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“I admit, the purple swimtrunks are kinda fetching, and the surfboard is a really nice touch, but if you’re trying to project ‘savage predator’, the whole package just doesn’t work.”

“No, I don’t think inviting the Atlantean Amazons or the Lemurians over for ‘Monster Island Bikini Beach Bingo Night’ is conducive to diplomacy.”

“...mmmmmeerrrrrrrgggg....?”

<“Under the sea, under the sea, that’s where we’re taking you, un-der the sea...”>

<<“Gurm, quit singing that damn song! The prisoner is unconscious and can’t hear you, it’s unprofessional, and it’s driving the rest of us nuts! Just finish strapping the scuba-gear on her and let’s get over the side of this tub before they wise up they have visitors! “>>

<“Aw...but I ENJOY my work!”>

<<“Enjoy it SILENTLY then. We’re the ‘silent service’, remember?”>>

“Mike, the fishmen just stole your new hovercycle.”

“Damn it, AGAIN!!!!???”

“Gilloc” Aquatic Cyberhumanoid[]

aka ‘Robofishman’

The ‘Gilloc’ is a Clan Shelley sub-type for an amphibious operations cyberhumanoid (their name seems to be an abbreviation of ‘gilled morlock’). With Clan Shelley located on the West Coast, in the environs of California, it seemed a natural choice to have an amphibious unit capable of fighting maritime enemies, exploring the Pacific Ocean, and scavenging sunken wrecks and ruins. Several Clan Shelley communities border the ocean, so the Clan has established secret naval facilities in the form of underground warrens with underwater exits, allowing secret troupes of Gilloc operatives to come and go unseen. Anybody attacking the coastal towns will find themselves facing attack from an unexpected force of defenders emerging from the sea. 

Description[]

Gillocs look like the stereotypical Hollywood horror fish-man; scaly, reptilian, with fins, claws, and teeth. Both the hands and feet have extendable claws and webbing. What appear to be gills in the neck and ribcage are really the intakes and jets for a hydrojet system. The eyes are large and protrudant, with a glassy look to them; they conceal blue-green laser projectors. The legs are powerful and frog-like, able to swim at high speed, or deliver disemboweling kicks. Skin is a slate gray-green, lighting on the chest. Gillocs exhibit a number of individual differences in the shape of the snout, and patterns on the fins; more radical differences observed (see Options, below) have been explained away as the result of mutations from ‘these alien waters we find ourselves in’, as the Gilloc explain them to outsiders. 

Clan Shelley hasn’t yet invested any effort in accessory underwater weaponry, so Gillocs are encouraged to plunder wrecks, battlefields, and the enemy for weaponry. The Horune are a favorite source of second-hand weaponry, but Clan Shelley has also received blue-green lasers and torpedo launchers from Tritonia, courtesy of trade with the Wayfinders further up the West Coast. 

Personality 

Like the Vlades, Gillocs cultivate a double-faced personality. Gillocs like to come across as savage animalistic predators when dealing with outsiders, the better to make the strangers stay away and give them a wide berth, but actually most of the Gillocs are pretty laid-back, with a classic California beachbum attitude. They are fond of surfboarding, sailing, tinkering with boats, and cavorting in the waves (imagine that, a machine that loves water!) when nobody else is around to see them relaxing. On shore, they’re fond of acquiring hovercraft and hovercycles and riding them along the coast, or over the water. If found out as being halfway civilized, they’ll try to sell a generic and ambiguous story about being d-bees rifted from some unknown world, and trying to make a go at surviving on hostile Rifts Earth (and hopefully lead questioners away from Clan Shelley). They even speak an artificially-concocted language of their own that’s been mashed together from several fictional pre-Rifts languages, with dashes of Swedish, Russian, Farzi, and Nepalese (if caught on these, they’ll also claim that their native language has been increasingly corrupted by Rifts Earth influences). 

