Antipode Assault Pack

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Background

The Assault Packs are formed by groups of Antipode, natives of Ariadne biologically manipulated to carry out the orders of a Controller. The history of the Antipode of the “River Tribe” in their confrontation with humans is long and bloody.

The troops of Ariadna have long since learnt to their cost to respect the Antipode’s combat potential. Thanks to a highly developed sense of smell, an Antipode is perfectly capable of detecting any target within a radius of several metres even though it is well concealed, and for this reason the Antipode are employed in security and exploration tasks. Also, in keeping with an ancient warrior tradition, the Controllers sheath the Antipode claws in Teseum, which, in addition to their strength and speed, converts them into fearsome hand-to-hand fighters, as many an over-confident and unwary enemy soldier has discovered.

Guided by a Controller, the Antipodes of the Assault Packs are fearsome creatures that specialize in opening up breaches in enemy lines, tracking down opponents and locating hidden threats.


Assault Packs are made up of three Antipodes, members of a race native to Dawn. Their behavior has been biochemically modified in order to respond to orders from a Controller. The Antipodes are a peculiar race, and in order to act intelligently, three individuals must unite in a single personality that combines their idiosyncrasies and skills into a tripartite whole. The Ariadnans have found a way to biochemically regulate the responses of up to three of these creatures so that the resulting individual will obey an expert Controller. Once submission has been achieved, the four of them form one of the Assault Packs, famous for their ferocity. The record of the River Tribe Antipodes in their confrontations with humans is long and bloody, and Ariadnan troops have learned the hard way not to underestimate their foes in combat. In the Ariadnan army, Packs serve a twofold purpose: they are a very disruptive spearhead when sent directly into enemy lines, and they can also be used to sniff out enemies or traps with uncanny accuracy. An Antipode’s keen sense of smell can detect and locate an enemy dozens of feet away, and no amount of concealment can fool it, so naturally Ariadnans use them in scouting and security teams. Even more threatening is the age-old tribal rite observed by the Controllers, in which they coat their Antipodes’ claws with Teseum. This makes already strong, swift and capable creatures into fearsome hand-to-hand contenders, as many once overconfident enemy soldiers could attest to.

Assault Pack Controllers guide mind-controlled Antipodes into battle. The fierce lupine natives of Ariadna possess heightened senses and ferocious strength. A Controller must lead these creatures, biochemically manipulated to be pliable and obedient, with equally fierce determination. Assault Pack Controllers use their bestial troops to break through enemy lines and shatter their resolve. Life as a Controller means harsh training and rigorous discipline to carry the strength and presence of an alpha. Controllers face danger every day that they lead their packs, from the savagery of the Antipodes themselves to the missions that require an Assault Pack. Because a Controller must be strong, ruthless, and driven, few forces are more feared on the battlefield than an Assault Pack. Many Controllers form close bonds with their Antipodes.[1]

As for the assault pack Antipodes themselves... Slavery. There’s really no other way to put it; at least, not at first. Biochemically shackled and leashed to the will of their would-be conquerors, to be an Assault Pack Member is to be an unwilling fist: a mind-controlled weapon, wielded as the master sees fit. And yet, once that initial breaking period is passed, the equation becomes much more complicated. For every tale of Assault Packs tearing their Controllers to shreds, there’s another of an injured handler being dragged back to base by a lone, protective Antipode. For every enemy drugged and mind-controlled, there’s an orphan cub who was taken in, now fighting to protect the only family they’ve ever known. But past the propaganda, an Assault Pack remains a living, breathing, act of violence upon free will… and anything else foolish enough to get in its way.[2]

Profile

N4

ISC: Antipode Assault Pack Handler Support Troop Warband
Fury: Not Imeptuous Training: Regular Back-Up: No Cube
MOV CC BS PH WIP ARM BTS W/STR S
4-4 13 11 11 13 1 0 1 2
Skills and Equipment: Tactical Awareness
Loadout Special Skills Weapons and Equipment Melee Weapons Points SWC
1 3x Antipode Rifle,Smoke Grenade Launcher Pistol, CC Weapon 27 0
ISC: Antipode Support Troop Warband
Fury: Not Imeptuous Training: Peripheral Back-Up: No Cube
MOV CC BS PH WIP ARM BTS W/STR S
4-4 13 11 11 13 1 0 1 2
Skills and Equipment: Peripheral(Control), Surprise Attack(-3), Camoflauge, Dodge(+2"), Mimetism(-3), Sensor, Stealth, Super-Jump, Terrain(Jungle)
Loadout Special Skills Weapons and Equipment Melee Weapons Points SWC
1 AP CC Weapon 5 0


N3

Retired
ISC: Antipode Assault Pack Handler Warband
Fury: Non-Impetuous Training: Regular Back-Up: None
MOV CC BS PH WIP ARM BTS W/STR S
4-4 13 11 11 13 1 0 1 2
Skills and Equipment: Antipode Control Device
Name Skills and Equipment BS Weapons CC Weapons Points SWC
Assault Pack Handler Antipodes (3) Rifle, Smoke Light Grenade Launcher Knife, Pistol 25 0
ISC: Antipode Warband
Fury: Frenzy Training: Irregular Back-Up: None
MOV CC BS PH WIP ARM BTS W/STR S
6-6 20 0 15 13 0 0 1 5
Skills and Equipment: Antipode, CH: Camouflage, Jungle Terrain, Kinematika L2, Sensor, Super-Jump
Name Skills and Equipment BS Weapons CC Weapons Points SWC
Antipode AP CCW (5) 0


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  1. Graybeaton et al, 69. 2018. 'Ariadna'. London: Modiphius Entertainment Ltd.
  2. Graybeaton et al, 89. 2018. 'Ariadna'. London: Modiphius Entertainment Ltd.