15 September 2017

Earthdawn 4E: Anatomy of a Creature 22 - Blood Bees Expanded

This is the twenty-second 4E Anatomy of a Creature, an ongoing series about Earthdawn Fourth Edition. Introduction and Index.

Everything contained here is the work of a fan and not associated with FASA Games.

It was noted on the FASA Games Discord server there are no queens for the appropriate insects in Earthdawn.

Not only is this post going to feature a blood bee queen, but expand the various blood bee offerings to create more variety when exterminating a hive of them. These expanded creatures were largely created using Masks and those used are noted. Some of the values have been tweaked to better suit the desired outcome, creating a blood bee nest.


Blood Bees Expanded

Blood Bee Soldier [Large Venomous Phalanx Blood Bee]

Unusual among vespids (despite being called blood bees, their taxonomy places them within the wasp family), blood bees have a distinct soldier caste made of infertile males. Unlike drones, which develop without fertilization, soldiers are fertilized after they have begun developing. The most notable difference is the lack of sack to collect blood. Instead male blood bees possess poison sacs and a foul disposition. The preferred tactic is to poison their targets and allow workers to drain them for the hungry brood. Soldiers remain near the nest unless they detect pheromones summoning them to a particular location, in which case they arrive in large numbers ready for a fight to the death.

Challenge: Novice (Third Circle)
DEX: 7        Initiative:                    7        Unconsciousness:      30
STR: 4         Physical Defense:   11       Death Rating:               35
TOU: 5        Mystic Defense:       11       Wound Threshold:     6
PER: 5         Social Defense:        8        Knockdown:                  4
WIL: 4        Physical Armor:       4        Recovery Tests:            1
CHA: 2        Mystic Armor:          1  
Movement: 2 (Flying 12)
Actions: 1; Bite: 12 (11), Stinger: 10 (13)
Powers:
Hardened Armor
Poison (10): If the blood bee soldier's sting causes damage, the victim must resist paralytic poison (see Gamemaster's Guide, p. 171). The poison is Step 10 [Onset: 1 round, Interval: 4/1, Duration: 5 min].
Surprise Strike (5): As the skill, Player's Guide, p. 172.
Teamwork: Opponents are Harried by one less opponent if at least one other attacker has this power.
Special Maneuvers:
Clip the Wing (Opponent)
Defang (Opponent)


Blood Bee Drone [Noxious Chief Blood Bee]

Drones are fertile males created from an unfertilized egg. They aren't quite as large and dangerous as soldiers, and rarely leave the nest. However, they can be summoned with a particular combination of pheromones when things are dire, or those no longer fit for breeding. If the nest has too many drones, they more frequently accompany soldiers on excursions.

Challenge: Novice (Second Circle)
DEX: 8        Initiative:                   9       Unconsciousness:      19
STR: 3         Physical Defense:   11      Death Rating:              22
TOU: 3        Mystic Defense:       10     Wound Threshold:    4
PER: 5         Social Defense:        8       Knockdown:                 3
WIL: 4        Physical Armor:       4       Recovery Tests:           1
CHA: 2        Mystic Armor:          1  
Movement: 2 (Flying 12)
Actions: 1; Bite: 15 (8), Stinger: 12 (11)
Powers:
Distract (8): As the skill, Player's Guide,p. 139.
Poison (7): If the blood bee drone's stinger causes damage, the victim must resist paralytic poison (see Gamemaster's Guide, p. 171). The poison is Step 7 [Onset: 1 round, Interval: 4/1, Duration: 5 min].
Willful (1)
Special Maneuvers:
Clip the Wing
Defang (Opponent)
Lead the Attack (Blood Bee Drone): The blood bee drone may spend additional successes on an Attack test to give all of its allies +1 to Attack tests per success against the opponent until the end of the round.


Blood Bee Queen [Huge Warlord Blood Bee]

An order of magnitude in size over other blood bees, the queen is a decidedly dangerous opponent even beyond her entire nest working to protect her at all costs.

Challenge: Novice (Fourth Circle)
DEX: 6        Initiative:                   7       Unconsciousness:      41
STR: 5         Physical Defense:   13      Death Rating:              48
TOU: 7        Mystic Defense:       12      Wound Threshold:    9
PER: 4         Social Defense:        10      Knockdown:                 5
WIL: 4        Physical Armor:       6       Recovery Tests:           2
CHA: 3        Mystic Armor:          2  
Movement: 2 (Flying 12)
Actions: 1; Bite: 19 (16), Stinger: 16 (19), Trample: 16 (17)
Powers:
Blood Veins (5): Once latched onto a target, the victim suffers Step 5 damage each round, with no reduction for armor. The bee is removed automatically if knocked down.
Resist Pain (2)
Vulnerability to Salt: The blood bee queen's sac is terribly susceptible to salt. If the queen touches salt, she takes Step 6 damage, with no reduction from armor. A character covered in salt enrages blood bees, but the buzzing swarms rarely gather the courage to attack them.
Willful (2)
Special Maneuvers:
Blood Sucker (Blood Bee Queen): The blood bee queen may spend an additional success on an Attack test to latch onto the target and use Blood Veins.
Clip the Wing (Opponent)
Lead the Attack (Blood Bee Queen): The blood bee queen may spend additional successes on an Attack test to give all of its allies +1 to Attack tests per success against the opponent until the end of the round.
Overrun (Blood Bee Queen, Trample)
Pull the Stinger (Opponent): The attacker may spend an additional success on an Attack test to remove the blood bee queen using Blood Veins on a target.