Jeremy has granted me permission for a sneak peak of one of the many playable races of Mana Punk. So without (much) further ado, the Bakta!
“I like jumping off from the mast peak best. There is little else more fun than scaring the wits out of the deck hands as you swoop down over their heads!”
– Oddball, Bakta Messenger & Airship Scout
The Bakta were originally a thing of legend until a few generations ago. The myth of the Bakta kept many a farmer vigilant of their herds, waiting and watching for a giant ‘bat creature’ to swoop down from out of the night skies. The true reality of the Bakta is a far less malevolent one. Bakta are primarily vegetarians, eating fruits and vegetables of almost any type. Despite this, their gruesome appearance of “Humanoid Bat” tends to frighten the unknowing observer into thinking they are flesh-eating beasts of myth and legend. Bakta are actually extremely friendly to outside races, and often find work in open minded trade routes as messengers… or scouts on various airships. The average Bakta finds extensive interest in conversation and study of other races as well as the exchange of lively stories of adventuring.
Bakta tend to be slightly shorter than the average human, with charcoal grey leathery skin. They have large all white eyes and oversized bat-like ears, along with a distinct lack of body hair. Some Bakta do have short wisps of white or silvery hair, but most just trim these completely off out of hassle. They tend towards wearing simple clothing with more pockets and tool straps across the legs and belt than anywhere else, mostly for ease of accessibility while flying. Since they make little use of their small wing-attached hands, it comes down to an issue of “footwork” for accessing pockets and pouches much less any other tasks, making the most use of their prehensile clawed feet.
Average Height: 1.6 Meters
Average Weight: 60 Kilograms
Skin Coloration: Charcoal grey to black
Stat Bonuses: +3 Quickness, +1 Body, +1 Intelligence
Abilities: Flight (Wings). Sensitive Vision (The eyes of the Bakta are finely tuned to working in darkness. Treat this as Low-light Vision but with a sunlight penalty: Character must have his eyes protected or shaded somehow during direct daylight, or suffer a +2 penalty to his active skill target numbers.) Echolocation (Bakta have oversized bat-like ears which grants them extremely sensitive hearing. A Bakta can close his eyes and navigate through use of sound and echolocation, giving them a map of their surroundings. Bakta should be considered to have Amplified Hearing at Rank 8, allowing them to hear sounds from extreme distances, as well as filtering specific noises out from a din of many sounds.) Bakta are completely colorblind; seeing only black, white, and grey… due to their naturally weak eyesight.
Skill Bonuses: +3 to Navigation, +2 to Tracking & Athletics
Creation Notes: Bakta automatically receive the skill “Innate Weapon” at a rank 5, to represent the fighting style that have developed over generations. This fighting style encourages throwing your opponent off guard with wing hits, as well as fierce kick attacks to make use of their razor sharp claws.