Since their introduction, Gillocs have had multiple hostile encounters with the Horune, servants of the Lord of the Deep, various aquatic monsters, and even the Milu. They are coming into increasing contact with other aquatic species such as the Kreel-Lock, Rurlel, Junk Crabs, and Ichthyleans, which is putting the Gillocs’ faux-organic fascade and cover story to the test. The Lemurians are likely to see through the Gillocs’ disguise and know that they are not ‘true children of the sea’, and refuse to do business with them (which will put the Lemurians in an awkward position if the Shemarrians ever help them out fighting the Lord of the Deep or the Milu). 

Both the Darkwaters and the Horrorwoods have evinced an interest in the Gilloc, to add it to their own forces, but likely not anytime soon; both Tribes understand the current importance of anybody not connecting the Gilloc to the Shemarrians, which might happen if the fishmen began appearing on any coast, and in numbers, around where the Shemarrian Nation is known to operate.

Abilities[]

Gilloc
Type Shemar Gilloc
Class Amphibious Robot Android
Crew Neural Intelligence, Ecotroz
Original Tribe Clan Shelley
MDC By Location
Head 100
Main Body 220
Arms 65 (2)
Legs 120 (2)
Hands 25 (2)
Physical Size
Height 6-7 ft
Length 2 ft
Width 2 ft
Weight 400 lbs
Physical Attributes
IQ Unknown
ME Unknown
MA Unknown
PS 30 Robotic
PP 24
PE Unknown
PB 2d4
SPD 90 mph
Leaping 20 ft +10ft >40 mph
Swim Speed 18 mph, 25 mph w/thruster
Maximum Depth 2 miles
Power System Nuclear
Other Attributes
Sensors
Standard Sensors Standard
Addition Sensor1 Depth Gauge
Additional Sensor2 Mini Sonar
Additional Sensor3 Passive Sonar
Additional Sensor4 Molecular Analyzer
Special Systems
Cybernanite Repair 4d6 MD/hr 60 MDC
Special System 1 Integral Language Translator
Special System 2 Adjustable Buoyancy
Special System 3 Prowl Capacity
Special System 4 Acoustic Stealth
Special System 5 Suction Cups
Weapon Systems
Primary Weapon Eye Lasers (2)
Secondary Weapon Chemical Sprayer
Third Weapon Retractable Claws
Fourth Weapon Vibrospines
Fifth Weapon Megadamage Bite
Sixth Weapon Optional Taser Nails

Sensors[]

Depth Gauge[]

Gilloc have an integral sense of pressure and depth.

Mini-Sonar[]

Gillocs possess miniaturized active sonar, w/ 2 mile active range. Note that the active ‘click’ of this system can be detected by others with sonic sensors. To avoid detection, Gillocs will use passive senses.

Passive Sonar[]

Gillocs have excellent underwater hearing. +2 initiative in the air (+4 underwater), +1 parry, +2 dodge. 

Molecular Analyzer[]

Like an electronic shark, the Gilloc can ‘sniff’ its watery surroundings, looking for chemical clues, such as blood or oil in the water. Can effectively track by smell 84%.

Special Systems[]

Integral Language Translator[]

13+ languages (Speaks and understands, but does not read). Can speak clearly, but typically speaks with a slurring or ‘mush-mouth’ tendency. 

Adjustable Buoyancy[]

Gillocs can actively adjust their own buoyancy through special artificial swim bladders and flotation mechanisms inside their bodies. 

Prowl Capability[]

The Gilloc’s padded feet and rubbery skin muffle noise and give the cyberhumanoid a base Prowl ability of 76%. 

Acoustic Stealth[]

The same rubbery false-flesh covering baffles the Gilloc against sonar systems; has only a 20% chance of appearing on sonar detection systems.

Suction Cups[]

The fingers and toes are lined with small adhesion pads for clinging to watercraft and rocks, or climbing up coastal cliffs and the sides of ships. 

Weapons Systems[]

Eye Lasers (2)[]

Range 1000 ft
Damage 2d6 MD
Damage2 4d6 MD both eyes
Rate of Fire ECHH

The ‘laser stare’ is an increasingly popular feature of many Elites. 

