The Rifters are one of the playable factions in Starhawk. The Rifters are groups of human colonists that seek to harvest Rift Energy from other planets, as it is highly valuable and prized energy source. They are analogous to cowboys and their families during the gold rush of the wild west. They are at conflict with Outcasts, whom seek to protect the Rift energy at all costs from the Rifters which includes murdering entire settlements. Thus, the Rifters are in a bitter war with the Outcasts, and is one of the reasons they shun Emmett Graves as they fear he could turn into an Outcast at any time. The Rifters dress in militaristic fashion very unlike the Outcasts, and wear more clothing and specialized suits.