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<ul><li><p>SKRZZAKFarbelowthehussleandbussleofthestreetsofmankindliesasecret,amyththatfewcandeterminewhetherisrealornot.Whispersofratlikementhatcontrolthearistocracy,awarrenfilledwithofterriblehalfhumanmonstersandtheworshipofagodlosttotheannalsoftimeareallhearsayandbedtimestoriesmeanttoscare.Whatismoreterrifyingisthesearenotmyths,butthetruthoftheSkrzzak.ThewordSkrzzak(pronouncedskerzsak)itselfisderivedfromtheancientlanguages,meaningscourgebelowwhichtheyhavetakenontotheirlikingforperversereasons.Skrzzakarehumanoids,albeittakingupontheformofmutatedrats,filledwithambition,disease,lowcunningandviolence.Theiroriginsareamystery:somebelieveaninsaneratcatcherenchantedhisquarry,whileothersspeakthatratsweregivensentiencebyamysteriousgodduringcataclysmictimes.Skrzzakareborn,certainly,butinnowayapersoncouldimagine.Skrzzakareaboutthesamesizeasotherhumanoidraces,thoughtheirbeadyeyes,mangemattedfur,bentbacksandprehensiletailsmistakethemfornothingasiderodentlikemonstrosities.HyperintelligentandmonstrousfemaleSkrzzak,knownasBroodmothers,ingestcorruptiveWytchstonetoalterthebalanceoftheirfourhumoursforbothgravidandspiritualreasons.TheseselfafflictedmutationsaremeanttobirththestrongestandmostcapableSkrzzak,whichtakemereweekstogestateandarebirthedbythelitter.ThesecountlessBroodmothersandherpupsmakeuptheGreatWarren,anearlawlesssubterraneanempirethatteemsbelowthecivilizedoneabove.ItisofgreatsurprisetothosewhovesurvivedaSkrzzakassaultthatthesemutatedfreaksspeakthecommontongue.Nooneknowswhyitsimplyis.SkrzzaksocietyisorganizedintodistinctKabals:acomplexwebofconfederatedhousesengagedinaMachiavellianpowerstruggleforcontroloftheGreatWarren.Theirfeudalbickeringissuffusedwithshowboating,deceptionandmurder.Onlythestrongestandmostcunningsurvivewhereastheweakareenslavedandsometimeseaten.TheKabalsdonotembraceideassuchascompassion,loyaltyandcooperationinstead,theybelieveinfear,survivalandassassination.EachKabalismadeupofmanybreedsofSkrzzak,adoptingdifferentphilosophiesandideologiesenactedbytheBroodmotherswhim.Wytchstonealsoplaysanimportantpartintheirsociety,asitsMagickpropertiespermittheterribleexperimentsandmutationsthatdistortbothbodyandminditalsoservesasasimplisticcurrency.Ingestingthisterrifyingelementallowsthemtocommunewiththeirmysteriousanthropomorphicdeity,whotheysimplycalltheThirteenth.Yet,despitetheirpolitics,theSkrzzakasawholeseektoovertaketheworldabove,butwhichKabalwillfinallysituponthethroneisupfordebate.Surprisingly,Skrzzakkeepsomealliesfromtheworldabove.Specifically,humanoiddevoteestotheSkrzzakscause,calledvivimancers,holdpositionsofpoweroradvantageintherealmsoutsidetheWarrenliaisonwiththeBroodmothers.TheyaretreatedasapartoftheKabal,interpretingtheWytchstonefueleddreamsoftheBroodmothers,whilelayingthemoutintoexecutablestrategiesfortheSkrzzak.TheythenreturntotheworldabovetopushsocietytowardstheBroodmothersvisions,carefullyarticulatingherplanswithinplansusingsubterfuge.VivimancerrelationswiththeSkrzzakallowthemtohavesecretaccesstotheworldabove,butBroodmothersarenotsoimpatienttodeclarevictoryjustyet.Thereismuchstilltobedone,andtheThirteenthhasgreatermachinationsthatIthasyettoforetelltotheBroodmothers.