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OK, so I'm stuck at home and reading.  This one's one of Michael Anderle's KGU novellas from the "Frank Kurns Tales of the Unknown World" where the new character, Yelena, gets introduced.  She's got a mild power set...but one of them is dog-related.  She actually enhances her dog, just by being with her.  Other parallels would be a druid's animal companion in D&D, and how shamans make Great Dogs in Bujold's World of the Five Gods.

 

So...yeah...I like that.  I figured I'd buy the dogs as followers.  250 points.  And 2 of em, a black Lab male and yellow Lab female.  NOT all the points spent at this point but hey, I can add some more stuff or just cut the cost of the Followers back a little.  

 

Soft Step's Dogs
Obsidian and Topaz

VAL    CHA    Cost    Roll    Notes
15    STR    5    12-    HTH Damage 3d6  END [1]
18    DEX    16    13-
15    CON    5    12-
8    INT    -2    11-    PER Roll 13-/20-
8    EGO    -2    11-
15    PRE    5    12-    PRE Attack: 3d6
5    OCV    10
5    DCV    10
3    OMCV    0
3    DMCV    0
4    SPD    20    Phases:  3, 6, 9, 12
6    PD    4    6/12 PD (0/6 rPD)
2    ED    0    2/4 ED (0/2 rED)
12    REC    8
50    END    6
12    BODY    2    
30    STUN    5

Movement    Cost    Meters    Notes
RUNNING    -12    18m/72m    END [1]
SWIMMING    0    4m/8m    END [1]
LEAPING    -2    8m    8m forward, 4m upward

Characteristics Total: 78

Cost    Powers
3    Ultrasonic Perception (Hearing Group) - END=0
5    Nightvision - END=0
5    Discriminatory with Normal Smell - END=0
6    +2 PER with all Sense Groups - END=0
4    +2 PER with Hearing Group - END=0
5    +5 PER with Normal Smell - END=0
3    LS  (Longevity: 200 Years; Safe in Intense Cold) - END=0
12    Regeneration (1 BODY per 5 Minutes) - END=0
12    Resistant Protection (6 PD/2 ED) - END=0
29    Running +18m (18m total), x4 Noncombat, Reduced Endurance (1/2 END; +1/4) (29 Active Points) - END=1
9    Leaping +8m (8m forward, 4m upward) (Accurate) - END=1
17    Telepathy 4d6 (Humans class of minds), Persistent (+1/4), Reduced Endurance (0 END; +1/2) (35 Active Points); Empathy All Emotions (-1/2), Always On (-1/2) - END=0

Powers Total: 110


Cost    Skills
0    Language:  Canid (basic conversation) (1 Active Points)
1    Language:  English (basic conversation)
5    KS: Explosives (by scent) 14-
3    Acrobatics 13-
3    Stealth 13-

Skills Total: 12


Base Points: 250
Experience: 0
Experience Unspent: 0
Total Character Cost: 200

 

 

NOTES:  I bought the running and leap in the Characteristics to 0 largely out of habit, cuz END can be wonky with HD when you don't.  Physical Def makes a lot more sense than a lot of Energy Def...but I'm not shooting for particularly combat-worthy anyway.  The languages are one-way, and reflect the INT.  They can understand spoken English decently, and can express some things with their whines and grunts...which Side Step, their owner, can understand now.  

Perception roll's incorrect, but that's HD's fault.  It's 13- sight, 15- hearing, and 18- scent.  So that KS:  explosives is just one example of a skill...a bomb-sniffing dog.  Others can probably get added.

 

This was a lot more fun to consider than fixating on covid-19 devastation for the evening....

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