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This is definitely a specialized path that can have its own type of rewards. A politician is often a governmental leader... or a loudmouth that has convenient access to media outlets. Many of these skills can apply to other political operatives as well.

Essential SkillsEdit

1) Responsibility- I know, I know, this is Sheet Ideas and this isn't a sheet skill. I think it needs to be said, however, that as a player of a political character, you have huge potential RP generation options, and hopefully can capitalize on them. Most of these skills given will need to be RPed, rather than merely rolled. That said, onto the skills:

2) Political Savvy- This skill is effectively the overall knowledge of political strategy skill. As a politician, it's rather important to understand just what your character is walking into. This skill is likely to be at Good.

3) Leadership- As a political figure, you will be leader people, thus the need for Leadership comes into play. Another skill to definately set at Good.

Desired SkillsEdit

These skills are mostly about increasing your character's likability overall, so most of these can be found in +skills social.

1) Diplomacy- The skill of being able to say things nicely and ideally reach a consensus, ideally the consensus desired by the character. Definately worthwhile to look at this skill at Good.

2) Etiquette- A general pleasantries skill. Always a good idea to at least not have people mad at you for being boorish. Worth looking into setting this skill at Good.

3) Punditry- Ever write papers for your English class when you had no idea what you were talking about, but got a good grade anyway? This skill helps you do that. In politics, it can be a good idea to at least look like you have a clue what you're talking about, even if you don't. Good can get you through a lot of situations that would otherwise have you staring at that holocamera in a not-pleasant way.

4) Law- Have this at about fair. If your character is into legislation, it's a good idea to have some concept of the basic legal system the character is in.

Optional SkillsEdit

In this section, depending on the nature of your character, will be mostly about setting your character up to be able to play dirty tricks or other just unpleasant things. They won't win your character much love with some people, but they can save a career when used at the right time... or crash it if used at the wrong time.

1) Bluff- A white lie never hurt anyway, right? Well, this is how you guage your character's abilities to use white lies... and other lies. Worth a look at if it fits the character.

2) Interrogation- Sometimes you just need to get some information. Have someone that has that info but just isn't giving it out? Well, here's where to look. - This skill is worth looking at, but is probably more probable to have on the political operative side of the fence, rather than the politician himself.

3) Intimidation- While Leadership is about loyalty, this is about getting action from the not so willing. Another operative skill, but a politician can use it to gain edges over opposition if used properly.

4) Confidence Trickstering- A useful con-artist type skill. Where bluff is about merely deceit, this can help inspire action based on less than truthful information.

Beyond the basicsEdit

A politician doesn't have many physically useful skills, overall, but a lot of knowledge skills combined with some gifts, faults, and quirks can help flesh out the +sheet of a character.

AttributesEdit

Everyone has these, it's a matter of degrees.

Intelligence: Good- A lot of time and training means that after a few years, if your character is still around, they're likely reasonably intelligent.

Willpower: Good- A thick skin can get a lot of things, and that's exactly what willpower is all about.

Reaction: Mediocre- No real reason for the average politician to have this skill too high.

Strength: Mediocre- Once again, no real reasons for someone to have much physical strength in this field.

Perception: Fair- Nothing special, but this could be higher, especially since being able to pick individuals out of a crowd is very useful.

Charisma: Good- Very important, your character's bread and butter attribute right here. This needs to be at least good.

Agility: Mediocre- No real reason for the average politician to have this skill too high.

Constitution:Mediocre- No real reason for the average politician to have this skill too high.

Sample +sheetEdit

------------------------< Politician (Pol) - Human Male >--------------------
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Feature Character                      Experience Points: 87
--< Attributes >------------------------------------------< Value: 40 XP >---
Intelligence: Good                     Perception:   Good                     
Willpower:    Good                     Charisma:     Great                    
Reaction:     Mediocre                 Agility:      Mediocre                 
Strength:     Mediocre                 Constitution: Mediocre                
--< Skills >---------------------------------------------< Value: 393 XP >---
       Good Bluff                             Good Mierznykovy                
       Good Computer Operation                Good Philosophy                 
       Fair Confidence Trickstering           Good Political Savvy            
       Good Diplomacy                         Good Punditry                   
       Good Etiquette                         Fair Research                   
       Good History                         Superb Terran Standard            
       Fair Law                               Fair Thespian                   
       Good Leadership                
--< Gifts, Faults, & Quirks >------------------------------< Value: 0 XP >---
Notoriety                              Sense Of Duty
--< Wounds >-----------------------------------------< Status: Undamaged >---
   Scratch          Hurt          Very Hurt        Incap.         Nr. Death   
 [_] [_] [_]       [_] [_]           [_]             [_]             [_]      
----------------------------------------------------< Skill System v2.31 >---

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