Just because. (Or because I’m procrastinating.)
With a Shield, a person could not be augmented without their knowledge and consent; parents told their children stories about the poor unfortunates in Zyxx who didn’t control their own Shields and the wretched victims in the Land of Those that Speak, where they didn’t have Shields at all. Children whispered stories of the wild blending of animal, plant and human there or the cruel augmentations the stronger forced on the weaker.
The idea of not having my Shield was very disturbing.
Also, I’m on Tumblr now at The Fourth Gorgon.