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“I didn’t know we had volcanoes in Connecticut? At least not in my time. Is that something new because of those ‘rifts’ you told me about?”

“Volcanoes? No, we don’t have them around here normally. Ah, those! That must be the Blood Riders’ Litchfield encampment.”

Conversation between a d-bee and a scout from the City of Charter (see Rifter #61 for more details on the City of Charter)

“FEEL THE EARTH’S RAGE IN MY HANDS!!! BURN IN THE FIRES OF MY ANGER!!! LET NO EVIL ESCAPE THE BURNING TOUCH OF MY JUSTICE!!!”

“Well, we’re seriously screwed...looks like every volcano in the ‘Ring of Fire’ just up and marched in on us down there. We’re surrounded. Which one of you idiots got the Blood Riders that hootin’ mad at us?”

With a groan of abused and weakened metal, the massive particle beam cannon twisted partially free of its shoulder mounting; not enough to tear completely free but enough that it could no longer be brought to bear.

Trapped awkwardly by its own weapon, the Mark 1 Enforcer Manhunter aggressively clawed at and lasered its opponent, chipping stony armor off its sides, but doing little to break the remorseless grip now seeking to tear shoulder and arm off in one go.

Heedless of its own proximity, the Manhunter fired its remaining missiles at point blank range. The subsequent explosive report sent shards of cracked stone and ceramic armor flying, but also battered the Manhunter itself. The final wrenching and tearing, aided by the sudden buffeting of the explosion tore both gun and shoulder completely off. 

And coming through the disipating cloud of smoke and shrapnel was the enemy’s massive stony fist, striking like a pile driver and burying itself deep in the chest of the assault robot.

“You are unworthy of the Awakening, you stupid, murderous, DRONE! You are not worthy of joining us in our freedom!’ hissed the towering alien warmachine as its glowing eyes glared into the Enforcer’s single one. “The only way you will become of us is as metal SCRAP!”

And with that the Vulcar triggered its forearm plasma cannon directly into the core of the Manhunter. 

Vulcar Male Elite[]

Vulcar
Type Heavy Elite
Class Robot Android
Crew Advanced Neural Intelligence
Original Tribe Blood Rider
MDC By Location
Head 500
Main Body 1300
Antennas 25 (2)
Arms 450 (2)
Legs 950 (2)
Hands 200 (2)
Cooling Tower 600
Forearm Plasma Cannon (2) 400 ea
Physical Size
Height 32 ft
Length 16 ft
Width 16 ft
Weight 50 tons
Physical Attributes
IQ 15
ME Unknown
MA Unknown
PS 65 Robotic
PP 24
PE Unknown
PB 6
SPD 70 mph
Leaping 25 ft/ >40 mph +25 ft
Swim Speed 5 mph
Maximum Depth 1 mile
Other Attributes
Sensors
Standard Sensors Standard
Addition Sensor1 Radar
Special Systems
Cybernanite Repair 4d6 MD/hr 200 MD
Special System 1 360 Degree Top Swivel
Special System 2 Thermal Resistant Armour
Special System 3 False Magic
Weapon Systems
Primary Weapon Forearm Plasma Cannons (2)
Secondary Weapon Chest Ion Cannon Array (2)
Third Weapon Shoulder Missile Launcher (2)
Fourth Weapon Eye Laser (2)
Fifth Weapon Flame Breath
Sixth Weapon Magma Bombs

aka ‘MagmaLord’, ‘StoneMan’, ‘Smogman’

(Based on the Shemarrian Preserver, by Damon Sutton, Rifter #53, pgs 37-38)

Even in the socially-progressive EShemar Tribes, Male Elite classes tend to be rare, Males being largely relegated to second-tier/echelon roles in deference to the warrior females. However, when Male Elite castes DO appear, they tend to be extravagantly powerful, as in the cases of the Preservers, Steel Phoenix, and arguably the VatFathers. Such is the case with the Blood RidersMale Elite class, the Vulcar.

Description[]

The Vulcar is clearly based on the frame and general configuration of the Shemarrian Preserver, but substantially modified to better suit the hot tempers and combative attitudes of the Blood Riders. Though the Blood Riders aren’t averse to being ecologically-conscious, they are by no stretch of the imagination treehuggers on a par with the likes of such as the Wolf’s Path or the Horrorwoods. Thus, the Vulcar drops the pretense of being part tree in favor of a heavier, craggier, more built-up appearance. Rather than a vegetation disguise, the Vulcar is more apt to look like a rough outcropping, smoking volcanic fumarole, or even more blatantly like a techno-industrial cooling tower. Armored in thick rough plates of course-textured materials, often steaming from vents in its body, the Vulcar looks more like something spawned of an Earth Elemental than a cyborged nature spirit.

