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I cobbled together this because I needed to flesh out Nabat for my campaign. It's a mish-mash of my own writing added to text from wookiepedia and various sources as noted in Sources at the end of the text. I share it here in the hope that someone else might find it useful.

Cross-posted from the official forums.

A small and relatively insignificant city on Ryloth, known for its independency and openness towards none-Twi'leks.

Before the war an estimated 20 000 Twi'leks, humans and a mix of other sentients lived in Nabat. It was never very politically or strategically important. None of the major clans had a staked interest in the city and it was run by a city council which also included sentients other than Twi'leks.

Today Nabat is still a small city with a population of roughly 15,000 though there isn’t anything like an official number. Like many settlements on that planet, a large portion of Nabat is underground, in order to seek shelter from the harsh environment and wild lyleks or gutkurrs. The city is situated in the terminator zone close to the Bright Lands.

The upper levels consist mainly of landing pads, slums and a cantina. Contrary to the other cities on Ryloth the slums spread out over a large and somewhat chaotic area on the surface. This makes Nabat unique and it is viewed as something of a free and unregulated city, independent (relatively speaking) from the petty politics and intrigues of the major clan cities on Ryloth. This freedom comes at a heavy cost as the population have had to endure many slave raids from stronger clans and pirates.

This culminated during the Clone Wars when the entire population of Nabat was captured by the Confederacy of Independent Systems. When the Galactic Republic responded by sending a strike force to retake the planet the droid forces used the captured Twi'leks as a living shield, knowing the Jedi would not endanger the hostages by mounting a direct bombardment and risking their lives.

Nabat has still not recovered from the war and is not a wealthy settlement. However, the clan council is pushing hard for Nabat to become the go-to trading port on Ryloth for non-Twi’leks and smugglers that are fed up with the paranoia and hostility of the major clan cities.

Because of this Nabat has a greater mix of non-Twi’leks than any other city on Ryloth and the population is considerably more friendly, or at least keep an open mind, towards visitors. While Nabat is far from being able to compete with the major clans and their lucrative ryll trading the city is slowly making a name for itself as a rough and ready starport welcoming any and all spacers with open arms and very little restrictions. It is steadily attracting dissidents, idealists, smugglers, scoundrels and free thinkers from all over Ryloth and surrounding space. As such Nabat’s underground districts are all open to non-Twi’leks and there are a number of local merchants, off-world corporations and more or less criminal organisations vying for space.

This is not only a boon as the city is also attracting the interest of the major players in the region who won’t readily give up power and influence. At the moment the major clans are happy to get rid of their malcontents and rebels but the Nabat clan council knows very well that they are balancing on a razor’s edge and have very little with which to resist any overt or covert attacks. Currently they are busy both keeping a low profile and making allies wherever they can. So far Nabat is simply not big enough to present any real threat and there haven’t been any real threats against the peace in a long time.

