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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 alignments 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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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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High Level Toon Tuesday: Whitehowl (and Jellybean) the Septumbran Witch Wolf Shifter (Rifts)

The first time my cousin had ever played Rifts, he wanted to try a Shifter. Just to make things a bit mor complicated, he made it a Septumbran Witch Wolf, too. Though we only played a couple of sessions with him before he was headed back home, it was very memorable, indeed! When our characters first met it was in a tavern (I know, I know), and he ended up showing off his Shadowmeld spell. I think, in the end that character would have sold us all into slavery or eaten us alive (once we’d outlived our use, of course), but it was a great introduction for my cousin, who has been chomping at the bit to play with us again since.

Now, it took the better part of 3 hours to pour over the Shifter spells and abilities, but thankfully I’ve already written up a Shifter for a previous week, so I’ve got the basic abilities all copied out. Doing a higher level NPC villain is always a pain in the butt, however, even moreso if it’s a caster. The Shifter has the unique, optional ability to bond themselves to a Supernatural force, which I have opted to do for this NPC; we have to challenge our players somehow, right? This particular Demon Lord I made up, and some simple details are included that tie into this character in particular.

This is the longest character post yet, so buckle up!

Trigger Warnings: Gore, murder, cannibalism, and the occult.

Game: Palladium Books’ Rifts RPG
Books Needed: Rifts Ultimate Edition, Rifts: Book of Magic, and Rifts Dimension Book 07: Megaverse Builder.
Recommended Setting: As an NPC villain for a medium powered group; levels 6-8 and of good alignment. With their spell selection and abilities, they have great potential for a horror genre campaign. Very much not recommended as a playable character.

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'Well, it's been fun, but my Master calls for your ending. And you smell absolutely delicious.' - Whitehowl, sacrificing a helpless and controlled victim.

General Information
Nickname: Whitehowl
Exp. Level: 6
Experience Table: Shifter
R.C.C.: Septumbran Witch Wolf
O.C.C.: Shifter
Alignment: Diabolic
Invoke Fear/Intimidate: +25%
Charm/Impress: None
Health Points: 71 (+2D6/lvl)
S.D.C.: 279 (+2D6/lvl)
M.D.C.: Not applicable.
P.P.E.: 313 (+2D6/lvl)
I.S.P.: Not applicable.
Chi: Not applicable.
Horror Factor: 13
A.R.: 15 (non-Mega Damage only.)

Stats
IQ: 16 (+2% one time bonus to all new skills.)
ME: 17
MA: 11
PS: 45 (Augmented, Lift/Carry: 1800/900 lbs.)
PP: 18
PE: 24
PB: 6 (See Vulnerabilities.)
SPD: 31 (Run: 22 mph.)
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