Bounty Hunter
One who tracks and retrieves other sophonts of equivalent toposophic, usually those wanted for criminal activities.

While usually considered a glamorous (if dangerous) occupation, the real life of the bounty hunter is nothing like how it is portrayed in popular vids and interactives. Only a few polities in the civilized galaxy openly allow bounty hunting as a legitimate part of law enforcement, and then only within strict regulations. More often, minds of superior toposophic grade (almost always S= n+1 where n is the sentient being tracked) undertake this work as part of normal polity-keeping.

More common in some polities, although still illegal in many, is the game of commercial bounty hunting.

Real bounty hunting is more popular outside the Civilized Galaxy, usually as a form of transapient (S1-S2)sport. Transapients will often each have their favourite bounty-hunters, and usually compete with each other as to who will be the first to retrieve (or eliminate) the suspect (in some cases an innocent sophont chosen because their cunning, resourcefulness, and in some cases aggressive tendencies, make them a challenging prey. It is not unknown for bounty hunters to kill or disable their rivals in the chase, before going after the prey
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Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Initially published on 08 October 2001.