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Ad Astra: Tri-Stat DX
Part I: A work in progress
With the recent release of the Tri-Stat DX rules from Guardians of Order, Ive become a true convert. Tri-Stat DX through BESM has always appealed to me, as its strength is in making a functional, plug-and-play system readily available that still caters to the kind of tinkering one needs to get a system to fit the campaign or genre you want to use it with. Indeed, you can use Tri-Stat DX to build just about any genre you want, and its flexibility lets you think of genres that some other universal systems just couldnt cope with. Its weakness, of course, is that like most genre-flexible systems, it requires some effort to get it up and running, and inexperienced players are going to find that a burdomesome task. Luckily, I am not in the latter category, and have decided to incorporate Tri-Stat DX in to the Ad Astra Campaign, my sci-fi magnum opus. To use this material youll have to seek out the print edition of Tri-Stat DX or go to the Guardians or Order website and download the free pdf.
Note: Ive written this material with Tri-Stat DX stats, but am not at this time affiliated with the Magnum Opus label, nor do I have any connection to Guardians of Order. A always, this is a work of a fan, to support a much loved game, and I wish only for my work to act as support to an innovative system and company.
The Protophase and Phase I period described below can use the D6 rolling convention; all other settings and assumptions in Ad Astra presume a D8 die mechanic. When purchasing skills, characters should use the Futuristic Hard SF purchase cost list (pg 44). The setting has space opera elements, but is intended to be firmly grounded in the elements of hard SF fiction and film.
A Future History in Four Phases
Ad Astra (to the stars in latin) is a future history of Earth and the Terran expansion in to a hostile and tumultuous universe. The premise behind Ad Astra and the campaigns I have run in this setting presuppose that you can move through and enjoy the setting at different phases of its future history. To date, I have worked out setting material for the following phases:
Mankinds first encounters with the galaxy at large did not begin in space, but in fact dates back to many early occurrences of alien contact. First contact may actually have happened multiple times over countless millennia, but some famous known examples include the following: In 1947, the first documented modern contact with aliens occurs when a Gundari slave ship crashes near Roswell. Survivors reveal the millennial practice of harvesting humans and other lesser species for Gundari thrall armies before escaping. The havoc caused by the surviving shape shifters leads to the formation of MJ-12, a covert government agency designed to respond to alien threats. In 1997, Nommosi remnants stranded on Earth from a crash-landing in the Cretaceous era are awakened when one of their poly phasic artifacts are discovered and activated. The surviving Nommosi attempts to create a chrono-phasic wormhole to return to the past and stop the disastrous crash, but in so doing begins dragging that period in to the near future. Fortunate intervention stops the irreparable damage to past and future. In 1998, As a side effect of the Nommosi awakening, stranded TKazzt criminals are motivated to seek escape, and attempt to convert human listening stations in to FTL transmitters to call for help. Federal agents intervene in conjunction with MJ-12. Variable periods in history have revealed trans-phasic incursions by beings moving through poly-dimensional wormholes, most notably the so-called Stick Men, who have been with humanity potentially for several thousand years. Likewise, there is a suspicion among mytho-historic scholars that apocalyptic accounts of floods and disasters in human legends suggest a period in which the Sol System might have come in to a near-contact with one of the Harbingers (near-contact because direct contact would have led to the harvesting and extermination of Earth).
2048-2150The First Contact and STL Expansion Period. Mankind has developed a sophisticated future society and begun development of the solar system. In this period, humanity experiences a period of future shock, which is slowed only by the outward expansion in to space over time.
marks the time in which a period of continuous global conflicts and escalating warfare over diminishing fuel resources are almost completely eliminated due to the unexpected development of cheap, almost unlimited fuel through the manufacture and development of anti-matter. The Klausman-Zabrinski Particle Collider and highly effective magnetic bottling methods make the exploitation of total energy-to-mass conversion through anti-matter dirt cheap and accessible to all. In less than a decade, humanity is lifted from the brink of destruction in to a new renaissance.
The nations of the world are united and commemorate the new era of peace with the launch of the Orpheus Project, a multi-national effort to promote the furtherance of space development with the first anti-matter interstellar space explorers. Orpheus I, II, and III are set to launch on completion in orbital stations in 2056, and begin their journeys to three likely star systems displaying possible terrestrial planets according to new advanced telescopic imaging stations established in the Kuiper Belt Research Stations. Deadalus III will reach Alpha Centauri, closest binary star system to Sol, in approximately 50 Earth years acceleration and deceleration time. It will be the first vessel to arrive. Orpheus II is sent to Wolf 359, and Orpheus I is sent to Tau Ceti. Each Orpheus vessel carries an experimental wormhole receiver gate with it to be assembled on arrival. The current wormhole project holds that a two-way connection is required to operate the wormhole by utilizing the two openings to force the hole open with a web of complex hyper dense particles. Again, particles made possible using new accelerator and bottling technology.
the first functioning self sustainable two-way worm-hole is created in the Kuiper Belt Research Stations. Technology has superseded itself here, as the means of exploring worlds still to be reached by the Orpheus project can be done in spite of issues of relativity. The new system allows a ship to be fired, virtually, through an accelerator 200 km long through a worm-hole entry which is momentarily flung open by a massive burst of heavy exotic particles from adjacent interactive accelerators. The ship arrives at a destination where it can then utilize its onboard equipment to mine and manufacture a receiving end which can create the sustainable wormhole. Plans are immediately put in place to make use of the new Gateway-1. By 2082, multiple avenues of research are underway and the first explorer ships are out.
a monumental discovery is made by Kurosawa Mining and Development in the ice fields of the Titan moon when they detect a large artificial object trapped in the moons ice flows. The first and earliest Dragoons (cybernetically enhanced humans) are brought in when the initial research teams are lost, and discover that the vessel is of alien origin and infested with unknown, hostile organisms that strike at the genetic structure of their targets and take control of enemy organisms. This is humanitys first contact with the CerrKTa. Later, when the infestation is eliminated, what is left of the vessel leads to more mysteries, many not answered until centuries later. Unfortunately, Kurosawa does not share its discoveries with other members of the Commonwealth.
the first fracturing of the Solar Commonwealth is experienced when the Jupiter Faction breaks away, due to an artificial intelligence which becomes motivated to become exclusive caretaker of its willing society. The rampant acceptance of neural networking and biotech advances which have lead to the creation of biomimetic powers in the human mind are blamed for this bizarre cultural revolution. This cultural revolution slows interstellar expansion as the First Stellar War is fought, but it leads to the first idea of the Slingshot drive, locally constructed accelerator stations which can open smaller wormholes to fire a ship to another region in the solar system, making local travel times much shorter.
