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At many points during a career, a character will have to make a throw of some sort. Most of these throws are characteristic throws – roll 2d6, add the DM from the listed characteristic, and try to get a total higher than the listed value. A throw of Int 8+ means ‘roll 2d6, add your Intelligence DM, and you succeed if you roll an 8 or more’. A few throws are skill checks, where you add any levels in that skill and the DM from an appropriate characteristic. For example, a throw of Gunnery 8+ would mean ‘roll 2d6, add your Gunnery skill and the DM from an appropriate characteristic such as Dexterity, and get over 8’.

Career Format

Qualification: What you need to roll to enter that career. Military careers use Enlistment as the description for this roll instead of qualification. If you fail this check then you cannot enter your chosen career this term. You must either submit to the Draft or take the Drifter career for this term. You suffer a -1 DM to qualification rolls for each previous career you have entered. Once you leave a career you cannot return to it. The Draft and the Drifter career are exceptions to this rule – you can be Drafted into a career you were previously in but got ejected from and the Drifter career is always open. Skills and Training: Each career has skill tables associated with it – Personal Development, Service Skills, Specialist Skills and Advanced Education. In each term you spend in a career, pick one of these tables and roll 1d6 to see which skill you increase. You may only roll on Advanced Skills if your character has the listed qualification (usually Education 8+ or a certain Rank). You may only roll on the Officer Skills if your career has one and if you have received a commission. Skills can be listed with or without an associated level. If no rank is listed, then you gain that skill at Level 1 if you do not have it already, or increases its level by one if you are already trained in that field. If a rank is listed, then you gain the skill at that level as long as it is better than your current level in that skill. Basic Training: For your first career only, you get all the skills listed in the Service Skills table at Level 0 as your basic training. For any subsequent careers, you may pick any one skill listed in the Service Skills table at Level 0 as your basic training. Survival: Each career has a survival roll. If you fail this roll, roll on the mishap table. This mishap is always enough to force you to leave the service. You lose the benefit roll for the current term only. A natural 2 is always a failure. Events: If you are still in your career after resolving the survival roll, roll on the events table to see what interesting things befall you this term. Commission: This only applies to the military careers of Army, Navy and Marines. A character who succeeds at a commission roll becomes a Rank 1 officer in that career, and uses the officer Rank table from then on. A character may attempt a commission roll once per term, and trying for commission is optional. If you obtain a commission after having already advanced several ranks, you become a Rank 1 officer as normal but you may add your two final ranks together for the purposes of determining benefits and pensions. Some events give a bonus DM to advancement rolls, or give automatic advancement. You can apply these DMs to commission rolls also. Advancement: Each career has an advancement roll. If you make a successful Advancement roll, then you move to the next rank and gain an extra roll on any of the Skills and Training Tables for this career. You also get any benefits listed for your new rank. You may only attempt to advance once per term. If your result is equal to or less than the number of terms you have spent in this career, then you cannot continue in this career after this term. Either your services are no longer required, or events have caused you to leave, or perhaps you are simply bored and want a new challenge. If you roll a natural 12, then you must continue in this career. Ranks and Benefits: You start at Rank 0 in your career. Each time you succeed at an advancement check, you move onto the next Rank. Some ranks have benefits associated with them, such as extra skills or more benefits. You gain these benefits as soon as you attain that rank. Mustering-Out Benefits: When you leave a career for any reason, you gain material benefits from that career. There are two tables – Cash and Benefits. You may only roll on the cash tables a maximum of three times, regardless of how many careers or benefit rolls you have. You get one benefit roll per full term served. Leaving due to a mishap means you lose the benefit roll for that term, but not previous full terms in that career. If you reached rank 1 or 2, you get an extra benefit roll when leaving that service. If you reached rank 3 or 4, you get two extra benefit rolls, and if you reached rank 5 or 6, you get three extra benefit rolls and may apply a +1 to rolls on the Benefits table that you gain from that career.

Sample Career: Scout

Enlistment: Int 5+ -1 DM for every previous career. Assignments: Choose one of the following:
  • Courier
  • Survey
  • Exploration

Skills and Training

Roll Personal Development Service Skills Advanced Education (Minimum Edu 8)
1 +1 Str Pilot (spacecraft or small craft) Medic
2 +1 Dex Survival Navigation
3 +1 End Mechanic Engineer (any)
4 +1 Int Astrogation Computer
5 +1 Edu Comms Space Science (any)
6 Jack of all Trades Gun Combat (any) Jack of all Trades
Roll Specialist: Courier Specialist: Survey Specialist: Exploration
1 Comms Sensors Sensors
2 Sensors Persuade Pilot (spacecraft)
3 Pilot (spacecraft) Pilot (small craft) Pilot (small craft)
4 Vacc Suit Navigation Life Science (any)
5 Zero-G Diplomat Stealth
6 Astrogation Streetwise Recon

