IMTU Home rule
Enc (Encounter Social) is the average person-on-the-streets gut
estimation of a players normal social standing attribute (SOC).
Created during the character generation phase of the game by standard 2D throw.
This number can be modified negatively by a point or two fairly easily
by the player stating that they wish to "soc down", i.e. look more
trampy. Beyond that the player will have to go incognito (i.e. take
specific steps to hide their true nature and social standing). While
incognito there is always a chance of exposure (usually resulting in
negative initial reactions). Modifying up is more difficult, and may
require some training and/or proper dress.
This stat is obviously extremely subjective, and of limited use, but
I've found it useful in day-to-day first impressions and first
encounters. I created the stat after some players tried to pose as
nobles. It occured to me that there is more to being a noble than simply
wearing noble cloths. Furthermore, I think that beyond the next most
obvious things such as manners and the way you walk, there are
subtleties that people may pick up on. That's not to say I think that
nobles have some true divine nature, but I suspect that being raised as
a noble you will acquire personality traits that may be difficult to rid
yourself of. And conversely, being born in the slums it may be difficult
to ever truly look like a noble.
2 = Aragorn of LOTR
(He is actually of high nobility, but people would
never guess it when he's out striding around.)
12 = Prince Charles of England
(He probably couldn't pose as a commoner if his life
depended on it.)