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    With ME2 out now, I'm of a mind to work on this. I'll be using d20 Modern and d20 Future (around PL6-7) as a mechanical basis and draw from Destro_Yersul's project of 2 years ago for various things.

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    Medium Humanoid (Asari)
    Asari base land speed is 30 feet.
    -2 Str, +2 Charisma
    Mind-Meld: Asari have a natural ability to attune their nervous systems to those of another nonmindless being, which they evolved for reproductive purposes. In order to perform a mind-meld, the asari must be within 5 feet of a willing target. Establishing the mind-meld is a full-round action that provokes attacks of opportunity, and the asari must concentrate in order to maintain it. Once the mind meld has been established, the asari may draw on knowledge present in their partner, or implant memories into their mind. The asari may also choose to become pregnant; see Mixed Heritage below.
    Naturally Biotic: Asari begin play knowing one biotic talent, substituting their character level for class level wherever appropriate, and do not need to take the Biotic feat in order to learn further biotic talents.
    Mixed Heritage: Though the unique method of asari reproduction does not actually give their children any of the traits of the father species, many asari express their heritage through their personalities and inclinations. Asari begin play knowing a talent from one of the talent trees associated with their father species, substituting their character level for class level wherever appropriate. Asari with a human "father" receive a free bonus feat. Pure-blood asari choose a talent from the Empathic, Insightful, or Charm talent trees. Asari do not need to take levels in basic classes to learn further talents in their chosen tree.


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    Medium Humanoid (Batarian)
    No ability modifiers.
    Base Land speed 30
    Four Eyes: Batarians have two pairs of eyes, giving them a +2 bonus on Spot and Search checks. Their eyes also give them an advantage in negotiations, as other species are not sure which pair of eyes to look at. This gives Batarians a +2 bonus to Bluff, Diplomacy, and Sense Motive checks.
    Callous: Batarians have a reputation for being thugs, pirates and slavers, giving them a +2 bonus on Intimidate checks.
    Social Caste: Batarian culture enshrines strength and dominance, and every batarian knows both how to establish dominance over those lower than them and how to toady to their superiors. Batarians begin play knowing the Fast-Talk talent from the Fast-Talk talent tree, substituting their character level for their class level wherever appropriate, and do not need to take levels in the Charismatic basic class to take additional talents in that tree.


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    Medium Humanoid (Drell)
    +2 DEX, -2 CON
    Base Land speed 30
    Perfect Recall: Drell can relive anything they have ever experienced in perfect detail, granting them a +5 bonus on Intelligence-based checks. However, this can be dangerous; drell can lose themselves in their memories if they aren't careful. The first time a drell spends an action point in an encounter, he has to make a Will save against DC 10 + half the drell's character level, rounded down to a minimum of 1. Failure indicates that the drell is lost in his own memories for 1 round, becoming flat-footed and unable to take any action, as well as aborting whatever action he was about to spend the action point on.
    Naturally Fast: Drell have quick reflexes, and begin play knowing a talent from either the Defensive or Increased Speed talent trees, and do not need to take levels in the Fast basic class to take additional talents in those trees.


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    Large Humanoid (Elcor)
    +4 STR, -4 DEX, +2 CON, -2 CHA
    Base Land Speed: 15 ft.
    The large Elcor grew up on a planet with an extremly high pressure, where a simple fall could prove fatal. Their bodies adapted, making them strong enough to hold up their bodies, and hardy enough to stand the pressure. This has colored the Elcor personalities where the are slow and deliberate - far from personable traits.
    Hard to Read: Elcor Body language and phermones are to subtle for most species in the galaxy, and they often go out of their way to state the tone they're intending when they speak. An Elcor gains a +12 bonus on Bluff checks versus non-Elcor.
    No Hands: Although Elcor DO have hands, they walk on them, using their arms as a second set of legs. Elcor are considered quadrupedal (for purposes to include carrying capacity), and may not use hand-held weapons. The can perform tasks requiring manual dexterity, but may only use one hand at a time, requiring cooperation for more intricate tasks.
    Living Tank: Elcor are extremely effective warriors, although the majority of their wars are fought using VI, Elcor are capable of fighting, themselves, and when they do, the effect is often devastating. Elcor receive +2 Natural Armor and DR 3/-.
    Elcor Weaponry: Elcor carry heavy weapons on the battlefield, mounting them on their backs. An elcor may carry up to one Huge weapon, with two large weapons constituting a huge and two mediums constituting a large.
    Naturally Dedicated: Descended from herd animals, elcor know how to read the people around them. They begin play knowing a talent from the Empathic or Insightful talent trees, substituting their character level for class level wherever appropriate, and do not need to take levels in the Dedicated basic class to take additional talents in those trees.


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    Medium Abberation (Hanar)
    -4 STR, +2 CHA, +2 INT
    Swim speed 50
    Hanar physiology is designed for an aquatic enviroment, and would crumple under its own weight in an atmosphere. However, they are intelligent and have a way with words.
    Bioluminescent: Hanar glow with an odd inner light, and as such illuminate an area equal to five feet. This makes it impossible for them to hide using darkness as concealment.
    Enkindler Worship: Hanar society usually worship the Protheans, whom they believe gave them the twin gifts on intelligence and speech and call "Enkindlers". They have +2 to all checks regarding the history of the Prothans, and apply either their Knwoeldge (Religion) or their Knowledge (History) to such checks, whichever is higher.
    Polite: Hanar are exceedingly polite, and recieve a +2 bonus to Diplomacy Checks.
    Anti-Gravity: All Hanar are equipped with a mass effect generator (free) which causes them to levitate two inches above the ground. As such, they cannot be detected by Tremor Sense or similar abilities. This device grants them a fly speed of 10 feet.
    Blindsight: Hanar have no eyes, and cannot see, however, they can sense their enviroment within a 120' radius as if they could see. They are not affected by darkness or low light.
    Naturally Speedy: In water, the Hanar are lightning fast, and they begin play knowing the Evasion talent from the Defensive tree. They may learn further talents from the tree without taking levels in the Fast basic class.


