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Stellar Reaches #14

Stellar Reaches #14

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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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 Stellar Reaches Stellar Reaches Stellar Reaches Stellar Reaches Issue #14 Spring 2011Issue #14 Spring 2011Issue #14 Spring 2011Issue #14 Spring 2011 PagePagePagePage 2 22 2
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Table of Contents
Letter From The Editor .................................................................................................................................... 3
 
BITS Task System ............................................................................................................................................ 4
 
Hegemony, Republic, Duchy: Part V ................................................................................................................ 5
 
Conscript Reporting ...................................................................................................................................... 26
 
Biography: Selected Ship Masters and Vessels of the Empty Quarter III........................................................ 56
 
YouTubes for the Imaginative Referee .......................................................................................................... 90
 
Legal ............................................................................................................................................................. 92
 
Issue #14, Spring 2011. Version 10.
Founder:
 
Jason “Flynn” Kemp. Editor: 2005-2010Our website:www.stellarreaches.com 
Credits:
Cover Art: Llarr’koun, one of the eight major downports of Ikon. The graphic is titled“Exodus” © Bill Carr. Please see his work athttp://www.epilogue.net/cgi/database/art/view.pl?id=44972 Cover Layout: Alvin W. PlummerContributing Artists: Philippe Bullot, Bill Carr, pushinfaders, Glenn, Christopher Gerber, Paul Gibson,Richard Jeferies , Max V. Nimos, Nathaniel West, and Nikolay Yeliseyev.Contributing Authors: Alvin W. PlummerEditor/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 © 2011 by the original authors and artists, asidentified in the byline with each article or contribution.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 #14 Spring 2011Issue #14 Spring 2011Issue #14 Spring 2011Issue #14 Spring 2011 PagePagePagePage 3333
 Letter From The Editor  Letter From The Editor  Letter From The Editor  Letter From The Editor 
Greetings, Fellow Sophonts:This issue has four rather starkly different articles.First, Hegemony, Duchy, Republic: Part V wraps up a series of articles providing a historical perspective on theEmpty Quarter, starting from near the end of the Vargr Pillaging and stretching over 2700 years to the current yearof 993 Imperial. Here, we will be focusing on Alpha Quadrant, which includes the four subsectors discussed earlierin
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#4. Ruled by the dual-species Ikonaz (The Vargr and Vilani of Ikon), it has gone through quite along series of formal interstellar governments: the current Rukadukaz Republic, among the most long-lastinggovernments, is in its fifth decade of existence. But despite the fragility of the Vargr-dominated governments, thedevastation of the Julian War, and hostility towards the nearby Hegemony of Lorean, the cultural region of theIkonaz Sphere remains the most cosmopolitan, wealthy, and successful region of the Empty Quarter. The evenfather future will be the focus of further articles, which are planned to continue after a hiatus.Afterwards is an adventure, Conscript Reporting. Two massive scouts are discovered fighting by the PCs, whothemselves are members of the Imperial Interstellar Scout Service. What’s going on? What should they do? Not alot of shooting is involved in this adventure, but quite a bit of roleplaying is necessary, including interrogations,negotiations, investigations, repelling psionic assaults, and crucial decisions that can shape the destiny of theImperium herself. Exploration-oriented Referees can find two detailed motherships, with attendant sub-craft, tobe plugged into his own adventure. Naval- or Invasion-oriented groups can repurpose the ships into a light militaryforce with just a few tweaks, or just use the vessels as is.Biography: Selected Ship Masters of the Empty Quarter III continues with the series of Travellers, notable andminor, within the Imperial Empty Quarter. The personalities have built-in hooks for campaign use: many of themare strongly tied to the setting of the Six Subsectors, including folk heroes, traitors, old spacedogs, and arrogantoutsiders. But in this letter, I want to draw you attention to the starships. Ignoring stock starships, they include aluxury liner, a heavily modified Free Trader, an interstellar ferry/settler combo, a large merchant transport, and yetanother version of the hospital ships so beloved by Charity LIC. There is also a large selection of robots, quotedfrom the old Digest Group publication 101 Robots.Finally, there is a large selection of interesting YouTube videos I uncovered, mainly for the visuals, but sometimesfor the concepts. They are summed up in YouTubes for the Imaginative Referee: perhaps they will be useful to you.A Lose Your Own Adventure book, for relics of the pre-Internet era:http://site.despair.com/blog/2010/10/05/introducing-lose-your-own-adventure%E2%84%A2-who-killed- jfk/#respond Understanding Power and Influence Players: a glimpse in just what a modern-day ‘low-level Noble’ can do:http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2011/02/understanding-power-and-influence.html No matter how socialist your society is, the elite 20% of the powerful 20% still call the shots, just with different lies.To observe why the elites always stand above the law – in ancient times, now, or 3000 year in the future - consider“Why Isn’t Wall Street in Jail?”http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/why-isnt-wall-street-in-jail-20110216 Reading ahead,Alvin W. PlummerEditor,
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