The Underworld is home to heroes and villains…gods and monsters. Legendaries are the after-effects of continuous magical use. The magical properties of the Underworld create something akin to a magical background radiation, known as the Radiance. Sometimes, this energy coalesces, and spontaneously shapes itself into a being. Often, these become the monsters that inhabit the deepest tunnels – but sometimes, the spark of awareness is created, and a new life form is the result.
Legendaries often take the form of archetypal ideas – the result of drawing from the collective unconscious of the millions of surrounding people. They are urban legends personified. They take the shape of tales that are told in hushed tones by nervous subway passengers, or loudly proclaimed as fact at the corner deli or neighborhood playground.
Not to say, however, that all Legendaries are the embodiment of myths specific to the urban experience. As the Radiance has slowed and eventually ceased its dispersal, Legendaries have taken more wide-ranging forms, including characters of particularly well-loved books, or classic archetypes from ancient myths. Legendaries are literally dreams given form…however, it is always prudent to remember that not all dreams are good.
Like Junkmen, Legendaries are creatures that depend entirely upon the Radiance for their existence, and as such, cannot venture into the World Above. Legendaries who do, fade into the ideas and emotions that spawned them, and are re-absorbed into the minds of the humans in the immediate area. This can have a disruptive effect upon Upworlders…recently, a vile Legendaries that was the embodiment of the Sexual Predator distilled from the fears of the cities women was chased to the surface by a group of Bravos hired to hunt it down. Unfortunately, it surfaced near the south end of Central Park during a heavily attended Puerto Rican Day Parade. The concepts of the Legendaries dissipated into the crowd, resulting in a group assault on several dozen women in what the local media referred to as a ‘wilding’.
Ability Modifiers: +2 Intelligence, -2 Strength
Base Speed: 30ft.
Low-light Vision: Legendaries can see twice as far as a human in starlight, moonlight, torchlight and similar conditions of poor illumination. They retain the ability to distinguish color and detail under these conditions.
Radiance Immunities: Legendaries are immune to Sleep spells and effects, and they gain a +2 species bonus on saves against enchantment spells and effects.
Skill Bonuses: Legendaries gain a +1 species bonus on Search, Spot and Listen checks. They gain a +2 species bonus on Diplomacy and Gather Information checks.
Bonus Feat: Legendaries gain the Archaic Weapon Proficiency feat