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- "There's some kind of life form on board, they're lethal... ...And they're all over the ship."
- —Stefan Schneider 
Prior to becoming a Magpie, Schneider owned a legitimate mining firm, but was driven out of business by the Concordance Extraction Corporation; it is possible that government corruption also played a role in the end of Schneider's mining venture.
Schneider eventually found work on the Hunter's Moon, where he was employed as the second-in-command to Captain Jessica Li. In late 2508 or early 2509, the Hunter's Moon traveled into the restricted Aegis system with and conducted mining operations alongside three other Magpie spaceships.