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What's the benefit of the Tithed Talent?

posted Jun 23, 2015 14:31:49 by Volontius Vortia
I'm reading the description of the Tithed talent on pg. 249 of the rulebook, but I don't understand what it's supposed to do. The Brother trait above it is pretty clear, but Tithed is described as follows:

"Tithed characters may make Persuasion tests as outlined above at Difficulty 1.....Characters with Tithed cannot make tests to acquire weapons, ammo, or armour."

I'm struggling to understand what this means, as the Brother talent says "If attempting to obtain items from a character’s Career, and supplies such as Reloads, Coagulant, and Parts, the test is Average D1."

Best I can tell, wen you take the Tithed talent, you are losing 1 pt of Earnings Rating in exchange for the Brotherhood procuring you free Career related supplies other than weapons, ammo, and armour. Is this correct? If I'm a Technician, does this mean the Brotherhood will give me free parts? If I'm a medic, do I get free medkits? If I'm a taxi driver, will they get me a car? I'm not really sure how this ability would benefit the average player, how it should be limited, and why the Brotherhood would be in the business of giving away work-tools like some sort of industrial Oprah Winfrey. I've got to be misunderstanding this somehow. Anyone got a better understanding on this rule?
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Nathan.Dowdell said Jun 23, 2015 20:18:27
The listed difficulty is in error. It's been caught and put forward for correction.

Broadly, the Tithed talent lets a character petition the Brotherhood for resources (in the name of the unity and salvation of Mankind and the battle against the forces of Darkness) in exactly the same way a member of the Brotherhood can, though they cannot petition for weapons, armour, or ammunition.

The most important part to clarify here is that the petition must be for a good cause 9as defined by the Brotherhood), rather than personal selfishness, and the same penalties and responsibilities apply as to the Brothers (including an increased difficulty for future petitions if you're judged to be abusing the Brotherhood's generosity), and items must be returned where possible (services don't have this restriction, though assume that the Brotherhood wants you to keep the receipts). For example, a Tithed character working as part of a Cartel task force (my preferred 'characters of many corporations' game setup) hunting a Heretic cell could ask the Brotherhood to foot the bill for the group's transport from Luna to San Dorado.
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Volontius Vortia said Jun 23, 2015 23:02:39
Oh, excellent! Thanks for the answer! So it allows you to get aid from the Brotherhood in the pursuit of humanity's interests! Excellent, that makes much more sense! I appreciate your swift response!

While I've got your attention, is the cost for developing photographs listed as 14 an error, and what was the intended cost. 1, I presume?
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Nathan.Dowdell said Jun 23, 2015 23:19:56
It is an error - it should be 2. I'll add that to my errors list.

Obviously, if anyone spots typos or errors in the document, please let us know. However, we can't keep doing error check after error check forever... eventually, we'll have to stop, call the book done, and send it to the printers, so if you're going to report an error you've spotted, please do so sooner rather than later... preferably this week.
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