The Knightshades


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Description

The Knightshades were created as expendable shock troops and as literal weapons of terror, intended to exploit the superstitious fantasies of the Waffen SS and make them belive that they were facing the animated corpses of thirteenth-century Teutonic Knights. Galen deliberately designed them to be stupid and lacking in personality, because he had ethical qualms about applying the word "expendable" to any sapient being, even an artificial one. On their own, they're about as smart as Ogrons, and with even less initiative, although they can understand and obey simple verbal commands perfectly well. But Galen never intended them to operate independently. They're tied to each other, and to Galen's K9 unit, Gwyllgi, in a subspace communication network, meaning that Gwyllgi is able to supply them with all the smarts and skills that they need. Their voices are deep and sepulchral, appearing to echo as if from inside a tomb. Although they understand modern English, German and Polish, they speak only in medieval German and Latin, to reinforce the illusion of their thirteenth-century origins.

FASA Stats

DW RPG Stats

Time Lord Stats

STR
Level VII
END
Level VII
DEX
Level IV
CHA
Level I
MNT
Level III
INT
Level I
Combat Statistics
 
Armed Combat
 
Disruptor Rifle
Level VI
Machine Pistol
Level VI
Longsword
Level VI
Unarmed Combat
 
Brawling
Level VI
Significant Skills
 
Climbing
Level VII
Security Procedures
 
Disguise (Shimmer)
Level VII
Awareness
4
Coordination
3
Ingenuity
1
Presence
1
Resolve
6
Strength
7
Athletics
3
Fighting
5
Marksman
5
Traits
 
Keen Senses (Hearing and Sight)
A Knightshade is equipped with thermographic, low-light, and zoom magnification vision. It can hear ultra- and subsonic frequencies and automatically filter out extraneous background noise when trying to eavesdrop or listen for a specific sound.
Impaired Senses (Touch and Smell)
Knightshades have no sense of smell and can only have a limited sense of touch in their hands.
Distinctive
A golden-fanged metal skeleton wearing chain-mail armor is rather hard to miss.
Armor (Major)
Their tough alloy construction and skeletal build reduces all damage by 10.
Climbing (Major)
They can extrude claws from their hands and feet, which act as pitons and allow them to climb vertical surfaces at half their usual movement rate.
Fear Factor (1/3)
Their true appearance is intimidating enough, but they also have the ability to disguise themselves as rotting zombies using a built-in holographic Shimmer.
Natural Weapons (Minor)
Their claws may also be used as close-combat weapons, doing 4/9/13 damage.
Networked
Galen designed the Knightshades to co-ordinate their efforts with each other, under the remote command of Gwyllgi, his K9 unit. While networked with a K9 unit or similar computer, they use its Ingenuity attribute instead of their own, and may also use any of its skills as their own.
Strength
7
Control
3
Brawling
2
Edged Weapons
2
Marksmansip
2
Mountaineering
3
Size
3
Weight
5
Move
3
Determination
6
Awareness
3
Disguise
3
Knowledge
1