As I was skimming my pdf, waiting for the (aptly named) brick to arrive, the idea for a celebrity character jumped into my head and refused to get out. The idea of someone who could tell kids to put a worm in their head, and have it done, seemed like an excellent person to put into the game as hull bait. Also, Ziggy Stardust vs space worms = awesome.
However, hacking together a celeb from the existing lifepaths would be a major pain. And then I got to thinking about the larger scale issues. I suppose that on most planets the media is tightly bound up in another faction. For more totalitarian worlds it would be the dominant government. On intermediate worlds it is probably a merchant league matter. But on some worlds, especially commune ones, it is probably its own entity, the crumbling fourth estate trying to bring some truth and pleasure to the populace. For a bit of profit, of course.
The media faction would be worth something like 0 Infiltration, 4 Usurpation, 2 Invasion. It would make native a setting called the Biz. I’m still pounding out lifepaths for that but I’m thinking Born to the Biz, Child Star, Intern, Personality, and Producer belong there. Bit performers might be on the low end or sprinkled into other settings, or both. The Human caste of Vaylen would get Artist and Face to represent the worm’s attempts to emulate creative endeavors and their methods of distribution.
My final thought on the thing is that on worlds where the media belongs to another faction the Biz counts as non-native, though you do it on world it takes longer to break into it. I’ve been toying with a minimum amount of Circles + Resources points for entering the Biz setting, to allow for more flexible buying of fame than requiring top lifepaths of other settings.