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Ascendancy Vassal Species

Many vassal species call the Ascendancy their overlords, and the Noble Houses are quick to find roles for aliens that they deem useful and willing to fall in line. Although most are kept confined to their home system as part of the Gong class, similar to the low ranks of Terrans, many individual vassals can be found working various jobs across Terran space. Ascendancy Vassals are not treated any worse than the basic subjects of the Houses - but they are more limited in their opportunities for advancement.

It is possible to create your own vassal species - if you have a great idea for a species, then you can submit it to the game team for possible inclusion into the Orion Sphere universe. See the Vassal Species page for details and guidelines of the kind of things we are looking for in a new species.

Coronites

Coronites are considered a strange artefact of the Orion Nebula Sector. They spend most of their existence as diffuse clouds of gas, held together by electromagnetic interactions that form a sort of distributed consciousness. It is thought that some exotic set of conditions in the Orion Nebula allows them to form from the clouds of dust and ions. They then spend several thousand years close to certain large stars, growing in volume and feeding from solar winds. After they have reached sufficient size to survive away from energy sources, they drift outward into the galaxy in search of new experiences.

Coronites in their most commonly recognized forms are created when a starship with a ramscoop-enabled warp drive passes directly through one of these proto-Coronite clouds, sucking them up and concentrating them into much denser forms in the heart of their drive chambers. As the Coronite takes form, it drains the drive plasma below sustainable levels and usually causes an engine failure. Engineers that enter the chambers to investigate are confronted with an amorphous cloud that quickly takes humanoid form.

The first appearance of Coronites in the drives of early Ascendancy explorers were considered to be hostile alien entities with malicious intent, but they were eventually recognized to be a strange natural phenomena of the Orion Nebula. After they were recognized as a discrete and repeated phenomenon in 2960 PT, various Ascendancy Houses secured some of the very rare specimens to experiment on and harness their energy generation abilities. In the first century after their discovery, numerous Coronites were drained dry or imprisoned in power plants or batteries by Terran scientists. They were eventually regarded as fairly inefficient compared to large-scale fusion facilities, and began to be regarded more as a curio than a threat or resource. Despite increased traffic and exploration into the Orion Nebula, Coronites remain quite rare, and this scarcity has caused them to be regarded as status symbols of a sort. Coronite individuals are frequently seconded or gifted to high-status independent groups controlled Shi or Junzi, particularly ones that operate on the fringes of Ascendancy space. Coronite power generation abilities and indifference to the vacuum of space make them useful assets for exploration teams and military groups that operate far from the infrastructure of the Ascendancy and MegaCorps, and they are commonly found as scientists and engineers out on the fringes.

During the latter part of the First Tulaki Armistice, when Dominion priests first encountered Ascendancy Coronites and learned of their origin, there was a period of intense interest from the Ecclesiocracy in Coronites. Factions within the priesthood believed the Coronite condensates to be manifestations of the more powerful Immortal Spirits, as information about them was sparse. The Dominion considered Terran’s control over Coronites to profane their faith and the resulting tensions were one of many factors that escalated into the Second Ascendancy-Dominion War.

Character: Having existed as diffuse clouds of particles for much of their time, Coronites have a very odd perspective compared to most sophonts. While Coronites may have existed for millions of years prior to taking physical form, their diffuse nature means that they do not possess any useful coherent memories from this time - they existed in a universe of energy gradients, gravitic waves and solar winds, and paid little attention to the world of matter even when they could perceive it. Coronites who have been condensed into physical forms are usually naturally very curious - these tend to be the ones who have left the bounds of their feeder stars and gone exploring, and this tendency is retained in condensed individuals. They are effectively immortal, which gives them a very strange concept of time. Time while diffuse feels shorter for some, while time spent condensed may stretch out for an age. As a result, some Coronites have very short attention spans, and flit from task to task as it holds their interest, becoming bored easily, while others retain the perspective of their long existences and seem to have endless reserves of patience and focus.

