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Re: Star Control d20 RPG?
« Reply #30 on: February 07, 2004, 12:54:36 am »

I am working on the Arilou presently, but I'm having a difficult time making them interesting to play. They've got the ability to teleport short distances, control intertia, implant false memories, and increase in generic psionic power over time. I could use a few more ideas.

Good ideas though, so no thank you Mr. Gaze Attack.
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Re: Star Control d20 RPG?
« Reply #31 on: February 07, 2004, 01:37:32 am »

I wager that the Ur-Quan have plenty more tentacles that the 4 they use for piloting Dreadnoughts.
I mean, at least four more holding whips to smack slaves around, and a few more to latch on to the ceiling (unless they do that with their legs).

I know, the gaze attack was a total joke. Tongue

Arilou powers...hrm. They should be able to *see* interdimentionally as well as simple 3D vision.
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Re: Star Control d20 RPG?
« Reply #32 on: February 07, 2004, 02:13:09 am »

They also have a different view of timeflow;  maybe they cause a big penalty to anything trying to surprise them? (does d20 system still use surprise?)

Like old-school rangers, you could force them to have a neutral aspect to their alignments (does d20 system still use alignment?).

Levitation as a natural ability?
Light or Faerie Fire?
*smell* Modification similar to the umgah ability, but only on another character (even another arilou).  Probably increases a mental stat.
The teleportation is a device in their vessals; I doubt they can do it themselves.
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« Reply #33 on: February 07, 2004, 04:19:45 am »

Ah, brilliant stuff.
Arilou absolutely should be able to see interdimensionally. I don't know why I originally gave that to the Pkunk. d20 does still use a (vastly improved) form of surprise, and the arilou ought to eventually not need worry about it.
The d20 system does officially use alignment, but only the twelve-year-olds use it. Reducing every philosophy, allegiance, normative ethics system, etc. down to nine stratifications? C'mon. Also, not very useful in a future setting.

Levitation is obvious and I don't know why I did not think of it sooner. Faerie fire is extremely apropos, as well. Modifying other characters is tricky. Perhaps only one or two people could be modified at a time? If one of them gets eaten by an Ur-Quan, the Arilou could modify someone else. I don't really like that.

As for the teleportation only being a function of their vessels, I don't think it a tremendous stretch for a sufficiently powerful Arilou psionicist to teleport themselves a very short distance. I assumed that their ships teleporting was simply an amplification of their natural ability, or at least of principles they understad sufficiently well to make use of. In any case, it's fun and probably not too much of a stretch.
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Re: Star Control d20 RPG?
« Reply #34 on: February 07, 2004, 07:34:16 am »

More like the psionic power from 2nd Ed. dimensional door... Smiley

As for the modification: perhaps they need to have been studying this individual for 4-5 levels (making it essentially a party member or hireling).
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« Reply #35 on: February 07, 2004, 09:52:06 pm »

In 3e they break it down into a 3rd level dimension slide, and a 4th level dimension door. These have varying distance and weight limits. I gave them slide.

That version of modification doesn't sound too hot. 'Sides, it was my impression that the arilou do that sort of thing over hundreds or thousands of years.
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Re: Star Control d20 RPG?
« Reply #36 on: February 10, 2004, 12:33:48 am »

Mayhaps then, they can only do it on humanoid beings? Syreen, Druuge, Thraddash(?), and naturally us silly Hunams.

Give them some sort of mental link to others, too. Like a Paladin's Spec. Mount, start off with feeling surface emotions, then get deeper as the Arilou progresses in levels.
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