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[TRAVELLER] Dreams of a Neon Sky





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Arcon, the city of Neon Daylight, 2096. Companies and manufacturing agencies occupy entire neighborhoods, carving for themselves little fiefdoms within the sprawl, while Punkers, Workers, and all manner of folks besides take it upon themselves to do some carving of their own, building towards a better future from the pile of rubble called “history,” from the corpo-ridden skylines of Downtown Heights, to the irradiated Plains of Penance, fit for only the most adventurous of Droods.

Technology is embedded thoroughly into every aspect of people’s lives, from their workplace to their home, and the majority are unable to operate smoothly within society without a personal communication device.

Cybernetics are a common reality. Ranging from everyday utility limbs, to subdermal neon synth-fiber installations, to internal life-saving artificial organs, to individualized pieces of literal body weaponry, these augmentations and prosthetics serve a variety of purposes for a variety of people.

The city itself is perpetually on the verge of great change, and where such change is possible, oftentimes violence erupts. Arcon's crime rate is absurdly high, with offenses ranging from kidnapping, arson, murder, larceny, fraud, to cybernetic and organ harvesting. These criminal acts are a symptom of a society that does not, and in many cases refuses to, support its everyday citizens, a society built upon a capitalistic structure which encourages people to direct their unhappiness and anger towards each other instead of towards the system that has created this discord.

Underneath this all, lies a darkness that has existed since before man first walked the Earth, all the while, humankind's technological prowess has granted them a false sense of dominance over the world. The number of those that dare to stare back into the darkness have been dwindling as the centuries have worn on, leaving increasingly few to stem the tide.


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Dreams of a Neon Sun is a Traveller 2e game at its core. Work has been done to nudge the genre into the realm of science fantasy, with elements of supernatural horror folded in. This was achieved by referencing material from:
  • MgT1 Traveller Supplement 8: Cybernetics
  • Flynn's Guide to Magic in Traveller
  • The Sword of Cepheus
  • Night's Edge by Ianus Games
  • Arcon: City of Neon Daylight by Kienna Shaw and Jason Cutrone
  • Mark Miller's Traveller - Psionic Institutes
  • The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

More information about the various aspects of the game can be found in the game folder, with the individual threads linked below:



The PrefaceAll of the characters are fairly well known within their own circles and by the fixer community as reliable and efficient. Either contacted directly or through an intermediary, you have agreed to meet with a corporate representative who is looking to put together a team to take care of a "delicate situation". It is the night of your scheduled meeting at the Infernus Nightclub, which is where the characters find themselves as the start of the adventure.

It is possible that the characters know each other, though this is not required.


ApplicationsPlayers should go through the normal Traveller character generation as described in the Character Creation thread in the game folder. Rolls should NOT be made here. Please make all rolls in the Char Gen Dice Thread. Players can make up to two different characters in this way, choosing whichever one they like to apply with.

Note: There is a lot of information presented in the game thread pertaining to cyberspace, magic, cybernetics, setting, etc. Please do not feel obligated to read through everything in order to submit an application, just the content that you feel would be relevant to your character. Anything beyond that can be covered in-game.

Applications should include:
  • Name
  • Description (A picture is also nice)
  • Term results (Please keep these under spoiler tabs and link back to your dice rolls)
  • History: Description of what has happened in the character's life up until now. Characters should all end up in Infernus.

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  • Application Deadline: CLOSED
  • Party Size: I am looking for 5-6 players
  • Posting Rate: 1-2 posts per week
  • Max Terms: 4
  • Pre-Career Education Options: None
  • Technology Level: 12
  • Book Allowed: Any official published
  • Characteristics: Rolls of 2 may be re-rolled


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MoonZar Akina Nakamura Complete
Howling Winds of Anya Mosley WIP
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savoylen Alonzo Complete
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Old Jul 10th, 2021, 10:46 AM
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Name: Akina Nakamura
Streetname: Whisper
Race: Human
Age: 25
Location: Arcon, Humble Roots Arcology
Family: Live with her younger sister, a medical student, and her sick mother.

Description: Akina's frame is small but ripped like a wonder woman asian version. She spent way too much time in the gym alone and training instead of partying with friends. She has no interest in a particular competitive sport, otherwise she would have been professional material. Her face is clear, with wide eyes and full lips. Her hair are long but often tied as a bun over her head. Akina doesn't makeup or dress up. Her favorite style is plain such as pants and leather coat, with snickers. She is about 5'8 and 140 pounds of muscles.

History: In her day life, Akina is an office clerk in a major corporation that makes drones. She works in accounting, reasonably smart and educated she is quite capable. Yet, she never really have the ambition or motivation to climb the corporate ladder. Corporate life is brutal and highly competitive, but not much bother the young woman who is made of steel. Her job pays the bills and is a good front for hiding who she really is.