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    Medium Humanoid (Krogan)
    +4 Con, +2 Str, -2 Wis, -4 Cha
    Base Land Speed 30
    +2 natural armor
    +4 to intimidate
    Wide-Set Eyes: Krogan eyes are set farther apart than those of most other species; while this grants them a wider field of vision, it also impedes their long-distance depth perception. Krogan gain a +2 bonus on Spot checks, but suffer double the normal attack penalties due to range.
    Genophage: All krogan are infected with the Genophage, which means that only one in every thousand births is even viable. This combined with the warlike nature of krogan means that they are a slowly dying race. Krogan aren't suited to the mindset of scientist, so almost no progress is made on finding a cure either.

    For those who will inevitably try to get a krogan pregnant, do the following: Have the DM arbitrarily pick two numbers. One between 1 and 100, the other between 1 and 10. Then roll a d100 and a d10 and see if both numbers came up. If they did, the pregnancy is a viable one.
    Naturally Tough: Krogan begin play knowing one talent from the Damage Reduction, Energy Resistance, or Unbreakable talent trees, substituting their character level for class level wherever appropriate. Krogan do not need levels in the Tough basic class to take additional talents in those trees.
    Regeneration: Krogan regenerate (Con mod) points of hit point damage each round. Fire damage cannot be regenerated.
    Redundant Organs: Krogan possess multiply redundant organs. This makes them immune to paralysis and gives them a 50% chance of taking only normal damage when subjected to a critical hit.
    Blood Rage: Krogan are susceptible to flying into a berserk rage when they are injured, requiring them to make a Will save against DC (10 + half the damage taken) whenever they take hit point damage or enter a rage. Krogan may also voluntarily enter a rage, up to once per encounter. A raging krogan temporarily gains a +4 bonus to Strength, a +4 bonus to Constitution, and a +2 morale bonus on Will saves, but he takes a -2 penalty to Defense. The increase in Constitution increases the kroganís hit points by 2 points per level, but these hit points go away at the end of the rage when his Constitution score drops back to normal. (These extra hit points are not lost first the way temporary hit points are.) While raging, a krogan cannot use any Charisma-, Dexterity-, or Intelligence-based skills (except for Balance, Escape Artist, Intimidate, and Ride), the Concentration skill, or any abilities that require patience or concentration, nor can he use Tech abilities or activate complex technological items. He can use any feat he has except Combat Expertise. A fit of rage lasts for a number of rounds equal to 3 + the characterís (newly improved) Constitution modifier. At the end of the rage, the krogan loses the rage modifiers and restrictions and becomes fatigued (-2 penalty to Strength, -2 penalty to Dexterity, canít charge or run) for the duration of the current encounter.
    Level Adjustment: +2


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    Medium Humanoids (Quarian)
    No ability modifiers.
    Quarians are smart and agile but due to the hyper-sterile environment of the Flotilla, they lack a strong immune system.
    Sterile Enviroment: Due to the hyper-sterile enviroment of the Flotilla, quarians lack an strong immune system. They are innoculated aginst diseases, but they collectively prefer the saftey of their Bio-Suits to going without. As such, quarians recieve a -2 to Fortitude saves to resist disease and poison. Quarians begin the game in possession of a Bio-suit.
    Naturally Technical: Quarians live and die by their technology, and created the Geth. As such, members of the race begin play knowing a talent from the tech talent tree, substituting their character level for class level wherever appropriate, and do not need to take the Tech feat to learn further tech talents.
    Robotics: Quarians have an intimate understanding of technology and synthetic constructs, and as such, may apply precision damage to constructs.
    Dextro-Protein Biology: Quarian biology being based on dextro-amino acids, they cannot subsist on the same foods as most other species. Eating or drinking anything not specifically marked as compatible with quarian biology forces the character to make a DC 15 Fortitude save; success means that the food passes through the Quarian's system without incident, while failure causes the character to become nauseated. Failing by 5 or more points means that the character has a severe allergic reaction and is dying.


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    Medium Humanoid (Salarian)
    -2 Str, +2 Dex, +2 Int, -2 Wis. Salarians think fast, talk fast, and move fast.
    Base land speed 40 ft.
    Rapid Metabolism: Salarians do not suffer secondary effects from poisons and gain the same benefit from 1 hour of sleep as a human gains from 8 hours.
    Naturally Smart: Salarians begin play knowing a talent from the Research talent tree, substituting their character level for class level wherever appropriate. They do not need levels in the Smart basic class to take additional talents in the Research or Strategy trees.


    Turians
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    Medium humanoid (Turian)
    +2 Dex, -2 Cha
    Base Land Speed 30
    Radiation Resistance 5
    Bonus feats: Personal Firearm Proficiency, Advanced Firearm Proficiency
    -2 to Fort saves vs. Cold
    Dextro-Protein Biology: Turian biology being based on dextro-amino acids, they cannot subsist on the same foods as most other species. Eating or drinking anything not specifically marked as compatible with turian biology forces the character to make a DC 15 Fortitude save; success means that the food passes through the turian's system without incident, while failure causes the character to become nauseated. Failing by 5 or more points means that the character has a severe allergic reaction and is dying.
    Naturally Disciplined: Turians begin play knowing the Coordinate talent from the Leadership talent tree, substituting their character level for class level.


