What a Card: The Centurion

Being a look back at cards from the Star Trek CCG, and what I thought of them back when they were fresh and new... in EPISODE order. Our last card from Balance of Terror adds more to the Romulans.

EXPANSION: The Trouble with Tribbles

PICTURE: A good close-up that minimizes the hot pink of his uniform. We still get some on the far shoulder as well as in the background. I do like the gravelly mesh on his left side though, and the shot isn't your standard head shot. Enough for a 3.3.

LORE: Remove the Romulan references, and that first sentence could be describing Mr. Spock, completing the mirroring of the Gal'Gathong with the Enterprise and Keras with Kirk. His cautious nature gets the second sentence, all in a neat package. Perhaps odd that he doesn't get a name (after all, Keras and Charvanek were each just called "Romulan Commander" on the show). I like "The Centurion", classically Roman, but I'm just sayin'. A good 3.6.

TREK SENSE: He's a Science officer, and as a Centurion, must have 100 men under him, so a Command icon is warranted (but so might have Officer). His two scientific skills are well enough chosen. His Exobiology might include a study of humanity, leading to his caution against the Enterprise, though Anthropology might have been a bit better here. Stellar Cartography helps the ship navigate beyond the Neutral Zone under cloak. Well done. The rest is based on his stand-up nature, starting with Honor and leading to high Integrity. Other Romulans are inspired by this (and well advised by him), boosting all their stats. This would be as true of the men under and around him, as it would Romulans from other (non-AU) times, since he's probably a respected historical figure by now. (Then again, the more aggressive Decius got a ship named after him, so who knows?) Cunning goes with his Science background and advisory capacity. Strength is that of an older warrior. One note rings a little false, but the rest is good - a 3.5.

STOCKABILITY: OS Romulans are quite content to walk through an AU Door to get into play, and Crew Reassignment will certainly get The Centurion to the Gal'Gathong, or if you like your ships a bit more fortified, the Decius. He brings a good skill set to the table, as happy on a planet as he is in space. Exobiology and Stellar Cartography are featured on enough missions and dilemmas to be worthwhile, often with SCIENCE. Honor's a bit rarer in the affiliation, and it has its uses. He can add to those skills with Classic equipment to make himself even better. And better still is his boost to all Romulan attributes at his location (not where present). Leave him aboard ship, and he still helps an Away Team. His very good attributes include high Firestorm-proof INTEGRITY, but his special skill helps many Romulans pass INTEGRITY dilemmas as well! How about a 3.9?

TOTAL: 14.3 (71.5%) Worthy of a legend (though I hope the Romulans at least remember his name).



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