Galactic Apex Predators
Created by the Chozo to be the ultimate predators, Metroids feed on the energy of living creatures.
Abilities & Skills
Close Combat: Unarmed 5 (+10)
Perception 5 (+9)
Powers & Equipment
Drain Life-Force What makes Metroids so feared is their hunger forand ability to drainthe very energy from living creatures. 10
Weaken Stamina 10, Concentration +1, Grab-based -1 10
Impervious Hide Owing to their energy-manipulation abilities, Metroids are very resistant to harm. 22
Protection 4, Impervious +1 (plus Impervious Toughness 6) 14
Immunity 8 (disease, heat, high pressure, poison, radiation, suffocation 2, vacuum) 8
Alien Physiology Metroids float by unknown mechanisms, and their sensory powers are poorly understood. 13
Flight 3 (16 MPH), Subtle +1F 7
Senses 6 (Mental Sense: Accurate, Radius, Ranged; Direction Sense, Ultra-Hearing) 6
Energy Drain +10 Close Weaken Stamina 10 The Metroid latches onto its prey and drains away its energy until its husk crumbles into dust!
Dodge 7 Parry 9
Toughness 11 (Impervious 10) Fortitude 10 Will 7
Abilities 56 Skills 5 Advantages 1 Defenses 14 Powers 45 Total: 121
Enemy: Many, notably including the X Parasite (for which Metroids were created), and Samus Aran.
Weakness: Cold-based effects inflict an additional degree of effect on Metroids. Explosive attacks and the like made within the creature as it feeds on something also ignore its Protection and Impervious Toughness effects.
Long ago, the Chozo deemed the X Parasite, an entity capable of devouring and assimilating the forms and abilities of other living creatures, too dangerous to go unchecked. They created the Metroids from Aeion energy that infused the planet SR388 and set them loose upon the X. The Metroids performed their roles well (indeed, the word "Metroid" in Chozo tongue means "Ultimate Warrior"), but soon grew out of control and turned on their Chozo creators. Whether this was responsible for the apparent extinction of the Chozo none can say, but ever since then, Metroids have been a true danger on any world they reach.
Samus Aran encountered these creatures first on Zebes, where Space Pirates (and, later, the Galactic Federation) tried to use the creatures as bio-weapons. When the Federation (at great cost) managed to capture some Metroids, they drew the attention of the Space Pirates, who stole the Metroids and took them to the planet Zebes. There they exposed the creatures to radiation that caused their numbers to multiply, intent on using them to shake galactic civilization. Samus was hired to invade Zebes and destroy the Metroids as well as Mother Brain, when all other attempts had failed. Despite the odds, Samus succeeded.
Afterward, Samus pursued Space Pirates carrying Metroid cargo through space, to the planet Tallon IV, where a strange mutagenic substance called Phazon had transformed them. One such creature eventually became the Metroid Prime, a powerful mutant that Samus destroyed deep beneath the planet's surface. Unknown to her at the time, this action created her would-be nemesis, Dark Samus, when the failing Metroid Prime absorbed some of Samus' DNA along with her Phazon Suit armor. Dark Samus then began to wield Phazon as a weapon across the galaxy, threatening the stability of life as we know it until Samus defeated her, eventually destroying the planet Phaaze and excising Phazon from the galaxy forever.
Samus would eventually journey to SR388 to destroy Metroids forever, but ended up returning the last Metroid into captivity with the Galactic Federationnot realizing their illegal experiments to harness the Metroid's power was as much of a threat as the Space Pirates! But the Federation scientists were slain and the Metroid recaptured by a resurrected Ridley, who returned to Zebes, likewise rebuilt since Samus' first visit. Samus pursued him and eventually found the Baby Metroid (which had imprinted on her as its mother) just before battling Mother Brain for a final time. The Baby Metroid gave its life to save Samus from Mother Brain, enabling her to destroy the evil cyborg. Metroids were now extinct.
It was not to be. Federation scientists cloned the Metroids (along with, unwittingly, Ridley, Samus' greatest enemy) at one of their facilities. They also resurrected Mother Brain in the form of an android who soon turned against them. Samus once again battled her old enemies and destroyed them, and with them it seemed the Metroids might finally perishbut they defied extinction yet again. When Samus first encountered the X Parasite and was infected by it, Federation scientists managed to save her by infusing her with stored Metroid DNA. This made Samus the last living bearer of Metroid DNA in the galaxy, and how fitting that she should carry it on a mission to wipe out the X. She hunted the X through the Federation's Biological Space Laboratories station, battling her own doppelganger, the SA-X, until a cloned Omega Metroid stood in her path of escaping the doomed space station. The SA-X, attacking its natural enemy, inadvertently left itself vulnerable to absorption by the Metroid-infused Samus, who then gained the Ice Beam, negated any weaknesses in her genetic code gained from the Metroids, and fought her way to freedom.
The Metroids are all but extinct now, as far as anyone in the galaxy knows. However, given their durability and their tendency to defy oblivion, who knows what awaits out there among the stars...?
Larval Metroids are pure hunger given form. They are not mindless, and indeed are capable of even showing compassion (as the Baby Metroid did toward Samus, its surrogate "mother"), but most simply desire to feed. They relentlessly hunt down strong creatures and feed upon them with an endless appetite.
Powers and Abilities
Metroids are large, jellyfish-like creatures with translucent hides that are somehow impervious to most conventional weapons. As they hover and detect their prey by unknown means (a sort of spatial awareness, and inherent ability to use stored energy for anti-gravitic propulsion, perhaps), they quickly become an ecosystem's dominant species through their power and ferocity. Their most feared tactic at this stage of growth is to simply latch on to their prey, where they are incredibly difficult to shake off, and begin draining away their bio-energy. Dislodging them is nearly impossible at this stage without detonating powerful weapons into the creature's innards. They do, however, have a severe vulnerability to cold-based effects, which are able to harm them or even freeze them solid.