Val CHA Cost Roll Notes 40 STR 30 17- Lift 6400 kg; 8d6 HTH Damage  15 DEX 10 12- 30 CON 20 15- 8 INT -2 11- PER Roll 11- 8 EGO -2 11- 30 PRE 20 15- PRE Attack: 6d6 5 OCV 10 5 DCV 10 3 OMCV 0 3 DMCV 0 3 SPD 10 Phases: 4, 8, 12 12 PD 4 Total: 12 PD (6 rPD) 9 ED 3 Total: 9 ED (4 rED) 14 REC 10 60 END 8 25 BODY 15 60 STUN 20 Total Characteristic Cost: 166 Movement: Running: 12m/24m Leaping: 8m/16m Swimming: 12m/24m Cost Powers & Skills 20 Bite: HKA 1 ½d6 (4d6+1 w/STR); Reduced Penetration (-¼), END 2 20 Tail Lash: Reduced Endurance (0 END; +½), Double Knockback (+½) for up to 40 STR; Extra Time (Full Phase, -½), Only When Using Extra Limb (tail; -½) 15 Thick Mutant Hide: +6 PD, Resistant (+½) plus +4 ED, Resistant (+½) 10 Tough Mutant Body: Physical Damage Reduction, Resistant, 25%; STUN Only (-½) 4 Heavy: Knockback Resistance -4m 2 Powerful Leaper: Leaping +4m (8m forward, 4m upward), END 1 4 Aquatic: Swimming +8m (12m total), END 1 5 Multiple Limbs And Tail: Extra Limbs (3), Inherent (+¼); Limited Manipulation (-¼) 8 Aquatic: LS (Expanded Breathing (Breathe Underwater); Safe in High Pressure; Safe in Intense Cold) 4 Long Prehensile Tail: Reach +4m Talents 3 Giant Mutant Fish: +1/+1d6 Striking Appearance (vs. all characters) Skills 16 +2 with HTH Combat 7 Acrobatics 14- 7 Climbing 14- Total Powers & Skill Cost: 125 Total Cost: 291 175+ Matching Complications (50) 20 Physical Limitation: Animal Intelligence (Frequently; Greatly Impairing) 15 Physical Limitation: Enormous (roughly 8-10 m in length, +4 OCV for others to hit, +4 to PER Rolls for others to perceive) (Frequently; Slightly Impairing) 20 Physical Limitation: Very Limited Manipulation (Frequently; Greatly Impairing) Total Complications Points: 50 Experience Points: 116
Ecology: The Host is a unique amphibious animal seen in the vicinity of the Han River in the middle of Seoul, South Korea. It seems to be a form of mutated fish, with fins that serve as legs and grasping arms. It can survive for extended periods out of the water and will come onto dry land to hunt for the only prey large enough to satisfy its hunger—man. The creature has a ravenous appetite and will often swallow its victims whole, carrying others away in one of its limbs or wrapped up in its tail. The Host will then return to its lair (located under a bridge crossing the Han River) and dump the bodies it has collected, letting them ripen before fully devouring them. When it does eat, it will vomit up the indigestible remains (bones, clothes, and so on) for a previous meal, before consuming anywhere from three to five people at a time.
Personality/Motivation: Normal animal motivations.
Powers/Tactics: The Host is normally ambush predator, but has been down to pursue its prey, running down as many victims it can before collecting the remains. It usually performs a Grab with its jaws, and will then bite for HKA damage, doing so over several Phases in order to fully swallow its prey. The creature's tail is highly prehensile, and strong enough to support the animal’s weight. It is not unknown for the Host to climb the support pillars for bridges and hide itself in the girders under the roadway. It can even swing itself from place to place, and can quickly escape from determined pursuers by either climbing up into a bridge or simply leaping (often great distances) into the water.
Due to its great size and strength, the Host is very hard to injure. It seems to ignore most small arms fire, although shotguns fired at close range have affected it. Being a mostly aquatic animal it doesn't like fire and will shy away from open flame.
Appearance: The Host is a mutated fishlike animal that bears a vague resemblance to a wolf fish. It is roughly 30 feet in length with a large head and thick body tapering down to a long tail. It has two very large and powerful forelimbs (used for running) and a scattering of smaller legs along the rest of the body. The tail itself seems to have the bodies of large fish growing out of it, leading some to think the creature is actually some sort of colonial organism. It is grayish in color, with a mouth that splits into four sections, one clear eye, and one that is a mass of bubbly tissue.
Designer's Notes: The Host is the monster from the 2006 Korean film of the same name. The design is rather basic, and takes into account that the monster preyed on fairly normal people. For example, the creature can outrun most people with ease, but since it was chasing DEX 8, SPD 2, Normals with 12m of Running, all it needed was its 3 SPD to keep up with (and catch) them. It's length of 30 feet comes from the scene where it leaps into a small house/office trailer and also when it runs between several tractor trailers. It might be as long as 40 feet (most of it tail), or as short as 25 feet. The HKA is kept low because A) the creature's jaw does split into four parts, and B) all it needs to do is add its STR to dish out the hurt. The Tail Slap is based on its initial appearance, where it smacked someone into the river from a fair distance ashore. It is alluded in one scene the animal can withstand being hit by a car and it is strong enough to tip over a small self-contained mobile home/store. The one thing I didn't give The Host was Swinging. I think that between its tail, its Acrobatics (trust me, it deserves that skill) and its STR, its more than capable of throwing itself around the underside of a bridge. You might want to give it Concealment and Stealth, if only to represent its ability to end up in the oddest places.
The Host (Gwoemul) created by Bong Joon-ho, Baek Chul-hyun, Chin Wei-chen, and Weta Workshop.
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