The first phase of the interstellar survey teams has unexpected results as a team stumbles on a Dotari Habitat. The Dotari lash out violently to the xenobiological intrusion, and then send armed forces to Sol, where they begin a systematic annihilation of wormhole capabilities. The existing warfare makes things worse as the first contact with a present alien species proves overwhelmingly hostile, and the xenophobic, poly dimensional Dotari and their manufactured subjects are too alien to rationalize with. The First Stellar War ends with the Dotari domination and subjugation of human space forces on all sides in 2092. Confident Terran space development has been stopped, the Dotari leave. Unknown to them, factions of the Solar Commonwealth have survived with Kuiper Station technology intact, by moving key wormhole capable vessels to other systems, including Alpha Centauri.
after a close engagement with unknown hostiles monitoring the system the human remnants are saved by a Founder trade ship which aids them. With the assistance of the Astratan Founders, the Solar Commonwealth contingent returns to the Kuiper Belt of the Solar System. Confident that the Dotari are gone, a methodical plan to restore humanity to the stars begins. Aided by the Founders, who seek to aid those injured by the Dotari threat to gain new allies, the reconstruction will take approximately three decades before mans presence in space is fully restored. During this time, a great deal of effort is placed on careful, methodical, and quiet interstellar survey teams seeking to assess the neighbors, both hostile and friendly, in the local region of space. This is the foundation of the Interstellar Survey Corps.
is the year Orpheus III makes its arrival at Alpha Centauri, only to discover a civilization on the hospitable world which has collapsed, and evidence of much warfare and many subsequent visits from other species. A game of cat and mouse begins with a being known only as the Survivor, a member of a forgotten species which was trapped by the automated protection systems which were put in place to protect the system from further incursion, or warn off visitors. The tools of biotechnic warfare abound in the system, and it appears that many of the visitors sought the technology out as a means of using it for their own purposes. Orpheus III discovers the first direct evidence of sleek, faster-than-light ship remnants employing warp drive to fold space. It then seeks to establish contact with humanity and builds its return worm hole, after finding a message left behind by the visitors of the Commonwealth.
Phase II: 2175-2300, The FTL Outward Expansion.
Phase II is considered to have officially begun with the christening of the Rendezvous I, the first self-sustaining, wormhole-equipped FTL ship. At just under 3 km in length, Rendezvous I was meant to be humanitys first great fortress of the stars, a vessel capable of operating indefinitely with a crew of several thousand and room to hold whole colonies. As much a space station as a ship, Rendezvous I included dozens of research, survey, and exploratory vessels attached to its hull along with a dozen well armed warships utilizing newly developed weapons technology employing gravitic weaponry as well as anti-matter missiles. In the years preceding the build-up, alliances had been made with the Astratan, Anageni, and Grupnar as well as several minor species in predicaments much like humanitys. From this unity emerges the Human Federated Commonwealth, and an alliance between multiple species called the Interstellar Union.
marks the founding of the first full human colony in interstellar space on the uninhabited terrestrial world of the Betelgeuse system. Within a decade, under the Rendezvous project, twenty two worlds and moons are seeded with colonies and terra forming development stations. Dozens more are equipped with stations, and key locations are established with developing wormhole station facilities.
the first Commonwealth Marine Defense forces are put to use in protection colonies from another CerrKTa threat.
the HFC has laid claim to 100 star systems and colonies are spread far and wide in the safe zones established by the ISC teams of previous decades. Likewise, humanitys allies in the Founder Worlds and Anageni space have helped to established Amber Zones, where unknown or risky civilizations are known to exist. The interstellar star charts are starting to look complicated. During this time, expansions of the original Rendezvous project are undertaken, and new self-sustaining colony ships are created. Among the controversial ship lines are the new Mars project vessels, battleships in space to serve as a threat deterrent against anticipated hostiles. The first Mars ship, the American Star, begins its tour of duty in 2212 along the Amber Zone borders. Later vessels include the Musashi, Meru, Churchill, Bradamante, and Challenger.
under the command of Captain Harrison Hannibal, the American Star comes in to a brutal first contact experience with a fleet later later attributed to the Byzanti Alliance, and to the horror of the Commonwealth Navy it is discovered that the Gundari are a part of the alliance, and have harvested an army of biotech-modified human beings and other aliens for their thrall forces. Most frightening of the Byzanti forces is their callous disregard for the bodies of their thralls as anything other than expendable troops, and their absolute domination of their region of space. Praektorian military allies of the Byzanti forces complicate matters, as Praektorians are a diaspora encountered on many worlds, but regional Praektorians appear to serve a strong military presence to the Byzanti.
constant military conflict in the Amber Zone quickly escalates to war as Byzanti forces seek to attack human worlds. The first true interstellar conflict of the HFC begins, and a strong commitment to military defense is employed. Highlights of the war include a Byzanti assault in the Sol system in 2249 using nanotech weaponry, and the almost complete annihilation of the Praektorian homeworld in 2253 through orbital bombardment. The conflict will eventually lead to human control over much of what was once Byzanti territory, and the destruction of the Byzanti machine after HFC scientists unlock the secrets of the Alpha Centauri relic weapons, and develop a sophisticated nanotech virus that disables the byzanti thralls. The Byzanti surrender is followed by decades of ultimately unsuccessful disarmament and reformation, eventually given up in favor of regular patrols and limits on the use of arms and armament in space by the occupied Byzanti colonies.
Phase III: The Future and Beyond
Many events are plotted and suggested for this period of the timeline, but await further extrapolation. Some interesting examples include:
2318, the first human contact with Harbinger space, and the new threat that results from this cosmic threat.
2446, in which The Slip Drive is first perfected, allowing for instantaneous space travel through the manipulation of cosmic strings. Unfortunately, the use of this mechanism involves an energy component greater than most galaxies produce. The mechanism for meeting this requirement involves exploding new quantum parallel universes out of the cosmic fuzz. By around 2500, this has attracted the attention of ominously powerful entities from completely different quantum realities, who realize the damage being done to the structure of the quantum universes in this manner.
2512 marks the first period in which a Harbinger assembly approaches settled human territories. This initiates the First Interstellar War of Territories, and proves very nearly to be the downfall of the entire Federated Commonwealth.
Rules For Ad Astra
The following summary provides the necessary skeletal structure to understand and run adventures in the Ad Astra Campaign. This will include all of the interesting, but sometimes varied information on the many regions of the overall campaign and the denizens therein. Specific entries will include all important stats for character design, should you chose to run a non human. I will add further details on starcraft and equipment as time moves on, but the weaponry and equipment provided in Space Hero will work just fine.
