Musical Superstars

"Once upon a time, in New York City in 1941... at this club open to all comers to play, night after night, at a club named "Minton's Play House" in Harlem, they play jazz sessions competing with each other. Young jazz men with a new sense are gathering. At last they created a new genre itself. They are sick and tired of the conventional fixed style jazz. They're eager to play jazz more freely as they wish."
--The History of Bebop Jazz (Watanabe, 1998)

The leaders, the Musicians, the original Jazz players. They were the first of the bohemian rebels from the ancient days of the 1930's and are still leading the outcast social rebellion today. Nevertheless, modern Musicians have come a long way from their swinging founding fathers. While names like Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Charlie Parker, and Yoko Kanno still call forth images of wild musical rebellion and freedom, the current Musicians are much more than just players doing it for the love of the art. Often organizing spontaneous steet concerts for the specific purposes of spreading a message or sacking a corporate tower, the modern Musician can be a vital force of change in the world.

Often helpless while off the stage, the Musician can become a virtual diety when performing for a crowd--easily able to sway them to whatever whim he or she desires. It's amazing what you can accomplish with 10,000 fanatic groupies on a concert high...


  • Charismatic Leadership
  • Awareness/Notice
  • Perform
  • Wardrobe and Style
  • Composition
  • Brawling
  • Play Instrument
  • Streetwise
  • Persuasion/Fast Talk
  • Seduction
Charismatic Leadership: This skill is the Musician's ability to sway, charm, and control a crowd through their musical performance. This then allows the group to be easily persuaded by the Musician's suggestions (lyrical or otherwise). The size of the crowd that can be swayed is equal to the skill level squared times 200. Charismatic Leadership is based on the character's COOL stat.


No quote, just a sweet blues piece played on a Eventide Harmonizer 9.

Blues Harmonica Player


"I wanted to create a marching jazz band. But, you know, since the best jazz is improvisational, we'd be going off in all directions, banging into floats... scary."

Lead guitarist, Dingos Ate My Baby

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