Your character’s metatype or species is part of their High Concept aspect, and can be invoked and compelled. Most have accompanying stunts, but you only need to take those stunts if you want your character to exemplify these common traits. An Internet Troll technomancer doesn’t need to spend on any troll stunts if they’re relying on their Matrix abilities.
The main metatypes occur in all human populations; there are also subtypes that have a peculiar relationship with both bloodline and geography. Melting pots like North America manage to get all the metatypes, though some are rarer than others. There are occasional surprises, like the
oni subtype normally found in Japanese orks cropping up in Europeans, traceable to a single Japanese ancestor. Height and weight for each variant on Runner’s Companion p48.
All metatypes can be invoked when dealing socially with members of the same metatype and compelled for bigotry.
Dwarfs comprise 14% of the world population in 2076. Average height 120cm (4’) and weight 54kg (119#). Projected lifespan over 100 years. The nose tends to be large and long, and ears slightly pointed; body hair is well-developed and head hair profuse, with extensive facial hair on males. (Dwarfs are commonly used as spokesmodels for shaving products.) Gestation period is 284 days; birth weight is 5.6% of the mother’s weight; suckling time is over 15 months; almost always one child. The Alps seem to be associated with dwarfs, which are born more in proximity to them and people with heritage there. (Germany p24, Shadows of Europe p60)
- Invoke: hardiness, resistance to disease and poisons, thermographic vision, upper body strength, strong will, fitting into tight spaces.
- Compel: poor runners, shorter reach, slower reaction time, and a world generally built for taller people.
Dwarf (1): +1 Bod, +1 Focus.
- Gnomes are associated with Central Europe and Asia Minor. Average height 0.8m (2’7½”), average weight 37kg (81½#). They lack body hair other than head hair. They can take the Dwarf stunt, and in addition can invoke their metatype aspect for magic resistance, and it can be both invoked and compelled for them to be mistaken for children; while gnomes don’t all speak in a childlike register, it’s accessible to them. (Shadowrun Companion p39, Runner’s Companion p54, 71, Run Faster p88)
- Hanuman are associated with the Indian subcontinent. They have prehensile tails, elongated feet and toes optimal for climbing, and downy fur on their tails and legs. Average height 1.2m (4’) and weight 49kg (108#). (Runner’s Companion p55, 71, Run Faster p88)
Hanuman (1): +1 Bod, +1 Move.
- Koborokuru are associated with the island of Japan; 85% of Japanese dwarfs are koborokuru, even some of European descent. They can take the Dwarf stunt, and in addition can invoke their metatype aspect for agility and running speed. Average height 1.1m (3’7”), average weight 42kg (92½#). (Shadowrun Companion p38, Runner’s Companion p53, 71, Run Faster p90)
- Menehune are associated with the Polynesian islands; they are shorter and more hirsute than most dwarfs. They can take the Dwarf stunt. Average height 1.1m (3’7”), average weight 42kg (92½#). (Shadowrun Companion p39, Runner’s Companion p54, 71, Run Faster p90)
Elves comprise 15% of the world population in 2076. Average height 190cm (6’3”), weight 80kg (176#). Projected lifespan over 200 years. Body hair is sparse to non-existent and head hair is fine; eyes are almond-shaped and ears come to a definite point. Gestation period is 360 days; birth weight is 5.2% of the mother’s weight; suckling time is over 25 months; usually one child. Elves have a popular image as vegetarian, and a majority are, but they can digest meat as easily as a human.
The elven nation of Tir Tairngire has been promoting the language Sperethiel, perhaps the most complex language on earth, using protocol modes (rising and falling), levels of emotional subtlety far beyond any other language, plus very efficient information transfer. Conveying a short phrase of Sperethiel in English often take several complex sentences. Even in Tir Tairngire, though, only the upper crust have complete command of the language, due to its difficulty. (Electronic training programs and basic linguasofts are globally available, though they aren’t good enough to grant the command possessed by a Tir noble.)
The percentage of elves born in Tír na nÓg and Tír Tairngire is unusually high; 41% of births in Ireland were elves in 2011–2020. (4.1% were dwarfs.) The percentage is not as high among people of Irish descent born overseas.
