Savage Rifts Framework And Race List
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Iconic Frameworks are the "character classes" of Savage Rifts. If none of these appeal to you, consider the Personal Concept Option (TLPG, p. 44). They may be marked with the following footnotes:
Automaton Controller*‡: A mage with a huge golem, essentially a magical mecha, and the ability to control it. Fills a similar niche as the Robot Vehicle Ace, below, but very different thematically. (See here.)
Barbarian*: A tough, primitive, outdoorsy survivor, illiterate and unworldly but potentially quite intelligent. (B&B, p. 26)
Barbarian Eco-Wizard*: A primitive spellcaster, who uses magic to empower weapons and fetishes. More of an outdoor hunter than the High Magus and more magical than the Shaman; see below. (B&B, p. 26)
Battle Magus*: Similar to the Combat Mage, below, with a smaller spell list but potentially faster casting. Has strong ties to Dweomer by default; to change this, replace Magi of Dweomer with Master of Magic. (A&M, p. 20)
Body-Fixer/Cyber-Doc*: A medical professional who excels at patching people up and can install cybernetics. (TLPG, p. 43)
Bounty Hunter*: A hunter, fighter, and outdoorsman who specializes in disarming targets and bringing them in alive. (TLFM, p. 5)
Burster: A powerful, dangerous pyrokinetic. The best "blaster" in the game, who can also manipulate fire and summon a flaming aura. See also the Zapper, below. (TLPG, p. 18)
City Rat*: A street-smart urban scavenger who starts with a modest range of cybernetics. (TLPG, p. 43)
Combat Cyborg†: A huge, total-conversion 'borg, more machine than man. Incredibly strong, fast, and durable, but unmistakably inhuman. See the Cyber-Humanoid if you want to blend in, or the Headhunter Techno-Warrior if you want a less all-in option, both below. (TLPG, p. 21)
Combat Mage*: A warrior wizard, trained equally in spellcasting and the battlefield. Straightforward and dangerous with a wider spell list than the Battle Magus, above. (A&M, p. 20)
Commando*: An elite soldier trained by a military force to become an expert on infiltration, elimination, and exfiltration. See also the Merc Soldier, below. (EOH, p. 18)
Cowboy*: A horseback rider with a steed that they share an almost supernaturally close bond with. (EOH, p. 18)
Crazy: A psychically enhanced super-soldier - incredibly fast, pretty strong and tough, and completely insane. Can go berserk ("losing it") at will, becoming even stronger and faster. (TLPG, p. 24) (Also see this note.)
Cyber-Humanoid†‡: A smaller and lighter version of the Combat Cyborg, above, with a bit less power and toughness but the ability to blend in and even change appearance. If you want to be mostly human instead of just looking like it, see the Headhunter Techno-Warrior, below. (See here.)
Cyber-Knight: Think "Jedi." An honorable, fast, beloved melee fighter with psionic powers that focus on self-buffing and fighting technological foes. Can summon armor and a psi-sword. See the Psi-Warrior, below, for a similar M.A.R.S. package. (TLPG, p. 27)
- See A&M p. 33 for a new Iconic Edge.
Dinosaur Hunter*: A tracker and shooter who specializes in taking down huge creatures (not just dinosaurs). (B&B, p. 27)
Dragon Hatchling†: An extremely young (but powerful!) dragon who imprinted on the party. Can assume human form for a limited time, which is good because everyone considers them a target. Comes in four varieties: Flame Wind has the best breath weapon and total immunity to fire (TLPG, p. 44); Forest Runner is a chameleon with potent psi (TLFM, p. 6); Great Horned has weaker fire-breath but fearsome melee prowess (TLFM, p. 7); Royal Frilled has the best shapeshifting and supernatural power (TLFM, p. 8); and Snow Lizard cannot fly but can turn into a literal snowstorm (TLFM, p. 9). (Also see this note.)
Elemental Fusionist†: Tough, charismatic, mutated human - bonded to nature with the ability to warp the elements. Has more potential power and versatility than a mage or psi, but takes a few edges and ranks to get there. (A&M, p. 12) (Also see these notes.)
