Business Name:  Communications

Staff/Proprietor: 

Name

Race

P.S.A.

STR/S TA

DEX/ RS

INT/L OG

PER/L DR

PS

IM

RW

MW

Special Abilities

Skills

Equipment

Lappsod Dog

Dralasite

Technol ogical

65/60

50/50

50/55

40/40

4

5

25

33

Form Change, Perception 50%

Robotics 4, Computer 2, Technician 4, Beam 2, Engineering 1

 
Business & Computer Tower  Lappsod is actually quite timid and reserved for a Dralasite (which is saying a great deal).  He is dedicated to the weak forms of humor so popular with his race.  He is very proud of his strength and is always showing off and challenging others to contests.  He enjoys working with robots and programming them to display subtle elements of Dralasite humor while carrying out their assigned tasks.

  Behind the counter of the shop Lappsod Dog approximates a human smile, a habit acquired from spending so much time with them in the diverse culture and population of Truanes' Star.
  "Cash only for accreditation," he rejoins "we can handle tech and comm skills training.  What'll it be?"  WIth his initial ploy exhausted, Gleep pulls out his credit card to pay for his training.  Lappsod takes the money and hands Gleep the seminar timetable.
  "See ya again soon"

Goods/Services:

Chronocom - Chronocom is short for chronograph/communicator. A chronocom is a combination wristwatch, calculator and communicator. It has a range of 5 kilometers.

Radiophone - A radiophone is a short-wave communicator with a 1,000 km range.

Subscpace Radio - A subspace radio is used for sending messages between distance planets and star systems. Subspace communicators send coded tachyon beams that must be broadcast from very carefully aimed dish antennas to hit their target planet or syetem. A subspace message crosses one light-year in one hour. The radio uses a type 1 parabattery. Sending a message uses 100 SEU.

Item

Mass

Avail

Cost

Quantity

Technician skills training and accreditation

-

-

100 per 5 days

 

Robotics skills training and accreditation

-

-

100 per 5 days

 

Communication skills training and accreditation

-

-

100 per 5 days

 

Bodyspeak skills training and accreditation

-

-

100 per 5 days

 

Chronocom

-

-

100

 

Radiophone

4

-

500

 

Radiophone (Underwater)

4

-

550

 

Subspace Radio

100

-

20000

 

Customer:

 

 

 

  

LANGUAGES

  Pan Galactic.  All intelligent races in the known galaxy have a native language.  In order to simplify interstellar trade, the Pan-Galactic Corporation created Pan Galactic, a language of sounds and gestures that can be spoken by almost any intelligent, speaking creature.  It does not sound quite the same when spoken by members of different races, but anyone who speaks Pan Galactic can understand a creature speaking Pan Galactic.  Because of its usefulness, Pan Galactic is spoken on almost every world that has contact with the Pan-Galactic Corporation or one of the four major races.
  Alien Languages.  The referee can decide that the natives of some planets do not speak any language but their own. A liens that have never met adventurers or Pan-Galactic traders certainly will not know how to speak Pan Galactic.  This will create problems for adventurers when they must find a way to communicate with the aliens.
  Learning New Languages.  At the start of the game, all player characters speak their native language and Pan Galactic.  Learning a new language is like learning a new skill.  Each level costs 3 experience points.  At level 1, a character will understand about half of what anyone says in that language, and has a 50% chance to make someone else understand what he says.  This increases 10% at each level above 1.
  Polyvoxes.  A polyvox is a small, computerized device that translates what it hears in one language and repeats it in another language.  Polyvoxes and language tapes for all known languages can be bought wherever general computer equipment is sold.  A polyvox also can learn a new language if it can be programmed with key phrases, and then hear the spoken language for d100 hours.  More information on polyvoxes is given in the section on EQUIPMENT.
SubspaceRadio  Other Barriers.  Knowing an alien language or having a polyvox does not guarantee that a character can talk to an alien without having problems. Characters who are speaking an alien language can be confused by words that sound alike but have different meanings, and can have difficulty  forming strange sounds.  They can easily offend an alien creature by violating one of its traditions, customs or systems of etiquette.  The referee should feel free to use language barriers as obstacles for players and to add excitement or even humor to the game.

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