</p></li><li><p>BILIOUSSKRZZAKMUTANTINTERMEDIATE(MID)RISKFACTORThoughallSkrzzakwillfightfortheirBroodmotherandherinterests,theywillveryrarelypurposefullydieforthem.Skrzzakaretoonaturallyselfpreservingtofallupontheirownpoisonedknives,andtheycaneasilytellwhentheyareoutgunnedandoutnumbered.TheBroodmotherneedsadevotedforce,onethatisbothextremelyeffectiveandfanaticallydevoted.AlteringherblackbilethroughinjectionsofpureWytchstone,shegivesbirthtotheterribleBiliousSkrzzak.Theirjourneydoesnotendthere,asthenewpupsareshippedtothemostdangerousandvileplacesoftheGreatWarren,leftalonetosurviveandadapt.TheyareconditionedthroughrigoroustortureandadministrationofWytchstonefumesbytheCholericdoktorstoobeytheirBroodmotheraboveallelse.Fewsurvivethisharrowingordeal,butthosethatdoaremerciless,fanaticallydevotedandcruelbeyondmeasure.Theyemergeanumberofyearslater,permanentlymaskedbystrangebreathingapparatusesandmutatedintofrighteninglyfanaticalmonsters.TheywerebornintheGreatWarrenmoldedbyit.AsidefromTyrants,theBiliousarethestrongestofallSkrzzakbreeds,broadofshoulderandoftencrisscrossedwithbattlescars.Theyareconstantlypreoccupiedwithcrueltyandunfairness,oftendescendingintolaconicdepressionwhennotactivelyengaged.ThoughsteppingtoetotoeinafistfightagainstaBiliousisdangerous,theirrealadvantagecomesfromtheirarsenalofweaponry.OutfittedbytheirCholericbrethren,theirgunsandbombsarepoweredbyWytchstonetodevastatingeffect.Theseweaponsdealcasualtyandinjury,mowingthroughbothenemyandSkrzzakaliketheBiliousdonotcareiftheydestroyfriendorfoe,onlythattheydestroy.MercyisnotinthementalityoftheBilious,astheytakenoprisonersandthoroughlyevisceratethosethathavemanagedtoescapetheirbarrages.Theyalsohavelittlesenseofselfpreservationandsuicidaltendencies,wadingintohordesthatarefarstrongerthanthemsimplytoprovetheirdevotion.</p><p>PRIMARY ATTRIBUTES Combat:45%(4)MartialRanged+20,SimpleRanged+20Brawn:40%(4)Toughness+20Agility:50%(8)Coordination+10,Stealth+10Perception:40%(6)Awareness+20Intelligence:40%(4)Education+10,Folklore+10,Navigation+10Willpower:45%(6)Resolve+10,Survival+10,Tradecraft+20Fellowship:35%(3)NONE </p><p>SECONDARY ATTRIBUTES Initiative:+9Movement:11onfootDamageThreshold:7(13/19/25)PerilThreshold:9(15/21/27)</p></li><li><p>COMBAT PROFILE Dirk:45%Distance(meleeengaged)Damage(4)Fast,ViciousWytchfyregrenade:65%Distance(ranged7yards)Load(1AP)Damage(NONE)Slow,ThrowingWytchfyrepistol:65%Distance(ranged15yards)Load(3AP)Damage(8)Finesse,Gunpowder,Vicious,VolatileWytchfyrejezzail:65%Distance(ranged17yards)Load(4AP)Damage(8)Finesse,GunpowderWytchfyrethrower:65%Distance(ranged8yards)Load(0AP)Damage(4)Gunpowder,Fiery,Shrapnel,Volatile,WeakTailvertebrae:45%Distance(meleeor1yard)Damage(NONE)Entangling,Ineffective,ReachParry:NONEDodge:60% </p><p>TALENTS ARBALESTSSPEEDWheneveryoubegintoLoadarangedweapon,makeasuccessfulCoordinationTesttoLoaditwithoutspendingActionPoints.Iffailed,youmustspendtherequisitenumberofActionPointstofinishLoading.EAGLEEYESYougaina+10BaseChancetostrikewithrangedweaponsatMediumandLongDistance.