Contacts are NPCs who can get information for you. They'll never let you hide in their house if you're on the run, but they might be able to get you the direct contact number for a high-level executive or suggest a safehouse. (Distinguish from Allies.) Only two things are required to define an Ally: Dot rating and realm. While we encourage you to develop who they are to your character, and your own explanations of how they come to know or do whatever they do for you, this is RP flavor and is up to you to determine. Realms are the area of expertise in which that individual moves. Each realm has 'related' realms which may also be used, at a higher difficulty. Each individual may be used once per RL month (this cooldown time was chosen for testing purposes, and may be adjusted later; we don't want to end up swamped right away). Using an Ally requires a roll of their dot rating versus a staff-defined difficulty. A botch results in double the cooldown time. Staff reserves the right to simply deny favors no Ally should have access to. Contacts are purchased individually, at a cost of: 5xp for the first dot, then 3 x current level (so the distribution is 5/3/6/9/12). No Contact can be greater than five dots.
Realm Related Realms Description Art C-Level Society, Entertainment, Media, Occult Your connections are among the city's artists and performers or those who market them. Biomedical Corporate Research, Intellectual Property, Manufacturing C-Level Society Art, Corporate Leadership, Entertainment, Media Someone in the elite of LATMA knows and assists you with information or favors - you can glean things about the wealthy and powerful citizens, their inclinations, agendas, and social currents. Communications Entertainment, Intellectual Property, Media Corporate Leadership C-Level Society, Corporate Research, Education, Government, Manufacturing Corporate Research Biomedical, Corporate Leadership, Education, Intellectual Property Education C-Level, Corporate Research, Intellectual Property This Ally or Contact is most likely employed by UCLATMA or otherwise in a position of significant influence with the university (although private facilities exist, they are generally less influential as a whole). Shaping the workforce for tomorrow! Entertainment Art, C-Level Society, Intellectual Property, Media, Organized Crime Financial C-Level Society, Education, Government, Legal Government Corporate Leadership, Housing, Intellectual Property, Media, Security Housing Government, Organized Crime, Security, Street Intellectual Property Biomedical, Corporate Research, Entertainment, Government Legal Education, Financial, Government, Organized Crime Manufacturing Biomedical, Corporate Leadership, Education, Intellectual Property, Organized Crime Media Art, C-Level Society, Entertainment, Government, Street Occult Art, Corporate Research, Street Organized Crime Entertainment, Housing, Manufacturing, Security, Street You have ties to the organized criminals of the city - the large-scale smugglers, the Dark-area lords. Street Housing, Media, Occult, Organized Crime, Security Security Government, Housing, Organized Crime, Street Transportation Government, Housing, Street