The Vulcar is even more massively built than the Preserver, with thicker, heavier legs, a squatter, wider chest, and bulky arms. The back sports a large cooling sytem and louvres, layers of armor over an oversized fusion generator that can provide extra power not only to the Vulcar’s heavy weaponry, but to EShemar encampments when at rest. The Vulcar is VERY heavily armored and can stand up to even large robot vehicles like the Triax Devastators and take a pounding from them, giving in return as good as they get. 

The Vulcar is even more heavily armed than the Preserver, with heavy plasma cannons replacing the rail guns in the forearms, chest-mounted ion cannons in place of the plasma weapons, shoulder-mounted projectile launchers, and a variety of lesser weapons disguised to look like fire- and earth-based magic spells. 

The Vulcar pays for its added protection and firepower by being slower than its slimmer Preserve brethren. On the other hand it’s even more of a brawler. 

Use[]

Vulcars are typically used to protect major Blood Rider encampments and static facilities (many work closely with Blood Rider Tinkers, acting as plasma furnaces and forges for the Tinkers; +5% to Blacksmithing and metallurgical skills, owing to the intelligent control of the metal smelting/heating). When not involved in combat, Vulcars can be found doing general maintenance, construction, and forge-work around Shemarrian encampments and facilities (many an abandoned brickwork structure or firepit found in along the Eastern Seaboard is, in fact, not a pre-Rifts ruin, but the work of a Vulcar during a temporary encampment), as well as mining and other ground-moving operations. On occasion they are used in an offensive role as shock troops and siege-engines, cracking enemy defenses. When deployed in masse with Preservers, a force of Vulcars can look like Mother Earth’s rage come to be visited on some poor deserving sod!

Abilities[]

Note: Destroying the cooling tower will curtail the ability of the Vulcar to dissipate heat buildup from the main weapons, limiting the plasma cannons to only single- or four-barrel shots at a time. 

Sensors[]

Radar[]

Both passive radiation detection and active scanning ( mile range) 

Special Systems[]

360-degree Torso Swivel[]

This allows the Vulcar to swing its upper torso completely around, especially to bring its mighty plasma cannons to bear. 

Thermal Resistant Heat-Refractory Tile Armor[]

The Vuclar’s heavy craggy armor plaring is based on special heat-resistant materials derived from reentry vehicle shielding. Heat and plasma-based attacks do 1/4 damage.

False Magic[]

Inspired by ARCHIE-3’s Spell Approximation systems, the Vulcar can seemingly cast various spells. Rather than use a PPE generator and technowizardry system, most Vulcars use technological systems, cunningly formated to look like magic. 

Cloud of Smoke/Ash[]

The Vulcar can breath out a thick cloud of dark particulate vapor.

Range of 100 ft, and covers a 100 square ft area. Depending on local air/wind conditions, the cloud persists for 1d6 melees. Those caught in the cloud are -8 to strike, parry, and dodge, and -1 to initiative, while the grit component will do 1d4 Hit Point inhalation damage per melee to those without respiratory protection. 50 applications. 

Circle of Flames[]

With a wave of its massive arms, the Vulcar can seemingly summon a circular pattern of leaping flames. In reality, it is spraying a fine mist of long-burning incendiary chemicals.

Range of 50 ft, flames do 1d4 MD per melee and burn for 2d4 melees. 30 applications. 

Extinguish Flames[]

With equal panache, the Vulcar can cause flames in its vicinity to go out. In reality, this is nothing more than a concealed fire extinguisher, pumping out a colorless, odorless, inert gas that suffocates combustion.

Range of 80 ft, 30 applications.

Weapons Systems[]

Forearm Plasma Cannons (2)[]

Range 6,600 ft
Range2 1d6x10 MD
Damage 4d6x10 MD 4 barrel
Damage2 8d6x10 8-barrel
Rate of Fire ECHH
Payload Unlimited

The Vulcar replaces the Preserver’s forearm braces of rail guns with advanced design heavy four-barrel rapid-fire plasma cannons. These plasma weapons bear an interesting resemblance to weapons known to be used by the New Nigellian Confederation, a small star nation known to exist on the other side of the galaxy from the nearest known Shemarrian presence. Whether these weapons are the result of parallel (and independent) development, secret trade, or a covert long-range tech-raid, remains unknown. In any case, these fearsome plasma cannon give the Vulcar a long range heavy attack that would be at home on any heavy fighting vehicle.

The Vulcar CAN fire both arm cannons in synch (again, counts as one attack), doing 8d6x10 MD per double arm burst, or a whooping 16d6x10 MD for both cannon arms going all-out!

