Bestiary

Meta-Terrans

Cyber Hound. The canid is ideal as a raw template: strong and fast, but remembering all of the ingrained loyalty and affection for humans that has been instilled into the domestic dog. As such, they’re popular candidates for cybernetic enhancement, particularly amongst crazy scientists and megacorporations. Outfitted with armor plating, a mechanically enhanced bite, and prosthetic legs, they are a swift and terrifyingly resilient predator. With specialised hardware installed in the canine brain, their natural instincts and impulses allow them to be controlled almost as precisely as a drone.

Inevitable Lizard. Made by unknown parties for unknown purposes, this six-legged lizard monstrosity is slightly smaller than a man. They are utterly fearless predators, and with good reason - their name comes from the fact that they are extremely difficult to kill. Glancing blows and flesh wounds are shrugged off completely, but even mortal damage doesn’t last long. They can regenerate from any wound within seconds, making them a nigh unstoppable killing machine. Hunting (and regenerating) uses up a lot of energy, so Inevitables spend a lot of time resting in torpor between hunts.

Plasm Cat. These feral, genetically engineered felines are striking to look at. They have unusually long legs and two pairs of eyes, and are usually a glistening silvery color. Though they are the size of a bobcat and they can be dangerous to humans, they are generally shy and secretive animals.

The real danger from a plasm cat is not the cat themselves, but the parasite they host and live in symbiosis with. The plasmasis parasite can be found in the air throughout a plasm cat’s territory, and is easily picked up by humans. Those who are affected by it exhibit changes in behaviour, and often refuse to see the plasm cat as a threat.

The plasm cat has the ability to identify humans under the effects of the parasite through a mechanism not currently understood; it will fearlessly approach them. Though it usually just tears up their equipment and eats their food, there have been reports of plasm cats killing humans.

Razorflies. Insects are a vital part of the terraforming process, and necessary to build a stable atmosphere and biosphere. Razorflies were originally various species of genetically engineered insects, designed to survive extreme conditions. On many planets, however, a genetic throwback caused them to mutate into a dangerous pest.

Razorflies are large, menacing insects that grow up to 2 inches in length and can sting repeatedly. Though a deep purple in color, they behave similarly to wasps, building nests that teem with hundreds of members. They tend to build them out of mud, meaning that they very often blend into the surrounding landscape. Anyone who gets too close to a razorfly nest is in for a nasty surprise, as they are aggressively territorial.

Twintail. A so-called “spliced animal”, the twintail was meant to combine the strength of an ox with the intelligence and eagerness to please of a domesticated dog. The results were successful, from a certain point of view. Mutations were minimal besides a split tail, though a bovine head with a mouth full of fangs has a distinctly unsettling aspect. More importantly, the twintail is smart, fast and terrifyingly strong.

Unfortunately, the twintail acts like a deranged springer spaniel that has no idea that it weighs 2000 pounds. Wild twintails kill a lot of people each year - and more often than not they weren’t even trying to hurt anyone.

Aliens

Void Monarch. These are mysterious beings that can survive the vacuum of space; they are legendary entities, and their existence has never been independently confirmed. They are colossal starship-sized creatures made out of elaborate and delicate membranes that make them resemble enormous jellyfish. They only ever appear when a ship drops out of metaspace, almost as though they were “pulled through” with the ship - some claim that they are drawn to those with psionic potential, and that the appearance of a void monarch means you have a psion onboard.

The reason there are no confirmed reports or good footage isn’t just because these creatures are incredibly rare. They also disrupt sensors and communications in their wake, making it incredibly difficult to collect good data on them, and the delicate structures that make up their bodies are difficult to detect. The details of their ecology, capabilities and levels of intelligence are unknown - as is whatever happened to the specimens that were sighted in the past.