Coronites do not reproduce in their condensed forms, and it is poorly understood how new Coronites come into being. Although they do not have genders, individual Coronites may choose to identify as a certain gender within solid society, or may not. Coronites who have spent a long time in condensed form may experience a desire to return to their diffuse form, and arrange to be released from their physical forms while in space, and return to slowly travelling the cosmos. The great fear of many Coronites is to be punctured in an atmosphere, particularly during windy conditions where they may not be able to maintain enough gaseous density to continue their existence.

Appearance: Coronites are essentially humanoid-shaped containers of energetic plasma and charged particles. The energy fields that make up their external surface are normally transparent, showing the swirling pinpoints of light beneath. This can be physrepped by using makeup or a tight covering similar to a body stocking to portray all areas of exposed skin as something like a starfield, or swirling, nebula-like clouds of coloured gas (or a combination of the two).
All Coronites have some element of technology that sustains their external field and holds their bodies together. This can take the form of a small generator, patches of solid armour or some other device. These devices are not considered in-game items like energy fields or science devices, but are part of the Coronite character’s form. They are also individually tailored to the specific Coronite character, so do not need to be consistent between characters.
Finally, all Coronites emit light from within - this light can be channeled so that it is most prominent in certain areas of their form (LEDs, EL-wire, etc.). Coronite characters must emit enough light so that they are visible in the dark from at least a reasonable distance. Coronite characters may cover this light with clothing, armour etc., but their costume must be emitting light in at least some way - completely covering their emitted light feels uncomfortable for Coronite characters (a feeling similar to overheating or a fever).

Abilities:

  • 2 Global Body Hits, 300 second Death Count.
    • Gaining +1 Locational Hit equivalent to +1 Global Hit.
    • To use First Aid or Physician on a Coronite you must have Etheric Science, or be a Coronite.
    • The Engineer skill can be used to reset, pause or stop Coronite Death Counts.
  • Gaseous Physiology
    • Does not become Unconscious at 0 Hits, immediately becomes Walking Wounded instead.
    • Immediately starts their Death Count on reaching 0 Global Hits.
    • Immune to most Disease Conditions.
    • Takes altered effect from most Radiation Conditions.
    • Medicaments require Yurian Lattice Plasma to work.
  • Can use item abilities at -1 Charge Cost.
    • This ability can be granted to others by maintaining contact.

The external layer of a Coronite that contains their gaseous forms is quite fragile and vulnerable, and they are prone to leakage if it is punctured, although they can remain viable despite the loss of a considerable amount of their energy mass. Coronite characters have 2 Global Body Hits and a 300 second Death Count. If they acquire additional LHV, these are not converted to a greater number of Global Hits, so +1 LH is equivalent to +1 Global Hit (unlike other Global Hit species such as Yelk). Patching their external membrane requires specialist knowledge - characters cannot use the Physician or First Aid skills on Coronites unless they also possess at least 1 rank of Etheric Science (or are themselves Coronites). However, characters with the Engineer skill can reset, pause or stop a Death Count on Coronite characters as if they had the First Aid and Physician skills at an equal rank to their Engineer skill (they cannot facilitate healing or perform Surgery on them).

The gaseous physiology of the Coronites makes it very difficult to render them unconscious, but quite prone to leakage. When Coronite characters lose all their Global Body Hits, they do not become Unconscious or Badly Injured - they immediately become Walking Wounded instead. However, when Coronite characters are reduced to 0 Global Body Hits they immediately begin their Death Count. Coronites naturally generate energy within their swirling ionic bodies, and can use this energy to power devices that they are using. When Coronite characters use any items that consume Charges to power their abilities, those abilities cost 1 Charge less to use (so abilities that only cost 1 Charge are free). Alternatively, they may grant this ability to another character by holding or remaining in close contact with and charging them with ionic energy (a process which most recipients consider uncomfortable, as they are charged with static electricity). A Coronite character cannot perform any other actions while maintaining this ability.

