Thursday, January 10, 2019

Nushki - Small Psionic Cat

The Nushki has fur that is of a pale, sandy, light brownish-yellow color. Markings vary, but most are lightly striped. There are dark brown bars on the limbs, and the tail has a black tip with two or three dark rings. It stands one to one and a half feet at the shoulder. From nose to the base of its tail, it is twenty inches long with an additional foot of tail length. Nushki weigh about ten pounds.
An adult Nushki
Nushki are solitary creatures, except mating season. Females give birth to a litter of three to five kittens seventy to seventy-five days later. The parents will stay with their kittens for eight months to a year. After that time, they part ways and each claim separate territories. Both parents will fight to the death if they feel their kittens are in danger.
Nushki live in burrows, but do not dig them. They will generally take over the burrow of another creature. They are crepuscular and nocturnal. Their diet is made up of small rodents, lizards, snakes, and insects. They are able to get all their required moisture from their prey, but will drink if water is available. They have been known to attack small children, but only when other prey is unavailable.
The Nushki does have claws and sharp teeth, but the cat's psionic powers are the creatures most useful weapon when stalking prey. They will generally use their ecoplasmic form to approach their prey, usually through solid objects, and adrenalin control to attack.
Stats after the jump (Some of the information is duplicated for ease of reference.)

Nushki
Climate/Terrain: Sandy Waste, Rocky Badlands, Stony Barrens
Frequency: Uncommon
Organization: Solitary or group
Activity Cycle: Nocturnal
Diet: Carnivorous
Intelligence: Animal
Treasure: Nil
Alignment: Neutral
No. Appearing: 1 or 1d6+1
Armor Class: 5
Movement: 18
Hit Dice: 1
Thac0: 17
No. of Attacks: 3
Damage/Attacks: 1-2, 1-2, 1-2
Special Attack: Rear claw rake, 1-2, 1-2
Special Defense: See below
Magic Resistance: Nil
Size: T(1'-1 1/2' tall)
Morale: Average (8-10) to Fanatic (17-18)
XP Value: 65
Psionic Summary
Level: 2
Dis/Sci/Dev: 2/1/5
Attack/Defense: MB
Score: 14
PSPs: 38
Psychokinetic: Control Light, Control Sound
Psychometabolic: Complete Healing, Accelerate, Adrenalin Control, Ectoplasmic Form

The Nushki has fur that is of a pale, sandy, light brownish-yellow color. Markings vary, but most are lightly striped. There are dark brown bars on the limbs, and the tail has a black tip with two or three dark rings. It stands one to one and a half feet at the shoulder. From nose to the base of its tail, it is twenty inches long with an additional foot of tail length. Nushki weigh about ten pounds.
Combat
Nushki are efficient hunters, moving with grace and stealth; opponents suffer a -3 penalty on surprise rolls. They have excellent senses and agility, which allows them to be surprised only on a 1 or 2. Its senses also allow it to hunt efficiently at night.
Nushki attack with their claws and teeth; if they hit with front claws, they rake with rear claws.
Cats have retractable claws which can be extended for climbing or drawn in for speed. They are agile climbers, able to scale the sides of rocky walls at half movement, and take no penalties when moving through their preferred terrains. They can leap up to half of their movement to avoid obstacles or spring onto prey.
Kittens are half the size of adults. Their armor class is 7, thac0 19, they have half a hit die, their claw and bite attacks do 1 damage each, and 19 PSPs. Their xp value is 35.

Habitat/ Society
Nushki are solitary creatures, except mating season. Females give birth to a litter of three to five kittens seventy to seventy-five days later. The parents will stay with their kittens for eight months to a year. After that time, they part ways and each claim separate territories. Both parents will fight to the death if they feel their kittens are in danger.

Ecology
Nushki live in burrows, but do not dig them. They will generally take over the burrow of another creature. They are crepuscular and nocturnal. Their diet is made up of small rodents, lizards, snakes, and insects. They are able to get all their required moisture from their prey, but will drink if water is available. They have been known to attack small children, but only when other prey is unavailable.

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