Let’s begin this Friday the 13th Trilogy of Terror offering with a look at how we might present a Robot in a horror setting.
Admittedly the creatures I’ve chosen to stat up for you today are more challenging due to their very nature – for the Robot this challenge presents itself due to the ease of which a Robot can be configured. This stat offering challenge is not unlike asking someone which to present a generic representation of a car. While it can be done, the range and window of possible “correct” answers is fairly large and varied.
However, let’s embrace that challenge as a personal Trilogy of Terror and see what we can do to at least provide a generic representation for the creature.
This will be the first How to Stat an Iconic Creature in Zombie d6-lite presentation for this Trilogy of Terror!
A Robot is a mechanical creature not unlike a Zombie or a Golem but is not made of animate matter of any sort. Whereas the Zombie and Golem have their creations (or parts of their creations) in living material, the Robot is not (and has never been) a living construct.
What’s more, Robots are not thinking creatures. They can only do as they are programmed.
A logical 13 bits and bytes about Robots:
- Robots are mechanical constructs.
- Robots are programmed to make decisions based on an internal logic structure.
- A robot is created and programmed with a singular goal in mind.
- Robots cannot reason outside their AI.
- Presented with a logical error, robots often seize or act irrationally.
- Irrational or chaotic behavior will often confuse a robot logic structure.
- Robots are generally stronger, and faster than flesh and blood creatures.
- Robots never tire.
- Being creatures powered by electromagnetic sources, robots are extremely susceptible to electromagnetic attacks.
- Unless specially outfitted, robots are unable to withstand water – especially the corrosive nature of salt water.
- Robots can be disabled by eliminating means of locomotion.
- Some robots are sentient AI viral programming that can move from one robotic construct to another.
- Given the time, most robots will find a means to reproduce by creating/upgrading copies of both AI and construct.
Being an essential upgraded version of a threat, robots are a threat left to the most seasoned of d6-lite horror players.
Let’s see how I would stat an average Robot creature.
In d6-lite format, a Robot would look like:
|Robots never tire and can continue to pursue a target so long as some means of locomotion is available.|
|Though superior to flesh and blood creatures, Robots are susceptible to logical inconsistencies, irrational behavior, water and electromagnetic attacks.|
The Robot is a superior horror creature that will ceaselessly pursue a goal. A quick review of the statistic block indicates that the average robot exceeds the averages on all fronts. Few who face such a threat survive to tell the tale.