Romulan

Romulans are considerably different from Starfleet personnel in several substantial ways. Although similarly bold an inquisitive, they sometimes lack the compassion and ‘heroic’ virtues displayed by Starfleet personnel. After all, Romulans come from a society based on, in large part, aggression, violence, and conquest, a civilization where intense political infighting (and everything which it entails) is frequently the norm, and spies and informers are a fact of everyday life. Although they are far from savages, compared to many other races they sometimes seem cold and brutal.

The Romulan perspective is quite different, however. The Romulan people possess many admirable qualities. For example, many of them are honorable citizens who try to do the ‘right thing’, at least as they and the Empire see it. The Romulans don’t see themselves as warlike, aggressive or cruel. They possess a fundamentally different point of view from Federation citizens. Romulans tend to exhibit the characteristics of aggression, curiosity, honor, passion, and self-confidence.

One of the most important indicators of success in Romulan society stems from the family. Members of a family with strong history of meritorious service in the name of the Praetor are assumed to be somehow better. They have been inculcated in traditions of duty to Empire, nourished on stories of glorious forebears. They have extensive political and military connections, often relatives. Yet common Romulans have less to fear from political vendettas and onerous obligations. Less is expected of these commoners, and they need not live up to the expectations of duty and honor. For them, D’era is less an imperative. Through D’era, however, other, newer families can rise to greatness and fame.

The typical Romulan stands between 1.6 and 1.9 meters tall, though some individuals are significantly taller or shorter. Their weight and build approximate those of humans. Their ears are pointed, though the points are usually not as pronounced as those of Vulcan ears. Romulans have a bony ridge over each of their eyes which slants upward from inside to outside. Romulan hair and eyes are almost always dark; blond Romulans are extraordinarily rare, and red or auburn hair is almost unheard of. The hair is usually cut in a severe style which leaves it plastered close to the head. This traditional style creates the distinctive sharp angles along the hairline near the ears and at the center of the forehead (where it typically comes to a kind of point or peak). Some humans have speculated that this hairstyle is reminiscent of old Romulan military helmets. Psionic skills are very, very rare among Romulans. Approximately .00001% of the population possesses any sort of psychic ability, and usually the talents are so weak that they are effectively useless.

Romulan Species Template
Attributes
  • Fitness 2(6)
    • Strength +1
  • Coordination 2(5)
  • Intellect 2(5)
    • Perception +1
  • Presence 2(5)
    • Empathy -1
  • Psi 0(6)
  • Force 0(6)
  • Essence 0(5)
Skills
  • Culture: Romulan 2(3)
  • History: Romulan 1(2)
  • World Knowledge: Romulas, Remus, or Other Homeworld 1(2)
  • Law: Romulan 1(2)
  • Science: Any 1(2)
Typical Traits
  • Language: Romulan (Fluent/R/W) (+4)
Example Names
  • Family Names: Barel, Dar, Gaius, Jarok, Kassus, Merek, Nanclus, Pardek, R’Mor, Setal, Tebok, Thei, Tomalak, Tovan
  • Male Names: Alidar, Decius, Jollen, Morror, Tal, Telek, Varel
  • Female Names: Caithlin, Ionne, Sela, Seylar, Taris, Toreth

Overlays

Romulan Soldier

Every Romulan serves in the military for a five-year period of time, called the Serona. After their requirement to the Empire is complete, many Romulans return to civilian life and take up civilian careers. Those who prefer the martial life remain in the military and become professional soldiers. The life of a soldier is an exciting one. Romulan soldiers might see action along the Taurhai border, play cat and mouse with Federations starships along the Neutral Zone, or bring glory and honor to the Empire by subjugating a new planet. Those who show promise reach the highest echelons, or receive transfers to one of the Empire’s elite units.

