The Genesys Project Update #13
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PRIMER: CREATING REPTILIA
The Reptilia are tied to ancient lineages tracing back to the Great Leviathan that once protected the Genesys Worlds. These lineages provide the varied forms of Reptilia found in The Genesys Project.
WHERE THE REPTILIA EXCEL
The Reptilia begin with a single set of Starting Characteristics and are stronger and tougher than their Humanoid or Fey counterparts. Being bigger, faster, and stronger has its advantages and these are compounded by Bloodlines which are the most “Pure Blooded” within the Reptilia Lineages.
Lineages form the backbone of traits and abilities for the Reptilia. Where you would normally find Mutation, Adaptation, and Knowledge traits in a Domain (ie Humanoids, Biests, and Insekt), all of these are part of the larger Reptilian Lineages. These form a larger set of Traits from which can be combined together, are split into three levels beyond the normal Primary and Secondary traits.
The three levels of traits in each lineage:
- Lesser - easily accessible no matter what lineage you are focused on
- Greater - Harder to access, requiring 2 lesser traits as a prerequisite, unless “Pure Blooded” (having Bloodline traits in this lineage)
- Ancient - Available only to Classes Level 4 and above. Very powerful Traits creating things like Dragons, Kaiju, and other terrifying creatures.
These form the backbone of the Pure Blooded and no Reptilia during the 1st Age may have more than a single Bloodline, granting access to Bloodline traits within their Lineage. Don’t forget the easier access to Greater traits either, as that can add a lot of flexibility and strength to your Reptilia faction.
Note: You are not required to take Bloodline traits as a Species Trait. Instead you can take them as Class Traits and to focus parts of your faction in different directions.
REPTILIAN DEGENERATIVE SPECIES
While there are Pure Blooded Reptilia within the lineages, there are also those whose direct lineages have fallen and diverged into more regressive forms. These are the Degenerative Species of the Reptila and while they are not “lesser” by any means, they do stray from the pure genetic lineage of the Leviathan. Here you will find such forms as Drakes, Dinosaurs, Annura, Caudata, Basilisks, and Naga. These can open up the creation of new reptilian races or help you dive straight into the creation of Reptilian Monsters.
Draconic - The Draconic lLineage comes from the dragons of legend. Powerful, Intelligent, and as varied as the lands around them. Degenerative form: The Drakes, creatures of near or at animal intelligence.
Troglodyte - A brutal and raw lineage, the Troglodytes are big, strong, and fast in combat. Degenerative form: The Dinosaurs.
Tuatara- Tuatara are a skilled and agile lineage of the Reptilia, having a bone structure most closely connected to amphibians and fish. Uniquely they are have a parietal, third eye at birth. Degenerative form: The Caudata (true amphibians/fishmen), who dwell both beneath and above the waves.
Saurien - A true leap forward in Intellect, the Saurien are adapt with weapon use and Arcane powers. Degenerative form: The Annura. Touched as they are by Arcane Powers, the Annura are not considered a lesser species.
Gargoyle - Of all the reptilian races, Gargoyles are perhaps one of the most extreme. Encased in Stone rather than scales, the Gargoyles are ruthless, soulless creatures. Degenerative form: The Basilisks are legendary for their noxious breath and deadly gaze.
Ophidian - Hidden and secret, the Ophidians contain unique genetic memories of their ancestors. This makes them sinister and deadly opponents. Degenerative form: The Magical offshoots of the Ophidian are the Naga.
The Reptilia offer a large number of opportunities for creating a wide variety of Reptilian races and Monsters. They are able to delve into Arcane energies, Dark Ophidian Sorcery, or powerful Monsters including Dinosaurs, Dragons, and Kaiju. The Reptilia have an interesting combination of military might, spell-like powers, natural weapon morphs, and innate powers available as directions to take your Reptilia creations.
Coming Next: CREATING THE FEY