More Medals for STA

The recent medal tracker displayed on Continuing Mission has inspired me to take another look at the awards and commendations in the Command Division Supplement. It’s a great option that provides some color to the game’s Reputation system, not to mention it’s a way to fundamentally “level up” your character’s abilities, which is something that players often want more of in Star Trek Adventures. Of course, nothing is ever final in RPGs and this list of awards could always be longer. To that end, here are some additional awards for your campaign to inspire and reward your players.

The Azure Cross for Excellence in Piloting, or simply the “Azure Cross” among Conn officers, is the premier achievement for Starfleet helm operators. Because the operation of a starship is a large effort by the entire bridge crew, this is typically given to pilots in recognition for bravery while piloting small craft through a combat zone or navigating a dangerous area for a rescue mission.

  • Cost: 2
  • Conditions: The character must have performed brave and outstanding feats of piloting in a situation where their actions were critical to saving lives.
  • Benefit: Once per mission, the character may reduce the Difficulty of a single Conn Task by 1, to a minimum of 1.

Joint X Commendation Medal: This commendation is for exemplary service in a long-term coordinated mission with an allied force. Individual medals are awarded for specific, extended missions with the “X” being replaced with the allied force such as the Vulcan High Command or the Deltan Union. Occasionally this medal will be awarded for work with an external force such as the Klingon Defense Forces but more commonly crews in these operations will be awarded expeditionary or campaign medals.

  • Cost: 2
  • Conditions: The character must have performed admirably while working alongside a crew or team from a non-Starfleet organization. The mission doesn’t have to be an official joint operation but the alliance has to be definitively established.
  • Benefit: Identify the organization (or one of the organizations) that the character worked with during the mission. Once per mission when attempting a Social Task involving the organization, the character may reduce the Difficulty of the Persuade Task by 1, to a minimum of 1.

The Ko Distinguished Service Medal for excellence in medical sciences is named for the famous 22nd century researcher who discovered the genetic sequence for inhibiting the growth of cancer cells. It is given to Starfleet medical personnel who contribute meaningfully to the field of medicine, particularly those who develop medical responses to crises affecting the Federation.

  • Cost: 3
  • Conditions: The character must have significantly contributed to a field of medical study or a biological discipline like xenobiology, virology, or xenoanthropology.
  • Benefit: Select a single Focus the character possesses that relates to the scientific or medical field for which they earned the award. Once per mission, when the character spends a point of Determination on a Task that involves that Focus, they receive two of the benefits of spending a point of Determination instead of one.

The Silver-Banded Shield for Wounds Suffered in Combat, more commonly known as the Silver-Banded Shield, is a well-known award within Starfleet and throughout the Federation. It is presented by the President of the Federation to Starfleet officers wounded in the line of duty. The similar Gold-Banded Shield is awarded to the family of those officers killed in action.

  • Cost: 2
  • Conditions: The character must have suffered an Injury as part of a mission.
  • Benefit: Once per mission, the character may Avoid Injury for 1 less Momentum than usual, to a minimum of 1 Momentum.

The Tucker Award for Organizational Efficiency, named for the chief engineer aboard the famous NX-01 Enterprise, is an acknowledgement for organized and efficient engineering departments. It is awarded to chief engineers who show leadership and the ability to motivate their staff to improve starship systems.

  • Cost: 2
  • Conditions: The character must be in the chief engineer role.
  • Benefit: Once per mission, when the character spends a point of Determination on an Extended Task involving Engineering or Science, they receive two of the benefits of spending a point of Determination instead of one.

The Underhill Superior Achievement Medal for excellence in astrophysics and cosmology. Named for a 22nd century cosmologist who is well-known for his work with Starfleet prior to the formation of the Federation. He developed advanced warp technologies and applied physics solutions during the time of the Earth-Romulan War, but his most lasting efforts lie in his revolutionary theories on subspace and spacetime fluctuations. Continuing in his legacy, Starfleet awards advancements in astrophysical and cosmologic understanding that furthers the missions of Starfleet.

  • Cost: 3
  • Conditions: The character must have significantly contributed to the Federation’s understanding of astrophysics, cosmology, subspace theory, or related fields.
  • Benefit:  Select a single Focus the character possesses that relates to the scientific field for which they earned the award. Once per mission, when the character spends a point of Determination on a Task that involves that Focus, they receive two of the benefits of spending a point of Determination instead of one.

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