Shadowrun, Fourth Edition p71.
- Invoke: agility, charisma, low-light vision.
- Compel: ill-will caused by far too many elves acting superior.
Elf (1): +1 to Face, Prod, and Rock when it helps to be glamorous.
- Dryads occur in all populations; all are female, and born to couples with two elf parents. Their hair color changes to match the local foliage’s season (e.g.: brown or white in the winter, bright green in the spring, darker green in summer, oranges, reds and yellows in the autumn). Their eyes are dark brown with no visible pupils. Their health is linked to the health of the environment in which they dwell. All dryads have at least +1 Magic and a obviously supernatural Glamour feat that adds it to their social skills, but also to anyone remembering or asking about them; they move with unearthly grace, have a radiant countenance and a soul-wrenching voice. Even their full magicians have this power. (Run Faster p115, Runner’s Companion p113) Average height 1.75 m (5’9”), average weight 63 kg (139#). (Shadowrun Companion p43, Runner’s Companion p51, 71, Run Faster p95)
- Elves associated with the Philippine islands are often enkanto (f. enkantada), who only differ from regular elves in having fair skin, blonde or white hair, no divot in their upper lips, and often a mild allergy to spices. (Cyberpirates p149)
- Nocturnae are covered in a velvety fur (somewhat between vellus hair and a jaguar’s coat) usually ranging from black to violet to blue, with rare occurrences of green, very deep orange, and tarnished bronze; their hair usually matches their skin, though rarely they have silver hair and eyes. Average height 1.9m (6’3”), average weight 80kg (176#). Invoke for nocturnal adaptation and excellent hearing; compel for a mild allergy to sunlight and naturally nocturnal biorhythms. They are associated with Northern Europe. (Shadowrun Companion p43, Runner’s Companion p52, 71, Run Faster p95, Sixth World Companion p78)
- Wakyambi are a very rare elven variant from southern Africa, mostly in the Zulu Nation, with either black or brown skin or (very rarely) albinism. Average height 2.3m (7’6½”), average weight 145kg (320#). Invoke like elves, but for willpower instead of agility. (Shadowrun Companion p41, Runner’s Companion p52, 71, Run Faster p96)
- Xapiri Thëpë are associated with the Amazonian jungles and have chloroplasts in their skin. In addition to the usual elf aspect, invoke for supplementing food with sunlight and compel for allergies to pollutants. Average height 1.7m (5’7”), average weight 57kg (126#). (Runner’s Companion p53, 72, Run Faster p97)
The following is complete fanon that I made up to get the Shadowrun source material to be a better match to existing archaeology.
Sperethiel is structurally a Uralic language (a bit closer to Finnic than ) with extensive loanwords from Proto-Celtic. It has a logographic script, called High Sperethiel, which is reminiscent of Egyptian Hieratic, and a very logical featural alphabet (with composed glyphs like Hangul) that feels much more recent. (There are rumors that Ehran the Scribe bolted Low Sperethiel onto the project after figuring out that people would need an onramp to the language.) In addition to a grammar and dictionary, Sperethiel comes with the Sperethiel Canon, a collection of poetry and literature written entirely in High Sperethiel. The canon includes treatises on beauty, nobility, and the duty to preserve the natural world. Perhaps the most spectacular work is Caynreth and Oak-Heart, a ballad of the first Elven Queen, who ruled through beauty and inspiration.
In 2017, the Xavier Foundation (Tír Tairngire p50) started a media blitz for teaching Sperethiel and spreading
traditional elven culture to all elves. Every major metropolis had a
Sperethiel School that encouraged parents of young elves to enroll their children, to get in touch with their
Carromeleg is a concentration of will and energy. There is no outward stance of someone ready to employ carromeleg; a practitioner appears at ease until the last moment. When two masters meet, it is sometimes anticlimactic as they size up their outward stance; what follows is a silent battle of will, which ends when one bows, ending the contest. It is only taught to elves and it is fiercely guarded by masters who want to keep it as an elven tradition. Bounties have been placed on those who attempt to teach this martial art to outsiders. (Run & Gun p129, Arsenal p157) Whether carromeleg is a mashup of capoeira, krav maga, and iaido with a philosophy cherry on top, or an ancient martial art, is not distinguishable based on currently available data.
