Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Lamia pod

Lamia (Pod)
Another Fortean creation, The Lamia pod is less transgenic and rather a clever use of cybernetics. The lower body, where most of the legs would be, is replaced by a long, cybernetic tail shielded in synthetic scales. The tail not only touches the ground, but has enough length to coil around slightly and act as a prehensile limb. This means that generally, the Pod is only about the height of an average transhuman. They are also armed with several snake-like features, like the enhanced sense of smell and taste, the ability to see into IR, and a poison gland located in the mouth. The hands and snake tail are also covered in grip pad material, giving them a great natural ability to climb and slide up and down objects. Lamias are also equipped with digging claws to burrow if they so desire. Additionally, there are more cosmetic alterations, such as the ability to dislocate the jaw, and powerful digestion nanotech which allows them to consume animals whole. Variants of the Lamia both with and without butts exist.
Implants: Basic Biomods, Basic Mesh Inserts, Bioweave Armor (Heavy), Cortical Stack, Cyberbrain, Digging Claws, Enhanced Smell, Enhanced Vision, Grip Pads,  Lateral Line, Mnemonic Augmentation, Muscle Augmentation, Poison Gland (BTX2), Prehensile Tail, Puppet Sock
Movement Rate: 4/16 (Snake)
Aptitude Maximum: 30
Durability: 35
Wound Threshold: 7
Advantages: +10 SOM (w/ Muscle Augmentation), +5 COO, +10 Climbing, Limber (1) traits, Striking Looks (1) trait
Notes: Social Stigma (Pod)
CP Cost: 40
Credit Cost: Expensive (40,000+)

(Another concept which has been through several iterations on the internet, this being my own take. Like others, this was an early design I went through several internal variations on. I wanted this less for the mythological theme, and more just because I wanted to do something interesting with the Snake mobility. From there, it was easy to think about some classically snake-y features which could be incorporated into a morph. The climbing/digging, COO bonus and sensory augs make a Lamia a viable stealth morph (combine with Chameleon Skin for more fun), but the Muscle Augmentation and Poison Gland make it more combat focused, including with an unarmed weapon - so there's some variation of utility. The butts comment harkens back to an old internet discussion about the merits of various snakemen and snakewomen.)

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