Bonus: +2 to strike (in addition to any other bonuses).

Chemical Sprayer[]

Range Spray 50 ft, 10 ft area
Range2 Mist 5-10 ft
Damage varies
Rate of Fire ECHH
Payload 50 doses, up to 5 different chemicals

Typically set to release a cloud of sense-confusing ink or repellent chemical into the water around the Gilloc. The system can also be used to coat the Gilloc in contact poisons (good for getting large predators to leave the Gilloc alone) or spray their surroundings with incapacitating chemicals. 

Damage: Varies by chemical used, but the Gilloc most commonly use a smoke-like synthetic ink for distraction purposes, or a reactive luminescent solution (especially effective in the dark abyss). Yet another favorite is ‘sonic alka-seltzer’, which hisses and bubbles on contact with water, spoiling sonar fixes. When they can, the Gilloc will attempt to acquire supplies of Splugorth ‘gill clog’, typically from the stocks of Horune pirates.

Retractable Claws[]

Range Melee
Damage +1d6 MD to melee strikes

Vibrospines

The back, elbows, and legs of the Gilloc are lined with retractable vibrospines hidden in the fins there, that can extend to deliver painful raking wounds on opponents.

  • Range: Melee
  • Damage: 1d6 per single spike, but a body slam, tackle, or arm lock does 3d6 MD. 

Some Gilloc will have silver-plated spikes to do extra damage to supernatural foes, or will even apply toxins to the quills to poison any raking cuts. 

Megadamage Bite[]

Range Melee
Damage 2d4 MD

Though small, Gilloc have an impressive array of molecularly-sharp teeth that can deliver a fearsome bite.

Optional Taser Nails

Some of the fingernails can be fitted with electrically-conductive inserts that deliver a shocking and stunning touch to victims grabbed bare skin contact; 1d6 SDC, and victim must save at 16 or higher is -8 to strike, parry, and dodge, plus speed and actions/attacks per melee are reduced by half, for 2d4 melees, plus 2d4 melees per additional strike. After being struck four times, the victim may be stunned unconscious (42% chance) for 2d4 melees. Upon waking up, the victim continues to suffer the stun penalties for 1d4 minutes.

Programming/Skills[]

Neural Intelligence

General

Basic Military Combat[]

Skill %
Climb 96/86
Intelligence 86
Land Navigation 94
Math Basic 98
Military Etiquette 96
Parachuting 90
PIlot: Boat (Motor) 86
Pilot: Hovercraft or Hovercycle 92
Radio: Basic 94
Weapon Systems 90
  • W.P. Paired Weapons (6th level)
  • W.P. Blunt (6th level)
  • W.P. Sword or Knife (6th level)
  • W.P. Rifles (6th level)
  • W.P. Energy Rifle or Heavy M.D. Weapons (6th level)

Military Naval/Aquatic[]

Skill %
Swimming 90
Scuba 90
Pilot Water Scooter 90
Pilot TWO Watercraft of choice 90
Military Pilot: Boat
Pilot FOUR watercraft of choice 88

Military Strike Force (Modified)[]

Skill %
Basic Electronics 90
Basic Mechanics 92
Computer Operations 96
Demolitions 94
Demolitions Disposal 92
Demolitions: Underwater 90
Trap/Mine Construction 91
  • W.P. Ancient
  • FIVE of choice, all at 6th level. Typically set choices consist of Paired Weapons, Spear, Net, Trident, and Archery (crossbow)
  • W.P. Modern FOUR of choice, all at 6th level. Typically set choices include Torpedo and Harpoon/Speargun.
  • Wilderness FOUR, at 88%

Elective Skill Program 

Can select an extra skill program from Military (Support, Physical, Mechanics, Pilot Related, Communications Basic) or Non-Military (Specialized Heavy Labor, Mining, Tecnnical: Rescue, Technical: Commerce, Communications: Literacy (any), Technical: Resources). 

Can also learn 3 Secondary Skills at levels 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, and 15. 

