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Toon Tuesday: Topher the Grackle Tooth Merc Soldier (Rifts)

Grackle Tooth are one of my all time favorite races; being big, Southern mannered reptiles with a passion for heavy weapons and blowing things up pretty much made them reigning champs in that arena for awhile. I’ve played one before (nothing like this fella, except for a mutual love of grenades and rail guns), and some of my most memorable gaming moments were a result of that. I really got into writing him – you might be able to tell by the style and wording, quite a bit of his mannerisms were projected onto the write up! I hope you enjoy another take on the “badass lizard warrior” character type.

Trigger Warnings: Alcoholism and child abuse.

Game: Palladium Books’ Rifts RPG
Books Needed: Rifts Ultimate Edition, Rifts World Book 30: D-Bees of North America, and Rifts World Book 19: Australia (only used for body armour.)
Recommended Setting: Any starting adventuring group who could use a gunner with a fondness for explosives that can also punch like a tank. Not recommended for pro-CS campaigns. Would do well as part of a mercenary or rescue group.

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'An' he was comin' over the ridge just in time to see those jackwagons walkin' past - had to duck down quick like to avoid detection. But 'e followed 'em in secret for a good ten miles eatin' roots and nearly dying of thirst. When they finally led 'im to their base an' he called it in an' became a hero for a time. An' that's why I didn't join the war like my Pa; ain't gonna catch me chewing on trees and crawling through the damn desert.' - Topher

General Information
Nickname: Topher
Exp. Level: One
Experience Table: Merc Soldier
R.C.C.: Grackle Tooth
O.C.C.: Merc Soldier (Pigman/Heavy Weapons MOS)
Alignment: Unprincipled
Invoke Trust/Intimidate: 80%
Charm/Impress: Not applicable.
Health Points: 23 (+1D6/lvl)
S.D.C.: Not applicable.
M.D.C.: 102 (+3D6/lvl)
P.P.E.: 6 (permanent)
I.S.P.: Not applicable.
Chi: Not applicable.
Horror/Awe Factor: 12; good or bad, Grackle Tooth are mighty impressive.

Stats
IQ: 13
ME: 15
MA: 24
PS: 33 (Supernatural, Lift/Carry: 3,300/1,650 lbs.)
PP: 20
PE: 23 (Supernatural)
PB: 8
SPD: 32 (Run: 22 mph.)
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Toon Tuesday: Sue the Human Burster (Rifts)

I’ve played a Burster in the past, it was a good aligned N’reta (think anteater humanoid that can’t speak any language but their own) and inspired many fondly recalled encounters. I’ve also played in a party with a Burster on the opposite side of the alignment spectrum, which was not so fun. I can understand the duality in character choices, but evil alinments just aren’t as much fun to play in my opinion (though I’m told I’m quite skilled at it.)

This Burster is inspired by my first Burster PC, who was also a fireman, but is Human and not so religious. At least once per session Ike (my anteater Burster) would try to discuss Christianity with his fellow party members or NPCs – it became a running gag because only one PC could understand him using Sign Language or the Tongues spell, and they were less than appreciative. Being a strange little fluffball that could spontaneously combust and made a lot of slurping and clicking noises, he was one of my more memorable characters.

Game: Palladium Books’ Rifts RPG
Books Needed: Rifts Ultimate Edition
Recommended Setting: Any starting level adventuring party that could use a psychic that can deal some decent damage. Not suited to pro-CS campaigns. Could start off in a “gang”, but was written as a good aligned character.

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'They're my family - I take care of them and they take care of me. Who cares where we all came from? We're here and together now.' - Fire Chief Sue

General Information
Nickname: Sue, “Chief” if on the job.
Exp. Level: One
Experience Table: Burster
R.C.C.: Human
O.C.C.: Burster
Alignment: Scrupulous
Invoke Trust/Intimidate: 50%
Charm/Impress: Not applicable.
Health Points: 15 (+1D6/lvl)
S.D.C.: 68 (+1D6/lvl)
M.D.C.: Not applicable.
P.P.E.: 8 (permanent)
I.S.P.: 110 (+10/lvl, Master Psychic)
Chi: Not applicable.
Horror Factor: Not applicable.

Stats
IQ: 13
ME: 10
MA: 18
PS: 19 (Lift/Carry: 760/380 lbs.)
PP: 15
PE: 15
PB: 10
SPD: 30 (Run: 21 mph.)
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Toon Tuesday: Edgar the Human Rogue Scholar (Rifts)

After that whopping post last week, I wanted to do a simpler character this week. Imagine my surprise when I ended up rolling them with psionic ability! Still, this character was a lot of fun, and as I generally adore playing more skill-based PCs, it was fairly easy to write. Hope you enjoy this little bookworm!

Game: Palladium Books’ Rifts RPG
Books Needed: Rifts Ultimate Edition, Rifts Sourcebook 01
Recommended Setting: Any average adventuring group of a generally good or honorable alignment that is not pro-Coalition. Due to the naure of the character and O.C.C., not well suited to M.D.C./high powered campaigns – this is a “skill character”, not a “kill character”.

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'And that, kids, is why you should never make a deal with a Dragon. Now, if you'll listen here to the next section...' - Professor Kelley

General Information
Nickname: Edgar or Professor Kelley
Exp. Level: One
Experience Table: Rogue Scholar
R.C.C.: Human
O.C.C.: Rogue Scholar
Alignment: Scrupulous
Invoke Trust/Intimidate: 60%
Charm/Impress: Not applicable.
Health Points: 12 (+1D6/lvl)
S.D.C.: 30 (+1D6/lvl)
M.D.C.: Not applicable.
P.P.E.: 7 (permanent)
I.S.P.: 29 (+1D6/lvl, Minor Psychic)
Chi: Not applicable.
Horror Factor: Not applicable.

Stats
IQ: 19 (+5% one time bonus to all new skills)
ME: 17
MA: 20
PS: 12 (Lift/Carry: 240/120 lbs.)
PP: 10
PE: 12
PB: 8
SPD: 7 (Run: 4 mph.)
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