- See TLFM p. 13 for two new Iconic Edges.
EOD Specialist*: A master of Explosives Ordnance Disposal but also the opposite, improvising and using charges to take down obstacles. (EOH, p. 19)
Glitter Boy: A Power Armor Ace (below) who starts with the best power armor and the most devastating ranged weapon in the game. Beloved by the populace. (TLPG, p. 34) (Also see these notes.)
Gunslinger*: An incredibly talented shootist, who can "draw on" a foe to interrupt them mid-action. The Psi-Slinger, below, lacks the reflexes but adds psionic power. (EOH, p. 20)
- See TLFM p. 12 for an Edge the Gunslinger starts with automatically.
Headhunter Techno-Warrior*: A mercenary who relies heavily on cybernetics — and has the freest hand in choosing systems — but is still mostly meat. If you'd rather flip that ratio, see the Combat Cyborg or Cyber-Humanoid, both above. (TLPG, p. 44)
Heroic Vampire: A renegade who threw off their conditioning to fight evil. Nearly impossible to kill, with shapeshifting powers, but several very problematic vulnerabilities and drawbacks. (B&B, p. 19)
High Magus*: A caster with a focus on enchanting; the only framework which starts with Major Item Creation. See also the Barbarian Eco-Wizard (above) and Shaman (below). Has strong ties to Dweomer by default; to change this, replace Magi of Dweomer with Master of Magic. (A&M, p. 21)
Intelligent Construct†: More of an open-ended construction system than a normal framework, use this to build a unique synthetic being, magical or technological. Warning: Lots of flexibility (you could make a golem, sentient vehicle, TW hoversphere, and more) but lots of work. All constructs are subject to GM approval. (EOH, p. 9)
Intel Operative*: A military intelligence specialist, widely skilled in awareness, social engineering, and technical ability (EOH, p. 20)
Juicer: A commando who traded lifespan for biochemically boosted power. Strong, fast, tough, with incredible regenerative ability. Can burn their own life-force for more oomph. (TLPG, p. 37)
- See EOH pp. 32-33 (and the Dragon Juicer, below) for Iconic "treatment" Edges. Delphi Juicers can use psionics; Hyperion Juicers are even faster; Mega-Juicers are insanely tough; Phaeton Juicers are vehicular masters; and Titan Juicers have the strength of giants.
Juicer, Dragon: A special "treatment" for Juicers (above), now empowered by dragon blood instead of chemicals. Tougher and able to use TW devices, but shorter-lived, crazier, and in need of regular resupply. (A&M, p. 9)
Knight of the White Rose ("Rose Knight"): A Mystic Knight (bad guy) turned good, with access to miracles and psionics, plus a powerful ability to deflect and project energy. Sworn to protect lives and fight evil. (B&B p. 9)
Ley Line Walker: A master magician with many useful and potent spells with a ton of raw power. Can work incredibly powerful rituals when on a ley line. For a more flexible version, see the Lord Magus, below. (TLPG, p. 40)
- See B&B p. 32 for a new Iconic Edge.
Lord Magus*: A pure arcanist, with several spells and potent magical abilities; basically, the M.A.R.S. equivalent of the Ley Line Walker, above. Has strong ties to Dweomer by default; to change this, replace Magi of Dweomer with Master of Magic. (A&M, p. 21)
Merc Soldier*: An experienced warrior with a great choice of combat skills, Edges, and armor. Less specialized and more flexible than the Commando, above, with amazing starting gear. (TLPG, p. 44)
Mind Melter: The setting's "master psi," who starts with a wide range of abilities, from displays of power to subtle trickery, capable of utterly dominating minds. (TLPG, p. 47) (Note their one erratum.)
- See TLFM p. 12 for a new Iconic Edge.
