Lately there's been more discussion of Vat-Grown's and their lack of lore beyond the fact the exist, are legal and are real people, not clones or flash grown. A few people, myself included, want to add some more details to them, in order to clear up what they are and aren't. I wanted to make this thread so the idea can be discussed, people can share their ideas, and we can all agree that Vat-Grown's aren't slaves, or clones, or forced labor. My basic idea would be to make the Designer-Baby vat-grown's the majority, around sixty percent of all vatties where made for families, and raised in normal households, and where basically just normal people, who where grown in a tube. They might have gotten some bullying for being vat-grown, or felt strange at having been non-born, but by and large they're almost indistinguishable from baseline humans. Some mass-produced models are even made to be placed for adoption, for poorer families that can't afford a designer child. The other forty percent of vatties would be mass-produced models, the ones with numbers or letters as designations. They'd vary in how mass produced they are, and how they where raised. Some companies raise them all in a massive school, teaching and housing them, pushing them to work for them once they're of age. Other's are cared for, but given full freedom of choice in who they work for and where they go. None of them are forced to work for the people that made them, of course, being humans they can chose to leave once they turn 18, or quit their contracts at anytime. Some corporations might make it seem undesirable, or difficult to quit, but not impossible by any means. Those that are taught skills to work for the corps that made them tend to be made for large scale work, such as deep space colonization, working in massive installations such as mining, engineering or medical stations, where finding enough baseline workers could take years, and so on. Vat-Grown workers made by and for a corp would be sort of a long-term investment, housing and teaching them for 18 years for the trade off of a large group of loyal workers that don't have to be paid more then a livable wage. Some corps may turn to shadier actions and tactics to ensure they don't lose too many workers once they turn 18, such as enforcing the idea that only the corp cares for them, that they wouldn't find work outside of them, or that if they where made for this, why do anything else. The vat-grown workers have to sign the contract without being forced and knowing they have a choice, but no one said they can't be pressured. I know that vat-grown is a bit of an issue to work with, since anyone can pick it without a white-list, but I feel adding a few more facts and some information will help curb the clone slaves issues that are mentioned, and clear up for people why some vat-grown's act normal, and some are a bit more distant.