Like all martial arts, carromeleg needs to be mentioned in a character aspect:
- Invoke: placing aspects on the opponent with strikes to vulnerable spots, ear slaps, etc.; intercepting someone moving past you; quick draw; surprising an opponent with the first move; shadow blocks (creating boosts for allies to negate a mutual opponent being on full defense)
- Compel: secrecy of the art; animosity from people who dislike the Tírs
- Counterstrike (1): as the adept power.
- Master’s Eye (1): +2 to create advantages using Hit by spending an action observing an opponent.
Humans comprise 39% of the world population in 2076. Average height 175cm (5’9”), weight 78kg (172#). Average lifespan 55–64 years. Gestation period is 266.5 days; birth weight is 5.5% of the mother’s weight; suckling time is over 12 months; usually one child, twins uncommon, more even rarer.
Human can be invoked for adaptability in adverse circumstances.
- Nartaki: Nartaki are associated with the Indian subcontinent, and all known ones are of Indian descent. They have four arms and skin hues of blue, red, or gold; they are extremely rare in 2050 and there are only 5000, worldwide, in 2070. Anyone attempting to shadow or investigate a nartaki (outside one of the very few communities of them) gets a +2 bonus. Average height 1.75m (5’9”), average weight 86 kg (190#). Runner’s Companion p49, 71; Run Faster p98
Orks comprise 22% of the world population in 2076. Average height 190cm (6’3”), weight 128kg (282#). Onset of puberty at age 10. Average lifespan 35–45 years, though 1% have a mutation that gives them human lifespans and there are some indications (The Complete Trog p38, 105) that all orks in healthy mana-rich environments can have human lifespans. Body hair is usually well-developed, but may sometimes be absent altogether; head hair is usually more prominent than the sapiens ethnic group from which they descend. The orkish nose tends to be broad and the lips thin, and they have greatly enlarged lower canines. Gestation period is 187 days; birth weight is 4.2% of the mother’s weight; suckling time is over 7 months; usually 4 children, but 6–8 not uncommon. Offspring may be born as human; 95% of these will goblinize at puberty. Orks can be born to human parents.
Orks tend to be hands-on learners and underperform on traditional IQ tests in the Stanford-Binet tradition, and this problem is exacerbated by economic disadvantage, as the task of surviving poverty occupies considerable cognitive resources. They perform as well as humans on the more modern computer-based interactive Wishnevsky-Naam tests, but this has done little to undermine their popular image as brutes.
- Invoke: health, strength and fortitude, low-light vision.
- Compel: most dwarfs, elves, and humans find them less charismatic, and they have a violent reputation in many quarters.
Ork (1): +2 to Bod. One extra + whenever it is plausible that greater size and strength makes it possible to hit harder or wield a bigger weapon.