Combat[]

Attacks Per Melee 8
Bonuses
Initiative +3, +5 under water
Dodge +5, +6 running, +7 underwater
Parry +5
Auto Dodge Unknown
Strike +2, +4 w/ranged, +6 w/Shemar Railgun
Roll +2
Pull Punch +2
Disarm +2
Entangle Unknown
Knockout/Stun 18-20
Critical Strike Unknown
Attacks
Restrained Punch 1d4 MD
Full Punch 1d6 MD
Power Punch 2d6 MD 2 attacks
Kick 3d8 MD


Claw Strike 3d6 MD
Head Butt 1d4 MD
Leap Kick 3d6 MD
Karate Kick 5d8+6 MD 2 attacks
Body Block/Tackle 2d4 MD
Crush/Squeez 2d4+15 SDC

Gillocs are excellent melee combatants, especially underwater, making them excellent amphibious assault troops.

Bonuses are in addition to those possible from the Shemar’s elective training.

Options[]

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Glow-Glands[]

Some Gilloc have themselves fitted with subdermal LED arrays that not only look pretty (like the natural bioluminescence glands of certain sea creatures), but can be used to provide flashlight-like illumination and even work like strobing blinding flashers to startle and stun other creatues, especially in deep sea darkness. Some Gilloc even mount a strobe on an extendable antennae stalk from the top of the head, like an anglerfish’s ‘lure’.

  • Range: 60 ft and affects a 10 ft wide area as a weapon, 100-200 ft as a flashlight. 
  • Damage: Those without eye protection or polarized vision will be affected similar to a Blinding Flash spell; -10 to strike, parry, dodge for 1d4 melees. 
  • Rate of Fire: ECHH

Whiskers[]

Some Gilloc sport catfish-style facial tendrils (6-12 inches long) that act like antennae, especially in dark or muddy waters. Penalties for blindness under such condtions are HALVED.

Slasher Tail[]

Some Gilloc like to add a combat tail that looks somewhat like that of the thresher shark’s. 75 MDC, 2d6 MD slash, +1 strike/parry. 

Tentacles[]

Some Gilloc, especially after meeting the Nightmares, have decided to spring for additional limbs in the form of tentacles, usually 1-2 pairs sprouting from the back, each with a 6 ft reach, Robotic P.S. of 20, P.P. of 20, MDC 40, and act just like the Tentacle appendages described on pg. 31 of the Rifts Sourcebook One, Revised.

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Flying Wings and Booster Hydrojets[]

These take the form of a snap-out ‘batsuit’or ‘flying squirrel wings’ with flaps of tough light plastic snapping out between the arms and legs, allowing for long gliding leaps out of the water. Special hydrojets in the back and legs allow the Gilloc to boost from the water to altitude. Can leap 60 ft up out of the water and can glide for 200 ft, or safely glide down from as far up as 6,000 ft. By rapidly leaping out of the water, gliding, then porpoising into the water and then leaping out again, the Golloc can hit speeds of 120 MPH. However, the glide membranes are relatively fragile (25 MDC each) and destroying one will eliminate the ability to effectively glide. 

Spit Water[]

The Gilloc’s throat can be modified to forcibly expel water, like a motorized squirtgun. In the water, the Gilloc can draw in water from its surroundings and spit like an archer fish. On dry land, the Gilloc must rely on what it can carry internally; it can carry about 2 gallons internally. Range of 60 ft, and does 4d6 HP damage to vampires. Holds enough for 12 shots. 

Electrified Skin[]

This works in conjunction with the chemical sprayer system to coat the Gilloc with an electroconductive gel, that allows the cyberhumanoid to emulate an electric eel and deliver a stunning shock similar to a Neural Mace, with just a touch.

Eel Skin[]

Another modification that works in conjunction with the chemical sprayer system to cover the Gilloc in a slippery slime that makes grappling the cyberhumanoid well-nigh impossible. Gets a base Escape Artist of 45%, or +15% to an existing Escape Artist skill, and is +3 to Break Holds. Even molecular adhesion systems can’t get a grip on the Gilloc.

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