Transportation while in cryogenic sleep (suspended animation) is possible at relatively low cost to the passenger. The passenger is placed in a low passage berth before the ship takes off and travels the entire journey in a state of suspended animation. He does not age, and requires very little life support. Unfortunately, the low passage system involves some intrinsic dangers to the passenger, and he runs some risk of not surviving the voyage. Reviving a low passage passenger is a Difficult task performed by the attending health-care specialist at the time of deberthing, using Medical (Diagnosis) skill.
Table 1: Deberthing Result Result Effect Outstanding
The passenger is completely uninjured. Success The passenger is uninjured, but may have some minor complications (e.g., slightly pale, mild nausea, or slight twitching; GM's discretion, but should involve roleplaying only, and not skill resolution or combat).
Have the passenger roll a Difficult test of Constitution to avoid these complications.
Failure The passenger is injured.
Make an Average test of the passenger's Constitution and consult Table 2 below.
The passenger is critically injured, possibly even dead.
Make an Impossible test of the passenger's Constitution and consult Table 2 below.
Table 2: Degree of Injury Result Effect Outstanding
The passenger suffers 1D6 points of damage to the chest, but healing does not begin for 1D6 days, after which healing is normal.
The passenger's skin loses some of its tone and color for 1D6 weeks, having a grey, wrinkled appearance.
Success The passenger suffers 2D6 points of damage to the chest, but healing does not begin for 1D6 days, after which healing is normal.
The passenger experiences motor function problems for 1D6 weeks with a corresponding loss of 2 points of Agility during that time, in addition to the change in skin appearance, above.
Failure The passenger suffers 3D6 points of damage to the chest, which does not heal at all without surgery.
The passenger's internal organs are damaged, and the passenger must undergo medical diagnosis and treatment to restore full health.
The passenger has died.
Commercial starship lines offering low berth passage typically guarantee that deberthing will be conducted by a physician of at least skill level 3. The purchase of a low passage ticket routinely involves the signing of a waiver that the starship's crew and owners are not liable for any mishap suffered by the passenger resulting from the low passage.
(This replaces the section Low Passage in TNE (v1.0), pg. 219, for my campaign.)