A generic term for any clade of adventurers who seek out hulks not only for profit, but simply for the sheer joy of it. Some hulkchasers show an almost manic disregard for the dangers, and will rush gleefully into a newly claimed hulk, protected by extravagant, baroque, or simply functional layers of exoskeleton, nanoskins, and/or remotes. Hulkchasers see mercenary salvagers as beneath contempt, and the feeling is mutual. But among themselves there is a clear sense of honour, even between rival clades, and it is rare for hulkchasers to fight over a claim with more than acerbic insults and prank goo
Hulkriders - of which no less than 500 clades are known at latest count - are believed to be Hulkchasers that had settled permanently in a hulk, either through choice or through being subverted by the defense systems or the relics left behind by a transcend. Hulkriders usually become inbred nomads, and after a few centuries or less there is little to distinguish them from conventional nomads or even ferals. Wherever possible they will scavenge from local resources or even - if they are fortunate - another hulk, adding to the size and decoration of their own vessel. Over several millennia, some of these patchwork vessels attain huge size.