Mutated Bird

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Base animal stats below

Score 743

04/08/24

-180 points / -55 points

Description: There are a multitude of bird species, varying in color, size, diet, etc. Average physical stats are presented here, with notable bird species called out afterwards and only listing what varies from this baseline.

ST 1 [-90]; DX 14 [80]; IQ 3/10 [-140/0]; HT 10.

Will 10 [35/0]; Per 10 [35/0]; Basic Speed 6.00; Dodge 9; Move(Ground) 2 [-20]; Move (Air) 12/18.

Advantages: Flight (Winged -25%; Temp Disad: No Strikers -6%) [28]; 2x Strikers (Crushing; Long +100%; Cannot Parry -40%; Weak -50%; Limb -20%; Damaged on Parry by Weapon -30%) [6]*; Enhanced Move (Air) 0.5 [10]; Sharp Beak [1]; Feathers [1].

Disadvantages: Bad Grip 2 [-10]; Wild Animal [-30]; Short Lifespan 4 [-40]; Dextrous Legs [-16].

Features: SM -6; Early Maturation 4; Feathered Tail*; Omnivore; No Arm or Hand Hit Locations (replaced by Wings).

Mutation Notes: Tiny birds like this are actually pretty adept with their feet, hence Dextrous Legs + Bad Grip 2. Mutant Birds can switch that out for Wings + Arms as described under Flight in the general notes section. Large Birds may buy Gliding instead of Flight. ST 1 only lets SM -6 birds fly, buy up Arm ST for larger birds! Mutant Birds may retain their Arm ST even if they do not have wings. Birds Ground Move is slow largely because they are small, increase Move as size increases, to where a SM -2 bird has a ground move equal to Basic Speed.

Combat: Dodge 9, Parry (Brawling/Dextrous Leg) 10. DR 0. Wing Buffet (DX: 14): Thr = 1d-6 crushing, Reach C. Sharp Beak (DX: 14): Thr -1 = 1d-7 pi+, Reach C. Kick (DX-2: 12): Thr = 1d-6 crushing, Reach C.

Water Fowl: Ducks are ST 3 [-70], SM -3; and Arm ST 1 [5] (they weigh up to 4 lbs), add Herbivore [-1], and Webbed Feet (Enhanced Move (Water) 0.5) [10], replace Bad Grip and Dextrous Legs with No Fine Manipulators [-4]. Remove Sharp Beak and Early Maturation 4. Alter price +31 points. Geese are similar, perhaps ST 4 (+10 points). Swans are larger, ST 5 [-50], SM -2 (weigh 24lbs generally) and Arm ST +5 [25] and Arm ST +1 (NFM -40%) [3] and are +64 points from a base bird. Webbed feet make water fowl awkward on land, reduce Ground Move by 1 or 2 points from Basic Speed (if its not already lower due to small size).

Combat: As bird, but Parry N/A, Wing Buffet (DX: 14): Thr = 1d-5 crushing, Reach C. Replace Sharp Beak with Nibble (DX: 14): Thr-1 = 1d-6 crushing, Reach C. Swans are as ducks but +4 (additional) Wing damage, +1 bite damage.

Ground Birds: Chickens are SM -5, generally ST 2, weigh 4-7 lbs, Move (Ground) 4 [+10], Arm ST +1 and while they retain their Flight, lack the Arm ST to fly for long (if using the Biotech rule, this is Requires Low Gravity 0.33 G -33%, worth -13 points). Chickens also have Ultravision [10]. Turkeys are ST 5 [-50], SM -2 and Arm ST +6 [30] (they weigh up to 24 lbs and CAN fly) +68 points. Domesticated turkeys lack the Arm ST, and thus cannot fly without great effort. Grouse, Partridge, Pheasant and Quail range between Chicken and Turkey in size and stats. Larger Ground Birds should increase Move (Ground) to +2 over Basic Speed at SM -2. Even larger ground birds can justify levels of Enhanced Move (Ground) (see ostriches, below).

Chicken Combat: As Bird, but Wing damage is +1. Turkeys are as birds but +5 Wing damage and +2 Sharp Beak Damage and Kick damage.

Large Ground Birds: An Ostrich is ST 13 (NFM -40%, Size -10%) [+105]; DX 11 [-68]; HT 11 [+20]; Per 12 [+10]; Basic Speed 5.50; Move (Ground) 10/20 [+45]; no Move (Air), SM +1; up to 300lbs, remove Flight [-27], change Strikers to remove the Limb -20% limitation [+2], Change Enhanced Move (Air) 0.5 to Enhanced Move (Ground) 1 [+10], remove Sharp Beak [-1]; change Bad Grip and Dextrous Legs to No Fine Manipulators [-4]. +92 points. Emus are smaller, ST 10 [+90]; DX 12 (NFM -40%) [-56]; HT 11 [+20]; Basic Speed 5.75; Move (Ground) 8/16 [+35]; other changes as for Ostrich, +69 points.

Combat: Dodge 8, Parry N/A. DR 0. Kick (DX -2: 9): Thr = 1d crushing, Reach C, 1. Nibble (DX: 11): Thr-1 = 1d-1 crushing, Reach C. Wing Buffet (DX: 11): Thr = 1d crushing, Reach C.

Smart Birds: Ravens, Crows, Jays, and Magpies are IQ 4 (+10 points to base template, +0 to mutant), as are Parrots. Most of these birds also have Mimicry [10]. Most tend to be ST 2 to 3 [+10 to +20], and SM -3 or -4 with Arm ST +2 [+10] to +4 [+20].

Combat: Increase damage from increased ST/Arm ST as appropriate.

Cool Carnivorous Birds: Hawks and Falcons are ST 3 [+20], Per 12 [+10], SM -4, and Arm ST +3 [+15], add Talons [8], increase Enhanced Move (Air) to 1 [+10], add Acute Vision 3 [6], Kicking Technique 2 [3], and Carnivore [-1], +71 points. Eagles are similar but ST 5 [+40], SM -2, and Arm ST +4 [+20], +96 points. Owls range greatly in size, but a typical owl would be the same as a falcon but with ST 4 [+30], Per 12 [+10], SM -3, and Arm ST +3 [+15], Night Vision 9 [9], and Silence 2 [10], +100 points.

Combat: As Birds but, Wing Buffet (DX: 14): Thr = 1d-4 crushing, Reach C. Sharp Beak (DX: 14): Thr-1 = 1d-6 pi+, Reach C. Kick w/Talons (Kicking: 14): Thr = 1d-5 cutting or impaling, Reach C. Skills: Kicking+2.

Ugly Carnivorous Birds: Vultures, Condors and similar sized soarers. The largest vultures and condors are ST 6, SM -1 (weighing up to 30+lbs), Per 12, and Arm ST +7 [+35]. This puts them just below enough ST to fly, but using extra effort to take off, and then controlled gliding and thermals to stay aloft largely matches what these big guys do. Otherwise similar to Falcons.

Combat: As birds but, Wing Buffet (DX: 14): Thr = 1d crushing, Reach C. Sharp Beack (DX: 14): Thr -1 = 1d-5 pi+, Reach C. Kick w/Talons (Kicking: 14): Thr = 1d-4 cutting or impaling, Reach C.

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