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Erich was a childhood friend of Amos Burton.

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He was a childhood friend of Amos. Specialized in false documentation and identities. Has a growth abnormality that left him with a stub arm and tiny hand.

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Erich is a childhood friend of Amos. Erich, a small time hacker in Baltimore who worked for the crime boss "Burton". Erich specialized in making fake IDs. Beyond making small time Fakes, Erich was known to make more comprehensive fakes for the likes of Burton. During a criminal crackdown in Baltimore, Erich left his deck on the street, which is found by the police with his finger prints on it, effectively ruining his own chances of leaving Earth with a clean identity. When Burton hears of this, he sends Erich's own friend, Timmy, to end his life. Timmy doesn't go through with the assigned murder. He turns about and takes it upon himself to kill instead Burton. In thanks somewhat, Erich gives Timmy the assumed identity of Amos Burton leaving for an apprenticeship on Luna.

Decades later, Upon Lydia's passing, Amos makes his way to Baltimore. Amos shows up on Erich's territory, insisting on a meeting with Erich. During a tense meeting with Amos, Erich agrees to doll out to Lydia's husband so he can live comfortably, and so he doesn't have a Timmy on his street. After giving Amos a box of real Tequila, the two part amiably agreeing it would be open season if Amos returned.

Two weeks later, after the rocks dropped, Amos again returns to Erich's steps and insists on another meeting, this time, Amos has a job. Amos and Clarissa explain to Erich, the plan of leaving Earth. Initially Erich is hesitant, but Clarissa gives a speech about a women in prison who killed her kids and lost everything but pretends they are still alive. Surprising Amos, Erich burst into tears and cries for 15 minutes on Clarissa's shoulder.

Agreeing to the plan, Erich gathers his best crew with Butch and the group leaves in a helicopter for the opulent private spaceport which Clarissa visited as a child. When the group arrives at the spaceport near a lake, they find a group of servants, one of which happened to be familiar with Clarissa. The group of servants lead them to a hangar that has a ship, but is not working. Luckily, Clarissa and Amos are skilled mechanics with experience dealing with the dangerous fusion drive. While Erich runs some diagnostics on the ship, Amos and Clarissa chase some bad electrical leads on the ship. After replacing the bad connection, Erich runs the final diagnostic, which if he didn't run, would have lead to losing the attitude controls on the ship, Zhang Guo.

After a group of two local security are pushed away from the hangar, a greater security team begins to surround the hangar. As the ship begins to warm up, the group of servants and Erich's crew enter the ship, with Amos being the last. After a fast launch into the Earth Orbit where every one except Amos passes out, the ship lands on Luna. With Amos's contact, the acting UN Secretary General Chrisjen Avasarala, the ship does not need to be boarded. Erich, who is in debt to Amos at this point, offers to give up control of his crew to Erich. Amos declines, choosing to return to his own tribe. Erich is initially scared but relaxes, proving the excitement of a new challenge of making a life in space.

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