Eye For Bugs


Image bug%20book25.jpg
Description Everyone knows a bit about insects and other "bugs", but they're truly fascinating creatures. Even in the sprawl of Metroplex, hundreds of species survive and thrive, living alongside humans in relative harmony.

Now, none of that will prevent people from being terrified of them, but even the scariest bug has a tale to tell.
Effects Opens your eyes to the world of bugs and lets you build cages


Encyclopedia of Bugs


This skill can be toggled to (de)activate it from your character sheet. Using the skill gives:


You kind of feel like bugs are crawling all over you… maybe finding some of the real ones will help?

And then:

(If skill is toggled off)
You aren't looking for these right now.

(If skill is toggled on)
You're keeping your eyes open.
Close Them

Choosing to start results in:

You review what you know about bugs, resolving to check under every damp rock and in every shadowed corner.
(And, on the first time)
With some cabling, you're pretty sure you could make a cage yourself, but it's probably easier to find someone to sell you some online.

You've learned a new simple recipe: Bug Cage - Laboriously shape some Frayed Cabling (1 Energy)

And, the next time you visit the Net:

Bugs in the System
You faintly remembering hearing something about a site to buy bug stuff. It takes a few searches, but you track it down.

You've gained access to a new site: Bug Emporium

Choosing to close your eyes results in:

Bugs are pretty great, but there's a time and a place. That time isn't right now.


When the skill is engaged you occasionally get noncombat encounters to catch a bug. These encounters do not cost energy.

These bugs can be encountered sober or Etheric:
Image Intro Text Item Type Effects
cricket%20100.jpg A cricket hops here and there, stopping as it gets further from you to cheerfully chirp. caught cricket Usable Released Cricket:
+2 Etheric Defense
+2 Will
moth%20100.jpg A dull moth flutters about, landing every so often as though it's tired. caught moth Usable Released Moth
+2 Ranged Defense
+2 Perception
fly%20100.jpg (Indoors only?)

A fly buzzes around endlessly. Normally it would just annoy you, but out looking for bugs it can be a challenge.
caught fly Usable Released Fly:
+2 Melee Defense
+2 Reflexes
roach%20100.jpg (Indoors only?)

You see enough cockroaches in Southside, but this one is far enough from everything you might actually be able to catch it.
caught cockroach Usable Released Roach:
+2 Fire Defense
+2 Strength
slug100.jpg (Outdoors only?)

Slugs aren't known for their speed, but the one here seems to be doing its best.
caught slug Usable Released Slug:
+3 Stealth Defense
worm%20100.jpg (Only with a fishing pole equipped in a zone where fishing is possible?)

After some digging around, you find a worm. Even the Bug Encyclopedia barely considers them among their ranks, but they make good bait.
bait worm Usable Bait Worm:
+1 Fishing
+1 Chance of Fishing Up Actual Fish
grub%20100.jpg (Outdoors only?)

A little digging around beneath rocks reveals a large grub, twitching disgustingly as it tries to get away from you.
edible grub Food
Note: Released Bug Effects are mutually exclusive. Using another Caught bug converts all energy of that effect to the new effect, and adds the normal 30 turns of the new effect.

These bugs can only be encountered if you are non-Etheric:
Image Intro Text Item Type Effects
pretty%20buterfly%20100.jpg A beautiful butterfly flitters past. Only one way to respond to that! Try to catch it! tired butterfly Furniture +1 Evasion Power
pretty%20beetle%20100.jpg A shiny beetle scuttles across your path, looking somewhat confused. fiery beetle Furniture +1 Fire Power
pretty%20spider%20100.jpg A beautiful spider waits in the corner, retreating into the deeper recesses of its web as you approach. beautiful spider Furniture +1 Stealth Power

These bugs can only be encountered if you are Etheric:
Image Intro Text Item Type Effects
evil%20wasp%20100.jpg A massive wasp that looks like it's been cast from metal buzzes around, as though daring you to catch it.

It jabs at you repeatedly with its stinger, making it hard to get close.

or with sufficient Melee Defense?:

But the idea of being stung doesn't really bother you.
metallic wasp Misc Salvages to ingots and Metal Sting
beetle%20eye%20100.jpg A large beetle crawls across your path. As you try to identify it, its shell opens to reveal a staring human eye.

The eye twitches and turns, seeming to inspect you.

or, with sunglasses???

As though the eye has seen you, it begins shuffling off with surprising speed.
eye beetle Usable Grants Encased Gaze
spider%20hand%20100.jpg A spider the size of your hand scurries across the ground, insantly grabbing your attention. There aren't spiders that size in Metroplex, outside of Midgard's drones.

