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Adrek Robotics Mini-Cyberform Model A-2 "Tarantula" is mini-cyberform shape of spider Tarantula. The main body of a Tarantula consists of a 15cm wide disk-shaped body which is 6cm thick at the thickest point. The disk houses the Tarantula's ceretronic core, its target memory chips, and its sensors. The Tarantula's sensors have a range of 20 meters and include thermal, olfactory, audio, and motion sensors. The disk also contains the unit's main weapon, a carbon-steel injector/stinger. The injector holds six injections, which can be of different types. For example, a unit might be equipped with acid and poison-the acid is to bum through a target's armor and the poison to kill. The needle weapon uses roughly the same sort of liquids that a Needle gun does, and they have the same effect as needle gun rounds. The injector must usually be in contact with the skin or clothing to work, but acids and contact poisons can be sprayed onto the target if the Tarantula is on or above it The Tarantula can be programmed to attack a specific person or a general class of targets. Because of the Tarantula's limitations, they can sometimes be fooled (by changes in the target's sensor profile) and they can only handle a limited amount of programming (for example, they could be programmed to not attack anyone with a certain thermal emitting badge, but they could not be programmed to attack left-handed people with blonde hair).

Located on the rim of the central body are four legs with "sticky feet" that enable the Tarantula to cling to nearly any surface. The legs also each contain a polymer thread maker that can create up to 30 meters of thread. The thread can be stuck to most surfaces and will support the weight of the Tarantula. This thread is most often used by a Tarantula to lower itself into rooms or onto a target.

For particularly important missions, a Tarantula can be remote controlled by a human or AI. The standard controller (included in the purchase price) has a range of 4 km. This range can be boosted with a stronger transmitter. For an additional 200eb the controller can be fitted with interface plugs, giving the operator a +2 bonus.

Game Notes: Control Modifier: 0, SP: 6/SDP: 6, MA: 10, Battery Life: 8 hours, Control Range (standard): 4 km, Weapon: needle/stinger with six doses (a melee weapon with Ace + 1, treat as a needle gun round). When operating on its own a Tarantula has: REF 8, /NT 6, Sting Attack +2, Awareness +3, and Athletics + 1.[1]

Reference[]

  1. ACKERMAN, D. Chromebook Volume 3. 1st ed. Berkeley CA: R. Talsorian Games, 1994 (pg.90)
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