Hello again! I’m back, and with some more questions for you kind folks to answer if you would, this time on Character Burning.
Is “Son of a Gun” a “born” lifepath? I mean, straight off the bat, you’d say no, because it doesn’t begin with the word "born…but there’s a lot to suggest that it is. The very name falls in a very similar vein, being concerned with the background of your parents, with the implication being that you are the son of some spacefarer. Plus, it’s the first lifepath in the setting, has no requirements, provides only general skill points, and takes 12 years, which is in the same timeframe as most of the other “born” lifepaths. So…should it really be read as “Born in Space!!”
In terms of Vaylen-side FoN, should I be letting the players see their sheets/stats? I’m assuming so, since it only seems fair and it helps everyone if we all know who has what beliefs and relationships etc, but I just wanted to make sure before I did anything irreversible.
Do Vaylen characters have to take a year surcharge for moving from their Clan setting to their next setting, be it Ksatriyen, Human or whatever?
Do Vaylen characters need to take the Planetary Attitude and Empire traits? Or are they exempt, being infiltrators from off-world after all, who know very well that Vaylen are on the world?
When rounding skills down to get the roots, is this the case even when you’d get a .75? Eg, you have a skill derived from two stats, with values of 4 and 3?
I must admit, I’m surprised people would go for Attitude and not Empire traits, rather than vice versa, since it makes sense to me that Vaylen would try and fit in with the culture but know better when it came to planetary attitudes.
Agree! attitude does not make any sense for the Vaylen. In our game we even had characters who came from off planet have different traits (Such as the Ambassador). The Vayen should try to show the Cultural Traits (those who do not are likely to be seen as outsiders, but they should not get them for free.
this of course does not count for Humans on the Vaylen Side.
Well…at first blush, a Vaylen with hysterical fear of the Vaylen is incomprehensible to me. Or paranoia, or ignorance, or frankly anything other than “educated”. Nor do I see any in-play juice coming from acting on these sorts of self-referential character traits.
But then again my grasp of Vaylen personalities and motives isn’t great. Maybe worth a separate thread?
Well, to my reading the book sez the character trait is explicitly related to the planetary attitude toward the Vaylen (p. 54). And if it’s not – that is, the planetary attitude gives you traits like “paranoid” but it’s still up to you to figure out what they mean to your character – what the heck are you supposed to do with traits like “personal experience”?
I could see a Vaylen acting scared or paranoid to fit in, but actually feeling scared or paranoid doesn’t even seem to fit the canon. Come to think of it, experiencing the feelings of the host seems to be abstract at best (i.e. the hottie Vaylen in the beginning of Sheva’s War).