As energy beings, Coronite physiology is completely different from most sophont species, which makes them immune to most illnesses but also renders them unaffected by most biological substances as well. Coronite characters are immune to all Disease Conditions that do not specifically affect Energy species. They also take modified effects from most Radiation Conditions - radiation may empower a Coronite, or cause short-term roleplay effects at the discretion of the Referee. Coronites are also immune to vacuum and can exist unharmed in space. They are also immune to all Medicaments unless they have been doped with the Yurian Lattice Plasma Exotic Particles – this plasma vaporises active components of most Medicaments and incorporates them within the plasma lattice, allowing them to affect Coronite internal processes in similar ways to how they would affect biological characters. A Medicament with Yurian Lattice Plasma applied to it will have its normal effects on a Coronite character. The only exception to this is if a Condition or similar has a cure that requires the administering of Medicaments doped with another specific Exotic Substance, in this case (because a Medicament can only be doped with a single Exotic Substance), the normal cure for the Condition applies.

Raegar

Raegar form close bonds with their own kind

The Raegar are a bipedal mammalian species originally from the Rae’targah System, thought to be in the middle of the Gateway Sector, although their enclaves are now spread across Ascendancy space in the Trailing Coreward and Rimward Quadrants. Early Raegaran society was very collaborative, with each individual expected to contribute towards their family, clan and society at large. The social order was brutally maintained by police and heavy-handed societal expectations. Although war itself was rare, Raegaran society was highly militarized.

Regardless of their societal origins, Reagaran society has always been primarily shaped by a single biological factor - the genetic illness known variously as “Rae Diar”, “the black frost” and “RG-T42”. This illness is something all Raegar are born with; a single cluster of contaminated cells that eventually spreads to rot their bodies from the inside. It is always fatal and overcomes most Raegar in their early thirties, with none surviving forty years. The disease manifests as grotesque black boils growing from beneath the patient’s skin. Internally, it spreads slowly throughout the body causing growing discomfort, until eventually it fatally disrupts the patient’s internal organs resulting in a slow, painful death over a few days. The disease is genetic and cannot be spread to other races, and cannot be surgically removed without killing its host. Despite hundreds of years of research no cure has been found, though advancements in medication can remove some of the pain and symptoms and stave off death for a few additional years.

Their first encounter with wider galactic society was with Terrans - mostly rogue trader captains but also a few Ascendancy survey vessels. Using traded technology, they colonised their system and developed some warp-capable starships. Further development was cut short by the approach of the Dominion during the early stages of the First Tulaki Invasion. Opting to fight rather than submit, the Raegar clans banded together to present a united front. Many clans were lost in the initial skirmishes, but with considerable sacrifice the Raegar managed to capture some Dominion lander vessels and use their Gateways to board a few capital ships. Along with their own warp-capable ships, the Raegar abandoned their home system and split into a handful of flotillas which took the war to the Dominion. They assaulted Tulaki colonies, stripping them of resources and ships and then moved on, leaving scorched earth in their wake. With little attachment to territory, the Raegar used the Dominion’s logistical pathways against them and were a major thorn in the side of the First Invasion.

When the Invasion ended in a stalemate the Raegar flotillas, severely depleted after years of conflict without a home, were quickly absorbed by the Ascendancy. Having aided the Raegar during their efforts to harass the Tulaki, the Ascendancy granted enclaves on their worlds for Raegar noncombatants, provided the Raegar bend the knee as Ascendancy vassals. Although the similar culture of the Ascendancy made the transition tolerable, many Terrans remain suspicious of Raegar insular behaviour. Raegarans were good soldiers and obeyed their new overlords, though they remained distant and self-absorbed from most of Terran society. While other species such as the Urgs consider them cowardly and dishonorable for their preferred battle tactics, their practical (if unforgiving) approach has led to victory in many theatres of war.

Physically, Raegar are more flexible and agile than Terrans due to a greater number of individual muscles. Their joints move far more liberally, allowing them to fit through gaps and confine themselves to spaces humans of the same size are unable to. Their internal organs function at a slower pace, allowing them to conserve energy excellently as they would during the harsh winter of their home world. So long as they restrain from physical activity or overexertion, they can remain still and sit for an indefinite period of time without needing to move for sustenance or to relieve themselves. Raegar have only one gender, though they reproduce sexually. They have genitalia akin to both the human male and female, allowing them to both conceive and father children. They are free to use whatever pronouns or description fits best when interacting with other races or the English language.

