Herboven

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Stamina15+
StrengthLow (2) - High (4)
SpeedSubnormal (0) - Average (3)
AgilitySubnormal (0) - Average (3)
IntelligenceSimple (1) - High (4)
Will Power+2
Awareness-1
Size1.5 - 2.5 m., 500 - 3000 kg.
Skill Adjustment+1

Herbovens are the largest species in existence that has members in all parts of known space. They can potentially mass an immense three tonnes. Due to their size, their bodies are structured internally quite different from other bipeds. First of all, their skeletal structure is necessarily immense, but in addition to that is a system of tendons and muscles that actually bind their massive bones for augmenting their load-bearing capabilities. Their wide feet incorporate a system of load-distribution hydraulic-like organs actuated with muscular pumps. Also unique to Herboven is the amazing balance-altering capability of their stomachs. They have an array of stomach, some dedicated to acidic decomposition, others to fermentation. The acidic stomach are solid, with dense muscles for agitation, while the fermenting stomachs are filled with mostly gas. By altering the internal position of these massive stomachs they can significantly affect their balance. Despite an average range of strength ratings, due to their mass they can inflict a significant amount of force.

The external appearance is somewhat varied, aside from the requisite extremely stocky physique. The most common variant has very large fan-like ears, and short flexible breathing tubes extending from their upper lip. Other variants have smaller ears, large nostrils instead of tubes, and possibly either large tusks or a sizeable curved horn on their snout. They have very stubby fingers on their massive hands, but are still very dexterous due to a similar form-altering mechanism as used in their feet.

A Herboven's size can often be a hindrance when interacting with other species. They can be difficult to transport when most methods of transportation are designed for a being one tenth their size. They have the same problem with architecture. In combat situations, however, they have the advantage of being able to use larger varieties of weapons and equipment.

For a Herboven that masses over 1000 kg, their stamina should be converted to medium scale. This could be a major advantage in combat as many weapons will become ineffective against the Herboven. However, small scale patches will also be ineffectual, forcing the Herboven to use the less common medium scale patches.