Momano Headhunter: Monster slayers who rely on psionics along with implanted cybernetics (blades, spikes, energy projector) that have been enchanted as TW devices. (EOH, p. 21)
Mystic: A spiritual adventurer with both faith-based magic and inherent psionics. Has access to unique "holy" trappings for their miracles and special Divination rules. (TLPG, p. 49)
- See A&M p. 34 for a new Iconic Edge.
Necromancer: A hero who respects the dead, conversing with them easily and asking permission before using their corpses. They can gradually create potent armies of skeletons, zombies, and mummies. (B&B, p. 12)
Nega-Psychic: A psychic whose real power is "weaponized disbelief," able to shrug off and shut down pretty much any arcane power. (A&M, p. 14)
Operator*: A wheelman who starts with a vehicle and the skills needed to operate and fix it (along with most anything else). (TLPG, p. 44)
Power Armor Ace*: Warrior in a battlesuit. Not quite as powerful as the Glitter Boy (above), but faster and with more experience. (TLPG, p. 44)
Psi-Druid*: A psychic variant of the Shaman, whose connection to nature is often more personal than religious. (A&M, p. 22)
Psi-Operator*: A technopath who can interface with electronics and create psionic gadgets. See also the Techno-Wizard, below. (TLPG, p. 45)
Psi-Slinger*: A shootist who uses psionic energy to deflect energy and super-charge their bullets, along with other tricks. See also the Gunslinger, above. (A&M, p. 22)
Psi-Warrior*: A skilled martial artist from Psyscape who wields a psi-sword and psi-shield, who can simultaneously improve the potency of their bare hands and psi-sword, until the latter is nearly as strong as the Cyber-Knight's, above. (A&M, p. 23)
RCSG Scientist*: An ex-Coalition "Rifts Control Study Group" expert on the supernatural, who excels at identifying threats and figuring out how to stop them. Note that Strain doesn't affect "Recognize the Arcane." Change the name to "Rogue Scientist" for a non-Coalition version. (EOH, p. 18)
Robot Vehicle Ace*: A soldier in a robot vehicle, a large and incredibly powerful combat machine that's basically a mecha. Similar to the Automaton Controller, above, if only in a tactical sense. (TLPG, p. 45)
Rogue Scholar*: Trained investigator and historian who excels at uncovering the truth and enlightening the ignorant masses. Can be built as a "Rogue Scientist," but for that consider the RCSG Scientist, above. (TLPG, p. 45)
Shaman*: A worshiper of nature, with the broadest list of powers in the setting and the ability to make empowered fetishes -- similarly to the Barbarian Eco-Wizard or High Magus, above, but via miracles instead of magic. (A&M, p. 23)
Shifter: A wizard who focuses on dimensional travel and summoning beings to control. They have a reputation as demon worshipers, which is an option if you want. (B&B, p. 15)
- See TLFM pp. 13-14 for two new semi-Iconic Edges.
Spirit Warrior*: A tribal protector, who uses a mix of holy powers and combat training to vanquish evil supernatural beings. (A&M, p. 24)
Techno-Wizard: Starts with several TW devices, can create new temporary ones (several each session), and gets a bonus on rolls to use them. Can also create permanent TW devices and upgrades, and eventually enchanted artifacts. (TLPG, p. 52)
- See A&M pp. 32-33 for Edges the Techno-Wizard gets automatically.
Vagabond*: The ultimate jack-of-all-trades, spec'ed for luck and surviving impossible situations. (TLPG, p. 45)
- See EOH p. 32 for a new Iconic Edge.
Vampire Hunter*: A fighter and occultist who specializes in bloodsuckers but deals well with most supernatural foes. (B&B, p. 27)
Werecat†: Lycanthropes, agile and immune to most non-supernatural attacks, who make great athletes and melee fighters. They come in werejaguar, wereocelot, and werepanther flavors. (B&B, p. 22) (Also see these notes.)
Wilderness Scout*: A ranger/outdoorsman, quick on their feet and in-tune with nature. (TLPG, p. 45)
Zapper: A variant Burster (above) who wields electricity instead of fire. Less raw power, but with far more interesting effects on technology. (A&M, p. 17) (Also see these notes.)