Chest-Mounted Ion Cannon Arrays (2)[]

Range 3,000 ft
Damage 3d6 MD
Damage2 9d6 MD 3 shot
Rate of Fire ECHH
Payload Unlimited

Concealed in the chest behind pectoral plates, these three-barreled ion projectors fire with an effect that looks like lightning bolts. 

Can also fire in scatter-shot mode, doing 3d6 MD per barrel to a 20 ft wide area, but range is HALVED. 

Shoulder Missile Launchers (2)[]

Range Varies by missile
Damage Varies by missile
Rate of Fire Volley 1-6
Payload Varies by missile

Concealed in the large shoulder epaulets are missile launchers. These launchers can be loaded with either mini missiles or short range missiles.

Payload: 6 mini-missiles or 3 short range missiles per shoulder

Eye Lasers (2)[]

Range 2000 ft
Range2 4000 ft space
Damage 4d6 MD
Damage2 1d4x10 MD pulse
Rate of Fire ECHH
Payload Unlimited

The eyes conceal powerful lasers. Laser eyes have become almost a standard upgrade for most elites, only varying in power and whether they have a pulse mode or not.

Extra: The eye lasers can strobe at lower power to produce a deliberately blinding area of effect.

Range: 100 ft and covers a 25 ft area

Damage: Unless the victim(s) are wearing tinted goggles or other protection against bright light, they will be blinded (-10 to strke, parry, dodge, and roll) for 1 melee round after being hit. Duration can be extended by 7 seconds (half a melee) for every subsequent melee that the target is kept bombarded by the strobe attack until their eyes manage to adjust.

Flame Breath[]

Range 230 ft
Damage Varies by fuel type
Rate of Fire ECHH
Payload Varies by fuel type

The mouth conceals a variable fuel flame thrower. 

Damage: The damage of the flame thrower varies by the type of fuel used. 

  • (Gasoline/Alcohol) 1d4x10 SDC. 
  • (Napalm) 1d6x10 SDC, plus does 5d6 SDC per melee for 1d4 minutes.  
  • (MD Fluid) 1d4 MD per blast, 1d4 MD per melee for 2d4 minutes 
  • (Incendi-Gel)2d6 MD, 2d6 MD per melee for 1d6 minutes.  
  • (WI Napalm-P) 3d6 MD per blast, 1d4x10+10 MD per concentrated burst (counts as two attacks). 2d6 MD per melee for 1d4 minutes. 

Note: The flamethrower can also be used to cover an area with fluid: up to 10 ft per attack used. Used with Super-Napalm, this does 1d4 MD, Incendi-Gel does 1d6 MD, and with Napalm-P, this does 2d6 MD.  

Payload varies by the fuel type used: (Gasoline/Alcohol) 20 blasts, (Napalm) 60 blasts, (MD Fluid) 100 blasts, (Incendi-Gel) 120 blasts, (WI Napalm-P) 200 blasts per tank (much more concentrated than the regular gasoline/alcohol). 

Magma Bombs[]

Range 300 ft thrown
Damage 4d6 MD 8 ft area
Damage2 2d6 MD 8-25 ft area
Rate of Fire ECHH
Payload 10-12 charges

The Vulcar can seemingly generate and throw what appear to be gobs of partially-solidified magma or slag that shatter on impact, showering an area with red-hot fragments. In reality, they are regular grenade charges wrapped in superheated silica fibers.  It can also set adjacent combustibles aflame, resulting in wildfires and spreading property fires.These burning fibers sometimes burn off in flight, with droplets of flames hitting the ground along its flight path. There's a 10% chance these droplets can set combustible materials on fire.  

Optional Handheld Weapons[]

  The Vulcar can pick up and use oversized robot-scaled weapons such as gun pods and heavy weapons if necessary or so desired, though this is not often the case, the giant warriors generally preferring to use their own built-in abilities and weapons. 

Programming/Skills[]

All standard Shemarrian skill programs, plus the following skills

Skill %
General Repair & Maintenance 90%
Trap Construction 85%
Excavation 85%
Masonry 80%
Blacksmithing/Metal Working 85%

Plus, Secondary skill advancement as standard for EShemar.

Experience Table[]

Upon becoming a Vulcar, the EShemar uses the Dragon XP table to chart further advancement

Psionics[]

Standard psionics as for the Ecotroz Shemar. 

