This is the fourth entry in the Anatomy of a Creature series for Earthdawn Fourth Edition (ED4). The cadaverous brithan was generated procedurally using the templates on which I have been working: combining the standard brithan from the Gamemaster's Guide with one of the cadaverous templates. It featured prominently in a test of the templates and lead to an amusing encounter. At least, it was amusing to me.
The end result from this particular combination was a new creature which felt familiar. However, the unique combination of Frenzy and Rage made approaching it a tricky proposition. The high Wound Threshold means it is much more difficult to activate Rage, but when it does, it is bad news.
Challenge: Journeyman (Sixth Circle)
DEX: 4 Initiative: 4 Unconsciousness: 72
STR: 14 Physical Defense: 8 Death Rating: 86
TOU: 14 Mystic Defense: 11 Wound Threshold: 21
PER: 3 Social Defense: 7 Knockdown: 18
WIL: 8 Physical Armor: 8 Recovery Tests: 4
CHA: 2 Mystic Armor: 5
Actions: 2; Bite: 16 (22), Claws: 17 (20)
Battle Shout (12): As the skill, Player's Guide, p. 131.
Enhanced Sense [Smell] (2)
Frenzy: If more than one character attacks a cadaverous brithan, the animal fights back savagely, gaining an additional Action, and a +4 bonus to Attack and Damage tests.
Rage: As the cadaver man power, Gamemaster's Guide, p. 470.
Grab and Bite (Brithan, Claws)
Enrage (Opponent): Using this maneuver will cause the cavaderous brithan to Frenzy and Rage.
Misdirect (Opponent, Close Combat): The attacker may spend two additional successes against a cadaverous brithan affected by the Rage power to direct the cadaverous brithan at a specific target. This may not be used to direct the cadaverous brithan against its allies. If there are multiple instances of this special maneuver or Provoke, only the most recent has any use.
Pry Loose (Opponent, Close Combat)
Provoke (Opponent, Close Combat): This special maneuver only requires one additional success if the cadaverous brithan is affected by the rage power. If there are multiple instance of this special maneuver or misdirect, only the most recent has any use.