Campaign of the Month: January 2012
Star Trek Late Night
The Asgard resemble the classic ‘Roswell Grays’; indeed, they admit they may have been responsible for that first alien sighting in 1948. Averaging about four feet in height, they possess the basic hominid structure, with thin arms and legs, long fingers, large skulls, and no discernible gender differences. Their facial characteristics include large, black, pupil-less eyes, nasal slits, small ears, and a small, lipless mouth with tiny teeth. To those outside their species, most Asgard are barely distinguishable from each other, recognizable only by slight difference in skin tone, height, and facial arrangements.
Physically, most Asgard are not a threat to other species which they may encounter, being smaller and more fragile than average. However, they are extremely intelligent and possess great mental stamina, including some mental abilities that are unique to their species. The Asgard are highly skilled in handling information and transmitting it to other species directly, probably due to their exposure to the Ancients’ technology. They possess considerable data manipulation skills, and their brains are capable of making complex equations at which a human mind would boggle. They also possess formidable willpower, and can resist most forms of torture and interrogation. Their mental strength more than compensates for their lack of physical abilities.
Nature: The Asgard are a benevolent, highly-advanced species, well-disposed toward Earth’s interests. They are approximately one thousand to two thousand years more technologically advanced than Earth, and several hundred years ahead of the Goa’uld. Their society is run as an interplanetary democracy, and they have colonized several dozen planets in their home galaxy. They act to protect humans and other less developed species from Goa’uld depredations when they come in contact with them, but their extreme distance from the Milky Way (and the System Lords’ and Earth’s home systems) limit their ability to intervene on a regular basis.
By nature, they are a cautious but even-tempered species with a sense of humor similar to that of most humans. They loathe to take risks, preferring to confront their enemies when they hold a decisive advantage, and they sometimes struggle to think creatively or conceive of original ideas. However, they can be brave and self-sacrificing when the situation requires it, and remain highly loyal to their friends and allies.
Homeworld: The Asgard homeworld of Halla is a highly developed temperate G-class planet located outside the Milky Way galaxy and requiring an additional ‘distance’ chevron for the Earth Stargate to reach them. Halla consists of 40% salt-water ocean and 60% landmass, which has been thoroughly subdivided into urban development, agriculture, or specially preserved wildernesses. Approximately 30% of the oceans have been reserved for food production. There are no uncharted territories on either land or sea, and the planet lacks extremes of temperature, except near the poles. The division of resources is highly orderly and scientifically based, with most fuel sources based on clean fusion. Several artificial satellites and constructed cities orbit Halla, and most of their colonies follow the same model in physical development.
Halla has very little pollution, no famine, and little social strife – however, their society stands on the brink of total technological breakdown, due to the recent actions of the Replicator species. The Replicators, who consume metal, silicon, and other elements to build up their own structures, have devastated Halla and outlying worlds through repeated attacks, and have used and upgraded the Asgard technology for their own uses. With power, living structures, and food production facilities all compromised, Halla and the Asgard colonies are facing system-wide famine and death if the Replicators cannot be stopped.
- Fitness 1(4)
- Strength -1
- Coordination 2(5)
- Intellect 4(7)
- Logic +1
- Presence 2(5)
- Willpower +2
- Psi 2(5)
- Force 0(5)
- Essence 0(5)
- Culture, Asgard 2(3)
- History, Asgard 1(2)
- Science, Any 2(3)
- Shipboard Systems, Asgard 1(2)
- World Knowledge, Halla or other Homeworld 1(2)
- Language: Asgard (Fluent/Literate) (+4)
- Extended Lifespan (+3)
- Technologically Advanced (+2)
- Inconvenient Size: Small (-1)
- Species Enemy: Goa’uld (-3)
Aberik, Asbjorn, Hjalmar, Kjell, Sigbjorn, Turgny, Yegard
The Asgard have ties to ancient Norse and Viking cultures – which sprang from the little gray aliens – and their naming practices reflect that. Most of them bear names that Tauri would classify as Nordic: usually quite old and rooted in mythology. Because the Asgard have no gender, there is no division between male and female names (though most seem to bear ‘male’ names as default).