I find this small sidebar note to be filled with possible fun. When is a noble not a noble? Other than the few examples already given, war hero or writer, the concept could be quite fun to play with. Vid Star, musical star, or sports star quickly come to mind. Old political person, ex-president for example or retired member of a political organization is another that came to mind.Social Standing need not be tied to nobility – celebrities will also command a high score in this characteristic. A Traveller’s career might point the way to why a Social Standing is so high, perhaps as a war hero or famous writer. However, it is also possible that the Traveller is simply known for being known, much like some celebrities on this world.
So I am curious, have any of you had a character or fun NPC that has a high SOC but is not a noble?