·         The Nabat Starport is considered a Limited services Port; for all but the heaviest freighters there are virtually unlimited landing space on the outskirts of the city where there are large areas of duracrete landing fields. There are a few locals who have specialised in delivering limited services (foodstuffs, light repairs, auxiliary power (generally only capable of charging a ships engines at a trickle) etc.) to starships that set down here but otherwise there’s very little service to be found.
o   Basic landing fee is generally 10 - 30 credits which is paid directly to whichever entrepreneur reach the ship first or have the closest stall. The actual prices often vary depending on how much the crew look willing and capable to pay. These entrepreneurs are in turn taxed by the city through the purchase of a necessary “ship service permit” but many ignore this, especially since the price for the permit more than doubled recently to 59 credits per month.
o   There is generally no daily berthing fee for staying on the landing fields.
·         There are also a few actual landing bays where crews can make repairs and recharge their engines but the services they provide are very basic (one of the priorities of the city council is to upgrade their ship services).
o   The landing fee for a landing bay is based on the ship’s class and light freighters (like the Corellian YT series) costs 44.55 credits (medium freighters pay 66.35 credits) and an additional berthing fee per day of 10 credits regardless of the ship’s class.
·         There are no custom fees (or custom at all really) but ships and crews are forbidden to use any weapons except in self-defence. Breach of this generally means a hefty fine and or confiscation of the weapon or ship.
o   Only military weapons and armour and any “indiscriminate” weapons are forbidden to carry into the city. Examples of restricted weapons would be any types of grenades (including stun grenades), heavy battle or laminate armour and any ranged heavy weapons.
·         There are really no types of goods that are illegal in Nabat but the city council strictly enforce a ban against goods with an obvious military purpose or which otherwise is Imperial “in nature”, for fear of reprisals. This one of very few laws that is actively and meticulously enforced by the Nabat Militia and they board every ship together with a “customs officer”.
o   Heavily armed crewmen needn’t worry though since personal arms are exempt.
o   If they find any offending goods they simply ask the ship to leave then and there or be fired upon.
o   In order to avoid Imperial entanglements the customs officer is also keeping a weathered eye out for any obvious Alliance ties which if found are treated the same or even sterner, as military or Imperial goods.
o   They will also turn away any ship that risk upsetting the political balance (such as having made enemies of the major clans) on a case-by-case basis.
·         The city is protected by a “security force” which until recently was only a well-equipped and disciplined street gang but has since become the Nabat Militia paid by the city council. They offer to post guards at any ships willing to pay their fee: 20 credits per guard and day for a ship parked on the open landing fields (a minimum of two guards) or 15 per guard and day for a ship in a landing bay.
o   The Nabat Militia also provides guard escorts for the price of 35 credits per guard and day
·         Any sentient being wishing to enter Nabat proper (going into the underground), and who isn’t a registered citizen, must pay a 5 credits visitation fee when moving through a city entrance.
·         Items worth more than 500 credits cannot be readily purchased here. Items from the Rulebook worth 500 credits or less can be found for their listed price without a Negotiate check.
o   Every other purchase requires a Negotiate (or possibly Streetwise) check with a total Rarity modifier of +1 (+2 Outer Rim, -2 for Free Port, +1 for Small Port)

The Long Arm of the Hutt (free adventure):
West End Games Star Wars Platt’s Starport Guide (WEG 40107):
Edge of the Empire Rulebook

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Am I the last one to find this incredible resource?!

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I made a Random Bounty Table!

Knock yourself out!

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I needed a heavier landspeeder with room for a couple of bounty hunters so with the help of Ghostofman from the official (AoR) forums I statted out the Arrow 23 Transport Landspeder:

Vehicle Type/Model: Transport Landspeeder/Arrow 23
Manufacturer: Aratech Repulsor Company
Maximum altitude: 4 meters
Sensor Range: close
Crew: One pilot, one gunner
Encumbrance Capacity: 35
Passenger Capacity: 5
Cost/Rarity: 10,000 credits/3 unarmed
18,000 credits/5 armed
Customisation Hard Points: 3
Weapons: Roof Mounted Light Laser Cannon (Fire Arc All, Damage 5, Critical 3, Range [Close])
Roof Mounted Concussion Grenade Launcher-this weapon's entire profile uses personal scale, not planetary scale. (Fire Arc All, Damage 10, Critical 4, Range [Extreme], Breach 1, Blast 8, Limited Ammo 20)
Silhoutte: 2
Speed: 2
Handling: -1
Armour: 0
HT Threshold: 8
SS Threshold: 8

Comments appreciated.

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Another Week, Another Woman Harassed Into Leaving

Over the weekend I found out yet another awesome geek lady of G+ has abandoned the site due to overwhelming sexual harassment. 

Rory Triscuit ( is gone and told mutual friends that she left because of being sick of the sexual harassment she faces here every day.  I don't know what specific event was her last straw, but she's deleted her posts and all that remains is her about page with its bolded appeal to not hit on her.  But creepers don't read about pages or heed warnings, do they?

Last week I posted about a woman who was getting rape threats from a troll she'd snarked back on, and how G+ staff actually told her she shouldn't have engaged the troll to begin with and just block him, completely ignoring the fact that the dude had been blocked already and was now harassing from a secondary account.

Because blocking does not work.  Not only is there nothing stopping the jerk from making more and more accounts, but it also does nothing to help the next victim, and the next, and the next.  And short of screencapping and then sharing amongst your friends, along with the profile link of the perpetrator, there's no real easy way to spread the word to everyone you care about that this person is a problem.

So, G+, what are you going to do about this?  Because the typical excuses are getting really, really old.  It's getting very hard not to see the top sphere as a mostly-boys' club that doesn't care.  I happen to know personally that at least one of those top dudes does care very much, but it's going to take a lot more than that one dude wishing he could do more.