- Hobgoblins are associated with the Middle East, the Balkans, Transcaucasia, and Turkestan. They have a greenish tint to their skin (ranging from dull ocher to vibrant forest green), tapered chins, dark beady eyes (the iris and sclera as black as the pupil), and hormones that predispose them to both mercurial disposition and greater empathy. They commonly have a strong sense of personal honor that demands they avenge any insult or disrespect. Invoke for empathy and keen hearing, compel for temper and poor reputation. Their fangs are sharp enough to qualify as + weapons before adding bonuses from the Ork stunt. Average height 1.8m (5’11”), average weight 98kg (216#). (Shadowrun Companion p39, Runner’s Companion p49, 72, Run Faster p91, Sixth World Companion p82)
- Ogres are associated with the European continent. Their skin is as smooth as a human’s, and they have a shorter stature, protruding jaw, wider mouth, and digestive ability of a goat. Average height 1.7m (5’7”), average weight 101kg (223#). Invoke for surviving malnutrition and resisting ingested poisons. (Shadowrun Companion p41, Runner’s Companion p50, 72, Run Faster p91)
- Oni are associated with the Japanese archipelago. They have bright red, blue, or orange skin; curving horns; and slightly protruberant eyes. Average height 1.9m (6’3”), average weight 128 kg (282#). 75% of orks born in Japan are oni. (Shadowrun Companion p41, Runner’s Companion p51, 72, Run Faster p92)
- Satyrs are associated with the Mediterreanean basin. They are slighter than most orks, with goat-like horns and feet. Magical ability is extremely common, especially a shamanic orientation, with Bacchus the most common mentor spirit. Average height 1.6m (5’3”), average weight 69kg (152#). (Shadowrun Companion p42, Runner’s Companion p51, 72, Run Faster p92)
Trolls comprise 5% of the world population in 2076. Average height 250cm (8’2”), weight 300kg (661#). Average lifespan 45–55 years, though there are some indications (The Complete Trog p38, 105) that trolls in healthy mana-rich environments can have dwarven lifespans. The ratio of arm to leg length in trolls is longer than in humans, and trolls who need to enter human-ceilinged rooms can move quite quickly while knuckle-walking like a gorilla; this is seen as demeaning. Body hair is usually well-developed, but may be absent altogether; head hair is usually more prominent than the sapiens ethnic group from which they descend. Gestation period is 259 days; birth weight is 2.5% of the mother’s weight; suckling time is over 7 months; usually 1 child. Trolls are capable of vocalizing and hearing infrasound (The Complete Trog p187), which is capable of transmitting simple codes (or humming tunes) that cannot be heard by most other species. (It does make them superb at working with elephants, which also use infrasound and have close to 70 documented messages; while elephant infrasound can travel 10km at dawn or dusk, trolls have a more limited range.)
Like orks, trolls are hands-on learners who usually underperform on traditional intelligence tests.
- Invoke: size, strength, fortitude, and reach; thermographic vision.
- Compel: the world is seldom built for trolls; few places have building codes that require accessibility for people who are three meters tall. Their size makes them less agile; most dwarfs, elves, and humans find them less charismatic; and they have a violent reputation in many quarters.
Troll (1): +2 to Bod. One extra + whenever it is plausible that greater size and strength makes it possible to hit harder or wield a bigger weapon. One extra - for dermal armor.
Take It Like a Troll (1): requires Troll. Use Bod instead of Move to defend against physical attacks with red dice up to your Bod (without Edge factored in). Attacks tagging an aspect like Called Shot negate this stunt.
- Cyclopes are associated with the Mediterranean basin. They have only one eye, centered above the nose; while it is larger than normal and allows for better monocular depth judgment, they lack stereo vision and the brain structures to process it. They are usually almost hairless; most lack horns, though some (mostly males) grow a single horn in the center of their forehead. They lack dermal armor, but those that are Very Troll get +5 Bod. Average height 2.7m (8’10”), average weight 421kg (928#). (Shadowrun Companion p38, Runner’s Companion p55, 72, Run Faster p93, Ingentis Athletes p16)
- Fomori are associated with the British Isles and Celtic ancestry. They are smaller than regular trolls, with less prominent horns and tusks, and lack dermal armor; they cannot take Take It Like a Troll and get no blue die from Troll. They lack the charisma penalties of other trolls. Average height 2.35m (7’8½”) with startlingly little variation (±10cm at two sigmas), average weight 224kg (494#). Invoke for magic resistance, including blowback from their own spells. (Shadowrun Companion p39, Runner’s Companion p55, 72, Run Faster p93, Ingentis Athletes p16)
- Giants are associated with Scandinavia. They lack dermal armor, but have a thick skin comparable to rhinoceros hide, with a bark-like appearance. One in four daughters born to giant mothers are born human and do not goblinize. Even troll-friendly accommodations can be too small for giants. Average height 3m (9’10”), average weight 467kg (1029#). (Shadowrun Companion p39, Runner’s Companion p56, 72, Run Faster p94, Ingentis Athletes p16)
