Generic, Endlessly Applicable Roleplay System (3rd Ed.)
Applied Universal Geometry in the New World
The first colonies in the Americas didn’t have the benefits of Applied Universal Geometry. The very earliest were built before the advent of this world changing science; a science which could have made their work easier, and even saved a great many lives.
By the end of the 17th century, there were only 3 Geometricians in the Americas, 2 British and one French, each based in the growing coastal towns. Especially in the British colonies, they were originally looked upon with some suspicion by the religious fanatics who made up a large part of the very first colonists. However, they rapidly proved their worth, and were soon considered vital to the survival of their respective colonies. As such, they were accorded an extremely high degree of respect. They helped in negotiations with the Indians, who were made to believe that the Geometricians were gods and sorcerers. This gave them a lot of leverage with the native tribes, especially when they went to them to help cure epidemics of measles and syphilis. It also helped immensely if the colonists and Indians came to blows. The knowledge that a colonial force included a Geometrician was often enough to persuade the Indians to seek terms.
By the second decade of the 18th century, Geometricians were being offered extremely generous salaries to go and work in the colonies. Various navies were already making use of them to affect the weather, and their utility in the colonies and colonial armies had already been proved.
They were also being used on the richer merchant vessels, not only to influence the weather and aid the ship’s doctor, but also to help fend off pirates. The suspicion that a ship was carrying a geometrician was sometimes enough to deter pirate attacks, and this in itself was worth its weight in gold. Unfortunately, it was not very long before the first pirate Geometricians appeared. These were rare but notorious, the most feared of sea-raiders. When they became major thorns in the sides of governments, they even found themselves being hunted down by the Royal Newtonian Order and comparable organisations from other nations. Inevitably, those who attacked the Spanish colonies and their convoys of treasure ships also earned the wrath of the Inquisition.
Later, as the European colonists spread across the new continent, the Geometricians once more proved their value. Every wagon train heading out across the prairies tried to ensure they had a Geometrician travelling with them, and every new town sent letters to the coastal cities, asking for Geometricians to come and join them.
Once more, they were useful in dealing with the natives, and the American Army had a respected corps of Geometricians. Geometrically trained lawmen patrolled the West, using their powers and skills to curb the worst bandits and outlaws. There were gunslingers who could deflect bullets, and men wielding super-accurate Enhanced Pistols, either for or against the law. Gradually, the West was tamed, and Geometricians fell back into the comfortable roles enjoyed by their colleagues in Europe and the cities.