The Storm Has a Name
Use: Unskilled use penalized. Macro skill.
Sample specializations: Stock market, trend prediction, production, management, company analysis
Axiom: Social 13
The business skill allows a character to understand and operate within a financial and business environment. Businessmen can use the skill to predict future market tends, manipulate the prices of supplies and merchandise, invest in stocks and bonds, judge another company’s strengths and weaknesses and follow their business dealings as well. What it usually boils down to using business to make money, as much as possible.
Business is an important skill in Nippon Tech but it is also found in Core Earth. While it can be found in several other realities involved in the Possibility Wars, it is not as important a skill in those cosms because the economic structures there are not as advanced as they are in Nippon Tech and Core Earth. Even in the Space Gods realm, with its very high Social axiom, the skill is not as important as it is in Nippon Tech or Core Earth because their culture and economy evolved along different lines and does not emphasize the acquisition of wealth.
The rules and guidelines for using the business skill can be found in the Nippon Tech sourcebook. When using those rules, businessmen with realities other than Core Earth or Marketplace/Nippon Tech should be penalized on their skill checks because of their less-developed knowledge of economic systems.