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Caitian Claws

posted Jul 06, 2018 13:18:04 by Nizaster
One of my players is playing a Caitian and asked if they could use a claw attack. I don't see why not, so I came up with this based on the properties of a knife attack and the claws of some of the beasts in the core rulebook. Interested to hear any thoughts. I threw escalation in there just so they thing twice before clawing out a Romulans throat :-)

Claw Attack (1+Security)^

Qualities: Deadly, Hidden 1

Damage Effects: Intense

Cost: Escalation 1
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StephenBirks said Jul 11, 2018 08:21:08
I would advise against escalation, as this is a cost associated with bringing in an item that inherently raises the stakes. A cat, of any size, has claws so there is no fundamentally change in perceived danger.

The cost is already configured into the Deadly quality. If they want to use them non-lethally then the difficulty is higher, else it adds 1 threat every time they use them.
Patrick_Goodman said Jul 11, 2018 14:37:53
I'd also advise against an Escalation cost.

I'd probably have the damage be 2 + Security (since a basic Unarmed attack is 1 + Security), but other than that and Escalation, I like this. That said, I'll try it as written (sans Escalation) with my daughter's character and see how it goes before upping the damage.
Nizaster said Jul 13, 2018 01:24:02
Thanks! Thats a good feedback on the Escalation.

And regarding the damage I used 1+Security because I based it off of a knife/dagger. 2+Security would put it more in the sword range per the chart on p. 193.
StephenBirks said Jul 13, 2018 09:00:22
Essentially it is an unarmed strike with the deadly quality, so the damage makes sense to me
Patrick_Goodman said Jul 13, 2018 15:27:00
Yeah, I'm still adjusting my thought process for the game. Too many decades of other systems....
StephenBirks said Jul 16, 2018 15:23:35
Tell me about it. I played D&D and WoD for so long it's really hard to break out of the "Antagonistic GM/The world is trying to kill you" and "There must be more crunch" mould. I still do it now and consciously chastise myself when I fall into that trap.
Patrick_Goodman said Jul 17, 2018 13:36:30
I wrote for Shadowrun for 19 years...that alone has probably scarred me. :)
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