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    Small Humanoid (Volus)
    -2 STR, -2 DEX, +4 INT
    Base Land speed 20
    High-Pressure Ammonia Breather: Volus come from a high-pressure world with an ammonia-based biochemistry, and so cannot eat the same foods or breathe the same atmosphere as other species. They begin play with a special envirosuit. All damage to their hit points is treated as a critical hit.
    Bonus Feats: As a client race of the Turian Hierarchy, volus have the same citizenship requirements as turians. Volus therefore receive the Personal Firearm Proficiency and Advanced Firearm Proficiency feats for free.
    Natural Traders: The volus tend to see the world in terms of deals, trades, and bargains. They begin play knowing a talent from the Strategy or Fast-Talking talent trees, substituting character level for class level wherever appropriate, and do not need to take levels in the Smart or Charismatic basic classes to take additional talents in those trees.


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    Medium Humanoid (Vorcha)
    +2 CON, -2 INT
    Base Land speed 30
    Immune to disease
    Naturally Tough: Vorcha begin play knowing one talent from the Damage Reduction or Energy Resistance talent trees, substituting their character level for class level wherever appropriate. Vorcha do not need levels in the Tough basic class to take additional talents in those trees.
    Regeneration: Vorcha regenerate (Con mod) points of hit point damage each round. Fire damage cannot be regenerated. They can regenerate lost limbs over a period of 1d4 months.
    Bonus Feat: Vorcha receive the Planetary Adaptation feat for free, but cannot take it more than once.


    Biotic
    Your nervous system is laced with eezo, allowing you to generate mass effect fields.
    Benefit: Taking this feat unlocks the ability to learn biotic talents. You learn 1 talent when you take this feat, and thereafter can learn a biotic talent any time you would be able to learn a class talent.

    Biotic Plus
    You improve your biotic abilities.
    Prerequisites: Ability to use biotic talents.
    Benefit: You learn 2 talents from from the biotic talent tree.
    Special: You may select this feat multiple times. Each time you select it, you must pick a different 2 biotic talents.

    Tech
    You are well-versed in technology, and can use your omnitool to perform many tasks
    Benefit: Taking this feat unlocks the ability to learn tech talents. You learn 1 talent when you take this feat, and thereafter can learn a tech talent any time you would be able to learn a class talent.

    Tech Plus
    You improve your tech abilities.
    Prerequisites: Ability to use tech talents.
    Benefit: You learn 2 talents from from the tech talent tree.
    Special: You may select this feat multiple times. Each time you select it, you must pick a different 2 tech talents.

    Biotic Talent Tree
    • Barrier: Invoking this talent as a move action, you gain (10 x level) barrier points for (level) rounds. Cooldown: 2 rounds up to level 10, 1 round from level 11+.
    • Charge
    • Dominate
    • Pull
    • Reave
    • Shockwave
    • Slam
    • Throw
    • Warp
      • Singularity


    Tech Talent Tree
    • AI Hacking
    • Combat Drone
    • Cryo Blast
    • Energy Drain
    • Geth Shield Boost
    • Incinerate
    • Neural Shock
    • Overload
    • Sabotage
    • Tech Armor


    Weapons

    {table=head]Weapon|Damage|Critical|Range Increment|Rate of Fire|Overheat/Cooling Rate|Size|Weight
    Pistol|2d10|19-20|75 feet|S, A|10%/5%|Medium|2 lb.
    Submachine Gun|2d10|20|50 feet|A or 3B|5%/1%|Medium|3 lb.
    Shotgun|3d10|20|50 feet|S|21%/7%|Large|5 lb.
    Assault Rifle|3d10|20|75 feet|A|5%/1%|Large|5 lb.
    Battle Rifle|3d10|19-20|100 feet|3B|10%/2%|Large|5 lb.
    Sniper Rifle|4d10|18-20|200 feet|Single or S|40%/20%|Large|6 lb.
    [/table]

    In Mass Effect, ammunition is no longer an immediate concern for most man-portable weapons. Instead, weapons build up heat. A weapon's Overheat/Cooling Rate measures how much heat is built up in the weapon each time is it fired and how quickly that heat can be vented. Each time you make an attack roll using a weapon, increase that weapon's current heat by the first percentage. At the end of the round, subtract the second percentage from the weapon's current heat. When a weapon's heat buildup reaches or exceeds 100%, it ceases functioning until it returns to 0%. There are two ways to reduce heat once this happens; first, you can wait for the heat to dissipate (which takes 2 rounds, regardless of how much heat has built up or the weapon's Cooling Rate), or you can replace the weapon's thermal sink as a move action, resetting the weapon's current heat to 0%. Thermal sinks can be reused, but they take 10 minutes to vent their heat and become usable.

    Weapons with a Rate of Fire listed as 3B fire in bursts of 3 bullets per pull of the trigger. They can be used with the Burst Fire Feat, but cannot be used for autofire.
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    Armor

    In addition to its normal functions in the d20 system, armor grants shield points, armor points, or a combination thereof.

    • Light armors grant (Equipment bonus x 5 x level) shield points.
    • Medium armors grant (Equipment bonus x 5 x level) shield points and (Equipment bonus x 2 x level) armor points.
    • Heavy armors grant (Equipment bonus x 5 x level) shield points and (Equipment bonus x 5 x level) armor points.


