31 January 2021

Character Creation Challenge 31 of 31, Adalwin Pethes

Completing the series, Adalwin Pethes is a less traditional Traveller character. Not much experience in space travel or operations, he's still ready to be a contact, adversary, or ally in the Sol Subsector.

Aldalwin "Call me Dall" Pethes is a man of some reputation in the region. He grew up on Ember/Sol, where his family grew some of what little locally available food was available in hydroponics facilities. Seeing the heavy handed treatment of the citizens by the Office of the Military Governor, he wanted to Change the System from within, by becoming a reporter. Gaining employment with Sol Interstellar News at an early age, he spent twenty years as an investigative reporter in and around the Subsector, exposing corrupt military government officers, investigating organized crime, and the like until he was injured while investigating work conditions on Loki. Recovering from his injury, he started to study the law, and became a crusading lawyer, often looking after those harming "the little guy". Some younger reporters, not knowing his background, have called him "The People's Attorney General of Sol Subsector." Crossing the subsector, he has a knack for showing up at the worst possible moment for many nobles, officers, and crime bosses. He recently stepped down from his firm's management, and is now listed as "Of Counsel".

STR 6 DEX 7 END 5 INT 13 EDU 11 SOC 7
Advocate 3, Art (Holography) 0, Art (Writing) 3, Carouse 1, Comms 1, Computers 2, Deception 1, Diplomat 2, Drive (Wheeled) 2, Guns (Slug Pistol) 1, Investigate 3, Melee (Foil) 1, Persuade 2, Stealth 1, Steward 0, Streetwise 0, Trade (Hydroponics) 0, Vacc Suit 0,
Cr57500, 6 Ship Shares, Body Pistol

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30 January 2021

Character Creation Challenge 30 of 31: Captain Riika Manz, Solomani Navy

 As I'm currently away from home on business, I thought the best way for me to keep up with this was just to finish out with characters for my campaign. In this case, a close associate of another character I generated.

Riika Manz is a native the cloud cities of Vantage/Capella in the Solomani Confederation. Her family was involved in some trade with nearby Aquitaine,  where French is the nominal language of choice. Deceiding to chart her own course, she barely made it into the Yamato Naval Base Cadet Corps, and squeaked out a pass and commission, despite being drawn into a minor political disagreement regarding particulars of the Solomani Cause. She was accepted and commissioned in to the Solomani Confederation Navy upon graduation, and drawn into their flight program. Her service records show she's been assigned to survey operations in astrogation, assigned to a flight test team, and commanded a ship on a diplomatic mission, where hers was assigned to help SolSec maintain security. She's been noted as a close companion of a senior SolSec officer in the area, Colonel Altair Popov. Her recent retirement notwithstanding, she may be assigned independent operations. Her skill set indicates she could operate a Scout Ship on her own.

STR 7 DEX 10 END 7 INT 10 EDU 8, SOC 11 Age 38
Art (Painting) 0, Astrogation 4, Carouse 0, Comms 0, Engineer (Jump Drive) 1, Flyer 0, Gun Combat (Slug Pistol) 2, Gunnery (Turret) 2, Language/French 0, Leadership 1, Mechanic 0, Pilot (Spacecraft) 2, Recon 1, Tactics (Naval) 1, Vacc Suit 1, Zero-G 2
Cr 22,000, Terran Adventurer's Society Membership, Body Pistol Cr 10,000/year Pension Lover: Altair Popov, Enemy: Kubra Shibazi, Instructor with opposite politics Contact: Fedde Xylander, Solomani Weapons Developer

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29 January 2021

Character Creation Challenge 29 of 31, Colonel Sir Markus Pan, Imperial Marines

    The Imperial Marines have a variety of inspirations, from real and historical United State Marines and Royal Marines, to fictional ones like Falkenberg's Legion, and TV and movies like the Storm Troopers in Star Wars. More recently, some fans do have associated Zapp Brannigan with them. He wears  Maroon and Gold, his uniform includes a kilt, and he thinks he's God's Gift to the women of the galaxy. How is that not an Imperial Marine?

Colonel Sir Markus Pan                                             8C8CAB    Age 42
6 Terms Imperial Marines                                          Cr 25,000
Cutlass 2, Gambling 1, Grav Vehicle 2, Laser Rifle 2, Leader 1, Revolver 1, Tactics 2, Vacc Suit 2
Cutlass, Traveller's Aid Society

    From the backwater of Ukaye/Regina, he enlisted in the Imperial Marines at the age of 18, and was quickly commissioned. His initial training included the cutlass, revolver shooting, Grav vehicle operations and Battle Dress. His picking up a gambling habit in the mean time lead to a denial of promotion but retention, as "unseemly for an Officer of Marines." He stayed with the Marines, and promoted to Captain, gaining recognition for skill with a laser rifle, and leadership training. Assigned to Task Force command, he was recognized for tactical skill, and worked to improve his own marksmanship alongside that of his Marines. Assigned to Regimental staff as a Lieutenant Colonel, he improved his Grav piloting skill, and tactics. These skill improvements backfired on him in the next few years, as the board denied him advancement to Colonel as too operationally focused. He spent much of the next few years working more on his fitness than skills while on the Navy's Staff. Finally promoted to Colonel, he was assigned to command the Spinward Marches Special Assault Group, a Marine unit trained for zero-g combat and boarding, and he requalified in Vacc Suits and Battle Dress as part of those operational requirement. He retired recently, and wants to see the places, and not have to meet interesting people and kill them.

