Another creation by the mad geniuses of the exoplanet Fortean, this morph is a modified version of a resurrected species. The extinct Tyto pollens was a large pre-Columbian flightless ground owl species in the Caribbean. The chickcharnie was rumored to be a supernatural variant of this bird that haunted the forests bestowing boons or curses upon travelers depending on how they treated it. The Fortean version of the chickcharnie is best described as a humanoid owl. Over one meter in height, it is bipedal but stands shorter than humans. Though winged, it is flightless except in very low grav environments and microgravity. Its wing design, however, incorporates a functional set of clawed hands. The chickcharnie is growing in popularity among neo-avians who don’t mind sacrificing flight for physical resilience, more functional hands, and a stature closely approximating transhuman standards.
Implants: Basic Biomods, Basic Mesh Inserts, Cortical Stack, Cyberbrain, Mnemonic Augmentation, Prehensile Feet, Puppet Sock
Aptitude Maximum: 25
Wound Threshold: 7
Advantages: Beak/Claw Attack (1d10 DV, use Unarmed Combat skill), +5 COO, +5 INT, +10 REF
CP Cost: 35
Credit Cost: Expensive
Cacophonous: These are unfortunately hard to ﬁnd.
Moxie Harper: That hasn’t gone unnoticed. I know a couple of Extropian bodycraft houses that plan to release their own models next year. One of them has an interesting variant called the “owlbear.” I’m not sure I want to know.
Just Mortal: What I don’t get is, why does this appeal to neo-avians? Sure, it’s a bird, but you lose the wings.
Nevermore: Ever tried to tie a knot with your tongue? Yeah, sometimes a good pair of hands is worth the trade-off.