    There are also barrier points, available to biotics who know the Barrier talent. Barrier, shield, armor, and hit points take damage in that order, and each type of protection has its own strengths and weaknesses:

    • Barrier points are weak against the Warp and Reave biotic talents, warp ammo, submachine guns, and assault rifles. They take 25% more damage from those attacks.
    • Shield points are weak against the Overload, Sabotage, and Energy Drain tech talents, disruptor ammo, submachine guns, and assault rifles. They take 25% more damage from those attacks.
    • Armor points are weak against the Warp and Reave biotic talents, armor-piercing ammo, fire damage, pistols, battle rifles, and sniper rifles. They take 25% more damage from those attacks.
    • Hit points have no special weaknesses.
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    Next on my agenda for things to figure out:
    • Batarians
    • Drell
    • Volus
    • Vorcha
    • SPECTRE Advanced Class
    • Paragon/Renegade implementation
    • Figuring out what exactly each Biotic/Tech talent does mechanically
      • Should they scale with level or require multiple purchases?

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    Yay! IT LIVES!

    I'm rather glad to see this project surfacing again, after all this time.
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    So, the batarians. We don't really know much about them. They seem like humans, but less awesome.

    Their Codex entry mentions that they get an upper hand in negotiations because other species don't know which pair of eyes to focus on, so a bonus to Diplomacy, Bluff, and Sense Motive is probably in order. Their reputation for callousness probably also gives them a bonus to Intimidate.

    They also have four eyes. What sort of advantages might that give them?

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    Maybe a bonus on seach/spot, but negatives on saves vs. Gaze attacks or things like flash-bangs. I dunno - maybe low light vision as well?
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    Huzzah! I, too, am happy to see this live once again.
    Now I just have to acquire data on the sources we're using in order to make a reasonable contribution.
    Also: I'm arbitrarily naming myself In Charge of Quarians.
    Because I've loved Quarians sine Mass Effect one and still want to make a Quarian PC.
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    Point of order: In the Mass Effect setting, species names aren't capitalized (unless they fall at the beginning of a sentence, naturally).

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    I do still have that odd tendency to capitalize words that don't need it.
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    Eh, it's no big deal. Most sci-fi universes capitalize their species names. Klingons, Wookies, Posleen... It's not surprising we've gotten in the habit of it.

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    A minor suggestion:

    For biotics and tech abilities, possibly use the Book of 9 Swords system for it?

    IE: combat maneuvers. This theoretically lets you use them more than once in a protracted fight, and no "I can't push this guy, I'm out of spells / power points!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by TSED View Post
    A minor suggestion:

    For biotics and tech abilities, possibly use the Book of 9 Swords system for it?

    IE: combat maneuvers. This theoretically lets you use them more than once in a protracted fight, and no "I can't push this guy, I'm out of spells / power points!"
    I was planning on doing something like that.

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    Do you plan to homebrew mass effect weapons as well?
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    At some point, I suppose so.

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    If you plan on home-brewing the weapons, it might be better to do it by manufacturer - I think there's a list out there on the wiki, but it could probably be done using the d20 future and future tech suppliment.

    It was just my first thought, but if you took the upgrades/enhancements, maybe a couple of design flaws typical to each brand, I'm sure you could come up with a pretty diverse selection of gear.

    Unfortunately, most of it would be different in small ways, but if you restriced the players ability to aquire personally modified weapons, it might work.

    As far as the equippable gear, IE - frictionless materials, tungsten rounds, ect - I'm not sure how you could work that out. Maybe tungsten rounds do an extra 1d4/ level to synthetics, shredder rounds do it for organics. Then you'd have all kinds of other types.

    Wow. This really could turn into a lot of work...

    Oh, and my wife says "d20 mass effect? Squee!"

    Edit: to make my point, here is a list of the various lines of Assault rifles, and the manufacturers of each - hopefully it will save someone some time if they intend to do the above, but unless you can give a distinct reason for why every manufacturer has a different gun, it may just be better to make fairly generic ones... otherwise you have to deal with this times four....
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    Tsunami line of Assault Rifles - Ariake Technologies
    Crossfire line of Assault Rifles - Armax Arsenal
    Terminator line of Assault Rifles - Batarian State Arms
    Gorgon line of Assault Rifles - Cerberus Skunkworks
    Raptor line of Assault Rifles - Devlon Industries
    Banshee line of Assault Rifles - Elanus Risk Control Services
    Pulse line of Assault Rifles - Geth Armory
    Lancer line of Assault Rifles - Hahne-Kedar
    Diamond Back line of Assault Rifles - Hahne-Kedar Shadow Works
    Thunder line of Assault Rifles - Haliat Armory
    Torrent line of Assault Rifles - Jormangund Technology
    Breaker line of Assault Rifles - Kassa Fabrication
    Kovalyov line of Assault Rifles - Rosenkov Materials
    Avenger line of Assault Rifles - Elkoss Combine
    HMWA Basic line of Assault Rifles - Spectre Gear
    HMWA Advanced line of Assault Rifles - Spectre Gear
    HMWA Master line of Assault Rifles - Spectre Gear
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    It's good to see LIO doing homebrew again, regardless of the project. And he could do much worse than a MEd20 conversion.

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    Hmm... On Turians, should they have a slight natural armour bonus? It does go on about how tough the scales are a lot.

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    Hmm... On Turians, should they have a slight natural armour bonus? It does go on about how tough the scales are a lot.
    Turians don't have any sort of natural protection from their metallic skin-thing. It's only for radiation. From the ME wiki:
    Their reflective plate-like skin makes turians less susceptible to long-term, low-level radiation exposure, but they do not possess any sort of 'natural armor'.
    Shouldn't krogans get some sort of blood rage ability too? Something like a barbarian's rage when they get below a certain amount of hp.


