|The Ratkin, in terms of physical appearance, look almost exactly like large bipedal rats; roughly man-sized, with the typical specimen being between four and five feet tall on average. Their body posture is often hunched, a trait that was developed from the cramped conditions of their natural habitat.
Though physically weaker than most races, Ratkin are naturally faster, more agile, and natural diggers. As such, a Ratkin can never truly go head to head with a human, and due to their cowardly nature, they will more likely run than engage in direct conflict. Only when cornered will a Ratkin fight with a reckless sense of rage.
The skeletal structure of a Ratkin is generally light-weight, giving them a greater degree of speed, movement, and natural reflexes than a typical human. This is further aided by possessing extremely strong back legs that help to propel a Ratkin at twice the speed of a normal man. The skeleton itself is also highly flexible, enabling them to slide through even the most cramped environment with relative ease. However, due to their physiology, the typical Ratkin is often weaker in terms of physical strength in comparison to other intelligent races within the known world, so much so that a healthy human male often can easily outweigh and outmatch a Ratkin in terms of sheer physical strength alone.
Like similar animals, Ratkin have acute hearing that allows them to hear sounds at a greater distance and range of frequencies than humans. Ratkin also have excellent noses, which can detect smells from a greater range then those of humans. Due to their subterranean lifestyle, a Ratkin has naturally poor eyesight during the day-time, but when in the darkness, Ratkin can see in almost complete darkness.
Most have brown, often dirty or matted fur (often flea ridden carrying sewer shakes), with large fangs in the upper jaw structure, red blood-shot eyes, over-grown claws, and a naked tail growing to the size of its body length. The loss of its tail will not typically cause a Serious Wound, but will cause the Ratkin flee the area.
Application: contact. 5’ splatter radius uses athletics A direct hit covers location hit plus 1d4+2 locations, a near miss 1d3) range and damage as rock.
Resistance: Endurance (and willpower)
Onset time: instant
Duration: until cleaned or clothing removed.
Conditions: Nausea: Victim cannot eat, and must roll against his Endurance every time he performs a stressful physical action to avoid being physically sick. Vomiting/retching lasts for 1d3 rounds during which he cannot act and Mania: get clean: the victim has to make a willpower roll each time the endurance roll fails or attempt to move to nearest water source, rip off armour and clothing etc. 1 item can be removed per round of vomiting/retching
Antidote/Cure: removing all effected clothing and washing in clean water for several minutes will reduce the smell to bearable, an odour-nade will clean it instantly. (see below: not Ratkin invention)
Onset time: instant
Duration: 5 minutes (cleaning effect permanent, until made dirty again)
Conditions: RATKIN ONLY Nausea Victim cannot eat, and must roll against his Endurance every time he performs a stressful physical action to avoid being physically sick. Vomiting lasts for 1d3 rounds during which he cannot act. Resistance is needed every 15 seconds (3 rounds) in cloud.
ELVES ONLY: violent sneezing: Victim must roll against his Endurance every time he performs an action to avoid sneezing. it lasts for 1d3 rounds during which he cannot act and has similar effects to confusion, deafness and dumbness. Resistance is needed every 15 seconds (3 rounds) in cloud.
Application: injected by flea/tick bite
Onset time: 1d4+2 hours
Duration: 1d6+5 days
Conditions: Exhaustion Victim gains an extra level of Fatigue, on top of any they are currently suffering from per day
Shaking Fever Victim’s body temperature fluctuates wildly – from hot to cold – and muscles ache. All skills suffer a difficulty grade of formidable.
Antidote/Cure: Can be cured by the Healing skill. Each effect needs to be treated as a separate effect.