Within the Mechanics Guild, Thetas are known as employees who are not there of their own free will. Usually considered to be a member of the prisoner (or is made up of people who are on a work-release program) or indentured servant class, they are usually committed to a set length term with the Guild to do various functions in the city to help society.
Thetas are usually equipped with:
Thetas are deprived of their valuables, including cash and savings, during indoctrination to help cover the cost of processing and are issued Guild Currency, good for any approved services in the Guild.
Once secured, new Thetas are evaluated to see if they are a good fit for a Guild Template and if they are, they are merged with one to enhance productivity.
In Widgis and similar Guild cities, food is provided free of charge to those that are actively on duty. Generally as a benefit, once a week a pass is issued to each Team in the Guild permitting a team to go out and eat at a place of their choosing within the city provided that the entire team goes.
Thetas are seldom allowed to live in an independent structure, such as a house, condo, or similar. Thetas are required to live with their teams, whether it is in one of the work buildings or in one of the Guild Approved Dormitories. Rent is covered provided that the Theta provide a certain level of service to the city and Guild.
All Thetas are paid a living wage using Guild currency that they may spend at their discretion. About 80% of vendors within the Guild Site of Employment will honor this currency, compared to the 0% outside of the Site that will not.