Akina discovered her psi abilities pretty early on as a kid. It didn't come as a surprise since her father was a psi-corp operative for the government. He trained her daughter himself in combat and helped her to develop her talents. As a teenager Akina wanted to enlist and join the corp, but her father stopped her; he didn't want his daughter to be controlled by the government and live a difficult life like him. Unfortunately, he was totally right as that life got him killed. With her dad gone she became the main family provider for her mom who is often sick and her younger sister who is in med school. It became quickly obvious that Akina would never make enough money in an office to keep take care of her mom and pay for her sister's studies.

To provide for her family Akina becomes Whisper at night and in the weekend. It's her mercenary name. She is doing all kinds of jobs for fixers, from simple delivery, protection, or stealing stuff. She doesn't mind jobs that involve beating up some people, but she is not an assassin for hire.



Relationship - Alonzo & Akina (Whisper)They tracked down together a hacker that was destabilizing the power grid of Humble Roots Arcology. Akina doesn't take kindly that people play with her neighborhood and decided to take things into her own hands since law enforcement wasn't making any progress. Not having the means to track someone on the net, she teamed up with Alonzo, a young cyberhacker. They managed to catch the perp but it was an adventure to hunt the guy left and right (Athletics - Dex for Alonzo) (boosted her endurance to run after the guyAwareness for Akina) in different areas of town and defeat battle drones that were hacked. Alonzo had a revelation and decided to join the police academy shortly after.


Relationship - Dr. Malachai & AkinaAkina is a friend of Athalus Rand, and met Dr. Malachai through one of his fail experiments that wrecked both men. The young woman saw her Clairaudience +1 for Akinafirst clairaudience vision ever of those events about to happen. Unfortunately, she didn't make it in time and only managed to pull the plug of those insane machines that were toasting Rand. They went to the hospital together, but both men were never the same after. Akina is bitter about Dr. Malachai's reckless experiment and reminds him often of his failure when he's proposing to study something or do something.



 
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Bit of an odd request, but would you mind if I just did the character creation but not apply? I'm a sucker for the Traveller character creation game, but I'm full up on actual games. While a sane person would just roll up characters in private, it's more of a thrill when you're part of something. You could use the characters as you like for NPCs, or just shake your head at my eccentricities... if you'd rather me not clog your dice thread, I am the first to understand!
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Name Doctor Vitruvius Malachai
Location: Arcon, formerly Earth
Age: 34

Description Doctor Malachai was at one time a very handsome male academic. He was just under six feet and had well styled brown hair and blue eyes that would have made the girls swoon if he had given them the time to do so. Caught up in his work, he never took advantage of his 'prettier years' as he sometimes refers to them. There have since been some cybernetic enhancements that were put in to help repair the damage to a tragic lab accident that occurred during his research. He almost lost his arms and a good portion of his face was disrupted with severe scarring. In the process of repairing the damage he was able to graph some of the cybernetics he had designed onto himself, enhancing what he otherwise would have lost.

He is not the most social of travelers, as he is more of an introvert naturally, but he has quickly learned the necessity of diplomacy in pursuing his career.

History: Vitruvius's grandparents were one of the excited immigrants who came to Arcon during its peak before all the trouble started. They had been successful academics on earth working within biology and physics areas and were able to offer sufficient expertise in the development of Arcon in its initial boom. When things went south, their family had been somewhat protected from the fallout due to past contributions. Vitruvius's father was a member of the police force and had married his mother, another successful scientist who took after her parents. When the corruption of the police department was revealed, the tension eventually drove his parents apart and lead to his father moving back to Earth. Having considering it a lesson learned, Vitruvius committed himself to joining his mother's family legacy in the sciences and at the age of 18 she arranged an opportunity for him to join her laboratory as a junior scientist within the Cybernetics division.

 

Things within the laboratory had started off really well until he met a fellow scientist by the name of Timasi Singh. Timasi warmed up to Vitruvius right away, which surprised him due to her sheer beauty. She had the same interest in cybernetics that he did, and constantly was talking to him about his work. As the two got closer, they began spending more and more time together until it accumulated into one passionate night. In the morning, Vitruvius was ready to finally ask her to take things more seriously between them when he realized she was gone. Timasi had disappeared, along with all of his current research on the current project he had been working on. He found out that Timasi had taken a job at a rival lab, with one of the conditions being that she bring her groundbreaking new research with her. All this time she had been playing him to create an opportunity for herself.

