Mako is a dwarf rigger who has grown up in the Seattle Barrens, an orphan at an early age. His parents had been the target or a burglar who used drones to break into homes and suppress anyone there while he helped himself to their valuables. Mako’s father managed to break loose and tried to attack the intruder, which resulted in the drones marking his parents as hostile and gunning them down. The rigger burglar left Mako behind, along with one of his drones which the father managed to disable. Having nothing left in his life, Mako took the drone and threw himself into learning all he could about it. By the time he was 18 he himself had started running with a control rig of his own design. He always kept feelers out for word of the burglar who killed his family, and eventually thru the contacts he made he got word of the rigger burglar. He baited, tracked, and ultimately chased his nemesis all the way to his cocoon. And when he’d finally sweat thru the protective plating he took great satisfaction in terminating his quarry with the very drone that had both ended and began Mako’s life. He had tracked the thief to his trove, a warehouse in one of the many forgotten corners of Redmond. He did the best he could to trace the stolen items he found back to their owners, but what he could not return he either fenced or claimed as his own. Included in these spoils was a long-body packing truck. Mako modified this into the Street Shark, his own customized vendor stand and chariot of awesome. The right side of the van has a clamshell panel that raises into an awning, exposing a thick bulletproof plasteel sales window, thru which he sells the various weapons, drones and technical gear he invents or acquires.
He has no love for Lone Star, whom he feels did nothing to find his parents killer or any of the goods he himself found and returned. He keeps his nose clean to keep his head free of falling Stars, but it usually isn’t too hard to get him to help dodge the Star, or do something he thinks will embarrass or harass them. He has settled into a daily parking space in The Cul de Sac where he sells his wares at inflated rates to Barons and provides cheap tech support to the locals who could not otherwise afford the nuyen or corp attention cost.
Being a both dwarf and a gunsmith, Mako has found himself the target of The Road Hogs many times. Moranis, the leader of the hogs, has tried to shake him down for protection money, hi-jack his shipments, even mug him on his way to a public restroom. So he has no love for them either. He is familiar with Ricky and Dmitri, having fond memories of the boyish pranks they would play. He is crestftallen at the news of Dmitri’s death at the hands of the Hogs. He knows Ricky has been courting them for membership(in what he believes is a misguided attempt to find a sense of family among fellow orks, dispite the gangs history of violence).
He was uncertain how to interpret Glamocles manner, and was wary to greet him openly. But Glamocles was able to sufficiently convince him that he was trying to sidestep the Star, and so Mako was willing to tell him that the round which killed Dmitri came from a Barrens Special; and gun cobbled together from found or homemade parts, that was essentially untraceable.