking payments and orders, buying up items from scavengers that come to sell things.
- Visiting departments to take orders in person, ask if there's anything they need, and try to sell them unusual items that may aid their efforts.
- Providing lesser services. Busted lights? Broken vendors? The union can be there to help, for a small fee.
- In quieter times, head into maintenance areas and scavenge for useful goods to resell.
The Cargo section aboard the Northern Light is a bustling hub of activity, so make sure you are ready for your responsibilities of dealing with many customers in a single shift. People will require goods to purchase, and to be purchased from them. It is up to you to be self-sufficient in case you are the only one tending the shop; otherwise make sure you consult the merchant for big transactions or anything you might be unsure about.
Available to you is a Cargo Export Scanner found in your locker inside of the Cargo area. Use this item on the supply console to link it. Now you can use it on items and materials that people will bring you to estimate the value of the items when exported through the shuttle. This can help greatly in making sure you are treating customers fairly (or otherwise).
As a Union Technician you also have full service maintenance access. If the shop is taken care of and you find yourself with nary a way to make a profit; feel free to explore the maintenance for valuables. You never know what kind of item can net you a bonus and favour from the Merchant. Remember, even though the Captain and the First Officer are not members of the Trade Union. It can go a long way in the Union if they can vouch for your competency and reliability. Making yourself useful to these people might be a smart thing to do depending on your situation.
Do you have ambitions on this cold, massive hulk of a ship? Then consider reading these pages to inform yourself of things you would need to know, in case of sudden changes in the departments management.