There are many Sci-Fi, Sci-Fantasy, and Space Opera movies and shows out there that readily lend themselves to inspiration for Starfinder (especially with the new Giant Mech rules coming out soon). That said, few capture the experience of level one adventurers just starting out their career, and few do that better than the 2011 film Attack the Block.
Most of the protagonists are young teens, in no way prepared for the events they find themselves thrust into. Equipped only with the few weapons they have on hand and their own ingenuity, they are forced to confront strange creatures in the dark and dangerous confines of their apartment building and the surrounding area. It’s a tense story, with some of the silliness of a table top session (though probably not as much, depending on your gaming group) but for all that a solid bit of action with a fair amount of using the environment and the tools at hand to overcome the challenges that face them.
It makes for an awesome origin story (maybe after the kids, now level 2-3, get recruited by a government agency to deal with alien threats, provided training and equipment X-Com style?) and offers ample moments for characters to shine and role play.
Of course, if you want to run something similar, you are going to need those aliens, so here are the Block Beast, and Block Beast Queen for Starfinder.
N Medium animal
Init +1; Senses blindsense (scent) 60 ft., blindsight (scent) 10 ft., sightless; Perception +4
DEFENSE HP 13
EAC 10; KAC 12
Fort +4; Ref +4; Will +0
Speed 20 ft., climb 10 ft.
Melee bite +6 (1d6+3 P) or claw +6 (1d6+3 S)
Str +3; Dex +1; Con +2; Int -4; Wis +0; Cha +0
Skills Stealth +9, Survival +4
Other Abilities absolute black, sightless
Organization solitary or pod of 3-6
Absolute Black (Ex) block beast fur and skin are completely non-reflective in the visible spectrum, giving them a +10 racial bonus to stealth checks in areas of dim light or darkness. However, their teeth are covered in luminescent mucus that is quite visible in areas of darkness, negating their racial bonus whenever they attack and giving them a -5 racial penalty on stealth checks when attacking in dim light or darkness.
Sightless (Ex) a block beast has no form of vision, instead relying on their blindsense and blindsight to navigate. They are immune to all sight based abilities.
Block beasts are vicious predators that hunt in packs, relentlessly pursuing any prey marked by their queen. Stealthy and capable climbers, they will scale surfaces and drop down on foes to surprise them if given the opportunity. Dangerous on their own, they are deadly in groups and quickly take down any living prey in an area before stopping to feed on the corpses.
BLOCK BEAST QUEEN
N small animal
Init +3; Senses blindsense (scent) 60 ft., blindsight (scent) 10 ft., sightless; Perception +3
DEFENSE HP 6
EAC 10; KAC 12
Fort +3; Ref +3; Will +0
Speed 20 ft., climb 10 ft.
Melee bite +4 (1d6+2 P) or claw +4 (1d6+2 S)
Offensive Abilities scent mark
Str +2; Dex +3; Con +0; Int -2; Wis +0; Cha +0
Skills Stealth +7, Survival +3
Other Abilities sightless
Organization solitary or with a full pack of 10-30 block beasts
Scent Mark (Ex) any creature the block beast queen attacks, or that hits her with a melee attack, is marked by her scent mark ability. Any block beasts with a 10 mile radius will relentlessly hunt down such a marked creature, ignoring other prey to focus on the marked. This marking can only be removed by thorough washing and destruction of affected clothing and items, or stringent industrial cleaning of said clothing and items. The scent fades after 1d4 days.
Sightless (Ex) a block beast queen has no form of vision, instead relying on her blindsense and blindsight to navigate. They are immune to all sight based abilities.
A block beast queen is less physically impressive than the average block beast, but is smarter and able to lead the others using pheromones and scent marking. Given the opportunity she will mark the largest threats in an area and retreat, letting her beasts take them down, until the apex predator in that place is the block beasts themselves. Even if killed, her scent mark remains, and the other beasts will do their best to take down her killer.
Block beasts and their queen are able to travel through space in a meteor-like state of suspended animation, cocooned in a protective layer of rock like mucus, raining down like a meteor storm only to awaken and emerge from their impact craters in short order. How they are able to survive traveling through the void of space, or propel themselves to new environs able to support them, is unknown.
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