Saibamen, Cell Jrs, an army of Frieza Force Soldiers… Dragon Ball has plenty of minion examples. Minions allow for you to deal with problems without getting your own hands dirty, to gain support against superior numbers, or simply attempt to tire out an opponent while you are given the space to recover energy.
Minions. Minions are classified as characters that are controlled by another character, known as that minion’s Master. They themselves cannot take any Actions unless their master uses the Command Maneuver. Minions themselves have Two Actions but no Counter Action and one of their Actions must either be a Movement Maneuver or transferred into a Counter Action.
Minions do not have a Capacity Rate or Health Thresholds. If you have multiple Minions, they all share a place in Initiative. A minion’s Initiative Roll is equal to their master’s Initiative Roll -1.
Minions are killed if their Life Points reach 0, unless you spend a Karma Point to keep them alive. When a Minion has their Life Points reduced to 0, the character that made the attack which defeated them gains One Action to spend immediately. You can only gain One Action per Combat Round through this method.
Limited Control. While the Command Maneuver lets you command a Minion, it can only be used once per turn on a single Minion. The number of Minions you can control in a single turn depends on your Personality Attribute Modifier. At +1 or higher, you can only use the Command Maneuver once per Combat Round. At +6 or higher, you can use the Command Maneuver twice per Combat Round. At +10 or higher, you can use the Command Maneuver three times per Combat Round.
You can only have a number of Minions equal to half your Personality Modifier.
If you do not give your Minions orders with the Command Maneuver, they use their Actions to instead regain 1d8(T) Life and Ki Points. Increase the amount of Life and Ki Points they regain by the Personality Modifier of their master.
As a note, Minions do not have Racial Traits and their Power Level is 5 lower than yours was when you created them (min. Power Level 1). Minions do not grow stronger with you and remain as they are when created. By default, Minions are Medium Size.
Statistics. While the capabilities of Minions vary from Minion to Minion, their Life Points and Ki Points remain the same. A minion’s Maximum Life Points is equal to 1/5 the Maximum Life Points of their master (rounded up) and their Ki Point Pool is equal to 1/3 the Ki Point Pool of their master (rounded up).
Either through magic, racial abilities, super advanced technology, or good old army conscription, creating a Minion is an easy process, akin to a small Character Creation, but based almost exclusively on their master’s Tier of Power. Attributes, Skills, Talents and even the special ‘Minion Traits’ are selected in relation to your Tier of Power.
Follow the below steps to create your own minion! It’s heavily suggested to create them before your actual sessions, so as to not clog a session with the creation process, but since it is a relatively quick and simple process, you should be able to temporarily pause combat and create a Minion if necessary.
As a note, Minions do not have Racial Traits and are one Tier of Power lower than you are when you create them. Minions do not grow stronger with you and remain as they are when created. By default, Minions are Medium Size.
Step One: Attributes and Saving Throws. Select two Attributes; these Attributes start with an Attribute Score of 6 while every other Attribute starts with an Attribute Score of 2. You gain 4(T) Attribute Points to spend on your Minion’s Attribute Scores.
In addition, you may select one Saving Throw for them to become Proficient in. It must be a Saving Throw tied to an Attribute that they have at least an Attribute Score of 6 in.
Step Two: Skills and Talents. You gain 2(T) Skill Proficiencies to give to your Minion and 1(T) Talents.
Step Three: Minion Traits. You can select 1(T)+1 Minion Traits from the list below. Minion Traits cannot be taken multiple times unless specified in the trait.
Minion Perk (Minion Trait). You can gain this trait multiple times. Select one of the following bonuses to gain:
Monstrous (Minion Trait). Select one of the Beastman Racial Traits. Your Minion gains that Racial Trait. You can gain this trait multiple times.
Different Scale (Minion Trait). Minions, by default, are Medium. By taking this trait, you can either increase/decrease their Size Category by one category. You can gain this trait multiple times.
Specialized Minion (Minion Trait). You gain 10(T) Technique Points (TP) to make Signature Techniques for your Minion. If it is a Technique you already know, reduce its total TP Cost by -2(T).
Healthy Minion (Minion Trait). Increase your Minion’s Life Points by +5(T) and their Soak Value by +1(T).
Regenerating Minion (Minion Trait). At the start of their turn, your Minion regains +3(T) Life Points.
Generalist (Minion Trait). A Minion with this Trait is able to ignore the requirement of using one of its actions as a Movement or Counter Action.
Phalanx Fighter (Minion Trait). When the Master of a Minion with the Phalanx Fighter trait uses the Command Maneuver with that minion as the target, all Minions with the Phalanx Fighter trait can be controlled. However, all Minions with the Phalanx Fighter trait must make the same maneuvers and every action used by a Minion with the Phalanx Fighter Trait costs an additional 1(T) Ki Points. If they use the Movement Maneuver, they can move in different directions.
Aggressor (Minion Trait). If this Minion is not given a command through the Command Maneuver, they will still do a single basic attacking maneuver on their turn against the nearest opponent. If tied, you choose. If they are within Melee Range, they will use a Simple Physical attack. If the target is outside of their Melee Range, they will use a Sphere Energy attack.
Defender (Minion Trait). If this Minion is not given a command through the Command Maneuver, they still gain +1 Counter Action to use either for the Guard Parry Maneuver or for the Intervene Maneuver.
Sentry (Minion Trait). When this Minion is created or at the start of a Combat Encounter, they can be moved up to 5(T) squares from their current position. After this, they cannot use the Movement Maneuver. If any opponents enter or leave this minion’s Melee Range, this minion will use an Out-of-Sequence Action to make a Simple Physical attack against that character.
Transforming Minion (Minion Trait). A Minion with this Trait gains access to an Alternate Form or Enhancement Power with an ‘Any’ Racial Requirement that your ARC allows. They must be able to reach the Tier of Power Requirement.
Dynamic Ability (Minion Trait). Work with your ARC to create a unique ability for your Minion.