    On an unrelated note, I would find the Star Wars Saga Edition a better fit for Mass Effect. Force powers changed to biotics and it's almost done, with a possible few powers which need their fluff rewritten. Tech "powers" still need to be done though.

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    Hmm, I guess they're tough enough to have mention of them made but not tough enough to matter in a combat scenario.

    Kind of like finger nails, maybe.

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    So, the batarians. We don't really know much about them. They seem like humans, but less awesome.

    Their Codex entry mentions that they get an upper hand in negotiations because other species don't know which pair of eyes to focus on, so a bonus to Diplomacy, Bluff, and Sense Motive is probably in order. Their reputation for callousness probably also gives them a bonus to Intimidate.

    They also have four eyes. What sort of advantages might that give them?
    I'unno, what sort of advantages might two eyes give you?
    I'd say do 'em with a bonus feat, like humans, and then a load of skill bonuses. Kinda like mean half-elves, only not crappy.

    This project makes me deeply happy. I do agree on the use of SWSE fitting better, but I could see why you wouldn't want to considering it's not SRD.

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    Medium Humanoid (Asari)
    Asari base land speed is 30 feet.
    -2 Str, +2 Charisma
    Mind-Meld: Asari have a natural ability to attune their nervous systems to those of another nonmindless being, which they evolved for reproductive purposes. In order to perform a mind-meld, the asari must be within 5 feet of a willing target. Establishing the mind-meld is a full-round action that provokes attacks of opportunity, and the asari must concentrate in order to maintain it. Once the mind meld has been established, the asari may draw on knowledge present in their partner, or implant memories into their mind. The asari may also choose to become pregnant; see Mixed Heritage below.
    Naturally Biotic: Asari begin play knowing one biotic talent, substituting their character level for class level wherever appropriate, and do not need to take the Biotic feat in order to learn further biotic talents.
    Mixed Heritage: Though the unique method of asari reproduction does not actually give their children any of the traits of the father species, many asari express their heritage through their personalities and inclinations. Asari begin play knowing a talent from one of the talent trees associated with their father species, substituting their character level for class level wherever appropriate. Pure-blood asari choose a talent from the Empathic or Insightful talent trees.
    I'm not sure if +2 Charisma is sufficient. There is heavily implications in the ME fluff that Asari naturally make other species focus on the traits that most resemble their own, in so doing make them seem even more attractive then normal. Probably some skill bonuses?
    Also: Are you going to be introducing mechanics for Ardat-Yakshi? (LINK WARNING: POSSIBLE ME2 SPOILERS)

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    +4 STR, +2 CON, -6 CHA
    Base Land Speed: 15 ft.
    The large Elcor grew up on a planet with an extremly high pressure, where a simple fall could prove fatal. Their bodies adapted, making them strong wenough

    Typo here, should be enough.
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    to hold up their bodies, and hardy enough to stand the pressure. This has colored the Elcor personalities where the are slow and deliberate - far from personable traits.
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    Hard to Read: Elcor Body language and phermones are to subtle for most species in the galaxy, and they often go out of their way to state the tone they're intending when they speak. An Elcor gains a +12 bonus on Bluff checks versus non-Elcor.
    No Hands: Although Elcor DO have hands, they walk on them, using their arms as a second set of legs. Elcor are considered quadrapedal (for purposes to include carrying capacity), and may not use hand-held weapons. The can perform tasks requiring manual dexterity, but may only use one hand at a time, requiring cooperation for more intricate tasks.
    Living Tank: Elcor are extremely effective warriors, although the majority of their wars are fought using VI, Elcor are capable of fighting, themselves, and when they do, the effect is often devastating. Elcor recieve +2 Natural Armor and DR 3/-.
    This is missing the reason they fight using VIs: They are poor at spur-of-the-moment decisions. Perhaps an Initiative penalty?
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    Elcor Weaponry: Elcor carry heavy weapons on the battlefield, mounting them on their backs. And Elcor may carry up to one Huge weapon, with two large weapons constituting a huge and two mediums constituting a large.
    Naturally Dedicated: Descended from herd animals, elcor know how to read the people around them. They begin play knowing a talent from the Empathic or Insightful talent trees, substituting their character level for class level wherever appropriate, and do not need to take levels in the Dedicated basic class to take additional talents in those trees.
    Rest looks fine.

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    -4 STR, +2 CHA, +2 INT
    Swim speed 50
    Hanar physiology is designed for an aquatic enviroment, and would crumple under its own weight in an atmosphere. However, they are intelligent and have a way with words.
    Bioluminescent: Hanar glow with an odd inner light, and as such illuminate an area equal to five feet. This makes it impossible for them to hide using darkness as concealment.
    Enkindler Worship: Hanar society usually worship the Protheans, whom they believe gave them the twin gifts on intelligence and speech and call "Enkindlers". They have +2 to all checks regarding the history of the Prothans, and apply either their Knwoeldge (Religion) or their Knowledge (History) to such checks, whichever is higher.
    Polite: Hanar are exceedingly polite, and recieve a +2 bonus to Diplomacy Checks.
    Anti-Gravity: All Hanar are equipped with a mass effect generator (free) which causes them to levitate two inches above the ground. As such, they cannot be detected by Tremor Sense or similar abilities. This device grants them a fly speed of 10 feet.
    Blindsight: Hanar have no eyes, and cannot see, however, they can sense their enviroment within a 120' radius as if they could see. They are not affected by darkness or low light.
    Naturally Speedy: In water, the Hanar are lightning fast, and they begin play knowing the Evasion talent from the Defensive tree. They may learn further talents from the tree without taking levels in the Fast basic class.
    Looks very accurate.

