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Tradition


This skill allows a Vilani to tap the impressive well of Vilani tradition to recall efficient solutions for problems that have been faced before and to analogize when faced with rare new situations.

It works much like like J-O-A-T. A character cannot have J-O-A-T and this skill both.

The catch is that a Vilani PC who tries and fails with Tradition takes a negative DM to his next technical or complex task equal to his ranks in Tradition, as he suffers confusion and distraction.


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I'm not satisfied with this as it stands. Some of it comes down to how one thinks J-O-A-T ought to work.

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Ah, I just found out that DGP covered a lot of mechanical Vilani stuff in their book. Too bad I don't have the book.

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So Vilani specific Racial Memory?

So how about a special drug to bring it on?
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So Vilani specific Racial Memory?

So how about a special drug to bring it on?
That could work.
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Cool idea. How does one gain ranks?
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Cool idea. How does one gain ranks?

I think for this idea to work best, new Vilani service tables should be made. They don't have to be radically different from the standard/generic tables but they should provide lists tailored to the Vilani culture.
Maybe even break down services into bureaux?
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http://wiki.travellerrpg.com/Sharurshid


http://wiki.travellerrpg.com/Makhidkarun

http://wiki.travellerrpg.com/Naasirka

Tables for each of these?


This is out of my time-use limit for now, but somebody who does have time and knows the system well might get a lot of interest if he works up some Vilani service tables.

Looking over the entries, I'd tailor the skills lists to reflect company specialties and subculture.

Naasrika should perhaps have Tradition show up more often one its tables, as befits the descendants of the shugiliii, keepers of tradition.

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I guess I would have a couple thoughts on this.


To me the issue is more of execution style rather then needing a unique skill.
So I would look at however you task roll, and whenever possible substitute EDU or SOC for INT
EDU for most, SOC perhaps for specialized knowledge in how to rule that the proles don't 'need to know'.


The other part is in the GT:ISW rules, the Vilani had 'the book', a computerized summation of their civilization's knowledge and traditions, and would literally go to that for answers. Sort of a bible with starship part replacement procedures and tasty fungus recipes.
So if there is a unique race skill, it would be in knowledge or ability to navigate their Summa Knowledge and get applicable answers.


Side color idea for all you OTU guys, a genuine 'book' from the Ziru Sirka era would be a Vilani family's absolute top treasure- even moreso if it is operational.
I expect most families have 'to get along' with data copies and modern facsimiles and those would be prized and cherished. But the top families that descend from the original burueaus would have been sure to hold onto the originals, and derive status from owning them.
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Tongue-in-Cheek version:

Vilani. The player has skill in Vilani traditions. This means:

(1) He is excellent in cooking inedible foods in exotic ways, and typically insists that others eat his concoctions. Sometimes the result is digestible.

(2) He is openly condescending against TL 12 and higher. "Back in the good old days of the Ziru Sirka, we only had jump-2... and WE LIKED IT!!"

(3) He avidly follows every jot of news about the royal Vilani line on Vland.

(4) He lovingly cultivates a "Vilanic" accent in his Anglic.

(5) He calls people who were born outside the boundaries of the Ziru Sirka "outworlders" or something to that effect.

(6) He seeks to make one pilgrimage to Vland.

(7) He bows "towards Vland" four times a day (mealtimes of course).

Okay, that wasn't as good as I thought it would be. Apologies.
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I think for this idea to work best, new Vilani service tables should be made. They don't have to be radically different from the standard/generic tables but they should provide lists tailored to the Vilani culture.
Maybe even break down services into bureaux?
A potentially excellent idea for the First Imperium, but the Vilani already contribute to the baseline culture and career set for the Third.

No, I would simply allow a Vilani character to replace the +1 EDU result in Personal Development with this. Pick one or the other when it is rolled.
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... allow a Vilani character to replace the +1 EDU result in Personal Development with this. Pick one or the other when it is rolled.
This is quite elegant.

Could be a useful mechanic for any setting and whatever racial traits/skills are prevalent.

In this particular instance I think the bureau tables are a cool idea, gives some alien-ness the the humans. But Iím going to look at my ATU and see how I can work this in.
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