Bestiary

Mind Wrapper

These exsurgents look like four-armed starfish, capable of walking like quadrupeds on their spiny limbs. Each appendage ends in thin, clawed digits useful for climbing and tool use. The arms also house sensory bands for hearing and infrared vision. The underside of the creature houses a circular mouth ringed with hooked teeth. This mouth can distend outwards like a leech, enveloping much larger prey than it might seem. Wrappers are ideally suited for microgravity habitats due to a series of vent sacs capable of significant thrust.

Moravecian Repair Bot

These repair bots remain hidden in underground bunkers until called forth to repair damage to the vast network on the exoplanet Moravec. These bots have three arms and rounded heads.

Neurode

Neurodes seek to boot-strap themselves to new levels of consciousness. They sleeve into over-sized amorphic clusters of neuronal and epithelial cells, encased in a hard carapace shell with four legs and a pair of arms. It would be a mistake to call their genius “crude,” but their methods certainly are. Their sheer mass of cerebral tissue and neural connections makes neurodes capable of calculations far beyond a typical transhuman. Newer “brain box” designs embrace a quadruped pod design and incorporate chains of networked cyberbrains into the brain blob.

Ny’knikiin

The ny’knikiin resulted from TITAN experiments in the weaponization of captured pod morphs The machines programmed simulmorphs that emulated pods and sleeved the egos of hundreds of Earth- based predators, testing to see what minds adapted to the alien bodies best. Mantis shrimp proved the most successful. The simulspace was time-accelerated further and the environment tailored to teach the shrimp to operate their new forms to full capacity. A few subjective millennia of time later and the ny’knikiin were ready for deployment.

Oct Swarm

These eight-legged bugs live in massive underground colonies identified by the large mounds they build aboveground.

Poisonous Marmoset Swarm

A Titan Tech prank that got out of hand, these bands of ten-centimeter-tall poisonous primates were thought to have been eradicated, but it’s always possible some got away.

Police Baboon

Police baboons are transgenic Cape baboons modified for obedience, heightened intelligence, and longer attention spans. Still of only (enhanced) animal intel-ligence, they are typically fielded in groups of two to seven with police handlers. Working as a police baboon handler is an extremely dangerous job, as the baboons have been known to turn as a pack upon their handler in mentally stressful situations, such as when attacked with sensory or nerve agents, or more rarely when subjected to psi or encounters with exsurgents.

Predator

Predators seek to transform themselves into an ultimate top-of-the-food-chain evolutionary contender. They pursue new avenues in genetic modi cation and prototype implants, often using controversial methods and technologies. The biochemical instabilities result- ing from these untested modi cations and altered metabolisms negatively impacts their emotional and mental stability. Pushing this even further, some predators undergo experimental psychosurgery to modify their consciousnesses in order to increase cunning and ruthlessness, a procedure that often has other negative side effects.

Promethean Agent

Rather than interacting directly via a fork, some Prometheans prefer to ride shotgun with an agent representative. These avatars are AGIs that have been programmed by the Prometheans for specific tasks—in a sense they are the Prometheans’ children. The advantage to operating through such agents is that each is a unique individual, and thus much less able to be identified by other ASIs through any tell-tale behavioral signatures, as a fork might.

Promethean Fork

The problem with hiding away is that the Prometheans sometimes need their own eyes and ears on the ground, involved in a situation, to better react to ongoing events. Though they have their own agents, some- times they might not trust a situation to be handled by another party. In cases like this, the Promethean might spin off a fork of itself to send into action. In order to avoid attention, these forks will attempt to pass them- selves off as infomorphs/AGIs or sleeved transhumans.

Puppet Elite Agent

Puppets are people whose minds were subverted by the TITANs during the Fall. Unlike exsurgents, they are not infected by the exsurgent virus and are under the direct control of the TITANs, fetches, or their other AI minions.

Most puppets are synthmorphs and pods whose cyberbrains were hacked and dominated.

However, the TITANs also compromised body banks to psychosurgically modi ed the egos being resleeved, creating an army of biomorphs to serve their will. Some key target biomorphs were simply abducted, with either a new cyberbrain or ego implanted.

Puppet Sleeper Agent

Puppets are people whose minds were subverted by the TITANs during the Fall. Unlike exsurgents, they are not infected by the exsurgent virus and are under the direct control of the TITANs, fetches, or their other AI minions.

Most puppets are synthmorphs and pods whose cyberbrains were hacked and dominated.

However, the TITANs also compromised body banks to psychosurgically modi ed the egos being resleeved, creating an army of biomorphs to serve their will. Some key target biomorphs were simply abducted, with either a new cyberbrain or ego implanted.

Rust Hound

Rust hounds are large, transgenic dogs. In addition to being able to breathe the Martian atmosphere, they're able to smell it and are sometimes used as trackers.

Sapient Defiler

Exhuman defiler clades combine the favored traits of predators and parasites into what they consider a perfect creature. Defilers have a multi- stage life cycle. Adult defilers sting their victims, injecting eggs into their body. The eggs feed parasitically off their hosts (alive or dead), growing inside them. If the host lives, it will eventually die as the larvae consume it from within. The larval form of the creature then eats its way out of the corpse, surviving as a scavenger until it cocoons itself somewhere and goes through a chrysalis, emerging in a meaner, nastier form.

Sciurid

The sciurid is a large, omnivorous, six-legged, flying, squirrel- like mammal. They are intelligent and inquisitive, and exhibit behavior such as altruism, laughter, language mimicry, tool use, and targeted hunting.

Security Dog

Partially-uplifted smart dogs are commonly used for security purposes, especially among the Martian hyper- corps, as they’re cheaper than troopers and don’t form unions. They are managed by handlers, who use Trooper stats with an additional Animal Handling 45 (Smart Dogs) skill.

Self-Replicating Nanoswarm

The nanoswarms distributed by the TITANs are a step beyond the nanotechnology available to transhumanity. Unlike transhuman-created nanoswarms, the TITAN swarms are autonomous, sapient, and self-replicating. They are also highly adaptive, meaning they are not single function but can modify themselves to perform almost any nanoswarm task. They may also nano-fabricate new materials, much like fractals (p. 383). Combined, these capabilities make these nanoswarms incredibly potent.

Shifter

Shifters are synthmorphs that have been transformed by the shifter nanoplague. The virus converts material frames into a liquid metal composed of exotic smart matter. Shapeshifting becomes possible, the material solidifying, liquefying, and reshaping according to the exsurgent’s needs. The visual mimicry can be reprogrammed in a matter of seconds and is sophisticated enough to imitate biomorphs, though touch and other wavelengths easily reveal this deception.

Skitter

Skitters are insectoid microbots used en masse by the TITANs. Their primary use was as saboteurs: cutting power lines, destroying spimes and sensors, and disabling vehicles, servers, mesh nodes, and weapon emplacements. They were also used to create distractions, paint targets for artillery and missiles, jam radio and radar, set traps, and assault soldiers and civilians. Skitters were often deployed behind enemy lines by drones in aerogel bubbles or simply mass produced from hacked nanofabbers.

Skrik

Transhumans infected with the skrik variation of the exsurgent virus do not undergo any outward physical transformations, though their minds are subverted. They do, however, undergo some interesting internal changes. On a semi-regular basis the exsurgent coughs up small creatures known as skriks. These creatures resemble tiny versions of the exsurgent’s morph, though often with minor physiological differences or mutations, such as claws, poison stingers, prehensile tails, or a single wing to maneuver in microgravity.