Let's talk about suggestions:

1) Better Blocking

If G+ is going to stick to the "just block them" paradigm, at least make blocking useful.  Here are a handful of ways blocking could be better for clamping down on repeat offenders:

- Make blocking faster and more intuitive.  Right now, if I see harassment in my friend's post, it appears to be a catch-all report of "Spam or Abuse".  Only if you hover over it after the report does it give you a choice for more details, including the ability to block.  People miss that all the time.  The previous method of having a dialogue pop up was better.

- Make blocking easier.  Right now, you can unblock from a hovercard but not block from one.  Sometimes you see a bunch of people posting crap you know will be ignored if reported (ie vague neo-Nazi nonsense that isn't specifically abusive but indicative of people you don't want in your posts) and you want to go down the list and block the lot of 'em without reporting each comment.  You then have to go to each person's profile, let it load fully (which takes a ridiculous amount of time), treat yourself to the often nasty visuals they have in their profile display and posts, and then block.  Oh, and then you have to wait some more, because if you close the tab before the button has gone from red to grey, they aren't blocked.  This is nonsense.  We should be able to block from the hovercard in the first place, especially since we can unblock from it.

- Make blocking easier to share.  When I block someone - particularly a sexual harasser - I want to be able to automatically let my friends or possibly even the public know, in a way that demonstrates the problem and lets them quickly block as well.  Perhaps when I click to flag and then subsequently do the second part (which, as above, should not require a counter-intuitive re-hover) there could be an option to Share.  Then that option could copy the text of the flagged comment to a post in a way that I can't tamper with so folks know this was what was actually posted, also paste in a direct-block link (ie a more functional hovercard) of the offender, and I could share that like a normal post to whomever I wished, but with the added security of not notifying the blocked person.

Further, it would be really nice to somehow keep a non-circled list of blockees for sharing, or multiples, perhaps by type.  That way we could share lists amongst friends that they could auto-adopt like a shared circle.

This attitude that blocking is "mean" or "censorship" or "a witch hunt" has got to go, especially if G+ is also going to have staff tell people who are receiving actual rape threats in a potentially criminally chargeable way to "just block".  We should, as microcommunities within G+, be able to choose to shun en masse as desired.

Oh, and all of this should work as effectively on mobile as on desktop.

2) More Effective Reporting That Actually Does Something

As mentioned above, right now it's unintuitive that you have to hover over something once you've reported it to be able to report further.  And even if you do, you can't effectively report harassment against other people.  It just gives you a brush-off message and if that report goes anywhere from that point, it's not clear.

Many of us who hone in on truly egregious posters - like those posting child pornography - have noticed that enough reports does get G+'s attention and those pages get removed fast.  That's awesome.  But why isn't it the same for perpetual harassers?  How many reports of harassment does it take for a profile to be deleted?  And are IP addresses ever blocked or is it just easy for all of these creeps to just make a new account repeatedly?

There needs to be a more open, obvious, and clear policy about these things.  If you want us to trust you, G+, you need to trust us enough to tell us how it works and not hide behind proprietary screens.

3) Better Training for Staff, Both in Public and in Back

Many of us are still reeling in shock at seeing a staffer tell someone being threatened with rape that she shouldn't have engaged with the troll and should have just blocked.  That victim-blaming crap ought to be Red Flag Number One that you need more training in your offices on how to deal with sexual harassment issues.

But it's not just that once incidence: I've personally seen too many women try to report sustained harassment and be given brush-offs, be told something along the lines of, "Sorry, our policy doesn't let me do anything about this," or worse, cast the victim as the problem and threaten her with being removed.  I've seen multiple women who have been put through the ringer for trying to report fake profiles of them made by stalking exes who post intimate photos, or even just post as them in generally embarrassing, trouble-making ways.  Some of them just leave, others soldier on knowing there's nothing to be done.

Further, going to private-only posts should not ever be a suggestion.  That's akin to telling women if we don't want to be sexually harassed on a public street, we should lock ourselves inside.  Too much of the attitude around here puts the onus on victims to change the system, when the onus should be on G+ to deal with perpetrators.

Perhaps G+ should be hiring some kind of anti-sexual-harassment company to come in and educate the staff - from ground level up to executive - on how to more effectively deal with reports.  Because right now, it honestly looks like at best you don't care, and at worst, you're blaming victims.

