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|Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:49 am Post subject: Anomids: Revised and Expanded (slightly)
|I've long disliked the Anomid.
Not the fluff itself, but the fact that even with extra skill dice they have 8D in attribute dice. The average Anomid is a sickly, fragile creature. Also, I dislike that they have a technical aptitude while still having a TEC minimum of 1D. That just doesn't smack right - or perhaps an Anomid with 1D in TEC was smacked in the head one time too many.
Also, I don't think that their writeup indicates that they should be significantly weaker, slower, or otherwise much more fragile than the Galactic norm. Aged appearance, yes, but that doesn't automatically indicate senescence. 8D in Attribute dice just doesn't make sense. In part, their TEC aptitude may also be because they have excellent schools, underlining their wealthy status. To me, the same reasoning makes it make sense to increase their KNO.
Furthermore, one thing that irks me is the fact that Humans, being the baseline comparison, is 12D Attribute dice, while having 2D / 4D in all attribute ranges. As a consequence, any one average human MUST have 2D in every stat - there's six stats, 2D in each means 12D, and that means there's no slack or leeway in changing anything there. To me, it makes more sense to have 1D / 4D in Human attribute ranges, so that one even can have Humans built with 12D in Attribute dice and end up having something other than 2D in all stats. One might think that anything below 2D indicates a disability, weakness, or frailty, but that is a storytelling idea rather than a game mechanical effect. In much the same vein, I wanted the sum of all Attribute minimums for the Anomids to be less than their allocated (NPC) Attribute dice, so that even NPC Anomids have SOME variability.
To continue that reasoning, the attribute maxima is directly a comparison to maximum human ability. A maximum less than 4D, means that the best Anomid ever will ALWAYS be worse than the best Human ever in the same attribute. (I'm disregarding trying to go beyond racial maxima.) If there's little reason to think that there's a significant difference between the best Anomid ever in an attribute and the best Human ever, 4D is the default.
So reading the Attribute block on Anomids, this indicates that their six-fingeredness (it's a word now) slightly impacts their max DEX, that they can be more well educated and knowledgeable than humans due to their increased KNO, they'll always be slightly worse pilots due to their MEC, their PER is a toss-up, they'll always be slightly weaker due to their lowered STR, and they'll be slightly better due to their increased TEC. Also, if one uses the 1D (2D) / 4D range for Humans, the Anomid 2D minimum in KNO and PER and 2D+1 minimum in TEC indicates where the general population of Anomids would tend to outperform the general population of Humans (in TEC skills, basically), and that even with disabilities Anomids would tend to be better trained, educated, perceptive, and knowledgeable than the Human population - but that Anomids would be just slightly more likely to be physically disabled as compared to Humans.
Here's my try on Anomids. In particular, the Biology & Appearance and Society & Culture sections are wholesale cut & paste jobs.
Home Planet: Yablari
The Anomids, pale-skinned humanoids native to Yablari, were among the galaxy's wealthiest societies, thanks to their natural technical aptitude. Anomids had long been part of the Galactic Republic, and were seen throughout the populated galaxy as technicians, explorers, or tourists.
Biology & Appearance:
Anomids were tall, well-built humanoids ranging from 1.7 to 1.9 meters tall. Anomid skin color ranged from a light violet to a pale purple and was smooth, but wrinkled with age. They had large, slender hands with six fingers on each; two end fingers, two center fingers and two thumbs, with a sharp claw on each. The fingers were paired in twos and slightly spaced apart from the others. The eyes of the Anomids were solid, with no visible irises or pupils and have been seen in varying shades of yellow or blue. The Anomids had pointed, fin-like ears that protruded from the sides of their heads.
Anomid hair was often long and well kept, and were always found in shades of black, gray or white. Some Anomids had bald domes with wrinkled skin and sparse hairs, though this could have been an effect of aging as other, presumably younger, Anomids were seen with full heads of hair.
The most notable thing about Anomids, appearance wise, were the metallic, often elaborate and aesthetic masks they wore on the bottom half of their faces. These were not breathing masks, as many strangers assumed, but rather vocalizer units. The Anomids were born without vocal chords so many decided to adorn these machines to better communicate with the galaxy, as learning or even understanding the six-fingered sign language of the Anomids was difficult to near impossible for most humanoids or humanoid-built droids.
