Campaign of the Month: January 2012
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Ktarian history consists of a series of struggles between competing religions, ideologies, and nation-states. Its past is stained by three separate periods of fratricidal warfare. Internal dissension destroyed the first two world governments, which came about after each of the first two periods of war, after centuries of relative peace. The third world government has been in place for over five hundred years. Ktarians achieved warp capability seventy years ago, and made contact with Federation worlds in the 2350’s. At the time, Ktarians resisted joining the Federation, but saw the Federation as a consumer for Ktarian luxury goods and tourism. In 2368, an attempt by some government officials and an agent named Etana Jol to take over the Federation was foiled by the USS Enterprise-D and Cadet Wesley Crusher. The Ktarian government was overthrown by the people, and a new government was put in place. Subsequent requests for Federation membership were looked at with extreme scrutiny. In 2370 Ktaria was made a probationary member, meaning that it had full access to Federation rights and privileges, but could be expelled at any time in the next ten years by a simple majority vote of the Federation Council. So far the Ktarians have done nothing untoward; the pro-Federation government continues its struggle for the complete trust of its new allies.
Ktarians are individualists. They live in small, nuclear families, paying little attention to extended kinship ties. Although Federation economic aid continues to transform the planet, divisions between rich and poor remain. Most Ktarians continue to treat wealth as a valid measure of status and self-worth. Resentment between economic classes will likely take several generations to eradicate.
Ktarians are quietly religious, paying private homage to their gods. Public expressions of religious belief are still regarded with suspicion by most. Ktarians do not share a common religion; each devout Ktarian follows one of a dozen incompatible faiths. Only about a third of Ktarians consider themselves devout.
Ktarians are humanoids recognizable by their feline eyes, prominent frontal lobes, and cranial ridges running from the crest of the forehead to the back of the skull. Ktarians think quickly and change their minds capriciously. Although anxious to assert their independence, they’re captivated by glamorous and charismatic leaders, following their instructions almost instinctively. They spend much of their time in pursuit of gratification, but grow dissatisfied almost immediately after getting the things they thought they wanted. The Ktarian attention span is short; on the other hand, Ktarians are able to process sensory input quickly, even when it emanates from a variety of competing sources.
- Fitness 2(5)
- Coordination 3(5)
- Reaction +1
- Intellect 2(5)
- Presence 3(5)
- Empathy +1
- Willpower -1
- Psi 0(5)
- Force 0(5)
- Essence 0(5)
- Culture: Ktarian 2(3)
- History: Ktarian 1(2)
- World Knowledge: Ktaria VII 1(2)
- Bargaining [Marketplace Haggling] 2(3)
- Gaming 1(2)
- Language: Ktara [Fluent/R/W] (+4)
- Innovative (+1)
- Multitasking (+2)
- Impulsive (-1)
Ktarians favor names that are short, yet feature flowing vowel sounds, like Etana Jol or Serus Getarra.