Monday, September 19, 2016

Selachi Morph

Selachi Morph (Pod)
Designed along similar lines to the Critter, the Selachi is a custom, transgenic pod derived from multiple strains of sharks, for use as an intimidating morph or for those who wish to have aquatic security morphs unbound by concerns over uplift genetics. The morph is amphibious, with a thick skin and a deadened pain response - it's appearance is both naturally intimidating and good to move through the water, despite its enormous size. It's massive jaws make a powerful bite at close range, enhanced with cybernetics to be capable of crushing even some synthetic shells in it's mouth. It's also adapted for sensory underwater, capable of multiple avenues of perception to detect potential security threats - or prey. The systems to stimulate predatory behavior are pretty advanced, and many people report increased blood-thirst or desire to do violence, combined with low empathy or surprisingly calm responses to stress. The morph draws criticism from some circles in the Inner System as an "exhuman" design, which diverges a little too far from transhuman norms.
Implants: Access Jacks, Basic Biomods, Basic Mesh Inserts, Bioelectric Sense, Bioweave Armor (Light), Cyberbrain, Enhanced Hearing, Enhanced Smell, Gills, Lateral Line, Mnemonic Augmentation, Neurachem (1), Polarization Vision, Predator Node, Puppet-Sock, Swim Bladder, Temperature Tolerance
Movement Rate: 4/20 (Walker)
Aptitude Maximum: 30
Durability: 45
Wound Threshold: 9
Advantages: +10 SOM, +5 REF, +5 WIL, +10 Intimidation, +10 Swimming, Pain Tolerance (1) trait, Bite Attack (AP -5, 3d10 DV, use Unarmed), +1 Speed (Neurachem)
Notes: Large Size, Nonmammalian Biochemistry, Social Stigma (Pod)
CP Cost: 60
Credit Cost: Expensive (60,000+)

(The Selachi is a pod I designed based on some request and input from community members, looking for a combat morph with a shark aesthetic. The result is kind of an amphibious Bruiser creature - a scary morph which hurts like hell in a fight, but like most combat morphs is very expensive to obtain - even as a Pod. But, since this is a large morph with good DUR it makes an ideal combat morph in one of the handful of aquatic situations people might run into in the Solar System. Predator Node is a bioware from other homebrew works - which just mimics the trait for any morph. I thought to use another homebrew for the bite attack, but figured it was more devastating to use the 3d10 DV natural weapon to represent the fact that a Selachi has huge jaws and cyberware-enhanced bite force. An idea from the original suggester was a SAV penalty, but even for a discount I felt that would harm its efficacy at Intimidation, which is something a 9-foot sharkman should be good at.)

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