Animal Mimicry and another power question

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Animal Mimicry and another power question

Postby Ash Williams » Tue Sep 03, 2013 10:17 am

I'm working on a setting that's strongly influenced by the Scion RPG (i.e., modern-day demigods). One aspect is that if the character's divine parent has a creature associated with them (such as the owl with Athena, or the jaguar with Tezcatlipoca), that not only would the character be able to communicate with said animal, but temporarily mimic abilities of the animal.

Would this simply be a couple of points of Animal Mimicry, with the Limited (whatever animal) Flaw, or is there another way to do this (preferably less expensive)?

Also, there's one power (sorry, BOON) known as Warrior Ideal in Scion. Essentially, the character undergoes a mental transformation into a specific warrior type (Spartan/Ronin/Gunslinger/whatever). Their physical appearance doesn't change, but they gain the talents associated with said warrior. Would this be Alternate Form, Morph (Limited [mental transform only]), some other way? Any help would be appreciated.
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Re: Animal Mimicry and another power question

Postby kenseido » Tue Sep 03, 2013 12:17 pm

If they are limited to only one (or even a couple) animal, then I would go with a straight container (Alternate Form for the non-UP gifted). You pay a pretty hefty premium on Animal Mimicry to get to do multiple animals, even a -1 Flaw hardly compensates.

The second part would be Alternate Form, which would include adjusted stats. Morph is not required. Some GMs may not allow stats adjustments in Alternate Form, in which case, you would need a Limited Shapeshift. You might get away with Morph with the Metamorph Feat, but that is a stretch and most GMs are very leary of Metamorph.
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Re: Animal Mimicry and another power question

Postby Greyman » Sat Sep 07, 2013 9:06 pm

Ash Williams wrote:I'm working on a setting that's strongly influenced by the Scion RPG (i.e., modern-day demigods). One aspect is that if the character's divine parent has a creature associated with them (such as the owl with Athena, or the jaguar with Tezcatlipoca), that not only would the character be able to communicate with said animal, but temporarily mimic abilities of the animal.

Would this simply be a couple of points of Animal Mimicry, with the Limited (whatever animal) Flaw, or is there another way to do this (preferably less expensive)?
Just use a Container, as kenseido suggests. This is a set of powers activated and deactivated as a unit. When the container is active, all it's powers are available for use, when inactive none of them can be used. Alternate Form is an example of container; it does not have to include a literal change of form.

The key point is that such a set of powers can occupy a single 'slot' in an array. You can have an array of Alternate Forms.

Powers like Animal Mimicry, Object Mimicry, et cetera, are Variable powers, which are essentially containers who's contained powers can be reassigned on the fly, as long as they fit the given descriptor, at a hefty point cost.
Ash Williams wrote:Also, there's one power (sorry, BOON) known as Warrior Ideal in Scion. Essentially, the character undergoes a mental transformation into a specific warrior type (Spartan/Ronin/Gunslinger/whatever). Their physical appearance doesn't change, but they gain the talents associated with said warrior. Would this be Alternate Form, Morph (Limited [mental transform only]), some other way? Any help would be appreciated.
Just use container again, filled with Enhanced Traits and possibly Disability Drawbacks.

You might also consider giving the character Complications due to personality change.


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