  • Athletics 1(2)
  • Computer (Research) 1(2)
  • Dodge 2
  • Weapon: Gun (Energy Pistol) 2(3)
  • Engineering: Systems 1(2)
  • Law: Romulan (Military Regulations) 1(2)
  • Personal Equipment: Any 1(2)
  • Planetside Survival 1(2)
  • Shipboard Systems: Romulan 2(3)
  • Unarmed Combat 2(3)
  • Vehicle Operations: Aerospace (Shuttlecraft) 1(2)

Plus Choose One Branch of Service:

  • Command
    • Administration (Starship Administration) 1(2)
    • Command (Starship Command) 1(2)
    • Choose One of:
      • Planetary Tactics 1(2)
      • Starship Tactics 1(2)
  • Engineering
    • Engineering: Any 2(3)
    • Sciences: Physical 1(2)
  • Medical
    • First Aid (Wound/Combat Trauma) 1(2)
    • Sciences: Medical 2(3)
  • Operations
    • Administration 1(2)
    • Engineering: Systems 1(2)
    • Shipboard Systems: Romulan 1(2)
  • Science
    • Science: Any 2(3)
    • Science: Any Other 1(2)
  • Security
    • Planetary Tactics (Small-Unit Tactics) 1(2)
    • Security (Security Systems) 2(3)
  • Tactical
    • Starship Tactics 2(3)
    • Choose One of:
      • Engineering: Systems (Cloaking Device) 1(2)
      • Engineering: Systems (Deflector Shields) 1(2)
      • Engineering: Systems (Weapon Systems) 1(2)
  • Tal Diann (Military Intelligence)
    • Administration (Romulan Military) 1(2)
    • Surveillance 1(2)
    • Security Clearance (+3)
Romulan Tal Shiar Agent

The name ‘Tal Shiar’ is derived from an ancient Vulcan root translating roughly as ‘swift death’ or ‘merciful execution,’ and the name is well earned. The Tal Shiar is the feared and secretive Romulan Intelligence Service, the group which exists to ensure the loyalty of all citizens of the Empire, and to protect the Empire from all threats, both internal and external. The Tal Shiar has broad, sweeping powers, and its influence extends to all areas of life within the Romulan Empire. Every citizen can rest easy knowing Tal Shiar agents are everywhere, carefully watching for any sign of disloyalty or any potential threat to the security of the Empire.

Agents of the Tal Shiar receive the complete cooperation of the government and military in carrying out their vital work. An agent of the Tal Shiar can commandeer whatever resources he needs to carry out a mission, up to and including Romulan military resources like Warbirds and military personnel. Agent’s orders are not to be questioned, and such questions can be taken as signs of disloyalty in and of themselves.

In return, agents of the Tal Shiar are expected not to abused their power. They hold a great responsibility to the Empire and its people and are sworn to use their powers only in the pursuit of their mission.

  • Athletics 1(2)
  • Behavior Modification 1(2)
  • Computer 1(2)
  • Dodge 1(2)
  • Espionage 2(3)
  • Intimidation 2(3)
  • Personal Equipment: Any 1(2)
  • Security 2(3)
  • Shipboard Systems: Romulan (Tactical) 1(2)
  • Surveillance 1(2)
  • Unarmed Combat (Romulan Naval Martial Arts) 2(3)
  • Vehicle Operations: Any 1(2)
  • Weapon: Gun (Energy Pistol) 2(3)
  • Security Clearance (+3)
Romulan Tal Diann Operative

The Tal Diann is the Romulan Star Command’s internal affairs division, and as such, fills a multi-function role in the Romulan Star Navy.

Many years ago, when the Tal Shiar began to assume a role of major importance in Romulan society and politics, the Romulan navy realized that trusting to the intelligence service’s good graces might prove unwise. Since the Tal Shiar seemed intent on subjecting the military to the same stringent scrutiny as the rest of the populace, and began exercising its sweeping powers of conscription more and more frequently, the military created its own intelligence service, not to gather information on the Empire’s enemies, but to keep tabs on the Tal Shiar. The Tal Diann polices its own, and operates counter-intelligence operations against the Tal Shiar.

In Romulan society, individual Senators can amass a great deal of power. Many rise through the military ranks, and command fleets of their own, which presents certain logistical problems. Aristocratic families placed their sons and daughters in the military, giving them de facto control of certain fleets, which eventually became hereditary prerogatives. Praetors could not necessarily count on the loyalty of these Senatorial Fleets, who sometimes paid more homage to their individual Senator, rather than the Empire as a whole. In an effort to ensure the Empire’s control, in 2268 Praetor Kanetar conferred more political duties upon the Tal Diann, as a fail-safe to the Tal Shiar. Today, the Tal Diann maintains and monitors relations between the Star Command and the various fleets, as well as between fleets themselves.

