Skaven in Exalted – Night RunnersMay 3, 2012
Each of the clans of Skaven has a particular focus. The focus of Clan Eshin is stealth and guile, and for a species as rooted in stealth and guile as the Skaven, that focus means an almost superhuman predilection toward assassination. The Night Runners are the lowest ranks of Clan Eshin’s forces, barely tutored in the martial art of Horned Rat style, relying almost entirely on their inherent Skaven-ness to do the heavy lifting. They are expendable assassins, sent in groups to accomplish goals that traditional troops lack the subtlety to accomplish. Of course, being Skaven, they are all looking out for number one, and otherwise normal missions often become suicidally bungled when one Night Runner backstabs his allies for personal gain. More often, multiple Night Runners attempt such a thing simultaneously. The most skilled and effective of them even survive, perhaps one day accumulating enough success to become a Gutter Runner, or even a lone assassin.
Motivation: Advance through the ranks of Clan Eshin through duplicity and murder.
Attributes: Strength 3, Dexterity 4, Stamina 3; Charisma 2, Manipulation 4, Appearance 2; Perception 3, Intelligence 2, Wits 3
Virtues: Compassion 1, Conviction 3, Temperance 3, Valor 2
Abilities: Athletics 4, Awareness 2, Dodge 4, Investigation 2, Larceny 3, Martial Arts 3, Resistance 2 (Diseases +1), Stealth 4, Survival 1, Thrown 3, War 3
Backgrounds: Backing 1, Mentor 1
Join Battle: 5
Bite: Speed 6, Accuracy 7, Damage 3L, Parry DV -, Rate 1, Tags N
Claw: Speed 5, Accuracy 8, Damage 3L, Parry DV 4, Rate 3, Tags N
Knife: Speed 4, Accuracy 5, Damage 4L, Parry DV 1, Rate 2
Sling: Speed 5, Accuracy 6, Damage 5L, Rate 1, Range 100
Health Levels: -0/-1/-1/-2/-2/-4/Incap. (Often extras)
Dodge DV:4 Willpower: 6
Other Notes: Night Runners gain the benefits of the Claws, Fangs, Fur, and Tail mutations (included in the above stats). They are still training to learn Horned Rat style, so their knives still use their nonexistent Melee stat.
Mass Combat Stats
Armor Color: Fur darkened with various dyes
Motto: “Yes-yes, quick now.”
General Makeup: 20 Skaven with knives and slings
Overall Quality: Good
Close Combat Attack: 3 Close Combat Damage: 2
Ranged Attack: 3 Ranged Damage: 2
Endurance: 5 Might: 0 Armor: 1
Formation: Night Runners usually function in skirmish formation.