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Like 'em?

If so, what features do you find attractive, and why?

Have you developed the Sword Worlds and the inhabitants thereof in your own campaigns/prep?


Any favorite canonical sources on the SW?
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I don't particularly like the Sword Worlds.

I did love the new MgT2 Lunion/Shield Worlds product. It's MJD's work and it's really fantastic. (I've actually been looking for an excuse to gush about it.)
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I have to admit I have developed a soft spot for the Swordies.

I like the idea of a society that sees itself as struggling against all odds, and some times, succeeding. It provides a very nice counterpoint to the "Third Imperium Uber Alles" standard Point of View in most 3I setting materials.

One of my character concepts is a Swordie Literature professor from Narsil, specializing in Tolkien of all things.

The single best source is the GT Sword Worlds book. Even though the characters are in GURPS 3e, and the time frame is 1120 with no Rebellion, the history section is great. Take a look here: http://www.sjgames.com/gurps/traveller/swordworlds/
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I have to admit I have developed a soft spot for the Swordies.

I like the idea of a society that sees itself as struggling against all odds, and some times, succeeding. It provides a very nice counterpoint to the "Third Imperium Uber Alles" standard Point of View in most 3I setting materials.

One of my character concepts is a Swordie Literature professor from Narsil, specializing in Tolkien of all things.

The single best source is the GT Sword Worlds book. Even though the characters are in GURPS 3e, and the time frame is 1120 with no Rebellion, the history section is great. Take a look here: http://www.sjgames.com/gurps/traveller/swordworlds/
LotR is a best seller still, in the Far Future.

Or, in my take on it, some intrepid Swordie explorer was a big fan.

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I don't particularly like the Sword Worlds.

I did love the new MgT2 Lunion/Shield Worlds product. It's MJM's work and it's really fantastic. (I've actually been looking for an excuse to gush about it.)



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... I did love the new MgT2 Lunion/Shield Worlds product. It's MJM's work and it's really fantastic. ...
MJD, yes?

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Swordie thoughts

"By the Allfather!"

I imagine the Sword Worlders' principal faith involves a conception of the Creator as a cosmic patriarch-progenitor, ancient, wise, and supremely powerful.
I'm going to avoid making any specific references to real-world religions of our time, in order to respect forum rules.


The formal clergy of a sort of planetary 'Kirk' would be all male, fitting the patriarchal culture of the SW.

My guess is that fathers perform certain basic ceremonies at home, captains aboard starships, commanders in military units, etc.

Women likely have their own domestic cultic practices.

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Swordie thoughts

Swords

Wild guess, but swords mean something to these people, or did when they named their worlds. Swords and metals.

Swords crop up in the Third Imperium too, of course.
What's different and what's similar?
Do Swordies appreciate Imperial Marines' archaic attachment to the cutlass?
I don't mean that a typical SWer walks around with a sword all the time, but that swords carry a certain romance or mystique in their ancestral culture.
It may not be particularly important today, on most of the Sword Worlds.
Or do they really run about with blades, chopping people up over insults?
I've run the Sword Worlders as having a distinct "sword culture" replete with dueling societies, sword-based martial arts, etc. often involved in the Mushashi Flex (pulled from Steve Perry Matador series) and often rather "warrior mystic" or "warrior poet" types.

Thinking about it, having played the heck out of Destiny (the Computer game) there's some potential for a horribly corrupt version based on the "Sword Logic" of the Hive...

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Any favorite canonical sources on the SW?
Besides GT's Sword Worlds already mentioned, the late Greg Lee's Cirque had a couple of Sword Worlds featured in his circus tour.
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I've run the Sword Worlders as having a distinct "sword culture" replete with dueling societies, sword-based martial arts, etc. often involved in the Mushashi Flex (pulled from Steve Perry Matador series) and often rather "warrior mystic" or "warrior poet" types.

Thinking about it, having played the heck out of Destiny (the Computer game) there's some potential for a horribly corrupt version based on the "Sword Logic" of the Hive...

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Sounds fun.

My Sword Cultist Marines reskin might fight in the SW.
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