Traveller : Secrets of the Ancients

Character background stories - first installment

The team begins to form.

OK, to add some depth to the event discussions we had during character creation, I have tried to flesh out the encounters, and also put them on a time line that ties in with career tracks.

These are just my attempts to add depth – if any events run counter your perception of events, we can adjust.

More importantly, each encounter also includes questions for each PC that was involved, to give you an opportunity to explain how it helped build relationships with other players. Again, if questions are inappropriate or send your character down a path you are not comfortable with, please let us know and again, we’ll adjust. I certainly don’t want people to feel like I am dictating character concepts or personalities here.

OK, so here is the first “common” event, happening early on in the party’s common timeline:

You will also notice that characters currently have the players’ names….that MIGHT be because nobody named their PC. just sayin’…..

2405 : Spinward Marches, Lunion subsector

Mike’s activities to protest the oppressive government policies on Rabwhar (Spinward Marches, Lunion subsector) contribute to unrest and sparks civil disturbance.
Rabwhar’s leadership appeals to the Imperium for assistance, but do not get what they bargained for – Imperial troops intervene to control violence and preserve lives, but do not choose sides.
Word gets out that government troops are executing dissidents in a broadcast facility they have occupied in Rabwhar City.
Imperial troops assault the fortified facility – Steven leads the Imperial Marine Brigade that assaults; Stacey flys a naval assault drop ship and provides close air support to the Marine brigade. Steven’s headquarters platoon rescues Mike even as he is being lead to execution.

Mike:
What specific policy imposed by the government spurred you into response?
How did your performance act as protest and catalyst? Were you a dissident leader, or just a front man?
Steven’s platoon got you out of a major jam. What is the first thing you said to him?
How did you come to know that Stacey’s assault drop ship was on station providing fire support and dust off?
When did you meet her? What was the first thing you said to her?
What do you admire/respect the most about Steven? What makes you uneasy about him?
What do you admire/respect the most about Stacey? What quality about her do you think is wasted in her current role?

Steven
What maneuver/tactic did you use to crack the government defenses?
How did you explain the heavy casualties incurred by Imperial Marines in the assault?
How did your drop ship/fire support ship pull your fat out of the fire?
You were briefed on Mike’s activities prior to deployment as part of prep. Before you met him, what was your opinion of him? How did that change once you met him?
Your assault team worked with Stacey’s assault ship many times during the op. What did you admire/respect the most about Stacey? What about her made you open to working with her in the future?

Stacey
This was your first combat op as commander of a drop ship. What was your biggest concern?
Steven’s reputation as a top flight Marine Brigade commander was well known to you before his team was assigned to LadyHawke-147 (your dropship’s callsign, ship number DA147). Did he live up to it? What about him convinced you that he was a guy you wanted to work with again?
At what point in the op did you feel like LadyHawke was in the most jeopardy?
When Mike boarded with the other rescued civilians, what made him stand out to you? What do you admire/respect the most about Mike? What about him do you wish was different?

OK please leave comments to answer the questions posed, or to impart any other feedback.

THANK YOU!

Comments

From Mike (Simon Treadwater):
I was really nothing more than a spin doctor for the Rabwhar govt., who didn’t seem sooooo bad … until I learned that they were monitoring any medical facilities, even private ones – if any patient came within a 95% match to an upper-echelon official, they were “rewarded” suddenly w/a govt work contract at a cushy off-world facility which was no more than an organ farm for the high-ranking govt. dick-heads. Openly broadcasting these findings was looked down upon … in retrospect, I should have better set up that patsy in the monitoring station. Working in seclusion w/the dissidents, I became the face of the war against govt. injustices … until the seclusion was less than secluded ($$$ in the right dissident’s hand).

My execution was to be public, but was preceded by a (flimsy and
unbelievable – I could’ve done better) smear campaign accusing me of
everything from taking bribes from offworld interests to a very personal
experiment in animal husbandry, if you catch my drift – all so I wouldn’t
be a martyr for the cause. Making such a public hullabaloo about it – high ranking officials attending, etc. – was the wrong move as it presented a perfect opportunity for the Marine assau … I mean, intervention.

 

This was your first combat op as commander of a drop ship. What was your biggest concern?

What wasn’t a concern? You always get antsy the first time you do anything. But, if I were to point to something in particular, fear of some unpreventable happening was a big one. She was very confident in her abilities and he crew’s abilities, but god forbid something with the ship go wrong or someone else’s duty be undone. She has no way of controlling that, and the idea of being out of control was worrying.

Steven’s reputation as a top flight Marine Brigade commander was well known to you before his team was assigned to LadyHawke-147 (your dropship’s callsign, ship number DA147). Did he live up to it? What about him convinced you that he was a guy you wanted to work with again?

He was good. Really good. As far as she knew, he did his job without a hitch. Nothing seemed to faze him. He was capable and he knew it and used it. It was very obvious how he earned his title. Missions would go well if she worked with him again, she just knew it.

At what point in the op did you feel like LadyHawke was in the most jeopardy?

Honestly, when we were having people board I felt like we were the most open for some sort of retaliation, or someone who wasn’t supposed to board the ship might and cause issues. Of course, it was a hollow fear, but still, probably the moment that made her the most nervous.

When Mike boarded with the other rescued civilians, what made him stand out to you? What do you admire/respect the most about Mike? What about him do you wish was different?

His strong sense of justice was definitely notable, and he was plain and simply charming. The determination and strong sense of justice was admirable, but the way he did what he did was sloppy. That’s how he got caught, after all. So, his recklessness was a bit frustrating upon finding out the full story.

 

Name (Daniel Saunders)
The tactic I planned for originally was simply to wait them out in a siege but with the sudden leak of information and the need to rescue the informant I had to settle with a more direct approach. Starting with locating the anti air defenses and wiping them out before they could destroy to many ships with my men followed by an assault on several fronts that were determined to be guarded by locals and not the mercenary group. Then to just call for a surrender from the mercenaries as they were outnumbered and outmatched once we broke into the city. It took some convincing and more casualties than expected or I would have liked but eventually the mercenaries conceded and taking the city from the local government was simple.

The reason for the high casualty count if not one thing but multiple. First is we are assaulting an enemy fortress, where the defender has every advantage Second the fortress was guarded by mercenaries with technology almost equivalent to that of the marines including anti-air capability able to knock down troop transports. Third is the urgency to save (mike’s character) from being executed.

I might have gotten a little carried away in my part of the assault. Instead of leading from the command center like a brigadier is supposed to do I lead the troops myself. After getting injured (merely superficial) I was evacuated back to the command center by the transport which was called in to get me specifically.

Mike’s character seemed either extremely loyal to the cause or extremely reckless in his approach as he got the information to the imperium in such a way that it was obvious to the people in control.

I most respected her ability to command her transport from unexpected dangers whether it be the anti air weaponry or simply high tensions among her crew due to the sudden and unexpected dangers, as well as her knowledge of the ship’s technology

She seems like a trustworthy person who can both lead and follow who also understands how a ship runs both administratively and mechanically

MCOlson MCOlson

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