Monday, June 1, 2015

Androids and Gynoids for The Latter Times on Tekumel

A rare white-haired gynoid
An Android is an advanced mechanical construct originally built to serve humankind before the Time of Darkness. They possess artificial intelligence, human-form bodies, paper-white skin, jet black hair, black eyes, and all models are beautiful. Both male and female models exist, though female models are called Gynoids. A variety of models were constructed, including assassins, household servants, sex toys, social companions, security guards, translators, diplomats, maintenance workers, spies, soldiers, and other purposes. In later eras, examples of androids and gynoids are the Yeleth as well as The Alluring Maiden of Nga.

No new units have been produced in thousands of years, but since they were ubiquitous, many thousands still exist and function. Their bodies only have limited ability to repair without spare parts, so full repairs require old android bodies for scavenging. Over the millennia, androids develop quirks in their personality programming.

Androids have free will, except when they are bound by an Android Control Medallion, usually in the form of a piece of jewelry, a pendant, ring, or other object carried or worn. The wearer can control up to three androids, who will be completely loyal to their master. The control can only be broken by the master releasing control, destroying the medallion, or killing the master. Androids have been systematically destroying these medallions in an effort to free themselves from servitude, though they cannot act to harm their owner or the medallion while under its influence. By later eras on Tekumel, these control devices are very rare, and usually called The Amulet of the Governance of Yeleth.

Androids and Gynoids for Tekumel using Warriors of the Red Planet


STR +1, DEX +1, CON +1, CHA +2 (min. 13), SOC: -5 (max 12)
AC        13
HD        3d8
Move 12"

Limited to 6th level in Scientist class, unlimited in other classes.

All Androids have the following Abilities:
Mechanical: Immune to poison, disease, and extremes of heat and cold. No need for food or sleep.

Android Healing: Androids can heal by resting after combat, as normal, but cannot heal from daily rest without parts from another android or other similar construct. Each android body can supply 1-6 dice of healing. A Scientist can cure level hit points level times per day, but only once per day on an individual android.

Ancient: Because of their long existences, androids get a +2 on INT skill rolls regarding past events and people.

Each player of an android or gynoid character should create an Android Upgrade package, as well as a mental quirk. Tables to roll these will be posted later.

Sample Character:
Nyfmar-11
3rd level Gynoid Scoundrel


Nyfmar-11 has the Social/Pleasure Upgrade package. Nyfmar-11 is currently the property of Princess Zira, princess of the city-state of Tlakurra. The princess has an Android Control Medallion and Nyfmar-11 is devoted to her. She has been a servant to the Princess since Zira was young. More than once Nyfmar-11 has thwarted assassination attempts on the young princess.

STR: 14 +1
INT: 12 0
PSY: 5 -2
DEX: 14 +1
CON: 13 +1
CHA: 15 +1
SOC: 7 -1

AC:        13 / 15 against missiles
HD:        5d8 / 34
Move: 9"
Skill: 36%
Cash: 40 gp

Abilities

Mechanical: Immune to poison, disease, and extremes of heat and cold. No need for food or sleep.

Android Healing: Androids can heal by resting after combat, as normal, but cannot heal from daily rest without parts from another android or other similar construct. Each android body can supply 1-6 dice of healing. A Scientist can cure level hit points level times per day, but only once per day on an individual android.

Ancient: Because of their long existences, androids get a +2 on INT skill rolls regarding past events and people.

Social/Pleasure Upgrade: The android is 'fully-functional' with anatomy, sensors, and programming to perform and respond as a sexual concubine. A full library of human sexual response is included in their data banks. In addition, the android has more advanced personality programming and is skilled in conversation, entertainment (select a specialty: dancing, music, art, acrobatics, or storytelling), seduction, massage, and other sexual and social talents.

Mental Quirk: Fascinated by stabbing the living and watching their fluids leak out. If Nyfmar-11 has damaged a human with an edged weapon, make an INT skill roll to avoid watching for a round. Always use cutting or thrusting weapons, never crushing weapons. This behavior can be very disturbing to humans.

Equipment

Field-generating rings, +2 AC against missiles
2 daggers, concealed in hidden arm sheaths
Clothing
Small belt pouch
Irradium hand torch
Silver flute

(P.S. I'm also writing these up for White Star.)