Name of Race: Slayer
Dwellings: Normally they can be found in anyplace that humans gather and are typically in warmer climates if they can be able to.
Population Size: Approx. 3500 registered
Technological Stage: The same level as humans, but they do have some knowledge of magic.
Slayers in nature are mainly scaled creatures with claws that are typically around 10-12 inches in length. For thei faces, a slayer looks relatively human. They still have their noses, but their ears almost appear to be nonexistantant. Their ears have a series of overlapping scales that they actually appear to be more like strange growths than ears. Several of their front teeth are pointed, but it has been shown that in their biology some of their teeth in the back being flat for consuming vegetables as well. However, if you ever see a slayer smile or even speak, it is hard to notice them. Though their height and weight vary depending on the body they have, they typically look very well defined physically with their legs in particular due to their nature.
Though it is hard to tell them apart gender speaking without the aid of shapeshifting, what sets each slayer apart is their scales. No two slayers have the same color scales. That means there could be one slayer that has bright metallic green while another one has deep purple or even silver colored scales. Once they achieve the ability of shapeshifting, their hair is the one thing that tells what color their scales are.
Race powers (minor, required):
Slayer Speed: With their conditioning, a slayer is capable of running up to speeds of 60 miles per hour on flat land. However, when it comes to being able to run at inclines up to 60 degrees, they can hold a sustained speed of 30 miles per hour. Stamina plays a much more important role in this than strength. When it come to running, it is much easier to run on flat land than having to run very fast on an incline. The highest a slayer could be able to run for is up to 5 minutes at 60 mph on a high incline. Furthermore, there is alos the cold to consider.
Slayer strength: With their conditioning, a slayer is able to hold up to a maximum weight of 600lbs without it encumbrance. Plus this also factors in with direct combat. Stamina does not play a role in strength. Or rather, it doesn't play a much more important role compared to speed. Though the strikes would be much harder running at full speed, stationary a slayer could easily be able to take on three really big linebackers without having to worry about calling for backup. Furthermore, a slayer conserves their energy more on strength than on speed.
Race powers (major):
Dragonclaw is less of a power and more of a fighting style that the slayers had created for themselves. It uses their innate speed and strength to overcome any obstacle that stands in their way. Taking pages from martial arts like kung fu and shotokan to even moves found in the art of Parkour, the dragonclaw would allow a slayer to be able to fight off their opponent with not just their bodies but the whole area around them.
Shapeshift allows them to change into a human form. Though this would actually get rid of all powers that the slayers has except for the dragonclaw fighting style, this would also negate the innate weakness that the slayer possesses.
A much more horrific nature to the slayer and in some cases a warped sense of evolution. When a slayer has their genetic code extracted from their body (blood, scales, etc) the genetic information can be used to upgrade the other slayer's body. Now the US government didn't want multiple slayers dying off left and right, so they created supplements from the weaker groups to apply for the strongest of the slayers
Level 1: Speed is increased to 65 miles per hour and strength is up to 700 lbs
Level 2: Stamina increased when running uphill, overall speed increased to 45 miles per hour for 7 minutes
Level 3: Cold resistance increased, only takes a 1/4 penalty to strength and speed.
Level 4: Shapeshift upgrade, now a slayer is able to use their speed at 1/2 efficiency and can use their claws in battle.
Level 5 *Maximum*: Draconic upgrade: Slayers are now in tune with their dragon half and are able to either use an elemental slash or elemental breath attack.
Slash: An elemental slash channels the energ into thee hands of a slayer. Once the draconic side gets enough energy, a slayer could be able to slam their hand into the ground, making five large energy slashes of equal height that travel as far as five feet.. Though not as powerful as the breath attack, the slash attack can be able to be used for 10 times before being drained of their energy. It would have to take six hours to be able to use them again.
Elemts used: Fire, water, stone, electricity, light, darkness, wind
Breath: The breath attack is the stronger of the two. However, it is used preferably for those who are not really capable in hand to hand combat or do not have any other weapons on them except their claws. Charging their bodies up, a slayer could unleash a blast of energy that would be to go as far as 35 ft. However, the power issacrificed for endurance. The can only be used for 2 minutes and requres it to be recharged after 12 hours. However, the breath attack is different depending on the element.