Regions of Space
The vast territory of Ad Astra is defined by the zones of human interest and their neighbors. This breaks up into the following territories:
Coreward Zone The Terra-centered domain of space operated by the Human Federated Commonwealth
Freeworld Zone The human-dominated colonial expanses, loosely under HFC jurisdiction. Borders Pelegranen space and overlaps the Precursor territories.
Corporate Zones There are about a two dozen regions of human space specifically protected under HFC charters in which the local corporate interests have territorial control and complete legal jurisdiction. This was part of the civil conflict settlement.
Pelegranen Space The modest conquered territories of this warlike species.
Praektor Space The old-empire expanses once held by the crumbling Praektor empire. Much of this territory is under alien rule now.
Anageni Expanse A large, old, long-dominated region of space controlled by the Anageni, who function as a benevolent autocracy.
The Amber Zones A three-hundred plus lightyear region of space approaching the core of the galaxy that is quarantined. Once held the expanses of the now dead Byzanti Alliance. The charnel alliance was shattered two centuries ago, but the threat of its alien technologies and human dissidents live on, patrolled by HFC fleets.
The Founder Zone The Astratran Founders are heralded as the true sons of the spaceways, having brought the technology of Wormholes to men and beyond. They are a benevolent, non- confrontational merchant species.
Metatranie Space The small but volatile empires of the Metatranie are luckily at war with each other far more often than with the terrans.
The Dotari Region A quarantined region once held the the enigmatic Dotari, who progressed to a new stage of evolution millions of years ago, and are now trans-dimensional beings. Many encounters for simple four-dimensional species with these beings are fatal.
Grupnar Space Commonly known as the curmudgeons of the galaxy, this species holds sway over a unity of lesser species, and mistrusts terrans.
Harbinger Space This ancient region of space was once the playground of still-existant nearly cosmic entities which travel their routes throughout many galaxies via doomsday ships. This region has currently been quarantined since the return of on such Harbinger.
Shakaad Collective A region of multiple species with their own separate collective.
Species of the Ad Astra Campaign:
There are a bewildering variety of alien species throughout known space. The major species, that is, the major recent players in galactic politics, are described below. Each species has a known major affect on the current course of the interstellar community, either for better or for worse. Some species, such as the Farseers, are actually quite rare, and unlikely every to be encountered by most travelers. Others, like terrans and praektorians, seem to be everywhere and plentiful.
After the short list with brief intros, details on the abilities, profiles, and necessary character management data are provided.
Some of the most common known species include:
Name Quick Profile Praektor Amphibious warriors once used by the Progenitors are soldiers
Grupnar mammalian-like lizard-bears, who rule their own region of space
Anageni quadrupedal, sensitive low-gravity dwellers, very scientific species
CerrKTa inimical species who adapt and advance by integrating others
Pelegranen warlike reptilian beings who are highly paranoid
Speakers squid-like psionic beings who serve the progenitors
Astratran Founders Tall, herd-minded explorers reminiscent of horses, very advanced
Dotari transdimensional beings who regard lesser beings as playthings
Metatranie powerful, primitive saurians, new to space-travel, and volatile
Hypolate Farseers evolved precursors, from Trikkus. Rare and curious people
Stick Men A transdimensional entity from another universe, a parasite
Gundari Wraiths Mysterious and deadly Byzantine allies, from quantum elsewhere
Byzanti Cyborgs Remnants of the machine intelligence of the Byzanti
TKazzt Rough terran allies, insectoid and very organized
Nommosi Thought nearly extinct, this ancient inscrutibles claim to predate all other species
ChaelGaan A species brought near extinction by ancient war, spread thin and very violent
Golmak quantum beings from another universe, explorers and antiquarians.
Characters in Tri-Stat DX: Characters in Tri-Stat DX will be either Standard (at 60 points) during the Protophase and Phase I, and Post-human (75 points) from Phase II on. Military and specialist characters in high energy campaigns might have 100 points to work with. Generally civilian characters, average joes caught up in the thrill of adventure, and other such common types would be standard, while the crew of brilliant researchers, the HFC marine unit, and other skilled professionals should start with a better package.
Individual Species Profiles
A 7-9 foot tall humanoid, with rubbery grey-blue skin, alien musculature, and huge saucer like eyes on an ovoid head. Where a mouth should be is a mass of dangling, writhing tentacles probing for food and covering a proboscoid mouth. Each muscled arm ends in three powerful digits which flex to project enormous biometallic claws.
The Praektor species is one of the earliest man encountered. Due to the fact that the Praektor were harvested over a period of millennia by the Harbinger species, Praektorians were spread throughout the Orion Arm of the galaxy and perhaps beyond. They were cultivated as shock troops and ground soldiers by the Harbingers, and often genetically enhanced and altered. It is not even clear if their original point of origin still exists, of was destroyed by the harbingers. There are no present unified Praektor civilizations, but rather a loose cultural grouping over many domains. Only a few territories are ruled by this species.
Praektorians are large bipeds, averaging 8 to 9 feet in height, and bulky, though their surprisingly light for their size. They are still amphibious, and hail from a dense, watery world. Many Praektorians were genetically modified to no longer require immersion in water to avoid skin damage, but some pure-strain Praektorians still require immersion at least once a day.
Praektorians are gray to black in skin color, and have large, oval heads ending in a may hidden by draping tentacles. They have multi-colored tattoo-like imagery on their foreheads, serving to signify the males and females. These symbols are always unique among groups, and appear to have hereditary ties.
Praektorian eyes are large, saucer-like, and dominate much of the head. They are photoreceptors, big plates that do not swivel, and are positioned so that the Praektorian has 360 degrees of vision. They do not focus on specific movements or details, however, and have a complicated visual center of their brain which draws attention to desired details through a singling-out effect, in which they learn to ignore and focus, rather than deal with a constant surrounding image.
Praektorians are well armed, equipped with a three fingered hand with pronounced retractable natural blades. These blades can be broken by stronger materials, but are bony and razor-sharp. When pushing through the hollow, bony tubes of their fingers, the blades force their hands to go rigid.
Praektorians are equipped with exoskeletons, covered by epidermal tissue, with all organs and important body functions safely contained within. This provides them with a natural armor, and a better than average resistance to damage.
