Life and Death in Omega
Based on the discussion in this thread, I'm going to go ahead and make some decisions to move things forward.
Setting: Mass Effect universe, in the Terminus Systems -- starting on/around Omega Station.
Disclaimer: I've not played any of the ME games but have watched my roommates play them. By picking a point in the timeline prior to the majority of the games, we should have a pretty free run. In the event of the game conflicting with canon, assume that I 1) don't know the canon and 2) don't care to conform to it.
My intent is to set you loose as free agents in the Terminus Systems -- which have no unified ruling body, where piracy and criminal activity is rife. Association with the storylines from the ME games will be minimal to nonexistent, so if you also have not played the ME games, you will not be at a significant disadvantage.
System: Since we'll be utilizing the freely-available Mass Craft pdf, we'll be using a variant set of character options. Should I compile a set of available Origins and Classes or simply say "Spycraft 2.0 character creation with Mass Craft options?"
Where there are conflicts in rules interpretations (if any), MasterCraft rules will take precedence for clarity.
In terms of Gear Selection -- my gut instinct is to have people select starting gear per 2.0 and consider one of the alternate Big Score approaches post-character creation. It has been some time since I read Big Score, so suggestions on how to handle that most effectively are welcome.
[Spoiler=Mass Effect Galaxy]
The galaxy is split into two parts; Citadel Space
consists of those species that recognize the wisdom
and authority of the Citadel Council, so called because
they govern from a massive, ancient space station
known as the Citadel. The Systems Alliance
only recently joined the other Citadel races, and is
the newest race on the Council. The other Council
races are the Asari, the Salarians and the Turians.
The rest of the galaxy is made up of the Terminus
Systems, those star systems that do not recognize
the authority of the Council. They have no unified
ruling body, and piracy and criminal activity is rife.
Omega station acts as a trade capital, and the prevalence
of Batarian gangs has resulted in their language
being used as a trade tongue.
[Spoiler=Mass Effect timeline]
2170 CE: Another human colony suffers from
element zero exposure when a spacecraft explodes
in orbit. Biotic training for humans is outsourced to
the military and other private companies. L3 biotic
implants are developed.
2171 CE: In protest at the Citadel Council’s refusal
to limit Human expansion in the Skyllian Verge,
the Batarians close their embassy.
2176 CE: Batarians attack the human colony of
Elysium, an event known as the Skyllian Blitz; they
are driven off by the Alliance Navy. The Jon Grissom
Academy is built on Elysium as a home for the
Alliance biotics program, the Ascension Project.
2178 CE: In retaliation for the Skyllian Blitz, the
Alliance launches an offensive against the moon of
Torfan, and hits eight major pirate bases.
MODULAR: During character creation, a player may gain 1 or more additional feats. Each feat costs 2 points normally spent to acquire attributes. Alternately, the player may give 1 or more feat choices. Each feat lost grants the player 2 additional points to acquire attributes.
VERSATILE HEROES (PERMANENT)
Heroes are world-wise veterans with diverse skill sets. A hero may gain ranks in any non-class or non-Origin skill at a cost of 2 skill points per rank.
Let's handle Character Creation as follows:
Before you go through the effort of creating a character, start by proposing a concept -- a single sentence would be great. If you need a copy of the Mass Craft pdf, please PM me with an email address.
Once your concept is approved/tweaked to fit, build to 3rd level PC. I'll handle questions of "Is X legal" on a case by case basis.
The Omega Nebula (scientifically classified as Messier 17 or NGC 6618, but alternately known as Swan Nebula, Checkmark Nebula, Lobster Nebula, or Horseshoe Nebula) is a Sagittarius Constellation nebula discovered by Swiss astronomer Jean-Philippe de Cheseaux in 1745. It is approximately 6000 light years from Earth. It contains the Omega space station, which serves as the central hub of the Terminus Systems, as well as the unmapped Omega 4 Relay.
Built in the mined-out husk of a metallic asteroid, Omega has been a haven for criminals, terrorists, and malcontents for thousands of years. At times the station has lain idle and abandoned for centuries, only to be reactivated by a new group of outlaws seeking a fresh start. The space station's original elegant design has given way to haphazard expansion by scrabbling factions of every species. There is no central government or unifying authority on Omega, and nobody can recall a time there ever was one.
Population: 7.8 million
Orbital Distance: 2.43 AU
Orbital Period: 6.9 Earth Years
Total Length: 44.7 Km
Originally an asteroid rich in element zero, Omega was briefly mined by the Protheans, who eventually abandoned it due to its thick, impenetrable crust. Thousands of years later, nature did what even the Protheans could not: a collision with another asteroid broke Omega in half, exposing its trove of element zero for easy mining.
A rush ensued as corporations and private individuals tried to strike it rich on Omega, and thieves and outlaws followed in their wake. As space became tight, construction of processing facilities extended vertically from the asteroid, creating Omega's jellyfish-like silhouette. To prevent future collisions, the station is ringed with enormous mass effect field generators that redirect incoming debris.
Today, Omega is a major hub of narcotics, weapons, and eezo trafficking without even a pretense of civilian government or military control. Only mercenary groups have been able to instill a limited order; the most ruthless is an asari syndicate run by the notorious Aria T'Loak.
Leveraging this up.
Who hired, or at least wants to hire, the Crew?
A gang leader [PCs determine who]
What are the Crew being hired to do for the client?
Courier – pick up some goods from one place and transport them to another, possibly including purchasing/selling the goods at one or both ends
Why Turn to the Crew?
Favour – the client is someone calling in an old debt or marker: you owe them, and payment’s come due.