Due to the clan structure, their living primarily in enclaves and their insular nature, the Raegar have preserved some aspects of their historic culture. The clans are similar to feudal Ancient Terran cultures, each being led by a single individual and their blood relatives, guided by a group of trusted advisors. Below this level, each clan will house, raise and train a larger number of followers. There is an expectation to respect those who have served a clan longer, but officially all members of the clan at this level are equal. Clan members mix but classes do not, and respect is always shown to those above you. Since becoming Ascendancy vassals, the ruling class of Raegar clans are puppets of one or more of the Terran Noble Houses, and many clan members wear the colours of their overlords rather than that of their own clan. Raegaran fashion runs towards the uniform, and is characterised by stiff-collared, thigh-length jackets or tunics with a belt, and a pair of trousers with puttees or spats. Higher rank is usually denoted by better material and more embellishment. The militaristic dress style can result in other species confusing civilian Raegar for members of the military.

Character: The Black Frost shapes the Raegar psyche - all Raegarans bear a physical memento mori on their bodies, an ever-present and painful reminder of their short lives. This has resulted in the majority of Raegar being stoic pragmatists. They know that their lives are short, and they do not have the time to indulge in fripperies or sentimentality. An individual’s life means little, and it is the larger institutions that must have priority - the clan, the family, the species as a whole, and the Ascendancy. Raegar build their houses from wood - quicker to build and repair, with stone reserved for official buildings that needed to last. Raegar do not value personal possessions - everything they need is provided by their clan, and when they eventually die it will be passed on to another.

The disease has created a shared sense of unity across all of Raegar society that has always trumped any rivalry or dispute between clans. However, it has also created a sense of insularity; Raegaran individuals will trust the word an acquaintance of their own race over that of a close friend who is not Raegaran. This is not from any sense of superiority, but from the bond of suffering that all Raegar share.

The stoic, class-based culture of the Raegar, combined with the cultural influence of the Ascendancy has resulted in a hierarchical “face-saving” set of behaviours. Politeness and subdued emotions are the norm, with outbursts and anger kept behind closed doors in the presence of close family or clan members. Raegar are expected to show discipline and loyalty, and present themselves with proper decorum in public. They are expected to show respect to those who have earned it by virtue of their status and deeds. However, this reserve is dropped in private when surrounded by their peers, and more friendly or rowdy behaviour comes to the fore.

Raegar are known for their excellent communication skills, both naturally and technologically. Travel and lengthy messaging are considered a waste of one’s short lifespan, so they quickly embraced radio and digital communication. The finest and most compact comms in the Ascendancy are Raegar made. This extends socially, also, as Raegar can be seen to regularly send messages to each other in small gestures or body language, allowing them to communicate without the need for words. Aside from communication, their society values most skills equally, from martial prowess to the fine arts. To waste time, be lazy, rest for long periods, or go without dedicating yourself to someone or something – these are considered vices. Ironically, this attitude appeared due to the disease’s increased progression when the host is awake, active, or mentally engaged. Those who choose to sleep and do nothing can live a decade longer than those who get up early everyday and work. The idea of a short life is ingrained into Raegar culture, and every second must be used to further your agenda, whatever it may be. Large families are encouraged under the same idea. There is no marriage equivalent in Raegar culture as having multiple partners over the course of a lifetime maximises reproduction. Monogamous relationships akin to a married couple are accepted but not popular.

Raegar names reflect their emphasis on Clan loyalty, as individual names are short, never longer than two syllables, and are always given after the clan name. For example, a Tyyn clan member named Staiger would introduce themselves as Tyyn Staiger, or simply as Tyyn to non-Raegar.

Raegar skin patterning

Appearance: Raegar are humanoid in structure, with furred tails, large ears and distinctive striped skin patterning that emanates from their spinal area. Fur covers the Raegaran’s heads, ears, spine, and tails, usually in a consistent colour. Thicker areas of hair can appear on the face and forearms, making shaving and grooming facial fur a mark of status and fashion. Discoloured skin, in muted tones of varying colours, forms stripes emanating out from each Raegaran’s spine. These curve in geometric lines around to the individuals font, but do not meet. They are symmetrical and become darker and more distinct over the course of childhood. These marks are unique to each Raegaran individual, but there may be some similarity shared between family or clan members.