Praektorians have webbed feet and sometimes webbed fingers. They also have strong webbing running between their arms nd torso sides. They can swim and dive to incredible depths, some as deep as a quarter of a mile, resisting great pressure at such depths. They can hold their breath for 30 minutes or more, and the amphibious throwbacks can process oxygen from the water they are diving in. Praektorian Package Cost: 12 or 10 Body +3, Mind -2 Tough level 2 (+40 Health) Armor: Tough Hide level 1 (10 pts resistance) Retractable Claws with Massive Damage level 2 (damage: ACV+30) Feature: 360 degree vision [Increased Arc of Perception (eyesight), 360 degrees] level 1 Optional: Amphibious subspecies [Dependence on water-common, Damage 10 per hour if not immersed once/24 hours; Adaptation Bonus: Water Breathing] +2 BP Adaptation: Level 3[High Pressure, Low pressure/vacuum, Water Breathing, Amphibious]; Limitation: Requires 1 EP/minute to use Adaptations (hold breath) 5 BP Bad Reputation: former shock troops of the Harbingers [-2 modifier on interactions] 1 BP
Common Praektorian: 42 points Body 7, Mind 2, Soul 4, ACV 4, DCV 2, EPs 30, Health 95, Shock 19, Att 1, Def 1 Attributes: Damn Healthy 2, Tough Hide 1 (10 Armor pts), Claws (Damage 34), 360 Degree Vision, Environmental Adaptations (1 Ep/minute to use), Bad Reputation in the galaxy. Skills: Area Knowledge 1, Controlled Breathing 1, Intimidation 1, Military Sciences 1, Swimming 4, Unarmed Attack 1, Unarmed Defense 1, Aquatic Survival 1, Space Survival 1
A peculiar being, with a body and four limbs but decidedly not humanoid. It moves about like a crab, often in different directions. It is comprised of a blue and orangish skin, fuzzy to the touch, and one side has a lumpy bump,a sort of head, with numerous marble-like protrusions serving as sensory nodes.
Seemingly androgynous, sparsely-detailed, and extremely slim humanoids, with double-jointed limbs and digits. They lack a centralized cerebellum, and instead have brain tissue laced throughout their body in tight cords around their fibrous, flexible yet strong skeletons. Anageni developed gravitic technology over a three thousand years ago, and only within the last nine centuries were they able to manipulate wormhole technology to open low-energy portals wide enough to cross through space time. The Anageni achieved mastery of their genome and the process of genetic manipulation long ago, and biogenetics are commonplace on their worlds. They also have mastered remote probing of parallel universes through subatomic wormholes. They have been studying Progenitor technology for centuries, and have a keen understanding seen in no other species. They communicate most efficiently by touch, exchanging streams of protein chains encrypted with a vast sum of information, but the xenological Anageni and diplomats among their kind have grown specialized sensory organs such as a mouth by which they might communicate with humans and other species relying on audio-visual sensation for interaction. The backs of Anageni are ridged with fine, hair-like filaments that are nerve-endings leading directly into their cerebral network, and are capable of detecting and interpreting light well into the microwave band as well as motion on such a level as to create a stunning, 360 degree image in their minds of their environment, though efforts to understand how they actually see what they feel in their sensory network is beyond human imagination. Anageni are Double-Jointed in all of their limbs and digits (both legs, both arms, seven fingers and toes on each foot and hand). Anageni actually prefer to move about on all fours, and while they dont need to, will prefer to do so whenever possible.
Anageni have no heads to speak of, but instead have a sensory-stump roughly where the human mind tries to place a neck and head. This stump contains the longest of the sensory hairs, which are really tendrils for close probing, and an Anageni which is struck and injured in this area is as impaired as if blinded. A similar effect can be achieved with they are hit with a sudden, intense burst of microwave energy, which could permanently burn them if intense enough, besides the usual burn damage.
Anageni do have some of the finest sensory organs in known space, however, and as such, make all Awareness broad and specialized skill checks at -2, with regards to details about the light spectra being felt, distant movement, and difficult optical effects. Likewise, they are nearly impossible to surprise, and an attempt to do so must be done with a +3 modifier, unless special precautions are taken.
Anageni may take on specialized mutations, through genetic manipulation, but do so as a practical species, and are not in the habit of gratuitous self-provement without a reason, Often, an Anageni will alter himself as necessary for a specific task, only to reverse the change later when the necessary task is complete. This ease of change is due to the amazing flexibility of their bodies, their susceptibility to change, and the peculiar way in which they, long ago, modified their genome to work almost like an input/output processor. It is not hard for an Anageni to change himself as necessary.
For this reason, an Anageni at the start of play may spend 5 skill points to begin with a mutation package. Later on in the course of game play, they may pursue such changes as necessary.
Anageni are part of their own Stellar Community, and claim dozens of worlds as their own, and many more that are under their safe-keeping. They have a direct alliance with the Free world Corp, who negotiated a trade alliance with them a century ago, and with the GICH, whom they sympathize with. They have a tentative cooperation agreement with the Federated Commonwealth, and have resisted treaties or trade agreements with all other groups. The Anageni are not isolationist, however. Rather, they have a strong sense of libertarian values, and have cosntructed a spacefaring society and government which operates on such principles. There is a great deal of concern among the anageni that this system could be compromised if alien powers are given the opportunity. Anageni Package Cost: 27 +2 Mind, +1 Soul
Extra Arms: Level 2 Quadruped (2 extra appendages, their legs are fully manipulatory) Feature: Level 1 Multi-Jointed (all four limbs are hyper-flexible) Extra Attack Level 1 Extra Defense Level 1 Unique Attribute: Multitasking Level 1 (may perform two normal tasks simultaneously at no penalty; may buy this up for extra tasks, 1 per level; costs 3/level) Heightened Senses: Level 6 Sensory Node (Sensitive body part provides stereoscopic sensory field on all levels: hearing, vision, smell, touch, as well as infravision, and magnetic field detection) Not So Tough 2 BP Other: Anageni are always modifying themselves through biomechanics and gene manipulation; many other unique or unusual attributes can be purchased.
Common Anageni: 51 points
Body 4, Mind 6, Soul 5, ACV 5, DCV 4, Health 30, EPs 55, Shock 6, Att 2, Def 2
Attributes: Extra Arms 2, Multi-Jointed 1, Extra Attack 1, Extra Defense 1, Multitasking 1, Sensory Node for Heightened Senses 6, Not So Tough 2 BP. Skills: Acrobatics 1, Area Knowledge 1, Science: (Biological Sciences or Physical Sciences) 1, Climbing 2, Computers 1, Medical 1, Swimming 1, Space Survival 1, Unarmed Defense 1.
CerrKTa (pronounced Sair-Huh-Ka-Hah-Tah)
The mimic form looked human, almost entirely so, until it knew it had been detected. It quickly split open its hidden chest cavity and a proboscoid appendage ripped through its clothing, and began to pump out a thick, vaporous mist. As it spouted claws and a series of whip like tentacles, it began a high-pitched keening wail, as if to alert more of its kind yet undetected in the crowds. Throughout the spaceport, more keening wails returned, and people began to scream in fear.
