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Tibet Corebook

Tibet Corebook

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Published by Christopher Todd
Tibet RPG.
Tibet RPG.

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 Author’s Note: In writing this game, I attempted to reect the beliefs of the Tibetan people as accurately as possible. The beliefs of all kinds of people, from illiterate peasants to scholastically educated lamas weretaken in to account. When I encountered two mutually exclusive beliefs, I chose the belief that had greater  possibilities for drama and exciting game play. I have tried not to play “favorites” by casting any people or belief system in a good or bad light 
 the Role Playing Game 
 
TIBET the Role Playing Game
is published by Vajra Enterprises, Eureka CaliforniaISBN 0-9713095-1-5Written and Designed by Brian St.Claire-KingCover by Samuel ArayaArt by Lorie Albrecht www.albrecht-illo.com (p.135),Laura Dubuk (p.69, p.190), Jason Juta (p.82, p.185),Britt Martin (p.182, p.197), Martina Pilcerova (p.106).Playtested by Tiffany St.Claire-King, Gary Townsend,Chris Musgrave, Matthew Thompson, Jeffrey W. F. Walker,Candace “Macha” Walker, Eric Nakano, Katie Riley,John LaViolette, Diamond Charlotte, Nick “Eeyore!” PageGame Design Assistance by Tiffany St.Claire-KingEditorial Assistance by Tiffany St.Claire-King, Nick Page andDiamond CharlotteCopyright © 2004 by Vajra Enterprises.All rights reserved under the Universal Copyright Convention.No part of this book may be reproduced in part or whole withoutpermission from the publisher.
VISIT WWW.TIBETRPG.COM
 
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…The monk gripped her phurba, a tri-cornered ritual knife. She began to chant a mantra she had learned from ancient books in her monastery library. The deep, powerful tones echoed against the stone walls of the ruins. She could not see the thing, but she knew it was here. She could feel its terriblehatred and pain.She had been on her way to Lhasa. She was to have joined the crowds of refugees surrounding the Potala. Shehad heard disturbing rumors that the Chinese were preparing to arrest the Dalai Lama, and she would put her bodybetween him and the Chinese if that’s what it took. Yet on her way she had come to a village where the spirit had attacked. Seeing the damage it had done, she decided that visiting Lhasa would have to wait.She had tracked the thing for weeks. She had traveled over freezing mountain passes, she had forged raging rivers, shehad hidden from Chinese patrols. She had followed the trail of destruction and misery. When she lost the trail she had consulted village oracles and astrologers. She learned that this was once a simple spirit of the earth, before a Chinesemining operation drove it insane.Suddenly she saw movement out of the corner of her eye. The thing hurled a huge piece of the temple wall at her. Shedodged, rolling and coming up in a crouch. She did not dare to let the mantra waver. Then she could feel the thing onher, its touch like a draft against her body. It looked for some weak spot where it could enter her and destroy her fromthe inside. The young monk continued the mantra and tried to concentrate on compassion. She tried to concentrateon the lifetimes of suffering the demon was earning. She tried to think of how much suffering she could prevent byending this current incarnation. She lashed out with the phurba. She felt it lurch in her hand as it pieced the creature’s
heart…
IntroductionWarning ......................................001Table of Contents .......................003Tibet in Brief ..............................004 Chapter One: Tibet .........................006History of Tibet ..........................006Origins....................................006Kingdoms and Empires ..........006Spread of Buddhism ...............006Dark Ages...............................006Mongol Rule ..........................007Age of Imperialism ................007Chinese Threat .......................007Tibetan People ...........................009Ways of Life ...........................009Dress ......................................013Customs..................................014Housing ..................................017Transportation ........................017Martial Arts ............................018Magic and Religion ....................019Cosmology .............................019Metaphysical Beings ..............020Protection ...............................026Reincarnation .........................028Medicine ................................029Astrology ................................029Divination ..............................030Oracles ...................................030Bön .........................................032Buddhism ...............................033Tantra .....................................038Government & Law ...................041Geography ..................................044General ...................................044Lhasa ......................................044Central Tibet...........................048Chang Tang ............................051Eastern Tibet ..........................051Northeastern Tibet ..................052Western Tibet .........................052Ecology ..................................053Chinese Threat ...........................055Chinese Communism .............055Invasion ..................................055Chinese Presence ...................056Resistance ..............................057The Dalai Lama......................059The Coming Storm .................059Chapter Two: Character Creation ..060Women in Tibet ......................060Character Concept ..................061Attributes................................062Character Class ......................064Aristocrat........................065Ascetic............................066Astrologer ......................067Bön Priest .......................067Craftsperson ...................068Dobdob ...........................069Doctor ............................070Farmer ............................071Foreigner ........................072Gesar Bard .....................072Kagyupa Monk ...............074Merchant ........................074Mirror Gazer ..................075Nomad ............................076Nyingmapa Monk ..........078Oracle .............................078Revenant ........................082Sakyapa Monk ...............083Savage ............................084Sorcerer ..........................085Treasure Finer ................086Unclean ..........................088Weathermaker ................090White Robe ....................090Yellow Hat Monk ...........091Skills ...................................093Combat ...........................095Crafts ..............................096Divination ......................097Exorcism ........................098Folk Knowledge .............100Medicine ........................101Scholarship .....................101Sorcery ...........................103Tantra .............................105Travel .............................108Weathermaking ..............109Western Knowledge .......109Money and Equipment ........110Animals ..........................112Armor .............................113Books .............................114Clothing..........................115Craft Tools......................116Food ...............................116Holy Objects ..................117Magical Components .....119Medicine ........................121Miscellaneous ................123Services ..........................124Weapons .........................125 Western Goods ...............128Personality...........................129Physical Attachments .....129Self Attachments ............130Universe Attachments ....132Bonus Characteristics..........133Advantages .....................134Disadvantages ................137Character Advancement ......140Chapter Three: Rules .....................144Basic Mechanics ....................144Using Attributes .....................145Health Attributes .............150Armor ..............................151Drugs, Disease and Poison .....152Skills ......................................155Basic Skill Use ................155Skills and Time ...............155Working Together ............155Books ..............................155Combat Skills ..................156Magic Skills ....................156Non-Skills .......................156Fighting ..................................156In Brief ............................156Initiative ..........................156A Combat Round.............157Range ..............................157Resolving Combat ...........157Noncombat Actions .........158 
Modiers
.........................158Combat Actions ...............159Reactions .........................161Projectile Weapons ..........162Fighting Non-Humans ....162 
Weapon Specic Difculties
162Improvised Weapons .......162After Combat ...................163Combat Example .............163Enlightenment ........................166Chapter Four: Adventures ..............168PC Parties ...............................168Military Missions ...................169Political Adventures ...............171Ceremonial Adventures ..........174Travel Dangers .......................176Mystical Adventures ..............182Magical Dangers ....................184Creating NPCs .......................198Introductory Adventures ........201Struggle Session .............201Silent Valley ...................205Glossary of Tibetan Terms .............212Glossary of Game Terms ................213Random Wilderness Encounter ......215Selected Bibliography ....................216Tibetan Vs. American Cultures ......217Quick Reference Sheet ...................218Character Sheet ..............................220Map ................................................222Index ..............................................223

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