Stone (spikes), fire (steady stream), water (strong stream), wind (sonic boom), electricity bolts), darkness (solid energy), light (solid energy)
Special note: For level five, you can be able to increase the effectiveness for the breath or slash attack. However certain elements cannot be used for obvious reasons (IE metal). You can only choose either breath or slash and only one element.
When it comes to being social, until they are able to shapeshift, slayers are not able to mingle well with others. Typically they would need to wear clothing that covers their whole bodies whether it is trenchcoats, wide brimmed hats or even scarves to cover their faces. The other reason they would wear such clothes is their most devastating weakness: the cold. Slayers are mainly cold blooded in nature and are not effective in battle in cold temperatures. Should they battle, their strength and speed get cut in half. However, the colder the climate is, the more dangerous it becomes for them. At temperatures below 40 degrees they go into a state of suspended animation to conserve what heat they have left. But should they deal with temperatures below 20 degrees, they would risk not only severe injury, but also death. However, this can be offset by shapeshift.
Slayers mainly have their humanity intact, even though they are now 2/3 reptile. Though they are capable of functioning alone in nature or in the human realms, their animal side makes them able to travel in groups of at most 10. This allows them to hunt in groups more efficiently and use deception to strike their opponent down. Futhermore, the slayers use the greek letter systems to determine their rank and file. The only way to move up in rank within the eyes of the slayers.
Gamma: Lowest rank (least recognized, normally fodder) *where all new slayers begin*
Delta: Mid rank (somewhat recognized, some respect)
Beta: Second in command (recognized, high respect)
Alpha: Leader (well respected, usually not challenged unless brave enough)
Prime: Progenitor (only Typhon has this)
During the time of the Gilgamesh project, the scientists were getting more and more desparate to get more members that actually worked instead of just reanimating their original soldier time and again. So using the data on genetic knowledge that they knew, they started to tinker around with their subject's genetic codes to attempt the creation of a powerful chimera.
Using the funds and influence the project had, they were able to acquire genetic strains from various creatures. Most notably of the strains being of not just dinosaur persausions, but also dragons. Learning from their mistakes after many failed attempts, they had created their first slayer: Typhon. Typhon was not perfect, but he had strength and power. This is what they needed in order to create a template for the race. As to his fate, while they created the monsters, it would be his charge to make them into soldiers.
During the early 90s, they had made the decision of using children instead of adults for their bodies were much more malleable to the modifications since they were still growing. So they had agents move around the world in secret, taking as many children as they can and move them into the facility where they would be trained. The ones who had been able to survive training were given the DNA cocktail of raptor and dragon DNA to see their plans come to fruition. However, the first two groups had lost almost 90% of their people. Eventually they had found a ratio that worked and allowed them to see their results come back in spades.
Once the children had been turned into slayers, they were brought before Typhon where he would train them. His training was brutal and intense with many of the students almost dying. He personally didn't care about what they were. He took pride in showing his superiors that he was more powerful than anything they threw at him. However, a 13 year old slayer with bright green scales showed him otherwise when somehow he was able to fight off the prime slayer and immediately catch the attention of both his superiors and his kind alike. However, the attention he received in turn would betray him in the end.
He had questioned his superiors several times and had been punished. Even as strong as he was, they would not tolerate such disobidience. Eventually they had enough and sent him away to a facility in San Diego, CA to have him removed. However, what the superiors didn't know is that knowing their Alpha had been taken with such dishonor was not tolerated within the hearts and minds of the slayers they created. The slayers had now banded together as groups to overthrow their creators and eventually be able to escape their clutches and able to escape the facility that had brought them to what they are now.
The slayers are now scattered amongst the planet, favoring hotter climates much more. However, they do continue hearing stories of the Alpha slayer still alive and now residing in Japan while the Prime slayer is also alive as well. Their fears that the Prime had been unleashed creeped into their minds, trying to find as many of their kind as they can so that there can be safety in numbers. Some even had tried to get transport to tokyo to see the alpha slayer himself. But they must always be vigilant and keep an eye out for anyone suspicious for they do not know whether or not they would be dealing with a foe or a friend of the slayers.
Most notable slayers:
Lance Togami (Alpha)