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    +4 Con, +2 Str, -2 Wis, -4 Cha
    Base Land Speed 30
    +2 natural armor
    +4 to intimidate
    Wide-Set Eyes: Krogan eyes are set farther apart than those of most other species; while this grants them a wider field of vision, it also impedes their long-distance depth perception. Krogan gain a +2 bonus on Spot checks, but suffer double the normal attack penalties due to range.
    Genophage: All krogan are infected with the Genophage, which means that only one in every thousand births is even viable. This combined with the warlike nature of krogan means that they are a slowly dying race. Krogan aren't suited to the mindset of scientist, so almost no progress is made on finding a cure either.

    For those who will inevitably try to get a krogan pregnant, do the following: Have the DM arbitrarily pick two numbers. One between 1 and 100, the other between 1 and 10. Then roll a d100 and a d10 and see if both numbers came up. If they did, the pregnancy is a viable one.
    Naturally Tough: Krogan begin play knowing one talent from the Damage Reduction or Unbreakable talent trees, substituting their character level for class level wherever appropriate. Krogan do not need levels in the Tough basic class to take additional talents in those trees.
    Only thing missing is that they are raised to be warriors, some knowledge(Tactics or Military Science) bonuses might be in order. In addition, they need a Blood Rage ability.
    Edit: And Regeneration - Pretty much All Krogan regenerate. Krogan are the "rigged" race of Mass Effect, and should probably have Level Adjustment.

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    Quarians are smart and agile but due to the hyper-sterile environment of the flotilla, they lack a strong immune system.
    Sterile Enviroment: Due to the hyper-sterile enviroment of The Flotilla, quarians lack an strong immune system. They are innoculated aginst diseases, but they would collectivly prefer the saftey of their Bio-Suits to going without. As such, quarians recieve a -2 to Fortitude saves to resist disease and poison. Quarians begin the game in possesion of a Bio-suit.
    Naturally Technical: Quarians live and die by their technology, and created the Geth. As such, members of the race begin play knowing a talent from the tech talent tree, substituting their character level for class level wherever appropriate, and do not need to take the Tech feat to learn further tech talents.
    Robotics: Quarians have an intimate understanding of technology and synthetic constructs, and as such, may apply precision damage to constructs.
    Dextro-Protein Biology: Quarian biology being based on dextro-amino acids, they cannot subsist on the same foods as most other species. Eating or drinking anything not specifically marked as compatible with quarian biology forces the character to make a DC 15 Fortitude save; success means that the food passes through the Quarian's system without incident, while failure causes the character to become nauseated. Failing by 5 or more points means that the character has a severe allergic reaction and is dying.
    I'm not sure that -4 Constitution is justified. Quarians seem to be as competent at taking damage as humans, with exception to being more prone infection and such. Perhaps they recover Hit points slower, and only have a -2 Con?

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    -2 Str, +2 Dex, +2 Int, -2 Wis. Salarians think fast, talk fast, and move fast.
    Base land speed 40 ft.
    Rapid Metabolism: Salarians do not suffer secondary effects from poisons and gain the same benefit from 1 hour of sleep as a human gains from 8 hours.
    Naturally Smart: Salarians begin play knowing a talent from the Research talent tree, substituting their character level for class level wherever appropriate. They do not need levels in the Smart basic class to take additional talents in the Research or Strategy trees.
    Sounds about right, though you may want to mention that they all have photographic memories.

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    +2 Dex, -2 Cha
    Base Land Speed 30
    Radiation Resistance 5
    Bonus feats: Personal Firearm Proficiency, Advanced Firearm Proficiency
    -2 to Fort saves vs. Cold
    Dextro-Protein Biology: Turian biology being based on dextro-amino acids, they cannot subsist on the same foods as most other species. Eating or drinking anything not specifically marked as compatible with turian biology forces the character to make a DC 15 Fortitude save; success means that the food passes through the turian's system without incident, while failure causes the character to become nauseated. Failing by 5 or more points means that the character has a severe allergic reaction and is dying.
    Naturally Disciplined: Turians begin play knowing the Coordinate talent from the Leadership talent tree, substituting their character level for class level.
    They should probably have natural weapons of two claws (Their taloned hands can most likely rip flesh, though there hasn't been any case in games or novels when it has happened.)

    Biotic
    Your nervous system is laced with eezo, allowing you to generate mass effect fields.
    Benefit: Taking this feat unlocks the ability to learn biotic talents. You learn 1 talent when you take this feat, and thereafter can learn a biotic talent any time you would be able to learn a class talent.

    Biotic Plus
    You improve your biotic abilities.
    Prerequisites: Ability to use biotic talents.
    Benefit: You learn 2 talents from from the biotic talent tree.
    Special: You may select this feat multiple times. Each time you select it, you must pick a different 2 biotic talents.

    Tech
    You are well-versed in technology, and can use your omnitool to perform many tasks
    Benefit: Taking this feat unlocks the ability to learn tech talents. You learn 1 talent when you take this feat, and thereafter can learn a tech talent any time you would be able to learn a class talent.

    Tech Plus
    You improve your tech abilities.
    Prerequisites: Ability to use tech talents.
    Benefit: You learn 2 talents from from the tech talent tree.
    Special: You may select this feat multiple times. Each time you select it, you must pick a different 2 tech talents.
    Seem about right. I imagine a "Sentinel" would start off with the Tech and Biotic feats, and take the Tech Plus and Biotic Plus at pretty much any other level?

