Mass Effect: Stardust
“With barely constrained menace: Try it.” – Elcor bouncer
|Wound Threshold||Strain Threshold|
|14 + Brawn||10 + Willpower|
Starting Skill: 1 Rank in choice of Negotiation or Resilience
Starting Talent: 1 of Kill with Kindness, or Knockdown, or Sense Emotions
Starting XP Budget: 100 XP
The quadrupedal Elcor are larger than most bipedal sapients, and have a Silhouette of 2.
Elcor, being both large and adapted to heavy gravity, are capable of impressive feats of lifting and long-term hauling. For the purposes of determining Encumbrance Threshold, and Elcor’s Brawn is added to the value twice.
Additionally, the encumbrance past the threshold before losing the normal free maneuver per round is also equal to twice the Elcor’s Brawn. Elcor can carry and use specially designed Gunnery weapons as if they were a stable platform.
Elcor cannot use non-custom ranged weapons, or most non-elcor melee weapons.
Elcor add substantial nuance to their speech with pheromones which have little effect on non-elcor. While this has caused the elcor to compensate when speaking to alien races with preceding descriptors explaining their emotional state, when speaking among themselves, Elcor are capable of expressing extraordinarily fine layers of meaning.
In addition, while complex information or direction cannot be shared via pheromone only between elcor, broad states of mind and simple directions can.
The elcor are a Citadel species native to the high-gravity world Dekuuna. They are massive creatures, standing on four muscular legs for increased stability. Elcor move slowly, an evolved response to an environment where a fall can be lethal. This has colored their psychology, making them deliberate and conservative.
Elcor speech is ponderous and monotone. Among themselves, scent, slight movements, and subvocalized infrasound convey shades of meaning that make a human smile seem as subtle as a fireworks display. Since their subtlety can lead to misunderstandings with other species, the elcor often go out of their way to clarify when they are being sarcastic, amused, or angry.
Dekuuna’s high gravity impedes mountain formation. Most of the world consists of flat, open plains which prehistoric elcor wandered across in small family bands. Modern elcor still prefer open sky, and become restless and uncomfortable on long starship journeys.
“Insincere Endorsement: You have not experienced Shakespeare until you have heard him in the voice of elcor.” – Citadel advertisement for Francis Kitt’s “Elcor Hamlet”