- Minotaurs are associated with the Mediterranean basin. They have flattened noses, wide-set eyes, profuse body hair, and cow-like horns that are four times as dense as regular troll horns and well-anchored, making them + weapons before adding bonuses from the Troll stunt. Average height 2.4m (7’10½”), average weight 265kg (584#). (Shadowrun Companion p42, Runner’s Companion p57, 72, Run Faster p94, Ingentis Athletes p16)
Centaurs are genus Equus, and have cropped up in populations of Przewalksi’s horse, Exmoor ponies, and mustangs. What most centaurs term
true centaurs have equine heads;
lesser centaurs have human-like heads and are usually cast out of their tribes. Adults stand 1.4m–1.7m at the equine shoulder, with eye level about a meter higher, have human-proportioned arms with three fingers and an opposable thumb, and mass 400–1000kg. Most of them dwell on the Eurasian steppe and parts of the Greece and the Czech Republic; there is a Hopi-speaking population in the Pueblo Corporate Council. The nomadic tribes eat plenty of meat. They have low-light and thermographic vision, and the critter powers of Magic Sense and Search. (Paranormal Animals of Europe p26,Runner’s Companion p63, 84; Running Wild p51; Run Faster p98, Howling Shadows p55) They are fond of a variety of percussion instruments; some have also adopted panhuman stringed and reed instruments. (Attitude p56) No centaur technomancers have ever been observed, but if one ever were, they would not have the usual critter powers. There are confirmed discoveries of feline, canine, bovine, oreamnos, and cervidae centaurs across the world, but they are incredibly rare and usually well-protected by panhuman allies. (Sixth World Companion p87)
- Invoke: thermographic vision, low-light vision, running speed, carrying capacity.
- Compel: inconvenient size and a world built for humanoids.
Centaur (1): +1 Bod, Magic Sense, Search.
Merrow are dual-natured aquatic tool-using mammals, three meters long and massing about 500kg; some are magically active. While paranaturalists are arguing over whether they can be considered sapient, many are trading their underwater expertise for goods that can be manufactured on land. They are behind the curve on tech use relative to other nonhuman sentients, since they have had less opportunity to live closely with panhumans. They all have some degree of magical ability, though some have nothing more than an adept-style power of water breathing. They are not playable characters at the start of the campaign, as full communication has not yet been established with them. Their languages use color-changes on their secondary and pectoral fins, as well as frequencies well outside panhuman hearing range, though they are physically capable of vocalizing panhuman tongues. (Sixth World Companion p88)
Naga, interestingly, belong to multiple snake species, as if a common template had been applied to pythons, boas, cobras (including king cobras), vipers, and kraits. (If you want colorful, check out the African bush viper, the piebald ball python, or emerald tree boa.) Runner’s Companion p64, 84, Run Faster p98. They are typically ten meters long and mass 300kg (though anacondas run on the heavier side). The venom of cobra, viper, and krait naga is neurotoxic, with no known antivenin. Arsenal p84
Naga have their own language, Khmer Nāga, that’s very different from any human language, though panhumans are able to pick it up. (No one has yet produced a linguasoft for it.) Naga raised on different continents with no contact speak the same language; the hints they’ve dropped indicate that they have at least one mentor spirit who has preserved this much naga lore, and they pass on the language to the rest.
Human emotions such as greed and power-hunger don’t occur in naga; their ambitions tend to be satiable once their hierarchy of needs (including security and respect) are met. (Shadows of Asia p152) Nagas can sing and play instruments like the roneat ek and the tro khmer, though it’s a whole-body effort. (Attitude p56)
They also have a capability of producing
naga emeralds, whose crystalline structure shifts within the stone and produces a unique swirling effect. There are rumors that naga can use the stones to control their wearers, though that doesn’t stop some people from sporting them as prizes. Naga emeralds are never produced by those in captivity, and they are undoubtedly a ritual link to the creating naga. (Shadows of Asia p152, Parageology p23)
Ectothermy is a challenge for naga in most places. They’re easily able to be active at 30°C (86°F), take a +1 to difficulties at 20°C (68°F), and a +2 at 10°C (50°F). At 0°C (32°F) they become comatose, doing nothing but engaging their Guard power to stay alive. While ectothermy is an advantage when eluding thermographic sensors, naga usually wear electrically heated coats made with myomer plastics that can keep up with their movements. Naga adepts almost always take Fire Within so they can crank up their inner heat when out and about in brisk weather, and sorcerers typically have a warming spell on a sustaining focus.
