Help - Search - Members - Calendar
Full Version: Can a Leshy be a player character?
Dumpshock Forums > Discussion > Shadowrun
Pages: 1, 2
please someone just answer this question quick and with a short explanation why -Yes or No

Can A Leshy be used as a Player Character? (don't worry I'm not mixing a Leshy up with an Argopelter)-this pertains to comments from back in the original Paranormal Animals Of North America

And Don't worry grammar is good! wink.gif

That is all
Actually, yes, a Leshy is a plausible character. It can use magic, operate doors, wear pants, and drive cars. Its abilities are pretty minor, +1 Reaction, +1 Charisma, +2 Essence, Dual Natured, and Confusion at will. Confusion is available to any conjurer. Their +2 Essence is virtually meaningless in the face of the fact that there is no Cyberware available for Leshy characters.

well, that +2 essence does mean they're easier to heal with magic. but i guess that can be considered a fair trade, maybe, for all the other crap they'll have to put up with.
Are Leshy sentient?
Couldn't they get cultured bioware? It's specifically grown for the host....

never thought of that

Just imagine- BioSam Leshies coming at you- probably at some Evo facility
I only have one response:

Why, god, why?
They'll still suffer magic loss from Essence loss, though, so they could loose their confusion power if they get too much cyber or bioware.

And they should be able to get cyber, seeing as you can give guarddogs and gaurdsharks cyberware.
because shadowrun needs to evolve; I mean should the 2070's be just a sleep walk rehash of what has come before or shouldn't they be a funky extension of shadowrun's previous theams?

I perdict by 2080 Leshies will be granted some degree of Rights love.gif

I honestly have no clue how to respond to this. Which is a first.

I reiterate: Why, god, why?
yes, because the natural progression of a dystopian future is towards... utopia? wait, that's not right.
because it would just be the cutting edge and the cutting edge isn't always asteticly pretty---was Kurt Cobain astecticly pleasing when he came out to most people, no, but he advanced the culture-(and his Suiciding by the evil Guv'ment Mediduh Con-plex proved back in 1994 that Pop Cult-ture is an Evil System of Human Sacrifice, but that is another story)--so any ways BioSam Leshies may not occur for another few years but they will eventually because some wacked out corp scientist will probably do it anyway

That is why
and yes the natural progression of a dystopian future is even more bizaar dystopia

No. Just... No.

Leshies will never become mainstream because they will never populate enough of the planet to become a major sub-species such as Human, Elf, Dwarf, Ork or Troll.

And also; because if they become sentient, no doctor can legally modify them for their own sick pleasures.

Good god. Why?!
Well, look at all the street samurai for one thing.

Besides, most of the cyber research is done in extraterritorial corporate facilities anyway.
Nick mentions corp extraterritorality which is why they at Least at first will be able to get away with experimenting on Leshies

and they will only be on the fringes of the mainstream; it's not like one will become President of the UCAS (But if a Dragon can do it....just kidding.....[maybe wink.gif ])
It takes an act of Congress for a non-Homo Sapien to get a SIN, and be recognized by society at large as a real person.

The only way this could change is if some pro-paracritters group convinces a bunch of dragons to fund a bunch of Senators re-election campaigns, and uses said influence to lobby for an alteration of the existing legislation.
well around the late 2070's elections (2078-2080) I bet that will be a campaige Issue(rights for Leshies/Sprites/Lizardfolk/Rockfolk!!)- and if that happens I bet the real radical Human Nationists/Alamos 20K types will start talking about a human's only homeland
It takes a UCAS for a sentient paracritter to get a SIN in the UCAS. The NAN pretty much grants equal right to all sentients across the board, citizenship included. The Tirs are pretty friendly to sentient paras, as well. Certainly, there are other countries thhat are para friendly. Among the AAAs, some might see a benefit in giving jobs to sentient paras (as opposed to enslaving them).

It is possible for a sentient para to have a fairly good life if it lives in the right place and doesn't eat the wrong people.
While a Leshy could in theory get cultured bioware (they're never going to be able to get "generic" bioware, they don't have the "generic" human proteins), that would still require someone making it. For metahumans, there's a wide variety of genetics on file, and a huge body of research put into the subject, for Leshy there isn't.

Someone would have to invent every single piece of bioware all over again for Leshy before there would be any bioware to put into Leshy. Some of the groundwork is done, these things have already been invented for a non-Leshy species, but there's still years of work to be done in a field that frankly noone gives a damn about.

Same problem as for Leshy cyberware. Before it could be done, there'd have to be a crap tonne of research into the field, and the field doesn't even have a name because noone cares. Dragon datajacks and draconic trode interfaces were really hard to do, but the dragons themselves were willing to bankroll the project. Unless and until a Leshy becomes a high mucketty-muck in Shiawase, Evo, MCT, UO, or Neonet, there just isn't going to be any Leshy cyberware.

