Monday, January 5, 2015

5. Terror Birds of Mars

The now-famous terror birds of Mars began as a 21st century recreation of the extinct members of family Phorusrhacidae. All relevant species went extinct 2.5 million years ago (at the earliest), so scientists were forced to pull genetic material from similar large birds, such as ostriches and cassowaries. The birds are therefore a reconstruction, designed to be similar to what is believed to have existed, but not a true resurrection.

They were originally intended to be exhibited in a theme park, but after the chaos of the Fall the genome ended up in the hands of Fa Jing. Fa Jing primarily uses them as a visible, intimidating security measure for many of their Martian properties. Recently, they have been leasing them to Martian rangers, where they became famous when a Fa Jing marketing team leaked a short clip of one kicking the head off a wastewalker.

The terror birds are, above all else, physically imposing. They stand three meters high, of which the legs alone are usually 1.5 meters. Standard augmentation replaces their beaks and talons with metal prostheses, removes their vestigial wings, and strengthens their muscles and bones. In the low gravity of Mars their great strength makes them capable of high speeds, long jumps and powerful kicks.

Mechanics

Terror Bird

COG 5 COO 15 INT 15 REF 20 SAV 5 SOM 30 WIL 10
INIT 7 SPD 2 DUR 50 WT 10 DR 75 LUC 20 TT 4 IR 40

Skills: Fray 40, Freerunning 60, Intimidation 50, Perception 30, Unarmed Combat 40
Enhancements: Bioweave (Heavy), Compulsion Goad, Cyberclaws, Enhanced Respiration, Neurachem (Level 1), Medichines, Muscle Augmentation, Temperature Tolerance, Hardened Skeleton
Movement Rate: 4/50
Attack: 1d10 + 6 DV, AP -2
Armor: 3/4

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