All naga are dual natured, perceiving the physical and astral worlds simultaneously. About ⅔ of naga only have spark-level magical ability, and for half of them, they’ve learned just enough telekinesis to cast Magic Fingers, or enough Shifting to take human form (matching old legends), or the Fire Within feat. On average, out of every 100 naga, 5 are adepts, 5 are sorcerers, 5 are conjurers, 5 are enchanters, and 13 are magicians or mystic adepts. They cannot be technomancers. Adepts often learn Magic Fingers as an Adept Spell.
Some naga spellcasters have spells to shapeshift into various different panhuman forms, or even hybrid forms with a human face or a human head and torso.
Naga tend to dwell in large family groups, on the order of thirty, and sleep entwined together for body heat. Sleeping alone is seen as unnatural by naga; many enjoy the warmth of their mammalian friends. The Khmer Nāga term for
electric blanket is naga slang for a loner naga (even though most naga beds are equipped with one). The Khmer Nāga term for
hot water bottle is naga slang for a panhuman who is mediocre, implying that they’re worth keeping around because they can keep you warm, but they aren’t good for much else.
They are ovoviviparous: the mother gestates the eggs for six months, then lays a clutch of 5–9 eggs. They hatch within twenty four hours of being laid. They’re fully grown and sexually mature at 3–4 years, but don’t reach adult reasoning (and Awaken to magical ability) until 6–8. Running Wild p50
Naga are still strongly identified with their base species: their mating pheromones are species-specific, so they only experience lust where fertility is possible. Polyandry is common. Male naga shapeshifted to human cannot sire children. Naga do not have the emotional range to form romantic bonds, though they do feel a community obligation to support gravid females and nurture young. Romantic relationships between naga and panhumans are rare; successful ones are based on a close friendship and depend on excellent communication about meeting their different emotional needs.
The places that naga call their own are in Cambodia (where, in 2050, they are laying the groundwork for building a kingdom around Angkor Wat— Shadows of Asia p152, Sixth World Almanac p24) and Sanchi, in the Indian Union, where a number are followers of the great eastern dragon Muchalinda, who is a Buddhist. (Neo-Anarchist’s Streetpedia p88)
Some volunteers in the Havens have led to development of a few forms of chrome for naga, usually only used by those with no aptitude for magic. There are Havenware versions of Cybereyes, Cyberears, the cyberScape, Simrig, Synthlink, and the Control Rig. Naga deckers are rare, but effective.
In 2050, naga are not recognized as sentient by the United Nations; the last naga who was ready to testify in front of the General Assembly was assassinated by a team of shadowrunners, and this succeeded in creating a chilling effect.
Naga do not, in general, wear clothing. A minority enjoy expressive hats, often absurd ones, mostly for the effect they have on humans. A naked naga might be a monster, but a naga in a top hat, bowler, or pointy wizard’s cap raises the possibility that they’re a person.
- Invoke: eloquence and concentration; going places panhumans can’t fit
- Compel: dual nature, ectothermy, lack of hands, navigating a world built for humanoids, difficulty of obtaining body armor, ophidiophobia
Naga (1): +1 Bod. With the Guard power, you can protect Spot+Magic people from environmental hazards and accidents, including the Accident critter power. Your bite is + and your scales provide --.
Naga Venom (1): your bite inflicts a Neurotoxic Venom on a success with style; refilling your venom glands requires an hour.
Pixies look like miniature winged elves, about 45cm tall and 5kg, with skin and hair colors that match the brightest features of the environment they’ve been dwelling in for at least a season. (Earthdawn 4th Edition Player’s Guide p53) They typically have iridescent dragonfly-like wings with a 1m wingspread, though some are more like butterflies; their flight appears to be assisted by mana manipulation, but uses enough of their wings that they have difficulty when their wings get sopping wet. (They start rolling Bod to deal with exhaustion at 20 minutes of flight, or 5 when wings are wet.) They have the critter power of Concealment (only for themselves) and are, at the very least, sparks with astral perception; their bodies vanish at death. They cannot be technomancers. Pixies are almost unheard-of in 2050, and attract attention wherever they go. Paranormal Animals of Europe p94, Runner’s Companion p65, 84, Run Faster p99, Earthdawn Name-Giver’s Compendium p152
Pixies are very close-mouthed about where they came from, and often show stress reactions when pressed on the matter.
