|Speed||Twice as fast as humans in water and on land|
|Strength||Can move/drag, twice their mass|
|Social Structure||Solitary up to small family groupings depending on the season|
|Weapons||Claws and Teeth|
|Homeworld||Thengo (Spinward Marches 0202)|
|Reference||Journal of the Travellers Aid Society No. 3|
Sea bears (Pseudoarctos ansonii, et al) are large, dangerous, amphibious carnivores native to Thengo (Spinward Marches 0202), but which have been distributed to a large number of worlds in the Chronor, Jewell, Querion and even as far as Gvurrdon, and Foreven Sectors, apparently as part of pre-Imperial colonization projects.
- Also known as the "surfer's nightmare".
Physiology & Ecology
Adults are typically 1 to 2 meters long, and weigh upwards of 50 kilograms. The skeleton is calciferous, internal, and generally resembles that of a Terran mammalian vertebrate, except in the number of limbs and in the framing of the body cavity. The spinal column runs from the base of the skull dorsally along the body until it reaches the pelvis. Instead of ribs, the sea bear's body cavity is supported by short lengths of bone joined in what some have described as geodesic fashion (i.e., as a series of mutually interconnected triangles). This arrangement is very sturdy, and provides an excellent protection to the internal organs of the sea bear.
Externally, the most notable external feature of the sea bear is the (octopodal) number of limbs. The sea bear has four pairs of limbs: one posterior locomotory pair, one anterior pair used in defense and food acquisition, and two medial pairs which can serve either purpose. The head is typical, a bony cranium to protect the brain, upon which are mounted paired sensory organs (eyes, nostrils, ears) and a ventrally located mouth. The nose is located well forward, apparently as an adaptation for breathing while partially submerged.
Life Cycle & Reproduction
They are live bearing with two genders.
Diet & Trophics
Sea bears are carnivorous, and are usually found along seashores and in shallow off-shore areas of large bodies of water. Sea bears are solitary hunters, preying upon small aquatic and semi-aquatic animal life. The sea bear usually hunts by swimming slowly along the surface, and diving upon its prey from above, taking it by surprise. Its eight strong limbs make it powerful enough to hunt even in the surf zone.
History & Background (Dossier)
There are some rumors that these organisms for genetically modified to allow them to survive on different planets.
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References & Contributors (Sources)
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- Citation Missing - Journal of the Travellers' Aid Society 3
- Dave Nilsen. The Regency Sourcebook (Game Designers Workshop, 1995), 36.
- Martin Dougherty, Neil Frier. Behind the Claw (Steve Jackson Games, 1998), 38.