Chitin

Stats

AP DF AR MV PS HP
4 4 17 3 15 2
AG#1 AS RF PW RN MAL
[2] Toxic Cleavers
* Cauterize
* Poison (16)
7 7 0 -
Size Base Type Cost
m 30 mm [1]500 75

Squadlink: Bola(6)

Special Abilities

Leisa

Stats

AP DF AR MV PS HP
4 4 17 3 15 2
AG#1 AS RF PW RN MAL
[2] Toxic Cleavers
* Cauterize
* Poison (16)
8 7 0 -
Size Base Type Cost
m 30 mm ! 95

! Availability: Character. Counts as a “Chitin” for availability.

Special Abilities

Bio

Chitin are an exclusive splinter faction of the Toxic cult, its members focusing their obsession on one specific poison and the animal that produces it. Deep in the wastes that the Skarrd call home, massive insects prey upon the slow and weak. One such creature known to the Skarrd is the Blade Beetle. Nearly the size of a human, this monster digs itself into holes in the dusty earth and ambushes its prey. Sensing movement in the soil, it launches itself from its hole when it can tell that the intended victim is near, lashing out with scything forelegs and thick, wedge-shaped mandibles, both of which ooze toxic venom.

The Blade Beetle is the object of the Chitin’s obsession, and they model themselves in many ways after the formidable beast. Prospective initiates into the Chitin sect must pass a basic but extremely difficult test in order to be accepted. Armed with a simple long bladed knife and no other weapons or armor, the candidate must find and kill a Blade Beetle single-handedly. The monster’s natural weapons are the greatest challenge, but even if one can avoid its attacks, delivering a killing blow is no easy feat. Its entire body is encased in a tough and knobby exoskeleton, forcing the hunter to drive the knife through one of the rare gaps in its armor and into a vital location. If the candidate succeeds in killing the beast without being killed herself, then the entire clan will help her carve the beast to craft her equipment from its carcass.

The various chitinous plates that cover the Blade Beetle’s smaller leg segments serve as the Chitin’s only true armor; she will wear no other. Most importantly, though, are the mandibles. Cut properly from the beast’s massive head, they serve with very little modification as the paired cleavers for which the Chitin are so rightly feared. These weapons will continue to exude the deadly toxin of the creature for months, at which time they grow brittle and break. Most Chitin will hunt and kill another Blade Beetle long before this happens, so as never to be without their weapon of choice. In battle the members of the Chitin sect mimic their patron creature, attacking with swift, decisive, and implacable motions. They waste little energy, and their skill is impressive and terrifying to behold.

Leisa

A formidable hunter stalks the desolation of the North. A lifetime of hardship and pain has tempered her to be an ultimate survivor. She kills with the deftest of skill and uses her lightning quick reflexes to evade retaliation. The Chitin Leisa presses her prowess as a hunter and killer across the Samarian deserts.

In her adolescence, Leisa underwent a brutal revoking ceremony and was exiled from her people. In this way she became symbolic of the ostracism suffered by all Baniss, and could no longer approach another without risking being attacked and killed. During the ceremony Leisa’s Tribal Father dealt her a damaging slash from his sword that destroyed many of the muscles in her jaw as well as her tongue. As the other members of the tribe walked away from her, Leisa picked up a burning log from the fire and placed it inside her mouth to cauterize the wound. This left Leisa’s mouth a mangled mass of scar tissue and robbed her of the ability to speak.

After leaving her tribe Leisa began to hunt Blade Beetles for food. Unable to approach other Skarrd she could not enter the ranks of the Toxic Cult or undergo the induction rights of the Chitin. However as the years passed rumors and legends of Leisa’s murderous prowess have spread amongst the Skarrd tribes. Her reputation is solidified as she often appears out of the sands to assist a tribe in combat for a brief while before disappearing into the desert alone once again. When she was spotted in the deep dunes killing a giant Blade Beetle as big as a small truck the leaders of the Chitin Cult gathered and bestowed upon her the initiation to their ranks without her presence.

Whereas many Chitin hunt with the aid of Bola packs, Leisa, as the exile incarnate, cannot. Regularly hunting Blade Beetles by herself, weaving in between the animal’s deadly jaws and razor sharp legs, has granted Leisa superior reflexes over her peers. Many Forsaken warriors have made the mistake of trying to kill Leisa from a distance only to have their shot miss and be eviscerated in the inevitable counterattack that follows from her poisonous cleavers.

When other Skarrd do see her she need only smile cruelly and open her lips, baring the burned mass of scar tissue that comprises her tongue and mouth. Given the wide knowledge of her tale, no further introduction is required. Her name is Leisa.


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