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28 January 2021

Character Creation Challenge 28 of 31, Borislav Kurucz, PhD

The former Chief Laboratory Scientist of the Hephaistos Company, Borislav Kurucz was picked up right out of the Imperial University of Meshan, his homeworld where he was one of the best students in his time. After getting into trouble with one of the civil authorities on the world, namely Arjun Gottschalk, the Corporate Liaison from the Republic of North Eriksland, he's had a quiet career since then, moving up through the company's laboratory section, building an understanding of Planetology few have, especially in late stage physical terraforming efforts. The opening of Hephaistos to general settlement in the past decade means he's spent almost as much time at Forlorn's testing labs as well as the main laboratory over Hephaistos. Recently, he's left the Company, and started work on something unknown.

STR 5 DEX 4 END 4 INT 8 EDU 14 SOC 9
Admin 1, Advocate 2, Carouse 0, Comms 0, Computers 2, Diplomat 2, Drive 0, Engineer (Power Plant) 1, Investigate 1, Life Science (Biology) 1, Medic 0, Physical Science (Chemistry) 1, Space Sciences (Planetology) 6, Streetwise 0
Cr 11,000, Surveying Toolkit, 12 shares to a Lab Ship Enemy: Arjun Gottschalk, bureaucrat on Hephaistos, Contact: Asti Sadler

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27 January 2021

Character Creation Challenge 27 of 31: Lieutenant Yana Sowa

 Sometimes, it ends up being a case of what works best with the dice, and running from there. That's pretty much what happened to generate this character.

Lt. Yana Sowa                                    556B89    Age 26
2 Terms Navy                                    Cr51000
Engineering-1, Jack of All Trades-1, Mechanical 1, Vacc Suit-1

A native of the largely criminal ruled Vanzeti/Sabine, she was disgusted with the business ethics of her homeworld, and joined the Navy to get away. As a spacer, she worked to improve her dexterity and trained in Vacc Suit operations. Approved for reenlistment, she was commissioned and promoted to Lieutenant, and trained in engineering. Unfortunately, her family's organized crime connections caught up to her, leading to a demobilization from the Navy. She's saved up some money, and obtained a Bachelor's Degree during her time in service. Anybody got an opening for a Navy trained engineering officer?

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26 January 2021

Character Creation Challenge 26 of 31: Colonel Altair Popov

So, I went for one of the Alien Modules for Mongoose Traveller here, and went straight for SolSec. In my view of the Solomani Rim, there is an ongoing Cold War on the Armistice Line, with agents from both sides running spies and looking for small advantages. The leadership of both polities doesn't want a war, but there are many influential cliques and organizations who wouldn't mine extra hostility or an embarrassment of their superiors. Colonel Popov is an accomplished SolSec officer, who has recently come to light as one of Coordinator General Elias Treleven's most trusted spymasters in the Solomani Rim.

Altair Popov was born on Chernozem/Gemini, on 332-1074. His family comes from the 'Russian' ethnic majority, not the small minority of 'Svedsky' who are distant relatives of the distant Sword Worlders. From a poor family, his intelligence and education became factors in his ongoing success. He attended the Chernozem University at Novvy Kursk, and majored in Sociology, with a strong study of the law. During this time, he developed an intense rivalry with an upperclass student whose great uncle was on the System Committee for the Solomani Party. Upon graduation, he joined Solomani Security as a Field Agent. Assignments include recovering information related to a series of cold cases, an unpleasant assignment to Vantage where he made the enemy of a local party secretary who is now deceased from natural causes, and an operation where he personally flew an infiltration ship into recover an agent. It was noted he was recently in the company of young Solomani Navy officer, Lieutenant Riika Manz, who may be assigned as a liaison. His closest companion is a former SolSec officer, Hari Vinter, who shows an unusual degree of loyalty to the man. He is known to be a most formidable adversary to Imperial interests in the region, as he is known to be highly loyal to the Solomani Cause, and to the Coordinator General.

STR 4 DEX 7 END 7 INT 11 EDU 12 SOC 10
Admin 2, Advocate 1, Comms 0, Computers 2, Deception 2, Drive (Ground) 0, Engineer 0, Flyer (Grav) 0, Gun Combat (Slug) 2, Investigate 3, Language (Russian) 0, Leadership 1, Medic 0, Pilot (Starship) 2, Social Science (Psycology) 2, Streetwise 0, Zero-G 1
Cr 20,000, Heavy Auto Pistol, Wafer Jack, SC Class courier
Rival, Eliana Urquhardt, upper class student, Enemy, Jonas van der Zee, Party Secretary on Vantage, Ally, Hari Vinter, SolSec officer, Lover, Riika Manz Navy Officer

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25 January 2021

Character Creation Challenge 25 of 31, Captain Gannimakkur Dannuz, Imperial Marines

Going off the often free Starter Traveller set made today's generation slightly different than my normal use of the Traveller Book. It's still a quick way to generate a character while rolling dice.

Gannimakkur Dannuz was recently retired from the Imperial Marines following an injury that forced him out of the Corps. A native of Vland itself, and of nearly full Vilani heritage, he won't talk about the possibility of Solomani or minor human ancestors, he is an accomplished marksman, and small unit leader. With experience in light mechanized operations as well, he is an excellent prospect for any ground operation. 

Gannimakkur Dannuz                                   979A7A    Age 32
3 1/2 Terms                                                    Cr 15,000
ATV-1, Brawling-1, Cutlass-1, Laser Rifle-2, Revolver-1, Tactics-1
High Passage

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