Star Log.EM: Msvokas (SFRPG)

Star Log.EM: Msvokas (SFRPG)

This pdf clocks in at 7 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page editorial, 2 pages of SRD, leaving us with 3 pages of content, so let’s take a look!

 

After the by now traditional introduction to the subject matter, we begin with the flavorful component of the presentation of the race. The “Playing as XX“-section, as before in the series, is the only missing component in this section that contextualizes the race within Starfinder. As before, if you’re interested in Rogue Genius Games and Everyman Gaming’s shared Xa-Osoro system, you’ll be in for a bit of a treat, as the section unobtrusively notes how the races works within this implicit setting. The msvokas, somewhat goofy-looking though they may be, as you can see on the cover, are pretty unique:

 

They get +2 Con and Wis, -2 Strength, and have darkvision. They also get immunity to nonmagical radiation. +4 to saves versus magical radiation (should be, bonus-type-wise, a racial bonus) and fire resistance 5. Msvokas are naturally radioactive with a radius of 0 ft., extending only to their skin. However, grappling these creatures can cause radiation poisoning.  I *assume* that the level of the radiation incurred is based on the scaling save DC, but having that explicitly stated would have been nice. As written, one could assume that the level of radiation is missing.

 

They can also unleash a radioactive ranged blast from their mouth, targeting EAC. Targets hit get a save or become poisoned by low radiation. If the msvoka expends Resolve Point, the blast ignores environmental protection versus radiation, though the usual +4 bonus such protections might convey is still applied. Here, things become really freaky, in a cool way: As radioactive beings that accrue toxic materials etc. within their bodies – after 6d4 months, these toxic substances begin breaking down their bodies, affecting them with the racial disease of isotopic degradation, which is based on Constitution, track-wise. It is incurable and cannot be distilled into doses. Now, here’s the thing:

 

When a msvoka rests for 8 hours, at the end, they can opt to undergo rebirthing, which turns their body to ash, cures the disease, and leaves a 1-foot egg with negligible bulk. The egg needs to be incubated for 4d6 days by a source of radiation; after hatching, the msvoka grows to adulthood in 1d3 days. Rules for infant/toddler-stages are noted, and upon reaching adulthood, the reborn msvoka regains the respective abilities. This rebirthing process may also be initiated upon dying, though at the cost of 2 negative levels added to the process. Death effects or accumulating negative levels, or falling to isotopic degradation, are the exceptions from this. Destruction of the egg also eliminates the msvoka.

 

Notice something? Yeah, the racial hit points, alas, are missing from the write up in an obvious and unnecessary oversight. The pdf also comes with a racial feat, Radiation Flare, which allows you to spend Resolve to extend the radiation aura – cool!

 

Conclusion:

Editing and formatting are very good on a formal level; on a rules-language level, the lack of the racial hit points are the one serious glitch here. Layout adheres to a two-column full-color standard and Jacob Blackmon’s artwork for the race is great. The pdf has no bookmarks, but needs none at this length.

 

Alexander Augunas’ msvokas are easily one of the coolest races I’ve seen in a while: The bubbly, somewhat friendly radiation-phoenix-race is creative in the best of ways, and really makes me want to play this critter. The radiation-angle is cool, and while I would have loved to see the radiation-level component explicitly spelled out, the race still is damn cool, one of the most unique races I’ve seen in ages! In fact, this would be a 5 star + seal race, but lacking racial hit points and with the slight inconvenience regarding radiation levels, I unfortunately can’t go higher than 4 stars.

 

You can get this inspired, slightly flawed race, here on OBS!

 

Endzeitgeist out.

 

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