Pickers are scavengers who mine relic sites for items remaining from the Before Time. Picking is a hard, dangerous job - workers brave cave-ins, toxins, radiation, eaters, animal attacks and bandits to scratch for treasures from a lost era. Actual working relics are impossibly rare, but the tales told about them are what keep people coming into the ruins to try their luck. Many pickers are outcasts or bottom-rungers – nobody cares if they live or die.

In the Iron Brotherhood, large organized picking operations have yielded building materials and all manner of curious relics. Tinkers sometimes buy pieces and junk from independent pickers, for incorporation into their own machines.

The largest picker operations in the world are at the Olegay Melt, whose dangerous fringes have yielded treasures and whose unreachable center may hold unspeakable wonders.

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