Completely betrayed, Vitruvius continued on, focusing on a new project, Psionics. The betrayal of Singh was a blessing in a curse, as it diverted his energy into something else entirely, the connection between Psionics and their cybernetic counterparts. Creating a groundbreaking new interface between psionic powers and the technological cybernetics, he aptly named Psi-tech. The discovery quickly earned him a promotion and by the end of the term he had earned another, leading to a great new responsibility for him. The next year he faired just as well, finding another breakthrough within the cybernetics field and allowing him to push the envelope even further with what he could do with his Psi-tech. The foundations were built for a cyber-psionic study that he had been trying to push for years.

 


Recruiting a group of cybernetic enhanced humans in his third term as a scientist he built out a strange group of machines that were meant to harness their psionic energy and bond it with their cybernetic enhancements giving them energy manipulating abilities that had never before been seen, one volunteer was a man by the name of Athalus Rand. The two had worked together in the past, and Athalus Rand was everything Vitruvius was not. He was charismatic and athletic and had a successful career in the corporate security services. They had a friendly relationship as Athalus always considered Vitruvius 'his guy' and came to him when he ever needed anything done regarding cybernetics, which over the years had been a lot. The man was just as much machine as man and had a current of psionic energy running through him like a river. Many of the other scientist wouldn't even come near him, but to Vitruvius he was the ideal candidate.

The experiment however did not go as expected and for reasons Doctor Malachai never foresaw. The machine that he had developed was designed to take the candidate into into and harness the most powerful psionic source to bond it within the cybernetics enhanced within the patient. It took a tremendous among of power and energy and Doctor Malachai had been incredibly cautious. Athalus Rand had more psionic energy pumping through him than he had ever previously tested. What he hadn't considered was the other factor in the room, him. When Vitruvius activated the machine, it began to surge with power and pulse as it began to sense the various psionic wave lengths. Then it happened. The machine linked to the strongest source of psionic energy in its vicinity, but unlike he expected it did not link to Athalus Rand, it linked to him. As the machine tried to interface with his psionic energy from within Rand's body the surge of energy spiked as Doctor Vitruvius Malachai's body was ripped from him pulling the various anatomic parts it expected to be cybernetics towards his patient. The machine surged and exploded in a tremendous disaster. Neither Athalus Rand nor Doctor Malachai were the same again.

They rushed him to the hospital, where his mother came to meet him. She had since retired, but seeing his condition, she scrubbed in and went to work. The work was delicate, but it was necessary and when all was said and done it was him mother's implantation of Doctor Malachai's psi-tech that lead to his own survival. There was a part of him that had awakened during the accident that he couldn't ignore. Knowing his professional career was at an end with such a devastating result to his big experiment he resigned from his current role and he looked for a place to practice as an Adapt. Moving off world he headed back to Earth where his father recommended a place where he could learn more about his psionics. After a few years of learning to control his own powers, Dr. Malachai became homesick and decided the best place for him was Arcon. Making his way bag he received a message upon his arrival. An old ally of his needed his help.

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1st Term
  • Enter Scholar Career as Scientist> Basic Training
  • Rival Researcher blackens your name or steals your research. Gain a Rival but you do not have to leave this career.
  • Your work leads to a considerable breakthrough. You are automatically promoted to Rank 1
  • Advance to Rank 2 naturally

2nd Term
  • Continue as a Scientist
  • You make a breakthrough in your field. Gain DM+2 to your next Advancement check.
  • Advance to Rank 3

3rd Term
Continue as a Scientist
  • A disaster leaves several injured, and others blame you, forcing you to leave your career. Roll on the Injury Table twice, taking the higher result, and gain a Rival.
  • Dex -2 but using Medical care to restore both points for -10,000 CR
  • Leaves Scientist field Mustering out with Scientific equipment, Cybernetics, increased SOC and 130,000 CR

4th Term
  • Successfully enter Career as Psion as Adept
  • Picks up Cybernetics (skillsoft) - Science
  • Travel: You move to another world. You gain DM+2 to your next Qualification roll.
  • Fail to advance as and Adept and muster out.




 

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I'd like to try this please and learn traveller for future DM projects.

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Hey Howling Winds of and Avner. Let me know if you have any questions as you go through the lifepath generator and weigh your options.

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So that I don't flood the thread with questions, where can we chat?
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Hey buddy, I almost applied to your stargate game. You kind of stealing my thunder, this is something like that I want to run in the future if one of my game failed.
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Hey buddy, I almost applied to your stargate game. You kind of stealing my thunder, this is something like that I want to run in the future if one of my game failed.
LOL... you're welcome back in Hoffmann any time!! Department 8 is always recruiting (not that we are losing any agents).

I'm also happy to answer any questions about Traveller, the OTU, or MgT2 if you have them.

I'm going to let a few of my friends out there know this game is recruiting as well as some recent Traveller NPSG grads.

This game looks awesome... have fun!

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@Silent Rain, for my own clarity is it this edition?

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