Val CHA Cost Roll Notes 30 STR 20 15- Lift 1600 kg; 6d6 HTH Damage  20 DEX 30 13- OCV: 7/DCV: 7 25 CON 30 14- 15 BODY 10 12- 10 INT 0 11- PER Roll 11- 10 EGO 0 11- ECV: 3 25 PRE 15 14- PRE Attack: 5d6 6 COM -2 10- 12 PD 6 Total: 12 PD (2 rPD) 10 ED 5 Total: 10 ED (2 rED) 4 SPD 10 Phases: 3, 6, 9, 12 11 REC 0 50 END 0 43 STUN 0 Total Characteristics Cost: 124 Movement: Running: 8"/16" Leaping: 6"/12" Swimming: 2"/4" Cost Powers & Skills 10 "Hammer-Like Fists": HA +2d6, Reduced Endurance (0 END; +1/2); Hand-To-Hand Attack (-1/2) 10 "Bones Like Tempered Steel": Physical Damage Reduction, Resistant, 25%; BODY Only (-1/2) 2 Tough Hide: Damage Resistance (2 PD/2 ED) 4 Heavy: Knockback Resistance -2" 4 Long Legs: Running +2" (8" total) 1 5 "Eyes... Cold Sparks Of Gray Icy Fire": Nightvision 4 Apparently Ageless: LS (Longevity: 1600 Years) 4 Long Arms: Stretching 1", Reduced Endurance (0 END; +1/2); Always Direct (-1/4), No Noncombat Stretching (-1/4), No Velocity Damage (-1/4) Skills 10 "Bestial Ferocity": +2 with HTH Combat 5 AK: Palace Of Alkmeenon 14- 3 Climbing 13- 3 Concealment 11- 7 Shadowing 13- 3 Stealth 13- 74 Total Powers & Skills Cost 198 Total Character Cost 75+ Disadvantages 5 Physical Limitation: Large, up to twice human size (roughly 8' tall and 400+ lbs) (Infrequently, Slightly Impairing) 10 Psychological Limitation: Extremely Aggressive (Common, Moderate) 108 Experience 198 Total Disadvantage Points
Ecology: The Servants of Bit-Yakin are a manlike race of "shambling horrors" found in the jungles far to the south of Hyborea. Some are known to live in the abandoned and deserted palace city of Alkmeenon, where they live off of a mixture of temple offerings, local fruits, and whatever is found floating in the river that runs under the palace.
Personality/Motivation: Normal sentient humanoid motivations. The Servants of Bit-Yakin can be highly aggressive if they choose to, and will often stalk intruders for some time before falling upon them en masse and ripping them to pieces.
Powers/Tactics: Immensely strong, with the ability to shatter a man's skull with a single punch, the Servants of Bit-Yakin are virtual whirlwinds of destruction in combat. While normally they will strike out with their fists, the Servants aren't above simply Grabbing a foe and battering them to death against any nearby solid object. They will also work together, with one Grabbing a target, while the other deals the death blow. Trying to kill a Servant can be extremely difficult, as they are quite agile with a durable inhuman body structure. The Servants may also be immortal, or, at the very least, very long-lived.
Appearance: TThe Servants are never clearly described, although these passages should give one an idea of what they look like: "They are not humans! They are gray, hairy devils that walk like men and speak a gibberish no human could understand."; " At first they seemed like gray stone statues, those motionless shapes, hairy, manlike, yet hideously inhuman; but their eyes were alive, cold sparks of gray icy fire."; As the monstrous shape with it leprous gray body and the features of a carven, unhuman idol loomed over him..."
It would seem the Servants are taller than Conan, and thus stand around seven to eight feet in height (or even taller). They are gray, covered in hair, have a humanoid shape, and their eyes glow in the dark.
Designer's Notes: The Servants of Bit-Yakin appear in the short story Jewels of Gwahlur. They apparently come from the south of Hybora, far off of the map that Howard created to show the lands Conan traveled in. It's never said exactly what they are, but at best guess they're some sort of ape-like creature, although Howard does state "It was no ape, neither was it a man". He also writes "It was some shambling horror spawned in the mysterious, nameless jungles of the south, where strange life teemed in the reeking rot without the dominance of man, and drums thundered in temples that had never known the tread of a human foot." So the Servants might be some form of primate, or other mammal, or they could be a construct, which would explain their long life and durability.
To make the Servants even more dangerous, give them some of the powers listed for a Guardian Ape in the HERO System Bestiary. You could also increase the Damage Resistance and Damage Reduction as needed.
(Servant of Bit-Yakin created by Robert E Howard, character sheet created by Michael Surbrook)
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