Animal Hybrids are characters that have purchased the Animal
Hybrid background. The Playerís Guide lists multiple ranks of this background,
starting attributes, and other rules. For the sake of balance Iím throwing
all of that out. Below you will find an alternate rule set meant to keep hybrids
in check both in and out of the ring.
Yes, the nerf hammer has swung hard on Animal Hybrids and
for good reason. They were poorly balanced for the overall game to begin with.
Street Fighter is a game heavily dependent on combat for advancement. Handing
out tons of combat bonuses just for buying ranks in one background is thus
inviting disaster. My goal is not to completely destroy the value of making
hybrids but to keep the playing field level with human street fighters.
How are Animal Hybrids created?
The answer to that question will be answered by the GM
but the most reasonable method is through genetic manipulation. Sure it might
not be an explanation that jives with modern science but itís an easy handwave
most people will accept and run with. In a campaign with lots of magic hybrids
can represent half-human, half-other creatures. They also serve as stand-ins
for Garou and other changing folk of White Wolf's World of Darkness product
Animal Hybrid Background:
Each rank in this background provides the character with 2
points which are spent to buy hybrid traits (listed below). A character with more
ranks in this background will thus have more such traits and look more bestial
as a result.
It is important to decide what animal the character has been fused with. Only one animal is allowed. The characterís form will remain humanoid but they might gain fur, claws, hooves, fangs, wings, or a tail from the process. Whatever it is, the character will stand out in a crowd.
A hybrid is likely to be misunderstood and mocked by society in general. They are still rational human beings for all intents and purposes.
Before moving on there is an optional addition to these
rules. If the GM wishes to incorporate Merits and
Flaws into the campaign Animal Hybrids may take any
Flaw concerning Willpower and gain an additional point for it.
Hybrids as starting characters are limited to 5 in their
attributes just like normal humans. If they want to transcend they will have
to work for it. However, during the process of spending Freebie points the
costs for all attributes are modified as thus: Physical attributes cost 4
Freebies per dot, Mentals are the standard 5 per dot, and Social attributes
cost 6 per dot.
This does not affect increasing attributes through experience
Unchanged from basic character creation.
The primary benefit is the ability to purchase the following Hybrid Traits. Use the chart below.
|Animal Ears:||1||Instead of normal human ears you have a pair that are distinctly of another race like those of a cat or dog. You have + 1 to your auditory Perception checks.|
|Bony Ridges:||1||The cost of this trait is 1 per pair of limbs armored. Thickened hide or bony growths within the limb help shield you from injury. They are resistant to damage both from blows and blades granting you an additional point of soak when consciously blocking with the armored limbs. This bonus is not extra Stamina but is considered armor.|
|Claws:||1||You have claws and may use claw maneuvers.|
|Cold Resistance:||1||You have a thick fur or a layer of fat that insulates you from cold. You need not make stamina rolls to endure cold up to a temperature of Ė20° F. Any colder and you must take measures to guard against hypothermia.|
|Feathers:||1||If you have wings and want to fly you also need to have feathers or your flight is restricted solely to gliding.|
|Fins:||1||You have noticeable protruding fins on your arms and legs. Movement while swimming is increased by two hexes per round.|
|Flight:||1||You must also have wings to have this ability. Combat flight speed is limited to half your Athletics technique in hexes. This is a slow, careful flight strategy. Otherwise you may fly at three times your Athletics score per round. However with fast flight your soak total is reduced by one. You cannot block while flying and must land to attack with anything other then basic punches and kicks.|
|Fur:||1||This is an un-concealable anatomical feature. Fur provides an additional +1 soak against cold, including ice-elemental maneuvers.|
|Heat Resistance:||1||You are not bothered by heat up to 110° F. In hotter environments you would be advised to seek shade and drink plenty of fluids like other people.|
|Hooved Feet:||1||Instead of hominid feet your have a pair of hooves.|
|Projectile Spit:||1||You have specialized muscles in your jaw for spitting venom or mucuous. This does nothing on its own. Instead it increases the range for maneuvers such as Acid Breath by an additional three hexes.|
|1||You lack canine teeth and instead have a pair of matched incisors that grow continuously throughout your lifetime. These teeth are built for gnawing. Given sufficient time you can work your way through anything but the hardest materials.|
|Scales:||1||Hardened scales cover your body. This is an extremely obvious sign that you aren't a normal human and cannot be concealed in close quarters. Your soak totals against slashing and piercing attacks are increased by 1 point due to this armor. (This entry also applies to hybrids who have chitinous skin.)|
|Stripes or Patterns:||1||Usually combined with fur you have distinctive striping or patterns covering your body. This helps you blend in with underbrush giving you an additional die on Stealth rolls when you have such cover to hide against.|
You have a tail. You can also purchase any of the following modifiers:
Spiked (1): Dexterity + Athletics to hit, Strength + 3
piercing damage if you impale a target; spikes break off if you botch an
The downside of Massive Coils is that without legs you cannot perform kicks nor can you use the Light Feet special maneuver.