Society & Culture:
Anomids almost always wore elaborate masks which covered most of their faces. These were not breath masks, but vocalizer units. Since Anomids had no vocal cords, they relied on these vocalizer masks to communicate with other species. These masks were often elaborately customized to reflect an Anomid's social status, family origin, or profession. Among themselves, Anomids communicated using an elaborate sign language. Anomid sign language required six-fingered hands, which made it difficult for Humans or Human-programmed protocol droids to use.
Anomid civilization had a long history of pacifism and technical achievement. Though they developed hyperdrive technology first, they did not leave their home system for a century. They finally sent probes to other systems when a drought threatened food production on their home planet, by the year 15,000 BBY. After coming across a Duros colony which could bolster the Yablari system's food supplies, the Anomids developed a strong interest in meeting other cultures. They soon became active members of the Republic, learning technologies and other ideas from other cultures in order to benefit their society. Among the first technologies they acquired were advanced Ithorian agricultural techniques, for which the Anomids were always grateful. Much of the technology developed or acquired by the Anomids had to do with agriculture—food was the main export and import to the Yablari system. They were also experts in the miniaturization of computer components, though they refused to work on computers with military applications.
Anomids were governed by a Central Council, whose members were appointed by regional groups of techno-nobles, scholars, and business leaders for one to seven year terms. Their legal system was cumbersome, as laws were never repealed. Instead, new laws were added to counter or modify old ones. Offworlders often studied the intricacies of the Anomid legal system, either for ideas for their own legal systems or as examples of what not to do.
Most Anomids were pacifists—historians believed that no major wars had ever been fought in the Yablari system. However, around 50 BBY, a nonconformist subculture developed among the younger Anomids. These nonconformists wore light, sleeveless clothes rather than the oversized robes favored by most Anomids, and rejected their traditional pacifist ideals.
During the Imperial era, the Central Council was internally divided, but supported the Empire for the good of the Yablari system. Rebel operatives, on the other hand, liked to befriend Anomid travelers who might be persuaded to give money to the cause. Some Rebel safeworlds used Anomid food technology to stretch limited supplies.
Attribute dice: 11D
DEXTERITY 1D / 3D+2
KNOWLEDGE 2D / 4D+2
MECHANICAL 1D / 3D+1
PERCEPTION 2D / 4D
STRENGTH 1D / 3D+2
TECHNICAL 2D+1 / 4D+2
Languages: Time to use: One round. This skill specialization is used to understand and “speak” the unique Anomid form of sign language. Only Anomids and other beings with six digits per hand can learn to “speak” this language. The skill costs the normal amount for specializations, but all characters trying to interpret Anomid sign language without the specialization have their difﬁculty increased by two levels because of the complexity and intricacy of the language.
Technical Aptitude: Anomids have a natural aptitude for repairing and maintaining technological items. At the time of character creation only, Anomid characters get 6D bonus skill dice (in addition to the normal 7D skill dice). These bonus dice can be applied to any Technical skill, and Anomid characters can place up to 3D in any beginning Technical skill. These bonus skill dice can be applied to non-Technical skills, but at half value (i.e., it requires 2D to advance a non-technical skill 1D).
Initial skill limitation: Anomids may never allocate starting skill dice to a skill with primarily offensive military applications; i.e. Blaster, Blaster Repair, and so on. Armor Repair, Dodge, Starfighter Repair, Capital ship Repair and so on is fine - 'Starfighter' is a scale classification and includes couriers and other potentially unarmed vehicles and starships, while Armor repair includes gear like environmental suits and armored spacesuits.
Wealthy: Anomids have one of the richer societies in the Empire. Beginning characters should be granted a bonus of at least 2,000 credits.
Pacifist: Anomids tend to be paciﬁstic, urging conversation and understanding over conﬂict.
Mute: Anomids are mute, lacking vocal cords. Many prefer wearing vocalizers; specialized masks that interface with their nervous system and can generate speech.
Move: 7 / 9
Size: 1.4m - 2m tall
Modified from: GG12, Ultimate Alien Anthology, Wookieepedia, d6 Holocron.