Ranks and Skills

Rank Title Skill or Benefit
0    
1 Scout Vacc Suit 1
2    
3 Senior Scout Pilot 1
4    
5    
6    

Mishaps

1d6 Mishap
1 Severely injured in action. (This is the same as a result of 2 on the Injury table.) Alternatively, roll twice on the Injury table and take the lower result.
2 Psychologically damaged by your time in the scouts. Reduce your Intelligence or Social Standing by 1.
3 Your ship is damaged, and you have to hitch-hike your way back across the stars to the nearest scout base. Gain 1d6 Contacts and 1d3 Enemies.
4 You inadvertently cause a conflict between the Imperium and a minor world or race. Gain a Rival and Diplomat 1.
5 You have no idea what happened to you – they found your ship drifting on the fringes of friendly space.
6 Injured. Roll on the Injury table.

Events

2d6 Events
2 Disaster! Roll on the mishap table, but you are not ejected from this career.
3 Your ship is ambushed by enemy vessels. Either run, and throw Pilot 8+ to escape, or treat with them and throw Persuade 10+ to bargain with them. If you fail the check, then your ship is destroyed and you may not re-enlist in the Scouts at the end of this term. If you succeed, you survive and gain Sensors 1. Either way, gain an Enemy.
4 You survey an alien world. Gain one of Animals (riding or training) 1, Survival 1, Recon 1 or Life Science (any) 1
5 You perform an exemplary service for the scouts. Gain a +1 DM to any one Benefit roll.
6 You spend several years jumping from world to world in your scout ship. Gain one of Astrogation 1, Navigation 1, Pilot (small craft) 1 or Mechanic 1.
7 Life Event. Roll on the Life Events table.
8 When dealing with an alien race, you have an opportunity to gather extra intelligence about them. Roll either Sensors 8+ or Deception 8+. If you succeed, gain an Ally in the Imperium and a +2 DM to your next Advancement roll. If you fail, roll on the Mishap table, but you are not ejected from this career.
9 Your scout ship is one of the first on the scene to rescue the survivors of a disaster. Roll either Medic 8+ or Engineer 8+. If you succeed, gain a Contact and a +2 DM to your next Advancement check. If you fail, gain an Enemy.
10 You spend a great deal of time on the fringes of known space. Roll Survival 8+ or Pilot 8+. If you succeed, gain a Contact in an alien race and one level in any skill of your choice. If you fail, roll on the Mishap table.
11 You serve as the courier for an important message from the Imperium. Either gain one level of Diplomat, or take a +4 DM to your next Advancement roll.
12 You discover a world, item or information of worth to the Imperium. You are automatically promoted.

Drifters and The Draft

You may attempt to enlist in one career each term if you are not continuing on in an existing career. If you fail to for a new career, you have two options. You can apply to the Draft and be randomly sent to one of the military services or you may spend that term travelling through known space as a Drifter without a career or purpose. A character may only enter the Draft once.
Draft Table
1d6 Career (specialty)
1 Navy (any)
2 Army (any)
3 Marines (any)
4 Merchants (merchant marine)
5 Scouts (any)
6 Agent (law enforcement)

Life Events

If you roll a Life Event on the Events table for your career, roll on the Life Events table.

Mustering Out Benefits

Benefits are gained when a character leaves a career for any reason other than failing a survival roll. You may only roll on the Cash table a maximum of three times no matter how many careers you have had.

Cash Benefits

A character with the Gambler skill at level 1 or better gets a +1 DM to all rolls on the Cash table. If the character has any money after rolling on the Cash table then he may purchase personal equipment worth up to 2,000 credits immediately.

Other Benefits

When you leave a career in good standing with your previous employers, you are permitted to keep various pieces of equipment or even shares of a vessel.

Retirement Pay

A character that leaves a service at the end of the 5th or later term of service may receive retirement pay.
Terms Pay
5 Cr. 10,000
6 Cr. 12,000
7 Cr. 14,000
8 Cr. 16,000
9+ +2,000 per term beyond 8

