Simm
Virtual
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A virtual, usually one created for the use by or amusement of virchers, or to populate a virchuniverse. Often subsophont or subsentient, but cleverly designed to give the appearance of sophoncy. Unlike copies, simms rarely have rights.

In the Early Interplanetary age and later eras the term Simm was used to describe a partial emulation of a human's personality, or an imaginative evocation of a historical character or fictional character. If such a simm is installed into a robotic body it is known as a characterbot or personbot. Many simms have become fully independent incarnates and have full citizen rights.

Fully sophont simms are known as Mobys.

 
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Development Notes
Text by M. Alan Kazlev modified by Steve Bowers

Initially published on 31 December 2001.