Hey, there! Before I get started with Monstrous Physique, I want to take some time to speak about the current goings on. A few days ago, there was a terrible shooting in Atlanta, Georgia that seemed racially motivated. It resulted in the loss of 8 lives, many of which were Asian. It seems there has been a severe increase in hate crime against the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. I’m hoping that I can use this platform to share ways you can help, donate, or spread the message in support of the AAPI communities. If you’re interested in helping, please check out the list of resources found here, here, and here, as well as general list of resources here. Now, back to our regularly scheduled blog.
This week, in light of everything going on, I wanted to stat up a prominent Asian figure. Popular media has lots of Asian characters and I figured I would take a look at superheroes. There are a number of cool superheroes to check out like Amadeus Cho, Jubilee, Katana, Ms. Marvel, Shang-Chi, and more! However, I have a particular affinity for all of the spider-themed superheroes out there and this gave me a chance to explore one of the newer heroes out there: Silk. Cindy Moon, AKA Silk, is a Korean-American superhero with a fair number of similarities to other Spider-Folk, but also her own unique place in the superhero canon. Let’s take a look at Silk!
Silk CR 10
NG Medium humanoid (human)
Init +3; Senses spider sense 180 ft.; Perception +19
EAC 23; KAC 25
Fort +12, Ref +14, Will +9
Defensive Abilities fast healing 2
Speed 40 ft., web swinging
Melee unarmed strike +22 (2d10+15 B)
Ranged web shooter +22 (see below)
Str +5, Dex +8, Con +3, Int +1, Wis +1, Cha +3
Skills Acrobatics +24, Athletics +24, Life Science +19, Physical Science +19, Stealth +19
Other Abilities eidetic memory, spider strength, web swinging
Eidetic Memory (Ex) Silk can recall details from almost any experience she has. She can attempt any check to identify a creature or recall knowledge as a free action and only needs 1 minute to take 20.
Spider Senses (Ex) Silk possesses an acute psychological awareness of her environment that manifests itself as a form of extraordinary perception. This functions as if Silk had blindsight out to 180 feet, as well as the operative’s evasion and uncanny agility class features and the improved evasion operative exploit. In addition, whenever an opponent attacks Silk or she is required to attempt a Reflex save, she can add +4 to her AC or to her next Reflex save as a reaction even if she isn’t aware of the attack. Silk loses the benefits of this ability while helpless, off-target, paralyzed, or stunned.
Spider Strength (Ex) Silk’s unarmed strikes lose the archaic and nonlethal weapon special properties and gain the grapple, operative, and stun weapon special properties. In addition, Silk gains a +5 bonus to her Strength when determining her encumbrance and carrying capacity.
Web Swinging (Ex) Silk is constantly under the effects of spider climb except she only needs two limbs free to climb. In addition, she can create lines of webbing to move around using her surroundings. This allows her to act as if she had a fly speed of 60 feet (perfect) whenever there is a building, piece of terrain, or other environmental feature higher than her. She cannot go higher than the tallest environmental feature within 100 feet of her.
Web Shooter (Ex) Silk can fire strands of webbings to tie up her foes. Her web shooters have a range increment of 60 feet and target KAC. On a hit, the target becomes entangled and is anchored to the ground, unable to move. An entangled creature can attempt to break free with a successful DC 19 Acrobatics or Athletics check. A creature can cut the web by dealing at least 20 points of slashing damage to the webbing.
Cindy Moon was a gifted child with an eidetic memory. Bitten by the same radioactive spider that created her world’s Spider-Man, Cindy was locked away in a bunker to hide her from the Inheritors, a clan of hunters that feed on the life force of people like her. Eventually, Spider-Man learned of her existence and sought her out only to draw the attention of the Inheritors. After Spider-Man liberated her from the bunker, Cindy took on the name Silk and teamed up with Spider-Man to take on the Inheritors. She now continues to use her power for good. Cindy’s time in isolation caused her to develop anxieties that give her trouble in social settings. Having known how it feels to be alone, Silk is driven to help others so no one else has to be alone again.
That’s it for this week! If you end up introducing Silk into your game or you have any request for a future Monstrous Physique, please drop me a line at KnowDirection@hotmail.com.