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|Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:49 am Post subject: KOWAKIAN APE-LIZARD
|Dubbed "SWOLACIOUS CRUMB" by the internet (eg: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NLVAkmJjZs ), here be the monstrous KOWAKIAN APE-LIZARD from the Star Wars: Resistance animated series! With how it acquitted itself in the episode, comparing that to existing WEG creatures, it seemed to be *at least* on par with the Wampa, in terms of Strength. Clumsier in close quarters due to their size, but likely agile climbers and/or allowed open space, et cetera. And since there wasn't a specific character in this entry and it's instead meant to be a "typical" example of the species, I figured it would live outside the Obscure Character thread! :-D
Planet of Origin: Kowak
Cackling like its smaller cousins the Kowakian monkey-lizards, but in its own frightening way — a low, rumbling chuckle — Kowakian apes have a bony beak and tufts of fur covering parts of their bodies. But unlike the shrill mischief makers kept as small pets, ape-lizards are relentless, hulking creatures capable of exerting brute force to obliterate whatever ends up in their path.
Size: 3 meters tall
Species Special Abilities and Story Factors:
Bony Beak and Sharp Teeth: The combination of the ape-lizard's beak and pointed teeth inflict STR+2 damage.
Claws: The thick talons on the ape-lizard's fingertips inflict STR+1D damage if used in combat.
Energy-resistant Hide: +1 vs. energy damage. The Kowakian ape-lizards' tough hide makes them particularly resistant to energy attacks, enabling them to shrug off blaster bolts from most pistols.
Massive Arms/Hands: Kowakian ape-lizards possess powerful, muscled forelimbs. They use their large arms not only to propel themselves forward on all fours, knuckle-walking, but also to grab and crush their prey, before (apparently) devouring their prize. In game terms, they gain a +1D bonus to the damage of successful grappling attacks, as well as a +1D bonus to climbing/jumping and lifting rolls.
Rarely Seen: Even well-travelled beings like Poe Dameron had never before encountered a Kowakian ape-lizard, prior to just barely escaping one, when he and Kazuda Xiono answered a distress call from Sector Six. In game terms, it is likely that most PC groups will have never seen or heard of Kowakian ape-lizards.
Rumbling, Unnerving Laughter: Like their smaller cousins, the ape-lizard appears at times to laugh at the situation at hand. However, unlike the shrill cackle of the monkey-lizard, the ape's “laughter” is a menacing, low-pitched rumble. This, combined with their monstrous size and appearance, make for a formidable presence. In game terms, treat as ability to make passive intimidation rolls at 5D.
Sources: Star Wars: Resistance animated series episode "Signal From Sector Six", Star Wars databank, and https://www.starwars.com/tv-shows/star-wars-resistance/signal-from-sector-six-episode-guide . Images: Screencap from Star Wars: Resistance animated series episode "Signal From Sector Six" and concept art by Amy Beth Christensen. Capsule text adapted from: https://www.starwars.com/databank/kowakian-ape and episode guide. Stats by Telsij.