Most Raegaran will show external signs of the “black frost”, beginning as early as birth and as late as childhood. These appear as grotesque black boils on irritated skin, clusters of which will slowly grow to consume large areas over time. They are known to release pus, blood, and other unwanted fluids in more severe cases.

Physrep Requirements:

  • Large ears with hair/fur on the external side. These are more akin to stylised elf ears than they are satyr or animal ears, best achieved with latex prosthetics covered with crepe wool or faux fur.
  • Striped markings on the face/visible skin areas. These are symmetrical on either side and are darker, muted colours rather than lighter, saturated hues. Can be achieved with any pigmented makeup or body paint.
  • Visible diseased area, such as the face, neck, or lower arms. Lesser degrees of progression can be physrepped with small spots or areas of black makeup, but more advanced cases of the disease will require prosthetics of boils and pustules coloured appropriately. The skin around the boils may be discoloured, irritated, display visible veins, or have an otherwise infected look. Players of Raegar characters should expect to advance their disease physreps over the course of their character's life.
  • Optional Phys-reps: A tail of matching colour to the characters hair/fur. This is assumed to be present but hidden underneath clothing if not phys-repped.

Abilities

  • Raegar have 2 locational hits and a 300 second Death Count.
  • All Raegar are infected with the Black Frost Condition, an incurable, progressive and lethal disease that may lead to a character's death.
  • Raegar characters suffer less pain from Conditions that cause pain.

All Raegar characters are afflicted with the Black Frost, a progressive disease that will slowly kill them, for which no cure currently exists. Finding a cure for the Black Frost in-game may technically be possible, but will be no easy task and will likely have large-scale repercussions for the entire species, both player and NPC. The Black Frost is a staged Condition with gradually worsening symptoms, reflecting the progression of the disease and growth of the aberrant tissue. The Black Frost Condition has 10 stages - new Raegar characters may choose which stage of the Condition they wish to start at, and how the Condition will advance in play. The disease will only get worse, and as it does so the areas of visible infected tissue should become larger or more common. After the tenth stage, further advancement results in a painful death from the disease.

Certain triggers may cause the disease to advance to the next stage. These triggers may vary from character to character and at different stages of the disease, but common ones include surgeries in which red or black cards are drawn, receiving a severe injury, exposure to certain toxins or environmental factors, significant emotional trauma or prolonged periods of heightened emotions. A Referee may determine that a certain event or trigger will advance the disease to the next stage, although the disease can only progress a single stage at most for each event.

Living with the Black Frost grants Raegar characters a certain fatalistic resolve that they can use to overcome outside influences and push through injury and hardship. For every 2 full stages of the disease, Raegar characters gain 1 Will Point, which they can use in the following ways;

  • 1 Point to call RESIST to an EFFECT call or roleplaying effect.
  • 1 Point to temporarily gain 1 rank of the Steel Viscera skill for the purposes of a single surgery being performed on them (granting an extra Green Card).
  • 1 Point to ignore the roleplaying effects of a Medicament or Condition affecting them for up to an hour.
  • 1 Point to allow them to act normally for 1 minute while Walking Wounded.
  • 1 Point to become Walking Wounded if they have been Unconscious or Badly Injured for at least 1 minute.

Raegar characters can regain spent Will Points by participating in meditative work activity alongside at least one other member of their Raegar clan (so lone Raegar with no other Clan members present cannot do this). For every 10 minutes spent on these activities, each participating Raegar can regain 1 spent Will Point. The intervention of non-clan members invalidates the session - the close-knit and non-participatory aspects of Raegaran culture, combined with their fatalistic attitudes, are regarded with suspicion by many Terrans working alongside Raegar.

As the Black Frost causes them constant pain, most Raegar are somewhat inured to pain and discomfort. They suffer reduced pain from Conditions and roleplay effects, and may continue to act relatively normally even while suffering from burns, broken limbs and anything short of extreme agony. Raegar characters are not completely immune to these symptoms, and must respond in some way (fighting with a broken arm is still impossible), although their reaction to the painful Condition or effect can be significantly reduced.