Of course, you could play a Leshy shaman with your plant spirits and your forest loving. That could be a viable character. But you aren't ever going to have a Leshy street samurai. Not in 2070, not in 2080. Not for a considerable time after Leshy buy themselves into world capitalism, something they have shown no interest in doing over the last 40 years.

Well, I'll point to the cyberdogs and cybersharks as examples as to why Leshies can get cyber.

Of course, he gets the 'critters with cyberware' psychotic rage as well...
They might buy into mainsteam culture by accident--buy being the victims of experiments--then the Para-critter rights folks will step in and soon the Leshies will be there demanding their Just Respect & Rights
I say if you want to make a more high fantasy setting of Shadowrun, do so. Just invent a timeline were centaurs, leshy, sprites, obsidimen, scrang (however do you spell that?), giants, gouls, vampires, goblins, aggropelters, sasquashes, free spirits, drakes, munchkins, felix cats, shape changers and god knows what all have equal rights and crowd the streets in your average sprawl. Make them all playable characters and eligable for all cyber mods and magic that any other character can have. And when your tired of that, let the players have their choice among the great dragons and have a blast playing chess games with the world. Nobody here should give a damn what you do with your game.

You have to understand that most of us did that kind of stuff a lot one or more decades ago (if at all, I swear some people never had a childhood sarcastic.gif) , and want a less far out setting than that.
I like the idea of Leshys in my game - as food for the Drop Bears. o_O

Space Ghost
i'm not exactly sure what a leshy is, but if they can be
a. attractive
b. charismatic
then you might consider some sort of leshy pop icon getting the ball rolling. Anyone who captures the hearts of millions of UCAS citizens would be more likely to gain rights.

Then again, since i don't know what a leshy is, what i've just said might be ridiculous.
Yeah, I'd say that would be possible.

QUOTE (Critters)

These humanoids often appear plantlike, an impression given by their leaf-and-moss garments, rough skin, and greentinged hair. They average 1.5 meters tall, with short tails. Known for their magical ability, leshy are frequently shamans and show an affinity for forest spirits. Highly territorial, they often set traps for the unwary passing through their home grounds.

Come to think of it... can non-sentients be given criminal SINs, given that said SINs are issued by an extraterritorial corporation (i.e. LoneStar)?

As for stats for PCs...

Leshy (60BP)
+1 Reaction (+10 BP)
+1 Charisma (+10 BP)
Duel Natured (-10 BP)
+2 Essence (+40 BP)
Awakened (negligable)
Uneducated (-20 BP)
Confusion (+10 BP)
2 Initiative Passes (+20 BP), doesn't stack with Magic, implants, etc. Use the better of the two.
May not take the Technomancer or SINner (non-criminal version) qualities. (negligable)
+1 die for Spirits of Earth (negligable- even less than a Mentor spirit)

I put Confusion at 10BP because you can get it from summoning the appropriate spirit if you're a Mystic Adept (though unlike the Leshy, doing so will cost Drain). I pit the +2 Essence at +40BP, because that's twice the cost of a normal attribute. I put the extra initiative pass at 20 BP because that's how much it'll cost to get it as an adept.

I gave them +1 Reaction because the SR3 version has +1 Quickness and 2d6 for initiative.

Anyone care to run a balance analysis? I'll point out that unless you want to run a burnout, and loose the confusion power, you'll need to spend BP on your magic, and not take advantage of the extra Essence right away.
Lone Star could give a criminal SIN to a stapler if it wanted to.
This is great-This one question has generated some great brainstorming

What we need to do now is just have a list of all possible alternative races that can be player characters
otaku mike
I want to play a Merrow in his mobile transparent watertank. rollin.gif
Oh no, wait, I want to play a Naga rigger with tons of drones (useful to open the door or pick that damn fork)! silly.gif rotate.gif wobble.gif

And the fun just never ends! facelick.gif rollin.gif

well A merrow and a naga are pushing the crediblity even for me

I made a list of alternative player races once but here goes again quickly
More Likely
HMHVV strains that leave your INTELEGENCE in tact
HMHVV strains that turn your brain to mush(bladersnaches included)
Regular Sasquatches/Yetis and other local varients (Yowies?)
Non-Great form Dragons (of course someone will end up wanting great form rules-just the dragon version of IE's anyways)
The regular Earthdawn three (Windlings, T'Skrang & Obsidimen)
Leshies and Maybe Argopelters (Are Argopelters Playable??)

Very difficult
Merrows, Nagas, Elaphants, Dolphins, & Chipanzees

Need Horrors

Probably impossible

That just about covers it I think
you honestly think it would be possible to play as an elephant, dolphin, or chimp? Atleast merrows and nagas i can presume can talk, since they're awakened, but the other three have no chance of being able to communicate with the rest of the team, EVEN if you give them lingua softs, and a dolphin has to stay in the water, and, and.. just, ugh...
But the Navy uses dolphins for anti-submarine electronic warfare, right? Presumably those mil-spec implants and computer infiltration training they get could be applied to other tasks, such as cracking the encryption on a courier's datalock.