    Biotic Talent Tree
    • Barrier
    • Throw
    • Pull
    • Shockwave
    • Charge
    • Warp
      • Singularity
    Are you going to include any of the "Special" talents on here? (Reave, Dominate, Slam)

    Tech Talent Tree
    • Incinerate
    • Cryo Blast
    • Overload
    • Energy Drain
    • AI Hacking
    • Combat Drone
    Similarly, are you going to include Tech Armor, And any of the special talents? (Neural Shock, Energy Drain, Etc.)


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    Batarians - We know very little about them. The suggestions above sound good though.

    Drell - As far as I can figure, their traits are "+2 Strength, -2 Constitution. Eidetic Memory, Double Eyelids (Resistant to flash bombs and such?) and can generate noise outside human vocal range."

    Volus - Start off with suit, penalty to constitution (Their skin splits open on most worlds), Bonus to Charisma (Skilled Merchants), and additional abilities toward being a merchant? I'm not sure.

    Vorcha - Regeneration, Hyper Metabolic abilities, Quick adaptability (Might be represented as +2 Con?), -2 Wisdom?
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    If you plan on home-brewing the weapons, it might be better to do it by manufacturer - I think there's a list out there on the wiki, but it could probably be done using the d20 future and future tech suppliment.
    My plan is to make utterly generic weapons, and then apply the weapons gadgets & flaws in the front of d20 Future Tech to create more variety.

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    I'm not sure if +2 Charisma is sufficient. There is heavily implications in the ME fluff that Asari naturally make other species focus on the traits that most resemble their own, in so doing make them seem even more attractive then normal. Probably some skill bonuses?
    =/ A general Charisma increase seems to be the best way to handle that. I'd also point out that speculation from drunk attendees of a bachelor's party is not the most reliable source of setting information.

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    Also: Are you going to be introducing mechanics for Ardat-Yakshi? (LINK WARNING: POSSIBLE ME2 SPOILERS)
    I am, just not right now. I want to get baseline Asari nailed down first.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gralamin View Post
    This is missing the reason they fight using VIs: They are poor at spur-of-the-moment decisions. Perhaps an Initiative penalty?
    Good point.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gralamin View Post
    Only thing missing is that they are raised to be warriors, some knowledge(Tactics or Military Science) bonuses might be in order. In addition, they need a Blood Rage ability.
    Edit: And Regeneration - Pretty much All Krogan regenerate. Krogan are the "rigged" race of Mass Effect, and should probably have Level Adjustment.
    Another good point.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gralamin View Post
    I'm not sure that -4 Constitution is justified. Quarians seem to be as competent at taking damage as humans, with exception to being more prone infection and such. Perhaps they recover Hit points slower, and only have a -2 Con?
    Now that you bring it up, that does make sense. In fact, I think I'll just drop the Con mod altogether.

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    Sounds about right, though you may want to mention that they all have photographic memories.
    I thought it was the Drell who had perfect recall?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gralamin View Post
    They should probably have natural weapons of two claws (Their taloned hands can most likely rip flesh, though there hasn't been any case in games or novels when it has happened.)
    Yeah, I'm gonna have to side with the games/novels on this one. There's no indication that turians can do that.


    Quote Originally Posted by Gralamin View Post
    Seem about right. I imagine a "Sentinel" would start off with the Tech and Biotic feats, and take the Tech Plus and Biotic Plus at pretty much any other level?
    Or they could just rely on the talents they get from their base class. But yes, basically.

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    Are you going to include any of the "Special" talents on here? (Reave, Dominate, Slam)
    I suppose I should, shouldn't I?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gralamin View Post
    Similarly, are you going to include Tech Armor, And any of the special talents? (Neural Shock, Energy Drain, Etc.)
    Energy Drain is already on the list. As for the others, I haven't yet played through ME2 as a tech user, so I'm going to wait until I have a better idea of how they work.

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    Batarians - We know very little about them. The suggestions above sound good though.
    One thing I'm wondering is what to give them as their special talent.

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    Drell - As far as I can figure, their traits are "+2 Strength, -2 Constitution. Eidetic Memory, Double Eyelids (Resistant to flash bombs and such?) and can generate noise outside human vocal range."
    The -2 Constitution is for their Kepral's Syndrome? I'd think we could give them a special trait for that. Perhaps they would have Fast talents?

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    Volus - Start off with suit, penalty to constitution (Their skin splits open on most worlds), Bonus to Charisma (Skilled Merchants), and additional abilities toward being a merchant? I'm not sure.
    Again, I'm not sure a general Constitution penalty is appropriate. We can give them a trait for their environmental needs. They seem like a Smart race, maybe with a bit of fast-talking.

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    Vorcha - Regeneration, Hyper Metabolic abilities, Quick adaptability (Might be represented as +2 Con?), -2 Wisdom?
    That sounds good to me. Tough, definitely, choosing between Energy Resistance and Damage Reduction.
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    The vorchas' adaptability could be represented with a choosable +2 bonus to either strength, dexterity or constitution. And from what it seems, they're not a very bright race, so penalties to more than one mental stat might be more accurate.

    Also, the planetary adaption feat may fit the vorcha, nevermind how overpowered it is (or the two options in it).

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    Updated the asari, krogan, and quarians. Added special talents to the Tech/Biotic talent trees.

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    =/ A general Charisma increase seems to be the best way to handle that. I'd also point out that speculation from drunk attendees of a bachelor's party is not the most reliable source of setting information.
    Now that I am less half asleep - You are probably right. I remember that the bar wasn't the only place it was mentioned, but I cannot remember where else. Obviously I need to go play both games again until I find it, or find a lack of it .