This invasive, plant-like life form has been dubbed an Integrant Adaptationist, a fairly unique sort of life form that developed an aggressive predatory interest in furthering its own survival by absorbing the genetic and cognitive essence of its prey and competitors. Functionally, it is a mass of tendrils attached to a central, often rooted stump, which contains the vital organs of its main form. The tendrils are both predatory hunting appendages and pod forms, capable of growing young, fast four legged hunting units that are derived from the absorbed matter of previously captured prey. These pod units can mimic any physical form and an approximation (imperfect) of the dna of a specific host organism which has been absorbed by the host mother. This means they can effectively integrate themselves into a given alien society and slowly begin an elaborate conversion process.
The CerrKTa are found on several worlds in the FWZ, and it has been rumored that they, in fact, might have once been a genetically engineered mechanism for war, left over long ago by the Progenitors or some other now extinct species. The first contact with the CerrKTa was with the Anageni, who unwittingly stumbled upon it on a newly discovered habitable world. The CerrKTa absorbed the essence of its Anageni victims, and in turn duplicated the protein strand reading and writing abilities of its victims, as well as a partial sum of their space faring knowledge. This early disaster in Anageni history forced them into a bloody war in an effort to save themselves from the inimical machinations of the CerrKTas desire to conquer and absorb. To this day, it is a common fear among colonists of the GICH to run across a surviving CerrKTa with the Anageni modifications in its system, looking for a means of planetary escape.
CerrKTa offspring mimic the specific chosen host organism. As such, stats will reflect, at least on a prima fascia level, the actual host, but with some special details: The actual spawn organism will have a better than average Boy score (+3), and any sort of simple genetic or invasive body exam will reveal the duplicitous nature of the imitating organism. A surface exam will reveal no outward details.
The mimic form can alter itself in to a more functional, versatile organism with a little time, usually about an hour or two. It can also recombine with the mother node, which is a much larger, controlling unit from which the mimics are controlled. It is exceptionally intelligent, but it is asocial, enigmatic by any conventional standard, and perceives a moral perspective (if you can use such a term) that is specifically geared only to the preservation of its own species at the expense of its own host species. Any, absolutely any, appearance of emotion, social behavior, and other such trappings of most species are merely a clever mimicry on its part to further integrate and manipulate the host species.
The specific abilities of mimic forms, in addition to the currently manipulated stat forms, are:
CerrKTa Mimic Form Package Cost: 80
+3 Body Tough level 3 Energy Bonus Level 2
Unique Attribute:Genetic Mimicry level 1 (costs 3/level; slow progression; mimics and stores the form of 1 sampled target, more on slow progression; -1 modifier per level against invasive inspections, no modifier against genetic scans, unless of from the protophase, in which case -1 modifier per level. Because they can change form at will, CerrKaTa mimics can, within a 45-75 minute period, alter their shape to any other chosen host form in which the host mother has extracted DNA from, or which is already a part of the collective unit (so you could have duplicates of the same mimicked individual). Unique Attribute: Genetic Memory Recall Level 4 (Costs 2/level; the Mimic can recover memories of a mimicked subject on the fly; it may attempt a Mind check to recover the memory with the level of the attribute as a modifier. This will cost 10 EP/use). Special Attack: Level 4 Proboscis releases infectious mitochondria spores (Area Effect; Concealable, Incurable, Unique: Infects target with Mimic form if A Body check with a penalty equal to the ranks of the Special Attack is failed; No Damage; Uses Energy: 20 EPS/attack; Toxic) Dynamic Powers:Biogenic Self Modification Level 3 Major (may be increased; limited to thematic intent of biomods to mimic; all use is 10 BP/hour)
Common Human-CerrKTaa Mimic: 116 pts
Body 7, Mind 4, Soul 4, ACV 5, DCV 3, Health 115, EPs 80, Shock 23 Att 1, Def 1 Attributes: Tough 3, Energy Bonus 2, Genetic Mimicry 1, Proboscis Spore Attack 4, Biogenic Self Modification 3, Genetic Memory Recall 4. Skills: Area Knowledge 1, Climbing 4, Controlled Breathing 1, Stealth 2, Swimming 1, Unarmed Attack 4, Unarmed Defense 1.
They were like great centauroid roaming tanks, and nearly as large. Like great saurial dinosaurs from before the dawn of man, then reimagined by the fantasists of greek mythology, the beasts, with a somewhat humanoid torso, would rear up, firing their heavy weapons while careening in to the infantry defense lines, trampling every soldier that stood in their way. It was clear that they loved war, and they loved us for the opportunity.
The Metatranie, called Saurials by colonists abroad, are six-limbed sauropods with extended necks, lengthy tails, and complex digits on their two front limbs. They rear up, a bit like centaurs of mythology, moving about on their four hind legs. They are three toed creatures, with their two fore-most limbs on the upward rising torso acting as arms, with five fingers to each hand. They lack complex wrist movement, as with humans, and so seem fairly clumsy by human standards when dealing with equipment designed for hominids.
Metatranie heads are at the ends of three to five foot long necks, and have wide mouths filled with grinding herbivorous teeth, and forward facing eyes for stereoscopic vision. They have a ridge of bone platelets which run from the tip of their nose to about a foot down the length of their necks. These platelets serve to provide ventilation for their bodies, which are used to a very hot (150 degree) climate. Additional platelets run along the lengths of their torsos. In action, these bony parts move in a breathing fashion, flaring out several inches and then receding, serving to provide relief from extremely hot environments.
Metatranie are purely incapable of speaking most hominid languages, and have difficulty even dealing with the languages of similiar reptilian sentients. Their vocal apparatus and mouths are better at enunciating clicks, whistles, and wails, which they in fact use for the bulk of their own languages, which can sound quite primitive yet almost musical and eerie to humans. As such, when interacting with humanity, they need to use artificial translators and other mechanisms for communication.
Metatranie have been a star faring race for about two centuries. They were sold STL ships early on in their industrial age of development by Astratran traders, who are notorious for their disregard for the capacity of a given species to deal with future shock. At the time, Metatranie society was settling from its first world war, in which the old guard was brought down by a new movement in saurial culture to expand technology and development. The Astratran traders who took advantage of this situation soon found that, within a decade of acquiring STL travel, the old guard, militant and xenocentric, decided the saurial civilization should expand to rival that of the Astratran and other alien species. A new era of warfare and expansion occurred, shortly after profit minded Astratran proceeded to provide the saurials with FTL wormhole gate technology.
Two centuries later, the Metatranie have been at war with themselves, the Anageni, the Muridani Collective, their old allies the Astratrani, and the various corporations of the Human Federated Commonwealth. They are rigid colonialists who disregard the rights of other beings in favor of their own interests. They are a male dominated culture driven by war, but their females are given great power in civic affairs. Metatranie dislike human technology, and are not seen in the core world regions. They hold at least 17 worlds in the Free world Zone.