</p><p>TRAITSBLAM!BLAM!CreatureswiththisTraitmayspend3ActionPointstoattacktwicewithrangedweapons,providingtheypossesstheGunpowderQualityandareloaded.BROWNDEATHWheneverCreatureswiththisTraitinflictsanInjurywithbothmeleeandrangedweapons,thefoeswoundsarealsoInfected.DARKSENSECreatureswiththisTraitcanseeperfectlyinthedark,asifitweredaylight.FASTONTHEIRFEETCreatureswiththisTraitreduceallMovementActionsincombatby1AP(foraminimumof1AP).Additionally,theymayDodgebothmeleeandrangedweapons.STRESSINDUCINGCreatureswiththisTraitprovokeStresswhenevercombatantsfirstencounterthem.</p><p>SPECIAL RULESGRENADIERWhenevertheseCreaturesareencountered,theyhaveaWytchfyregrenade.Wheneverthrown,itburstsoutwards.AnBurst(otherwisecalledaSmallTemplate)radiatesoutwardsinacircle.Selectapointoforiginwithindistancewhetheritisacreature,object,personorplaceandtheBurstthentakeseffect.Onceexploding,allcreaturesmustsucceedaToughnessTestorbeinfectedwiththediseasecalledDementium.IfusedinaCombatEncounter,aBurstwouldaffectupto6peopleinanEngagement.Creatureswiththesegrenadesarecompletelyimmunetotheireffects.WYTCHSCIENCE</p></li><li><p>WhenevertheseCreaturesareencountered,rolla1D6ChaosDie.Iftheresultis14,theycarrytwoWytchfyrepistols.Iftheresultisa5,theycarryaWytchfyrejezzail.Iftheresultis6,theycarryaWytchfyrethrower.IfaWytchfyrethrowerisupononeoftheseCreatures,theycannotCharge,ManeuverorRun.</p><p>TRAPPINGS Brigandinearmor(1) Dirk(1) Plaguemask(1) Tailvertebrae,asbullwhip(1) Wytchstoneampule(6) Wytchfyregrenade,asimprovisedthrowingweaponwithnoDamage,SlowandThrowingQualities</p><p>(1) Wytchfyrejezzail,asmusketwithdistanceof12+PByardsandFinesseQuality(SPECIAL)</p><p>(SPECIAL) Wytchfyrepistol,asflintlockpistolwithdistanceof9+PByardsandFinesseQuality(SPECIAL) Wytchfyrethrower,asblunderbuswithFieryQualityandnoAPrequiredtoLoad(SPECIAL)</p><p>CHOLERICSKRZZAKMUTANTINTERMEDIATE(MID)RISKFACTORBroodmothershaveforetoldthebirthofaspecialpup:onewhowillbeasuperratling,aSkrzzakthatcangototheregionsofprescientknowledgewhereBroodmothersdarenotenter.Throughcareful(yetimprecise)manipulationofKabalbloodlines,theBroodmothershaveattemptedtocreatethissuperiorbeing,whomtheycalltheSkrzzakCholerach.Althoughtheyhavefaileduptothispoint,littersbornhergravidityareextraordinarilydifferentthantheirkindred.WytchstoneinfusedelixirsaresuffusedwithinthebellyoftheBroodmother,increasingheryellowbilewhilefillingherwithexaltingpassionsandreligiousbabblings.TheCholericSkrzzakareherresultantchildren,groomedfrombirthtobecomepriestsoftheKabal.TheonlySkrzzakintheGreatWarrenthatareclosertotheSkrzzakgodthanBroodmothersaretheCholeric.TheysellthemselvesentirelyovertothedivineworshipoftheThirteenth,appeasingtheirgodwithflagellationandthespreadofdisease.CholericSkrzzakappearfrailandwithoutmeatontheirbones,riddledwithallmannerofboilswrackingtheirbody.However,theyrejoiceinthedivinepain,astheyfeelblessedbythemagnificentplagueaspectsoftheirgod.They,tooconsumeWytchstonetoentersimilar,dreamlikefuguestatesastheirmatrons.Throughthesedreams,theyareabletoforetelltheimmediatefuture,muchasTruthsayerscanfromtheworldabove.TheyhopethatvisionsofcountlessthreadsincauseandeffectamongtheGreatWarrenwillleadthemtoatrue,optimumpathtodominatetheworldabove.Althoughtheyvebeenunabletoseewhatthedistantfutureholds,theyareoftentheonestoraisethewargongamongtheKabals.TheCholericSkrzzakrallyarmieswithblasphemouswordsandbannersoffrighteningsymbols,playingmonstrousbrassbellsandchimesthatexudeanoxiousmiasma:aclarioncalltotheKabal.United,CholericSkrzzakwishnothingmorethantospreadillnessupontheirenemies,towatchthemwritheindivinepainanddieatthehandoftheirThirteenthgodschosenpeople.</p></li><li><p>PRIMARY ATTRIBUTES Combat:45%(4)MartialMelee+20,SimpleMelee+20Brawn:45%(6)Athletics+20Agility:50%(8)Coordination+20,Stealth+10Perception:40%(4)Awareness+20,Scrutinize+10Intelligence:40%(4)Education+20,Folklore+10,Navigation+10Willpower:40%(6)Survival+10Fellowship:35%(3)NONE </p><p>SECONDARY ATTRIBUTES Initiative:+7Movement:11onfootDamageThreshold:6(12/18/24)PerilThreshold:9(15/21/27)</p><p>COMBAT PROFILE Fetidblade:65%Distance(meleeengaged)Damage(4)Fast,ViciousTailvertebrae:65%Distance(meleeor1yard)Damage(NONE)Entangling,Ineffective,ReachParry:NONEDodge:80%(NaturalQuality) </p><p>TRAITS BROWNDEATHWheneverCreatureswiththisTraitinflictsanInjurywithbothmeleeandrangedweapons,thefoeswoundsarealsoInfected.DARKSENSECreatureswiththisTraitcanseeperfectlyinthedark,asifitweredaylight.FASTONTHEIRFEETCreatureswiththisTraitreduceallMovementActionsincombatby1AP(foraminimumof1AP).Additionally,theymayDodgebothmeleeandrangedweapons.PATHOFDESTRUCTIONWhileattackinghumanoids,youalwaysadda1D6FuryDietomeleeweaponattacks.Additionally,whenfacinghumanoids,youalwayssucceedResolveTests.Finally,youneverBleed.PLAGUERIDDENWheneverCreatureswiththisTraitreducessomeonetoSeriouslyWounded,theirfoeswoundsareInfected.WhenevertheyrendersomeonetoGrievouslyWounded,theirfoecontractsTombRot.RIPPINGTEETHWheneverCreatureswiththisTraitgenerateaCriticalSuccessorFuryDiewithanAttackActionorPerilousStunt,theytriggeraTakedownfor0ActionPoints.STRESSINDUCINGCreatureswiththisTraitprovokeStresswhenevercombatantsfirstencounterthem.</p></li><li><p>SPECIAL RULESHARBINGEROFPLAGUESWhenevertheseCreaturesareencountered,rolla1D6ChaosDie.Iftheresultis15,theycarryamassivegong.Iftheresultisa6,theycarryasetofchimes.WhenevertheyplaythegongwithLitanyofHatred,Characterssoaffectedalsosuffer2D10+2physicalPeril.WhenevertheyplaythechimeswithLitanyofHatred,CharacterssoaffectedinsteadlowertheirDamageandPerilConditionTracksby3insteadofthenormal1.ThesetrappingscanonlybeusedinthehandsoftheseCreatures,otherwiseuselessrelicstoothers.