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Stellar Reaches #12

Stellar Reaches #12

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Published by Alvin Plummer
This is a free Traveller fanzine, focusing on the setting and adventures of the Empty Quarter. The time period is during the Solomani Rim War of 993.
This is a free Traveller fanzine, focusing on the setting and adventures of the Empty Quarter. The time period is during the Solomani Rim War of 993.

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Published by: Alvin Plummer on Dec 09, 2012
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 Stellar Reaches Stellar Reaches Stellar Reaches Stellar Reaches Issue #12 Christmas 2010Issue #12 Christmas 2010Issue #12 Christmas 2010Issue #12 Christmas 2010 PagePagePagePage 2 22 2
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Table of Contents
Letter From The Editor ........................................................................................................................................... 3
 
BITS Task System ................................................................................................................................................... 4
 
Hegemony, Republic, Duchy: Part III ...................................................................................................................... 5
 
Water War ........................................................................................................................................................... 27
 
Daybreak ............................................................................................................................................................. 37
 
Shutdown ............................................................................................................................................................ 46
 
The Forsaken ....................................................................................................................................................... 69
 
Legal .................................................................................................................................................................... 71
 
Issue #12, Christmas 2010. Version 9.
Founder:
 
Jason “Flynn” Kemp. Editor: 2005-2010Credits:Cover Art:
The primary factory complex on Gauri, c. 885 Imperial.
This graphic is titled“Factory” © Sergey Skachkov. See his portfolio athttp://atris.cgsociety.org/gallery/391018/ Cover Layout: Alvin W. PlummerContributing Artists: commander_bombast, Philippe Bullot, Christopher Gerber, Richard Jeferies,Jenovah-Art, Renan Motta Lima, Max V. Nimos, pushinfaders, Sergey Skachkov, Chipp Walters,Nikolay YeliseyevContributing Authors: Alvin W. Plummer, except for “The Forsaken”, by Duncan Campbell ScottEditor/Layout Design: Alvin W. PlummerThe Stellar Reaches fanzine’s website can currently be found at
http://stellarreaches.nwgamers.org
. Please feelfree to browse the site for more information, as well as back issues and other downloads as they become available.The
BITS Task System
, although modified to include Traveller T20 difficulty classes, has been provided withpermission by
British Isles Traveller Support (BITS)
. Its presence here does not constitute any challenge to therights for this system, and we gratefully acknowledge Dominic Mooney and Andy Lilly for their generosity inallowing our use of this system to allow future adventures to be written in such a manner as to be more useful toall published Traveller rules sets.For more information on BITS, check out their website at http://www.bits.org.uk/The
Stellar Reaches
fanzine is published without charge or cost under the appropriate Fair Use and Online policiespublished by the various holders of the Traveller license. For ease of reference and as required by these Fair Usepolicies, the appropriate text of these policies is included in the legal section at the end of this publication.Copyright of Original Material:All original material in the Stellar Reaches fanzine not designated as Open Game Content, or not otherwiseprotected under the copyrights of other entities, is copyright © 2010 by the original authors and artists, asidentified in the byline with each article or contribution.“The Forsaken”, by Duncan Campbell Scott, is in the Public Domain.No portion of this fanzine may be reproduced in any form or by any means without permission in writing from theauthor or artist holding that specific content’s copyright.
 
 
 Stellar Reaches Stellar Reaches Stellar Reaches Stellar Reaches Issue #12 Christmas 2010Issue #12 Christmas 2010Issue #12 Christmas 2010Issue #12 Christmas 2010 PagePagePagePage 3333
 Letter From The Editor  Letter From The Editor  Letter From The Editor  Letter From The Editor 
Greetings, Fellow Sophonts:Welcome to the Christmas issue of 
Stellar Reaches
!As is often the case with my writing, the articles tend to be long and complex. The Hegemony, Republic, and Duchyseries brings everything up-to-date for the Imperial part of the sector. Two military adventures are outlined here:one has the PCs fighting a resource war on behalf of the Bwaps against the local humans, and the other is a ‘soup-to-nuts’ space campaign against a notable Vargr pirate base. A final adventure is not tied to a particular place, buta particular situation: an escape of a world whose star is about to go nova!In detail:With Hegemony, Republic and Duchy Part III, we conclude our historical survey of the Imperial Empty Quarter,bringing our chronology from the end of the Imperial Civil War to the current date, 993 Imperial. Cultural changessweep the Six Subsectors, and then surge thru again and again, leaving their mark on the local inhabitants.Important turning points include the appointment of an Vargr Archduke in the neighbouring Domain of Antares,The Long Peace between the Imperium and the Protectorate, renewed hostilities between Hindus and Muslims,the Hebrin Rebellion, and the Panos Settlement.The upper half of The Empty Quarter sector may be described in future issues, time permitting.Water War describes a dryworld conflict between a water-rich Bwap settlement, and their human neighbours whohave plans for all that Bwap water. Outlines of the military forces are describes, and the Bwap settlement of Apfatwa E-pabeb is described in some detail.Daybreak is a description of a world facing extinction in the face of an imminent nova – and the PCs who are on theworld at the time. This story is not tied to a particular world, but may be put into play wherever and whenever theReferee chooses to do so. The escape and the imminent aftermath of this event the focus of this episode, butfurther ramifications are in the hands of the Referee. The PCs will have to find a way to get to their ship fast,getting past the panicked masses and the crazy situation at the starport. Once in space, they will have to deal withthe increased radiation as the world burns below them. Moreover, this is the 55
th
century: not all novas arenatural, and the Imperium is very interested in what the PCs said and did during the world’s final days…Shutdown is an extensive space adventure, allowing the Players and the Referee to live through the creation,training, and deployment of a powerful starmerc force against an important Vargr pirate base. Referees shouldkeep in mind that the more the PCs make their men sweat in training, the less blood they’ll shed in thebattlespace. Opportunities for interpersonal/interspecies conflict abound, for the PCs to deal with. A side exercise,involving a daring raid on the world in question, is also provided. Specifications of all the starships involved areprovided.The Forsaken is provided as a tribute to the tough-as-nails Native Americans of the region, as well as to the Godthat many of them serve.Reading ahead,Alvin W. PlummerEditor,
Stellar Reaches
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