This blog is being reproduced here, as it was part of the original Weekly Design Blogs for Steampunk Musha series that was lost when our information was wiped. The artwork is not fully reproduced. See This Post for more information on that. This blog was originally posted Feb 2, 2016.
So we’ve been doing any number of ‘things’ with the materials for the Steampunk Musha setting material — but I figured today I’d talk about the Kappa and how we’ve been revising it.The Fattest Goblin previously posted to the Steampunk Musha Facebook page a mock up layout of our fine, leathery friends:
The eagle eye among you could zoom in and see stats listed, but we’ve taken our favorite little turtle-folk in a slightly different direction for “base racial traits” because of a few key shifts in the role kappa play on Rosuto-Shima.
The plan is to have two sets of Alternate Racial Traits, one of “traditional” traits and a second set of mutation traits. The mutation traits will be designed with the idea that the pollution and chemical runoffs from the steamworks and chemical factories of the major cities have begun to negatively affect the coral reefs as well as stream, rivers, lakes, and so forth that the kappa call home.
The Fattest Goblin has a few ‘design choices’ for his kappa, but we’re trying to allow for a lot of great options in how to play a kappa. One of the biggest things we’re “adjusting” is that a few simple changes in the fluff about kappas and their relationship to the other races moves them from being fairly simple creatures/monsters they’re presented as in the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game: Bestiary 3, or the merely mischievous tricksters to serial rapists (a common issue for any ‘monsters’ in Japan seemed to include this conceptually and we really don’t want to include it in the least in SpM) and allow for a race players may actually want to play.
And while stat-ting out an entire race that will automatically make you think of a popular comic-cartoon-TV-movie franchise, rest assured, we’ll offer “appropriate” options for those kinds of characters too.