4) Profile Photos Should Be Lockable

Just today it was revealed by some friends who otherwise control their photos that profile photos are shareable.  That's crazy.  Profile photos should have the same security options as any other photo posted.  It's actually a disturbingly common method of sexual harassment that's been around since the early days of G+: the creepers seem to pass around a hot profile photo and then flock to the woman to drive her crazy.

5) Generally Improved User Controls

There are several ways many of us have been begging for for ages to better control accounts to reduce the incidences of trolling/harassment, and we feel like nobody's listening.

- Turn of +1 notifications.  Right now harassers can "plusfuck" you and there's not even a way to report that as harassment.

- Comment Karma.  We really need some kind of system that lets those who wish it set a higher threshold before uncircled users can comment on their posts.  It's not good enough to just lock comments to circles because that prevents decent new folks from entering discussions.  Many, many versions of this have been suggested for the last couple of years.  G+ needs to implement something.

- Ghost blocking, temporary bans, etc.  Many people are asking for the ability to shut someone up in a troublesome thread without having to enact a total block ban.  There should be degrees of control here.

- Hangout invites need to be locked down.  Right now you can only set it that people can notify you first or not.  Many people don't want most people they interact with online to be able to beg for hangouts constantly.  We should be able to control that better than just shutting the entire toolbar off.  It's an easy vehicle for harassment right now and needs to stop.

- Ability to stop community invites from people not in circles.  We women get invited to an ungodly number of porny communities on a regular basis.  Ew.  Let us stop this in advance, please!  Plus everyone else wants this setting too for the other bazillion community invites spammer send daily.

- Ability to set posts to Comments Disabled before clicking the share button.  Sometimes people have good reasons for not allowing comments, and it's silly that they have to make the post and then go to the pull-down to disable comments.  In the time it takes to do that, a comment or two often comes through.

- Ability to mark posts as not eligible for What's Hot, and/or an indicator on the post when it's gone to WH.  WH is a magnet for abuse, especially on women's issues.  I've received more rape threats and associated abuse from my feminist posts hitting WH than all other harassment put together.  High profile women who frequently have posts hit WH pretty much know that every time they post, they're going to get a ton of crap thrown at them.  And this problem isn't limited to sexual harassment of women: any post hitting WH gets filled with stupidity.  Let us choose as we post to not allow this to happen, and give us the Comment Karma settings to minimize it if it does!

These are just the suggestions I could remember in between doing dishes tonight and before I need to go bathe the baby.  I'm a busy mom who shouldn't have to be telling one of the world's biggest corporations with a motto of "Don't be evil" how to curtail sexual harassment on their social media platform.  I shouldn't have to watch friend after friend bail or go to private-only because the problem is so disgustingly huge.  I shouldn't have to see thread after thread descend into chaos because some women can't post anything without being hit on.

Google exists as an aggregator of data.  There's no excuse for why you can predict my search terms with disturbing accuracy but can't figure out that someone posting constant sexual harassment needs to go.

Do something.  For pity's sake, do anything.  Stop ignoring us.
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So, what happens when you get a critical injury with a weapon set to stun? Instant knock-out?

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I do not understand the divide between the skills with a specialisation and those without. Investigation do not have any but Streetwise got four. Under Repair there is no weapon specialisation but a specialisation for every type of vehicle.

Is there some logic or balancing issue that I am missing?

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Stephen Fry wrote an open letter to +David Cameron  and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to campaign against the Russian Winter Olympics

He wants the IOC to pull out of Russia for the Winter Olympics and go somewhere else. This is in reaction to Russia's anti-LGBT  laws. I really have to agree, and I'm sharing so more people know about this open letter

since his website seems to have having issues read the whole letter here 

Join the petition also

"Dear Prime Minister, M Rogge, Lord Coe and Members of the International Olympic Committee,
I write in the earnest hope that all those with a love of sport and the Olympic spirit will consider the stain on the Five Rings that occurred when the 1936 Berlin Olympics proceeded under the exultant aegis of a tyrant who had passed into law, two years earlier, an act which singled out for special persecution a minority whose only crime was the accident of their birth. In his case he banned Jews from academic tenure or public office, he made sure that the police turned a blind eye to any beatings, thefts or humiliations afflicted on them, he burned and banned books written by them. He claimed they “polluted” the purity and tradition of what it was to be German, that they were a threat to the state, to the children and the future of the Reich. He blamed them simultaneously for the mutually exclusive crimes of Communism and for the controlling of international capital and banks. He blamed them for ruining the culture with their liberalism and difference. The Olympic movement at that time paid precisely no attention to this evil and proceeded with the notorious Berlin Olympiad, which provided a stage for a gleeful Führer and only increased his status at home and abroad. It gave him confidence. All historians are agreed on that. What he did with that confidence we all know.