Sollen

Though naturally humble, Sollen can be very determined when required.

Sollen fit in well within the Ascendancy’s order, being naturally inclined towards finding a position in society, and a low impulse to question authority. They are originally from the Sollest system in the Crux Sector, where their dying star promoted a rigidly ordered system to conserve resources. Since being integrated into the Ascendancy, they have spread far and wide, exported in numbers to make use of their facility with machines.

Character: Sollen have a tendency towards being humble and self-effacing, and prefer to blend in with the crowd or lurk in the background rather than occupy the spotlight. They take a quiet pleasure in facilitating the success of others, and ensuring that both machines and society run smoothly.
Appearance: Sollen appear very similar to humans, but possess three thin bands of horn-like growths on their foreheads, radiating outward from their eyeline. These horns are ringed with scaly plates that vary in colour from blue to green and red.
Abilities: Sollen are physically quite frail, and start with only 1 locational body hit and a death count of 200 seconds. They make up for this with their aptitude with machines and devices – Sollen start with 1 rank of both the Engineer and Extra Mods Professional Skills for free.

Urgs

Urgs are an aggressive race from the Urgholme system in the Hyades Sector, deep within Ascendancy space. They are one of the earlier races encountered by the Terrans as they expanded outwards after discovering warp drive technology.
Character: Urgs are quarrelsome and enjoy combat, but they are quick to submit to the orders of those that they consider to be an authority figure. They enjoy participating in military activities with a bit of pomp and ceremony, particularly when being observed by superiors. Within their species, they value honours and medals very highly as symbols of status, and have a hightened (if fragile) sense of pride.
Appearance: Urgs are physrepped by a full-face balaclava “orc” style mask. The colour of the mask can vary, usually between black and olive-green or beige.
Abilities: Urgs are naturally tough, and start with 3 locational body hits and a Death Count of 250 seconds.

Wrathians

The Wrathians are a species from the blighted moon of Leto’s Wrath II-C in the Grus Sector. The star around which their homeworld orbits is a colossal red giant, which is renowned for its furious coronal ejections. Leto’s Wrath II-C orbits a hydrogen gas giant at significant distance from the star. The protective envelope of Leto’s Wrath II’s magnetosphere and regular periods of eclipsing allowed life to develop on what would otherwise be a molten cinder. Despite this protection, the active star’s electromagnetic disruptions made it very difficult for the Wrathian’s society to develop reliable electronics, and they had only just entered the digital age when they were discovered by the Ascendancy in 3104 PT.

With their advanced technology, shielded systems and ordered society, the envoys of the Ascendancy were hailed as mortal gods. In awe at the marvels that the Ascendancy possessed, the Wrathians devoutly fell in line and over the next few centuries embraced Ascendancy orthodoxy, which laid the groundwork for the tragedy to come. The nobles of House Pontez were impressed at the time at how quickly the Wrathians, with their close physical resemblance to Terrans, accepted the Ascendancy’s order, and were considering allowing individual Wrathians to leave their homeworld by the time of the First Tulaki Invasion.

When the Dominion warfleets decimated the Ascendancy Navy in the Bleak Sector in 3288 PT, the Ascendancy Council desperately placed their colonies and holdings in the Trailing half of their territory on a war footing. Indoctrination broadcasts and preparedness inspections increased massively deep behind the Dominion front, and the Wrathians were earmarked for mass mobilisation as soldiers. Propaganda broadcasts and militarisation of Wrathian society whipped them into a fervour of loyalty, and all aspects of Wrathian society were directed towards preparing for the coming threat. When the threat did come in 3356 PT, the Wrathians rose to meet it – but after the Dominion gained a foothold on the moon, their Gateway portals and vast numbers of assault troops quickly put the sparsely-populated Wrathian homeworld on a desperate defensive. Opting to sacrifice themselves to destroy the invading army and blunt a significant part of the Dominion offensive, the leaders of the Wrathians directed their people in what they believed was their final act of loyalty. A coordinated network of beta radiation emitters was disseminated to the numerous exotic element mines across the moon’s surface, and simultaneously activated in an attempt to set off an explosive chain reaction that would obliterate the moon and the surrounding Tulaki fleet.

