Chimera Human (Panthera)

Physical Description

Chimeras are trans-genetic hybrid humans who were engineered with feline DNA to be genetically superior mentally and physically. Chimeras appear to be ordinary humans. Female chimeras are slightly shorter than the average human female while males are slightly taller. All chimeras are fit and lean with well-toned muscles. This is likely the result as of their unique physiology and dietary requirements, a high protein diet.

A side effect of their physiology is a defect in the processing of tryptophan, which doesn’t allow the pituitary gland to produce enough melatonin without gorging on protein. Melatonin depletion causes mood disorders, irregular sleep cycles, inability to control body temperature, accelerates sexual maturity, susceptibility to radiation, memory loss, delirium, headaches, and in extreme cases seizures and death. In addition, melatonin depletion may cause female chimeras to go into heat at irregular times. Normally they are on a 4-month cycle.

Chimeras share the prolific and adventurous nature of their human progenitors and share the same racial diversity as the human species. Chimeras are tolerant of most other species with a few exceptions.

Society And Alignment

Chimeras are part of human society though there are a few chimera support groups, and some borderline secret societies.

Relations

Few chimeras openly reveal their nature not even to loved ones. They are just as likely to receive the rock star treatment as discrimination and both generally lead to unwanted attention. Chimeras mature faster than normal humans and reach adulthood around age 9. Chimeras and their children move frequently to avoid suspicion in intolerant regions.

Adventurers

Many chimeras are born to nomadic families which nurtures a natural wanderlust. Most become adventurers simply to explore the verse and experience new things. Chimeras are best suited to physically demanding character classes such as the soldier or operative, but there are also a few envoys.

Names

Like humans, chimera names can be totally new inventions, local traditions, or words borrowed from alien languages. Borrowing names from mythical beings and ancient cultures is also common. Unlike “normal” humans, chimera also pass down a secrete true name which is their first mothers ID number. It’s not unheard of for a chimera that is proud of their past to include their true name after their first name like; Tabby 6 or Bobby 128.

Racial Traits

+2 Strength, +2 Dexterity, +2 Charisma, -4 Wisdom

5 Hit Points

Chimera are Medium humanoids and have the human subtype.

Fast Speed Chimeras have a base speed of 40 feet.

Low-Light Vision Chimera can see in dim light as if it were normal light. For more details, see chapter 8 of the Starfinder Core Rulebook.

Keen Senses Chimeras receive a +2 racial bonus on Perception skill checks. Due to reflective cells in their eyes, each chimera has excellent night vision and can see twice as far as a normal human. Chimera audible range of frequencies is usually 60 to 65,000 Hz, but like humans there is considerable variation between individuals. Another feline trait, each chimera has an olfactory organ in the roof of their mouth making their sense of taste and smell three to four times greater than that of a human. Chimera gain a +1 bonus to any skill check used to determine if food is poisoned or spoiled.

Physical Specimen Chimeras gain +2 to Acrobatics and Athletics skill checks.

Melatonin Depletion All chimeras suffer from a defect in the pituitary gland that causes several negative effects. (See Melatonin Depletion)

Radiation Vulnerability Chimeras receive a -2 penalty to Fortitude saves avoiding radiation sickness


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