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Old January 31st, 2017, 09:14 AM
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When I saw the title of Spartan159's thread "Symbols of the Imperium", the first thing that came to mind was cymbals in an orchestra.



What kind of music is in your game? I'm not talking just the music you play for your players, but what music do the characters encounter?

Do you have Space Opera in your Space Opera?

Does your Aslan play a didgeridoo?

Does your Llellewyoly stand on one foot and, with 4 arms, play an instrument ?

Does your Psion play a Mind Harp?

Do you have a Hiver band playing in your starport bar?

Is your K'kree music all about the outdoors?

I just want see what everyone has come up with.
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I had, as Referee, our mercenary security, the Artemis Group escort and deliver a rock band around the Spinward Marches. I found the wiki entry for Hot & Spicy and modified it to My Traveller Universe. This group of Julian Humans and Julian (Irilitok) Vargr had travelled the Coreward border of the Third Imperium to spread a message of racial peace between the Vargr Extents and the Third Imperium through their tour.

Lead Vocals - Rock Salt, the male baritone framed by the ladies' chorus, the most quiet and reserved of Cinnamon's peace mission.

Lead Guitar - Pepper, the shredmaster and bad girl of the group off the stage, secretly insinuating Library Data at each TL8+ world to help Cinnamon's goals, but behind her back.

Bass Guitar - Cinnamon, a female Vargr from Asimikigir and songwriter for the group. One of her schtick gimmicks is to bite Human fans on the arm while onstage, leaving marks and pretending to infect them with a Terran legend of lycanthropy. Fans are medically treated and some elect to keep the scars like a signature from the famous songwriter and bassist.

Keyboards - Nutmeg, the gothic, quiet, weirdo with a pension for low berths shaped like coffins. Often a follower behind Ginger and Cinnamon.

Drums - Ginger, the face-girl of the band and panet to Cinnamon's brother, Khrragg. Often the most photogenic, mediagenic and socially friendly of the group. Most provocative of the Human band members. Posters often show her with Khrragg in scandalous subject matter and situations.

Backup Guitar - Khrragg, a male Vargr brother to Cinnamon sometimes called to cover for Pepper for a myriad of reasons. Panet to Ginger. The two show up on the band posters together to support Cinnamon's peace mission goals.

The band plays rock, hard rock, metal and acoustic albums. Their tours crowd the Startown, Downport, Highport and the surrounding countryside when the tour ships arrive in system. The band has trouble getting to their gigs because of fans crowding the region. Their agent along with their promoter, Sylk (another find on the wiki), has to hire the Artemis Group to secret them to their concert hotels and stages as the tour roadies play decoy.

However, not everyone in the Third Imperium, specifically in the time period of the Fifth Frontier War wants Hot & Spicy touring Regina, Aramis, Pretoria, Rhylanor, Lunion, Lanth and Gvurrdon Sector while things heat up. The PCs must meet the band's schedule, avoid civilian trouble, dodge haters, protect the band from themselves, help or run damage control on Pepper and Cinnamon's propaganda, and generally stay alive while factions try to silence the band and its mission.
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The Imperial Marines have their bagpipes.... probably with fittings so that they can be plumbed directly into their battledress's life-support to supply air.

Makes me wonder... are there military bands in the Imperium that have to deal with trace atmospheres and other complications? Maybe steel bands and percussion are more popular than fife and drum?

IMTU every grav tank and g-carrier has conformal surface speakers to blast out music in a Kelly's Heroes or psy-ops style.
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The Imperial Marines have their bagpipes.... probably with fittings so that they can be plumbed directly into their battledress's life-support to supply air.

Makes me wonder... are there military bands in the Imperium that have to deal with trace atmospheres and other complications? Maybe steel bands and percussion are more popular than fife and drum?

IMTU every grav tank and g-carrier has conformal surface speakers to blast out music in a Kelly's Heroes or psy-ops style.
(insert obligatory instant memory of Ride of the Valkyries here)
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Maybe Vargr music can't be heard by humans... Sort of like a dog whistle...
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well in my recovery story I wound up portraying opera music as an attempt to maintain a cultural identity against other aggressive cultures and against the sheer vastness of space and other humanity. didn't really think about it, it just seemed natural.

and I once portrayed vargr music in the Pack Call, sort of their national anthem. had multiple teams of singers, with female singers setting a context.

but as for players ... they don't care. they want action.
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When I saw the title of Spartan159's thread "Symbols of the Imperium", the first thing that came to mind was cymbals in an orchestra.
Funny you should say that because when I read your title I thought it would be a thread about sentient robots in the Galaxiad
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