Saturday, January 15, 2011

Saturday Night Specials


Jel’un
(Armored War 
Robot Mk 3)

No. Enc.: 1-4
Alignment: Neutral
Move: 180' (60')
Armor Class: 0
Hit Dice: 10
Attacks: 2 (see below)
Damage: 2-12
Morale: 12

The Jel’un (Armored War Robot Mk 3) is a super-scientific improvement on the earlier Imperial Mk 1 and Mk 2 armored robot infantry models. They stand about nine feet tall, are constructed of a duranium-steel alloy and covered by a network of thin wires that cause 2-12 electrical damage to any attacker if the robot is struck with a metal weapon.

Jel’un may attack twice per round with robotic claws or, alternately use one of two special weapons: a powerful heat ray projected from their eyes (Range: 360’ Damage: 4-24) and a disintegrator ray projected from their left claw (Disintegrate, Range: 60’).

Jel’un are highly intelligent, equipped with a positronic brain deep inside the torso. Some (25%) are programmed to speak 1-4 common interstellar languages and all are capable of communicating in Machine language and include built in medium-range communicator devices. Their feet are outfitted with robotic climbing claws for difficult terrain. Jel’un are immune to mind affecting powers.

6 comments:

  1. Very nice--excellent illustration!

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  2. cool,

    machine language what is that ?

    I remember back in 2008, Stephen Colbert was interviewing one of the manufacturers of the drones for the US Army.
    His question was (paraphrasing)
    "Aren't you concerned that these machines are going to evolve , become intelligent, and take over the world?"

    The CEO, in all seriousness, without batting an eye, replied,
    "Nah, these are all microsoft based operating systems, they will crash long before that happens."

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  3. For those us who are more miniatures inclined:

    http://shop.hydraminiatures.com/index.php?cPath=2

    The warbots from the Robot Legion range would make great Jel'un, Indeed, the Galacteers would make great humans when properly painted.

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  4. @Clovis Cithog: Machine language has its roots in the nearly universal programming code for positronic brains of all types, computers, robots, some androids circa 62000 AD. Over the thousands of years of its use by intelligent and semi-intelligent machines it has evolved into an extremely complex language.

    I imagine that the super-scientific technology of Humanspace is inherently prone to failure, usually at the most critical moments. The heat ray short circuits and melts itself, the disintegration ray fires wildly off target, robots sometimes become distracted and confused, etc.

    I am planning to build this into the overall tech rules rather than detail chances of failure for each item.

    @School Master: Some awesome and very appropriate miniatures. I wish they had a wider selection of space aliens...

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  5. @NetherWerks: Thanks, I've lost the provenience for the illustration but I believe it is from a pulp magazine and in the public domain.

    If only I could find an illustration depicting Shen in space...

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  6. @Drune: We'll ask for some guidance from our Tekumel guru and maybe we can offer you some Space-Shen. Much fun!

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