    I thought it was the Drell who had perfect recall?
    The Drell seem to have "Better then perfect recall". Salarians though have just plain photographic memories: They rarely forget anything, but are unlikely to recall it in perfect detail.


    Yeah, I'm gonna have to side with the games/novels on this one. There's no indication that turians can do that.
    It's mostly postulation from them seeming to be like a "lost link between Dinosaurs and birds". Then again, even if they do have natural claws, it seems overall they have found guns a much better substitute, so its probably


    One thing I'm wondering is what to give them as their special talent.
    No idea. As far as I can make out Batarians are just like Zaeed saids: A bunch of ******* terrorists. Perhaps talents down that route?


    The -2 Constitution is for their Kepral's Syndrome? I'd think we could give them a special trait for that. Perhaps they would have Fast talents?
    I went with it for Kepral's and a seeming lack of adaption to it. Special trait might be a good idea. Fast talents indeed seem about right.

    Again, I'm not sure a general Constitution penalty is appropriate. We can give them a trait for their environmental needs. They seem like a Smart race, maybe with a bit of fast-talking.
    Well, the other reason I thought of a constitution penalty is we have never seen a Volus in a fight (Well, other then mr. Biotic God, but he hardly counts), and they rely on bodyguards. That at least suggests to me that they know or think that a fire fight is highly disadvantageous to them, whether because they are weak of constitution comparatively in general, or just because they are paranoid about their suit is anyones guess. Smart / Fast-Talking is probably the way to go.
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    Well, the other reason I thought of a constitution penalty is we have never seen a Volus in a fight (Well, other then mr. Biotic God, but he hardly counts), and they rely on bodyguards. That at least suggests to me that they know or think that a fire fight is highly disadvantageous to them, whether because they are weak of constitution comparatively in general, or just because they are paranoid about their suit is anyones guess. Smart / Fast-Talking is probably the way to go.
    I was under the impression that the reason they avoided combat themselves was because of their inability to breathe the same atmosphere as as the other races - without their suit they can't breathe, so even a minor puncture caused by a stray bullet could run the risk of suffocation.
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    No ability modifiers.
    Base Land speed 30
    Four Eyes: Batarians have two pairs of eyes, giving them a +2 bonus on Spot and Search checks. Their eyes also give them an advantage in negotiations, as other species are not sure which pair of eyes to look at. This gives Batarians a +2 bonus to Bluff, Diplomacy, and Sense Motive checks.
    Callous: Batarians have a reputation for being thugs, pirates and slavers, giving them a +2 bonus on Intimidate checks.
    Social Caste: Batarian culture enshrines strength and dominance, and every batarian knows both how to establish dominance over those lower than them and how to toady to their superiors. Batarians begin play knowing the Fast-Talk talent from the Fast-Talk talent tree, substituting their character level for their class level wherever appropriate, and do not need to take levels in the Charismatic basic class to take additional talents in that tree.


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    Medium Humanoid (Drell)
    +2 DEX, -2 CON
    Base Land speed 30
    Perfect Recall: Drell can relive anything they have ever experienced in perfect detail, granting them a +5 bonus on Intelligence-based checks. However, this can be dangerous; drell can lose themselves in their memories if they aren't careful. The first time a drell spends an action point in an encounter, he has to make a Will save against DC 10 + half the drell's character level, rounded down to a minimum of 1. Failure indicates that the drell is lost in his own memories for 1 round, becoming flat-footed and unable to take any action, as well as aborting whatever action he was about to spend the action point on.
    Naturally Fast: Drell have quick reflexes, and begin play knowing a talent from either the Defensive or Increased Speed talent trees, and do not need to take levels in the Fast basic class to take additional talents in those trees.


    ((I left out Kepral's Syndrome because it doesn't seem to have any practical effects on drell in terms of gameplay))

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    -2 STR, -2 DEX, +4 INT
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    High-Pressure Ammonia Breather: Volus come from a high-pressure world with an ammonia-based biochemistry, and so cannot eat the same foods or breathe the same atmosphere as other species. They begin play with a special envirosuit. All damage to their hit points is treated as a critical hit.
    Bonus Feats: As a client race of the Turian Hierarchy, volus have the same citizenship requirements as turians. Volus therefore receive the Personal Firearm Proficiency and Advanced Firearm Proficiency feats for free.
    Natural Traders: The volus tend to see the world in terms of deals, trades, and bargains. They begin play knowing a talent from the Strategy or Fast-Talking talent trees, substituting character level for class level wherever appropriate, and do not need to take levels in the Smart or Charismatic basic classes to take additional talents in those trees.


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    Base Land speed 30
    Immune to disease
    Naturally Tough: Vorcha begin play knowing one talent from the Damage Reduction or Energy Resistance talent trees, substituting their character level for class level wherever appropriate. Vorcha do not need levels in the Tough basic class to take additional talents in those trees.
    Regeneration: Vorcha regenerate (Con mod) points of hit point damage each round. Fire damage cannot be regenerated. They can regenerate lost limbs over a period of 1d4 months.
    Bonus Feat: Vorcha receive the Planetary Adaptation feat for free, but cannot take it more than once.
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    Hang on a sec, I think you forgot to mention Vorcha being immune to disease.
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    I always figured the Vorcha immune to diseases thing had to do with their rapid pseudo-evolution.
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    I always figured the Vorcha immune to diseases thing had to do with their rapid pseudo-evolution.
    It does, but In-game, its effect is immune to diseases
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