Metatypes

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Metatypes are relatively unchanged compared to RAW. However, there are some slight attribute modifications and BP costs associated with the non-human metatypes. For example, you will find that for any attribute (other than Magic or Resonance), there is at least one metatype with a bonus to it.

Metatype BP Cost Agility   Body        Reaction   Strength  Charisma  Intuition  Logic      Willpower Edge      
Human 0 +1
1/6 1/6 1/6 1/6 1/6 1/6 1/6 1/6 2/7
Dwarf 30 +2 -1 +1 +1 +1
1/6 3/8 1/5 2/7 1/6 1/6 2/7 2/7 1/6
Elf 20 +1 +1 -1 +2
2/7 1/6 2/7 1/5 3/8 1/6 1/6 1/6 1/6
Ork 20 +1 +2 -1 +2 -1
1/6 2/7 1/6 3/8 1/5 3/8 1/5 1/6 1/6
Troll 40 -1 +4 +4 -2 -1
1/5 5/10 1/6 5/10 1/4 1/6 1/5 1/6 1/6

Your metatype must be chosen at character creation.

UGE and Goblinization

Preceding the Awakening, humans began giving birth to newborns possessing similar mutation qualities—usually pointed ears or disproportionate width. Deemed Unexplained Genetic Expression (UGE), these infants would become the first generation of dwarf and elf metatypes as we know them today (in fact, many of those first diagnosed with UGE are still alive in 2107).
     It wasn’t until 2021, with the onset of Goblinization, that the full extent of this mutation would be considered the emersion of new homo-sapien sub-species. Goblinization was the mutation of human beings into what are today called orks and trolls. Unlike UGE, goblinization occured to humans after birth—even after physical maturity. Expectedly, this resulted in a much more panicked reaction (which would probably have been mitigated if the new metatypes were considered as attractive as dwarves and elves). Still, the new races were adopted by scientific communities as genetic cousins to humans and the metatypes began their slow progression to social acceptance.
     While goblinization was most associated with spontaneous transformation after birth, it technically refers to any human with an ork or troll genetic disposition. Since the 2050’s, it has become exceedingly rare for a human to undergo goblinization after birth. Furthermore, no dwarf, elf, ork, or troll have ever shown further mutation into other metatypes; once a human has assumed one metatype’s genetic traits, no further mutation occurs.

Metatype Inheritance

Metatype genetics are not solely based on human DNA. There is currently no scientific proof that maps the entirety of a metatype’s qualities with the human genome. Common trends suggest that offspring will more likely retain the same metatype as their parents, but such dramatic shifts in bloodlines have proven that two elves can bear an ork or troll offspring and vice versa. All metatypes seem equally likely to produce normal humans, as well. While the variables that allow for such significant changes in genetic variety still elude the science community, most people are content with trusting in the theory that offspring will likely bear the metatype of its parents.

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Metatypes

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