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Small Starburst [Referee] Life Insurance and the IRAS.

Originally Posted by Jazzlvraz View Post
From above:

If you roll Life Insurance more than once, then you've got a "saved" re-scan to use sometime during play, which saves you ICr100,000. How one gets enough experience to need a re-scan, I'm not sure; most of my Traveller games, even those that've had experience included by design or House Rule, use such long time-frames (multiple years) that players stay the same throughout the campaign.

I'd prefer Life Insurance to be a "if you get it twice, re-roll until you get something else", but it doesn't appear to be so by design.
A couple of House Rules from the Ref.

Life Insurance: Personality Scans and Recordings.

If you have Life Insurance it is assumed your most recent update was done on your birthday or at Muster Out (the last day) of your last Career before beginning adventuring.

Thereafter if you want to update (remember, it is not just Skills and Knowledges that are backed up, so are all your memories) then you have to reach a minimum of a TL-C+, Class A Starport with a full medical suite, a hospital, or other licensed Medical facility (staffed by an MD with board certification in Personality Handling) and pay the required fees2 with adjusted Base Cost of KCr 100. For the best possible update results it is recommend that the sophont return the same scan provider that created the initial master recording but is not required.

Life Insurance: The Jazzlvraz Clause.

If you roll Life Insurance a second time the former employer (whether government, institution, company or corporation) or maybe just a Patron guarantees to pay the required fees anywhere within the Imperium that may legally preform the updating service for one time only.

If rolled more than one time, the character may with permission bank the additional rolls.
1 A full medical suite includes the following sections (3+ rooms/section):
Reception/Waiting, Intake, Triage, Diagnostic, Trauma, Surgery, General (includes a ward), Infections (includes isolation ward), Neural, Pathology, and Morgue. All connected to a dedicated, isolated Model/5 Master Computer Array.
2 Fee rates are subject to change depending on locations.

2a I will get to working out how prices and cost are affected by QREBS, TL, World of Origin, stuff like that. In other words the Ref has to read the Benchmarks stuff again. *shrugs* It takes a while to get it into permanent memory, there is a lot of competing important data trying to get there. Just know that there is no "One price out of the Book, all pistols are the same and cost exactly Cr 500." thing going on here. (Hans should be happy. )

Where you purchase goods and services affects the price of said goods and services. Assume QREBS and Benchmarks in full effect. Which means for those of you who merit titles and honors and get fiefs and offices you can improve them in game and if successful (there is always a chance of failure. ) reap the rewards of your work.
Scholars: Muster Out table blank spots.
For the blanks on the Scholar Muster Out tables, if you roll an 11 or 12 on the table consult the table below:
Muster Out Additions.
2 Scholar

11. IRAS3.
12. Knighthood4.
13 Barony5.
3 The Imperial & Royal Academy of Sciences (IRAS).
The IRAS can trace its ancestry back to mythical Terra and pre-dates the Institutes or so it is said. There was a Terran Federation Academy of Sciences It is known to have existed as the Imperial Society of Arts and Sciences during the middle age of the Solar Imperium. It is not known why and when the split between the Imperial Society of the Arts and the Sciences occurred, but most theories based on the current evidence agree it was during the middle to late portion of the reign of the Psilords' Imperium. Around this time the Society of the Sciences severed their relationship with the Society of the Arts and formed the Imperial Academy of the Sciences with a Imperial Charter from the Empress Vashti XI (also known Vashti the Breaker for her love of dismantling the guilds, societies and megacorporations). Vladimir II has chosen to continue to recognize and endorse the IRAS' Charter throughout His reign.