|Water Breathing:||1||You have functional gills and cannot drown in water under normal circumstances. If the water has been stripped of itís oxygen content (for a real life example see the dead zone out in the Gulf of Mexico) you will suffocate.|
|Inkjet:||2||You can project or spit ink much like an octopus. Out of the water, if also have Projectile Spit you can use the Inkjet as a projectile attack, it has a range of up to 6 hexes and requires a Wits + Focus roll to hit. A successful hit blinds the target and leaves them covered in a sticky, viscious ink that is difficult to wash off. In the water an ink jet moves the user back three hexes when used and creates a blinding field of ink that starts as a 3 by 3 by 3 hex field and expands until dispersed.|
|Horns:||2||You have one or two horns growing from your head. You can attempt to gore opponents in combat via Dexterity + Athletics roll and they inflict Strength + 3 damage if they connect. On a botch one horn breaks off.|
|Massive Jaws:||2||Your jaw is large and predatory with great teeth for slicing apart your meals. Human speech is very difficult because of the jaw's rigid structure. The damage ratings of your biting attacks is increased by 1.|
|Wings:||2||You have a pair of enormous wings.|
|Back Sail:||3||Thick plates run down your back. Anyone trying to grab you from behind (as foolish as that is) suffers an automatic three health levels of impact damage.|
|Beak:||3||Instead of a normal human skull you have one of a bird with a large beak front and center for all to see. Speech is awkward at best. This can be used for hybrid biting attacks or to peck at a target for Strength + 2 damage per hit.|
|Nightvision:||3||You have reflective corneas that gather dim light at night and amplify the image so that you can see in the dark. This does not allow you to see where there is no light. In a dark area your eyes will glow with reflected light.|
|Extra Arm or Leg:||4 per||The cost of this is by pair of limbs. Each additional pair of arms increases your weight by 30 lbs and gives you an additional die for sustaining holds. Each additional pair of legs adds 60 lbs. and gives you two extra dice to resist knockdown.|
|Pincer:||2 or 4||
For the two point version you have a set of massive pincers instead of hands on two arms. As you have no opposable digits on your pincers you lack any semblance of manual dexterity. However they are razor sharp. An attack with a pincer grab is Dexterity + Grab to hit and Strength + 4 slashing damage if you get ahold of a target.
For the four point version you have a single, massive pincer at the end of a long tail (taking the place of any other appendage that would be there). You can make the same pincer strike as outlined above, on any adjacent hex - not needing to enter the hex due to your tail's length - or a pincer hold. The hold is a Dexterity + Grab check to hit with, costs 1 Willpower, has -2 speed, inflicts Strength + 8 damage initially, Strength + 4 every round thereafter in crushing damage, and is a sustained hold. Once the hold is established you may move the held victim with your tail. You can forego the damage roll to draw the victim toward you for a basic punch, bite, or claw attack.
|Improved Healing:||5||Each day you heal an additional two points of incapacitating/lethal damage and one point of aggravated damage. For stacking purposes this is an effective increase in stamina and works alongside the Sanbo rank 3 school technique.|
The character may also purchase maneuvers that list Animal
Hybrid or Inhuman in their power point lists at that cost. If they practice
a martial art also listed they may use the lower of the two numbers to learn
the technique. It is important to always keep in mind the physical limitations
that maneuvers exclusive to hybrids have. A hybrid who did not gain a tail
cannot learn tail strikes, for example.
Forget this was ever mentioned in the Playerís Guide. An
Animal Hybrid is governed by the same emotional rules that normal humans are.
If the character wants to tap into their rage there are special maneuvers
that can do that.
Hybrid Maneuvers and Aggravated Damage:
In the interest of game balance bites and claw slashes
do not cause aggravated damage. It should be noted that Acid Breath as written
in the basic rules doesnít cause lethal wound levels either despite its description.
A player may opt to deliver lethal damage with such attacks if they
Do Claws add to Punch damage?
No, they do not. Using claws requires a slashing motion
which would mean the hybrid was no longer punching. Only Leaping Rake gets
a damage bonus from claws.
Does Bite add damage to Head Bite?
No. Head Bite was written before Bite and other hybrid
rules where penned and already took such bite forces into consideration. Head
Bite is a move Blanka debuted with. If he doesnít get a bonus to his bite
force on Head Bite other hybrids donít either. It is already a sustained hold
that does decent damage.
Do Horns add damage to Headbutt?
No. Headbutt is exactly what it sounds like. It is presumed
that while Headbutting the hybrid wouldnít be striking with their horns which,
when compared to the skull, are quite fragile. Rams, for example, use their
horns to entangle the horns of other rams in combat and strike one another
using their thick skulls.
Hybrid Maneuvers and Technique ratings:
All references to using the Animal Hybrid background in
lieu of a combat technique have been deleted from the maneuvers lists. Each
maneuver belongs to a martial category and uses that technique for base damage
unless the maneuverís text says otherwise.
Animal Hybrids and Animal Companions:
There are no free points in Animal Companion. If the character wants a companion they must buy Animal Companion like everyone else.