Tavlek

Mature Tavleks are bipedal hominids ranging from 1.5 to 2 meters in height and from 45 to 150 kilograms in weight. They have a natural lifespan of about 80 cycles, although most do not die of natural causes. Their skin is usually a tanned orange, with ridges and pits at varying intervals along their body. Most have little body hair, and dark eyes ranging from black to medium hazel in color. Due to poor medical science on the Tavlek homeworld, any injuries that a Tavlek receives usually go untreated save for rudimentary stitching and stapling. Most specimens sport visible scars from past injuries. Such scars are considered proof of resiliency and daring.

Background: The Tavleks are a proud, yet reclining race. Always aggressive, they once developed technologies and aspired to create a great culture – but introduced the implement of their own destruction during a war with a nearby neighbor. The ‘Gauntlet’ replaced ambition with aggression and culture with warfare. They turned from science to conquest and possess neither the organization nor the will to change their course. However, some few members have broken away from their race’s practice of racketeering and piracy, finding new roles within the Uncharted Territories.

Personality: While Tavleks tend to be loud, rough, and uncouth, they are also strong and hardy. All Tavleks gain battle experience through their adolescent and young adult years – most are left with many scars (physical, emotional, or both) as reminders of those battles.

Tavlek Species Template
Attributes
  • Fitness 3(6)
    • Strength +1
    • Vitality (+1)
  • Coordination 2(5)
  • Intellect 2(5)
  • Presence 2(4)
    • Empathy -1
  • Psi 0(4)
  • Force 0(4)
  • Essence 0(4)
Skills
  • Culture: Tavlek 2(3)
  • History: Tavlek 1(2)
  • World Knowledge: Tav 1(2)
  • Survival 1(2)
  • Weapon: Tavlek Gauntlet 2(3)
  • Weapon: Any Melee 1(2)
Typical Traits
  • Language: Tavlek (Fluent/R/W) (+4)
  • Asset: Tavlek Gauntlet (+3)
  • Medical Remedy: Tavlek Gauntlet (+2)
  • Night Vision (+2)
  • Addiction: Krycel (-2)

Cultural Weapon: Tavlek Gauntlet

These devices are an incredible technological feat, and the cornerstone of Tavlek society (such as it is). Gauntlets allow the wearer to shoot energy blasts from the wrist, and also provide the wearer with an energy shield that protects against attacks. In addition, each Gauntlet injects a powerful stimulant into the wearer that heightens aggressive tendencies and releases extra adrenaline into the bloodstream. The wearer gains the following traits:

  • +1 Vitality
  • +1 Perception
  • Toughness (+2)
  • Brash (-1)

Gauntlets are powered by a drug (Krycel) that is injected into the wearer, which allows the Gauntlet to draw off the wearer’s bioelectricity. Some variants of this drug are designed specifically for Tavlek physiology, and will kill other species (treat as Type II poison). The drug is also addictive; those who use it must make a Routine (4) Fitness + Vitality test to avoid addiction. The Difficulty of this Test increases by one level for each use of the Gauntlet.

  • Damage (Melee): 3+2d6
  • Damage (Ranged): 18+5d6
  • Range: 5/20/50/100
  • Shield: See Federation Shield for ideas
  • Standard Cost: 500 for the Gauntlet, and 50 currency pledges per drug pack (75 for the enhanced drug pack). Non-Tavleks must often pay double or even triple these costs.

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