- Invoke: three-dimensional thinking, keen sense of smell.
- Compel: their Bod operates at a lower scale factor than other sentients, so apply a +2 against them when that matters.
Sasquatches are large, shaggy primates, on average 280cm (9’2”) and 475kg (1047#); DNA typing says they are slightly closer to humans than gorillas. They are omnivorous, but prefer food that doesn’t run away. The North American ones have fur of brown, black, pale yellow, or auburn, and get silver tips on their fur with age. Their white-furred cousins in the Himalayas are called yeti. They were legally recognized as sentient in 2042. They are unable to comprehend spoken language or phonetic written language; they can communicate using sign language, with Perkins-Athabaskan being the one that is most idiomatic to them. (A
script— looking like glowing cartoon overlays of sign language— abstracted from the motions of Perkins-Athabaskan allows sasquatches to get
subtitles on their Scapes when communicating with non-signers. Datagloves can read their sign language and convert it to speech or text.) Sasquatches are dual-natured, perceiving the astral plane and the physical world at the same time, and have claws. (SR5 p406, Runner’s Companion p65, 84, Run Faster p99) ¾ of sasquatches are sparks; they are often shamans and conjurers and adepts, occasionally mystic adepts and sorcerers, rarely enchanters.
Sasquatches only discuss the means by which they weathered the Fifth World with other sapients when they have a high degree of trust, and thus far no one has betrayed that trust and revealed the details.
The Growp’skitch! sasquatch tribe, numbering about 150, inhabits the wild parts of Council Island in Seattle. (Runner Havens p102) Sasquatch cultural music is made by mixing together sounds from nature, though when they develop a fascination with a music form, they’ve been known to take up anything from jazz to heavy metal. (Attitude p56)
Sasquatches are rare in civilization and anyone shadowing or investigating them outside a sasquatch community gets an automatic +2. They can use a tortoise in the Matrix to get online, but cannot write persona code and use a cyberdeck. They cannot be technomancers.
- Invoke: size, strength, claws, reach, sound mimicry.
- Compel: dual nature and inability to comprehend spoken and written language.
Sasquatch: +2 to Bod. One extra + whenever it is plausible that greater size and strength makes it possible to hit harder or wield a bigger weapon, or from claws. This stunt can be taken twice.
One of the most prominent sasquatches is
Rex, a member of
the Council of Princes of Tir Tairngire.
Shapeshifters are Awakened animals that can take on human form. They are dual beings, perceiving the physical and astral worlds simultaneously. Their perspective is that of an intelligent animal trying to figure out an alien culture. Shapeshifting is not purely genetic; they often have unAwakened offspring, and a clone of a shapeshifter is almost never a shapeshifter. Shadowrun Companion p34, Runner’s Companion p66, Running Wild p52, Run Faster p100. Shapeshifters cannot be technomancers, and cannot have chrome installed (as their bodies would simply eject the intrusive material instead of integrating it, presuming you could pause their regeneration in the first place to install it).
- Bovine (Run Faster p100)
- Canine (Run Faster p100)
- Crocodilian (Dragons of the Sixth World p87)
- Equine (Run Faster p100)
- Falconine (Run Faster p100; Dragons of the Sixth World p87 mentions eagle shifters)
- Leonine (Run Faster p100)
- Lupine (Run Faster p100)
- Ophidian (Dragons of the Sixth World p87)
- Pantherine (Run Faster p100)
- Tigrine (Run Faster p100)
- Ursine (Run Faster p100)
- Vulpine (Run Faster p100)
Shapeshifter (3): You can switch between animal and human forms as a full action and only revert to animal form after death. You have the Regeneration critter power.