Clothing is used to cover one’s nakedness. Aside from local variation, the mainstream mode of dress is largely static across the empire. In any region, the local custom will be of equal presence and prestige, but one never looks out of place dressed for London in a British world. Current fashions tend toward tarted up Victorian retro dresses for women and waistcoats and high-collared shirts for either gender. Trousers are generally fairly simple and practical, either brown, black, grey, blue, or pinstriped. Jackets are less formal than in times past, but still have a tailored cut. In cold places, waterproofed wool jackets are generally preferred. In particularly hot climates, a button-down shirt with rolled up sleeves is the dress de rigeur. The wearing of flowers and brooches has recently become fashionable as well.
Modifiers Fine clothes grant +1 on appearance-based rolls. Other modifiers are applied based on the appropriateness of costume. If you swagger into parliament in naught but a bodice and chaps, you are certain to incur a -3 modifier for looking so ridiculous when you try to be taken seriously. On the other hand, that mode of fashion may make it quite easy to seduce a drunken gunslinger in a saloon, and apply a +1 modifier. The narrator should assess these, and keep as a rule of thumb: +1 for fitting in, -1 for looking like an outsider, -3 for being laughably out of place or offensively dressed.
Just as the techniques of medical science have become more advanced, so, too, have the tools used in medical procedures. Advances in spiritual sciences, electrical engineering, and herbalism have greatly advanced the field.
Scalpels of extremely thin and dense transmuted alloys make precise incisions that lower the physical stress of surgery. Such a tool is available at any medical clinic, hospital, or medical supplies company.
- Cost: £25.
A compact, waterproof, airtight, and sterile package containing all commonly required surgical implements and place to store prepared medicine and herbs.
- Cost: £1,450 to replace.
Commonly called simply “scope” or “o-scope”, this device allows even a layman in the spiritual to observe spiritual flux and bioelectrical rhythms. The primary diagnostic tool in the world of medicine.
- Cost: £450 to replace.
Dr. Hebride’s Miracle Attachment Balm
One jar is needed to reattach a limb or the head, a quarter of a jar for a hand or foot, and a tiny amount per finger or toe. It promotes rapid tissue regeneration and intergrowth. Only four hours is needed to successfully reattach a lost limb.
- Cost: £50 per jar.
Tesla Bioelectrical Inductor Array
Tesla lived up to arguably his most lofty goal: with the Tesla Biolectrical Inductor Array, he conquered death. Life can be restored to a body after extended anaerobic conditions, so long as the tissue is not too severely damaged. Likewise, the soul must still be in the body, so time is of the essence.
- Cost: £1,625 and £180 per induction wave charge pack, one of which is used in each revival.
A cerebral preservation tank, or ”talking jar”, as they are irreverently known among laymen, allows a patient whose body is beyond hope to continue to live and communicate until a suitable replacement can be manufactured.
- Cost: £1,200, a meager sum for the price of life.
Various small items, such as food, candles, et cetera are probably of concern to the characters. There are not defined numerical values for such objects.
The costs are similar to their costs in the real world, varying widely by region. The approximate exchange rate of the pound sterling in PAX BRITANNICA to the Euro is 1:5. Some objects your character will want to have:
- An electric torch or lantern
- A supply of food and drink that travels well
- A journal and writing implement
- Some rope
- A change of clothes
- Several changes of socks