When someone decides they want to move thru the shadows rather than fall thru them, they become a Runner. When a Runner proves that they know how to cut, flow, or break thru the shadows they may be tapped to become a Courier. The public awareness of Obscure Couriers typically doesn’t extend far beyond the barrens wherein they open branches. But Couriers have fast earned a reputation in global Runner communities of being associated with seemingly suicidal Runs.(and some that turn out to be actually suicidal) But Runners as a demographic have a tendency towards shorter lifespans, so the difference seems marginal to most Couriers when they consider the paydays and toys they get to enjoy under Obscure Couriers employ. And those who live long enough to build exemplary track records also find the opportunity for vertical progression thru promotion to administrative positions.
The high level of risk in their work engenders a live-fast-die-hard attitude in many Couriers. It also tends to inspire a strong sense of comradery even between teammates and branches. In truth Couriers can be assigned to a number of branches and coordinate with several different teams within any given year, which leads to a large degree of network building among new partners and even Directors. This means that when you mess with one Courier, you draw the ire of every Courier they ever ran with and every boss they ever ran for.
Obscure Couriers goes to great lengths to keep their crews happy. Not only do they provide them with gear load outs and mission profiles tailored to their strengths, but they make the full range of their facilities available. This means that employees have total access to the barracks, cafeterias, company vendors, and rec centers even when not on active duty. Obscure Couriers does court high profile Runners, but sometimes even the best Runner finds themself down-and-out, and many take the work just for the promise of three hots and a cot.