With the exception of † frameworks, every character must choose a race. Be aware that any race other than human will suffer reaction penalties from most of the populace.
Altara: Blind but with natural radar sense to compensate. Good physical prowess but not the smartest. (TLPG, p. 58)
Cactus Person: Weird spiky plant-people who communicate telepathically and ignore many hazards. (A&M, p. 24)
Centaur: Strong, fast, nomadic people who prize their freedom. Some are "Cyber-Horseman" from the hidden city of Ixion. (B&B, p. 28)
D'Norr: "Devilmen" in appearance. Natural spellcasters with good mental and social capabilities. (TLPG, p. 59)
Dog Boy: Versatile mutant canines, uplifted by the CS. Can smell and track the supernatural. (TLPG, p. 60)
Dramin‡: Spiritual and aloof, each convinced that the world and everyone else is an illusion. (Savage Rifts New D-Bees)
Dwarf: Tough and good with tech, though a bit slow and grumpy. Can't stand elves. (A&M, p. 26)
Elf: Agile, beautiful, perceptive, and arrogant as all hell. Can't stand dwarves. (A&M, p. 26)
Feni‡: Primitive deer-like humanoids with a strong "fight or flight" reflex and the ability to adapt to any environment. (Savage Rifts New D-Bees)
Fennodi: Natural psionics possessing a calm demeanor, good mental stability, and exceptional vision. (TLPG, p. 62)
Grackle Tooth: Huge, strong, and tough, with a heroic attitude and useful prehensile tail. (TLPG, p. 63)
Human: The most versatile race. Each starts with an Edge of their choice, which can be up to Legendary.
Iktek‡: Large, tough, cavers who were prey on their world and are still acclimating to Earth. (Savage Rifts New D-Bees)
Lannic‡: Winged humanoids, fast and alert, though not very tough. (Savage Rifts New D-Bees)
Lyn-Srial: Strong, four-armed, winged humanoids with regeneration who fight for what's right. (TLPG, p. 64)
- See A&M p. 36 if you want your Lyn-Srial to be a Cloudweaver or Sky Knight.
Mastadonoid‡: Mammoth humanoids, literally, who are honorable and a bit technologically backward. (Savage Rifts New D-Bees)
Mutant Animal: A variety of humanoids, engineered by the same Lone Star scientists who created Dog Boys. Mutant Bats are perceptive fliers; Mutant Felines are huge predators (Kill Cats) or similar to Dog Boys (Battle Cats); and Mutant Rats are agile scouts. (EOH, p. 24)
Mutie: The wastelands produce many mutated humans. This isn't a fixed race, but a set of guidelines for creating a mutated human. See examples here. (B&B, pp. 107, 118)
Orc: Tough, strong, tribal warriors, hated by most everyone due to their lust for battle and conquest. (A&M, p. 25 — but we use an adjusted version at Savage Rifts New D-Bees)
Psi-Ghost: Mutant humans with modest psi who can become intangible and translucent at will. (A&M, p. 28)
Psi-Stalker: Fast mutants who can detect the supernatural and must feed off it daily. (TLPG, p. 65)
Psi-X Alien: Technically mutants, but believed to be aliens, these little gray folks are brilliant but unstable psis. (EOH, p. 28)
Quick Flex: Fast, anime-like characters who excel at melee fighting and most other feats of dexterity. (TLPG, p. 67)
Sasquatch: Big, strong, primitive humanoids who are masters of living outdoors. (B&B, p. 29)
Simvan: Bloodthirsty "monster riders" who use psionics to control massive riding beasts. (TLPG, p. 68)
Trimadore: Large and oddly shapped, with an affinity for machines and fixing things. (TLPG, p. 69)
Vernulian: Massive psychic serpents with four tentacles who see our world as a place to be used. (TLFM, p. 10)
Vronwor: Four-armed giants, strong, somewhat psychic, with a reputation for eating sentient beings. (A&M, p. 29)
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