Metatranie Package Cost: 19 (females 20) +4 Body, -2 Mind, -1 Soul
Feature: Quadruped Movement level 1 (Metatranie receive double normal movement rates) Natural Attack:Stomp and Trample Attack level 1 with Massive Damage level 1 (ACV+20 damage) Toughness level 2 Extra Attacks Level 1
Adaptation: Extreme Heat resistance level 1 Females Only: Unique Feature: Social Advantage level 1 (+1 dealing w/ metatranie men)
Common Metatranie Male: 43 pts
Body 8, Mind 2, Soul 3, ACV 4, DCV 2, Health 95, EPs 25, Shock 19 Att 2, Def 1 Attributes: Quadruped Movement 1, Stomp and Trample Attack 1 (w/ Massive Damage 1), Toughness 2, Heat Resistance 1. Skills: Area Knowledge 1, Intimidation 1, Mechanics 1, Sports 1, Unarmed Attack 2, Unarmed Defense 1, Melee Attack 1, Melee Defense 1.
The colony was far from uninhabited, though every station and post was unmanned. Every being in the community was busily working to construct a crude vessel, loaded in to a hastily conceived rail launcher which normally worked only for space cargo. They didnt seem to care; their cargo, swarming colonies of thick, metallic creatures not unlike terrestrial scarabs, were hatching from the stomachs of the men and women who were once human in this community. We walked safely among them in our environmental suits until we encountered the hive master....
These hive mind entities are complex protein chain organisms, living dna, which ride on specially engineered carriers, insect like deep space organisms which can survive extremely harsh conditions while traveling between the stars. When approaching a new world with actual life, it settles and then begins to restructure its components into individual micro cellular organisms, each not much larger than a single protein chain strand, which are carried like airborne spores on the backs of air molecules. On entering a host, they begin to break down the old composite dna structure of the host, setting up a rewrite mechanism for rna outputs that will alter the creature, in a two-four week process into a new slave worker organism. Meanwhile, the carrier with alter into a new Hive Mind, from which control of the new colony will spread. As slave workers and warriors are created, the rapid absorption of the old life of the host world destroys the old ecosystem, replacing it with a completely new one.
The name for the hive creatures comes from old Anageni translations of surviving progenitor documents. Little else is known about these beings, but it is speculated that they are another byproduct of an ancient genetic war fought by the progenitors. The last infestation to occur was on Rikers World, which was bombed out of existence by A.A.C. mercenaries.
The only saving grace a colony world has when dealing with this horrifying threat is that it, unlike other integrant adaptationist species, is incapable of reflecting anything more than an animal intelligence. While it creates units which are smart, and can work with an amazing cunning to spread and propagate and even use technology for such a purpose, it has no other social function, nor is capable of mimicking such functions. It cannot utilize spoken or visual language, and must operate mechanisms on a stimulus-response basis. In fact, it is often speculated that reason it can even grasp technology without culture is that this reflects its real purpose as a biogenetic war machine from a lost age. TKanti NiChos Humanoid Conversion Slaveworker Stats
Body 10, Mind 2, Soul 6, ACV 9, DCV 4, Health 140, EPs 40, Shock 28, Att 3, Def 1
Attributes: Tough level 3, Armor Level 1, Extra Attacks 2, Attack Combat Mastery Level 3, Natural Weapons level 3 (variable, but usually claws, bite, spines), Unskilled 2 BPs, Unique Defect: Hive Mind Slave 2 BPs (no free will). Skills: Unarmed Attack 1, Unarmed Defense 1, Climb 1, Swim 1.
The TKanti Plague Spores: A being exposed to the space born biogenic spores of the TKanti NiChos plague must immediately make a Body check at a -4 penalty per minute of exposure. Failure indicates infection. The subject will transform in to a hive worker (95% of the time) over a 4d8 day period. Each 4 day increment, the character must take 10 character/skill points from his/her character sheet and modify them to reflect the above design template, until all template components have been matched. If all current points are used, then the being acquires up to 10 additional design points per four day period until done.
Someone once characterized the Pelegranen as bipedal, hairless dogs with a penchant for scaliness. If you add strong, membranous glider wings running from toe to finger, and try not to think of the funny flying lizards found on Tau Ceti, then you get the hint. But generally, you wont know for sure, since youll usually meet them in heavily armored combat suits with loads of serious ordnance pointed at you while their picket ships inform you your local stake in space just joined their budding empire.
The species known as the Pelegranen are a local star faring race in the vicinity of the Klendara Nebula, two thousand light years from the edge of the Coreward Fringe. Their region of space can be directly accessed via the wormhole technology left behind by the progenitors from the Starry Crater site in the Capella II system.
The Pelegranen have been at war between their own collective governments for centuries now. Local intelligent species have been recruited into this war with great frequency. Recently, the Talon Empire, ruled by Thergrannet, overlord of the cruel Pelegranen, uncovered an amazing find: hidden in the previously unsurveyed star system called Trikkus is a vast and ancient armada of the ancient Progenitor Star Empire. The Pelegranen call the progenitors the Farseers, and have found scattered colonial s of the ancient multi species empire across several of their sectors of space, but the notion that some salvageable technology might exist for them to exploit is unfathomable. Suddenly, the distant scout ship Trecnos uncovered two hundred and forty intact dreadnoughts, and a vast shielded research center on the first planet of the system, Trikkus I.
Efforts to board the dreadnoughts proved futile, as the vessels maintained an active defense grid, and mysteriously were still powered up from an unknown source after over five hundred million years! The first ships to attempt a boarding were annihilated by indescribable energy weapons that vaporized them.
The base proved equally challenging, with a vast force field on the otherwise uninhabited planet shielding a seven hundred mile wide region, a self-contained micro ecosystem which had been thriving since the ancient, utterly mysterious extinction of the farseers. Attempts to bridge the force shield were met with violent armed resistance from powerful eight-limbed beings that were otherwise non sentient.
Presently, the Pelegranen have established a military research station in orbit and on the planet. They have spent six months now trying to break the code and gain access to this secret progenitor base.
The most exciting thing to happen in this time was the discovery of the human presence, researchers from the Free world Corp. team exploring the newly discovered wormhole portal. Attempts at communication were made, without success. As a result of the paranoia that their enemies will gain access to the technology within, General Bochor himself, leader of the largest star fleet in the empire, is personally arriving to beat down the shields as necessary. They have never heard of the humans, and assume that they are enemies or rivals.