Lastly, in addition to policing the military, the Tal Diann operates as the military intelligence branch of the Romulan military. Because of the secretive, some might privately say conspiratorial, nature of the Tal Shiar, it might choose to distribute (or not distribute) information to the navy based on what was best for the Tal Shiar, not what was best for the navy. To ensure it received all the intelligence it needed to do its job properly and keep its ships and crews safe, the Tal Diann executes espionage activities against the Empire’s enemies.

The navy recruits Tal Diann agents from among soldiers undergoing basic training. It removes from regular military training those individuals who show promise on certain aptitude tests and send them to an espionage training camp on the world Coravus Prime. They spend approximately one year there studying the ships and military technology of the Star Empire’s enemies, perfecting basic espionage techniques, and receiving political indoctrination. At the end of this year, the navy posts each new agent to the Tal Diann cell where it feels that agent’s talents can best serve it. For example, an agent with a talent for traffic analysis might receive an assignment to a Tal Diann listening post on the edge of the Federation Neutral Zone, while a particularly clever agent from Pallor — home to Senator Kassus — might end up on one of Kassus’ ships, as a junior officer.

The navy designates the head of the Tal Diann as ‘Chief of Military Intelligence’, or CMI. The CMI holds the ranks of admiral in the Romulan navy, and thus stands on equal footing with the other Star Command leaders. The CMI holds a seat on the High Tribunal, much to the consternation of the Tal Shiar. Like so much of Romulan society, with its Byzantine network of connections, the CMI also reports directly to the Praetor.

Several junior officials, each holding the rank of centurion, serve underneath the CMI. These include the Chief of Planetary Forces Intelligence, Chief of Stellar Forces Intelligence, and Chief of Operations. The latter holds the responsibility for planning and executing those operations against the Empire’s enemies it dares not trust to the Tal Shiar. Meanwhile, the agents under the Chief of Planetary Forces Intelligence and Chief of Stellar Forces Intelligence work to ensure the loyalty of soldiers within their respective commands, ferret out traitorous soldiers before the Tal Shiar can, and execute counter-intelligence missions against the Tal Shiar.

Legates and Other Operatives
The most visible members of the Tal Diann are the legates. Every ship in the fleet is assigned a legate, who serves as the Star Command’s eyes and ears. Legates typically rank commander or higher, and while aboard ship they serve independently of the centurion. Although these ‘political officers’ do not have the authority to seize command of a starship (like the Tal Shiar), as a limit to their powers, they have broad powers when it comes to policing the military.

Legates monitor communications, have access to personal logs, and keep track of operations aboard ship. Disloyal soldiers can expect to be ferreted out, before the Tal Shiar finds them, thus keeping political ammunition out of their hands. Legates typically receive copies of a centurion’s orders, as well as secondary protocols about which the centurion knows nothing. Thus, the legate can remind a centurion of his duty, should he conveniently ‘forget’, and has a back-up plan in case the centurion fails. Legates also send frequent reports back to Romulus, through fractal-encrypted transmission. Survival-minded centurions always keep this in mind, to ensure glowing reports arrive at Star Command.

Yet this system is not perfect. Occasionally, charismatic senators, admirals, or centurions subvert agents of the Tal Diann. Legates often find themselves far from Romulus, and must depend on the good graces of their assigned Centurion. More than one legate has met with an ‘accident’ during a mission. Through threats and bribery, some Tal Diann agents have been ‘persuaded’ to use their far-reaching powers to provide information on rival ships or fleets, thus aiding the very people they’re supposed to watch.

The Tal Diann is more than the highly visible legates, however. Several junior Tal Diann agents are assigned to each ship, and form the base of the legate’s espionage cell. In addition, recruiting quislings from among a warbird’s rank and file is not difficult—loyal soldiers can always be persuaded to serve the Empire’s goals. These operatives report on activities throughout the ship, and as such, represent a ‘fifth column’ operation on board every ship.

Tal Diann Operative Overlay

  • Administration (Romulan Military) 1(2)
  • Espionage 2(3)(3)
  • Choose One of:
    • Planetary Tactics (Romulan)(Choose Threat Species) 2(3)(3)
    • Starship Tactics (Romulan)(Choose Threat Species) 2(3)(3)
  • Surveillance 1(2)
  • Intimidation 1(2)
  • Shipboard Systems 1(2)
  • Athletics 1(2)
  • Computer 1(2)
  • Dodge 1
  • Weapon: Guns 2(3)
  • Personal Equipment 1(2)
  • Unarmed Combat: Romulan Navy Martial Arts 1(2)
  • Security Clearance (+3)

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