Altair Group was once a team of lawful scientists and engineers, but when they perfected the technology for making synthetic humans (androids indistinguishable from humans in body and mind) the Sovereign shut down their labs out of fear of the technology. To save their work and their lives, the team fled to the Exo. Now on asteroids and ice planets on the outskirts of the settled system, the Altair Group illegally engineers “AltSynths” for a wide range of purposes. Many people will pay big money for an AltSynth, which will do anything it is asked. Some conspiracy theorists even speculate high profile politicians have been replaced with AltSynths controlled by Altair.