</p><p>TRAPPINGS Fetidblade,asmortuaryswordwithFastQuality(2) Kabalbanner(1) Skrzzakgong(SPECIAL) Skrzzakchimes(SPECIAL) Tailvertebrae,asbullwhip(1) Tomeoffaith&amp;disease(1) Wytchstoneampule(3)</p><p>PHLEGMATICSKRZZAKMUTANTINTERMEDIATE(MID)RISKFACTORTheBroodmotheroftneedscouncilforhervariousmachinations,butthesparsevivimancersspendmuchoftheirtimeintheworldabove,unabletoservetheirmistresssimmediateneeds.Sheneedsapupwithamindtowardsstrategy,scholarshipandtheveryphysicalmaintenanceoftheBroodmothersgravidity.Thematroncanalterherhumorstoexcelherphlegmtomonstrouslevels,apredicatorforthebirthofPhlegmaticSkrzzak.ThisbreedisnearlyasintelligentastheirBroodmother,butindifferingwaystheirintellectismuchmorecalculatingandobjective,whiletheBroodmothersisoftenrazorfocusedonherdreamstatemachinations.Phlegmaticmutationsgivethemlightningfastdeduction,calculatinginformationatalarmingratestohypothesizepossibleoutcomes.NotonlyaretheyaKabalsscholars,buttheykeeptheapocryphalhistoriesandlivinghistories.PhlegmaticSkrzzakarealsotheprimarycaregiversandadviserstoBroodmothers,oftenfoundintheirchambersdiscussingpolicieswhileservingaswetnurseordoktor.PhlegmaticSkrzzakaremadeobviousbytheirmassivelyelongatedheads,aswellastheiralmostsupernaturallycalmdemeanors.Theyarealsoinsatiablycuriousscientistsandexperimenters.UsingthearcaneenergiesofWytchstone,theyperformdiabolicalandgrotesqueexperimentsonbeingsofallsorts.Thoughtheyprefertoinflictthesebloodyandvisceralmutationsuponhumanoids,theyregularlydrawfromrattrapprisonsoftheGreatWarren,usingWarrenRunnersastheirtestsubjects.Successfulresultshavecomeaboutfromtheirtransmutativetinkerings,mostfamouslytheenormousTyrantSkrzzak.Theytreatthemmorelikebelovedpetsthanslaves,praisinganTyrantrightafterthebeasthasdismemberedanintrusivebandofadventurersintheGreatWarren.</p></li><li><p>Broodmotherskeeptheireyeheavilyfocusedonthisbreed,asaslipoftheirtonguecouldpotentiallycausethewholeKabaltocollapse.PhlegmaticSkrzzakaretoowillfulandconfidenttobeignored,andtheyknowthisfullwell.</p><p>PRIMARY ATTRIBUTES Combat:35%(3)SimpleMelee+10,SimpleRanged+10Brawn:40%(4)Athletics+10Agility:50%(7)Coordination+20,Ride+20Perception:40%(6)Awareness+20Intelligence:45%(5)Education+20,Heal+20Willpower:40%(6)Survival+10Fellowship:45%(3)Leadership+10,HandleAnimal+20 </p><p>SECONDARY ATTRIBUTES Initiative:+9Movement:10onfootDamageThreshold:6(12/18/24)PerilThreshold:9(15/21/27)</p><p>COMBAT PROFILE Mancatcher:45%Distance(meleeengagedor1yard)Damage(3)Entangling,ReachTailvertebrae:45%Distance(meleeengagedor1yard)Damage(NONE)Entangling,Ineffective,ReachBolas:45%Distance(ranged7yards)Load(1AP)Damage(NONE)Entangling,Ineffective,ThrowingParry:NONEDodge:70% </p><p>TRAITS BROWNDEATHWheneverCreatureswiththisTraitinflictsanInjurywithbothmeleeandrangedweapons,thefoeswoundsarealsoInfected.DARKSENSECreatureswiththisTraitcanseeperfectlyinthedark,asifitweredaylight.FASTONTHEIRFEETCreatureswiththisTraitreduceallMovementActionsincombatby1AP(foraminimumof1AP).Additionally,theymayDodgebothmeleeandrangedweapons.GUTTERRUNNERWheneveryouattempttohideinurbanandundergroundenvironments,yougaina+20BaseChancetoStealthTests.LICKYOURWOUNDSCreatureswiththisTraitcanrestoretheirDamageConditionTrackpositivelybythreestepsbyspending1ActionPoint.ThisTraitcanonlybeusedonceaday.</p></li><li><p>MASTEROFTHELASHWhenevertheseCreaturesattempttotame,rideandcommandCreatureswhichareDireRats,TyrantSkrzzakandotherrodents,theymayfliptheresultstosucceedanySkillTestrelatedtoit.STRESSI...</p></li></ul>