From Quora: What are some rare pictures that we have never seen?
For that good ole’ Traveller feel…
There is a point of decision every Traveller must make. The Referee should make that moment a time to remember!
You can get a lot done at even a low tech level (…like the Six Subsectors, say…), if you are organized and committed…
For various values of “organized”.
An explorer should return to share a sensawonder with the folks back home.
(Especially the pretty ones!)
Travellers with a sufficiently high level of intestinal fortitude can do amazing things, even with a puny
The Imperial military is huge: you never know who you’ll run into…
An explorer, is an explorer, is an explorer…
…is an explorer, is an explorer, is an explorer.
Rough neighbourhoods like
the Middle East The Empty Quarter are loaded with adventure, excitement, and danger: but do you really want your great-grandma to live there? Really?
There are reasons why there is a persistent brain drain in the Six Subsectors (a.k.a. “The Imperial Empty Quarter”). Everyone with smarts, talent, money, or connections looks for a way out, leaving behind… well, you know.It ain’t easy to set up proper, believable alien fauna & flora. Thankfully, inspiration can be found right here on earth!
(Good thing too, as you aren’t going to find it anywhere else…)
Before the iPhone, there was the iPod.
And before the iPod, there was the iTurntable!
There was a time when people didn’t kid around with spies.
Not even a tiny little bit.
I have never been anywhere near a warzone (crosses self in my mind) — or even put on a uniform — but even I, a 100% civilian, have heard rumours of the ridiculous antics and lunatic stunts that are pulled off there.
I will say this: if Hitler had actually marched into the Soviet Union to save the locals from the seriously loathsome Communist tyrant that ruled the place — instead of merely trying to steal the land and exterminate the locals himself — history would have been rather kinder to him, win or lose.
And if Hitler skipped the entire ‘kill the inferiors’ nonsense entirely? WOW.
A warning to all star-faring Travellers, everywhere.
“That’s such a stupid idea, Agovgvo. You might as well get a pic of yourself in front of the House of the Race on Terra!”
“Eh? What’s that?”
“It’s where the Big Man of the Humans-Only Club lives. In the high mountains of – wait a minute (StarGoogle lookup) – the Andes mountains, on Lake Titicaca. On Terra, a very wealthy and very powerful world… where the likes of you aren’t tolerated!”
<The Vargr considers just how much Charisma he can get, if he pulls off a certain impossible stunt…>
Good to know that Insane (or extremely Bored) Nobles aren’t the only ones who have a taste for human chess.
All Nobles – men and women alike – feel a certain closeness with their favourite military units.
A Merchantman can cross 50 parsecs and two warzones for a rare tonic, but the true test isn’t the trials of bringing the goods home: it’s in the face of the customer, when he tries the stuff for the very first time.
Once upon a time, I thought that wealthy men were sober, stolid, sensible types, working day and night to shave off a penny of the price of their wares.
Well, I was wrong: at least after the founding entrepreneurs has left the scene, and the wealth-extractors, careerists, complacent heirs, con artists, and fast-talking glad-handlers show up.
Fortunately, the money won’t forever remain in the hands of these drooling fools.
But after the Bust… and after the next wave of hardened Puritan-types rebuild the wealth of their societies… how long before the wealthy elite again demand their whores and their liquor? A generation? Two?
(…and the Bible reading for today is Deuteronomy 28…)
There is a time, when every Traveller could use a helping hand… no matter the tech level.
“Better an up-to-date sketch up with pencil and paper,
than an out-of-date holographic projection!”
Where there is wealth and power, there are well-dressed beggars.
When the time comes for the PC to stand before a Noble, it would be best for them to stand as independent men, able to make a deal… or leave it on the table, if it doesn’t measure up.
Power respects Power.
In the Imperium, life can get very hard, and the price of defeat can get very high… no matter how smart you are, or how determined, or how prepared.
Resilience, the refusal to knuckle under, still coming back despite punishing losses, matters.
Even if all you can do is warn the future, do it. Be the man, live to say what must be said.