On closer inspection, there certainly <aren't or shouldn't be> spiders with fingers instead of legs either.
finger spider Usable Grants Skittering Hand
mask%20bug%20100.jpg You stumble onto a massive bug with a face-like pattern on its back. The false face leers at you as the bug scuttles away. mask bug Hats +4 Etheric Power
+2 Melee Power
(Grants Insect Visage)
spear%20bug%20100.jpg Stick insects can be found in the sparse forests around Metroplex, but they're supposed to be a few inches long. The thing here is… five feet, maybe even longer. It'll be a challenge to catch. spear bug Weapons +6 Melee Power
+2 Melee Defense
(Grants Living Spear)
shIeld%20bug%20100.jpg There are some bugs you're familiar with called shield bugs, but this seems like a more literal interpretation. You've found a bug large enough you're confident you could use it to block a sword if you just got it to sit still long enough. shield bug Offhand +4 Melee Defense
+2 Etheric Power
(Grants Chitin Barrier)

While Underwater, all(?) the above messages are replaced by:

Something struggles at the surface of the water, attracting your attention.

Each encounter consists of:


<Intro Text>

And then:
You wait for the perfect moment and snag it with your hand. Gotcha!

Or, with bug net equipped:
You wait for the perfect moment and snag it with your bug net. Gotcha!

You try your best to catch it, but it slips away at the last moment.

And then:
You don't have a cage to store it in, but take pride in knowing you caught it.

Or, for a metallic wasp:

Without a cage to store it in, you take pride in knowing you could have caught it… and are smart enough not to tangle with it further.

You've earned 2 XP in Will (Or 4 XP, for more difficult bugs?) [Does not add bug to your bug display, if any]

Or, if you have an empty bug cage:
You load it up into your cage.

Or, if you have an empty bug cage, for larger bugs (shield bug, spear bug, mask bug):
Although it only sort of fits in the cage, it's become strangely docile one you finally restrained it.

You found: <item>

And, if you have a Bug Display (installed?):
You snap a picture of it with your comm and upload it to your bug collection back home.

And, if you increase your skill:
You've gotten better at bughunting. Your rank is now <rank name>.


The higher your rank in this skill, the more likely you are to catch a given bug. (Unsurprisingly, your chance of catching bugs is also increased if you have an item or effect that grants a Bug Catching bonus.)

Rank Name Rank Needed from last level Total needed
Just Starting 1 1 1
Learning 2 3 4
Amateur 3 5 9
Comfortable 4 7 16
Solid 5 9 25
Good 6 11 36
Professional 7 13 49
Advanced* 8 15 64
Master* 9 17 81
Awesome* 10 19 100
Incredible* 11 21 121

* These higher skill levels were unlocked when the skill was bugged; may not be obtainable now. (Insert joke about the bug skill being bugged.)

Encountering a bug, whether you catch it successfully or not, may increase your rank. Some bugs are harder to catch than others. Encountering a bug that's too easy to catch given your rank will not allow you to get better at bughunting.

Bug At Rank
Didn't Catch Caught Didn't Gain Skill Gained Skill
Cricket 1 1,2,3,4,5,6 1,2,3,4,5,6
Moth 1 1,2,3,4,5,6 1,2,3,4,5,6
Fly 0,1,2 1,2,3,4,5,6 2,3,4,5,6 0,1
Cockroach 0,1,2 1,2,3,4,5,6 2,3,4,5,6 0,1
Slug 1,2,3,4,5,6 2,3,4,5,6
Bait Worm 1 3 1
Grub 1,2,3,4,5,6 1,2,3,4,5,6
Beautiful Butterfly 1,2 1,2
Shiny Beetle 2,3 2 3
Beautiful Spider 2 2
Wasp/Jabs you 2 3,4,5,6 6 2,3,4,5
Wasp/Melee Defense 3,4,5,6 5,6 3,4,5
Eye Beetle/Inspects you 2 2,3,4,5 3,4,5 2
Eye Beetle/Scuttles off 2,5,6 5,6 5,6 2
Finger Spider/Aren't 3,4,5,6 4,5,6 3
Finger Spider/Shouldn't 1,2,3 3,4,5,6 5,6 1,2,3
Mask Bug 3 3
Spear Bug 4,5,6 4,5,6
Shield Bug 5 5


If you have completed your bug display, the first time you view it with a bug net equipped gives this message:

Well, that's one hell of a collection. You think you can count yourself among the true enthusiasts now.

You've unlocked the Bug Catcher Avatar



Technique Type Attribute Notes
metalsting.jpg Metal Sting Stealth Reflexes +damage if "inoffensive"
livingspear.jpg Living Spear Melee Strength +damage as opener
chitinbarrier.jpg Chitin Barrier Evasion Will Enhanced following Living Spear or Insect Visage
insectvisage.jpg Insect Visage Etheric Will
encasedgaze.jpg Encased Gaze Etheric Will Requires Etheric; enhanced following Insect Visage
skitteringhand.jpg Skittering Hand Stealth Will Requires Etheric and/or your SP > opponents ED; enhanced following Insect Visage

Living Spear, Chitin Barrier, Insect Visage are also enhanced with their respective bugs equipped, and need those bugs equipped to enhance other techniques.

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