What can Swarminiods use?

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Aulyenye Aulyenye's picture
What can Swarminiods use?
Pretty much what I asked in the subject.. What can they use? Do they need to use things like multitools? or does their nature count as one? What about nanoswarms? Some synthupgrades make sense but others not sure.. what about armor? stealth? Could you use a weapon mount and actually use a pistol? What's the limit on items they can hold and use? Can't find this in the book it just says most items can't be used by them and they can't really do things like help someone up, or muscle a door open and like physical stuff.

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As far as I know, this one

As far as I know, this one is pure DM judgment. My thoughts on a few things you mentioned:

What can they use? Not a whole lot.

Do they need to use things like multitools? Probably not. Being a swarmanoid is hard enough; I think I'd let a player get away with having tools already built-in.

Nanoswarms? Probably. Task a few bugs to lug along the dispersal unit, etc.

Armor? No, not on that scale. Stealth? This morph is already potentially very stealthy, and adding stealth features to every single bug... I'd say no.

Weapon Mount? Nope. No question, this is verboden.

What's the limit? Common sense. If a bunch of cicadas or bettles couldn't carry it, neither can you.

Bonus: If I was a player trying to circumvent this, I'd try arguing for a hand-laser. I'd say, "Though I have no hands, I can have the lenses for the laser installed in a few of my bugs, then line up those units when it's time to shoot."
Aulyenye Aulyenye's picture
Thanks A lot of that I was
Thanks A lot of that I was already thinking would be logical limits. I can still see various things working like that.. and The stealth thing I can think either way but it may just be my hope to not be seen at all since the morph won't have any weapons.

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Tearlach Tearlach's picture
Heh, how about equipping

Heh, how about equipping every nanobot with tiny buzzsaws. Force your way down your victims throat, and then burrow your way out.

Aulyenye Aulyenye's picture
sounds messy but might be the
sounds messy but might be the the equivalent of having claws

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Admini Admini's picture
Just have your swarm-boy buy

Just have your swarm-boy buy a shell or extra synth-morph and jam it.
Aulyenye Aulyenye's picture
that's a possibility will
that's a possibility will have to consider things more.

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commonly know to be an unwise activity and is not
recommended by the legal team of Aperture, Inc"
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Admini Admini's picture
On second thought, use a

On second thought, use a walker (pg. 343) and the enemy might never know you're a swarm.
Decivre Decivre's picture
Re: What can Swarminiods use?
Really, the swarmanoid was almost perfectly designed to be a morph for hackers. It's naturally stealthy, able to get to various places rather easily, and has both wireless and touch link capability. Not to mention that surviving a shootout is a paramount worry for hackers, and swarms make that relatively easy.
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hewhocutsdown hewhocutsdown's picture
Re: What can Swarminiods use?
I'm playing a Swarmanoid character at present. (Character sheet here: http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0AhdX2BGB5kOVdGJwUzRTcExVcmRXY29D...) It's a recon character who specializes in bioterrorism in a world where that extends the gamut from toxins to scorchers. Therefore: Infosec/Programming for a smidgen of the hacking side Psychosurgery for the cognitive virii Poison gland for more run of the mill toxins. I have a drone walker that carries my general hive around.