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Owlbear, Uplifted

Uplifted Owlbear CR 9 (Combatant)

XP 6,400
Uplifted owlbear soldier
CG Large magical beast
Init +7; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +17

DEFENSE

HP 145
RP 5
EAC 22; KAC 24
Fort +13; Ref +11; Will +10

OFFENSE

Speed 30 ft. (40 ft. base)
Melee claws +22 (2d10+18S), or tactical plasma sword +22 (2d8E&F, critical severe wound)
Ranged aphelion laser rifle +18 (3d6F, critical burn 1d6), or frag grenade III +18 (explode [15 ft., 4d6P, DC 17])
Space 10 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
Offensive Abilities fighting style (Arcane Assailant: rune of the eldritch knight, power of legend, secret of the magi; Blitz: rapid response), ferocious charge, gear boost (anchoring arcana DC 16, melee striker), screech (DC 16)

STATISTICS

Str +6; Dex +3; Con +4; Int -1; Wis +1; Cha +0
Skills Athletics +17, Intimidate +22, Mysticism +17, Survival +22
Languages Common; limited telepathy 30 ft.
Other Abilities limited augmentation
Gear vesk overplate II (armor upgrades: backup generator, filtered rebreather, quick-release sheath [tactical plasma sword]), tactical plasma sword with 3 batteries (20 charges), aphelion laser rifle with 2 highcapacity batteries (40 charges), two frag grenades III

ECOLOGY

Environment forests
Organization solitary, pair, or pack (3-8)

Owlbears are monstrous beasts with the bodies of bears covered in thick fur and feathers. Their heads are like those of owls. These creatures are incredibly aggressive, going so far as to slay any living creature they see. This territorial attitude causes many folks who live with nature to purposefully hunt owlbears before they have a chance to destroy the local wildlife.

An adult owlbear stands 8-10 feet tall and weighs 1,500 pounds (150 bulk).

Before the successful development of the uplifted bears, geneticists attempted to augment the even more ferocious owlbear as a new breed of expendable labor and soldier. The scientists got more than they could handle, as these new uplifted beings were just as ill-tempered and savage as the normal owlbear.

Unable to properly control the uplifted owlbears, the scientists placed their creations on a starship destined for an arboreal world destined as a refuge for animals subjected to lab experiments. Here the uplifted owlbears would hopefully live their lives far away from other civilized species.

That was all well and good until the arrival of the vesk. They discovered the refuge world and convinced the various experiments to join them against their creators. The owlbears were the first of the experiments to join in the vesk campaign.

Uplifted owlbears are currently the forefront of a crusade against evil scientists and their cruel experiments on living creatures. They hunt down and destroy laboratories where unscrupulous scientists and their partners create new genetic monsters. The owlbears then free their “comrades” and add them to the army of righteous crusaders.

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Starfarer Adversaries: Legacy Bestiary © 2020, Rogue Genius Games LLC; Author: Jacob E. Blackmon; Additional work by: Owen K.C. Stephens. Produced by Owen K.C. Stephens.