Home-brew Monster: Bee Cat

by mshrm

Bee cat

ST 6 HP 6 Basic Speed 6
DX 14 Will 11 Basic Move 10 (15 sprint at cost of 1 Fatigue)
IQ 6 Per 12 (14 w/ vibration sense)  
HT 10 FP 10 SM -3
Dodge 10 Parry 11 DR: 0
  • Claw (16) 1d-4 cut plus follow-up venom, Reach C. Victim of venom rolls HT-1 or is Nauseated. If the HT roll is failed by 5 or more, or is a crit failure, the victim is also Retching. Both last for 1 minute times the margin of failure, minimum 1 minute.
  • Bite (16) 1d-4 cut, Reach C.
  • Tail Stinger (16) 1d-2 imp plus follow-up venom, Reach C. Venom is 1d-1 tox, Cyclic (4 cycles of 1 hour). Victim rolls HT-3 to resist each cycle, including the first; success ends the damage. If suffering over 1/3 HP from the venom, the victim is Nauseated until the damage heals.
Traits Appearance (Attractive); Bestial; Bloodlust (9 or less); Cannot Speak; Catfall; Chummy; Claws (Sharp Claws); Combat Reflexes; Enhanced Move (1/2; Ground; Costs Fatigue); Extra Legs (4 Legs); Fur; Hidebound; Horizontal; Night Vision 5; No Fine Manipulators; Teeth (Sharp Teeth); Vibration Sense.
Skills Brawling-16; Jumping-14; Stealth-14.

The bee cat is a hybrid of, unsurprisingly, a feral cat and a honeybee. Bee cats are the size of a large house cat, but are both stronger and more intelligent than their common cousins. They generally resemble a house cat, but have larger claws, insect-like antennae, and a wicked stinger on the end of their tails. They are quite agile and able to leap long distances for their size.

Unlike many other felines, bee cats live in groups. A swarm of bee cats could include dozens of individuals. If treated well, a bee cat might be willing to accept a group of humans as its swarm and become somewhat tamed. They do not breed in captivity, and so cannot be domesticated.

The venom of the bee cat is found primarily in its tail stinger, with a weaker version being delivered by its claws. While it is not unknown, a single sting is unlikely to kill a healthy, adult human. The problem is, it is rare to see a single sting. Once aroused to violence, a bee cat is a persistent and stubborn foe, refusing to stop fighting until they are sure their opponent is dead, and irritating one bee cat is likely to draw the ire of the rest of the swarm.

Bee cats reproduce by laying eggs, about the size and shape of a quail’s egg. These eggs are dimly bio-luminescent, shedding a light blue glow. Bee cats feed their kittens on honey, in a fashion similar to the way house cats feed their kittens on milk. Bee cat honey is prized as a delicacy by the humans of Tembladera, and is one of the many exotic trade goods shipped back to the Old World. It keeps indefinitely, so long as it is covered.

Bee cat, tame, adult: $400

Bee cat egg: $25

Bee cat honey, 1 meal: $25, 0.5 lbs