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Old 07-22-2020, 05:49 AM   #1
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For some reason YouTube has been feeding me goose videos lately, like this one and this one. So as an offering to the GURPS gods for the not-upcoming bestiary, I present this martial art (to go together with my earlier Cat Fighting Style).

Geese are very protective of their goslings, and will use Acting to fool people into thinking they've broken a wing, only to fly away at the last second. If that fails, they will bite, whack with their wings, and fly into people. them. Since they weigh up to 15 lbs. and can fly at speeds up to 40 mph (Move 20), that's quite a punch. Geese have been known to knock over people and break bones.
When fighting other geese, they will bite and whack with their wings.
Cinematic geese, like the Nordlondr skelfileg gęs can have access to skills like Flying Leap and Power Blow.These geese are bred for combat, and betting on geese fights is a popular pastime in Nordlondr settlements.It is said that the wizard Skolle Gaesfadhr had such a goose as a familiar, and they fought together, the goose distracting his enemies while he was casting spells.

Skills: Aerobatics, Brawling, Intimidation, Sumo Wrestling.
Techniques: Evade, Eye-Pluck (with beak).
Cinematic Skills: Flying Leap, Kiai, Power Blow.
Cinematic Techniques: Flying Jump Kick, Springing Attack.
Perks: Aerobatic Feints, Alternative Training (Can use Flying Jump Kick with Brawling), Biting Mastery, Iron Beak, Penetrating Honk, Trademark Move (Flying Jump Kick to the torso).

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Advantages: Acute Sense (Vision), Ally Group (gaggle), Extra Attack 1, Higher Purpose (Defend goslings), Unfazeable (Only when protecting goslings, -60%).
Disadvantages: Bad Temper (brooding season), Dependents (goslings).
Skills: Acting, Flight, Karate, Survival.
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Old 07-22-2020, 03:13 PM   #2
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Tier Zoo has Are Geese OP?. He explains both the strength and weaknesses of Geese. And why Swans are better.
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Old 07-23-2020, 02:31 AM   #3
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Cinematic Skills: Flying Leap, Kiai, Power Blow.
*honk intensifies*

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Old 07-23-2020, 05:19 AM   #4
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I think you might want to look at the perk that lets you use Karate with a bite, and if you do, add adding karate as an optional skill.
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Old 07-23-2020, 05:22 AM   #5
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Good idea. Thanks!
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Old 07-23-2020, 03:16 PM   #6
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Skills: Aerobatics, Brawling, Intimidation, Sumo Wrestling.
Geese are quite good at Intimidation. I've seen a couple (who did live on a heavily-used urban riverbank) change a large dog's mind about attacking them with a few wing movements, a bit of hissing and hard stares.
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Old 07-24-2020, 02:01 AM   #7
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Geese are quite good at Intimidation. I've seen a couple (who did live on a heavily-used urban riverbank) change a large dog's mind about attacking them with a few wing movements, a bit of hissing and hard stares.
Most animals' fighting style should involve Intimidation (these are fighting styles, not hunting styles). If you can scare off your opponent without having to fight, that's a big win.
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Old 07-24-2020, 11:58 AM   #8
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Most animals' fighting style should involve Intimidation (these are fighting styles, not hunting styles). If you can scare off your opponent without having to fight, that's a big win.
Hence cats arching their backs while their fur stands on-end, and other sorts of 'make me look bigger' tricks that various animals do.
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Old 07-24-2020, 12:25 PM   #9
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Hence cats arching their backs while their fur stands on-end, and other sorts of 'make me look bigger' tricks that various animals do.
Here's an owl attempting that same tactic on a cat:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wh09VYwhv_o
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Old 07-24-2020, 03:08 PM   #10
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Geese have been permanently associated with the Untitled Goose Game for me, so if I were to make a lens on that it'd have optional disadvantages like Trickster, Kleptomania or other general "I'm a jerk" traits.
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