Decorations of the Red Fleet – house rules for The Red Star

Amongst other things The Red Star Cam­paign Set­ting is a mil­i­tary RPG.

It pro­vides copi­ous amounts of infor­ma­tion on aspects of the orga­ni­za­tion and struc­ture of the Red Fleet as they relate to the char­ac­ters and how it all changes with large scale devel­op­ments of the set­ting such as the fall of the URRS.

It also estab­lishes pro­mo­tion within the ranks of the fleet as an addi­tional reward mech­a­nism for player characters.

Strangely, it does not cover another class of rewards that seem obvi­ous within such a con­text: It ommits all men­tion of dec­o­ra­tions and medals.

This arti­cle aims to rec­tify this.

In game terms, dec­o­ra­tions give a bonus to rep­u­ta­tion checks made to rec­og­nize their bearer. They might have other effects as well and these are noted in the decrip­tion of the indi­vid­ual decorations.

To earn a dec­o­ra­tion a Red Fleet char­ac­ter first has to be eli­gi­ble accord­ing to the decoration’s gen­eral descrip­tion (GM’s call) as well as meet any pre­req­ui­sites listed for that dec­o­ra­tion. In addi­tion, the character’s com­mand­ing offi­cer has to suc­ceed at a spe­cial req­ui­si­tion check. The DC of this check is listed in the descrip­tion of the dec­o­ra­tion. How­ever, con­vinc­ing the com­mand­ing offi­cer to make this check may require a Diplo­macy check or some other task in the first place.

Dis­tin­guished Fleet Ser­vice Medal

Awarded to sol­diers of the Red Fleet for excel­lent per­for­mance in com­bat and polit­i­cal train­ing and for brav­ery, self­less­ness, and other ser­vices shown dur­ing mil­i­tary service.

Pre­req­ui­sites: Sep­a­rate alle­giances to the URRS and the Red Fleet
Req­ui­si­tion DC: 18
Rep­u­ta­tion bonus: +2

Hero of the Red Star

This is the high­est hon­orary title that can be given to sol­diers of the Red Fleet or cit­i­zens of the URRS for an act of heroism.

Pre­req­ui­sites: Alle­giance to the state (the URRS or later on the Com­mon­wealth); over­com­ing an encounter with an encounter level at least six lev­els higher than the character’s level – the out­come of this encounter has to directly affect the state
Req­ui­si­tion DC: 48
Rep­u­ta­tion bonus: +10
spe­cial: Once per day, a bearer of this dec­o­ra­tion may spend an Action Point and take a full round action to inspire his com­pan­ions. All other char­ac­ters may increase the size of their Action Die by one (so a d6 becomes a d8) for the remain­der of the encounter.

Medal for Vet­er­ans of the Sor­cery Corps

Awarded to sor­cer­esses of the Red Fleet and the Kom­mis­sariat for 25 years of service.

Pre­req­ui­sites: Red Fleet Sor­cer­ess
Req­ui­si­tion DC: 20
Rep­u­ta­tion bonus: +3
spe­cial: Due to their exten­sive expe­ri­ence, bear­ers of this dec­o­ra­tion gain a +1 bonus on Kast checks when sup­port­ing other sor­cer­esses via the use of CRPs.

Order of Imbohl

The Order of Imbohl is one of the high­est dec­o­ra­tion given to both civil­ians and sol­diers. It is awarded for out­stand­ing ser­vice to the lands of the Red Star in defence and strength­en­ing peace, indus­try and sorcery.

Pre­req­ui­sites: Alle­giance to the URRS
Req­ui­si­tion DC: 45
Rep­u­ta­tion bonus: +8

Order of Valor

The Order of Valor is awarded to non-commissioned offi­cers and enlisted sol­diers of the Red Fleet for brav­ery in the face of the enemy.

Pre­req­ui­sites: Rank Starshina or below
Req­ui­si­tion DC: 25
Rep­u­ta­tion bonus: +3
spe­cial: If the char­ac­ter is later on pro­moted to Junior Lieu­tenant (or above), the rep­u­ta­tion bonus from this dec­o­ra­tion is reduced to +0 when deal­ing with other offi­cers and increased to +5 when deal­ing with enlisted sol­diers and non-commissioned offi­cers. This is due to the dif­fer­ent atti­tudes towards offi­cers who have come up through the ranks.

The art­work is taken from the con­cept sketches for The Sword of Lies and was used with kind per­mis­sion of Chris­t­ian Gos­sett.

The Red Star and all related char­ac­ters are ™ and © Chris­t­ian Gos­sett. Used with kind per­mis­sion.

The Red Star Cam­paign Set­ting is © Green Ronin Pub­lish­ing, LLC.

Die Grafik stammt aus den Konzept­skizzen für Schw­ert der Lügen und wurde mit fre­undlicher Genehmi­gung von Chris­t­ian Gos­sett ver­wen­det.

The Red Star und alle ver­wandten Char­ac­tere sind ™ und © Chris­t­ian Gos­sett. Ver­wen­det mit fre­undlicher Genehmi­gung.

The Red Star Cam­paign Set­ting ist © Green Ronin Pub­lish­ing, LLC.

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