Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat in Lithuania during WWII, saved over 6000 lives by unlawfully issuing travel visas. When his consulate was being shut down and he had to evacuate, witnesses claim he was still writing visas and throwing them out the winnow as the train was pulling away.
Another good NPC that the PCs can get involved with, preferably one step before heavily-armed bad guys…
The Red Swastika Society was not a German organization, but a Chinese equivalent to the Red Cross.
Assumptions vary between being hilarious and being fatal within the Empty Quarter…
Charles VI of France suffered from such debilitating mental illness that he forgot his own name, his children, his wife and his identity as king. He periodically believed that he was made of glass and tried to prevent himself from breaking.
Every Traveller should try working with a frankly insane Imperial Noble, at least once in their life…
In medieval times, red hair was associated with moral degradation and intense sexual desire. Redheads were regarded as vampires, werewolves and witches. The Spanish Inquisition singled them out for persecution, believing their hair to be sure sign that they stole the fires of hell.
There is no Spanish Inquisition within the Empty Quarter: just heavily armed, suspicious-of-anything-strange, intensely superstitious locals.
The average IQ has been going up. If a typical person from 1910 time-transported to the present, they would have a mean IQ of 70, which is at the border of mental retardation.
Some parts of the Third Imperium are more ‘behind the times’ than others.
In 2001 Kenny Waters, a Massachusetts man who was wrongly imprisoned for 18 years for murder, was finally freed after his high-school drop-out sister went to law school to prove his innocence.
There are major benefits (and major costs) to a sector where family, clan, and tribe are real-deal no-compromise serious institutions.
Awarding people money for doing well in IQ tests causes them to score better, $10 increased people’s score by 20 IQ points. IQ tests don’t just measure intelligence they also measure effort.
Smart Vilani will immediately put the following plan in motion:
- Get all the Solomani to get on their moral high horses, and ban paying for results on all of their worlds and cultures;
- Get all the Vilani worlds to set up bureaus that provide bigger payoffs – in money and perks – the higher the IQ score gained in testing.
“The enemy has gently placed a weapon in the palm of your hand. I suggest you use it.”
A barcode scanner reads the white bars, and not the black bars.
A neat Traveller’s Tale with a twist ending is waiting to be written….
In 1999, Harvard physicist Lene Haw was able to slow down light to 17 meters per second and in 2001, was able to stop light completely.
If you could scale it up, quite a lot of mysterious men with impossible security clearances would like a word with you. Halting laser beams & communication beams is a good start; developing a better FTL drive and FTL commo net is the distant goal. But by the 55th century, the Lene Haw experiment may have faded away into long-lost experiments, fit only for the “Lost Chronicles of a Pre-Ice Age, Stellar-tech Terra” series the Solomani Party keeps on secretly funding…
30 years ago, you could buy a Lifetime, Unlimited First-class Travel pass with American Airlines for $250,000.
Now, this could be a good gimmick to get more passengers for the PC’s clapped-out Free Trader, but how can they make it pay?