Monday, June 2, 2008

Green Martian

If Red Martians are the remnant of civilization, Green Martians are the hordes of barbarism. They live a nomadic, militaristic life on the plains of Mars, moving from abandoned city to abandoned city, each tribe having a territory over which it roams. They are violent and trained to violence from birth, and their entire culture is one of brutality and savagery. Nevertheless, they are not stupid, and some are capable of learning friendship and other “soft” emotions.

Green Martians stand 12-15 feet tall, with an extra pair of limbs below their arms. Their skin color ranges from a pale green to a dark olive as they mature. Their large, white eyes with red pupils can be rotated independently in any direction, even behind them. Tusks projecting from their mouth add to their fearsome appearance.

Size +1: Green Martians are very tall, but are slender for their height. They gain a +1 to Toughness.

Strong: Green Martians start with a d6 Strength. They may increase their Strength up to a d12+1 normally and d12+2 or +3 with the Professional and Expert Edges.

Tusks: The glistening white tusks of a Green Martian can be used in combat doing Str+1 damage.

All-around vision: The ability to focus at least one eye in any direction around them gives them a +1 to Notice rolls.

Savage Reputation: Green Martians are reputed to be savages by the other races of Barsoom. This gives them the equivalent of the Outsider Hindrance.

Extra Limbs: Green Martians have two extra limbs between their arms and legs that can serve either as extra hands, or as extra legs when needed. When used as arms, they may make up to four attacks a round with a weapon in each hand, but all attacks face the normal multiple action penalty (but see Multi-Fisted below).

Ambidextrous: Green Martians suffer no off-hand penalty for either of their primary arms; their secondary arms suffer a -2 off-hand penalty (either right or left, er, hand). They may take the Multidextrous Edge, which removes this penalty and allows full use of all four arms at once. A two-handed weapon can be used by two arms on the same side without penalty (for example, the Green Martian Lance is normally held by the two right hands).

Multi-Fisted: Green Martians may take the Two-Fisted Edge as usual; untrained Green Men are not automatically able to use several weapons at once. In addition, they may take the new Three- and Four-Fisted Edges as they gain experience.

Extra Legs: A Green Martian can use his extra limbs as legs instead of arms (of course, while doing so, he cannot use them to hold weapons!). This adds +2 to his Pace, and +2 to Climbing rolls.

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More details from A Princess of Mars
Five or six had already hatched and the grotesque caricatures which sat blinking in the sunlight were enough to cause me to doubt my sanity. They seemed mostly head, with little scrawny bodies, long necks and six legs, or, as I afterward learned, two legs and two arms, with an intermediary pair of limbs which could be used at will either as arms or legs. Their eyes were set at the extreme sides of their heads a trifle above the center and protruded in such a manner that they could be directed either forward or back and also independently of each other, thus permitting this queer animal to look in any direction, or in two directions at once, without the necessity of turning the head.
The ears, which were slightly above the eyes and closer together, were small, cup-shaped antennae, protruding not more than an inch on these young specimens. Their noses were but longitudinal slits in the center of their faces, midway between their mouths and ears.
There was no hair on their bodies, which were of a very light yellowish-green color. In the adults, as I was to learn quite soon, this color deepens to an olive green and is darker in the male than in the female. Further, the heads of the adults are not so out of proportion to their bodies as in the case of the young.
The iris of the eyes is blood red, as in Albinos, while the pupil is dark. The eyeball itself is very white, as are the teeth. These latter add a most ferocious appearance to an otherwise fearsome and terrible countenance, as the lower tusks curve upward to sharp points which end about where the eyes of earthly human beings are located. The whiteness of the teeth is not that of ivory, but of the snowiest and most gleaming of china. Against the dark background of their olive skins their tusks stand out in a most striking manner, making these weapons present a singularly formidable appearance.
Most of these details I noted later, for I was given but little time to speculate on the wonders of my new discovery. I had seen that the eggs were in the process of hatching, and as I stood watching the hideous little monsters break from their shells I failed to note the approach of a score of full-grown Martians from behind me.

Art by Michael Whelan

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