Critters are pods either genetically hacked together from various animal species or simply biosculpted to appear as such. Originally popular among hyperelites who preferred smarter and distinctive AI-operated pets, they were also sometimes deployed on a covert basis as bodyguards or spies disguised as smart animals. Naturally these morphs were also embraced by people with a furry kink or who simply wanted to test-drive a body that was more bestial. Critter pods come in almost every conceivable type of animal shape, from cats to skunks to chimerical lizard-hyena hybrids. The vast majority are quadruped and stick close to the animal type’s body plan, though anthropomorphic models are also popular and there is a great deal of bodysculpted variety. A model currently popular in the inner system is the bastet, a composite of several wild cat species that resembles a tawny panther or lion, often with intricate patterns based on Egyptian hieroglyphs in their fur. Some users prefer smaller models of this morph with the Reduced Size trait.
Implants: Basic Biomods, Basic Mesh Inserts, Claws, Cortical Stack, Cyberbrain, Enhanced Hearing, Enhanced Smell, Mnemonic Augmentation, Puppet Sock
Aptitude Maximum: 30
Wound Threshold: 7
Advantages: +5 REF, +5 COO
Disadvantages: Lacks Manipulators trait, quadrupeds have a difficult time in microgravity (–30 to Free Fall Tests)
Notes: Non-Human Biochemistry trait
CP Cost: 15
Credit Cost: Expensive
Skinwalker: Laugh all you want, Critters are a very popular morph. There are thousands of different models out there.
Sequencer: These are very hit-or-miss, craftsmanship-wise. Some have serious health issues due to … let’s just call it improper genework. Others are held together more by cybernetics than anything. Don’t buy one as a long-term commitment.
Plasmid: Ah, but some are works of chimerical art. I’m still impressed by the sequencing on some of the lizard-mammal hybrids.
Moxie Harper: I know an Extropian outﬁt that specializes in critters designed to emulate various smart animal breeds. Great for looking innocuous … unless you're in a biocon hab.