Ageing

The effects of ageing begin when a character reaches 34 years of age. At the end of the fourth term, and at the end of every term thereafter, the character must roll 2d6 on the Ageing Table. Apply the character’s total number of terms as a negative Dice Modifier on this table.
Aging Table
2d6 Effects of Aging
-6 Reduce three physical characteristics by 2, reduce one mental characteristic by 1
-5 Reduce three physical characteristics by 2.
-4 Reduce two physical characteristics by 2, reduce one physical characteristic by 1
-3 Reduce one physical characteristic by 2, reduce two physical characteristic by 1
-2 Reduce three physical characteristics by 1
-1 Reduce two physical characteristics by 1
0 Reduce one physical characteristic by 1
1+ No effect
Ageing Crisis: If any characteristic is reduced to 0 by ageing, then the character suffers an ageing crisis. The character dies unless he can pay 1d6 x 10,000 credits for medical care, which will bring any characteristics back up to 1. The character automatically fails any Qualification checks from now on – he must either continue in the career he is in or become a Drifter if he wishes to take any more terms. Anagathics: While using anagathic drugs, the character effectively does not age – add the number of terms since the character started taking anagathics as a positive Dice Modifier to rolls on the ageing table. If a character stops taking anagathics, then he must roll immediately on the ageing table to simulate the shock that comes from his system beginning to age again. The risk of trying to obtain a reliable supply and the disruption to the character’s biochemistry means the character must make a second Survival check if he passes his first Survival check in a term. If either check is failed, the character suffers a mishap and is ejected from the career. The drugs cost 1d6 x 2,500 Credits for each term that the character uses the drugs. These costs are paid out of the character’s eventual mustering-out cash benefits. If the character cannot pay these bills, he goes into debt.

Injuries

Characters that are wounded in combat or accidents during character creation must roll on the Injury table.
Injury Table
1d6 Injury
1 Nearly killed. Reduce one physical characteristic by 1d6, reduce both other physical characteristics by 2 (or one of them by 4).
2 Severely injured. Reduce one physical characteristic by 1d6.
3 Missing eye or limb. Reduce Strength or Dexterity by 2.
4 Scarred. You are scarred and injured. Reduce any one physical characteristic by 2.
5 Injured. Reduce any physical characteristic by 1.
6 Lightly injured. No permanent effect.
Injury Crisis: If any characteristic is reduced to 0, then the character suffers an injury crisis. The character dies unless he can pay 1d6 x 10,000 credits for medical care, which will bring any characteristics back up to 1. The character automatically fails any Qualification checks from now on – he must either continue in the career he is in or become a Drifter if he wishes to take any more terms. Medical Care: If your character has been injured, then medical care may be able to undo the effects of damage. The restoration of a lost characteristic costs 5,000 Credits per point. If your character was injured in the service of a patron or organisation, then a portion of his medical care may be paid for by that patron. Roll 2d6 on the table below, adding your Rank as a DM. The result is how much of his medical care is paid for by his employer.
Medical Bills
Career Roll of 4+ Roll of 8+ Roll of 12+
Army/Navy/Marines 75% 100% 100%
Agent/Nobility/Scholar/Entertainer/Merchant/Citizen 50% 75% 100%
Scout/Rogue/Drifter 0% 50% 75%
Medical Debt: During finishing touches, you must pay any outstanding costs from medical care or anagathic drugs out of your Benefits before anything else.

Finalise Connections

The connections between characters rule can give you bonus skills. At this stage, you may make (or finalise) a connection between your character and up to two other player characters. For each connection you make, you may gain one level in any skill, but you cannot bring a skill above level 3 using this rule nor may you take the Jack of all Trades skill.

Skill Packages

As a group, select one of the following skill packages. Traveller Skill Package: Pilot (any) 1, Sensors 1, Comms 1, Gunner (any) 1, Gun Combat (any) 1, Persuade 1, Stealth 1, Medic 1. Mercenary Skill Package: Sensors 1, Comms 1, Medic 1, Leadership 1, Heavy Weapons (any) 1, Gun Combat (any) 1, Gun Combat (any) 1, Stealth 1. Trader Skill Package: Pilot (any) 1, Sensors 1, Medic 1, Streetwise 1, Broker 1, Advocate 1, Diplomat 1, Astrogation 1. Starship Skills Package: Pilot (any) 1, Gunner (any) 1, Engineer (any) 1, Mechanic 1, Sensors 1, Medic 1, Comms 1, Astrogation 1. Explorer Skills Package: Pilot (any) 1, Astrogation 1, Sensors 1, Survival 1, Recon 1, Gun Combat (any) 1, Stealth 1, Medic 1 Diplomat Skill Package: Advocate 1, Diplomat 1, Persuade 1, Stealth 1, Streetwise 1, Deception 1, Computers 1, Comms 1. Investigator Skill Package: Advocate 1, Admin 1, Investigate 1, Persuade 1, Stealth 1, Streetwise 1, Computers 1, Sensors 1, Gun Combat (any) 1 Criminal Skill Package: Pilot (any) 1, Sensors 1, Stealth 1, Deception 1, Persuade 1, Streetwise 1, Broker 1, Medic 1.