As Ayn Jones has her adventures, her character and resources will change from time to time and that needs to be recorded. There is also the issue of each month passing right now might lead to her gaining in strength with the various powers she possesses in psionics. The issue for me as a writer is to record things with some accuracy so I can recall them later. This probably one mistake I want to avoid with my other two fiction series which I have resolved to correct this next year. I decided that by using MegaTraveller this would be very helpful in recording things that I could just look at later without hunting through all the back story for the information.
Ayn has spent a month travelling and running her spacecraft as a merchant might. She is using the access to make money but that is the benefit of being retired from the Scouts and having one of their ships. She has kind of set as one of her goals to actually change over to being a merchant as she definitely has all the starship operational skills to so and she would never need a pilot. As you can guess though this is going to require many Credits and she ahs only begun her quest.
Psionically, she is also interested in getting stronger right now. She will eventually, given enough time be a powerful telepath, clairvoyant and aware talent. All that is required is time. Because a month has passed she gets to roll three times for each talent to see if it improved. This is the first time I have used the task system of Traveler so I will explain it in brief here using the task for increasing psionic skills as the example. That task is listed as follows:
To increase psionic talent by one skill level:
Difficult, Int, End, 1 month (absolute)
Broken down this means the task is a Difficult one which requires a roll on two dice of 11+. This roll is modified by her intelligence and endurance divided by five. In Ayn’s case she has an Intelligence modifier of +3 and an Endurance Modifier of +2 (remainders are dropped). So Ayn has to roll a 6+ on two dice for each talent each month for it to improve. So this month her rolls were: Telepathy (6), Clairvoyance (4), Awareness (7) resulting in an increase to her telepathy and awareness skills. She will now have to wait another month to roll again.
The task system in Traveler deserves its own universe post just so you can see what I sometimes do when writing a story when I can’t figure out if the person can do what I think they should be able to do. It has already steered the plot a couple of times. So Ayn Jones character sheet, factoring in the changes to her talents and her Credits for the month, looks like this:
Retired Republic Scout Commander Ayn Jones
UPP: AACFFA Age: 46(20) Race: Human Sex: Female
Homeworld: Regulus III – UWP: C365361-A S Lo Ni Rs
Service: Republic Scout, Terms: 6, Rank: RS-15 (Scout Commander – retired), Permanent Detached Duty
Skills: Pilot-3, Computer-2, Navigation-2, Admin-1, Brawling-1, Bribery -1, Commo-1, Electronics- 1, Engineering- 1, Gravitics-1, Handgun-1, History-1, Intrusion-1, Leader-1, Liaison-1, Medical- 1, Ship Tactics-1, Small Blade- 1, Streetwise-1, Survey-1, Survival-1, Turret Weapons-1, Vacc Suit-1, Zero-G-1, Grav Vehicle-0
Psionics: Strength-11, Telepathy-2, Clairvoyance-1, Awareness-2
Default Skills: Ship’s Boat-2, Sensor Ops-1. Robot Ops-1
Equipment: Scout Ship type S, Handgun, Body Pistol, Dagger, Blade
Character Notes: Ayn Jones underwent a anagathics experiment from the time she was 18 to 19. The experiment was a success and in addition to retarding her aging process to 10% normal (1 year for every ten – she ages one year every time her chronological Age hits a year with a nine(9) on the end), it also added 2 points to her Strength, Dexterity and Endurance. Her original UPP was: 88AC8A. She has degrees in Stellar Navigation and Historical Research from Aurora University. She is also a member of the Psionics Institute. Brownie points – 5
Blessings and Cheers!!!