Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Centaur Pod

Centaur (Pod)
One of Fortean's earliest transgenic creations, this model combines the humanoid upper torso with a full-sized torso of a horse - using the best Smart Horse genelines. Internal cybernetics reinforce the body, and greatly augmented musculature allows both halves of the body to support themselves. Centaur pods are very fast, great sprinters, with enhanced multi-lung systems which mean they can work in various levels of oxygen environments. They're surprisingly agile on their feet too, the result of highly optimized cyberbrain sectors. Centaur users report increased curiosity, inquisitiveness and observation, though they sometimes feel panicky or more likely to flee from threats. They are also bundled with digestive enhancements which means they can actually live off grass, though a Centaur pod requires a decent diet to keep it's organic parts nourished. The hooves of a Centaur pod make deadly weapons in a pinch as well. It is possible for one or more medium sized morphs to ride on the back of a Centaur, but the small centaur communities of Fortean generally consider this rude except under specific circumstances. Fortean's genehackers have also managed to "miniaturize" the Centaur by sculpting down it's body to be more in line with a pony, which makes the result about as tall as the normal transhuman - though considerably less hardy (See Reduced Size trait).
Implants: Access Jacks, Basic Biomods, Basic Mesh Inserts, Cortical Stack, Cyberbrain, Digestive Symbiotes, Enhanced Hearing, Enhanced Respiration, Mnemonic Augmentation, Muscle Augmentation, Puppet-Sock
Movement Rate: 4/40 (Walk)
Aptitude Max: 30 (40 SOM)
Durability: 50
Wound Threshold: 10
Advantages: +10 SOM (w/ Muscle Augmentation), +5 COO, +5 INT, +10 Freerunning, Hoof Attack (AP -1 1d10+1 DV, use Unarmed), Extra Limb x2 (Four Legs, 2 Arms)
Notes: Large Size, Non-human Biochemistry, Social Stigma (Pod)
CP Cost: 35
Credit Cost: Expensive (35,000+)

(Centaur is actually fairly late in a series of classical mythology pods I work on from time to time [feel free to leave a suggestion in the comments, I already have a version of Harpy and Lamia] which usually sources back to good ol' Fortean for making unusual genehacking combinations. The Centaur is an interesting morph. Large Size gives it a lot of solid bonuses but matched impairment, and because of fairly limited implant needs it can afford a Muscle Augmentation - so Centaur Cavalry could actually work as a build. The hooves also make a decent unarmed attack with a guaranteed decent DB. Wouldn't want to try one in zero-g, though. The Reduced Size trait means one can make a pocket or mini-centaur morph which is more manageable but less visually impressive. Might be a good morph for a gatecrashing campaign)

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