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  • #16
    Originally posted by Isator Levi View Post
    The funny thing about Vulcans, and one of the ways that Star Trek gets logic correct, is that they're often portrayed as being fairly good at figuring out what makes other people tick and what they value, and appealing to those directly.

    That applies even between Vulcans; different ones have different values, preferences and priorities. They can even disagree on what is a logical pursuit or course of action.
    I also like how some of the more social savvy ones can be really cheeky while doing it too.

    “You lied!”

    “I exaggerated.”

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    • #17
      Just as a last note, remember that the Read Intentions action specifies that you ware observing a characters *words and* behaviour, and that it goes by a character’s Guile.

      Now, the book doesn’t specify any effect for not engaging the target in conversation or being able to listen in on them, and it might not be necessary. The Book the character is reading and their engagement with it might be the vital clue. But you’re also free as the ST to say “for that read intentions, you’ll have to talk to her or eavesdrop on her at least a bit”. Depending on the group, there’s also a lot of room of Inspire and Profile actions to precede or follow up on the read intentions, as long as there’s a benefit to it for the players (more detail or extra intimacies).

      And finally, the character could have a high Guile that they choose not to apply. Just because Ledaal Kes is a social mastermind that no one can read, doesn’t mean he’s going into every conversation completely unreadable on every intimacy. He’s fairly likely to say “I love my husband!” And plainly mean it. Just probably not “I love working for the All Seeing Eye!”.

      Like the investigate rules, read intentions is a great tool to both direct your players and to add flavour to your npcs. If a player has a big ol Perception+socialise and charms to match, that tells you that they want to discover characters desires and secrets through simple observation, so you can play towards that archetype.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Maseiken View Post
        Just because Ledaal Kes is a social mastermind that no one can read, doesn’t mean he’s going into every conversation completely unreadable on every intimacy. He’s fairly likely to say “I love my husband!” And plainly mean it.
        Probably not in front of his wife, Ragara Szaya.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by TheCountAlucard View Post
          Probably not in front of his wife, Ragara Szaya.
          Wow I guess I hadn’t read her entry in the Ragara section because I earnestly thought they were both guys, and had surrogacy arrangements.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Maseiken View Post
            Wow I guess I hadn’t read her entry in the Ragara section because I earnestly thought they were both guys, and had surrogacy arrangements.
            Iirc, they’re both very gay, quite good friends, have same sex lovers, and I think there was an implication somewhere that they actually both enjoy watching the other have sex, but I’m not entirely sure about that last part.


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