Wednesday, October 11, 2017

New Descriptor: Vegetarian

Fun fact: this is currently in my refrigerator

I know that a lot of you out there are just like me: passionate gamers who love Numenera and are super excited about the Numenera 2 Kickstarter. Also, just like me, I'm sure that many of you (if not MOST of you) are also vegetarian. But as we vegetarians all know, it can be really hard to be both a vegetarian at the game table as well as in the game. I mean, there just aren't that many options out there to really play real vegetarian characters...

... until now.

Fun fact: Reubens with beets beat Reubens with beef

Behold, the Vegetarian descriptor! Whether you're playing Numenera, The Strange, Gods of the Fall, or Predation, I'm sure that this is the perfect descriptor for your gaming table, suitable for just about any build.  

Just imagine:

  • I am a Vegetarian Glaive who Bears a Halo of Fiber
  • I am a Vegetarian Spinner who Farms with Great Skill
  • I am a Vegetarian Savior who Works Miracles with Tofu

Literally, your character options are endless. But I know what you're thinking: "James, where are the rules for this incredibly innovative, and health conscious alternative to other descriptors?" Prepare to be amazed.

Fun fact: 1 cup of peas has 8 grams of protein

Vegetarian


When you look at a dossi, gallen, or shiul, you don't see a dinner, you see a kindred soul, experiencing the same Ninth World as the rest of your adventuring party. You have taken a vow to never consume the flesh of another creature, and have earned countless health benefits from this incredibly sustainable diet. Most of your fellow adventurers don't understand you. They take offense whenever you remind them of your eating habits, and they are constantly checking to see if you've eaten enough protein before battle. But one day they will come to their senses, and discover that imitation yol meat crumbles taste 60% like the real stuff.

You gain the following benefits:

Health Conscious: +2 to your Might Pool because of an incredibly nutritious diet.
Friends not Food: Domesticated creatures just love you! They all know, deep down, that you are absolutely no threat and that you would never consider them as a food source, even if you were lost in the Beyond with no other options. You are trained in all tasks dealing with domestic and companion animals. 
Skill: You know how to make great food with seemingly simple ingredients. You are trained in all tasks involving cooking and food preparation. 
Skill: You are trained in all positive social interaction with fellow vegetarians. It's like you just understand each other!
Inability: The difficulty of all social interaction with creature who eat meat are increased by one step. Unfortunately you just can't keep the fact that you're a vegetarian to yourself. Plus you can't not comment on how gross meat really is. Seriously, think about it... super gross.

Initial Link to the Starting Adventure: From the following list of options choose how you became involved in the first adventure:

  1. You recently prepared food for the party at a local vegetarian friendly establishment (and coffee house) and thought that they needed a skilled chef.
  2. You ran into the group at a local produce market in a nearby city, and it just so happened that you were both buying the same kind of vegetable.
  3. One of the party members hired you on as a personal trainer.
  4. It has always been your dream to meet new humans, visitants, and other beings and tell them about how great it is to be a vegetarian. 

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So yeah, +Jennifer Walls and I are vegetarians, and I hope you got a kick out of this descriptor, whether or not you are followers of our plant-based ways. I've gotta thank +Marc Plourde and +Troy Pichelman for a short back-and-forth on Twitter today that inspired this post. You guys rock!