Bestiary

Slouch

Transhumanity has had several violent extrasolar encounters with the robotic entities they have designated “slouches”—thanks to their slumped posture—though in each case they have assumed the machines were machines left behind by the TITANs. In reality, these robots were designed by an unknown alien species, possibly seeded through the gates as a defensive measure to prevent their use.

Smart Camel

Less smelly and less obstinate than their unmodified forebears.

Smart Cat

Though smart cats deign to let humans pet and feed them, they are even more stubborn and independent than their baseline forebears. Nevertheless, some have been trained for surveillance and other purposes

Smart Dog

Commonly used as discriminatory guardians, smart dogs are sometimes enhanced with combative bioware or cybernetics.

Smart Hawk

Enhanced versions of peregrine falcons and other predatory birds are common in large, open habitats, and the hobby of falconry has made a comeback. Some smart falcons have been trained for surveillance or security purposes, tracking or finding subjects from overhead.

Smart Horse

Favored for riding and hauling gear and respond well to verbal commands.

Smart Monkey

Commonly used by criminal groups for minor larceny such as pickpocketing, smart monkeys can be useful and intelligent aides.

Smart Racoon

Raccoon helpers are employed as personal assistant and for many of the same tasks as smart monkeys. Some are even trained to get along in free fall, though they are mostly found in habitats with real or spin gravity.

Smart Rat

These upgrades of the common Norwegian rat are clever and dexterous, and they easily fit into a pocket or hood.

Smart Wolf

Smart wolves are sometimes favored over smart dogs as guardian animals and companions, partly because they tend to be more vicious and are superior tracker

Snapper

At least one variant of the exsurgent virus explicitly targets synthmorphs, bots, and vehicles. The nanoplague physically breaks these machines down, combines them with other machines, and transforms them into centipede-like monstrosities known as snappers.

Space Roach

Grown to the size of a small dog, these insects are often biosculpted for bright colors and patterns. They are useful for minor janitorial duties.

Spambot Minion

The minions made by killer spambots (p. 124) are programmed to attack identified TITAN machines with suicidal ferocity. Some escape and go rogue, similar to wild artificials (p. 151).

Squidling

Favored by some uplifted octopi as pets (and by others as snacks), squidlings are .25-meter-long squid adapted for air breathing, their natural water jet locomotion replaced by powerful jets of air, much like octomorphs, for micrograv propulsion. Most lack ink sacs, these being a hazard in space habitats. They aren’t exactly affectionate, but they instinctively shoal with octomorphs for protection and will eagerly devour any scraps dropped to them.

Stalker

Stalkers is the term given to an unusually insectoid and alien TITAN machine design. Stalkers seem to have been specifically sculpted to invoke fear in transhumans. They move with an interesting upright quadruped stance, using four jointed legs radially set around the torso. A small and malevolent-looking mantis-like head tops a bulging torso. Their pair of arms are ridged with vicious-looking serrations and spikes, which they use for murderous purposes. A set of retractable tentacle-chains also deploy from the torso, used as prehensile limbs and for whip-like attacks.

Stinger Hound

Stinger hounds are native to the exoplanet Wenguang. Despite being a promising colony site and hosting xenoarcheological discoveries, transhumans have had a difficult time on Wenguang in large part due to the heavy presence of stinger hound packs.

Swarm Cat

Swarm cats are the creation of scum gene-hackers. No two swarm cats tend to be alike—many of them are more like hyenas or mongooses—and each is likely to have a unique assortment of enhancements. The statistics given should be used as a rough guidelines for other cats.

Switchwing

This six-legged flying arthropod is native to the exoplanet Synergy. A meter long with a 1.5-meter wingspan, the switchwing is so named for its double sets of dragonfly-esque wings, one of which is used for general mobility, and the other when actively hunting. These provide the predator with astonishing aerial capabilities, from hovering and swooping to fast diving attacks.

Think Tank

Think tanks are TITAN heavy weaponry, deployed against armored transhuman military assets and fortified positions. Whereas warbots are designed to be fast and mobile heavy hitters, think tanks can take a beating and smash their way through just about any defenses.

Think tanks are quadrupeds, with twin plasma and particle beam cannons on a turret torso that can adjust its height and orientation. On top of the heavy armor, advanced defenses protect against projectiles and explosions.

TITAN Smart Mine

Most transhumans wish the existence of smart mines could be blamed on the TITANs. Sadly, smart mines were used in warfare long before the Fall. Though outlawed by every treaty and convention of warfare, smart mines were frequently deployed against civilian populations. The TITANs merely enhanced the design.

Smart mines are roughly 3 decimeters long and move on spider- like thin robotic legs. Their frame holds a compact sensor package and a payload of volate chemicals stored in interconnected sacs, housed underneath a cheap plastic shell that doubles as shrapnel.