Cheetah (Empathic Bond)

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Bonding Requirements

Running is required, as is fairly obvious from the bond failure message, certainly at more than 77 skill and less than 120:

You sense that the black-spotted yellow female cheetah feels as though you could not keep
pace with her, much less form a bond with her.

Known Abilities

The cheetah is a large and powerful feline predator native to the plains of Ebiria. It is a ferocious combatant, attacking with claws and teeth. It is large enough to ride, breathes air, eats meat, and can see in the dark. It runs very quickly, as one would expect.

Combat Bonuses

The cheetah's consort gains a bonus to attack and damage ratings equal to 1.5x hir Lightning Affinity skill. This is applied to all melee attacks and maneuvers, and special attacks granted by the familiar. Your familiar must be present in your environment to obtain this effect.

The cheetah's consort gains a bonus to dodge and deflect ratings equal to their Running and Quickness skills while their feet are on the ground (i.e. not flying or swimming).

Petting the familiar

You pet Kenya with your right hand.
You sense dynamic energies flowing from Kenya's body into your spirit.

This provides a temporary boost to the skills Lightning Affinity, Earth Resistance, Eskara Resistance, Crushing Resistance, Cutting Resistance, Piercing Resistance, and Running. It also restores one spell point.

Vishuddha Chakra

Being bonded to a cheetah will grant and automatically charge the Vishuddha (blue) chakra, which grants a large bonus to Intellect and numerous skills.

Attribute Modifications

Bonding the cheetah provides its consort a very large bonus to Agility, a large bonus to Strength, and moderate bonuses to Willpower, Vitality, and Perception. Additionally, the Vishuddha chakra that the familiar grants will provide a large bonus to Intellect.

Skill Effects

Skill Access Bonus
Crushing Resistance 16 75 + 10% base
Cutting Resistance 16 75 + 10% base
Earth Resistance 16 75 + 10% base
Lightning Affinity 16 75 + 10% base
Piercing Resistance 16 75 + 10% base
Plains Fieldcraft 16 75 + 10% base
Pole Arm 16 75 + 10% base
Quickness 16 75 + 10% base
Running 16 75 + 10% base
Eskara Resistance 16 75 + 10% base
Combat Reflexes 13 65
Killer Instinct 12 60
Massive Exertion 12 60
Stamina 12 60
Elektraturgy 8 40
Tenacity 8 40
Find Weakness 7 35
Throwing 7 35
Hardiness 4 20
Precision Strike 4 20
Recuperation 4 20
Rhetoric 4 20
Stealth 4 20


Initially the cheetah grants the following charm:

Shortly after:

Early in "fairly healthy" bond strength:

  • Convert spiritual energy into electrical resource energy

At "resilient" bond strength:

Additional Bonuses and Powers

Combat Maneuvers

Early in "fairly healthy" bond strength, the cheetah's consort acquires a new combat maneuver, "Spark of Lightning". This attack is fueled by electrical resource energy gathered by the convert charm granted at the same tier. This attack is very accurate, has a low activity cost, consumes one point of resource energy, does moderate electrical damage to a small area (apparently like a thrown knife), and often stuns the target. It can be fired with the 'perform special attack' command.

At 'nearly complete' another maneuver, "Lightning Barrage" is granted.

Traits granted

In the early stages of the bond, the cheetah grants its consort the astral perception trait, which grows with bond strength.

The cheetah (like most feline familiars) also grants a point of the luck trait at "fairly healthy" bond strength, which will increase as the bond grows.

Bonding a cheetah grants the paraneurism trait around "intimate" bond strength.

Seems to provide a bonus to speed in addition to that granted by the bonus to quickness skill.

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