Agent of the Imperium

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Agent of the Imperium
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A Tigress class Dreadnought, probably on High Guard, perhaps over a star.
Author Marc Miller
Publisher Far Future Enterprises
Version Traveller 5th
Edition 1st
Format Novel (Hardback) (PDF)
Language English
Pages 336
Year Published 2015
Canonical Yes
Available from FFE, RPGnet

Agent of the Imperium is a Traveller novel of the OTU universe telling the story of a secret agent and his efforts to serve and preserve the Third Imperium.

  • It is a 2015 Novel by Marc Miller published by FFE. A new edition was published by Baen Books in 2020.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

Agents are specifically tasked with confronting existential threats to the Third Imperium.

Wafer-tech & Skillsets[edit]

Wafers are an electronic storage medium by which the personality of a sophont may be stored and preserved. A sophont with an external computer-brain interface, a jack, can insert a wafer and assume the personality stored on the wafer. Unfortunately, the body that stored the original personality cannot survive the transfer process from a living sophont mind to a stored personality. It is a lethal, mortal life-ending process. The mind lives on in the wafer as a sort of infomorph.

A skillset is similar to a wafer but far more limited. Skillsets only store learned skills, not entire sophont minds. Skillsets are very useful under limited scenarios, but long-term usage leads to brain deterioration.

Both technologies remain in use throughout the Third Imperium, but not under widespread, commonplace usage. Neither technology is permanent or long-lasting. Wafer personalities and skillset abilities rarely last for more than thirty days. Both technologies temporarily overwrite and replace part or the whole of the host mind. Some details of the wafer-mind supplementation process are still not well understood.

The Five Agent Wafer Types[edit]

There are five kinds of agent wafer: each with its own attributes and benefits: (pg. 177)

The Five Wafer Types
# Role Original Host Remarks
1. Admiral Unknown Imperial Navy Master Tactician
2. Advisor Unknown Expert Polymath & Jack of All Trades
3. Decider Jonathan Bland Master Political Strategist
4. Negotiator Unknown Master Crisis Negotiator
5. Warlord Peter Trevor Imperial Military Master Strategist & Tactician

Library Data Entries (Public)[edit]

  1. Affine
  2. Agent
  3. Anglic
  4. Anguistus
  5. Black Ship
  6. Central Records of the Quarantine
  7. Cranch Crisis
  8. Datanet
  9. Data Repository
  10. Empress Wave
  11. Enna Lagash
  12. First Imperium
  13. Great Imperial Archive
  14. Imperial Edict 97
  15. Imperial Encyclopediopolis
  16. Imperial Moot
  17. Imperial Warrant
  18. Jonathan Bland
  19. Jumpliner
  20. Lone Star
  21. Niikiik-Luur
  22. Peter Trevor
  23. Priority Classification
  24. Proxy Vote
  25. Psionics
  26. Psychohistory
  27. Quarantine Agency
  28. Rebellion
  29. Right of Assassination
  30. Right of Fleet Control
  31. Rule of Man
  32. Sapient
  33. Secret Imperial Archives
  34. Sentient
  35. Sophont
  36. Starpass
  37. Third Imperium
  38. ThreeMinCo
  39. Traveller Gene
  40. Trellian Nerst
  41. Viewport

Library Data Entries (Automated)[edit]

Library data entries

Selected Sophonts[edit]

  1. Aslan
  2. Essaray
  3. Humaniti
  4. Llellewyloly
  5. Plexxan
  6. Threep

Selected Technology[edit]

  1. Angin-wafer
  2. Black Globe Generator
  3. Chimera
  4. Clone
  5. Guest
  6. Infomorph
  7. Jump Drive
  8. Natural
  9. Offspring
  10. Personality Recording
  11. Recorded Personality
  12. Relict
  13. Skillset
  14. Transpex
  15. Wafer
  16. Waferjack

Selected Worlds[edit]

  1. Aadkhien (world)
  2. Anashakila (world)
  3. Ase (world)
  4. Beauniture (world)
  5. Codsen (world)
  6. Crompton (world)
  7. Dathsuts (world)
  8. Deyis II (world)
  9. Ercan (world)
  10. Fitl (world)
  11. Holex (world)
  12. Ion (world)
  13. Kanorb (world)
  14. Khusgurlu (world)
  15. Knabbib (world)
  16. Kulabisha (world)
  17. Kutubba (world)
  18. Lenashuuk (world)
  19. Lutyen (world)
  20. Maxx (world)
  21. Modesta (world)
  22. Morii (world)
  23. Othsekuu (world)
  24. Ploiqu (world)
  25. Riid Irman (world)
  26. Sakaliin (world)
  27. Shudusham (world)
  28. Sima (Da 2736) (world)
  29. Sima (Li 0315) (world)
  30. Sternbach (world)
  31. Traak (world)
  32. Vland (world)
  33. Yirsh Poy (world)

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

Agents are special secret service that replaced the early-Empire Quarantine Agency.

The Agent's Standing Orders (Revised)[edit]

Agent Standing Orders (Executive Summary)

  1. Rule 1. You speak with the voice of the Emperor. Brook no resistance.
  2. Rule 2. Millions of lives depend on your actions; you may need to spend some of them in the process.
  3. Rule 3. You act through your team; build it (quickly) by whatever means available.
  4. Rule 4. Your team is your greatest asset: use them; depend on them.
  5. Rule 5. You hold the ability to punish and reward; do both.
  6. Rule 6. Right action requires intelligence. (revised addition)

The Three Great Threats[edit]

Enna Lagash and the Agent discuss some of these major threats, existential dangers threatening the interstellar order.

  • A Zhodani lord speaks with the Agent of threats having sensed them using precognitive psionics.
The Three Great Threats
# Name AKA Remarks
1. The Break Rebellion The Great Break: An Imperial Second Civil War, breaking asunder the Third Imperium.
2. The Wave Empress Wave The Wave of Craziness: A psionic effect originating from coreward that near-lobotomizes sophonts and is particularly deleterious to psions. It also destroys the higher thinking of many sophonts, often outright slaying them. the wave has murdered billions if not more.
3. The Black Ships Black Ships The Black Ships: Strange exoforms that seem to inhabit deep space ominously, often near stars and planetoid belts.

Credits (Primary Sources)[edit]

Credits (Primary Sources)
Credit Authors & Contributors
Author Marc Miller

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