Unfortunately, impurities in the exotic mineral veins at depth prevented the reaction penetrating the heart of the moon. Rather than destroying the planet, the reaction unleashed clouds of toxic dust and gases impregnated with a poorly-understood cocktail of radioactive isotopes. Half of the invading Dominion forces perished as they retreated to their landing craft and abandoned the dying moon. It was not until the Ascendancy reclaimed the sector after the first armistice that they discovered what remained of Leto’s Wrath II-C – a blighted and poisonous world, its atmosphere lethal to unprotected lungs, wracked by storms and earthquakes. When radio broadcasts of Ascendancy propaganda were found to be coming from the surface, they were first thought to be automated systems still running, their operators long dead – but the messages being broadcast did not match anything in the survey vessels archives, and expeditions to the surface were surprised to find that the Wrathians were not extinct, but changed.

The cocktail of exotic mineral dust and radiation had a powerful mutagenic effect, and although the majority of the population perished, those who survived became genetically adapted to their toxic world. Wrathians require the poisons of their home moon to survive, and their toxic metabolisms can handle incredible hostile environments. They exude small amounts of poisonous substances at all times, which the Ascendancy has found several uses for. Wrathians retain a burning fervour to serve the Ascendancy, and their devotion to the cause is seen as unnerving to even many Terrans, particularly given their blighted origin.

Character: Most modern Wrathians are utterly devoted to the Ascendancy cause, sometimes even to the point of madness. They enjoy participating in parades and inspections, and take pride in their uniforms and discipline. They are committed to rigid social order, and despise what they see as deviant, hedonistic behaviour or waste. Few have had the opportunity to peer behind the veil of the Noble Houses high society, but would likely be disgusted at what they saw there.

Appearance: Wrathians are humanoid, and in their original form looked remarkably similar to Terrans, only with jet black skin around their hairline, which faded into more familiar Terran skin tones (this can be accomplished with make-up). Modern Wrathians retain this appearance, but are mostly distinguished by the toxic sores and weals that constantly appear across their body and slowly fade – accumulations of poisonous substances that infect the flesh. They are sickly looking as a rule, with pallid skin and patches of sores and infected skin that looks like bruises. These sores are generally a dull purple at their centre, and have a deep black area around them, and may even be spotted with their dark blue blood. The sores and marks can be simulated with make-up and/or prosthetics.

Wrathians require toxic chemicals to survive, and many wear a breathing apparatus - such as a full-face mask or lower-face mask with a breathing tube. Similarly, they tend to exude poisonous chemicals, and generally cover much of their exposed flesh when around other species so as not to accidentally poison them. Most Wrathians in mixed company will cover themselves with wrappings, clothing or bandages to keep from poisoning their comrades.

Abilities:

  • 1 Locational Hit, 400 second Death Count.
  • Immune to Radiation Conditions.
  • Resistant to Toxic Conditions
  • Wrathian Toxins (show-me lammie)

Wrathians have 1 body hit and a death count of 400 seconds – their bodies tend to be somewhat frail owing to their toxic biology, but their blood is thick and viscous, and their will to survive is strong. Wrathians unique biology makes them highly resistant to Radiation and Toxins. They are immune to most Radiation Conditions (or at least it will take a lot longer for them to be affected by them), and Toxic Conditions take twice as long to progress in a Wrathian – they may even shrug off mild Toxic conditions entirely.

Wrathians both require and exude toxins as part of their natural biological processes. A Wrathian character must have a physrep breathing mask or similar apparatus for delivering toxins to their system (outlined in appearance above). Without a breathing apparatus they will slowly sicken and may die. Wrathian characters can also afflict others with their toxins by remaining in close contact for a short time – this tends to induce feelings of nausea and weakness, and can disrupt the mental concentration needed to use Psionic powers or Discipline skills - this power is a Show-me lammie effect. Finally, members of other species using the physician skill to perform surgery on or otherwise assist a Wrathian without appropriate protection is a dangerous task, and may end up with the physician being poisoned (usually if a Ref is present).

ascendancy_vassal_species.txt · Last modified: 2020/01/28 13:43 by conan