Saturday, September 3, 2016

Cities are built from the dreams of poets

People are strange when you're a stranger. Art By: Quique Alcatena

Words made animate, language made incarnate, they are living expressions. Stranger than other Fracti, heads being composed like geysers of words, characters, and letters from languages ranging from familiar to forgotten. To them words are living things, tools that can effect not only the minds of men and animals, but also the physical world. Theirs is the poetry of creation itself, the culmination of every writers' dream and nightmare.

I believe in the magic and authority of words. - Rene Char
While dalliances have occurred between the Breksta and other races, they are frowned upon due to the possibility of progeny resulting from such unions. Breksta who do not wish to be abandoned and shamed by their kind, purposely end 'monstrous' pregnancies. Those who are born of taboo unions are called Fracti, and are shunned more so than their parents.

It is impossible to determine what 'kind' of Fracti will come from a particular union of Breksta and other. Race and gender of the Breksta in the union seems to bear no known influence. Of the Fracti, the Logi can be said to be the most charming, despite their alien appearance. For them, language in any form is as natural as breathing, allowing them to form relationships their form would normally not allow. To them words can be things of true power over the world, not just over the mind. In their capability to manipulate words, they are able to achieve feats that would normally be branded as impossible.

In their capability with language, they are able to accrue the well wishes of many people across the spectrum of the City. Unfortunately, their capability with words only gives them utility among writers and organizers of parties. As the city becomes increasingly industrialized the value of words as decreased over time. However, there are those who do well as authors, journalists, and publishers of stories. The most famous of the Fracti is a Logi by the name Itio Orlov, the owner of the largest newspaper in the Infinite City: The Complete Word often shortened to The Word. Itio's newspaper is sold in market stalls across the City, and is considered by most to have the highest standards when it comes to the veracity of their stories.

Beings of words and phrases. Original Art Mangled By: Me

Physically, the Apparati possess many of the physical characteristics of the other Fracti: they have an average height of 6 feet and 1 inch / 1.85 meters (average human is 5 feet 4 inches / 1.63 meters), they have an average lifespan of 192 years (average human is 64), and they possess heads of inanimate objects. In the case of Logi, their heads take the form of words, characters, and letters flowing from the area that their neck would be. These flowing scripts come from any number of languages, so of which are foreign to the most learned of linguists. Their capabilities give them an innate understanding and control over words and even their meanings. If one is looking to find a great wordsmith, they must seek out a Logi.

OSR / AD&D / LotFP
+/- 0 Strength (3 / 18)
+/- 0 Dexterity (3 / 18)
+ 1 Constitution (8 / 18)
+/- 0 Intelligence (3 / 18)
+ 1 Wisdom (7 / 18)
+ 2 Charisma (9 / 18)

Logi are quite perceptive when it comes to understanding the words of others, and their way with words make them rather charming. Due to being larger than average humans, they tend to possess a greater than average level of endurance.

Logi possess 360 degree vision and are immune to gaze attacks.

Perfect Listener: This ability allows the Logi to perfectly understand any written and spoken language they encounter. However, they are unable to understand magical or purposely obscured language. This improvement does not allow a character to speak or write any language, only understand them. A character must be physically able to see or hear the language in order for the ability to function.

Master / Mistress of Words: This ability allows the Logi to accurately communicate concepts and feelings with utterances, gestures, or pictures to anyone capable of understanding such things despite any barriers in language or mentality. The character does not use any specific language, rather they innately understand what sounds to make, what gestures to perform, and what images to make in order to get across their point. This ability only allows the Logi to communicate simple messages, advanced concepts are beyond the capabilities of this ability.

Logi require +5% more experience to level up as compared to other races.

Additional Abilities

Know the Heart of Words: This gives the Logi the ability to tell if someone is lying merely by listening to the words they use. It also grants them the ability to know when people are leaving out information or purposely using true information to mislead them, though it does not grant them the ability to know what or why.

X out of 6: The Logi is given access to a skill called Heart of Words that begins at a rating of 3 out of 6. The GM is encouraged to roll this secretly, or allow the player to roll the skill but not prompt them when to do so. If the roll succeeds, the character has knowledge that the words are: false, misleading, or purposely missing information. The rating of the skill increases by 1 for every 3 levels after the 1st. It cannot be increased from skill points gained through a class.

Percentile Skills: The Logi is given access to a skill called Heart of Words that begins at a rating of 50%. The GM is encouraged to roll this secretly, or allow the player to roll the skill but not prompt them when to do so. If the roll succeeds, the character has knowledge that the words are: false, misleading, or purposely missing information. The rating of the skill increases by 5% each level after the first to a maximum of 95%.

Requires 5% extra experience to level up.

In this city, words can create kingdoms and destroy monsters. Art By: Gustave Dore

Searing Words: This ability causes dark and vicious words and symbols to fly from the conglomeration of words, characters, and letters that make up the Logi's head. Searing Words functions exactly like Magic Missile, except that the target must be able to understand spoken or written language. Thus, this ability would not function against creatures like animals and oozes. This ability may be used once per day, and an additional time per day for every 2 levels after the 1st. The caster level for this ability is equal to the Logi's HD/Level. Requires 5% extra experience to level up.

Words of the Wild: This ability has the same functionality as the Speak with Animals spell. The side effect of this ability is while active the character's Searing Words ability will work against animals. This ability may be used once per day, and an additional time per day for every 2 levels after the 1st. The caster level for this ability is equal to the Logi's HD/Level. Requires 5% extra experience to level up.

Words of Deafening: This ability has the same functionality as the Deafness spell. The character speaks a word so abhorrent to the target that they become deaf from shock. This ability may be used once per day, and an additional time per day for every 2 levels after the 1st. The caster level for this ability is equal to the Logi's HD/Level. Requires 5% extra experience to level up.

A place where words give flight to birds and terrestrials alike.  Art By: Franklin Booth

Inflammatory Writing: This ability has the same functionality as Explosive Runes spell, however, the player must say what sort of words or sentences are used for the explosion. GM's are encouraged to grant bonus points of damage or bonus damage dice for language that would be especially upsetting to the intended target. This ability may be used once per day, and an additional time per day for every 3 levels after the 1st. The caster level for this ability is equal to the Logi's HD/Level. Requires 5% extra experience to level up.