So after some unfortunate shuffling of the deck chairs in our 7th Sea game, we brought in two new players. One of them, a very serious and historically minded type comes to me and says, “I want to play this? I don’t see it as a background though.” “No problem,” I say. “Let’s see what we can do.”
The background in question was the Dragoman, an envoy and diplomat in the Ottoman Court. With the preview of the Crescent Empire book beginning to circulate through the kickstarter channels, I figure this is a timely addition. Especially since that background isn’t included. Probably because of the focus on language, one of many things this edition of 7th Sea shuffles into the background.
Actually, creating a new background wasn’t difficult at all. We took two comparable backgrounds, the Courtier and the Consigliere (Vodacce), and smashed them together. Then there was some jockeying about what Advantages (besides Linguist) to include. In the end, we settled on 6 points of Advantages as there is precedence for this. In the end, the hardest part was coming up with a Quirk! So I turned to the Facebook fan group for that. In the end, I think it turned out pretty well, and makes a great background for a Crescent agent adventuring in Théah.
Crescent Empire Background
You are a bridge between cultures; an interpreter, mediator, diplomat, and guide in foreign matters in the court of the Empress.
Quirk: Earn a Hero Point when you solve a problem using knowledge from a culture other than your own.
Advantages: Linguist, Friend at Court, Honest Misunderstanding
Skills: Convince, Empathy, Notice, Scholarship, Tempt