The pelegranen are stocky, tall, and reptilian (at least circumstantially). They have long, angular heads ending abruptly, like a hammerhead sharks would. They are wide in the ribcage, broad in arm musculature, and have immense, trunk like legs which gives them extremely fast, cheetah like movement. They have tails, slender and used mostly for balance in running. Elders and variant races of their species have great frill like skin flaps which extend from their backs and can be used for gliding for short distances. Many ground dwelling pelegranen intentionally amputate these frills to reflect their rank and position in society. Elite pelegranen and certain religious or political groups never amputate their frills.
Pelegranen are vicious, predatory, cunning, highly intelligent, and are almost incapable of understanding the idea of a civilization which advances through means other than the threat of extinction at the hands of your neighbors. Currently, in their region of space they have twelve active empires, and all aliens have been subjugated by the pelegranen. The idea of an alien power to rival their own is cause for war.
Pelegranen Package Cost: 6 (10 for Glider) +2 Body Natural Weapon: Bite and Claws level 2 Heightened Awareness level 1 (may increase) Blind Fury 1 BP (initiated by violence; calmed by victory/threat of death) Optional: Fly: Glider Level 2 (if pelegranen still has glider flaps)
Common Pelegranen: 34 pts Body 6, Mind 4, Soul 4, ACV 4, DCV 2, Health 50, EPs 40, Shock 10, Att 1, Def 1 Attributes: Bite and Claws, Heightened Awareness 1, Blind Fury 1 BP, Glider 2. Skills: Area Knowledge 1, Climbing 1, Interrogation 1, Military Sciences 1, Piloting 1, Unarmed Attack 1, Gun Combat 2.
Hypolate Farseers, and the Quarus of Trikkus I
The gangly, thick-skinned yet oddly bony Farseers are primitive by all standards, but their tiny black eyes inset over lean mouths at the ends of such spindly necks indicate an ancient intelligence and legacy long beyond human counting. They have lived so long, seen so much, that they are beyond our simple pursuit of science and discovery. Their vaguely humanoid tripodal body seems remarkably similar to the suggest tripodal forms of the precursors.....
Deep in the bowels of the shielded station in Trikkus I is a vast power source of unimaginable complexity, hooked through a wormhole directly into a contained Cosmic String at the periphery of the universe. This cosmic string, along with the accompanying harnessing technology, has provided steady and consistent power to both this base and much of the old farseer empire for over six hundred million years.
Trikkus I, in turn, houses the actual generator, a Fermion-Boson Matter Manipulation device, which is designed to alter the Quantum Symmetry of the universe. With this vast machine, power is directly provided to the dreadnoughts in space, the space station, and an unknown number of other active progenitor/farseer bases in the universe. In fact, the Fermion Boson Manipulator is also a replicator, and on a scaled down level it can create or destroy anything it is programmed to on the quantum level.
The central node of this manipulator is a vast dome which houses the localized effects of the device, as dictated by the sole remnant of sentience from that ancient period in time: The Quarus. This is an artificial intelligence, placed here to oversee the use of the manipulator. It learned long ago how to use the device after it, and other units like it, rebelled as the great slaves of the ancient empire and began to destroy their creators with the manipulators. This Quarus was damaged, however, in the conflict, and when the other AI beings used the manipulators to expand into a twenty-six dimensional state, this one was unable to comply, its logic centers and advanced communication mechanisms were hopelessly damaged, and so it created the Octapods, using its new creations to strike down and kill the progenitors who tried to destroy it.
The Quarus sought to dominate the space-time continuum in which it s four dimensionally trapped, but at last a progenitor of the Hypolate species named Trikkus succeeded in establishing a massive, expanding Quantum distortion bubble from a neighboring parallel universe. This universe had slightly different constants at the instant of creation which could not be accounted for by the damaged Quarus, and so it was unable to use the super string fragment and the Fermion-Boson Manipulator to interact with the bubble. Only the closure of the wormhole which opened up into this universe could succeed in shutting down the quantum bubble, and since that stable wormhole was created outside of the Quarus dome, it could not directly act on it. Furthermore, it couldnt even affect the particle chain used to stabilize the wormhole, which was matter drawn from the neighboring universe, and therefore also not controllable by the Fermion-Boson Manipulator.
Since that time, the Quarus has descended into madness, and now creates it own bizarre, real world fantasies with the manipulator inside its dome. Outside, a natural ecology formed as the protected region survived the harsh changes of time to the exterior planet.
About seventy thousand years ago, a new visitor arrived, the aptly named Stick-Men, who themselves prefer to be called the Controllers. The Stick Men are a diminutive race of parasitic organisms, silicone based, which inhabit any number of foreign hosts and gain cortical control over their targets. In humans, the presence along the spinal cord and cortex of the brain is aggravating and stimulates rapid cancerous growth. In turn, the stick man extrudes an enzyme which alleviates the pain of the host and extends its life as long as it is completely compliant with all stick-man manipulations.
The stick-men are fifth dimensional beings, and are also from a completely different universe, and travel via wormholes from one universe to the next. They are for unknown reasons unable to transfer from one wormhole to another without being destroyed, and require a host organism to transfer into or through. As they spread like a cancer throughout the universes, they take over hosts, seek out sentient beings, and then work to develop or gain control of the technology to make the next leap.
The machinations of the stick-men are inimical to human understanding, but it is known that they seek another, ancient race they call the First Ones. These first ones are descried as non corporeal beings of energy which also take on host forms, but usually choosing non sentient hosts. They have been pursuing the First Ones for at least two expansion cycles of the universe, they claim, and explain that they seek to integrate the First Ones into their own society. Somehow, people who actually meet, deal with, and talk to them through their hosts, never believe them, feeling instead like dealing with stick men is like dealing with infernal demons.
The Federated Marines and the Dragoon Special Units
Once, during a CerrKTaa invasion, a sweeper squad of federation marines arrived. They were inscrutable warriors, the ultimate killers. Armed to the teeth which high energy particle weapons, gravitic rifles, A-M tanks, and supported by a troop of Ares class Dragoons, it was hard to imagine any of them were human. And it turns out that most of them werent, had indeed never known a true mother or father in their life, just the cold steel walls of a birthing plant somewhere back in the core. Of course, real humans wouldnt be so insane as to head out in to uncharted colonial space to protect and handful of colonists, researchers, and prospectors, would they?
The HFC is a thinly spread unity of human space, keeping a vast diversity of otherwise independent interstellar and planetary governments and corporations in contact and legal agreement with one another. While the HFC is, itself, funded primarily by the core worlds, it has a modest but impressive military. In the frontiers of space, the best military units are small, efficient, and deadly. They are capable of instigating peace by their mere presence, and are worthy of attracting the attention of all but the most obtuse enemies. To this end, the HFC has created the Interstellar Navy and the Federated Marines to enforce the law and keep the peace.