Putin is eerily repeating this insane crime, only this time against LGBT Russians. Beatings, murders and humiliations are ignored by the police. Any defence or sane discussion of homosexuality is against the law. Any statement, for example, that Tchaikovsky was gay and that his art and life reflects this sexuality and are an inspiration to other gay artists would be punishable by imprisonment. It is simply not enough to say that gay Olympians may or may not be safe in their village. The IOC absolutely must take a firm stance on behalf of the shared humanity it is supposed to represent against the barbaric, fascist law that Putin has pushed through the Duma. Let us not forget that Olympic events used not only to be athletic, they used to include cultural competitions. Let us realise that in fact, sport is cultural. It does not exist in a bubble outside society or politics. The idea that sport and politics don’t connect is worse than disingenuous, worse than stupid. It is wickedly, wilfully wrong. Everyone knows politics interconnects with everything for “politics” is simply the Greek for “to do with the people”.

An absolute ban on the Russian Winter Olympics of 2014 on Sochi is simply essential. Stage them elsewhere in Utah, Lillyhammer, anywhere you like. At all costs Putin cannot be seen to have the approval of the civilised world.
He is making scapegoats of gay people, just as Hitler did Jews. He cannot be allowed to get away with it. I know whereof I speak. I have visited Russia, stood up to the political deputy who introduced the first of these laws, in his city of St Petersburg. I looked into the face of the man and, on camera, tried to reason with him, counter him, make him understand what he was doing. All I saw reflected back at me was what Hannah Arendt called, so memorably, “the banality of evil.” A stupid man, but like so many tyrants, one with an instinct of how to exploit a disaffected people by finding scapegoats. Putin may not be quite as oafish and stupid as Deputy Milonov but his instincts are the same. He may claim that the “values” of Russia are not the “values” of the West, but this is absolutely in opposition to Peter the Great’s philosophy, and against the hopes of millions of Russians, those not in the grip of that toxic mix of shaven headed thuggery and bigoted religion, those who are agonised by the rolling back of democracy and the formation of a new autocracy in the motherland that has suffered so much (and whose music, literature and drama, incidentally I love so passionately).

I am gay. I am a Jew. My mother lost over a dozen of her family to Hitler’s anti-Semitism. Every time in Russia (and it is constantly) a gay teenager is forced into suicide, a lesbian “correctively” raped, gay men and women beaten to death by neo-Nazi thugs while the Russian police stand idly by, the world is diminished and I for one, weep anew at seeing history repeat itself.

“All that is needed for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing,” so wrote Edmund Burke. Are you, the men and women of the IOC going to be those “good” who allow evil to triumph?
The Summer Olympics of 2012 were one of the most glorious moments of my life and the life of my country. For there to be a Russian Winter Olympics would stain the movement forever and wipe away any of that glory.

 The Five Rings would finally be forever smeared, besmirched and ruined in the eyes of the civilised world.
I am begging you to resist the pressures of pragmatism, of money, of the oily cowardice of diplomats and to stand up resolutely and proudly for humanity the world over, as your movement is pledged to do. Wave your Olympic flag with pride as we gay men and women wave our Rainbow flag with pride. Be brave enough to live up to the oaths and protocols of your movement, which I remind you of verbatim below.

Rule 4 Cooperate with the competent public or private organisations and authorities in the endeavour to place sport at the service of humanity and thereby to promote peace

Rule 6: Act against any form of discrimination affecting the Olympic Movement

Rule 15 Encourage and support initiatives blending sport with culture and education

I especially appeal to you, Prime Minister, a man for whom I have the utmost respect. As the leader of a party I have for almost all of my life opposed and instinctively disliked, you showed a determined, passionate and clearly honest commitment to LGBT rights and helped push gay marriage through both houses of our parliament in the teeth of vehement opposition from so many of your own side. For that I will always admire you, whatever other differences may lie between us. In the end I believe you know when a thing is wrong or right. Please act on that instinct now.

Yours in desperate hope for humanity

Stephen Fry


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