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Thread: uhh how does Animal Mimicry work on a mechanical level?

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    uhh how does Animal Mimicry work on a mechanical level?

    MIMICRY
    Mimicry can copy or imitate some of the abilities of other characters, creatures, or objects. It takes a page of
    preparation to mimic a subject and you can only mimic one at a time, losing previously mimicked abilities when
    you choose a new subject. You gain mimicked abilities at your Mimicry level or the subject’s level, whichever is less.
    Choose one of the following options:
    • Animal Mimicry copies the abilities of animals, granting the Strength of an elephant, the Super-Speed of a cheetah, the Coordination of a
    monkey, or the Extended Vision and Flight of an eagle, to name a few.
    • Material Mimicry copies a substance or energy you’re touching, as the Alternate Form power (previously), with your form determined by the material or energy you’re copying.
    • Plant Mimicry copies the abilities of plants, such as the Affliction caused by poisons and pollens, Damage Resistance from tough bark,
    Life Support via photosynthesis, and Mind Control limited to insects, via various pollens.
    • Power Mimicry lets you touch another character and copy their powers, including abilities of 7 or higher.
    material plant & power mimicry are pretty self explanitory, but animal mimicry is pretty darned confusing because there is also animal transformation
    TRANSFORMATION
    Transformation lets you turn into other things (animals,
    objects, or people). Choose one of the following options
    (you can acquire the others as extras):
    • Animals, either normal animals, or a human-animal hybrid. You retain your normal mental abilities in animal form as well as your ability to speak, unless specific limits prevent you. Your physical abilities in animal form are equal to your power level or the animal’s normal abilities, whichever is lower.
    • Humanoids, including voice and whatever clothing they are wearing. Your imitation is exact enough to fool tests like fingerprinting, retinal scans, or even DNA tests. However, you do not gain your subject’s abilities other than appearance (for that see Power Mimicry).
    • Objects, from a rock to a wall or a car. You retain your normal mental abilities as well as your ability to speak, unless specific limits or
    challenges prevent you. You gain the physical properties of the object, including its Material level, up to your power level.
    animal transformation into an eagle would likely change your stats & such while granting you the abilities & hindrances of an eagle all at once... yet animal mimicry mentions flight & vision of an eagle. Flight is an obvious mechanical thing because you are flying. Lets say a character hypothetically has a 9 strength & uses animal mimicry to gain the strength of an elephant, what the heck happens then?... does it get treated like an advantage (pg33) or what?

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    Re: uhh how does Animal Mimicry work on a mechanical level?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tetrasodium View Post
    Lets say a character hypothetically has a 9 strength & uses animal mimicry to gain the strength of an elephant, what the heck happens then?... does it get treated like an advantage (pg33) or what?
    Most of the Mimicry powers let you take on the powers and attributes up to the level of the [thing mimicked] or your power level, whichever is lower. So if you mimic and elephant ( which has a Strength of 7) you can go up to s strength 7 or your power level if its lower.

    In comics, the people that do this are often base-line humans (examples: Animal-man or Vixen from DC) so mimicking an animal is a vast improvement. If you're already way stronger than an elephant then it probably has no real effect, although a GM "might" rule that a +1 to the stat is acceptable like in cases of Growth or Density where your Strength is already higher.

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