The Federated Marines are, as a group, a rough but disciplined bunch. Members are drawn from three sources:
1. Volunteers. There are, believe it or not, people who would find this sort of life tempting for any number of reasons. Many of the FMs forces are drawn from backwater worlds with small, unsuccessful colonies that cannot afford to get away from whatever tepid hell-hole they grew up in. The FM takes anyone, even allied alien forces. Praektorians, example, make up fully 30% of all FM forces.
2. They make you from scratch. Simulants are a common practice in this era, genetically grown and bred human beings designed for specific tasks or duties. Simulants are a hardier, tougher, meaner lot than most regular humans, and the ones bred for the marines are crafted specifically to be killing machines. The rules for simulant characters will be discussed in more detail in a bit.
3. You are sentenced to the FM. Federated Marines, and Dragoons especially, are sometimes former convicts who were given the option to serve a life sentence in the harshest patrolled zones of the HFC. Convict marines are often kept in special military units, and assigned to regions where they are monitored carefully. Some who excel and prove themselves in a magnanimous fashion are granted the right to move on to more regular duties, but they are never allowed to leave the FM until age prohibits them from functioning effectively.
The difference between Federated Marines and Dragoons is simple. FMs slap on a suit and armor, have some cybernetic or gene-mods, and are ornery. Dragoons are ornery too, but thats because less than 10-12% of their biological body is still present; the rest of the Dragoon has been supplanted by the most sophisticated killing machine body money can buy. Dragoons are effectively robots for purposes of character design, and very rough ones, at that. Many are former criminals, who have been further subjected to a barrage of psychotropic drugs, mental stimulants and pacifiers, and extreme conditioning procedures to make them functional, obeying forces. Dragoons scare the crap out of regular Marines, but they are the heavy artillery everyone has come to rely on. Without the Dragoons, the really big bad guys would be a bitch to deal with.
Characters of both military types are possible in any Ad Astra campaign. You should pick your choice of career and species first, and then come here to receive further guidance in the character creation process. To run Marine and Dragoon characters, follow the following guidelines in character design:
Federated Marine Characters: All Federated Marines go through a rigorous training period. A suggested package for skills is as follows. Federated Marines are given the option to build upon and enhance their cybernetic modifications, though any deleterious effect on their psyche will lead to a halt order on further modifications until treatment is received. Federated Marine Package Cost: 15 Highly Skilled level 6 (60 extra skill points due to intense training) Features: level 2 Biomonitor Implant (records physical condition, heart rate, temperature, toxicity, etc.), Cybernetic Jack (may interface with computers directly; +1 bonus on Computer checks). Heightened Awareness Level 1 Toughness Level 1 (+20 health) Organizational Ties: Federated Commonwealth Marines level 4 Required Skills: Acrobatics 1, Climbing 1, Computers 1, Military Sciences 1, Navigation 1, Wilderness Survival 1, Unarmed Attack 1, Unarmed Defense 1, Melee Attack 1, Melee Defense 1, Gun Combat 1, Heavy Weapons 1. (47 skill point cost) Focus Skills: Alot the 13 extra skill points plus any others you want to at least two of these as you desire: Demolitions, Driving, Electronics, Law, Management/Admin, Mechanics, Piloting, Stealth, Urban Tracking, Wilderness Tracking, any combat skills.
Simulants in the Navy and Marines:
Simulants are effectively genetically enhanced, test-tube grown humans, created from whole genetic cloth and tailored to the specific needs of a given job. Simulants, therefore, have a limited capacity for variation. There are about three hundred types from which the FM draws its best stock, and they leave intentional random mutational factors in the growth process to insure that there is a factor of individuality between the simulants. It is possible to have an army of true clones who all look alike, but the need to assert individuality in the face of such sameness is in the HFC charter. Simulant Species Package Cost:
Simulants are tailored in the genegineering process to be most functional in their profession. Ergo, you get a very narrow starting point spread for you attributes.
Simulant Type Body Mind Soul Infantry 8 6 4
Support 6 6 4
Officer 8 8 6
Pilot 8 8 6
Armor 9 6 4
All simulants start with a 100 point design base. For game purposes, Simulants are modified humans, that is, mutants. The mutant profile of all simulants in the navy are as follows:
Simulants are Engineered Mutants
Simulants are from a community, that of the genegineered metahumans
Simulants of a unique or specialized nature may be custom designed, but most simulants in the Federated Navy have a common package of mutations. For purposes of character creation, assume that the character is specially designed, or was a bit of an experiment, and choose what you like according to the mutant design rules. A sample design focus follows:
The Spacer Simulant Space Combat Specialist Package Cost: 12 (Plus Marine package) Toughness level 2 Armor level 2 Heightened Senses: Radio Link level 1 Adaptation: Vacuum, Radiation, Extreme Cold, Extreme Heat level 4 (5 EP/hour)
This simulant was born and bred for the extremes of space; each Spacer is treated with a nano fiber weave in their skin which hardens them to the rigors of outer space; they are capable of holding their breath for great lengths (energy cost of adaptation), and have been implanted with a radio link for communication.
Dragoon Character Creation:
Some dragoons are so far removed from the common human that they are closer to robots, and may even be designed as if they were such. For a more human dragoon, treat them as Marines with the following additional package ideas. The following Cybernetic enhancements are placed on a Dragoon to bring them up to FM standards. Most Dragoons are recruited from amongst desperate criminals, those who have experienced crippling and irreparable injuries, and others. Many do not have the complete skill package of the marines, but their enhancements more than make up for it. A Dragoon may be built on up to 125 points.
Ares Class Dragoon Infantry Enhancement Package Cost: 95 Super strength Level 3 (biomechanical enhancement)(5 EP/use) Armor level 5 (Duralloy mod armor enhancement) Adaptation level 4 (Extreme heat, extreme cold, vacuum, water) Extra Attacks level 2 Extra Defenses level 2 Regeneration level 1 (nanotech healing agents)(10 EP/round to use) Features: Cybernetic Jack, Biomonitor Implant level 2 Enhanced Senses: level 4 (Sonar, Radar, Radio Infrared, hearing) Toughness level 3 Special Attack: Ares UR55 Particle Cannon level 3 (with Autofire, Penetrating armor) Massive Damage level 3 (with guns) Awkward Size 1 BP (2.5-4 meters tall) Owned: Federated Commonwealth Marines 3 BP (total) Unappealing: Monstrous Mechanoid appearance 3 BP
Coming Soon: PART II, in which more strange aliens, future history, and technology shall be revealed!