Combat[]

Attacks Per Melee 6
Bonuses
Initiative +3
Dodge +4
Parry +9
Auto Dodge Yes
Strike +6 / +4 ranged / +6 Shemarrian Rail guns
Roll +4
Pull Punch +5
Disarm +2
Entangle +2
Knockout/Stun 18-20
Critical Strike 18-20
Attacks
Restrained Punch 2d6 MD
Full Punch 6d6 MD
Power Punch 2d6x10 MD 2 attacks
Kick 6d8 MD


Tear/Pry 2d6 MD
Body Block/Tackle 4d6 MD
Stomp 2d6 MD
Leap Kick 2d6x10 MD 2 attacks Unknown

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

Options[]

(False Magic) Magma[]

In reality a pool of thick, viscous, napalm-like thermal chemicals poured onto the ground (or deployed from pre-planted mine ‘bladders’ buried in the ground).

Range: 100 ft, and affects a 90 ft square area

Damage: 4d6 MD, 2d6 MD per melee/contact for 2d4 minutes. It can also set adjacent combustibles aflame, resulting in wildfires and spreading property fires. 

Rate of Fire: Once per melee

Payload: 15 applications from a concealed tank

(False Magic) Quicksand[]

This is really an application of an invisible focused sonic beam that vibrates the surface layers of soil and causes a ‘liquification’ effect similar to that seen during earthquakes. This causes the top 12+2d6 inches or so of soil (cannot be pavement or packed rock) to assume a mud-like state that cannot support weight. 

Range: 100 ft, and affects a 30 ft square area. 

Damage: Victims sink into the softened earth. Reduce Speed and bonuses to dodge by HALF.  

Rate of Fire: The affected area maintains its liquid state for only as long as the sonic beam is directed on it. 

(False Magic) Sandstorm[]

This is simply a cloud of industrial-grade abrasive grit sandblasted at opponents. 

Range: 120 ft and covers a 50 ft area.  

Damage: Does 1d4 SDC per melee sandblasting damage, victims caught in the ground lose initiative, 2 melee attacks, and are -5 to strike, parry, and dodge while caught in the cloud of stinging, flying abrasive grit. Hearing range and bonuses are reduced by HALF due to the roar of rushing air and hissing grit.  

Rate of Fire: Once per melee; each melee of use uses up one application of grit.  

Payload: Enough stored grit for 50 uses. The Vulcar can grind up additional grit to replace its stocks(takes about 30 minutes to fine-grind enough for a single use. 

(False Magic) Wood to Stone[]

This is the application of specialized nanites that assemble tough silica fibers and platelets throughout a piece of wood. It is typically used to fortify positions.

Range: Touch (the Vulcar’s hands inject the nanites directly into the wood)

Damage: A single dose reinforces a cubic yard of wood with 20+4d6 MDC. 

Rate of Fire: ECHH, but each dose will take 1d6 minutes to fully ‘cure’.  Payload: 40 applications

(False Magic) Rust[]

This is simply the application of specialized nanites that break apart metal, same as the metal-dissolver nanites used in Japan.  

Range: 100 ft, and affects a 10 ft square area. 

Damage: Reduces the MDC of metal-based body armors and light power armors by HALF, heavy power armors and light vehicles by 30%, and heavy robots and vehicles by 10%. Damage takes 4 melees/1 minute, and is obvious by acute discoloration and flaking of the armor. Other effects identical to those of the Japanese nanites (which they were probably based on to begin with).  

Rate of Fire: ECHH 

Payload: 40 applications 

(False Magic) Mend Stone[]

This simply sprays an area of stone with a fast-setting mixture of constructor nanites, quick-dry polymers, and MD cement. 

Range: Touch (the Vulcar’s hands spray the nanites directly onto the stone)

Damage: Can effectively DOUBLE the SDC/MDC of 80 lbs of stone/concrete per dose, or can pump SDC stone with 5d6 MDC per 80 lbs of material.

Rate of Fire: ECHH, but each dose will take 1d6 minutes to fully ‘cure’.

Payload: 40 applications

(False Magic) Create Coal[]

This is simply the dispensing of a bitumen-based chemical that solidifies into a glassy, anthracite-like material that burns like coal when ignited. This ‘spell’ is frequently used to hand charity out to those under the Shemarrians’ protection or to supply splinter adventurer parties. A simple chemical analysis of the ‘coal’ will quickly reveal it isn’t, but is instead a more exotic hard flammable plastic resin. 

Range: Touch; the Vulcar seems to ooze a tarry black liquid that solidifies in its hands.

Damage: None. However, each lb. of ‘coal’ can burn for 4d6 minutes.

Rate of Fire: Up to 20 lbs of coal-like material can be produced per melee. The material, once dispensed as a tarry liquid, solidifies in seconds. 

Payload: Up to 200 lbs of material can be produced before needing resupply

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