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Language questions

posted Jun 05, 2017 02:45:15 by Michael_Romanov
In the moment I have 2 questions about languages (I had already asked them at FB's official MC page, but don't get any responses so far):
1. Cybertronic chars starts with Bauhaus, what basically ok for me, because Cybertronic ist just 150 years or so. But should it not be Bauhaus+ or so, because the Cybers will definitely use some terms that do not exist in Bauhaus?
For anyone who doesn't speak Bauhaus and heard a Cyber and Bauhaus speak, will think they speak the same language. But the Bauhaus will identify the Cyber on the spot!
2. How could I learn a new language? The linguistics skill say if gives basic understanding of all, but imo that is not fluent speaking one. And after all imo linguistics is for passive use (hearing and reading) mostly, and not for active use (speaking and writing). Couldn't find any information in the rulebook
"If you do something, do it right!
Do it like the best.
Do it like Bauhaus!"

Michael Romanov
Major, Order of the Wolf

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Marc_Langworthy said Jun 06, 2017 14:42:54
Hi Legat,

These should provide you with some answers!

1. Although generally ostracized, Cybertronic would still need a common means to communicate. Yes, it's entirely understandable that they might have coined their own colloquialisms, but Cybertronic characters should still be able to hold meaningful conversations with other corporations. Also, don't forget that Alexander hails from Bauhaus, which will be a large factor in the choice of language spoken. After all, everything points to him being the most extreme of purists, so he'd probably like to leave his ancetral language uncorrupted.

2. The Intuitive Communicator talent essentially allows for a character to become fluent with languages (negates the difficulty for language barriers). The system is designed to be light, so tracking individual languages isn't really necessary. If you'd like to do so, one alternative could be to assign ranks to Intuitive Communicator. Each time the talent is purchased, the character becomes fluent in a single language and no longer needs to test when speaking it or listening to it.

Hope that helps!

Cheers

Marc
Writer for Modiphius. Line Manager for Mutant Chronicles.
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Michael_Romanov said Jun 06, 2017 14:46:09
Yupe, thx!
"If you do something, do it right!
Do it like the best.
Do it like Bauhaus!"

Michael Romanov
Major, Order of the Wolf

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