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Friday, July 6, 2012

New Edge: Beast Companion


New Edge
Beast Companion
Weird, Seasoned, Spirit d8+, Beast Master

Many of the great pulp heroes have special animal companions;  Zorro has Tornado, the Lone Ranger has Silver, Tarzan has Jad Bal Ja and Nkima, etc..  These companions are beasts of exceptional intelligence and ability who outshine their brethren as brilliantly as their masters do normal men.    

After a character takes Beast Companion, her companion animal is promoted to a Wild Card.  In addition, the companion beast gains 8 points that may be spent to improve Attributes, Edges, and Skills in the following combination:
  • Attributes = 1 point
  • Edges = 2 points
  • Skills = 2 Skill points for every 1 point spent
Edges are obviously limited to those appropriate to the physical capabilities of the animal.  No animal may purchase Professional or Social Edges (so no chimpanzee Gadgeteers or dolphin McGyvers).

After promotion to Wild Card status, the companion beast advances as a typical Ally (Savage Worlds Deluxe p. 81). 



Tornado (AKA Toronado, Tempest)

Surprisingly smart and fast as the wind, the black Andalusian (or mustang) stallion Tornado is Zorro's most frequent ally in his fight against injustice.  On Tornado's back, Zorro is able to nightly outrace the Comandante's soldiers.  

Tornado begins as a normal Riding Horse.  Zorro's player spends 4 points on Attributes (Agility +2, Smarts +1, Spirit +1), 2 points on Edges (Brave, Fleet Footed), and 2 points on Skills (Fighting +1, Notice +1, Stealth +2).

Attributes: Agility d12, Smarts d6 (A), Spirit d8, Strength d12, Vigor d8
Skills: Fighting d6, Notice d8, Stealth d6
Pace: 12;  Parry: 5;  Toughness: 8
Special Abilities:
  • Fleet Footed -- Tornado rolls a d10 when running instead of a d6
  • Kick -- Strength
  • Size +2 -- Riding Horses weigh between 800 and 1000 pounds  
Read more on Zorro in Savage Worlds here, here, and here.


3 comments:

  1. My gut reaction is that I like it. Especially for a solo game, it's an awesome Edge, where you can do a hero and animal companion.

    Good stuff.

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  2. Thanks, Tommy! The question of how to customize and improve animal companions has been bugging me for months. Silver and Tornado are obviously superior to normal horses, but treating them as PCs would be absurd. ("Tornado, what do you do?" "I stand by this wall until Zorro gets back. *Yawn!*")

    Thanks, Mike! Unfortunately, my Spanish sucks -- I took German in high school and Japanese in college -- so I don't have an appropriate response.

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