Membership in the Academy is by invitation only and is only open to Scholars. Once invited the prospective member is interviewed by the Membership Board and if accepted presented to the Academy of the Sciences in the Whole Assembled for a vote. The time between an invitation to join and an Acceptable Vote can sometimes take years and is only really considered a possible snub when the process takes decades. These "snubs" are often Amateur Scholars whose subjects are still considered "fringe" sciences. Once membership has been extended to the Scholar they begin receiving certain privileges and perks of the IRAS.
  • The IRAS maintains a reciprocal faculty housing arrangement with the members of the Imperial University system and some private University and Institutes. This agreement allows a Scholar the status of Visiting Professor and full faculty privileges for a week per month.
  • The Academy understands that sometimes you need Crowns for continuing research and experiments more than you need another bloody High Passage. Instead the IRAS grants a member a KCr 10 Research Grant every 30 days. (This comes to an annual grant of Crowns 121,667 if requested as lump sum grant.) The grant may spent as the Scholar sees fit with a requirement to give a rough accounting of how they spent the grant at the end of the year. It is expected that a minimum of 30% of the grant be spent purely on direct research or experiments.
  • The IRAS gives special member privileges when it comes to cashing in Ship Shares. If the Scholar has 1 or more Ship Shares they may consult the table below before they spend their Shares.
(See here for entries on an individual IRAS starship type.)

1) The IRAS may grant use of a standard 200 ton Wakanda Hawthorne class Research Vessel (Type-N) for 1 Ship Share. This ship's primary mission is data-collection after Scouts have been through the system a time or two first. The R/V may or may not have that Scout data when it arrives in a system. The vessel is designed for frontier conditions and includes a full fuel system including purifiers. It has an enclosed air/raft and a 4 ton lab space.

2) The Scholar either gains (at the discretion of the IRAS) half-ownership for 2 Ship Shares in the previously awarded Type-N which is now four years older. [Adjust QREBS accordingly] or upgrade to a standard 400 ton Laknir Lab Ship (Type-L).

3) For 3 Ship Shares the Scholar may own the standard issue Type-N, (if awarded) half-ownership in the Type-L or again at the Academy's discretion may grant the Scholar the use of a standard 600 ton Lakshmana Khukek class Long Range Lab Ship (Type-LN). This is a ship that combines the frontier ruggedness of the W. Hawthorne class with the utility and on-site data analysis of the standard lab ship. It has the full frontier fuel suite, an enclosed air/raft, and a 50 Modular Cutter.

4) If the Scholar has 4 Ship Shares they may completely own a Type-L2. If they have 5 or more Shares they may work with the Referee to either be granted an improved version of the standard Type-LN, the Type-L3. Continuing the trend 6 Shares would let them own a Type-L3.
4 The Scholar is Knighted in the The Eldest and Most Credible Order of the Institutes. (see Library entry below)
The Eldest and Most Credible Order of the Institutes.

Archivist (Initiate) is the first Rank and Title in the Order and its linage goes back to Volcker's Imperium. They are Charged and Sworn to keep accurate, politically neutral, psychohistorical records of the Imperiums and to protect the Repositories and Old Empires sites. They keep a fund that they disperse to latent psionics that missed the pre-screening due to poverty, Citizen or Subject status within the Imperium or other reasons of misfortune. They have both civilian and military members. Which is good since the Order is also Charged with keeping military forces for fulfillment of their duties to the Institutes, the Imperium and the Crown. The membership is fairly evenly divided among sophonts, worlds, or service with civilian side being filled with academia and functionaries of the bureaucracies (Imperial and Royal) and the military side is mainly ex-members of the Dump Defense Forces.
5 The character is elevated to the rank and title of Baron (World) [Imperial] and granted the standard fief. If all the Imperial Baronies have been awarded to other Barons there are three methods for awarding a Holding to the new Baron.
  1. The Baron will be awarded a Holding on a World newly entered in the Imperium and currently without Resident Peers.
  2. If the Baron's Homeworld already has a Resident Baron (Imperial), the new Baron may created on a non-Mainworld in the system and awarded.
  3. A new Barony will be created out of the Royal Holdings and be awarded to the new Baron (Surname) [Royal].
Cross Posted in the OOC thread.
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