(Yes, I know this post will probably get me in trouble. Grin/Duck/Run)
i remember seeing someone post something about that before, but i dont remember reading the article in it's entirety. But, if i were to beleive it, i'd imagine the dolphins being used as a mobile sonar station, and not a "go here and tell us whats there" sonar station. So, while, yes, a dolphin who's off the coast of north carolina will tell you that you're in the clear, that doesnt do jack poop for you if you need to know whats off the Gulf coast of florida.
Elephants, Dolphins, Agropelters, and a few HMHVV variants are non-sentient, and therefore non-playable.

Leshy however, are just as playable as shapeshifters are: they're critters that look like metahumans, are as smart as metahumans and act like metahumans, but aren't.

Nagas have no hands, and cannot speak without the aid of spells. Unless you plan on playing a magician with Magic Fingers and Trid Entertainment in sustaining foci, they'll be completely unplayable.

Merrows are water-based critters. Unless you're planning on playing a pirate campaign, they'll be completely unusable. You'll still need to spend knowledge points to learn English, though- your natural language would be the Merrow tongue.

Dragons are simply too fragging powerful. Their Str scores alone are worth 270+ BP. Now, a dragon hatchling converted from the unpublished Earthdawn Dragons PDF might be playable, though you'd need a dang good explanation as to how you've managed to escape the scaly claws of whichever Great Dragon was raising you. Even so, however, the fact that dragons can instinctively manipulate mana to produce whatever effect they wish without needing a spell formula means that it'll still be one mean little bugger, and possibly overpowered.

The sentient HMHVV strains are much less powerful than they were in previous editions, but they're still way too powerful for PCs.
For an aquatic campaign-
Merrow (50 BP)
Reaction +4 (+40 BP)
Strength +4 (+40 BP)
Body +2 (+20 BP)
Magic -2 (-20 BP)
Uneducated (-20 BP)
Duel Natured (-10 BP)
Speed 5/20 (15/45 swimming) (negligable)
Awakened (negligable)
all great stuff but I need to know is an Argopelter Sentinent & Therefor playable?
QUOTE (boskop-albatros)
all great stuff but I need to know is an Argopelter Sentinent & Therefor playable?

Dare I ask why it would matter?
because short of bringing back up the Reticulan Grays, Star Warriors, and the Mother Wheel(which I'll just leave at that)--Argopelter Player Characters would represent just about the outer limits of shadowrun-so I'll ask again are Argopelters sentinet enough to be used as player characters?

of course you could always try a jackelman social adept silly.gif
I see.

For what it's worth, I strongly recommend playing and mastering standard Shadowrun before seeking to move into uncharted territory.
i remember seeing someone post something about that before

It was the plot to a William Gibson short story that was later made into a movie starring Keanu Reeves. Not quite Shadowrun, but Gibson is the source material that many Shadowrun concepts were first based on.
QUOTE (RunnerPaul @ Jan 17 2006, 04:32 PM)
QUOTE (Aku @ Jan 17 2006, 07:18 AM)
i remember seeing someone post something about that before

It was the plot to a William Gibson short story that was later made into a movie starring Keanu Reeves. Not quite Shadowrun, but Gibson is the source material that many Shadowrun concepts were first based on.

for some reason, i seem to remember someone posting an actual news article about it though... a searching i ah go..

EDIT: .This is the thread i'm thinking of not quite an anti sub sonar system, but could easily be
Just some humor

Episode of of what wyrmtalk has become in 2071 hosted by Jackelman social adept Larry Drool

This is Larry Drool(gerrrr....) and my guests tonight are Leshy MossyFur in the studio (lick...lick) and via WiFi Argopelter Throwhard(YEAHHHHHH.YEAHHHH..)

Larry: so Mossy should(gargle gargle) Argopelters have the same rights as were just granted to Leshies?

Mossy: NO Leshies work hard for rights, Argopelters ride coattails!

Larry: and your responce(woof woof) Throwhard?

Throwhard: Argopelters sent-int too.....we needs righies too...demi-crats give us-es righies

Mossy: demicraps stink we Leshies votes Rep-ug-li-can

Larry: (growlllll....) we'll be right back
so I just need an Opinion....could Argopelters be used as player caracters?
I am so going to play an Elephant Street sam. They'd get crazy high body mods and be total badasses....Give him some spurs and mount him with gun turrets and get ready to rock out...
Again, elephants, dolphins, and agropelters are not sentient.

It's like asking if a dog can be a player character.
But....I was going to take the human looking flaw....
the elephant and dolphin possiblities come form the will of the big d where he offered big nuyen.gif for the first communication between humans and either elephants or dolphins

I guess it looks like I should give up on the argopelters though
otaku mike
I wouldn't allow aGRopelters.
You seem to have forgotten about the Dours though. If you wanna play an ape-like character, Dours are rumored to be at least half sentient. Some variants (the rare white dour mentioned in SoA) are suggested as fully sentient.

This is a "lo-fi" version of our main content. To view the full version with more information, formatting and images, please click here.
Dumpshock Forums © 2001-2012