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Impids are a xenotype of fire-breathing devilish desertpeople. They are adapted well to the desert, but sacrifice ability with melee fighting, plants, and animals, to accomplish this. They're recognizable by their horns, bright skin, and fire-breathing attacks.
Made for desert life, impid cultures live on many rimworlds and dry deathworlds. Impids are extremely fast-moving, easily tolerate high temperatures, and can spew fire from their mouths. Though they are masters on the sand, impids struggle in other environments. They are terrible with farming. They fight well at range, but in close combat their physical weakness becomes apparent.
Outlanders call them dustrunners because of their speed over open terrain and resistance to heat. Some tribes call them devils because of their horns and because they burn their enemies.
The savage impid tribe has no intention of coexisting peacefully with anyone else. Their warriors are experts at using their natural speed and flame attacks to burn the towns and children of other peoples. Impid tribes' combat tactics usually center on rapid-approach incendiary attacks using both handheld fire weapons and their fire spew ability.
Having been on the planet for thousands of years, the origins of this tribe are lost in myth. They might descend from a group of settlers who lost their technology, or an impid community in some long-ruined civilization. - In Game Description
The table below describes the chance for a given pawn from each faction being a impid. Note that this value does not account for chances in xenotype chance from ideoligion or from pawn kind, it only shows the base value before those factors.
|Fierce neanderthal tribe||0%|
|Savage impid tribe||100%|
|Civil outlander union||0%|
|Rough outlander union||0%|
|Rough pig union||0%|
|Cannibal pirate gang||2.5%|
Impids generally live in the desert and their genes reflect this. They have a mixed bag of physical abilities, but their fire spew ability is their main talent.
Impids differ from regular baselines in two major ways: their skin color (which can vary from orange all the way to red) and the mini-horns which protrude from their head. These both offer no advantage in combat and are purely cosmetic. They also have blond hair and no beards.
Impids have a gene complexity of 11 complexity. With a 0 metabolic efficiency, they have a hunger rate of ×100%. Their genes are all hereditary germline genes, unlike the xenogenes of some other xenotypes, like hussars.
All impids have these germline genes:
|Fire spew||Weak immunity||Slow wound healing||Very fast runner||Unhappy||Cold weakness||Heat super-tolerant||Fire resistant||Weak melee damage|
|Beardless||Mini-horns||Sandy-blonde hair||Orange hair||Pale yellow skin||Orange skin||Deep red skin|
|Poor plants||Poor animals|
You'll meet many impids when you get attacked by the Savage Impid Tribe: a vicious tribe with every intention of burning your base down. There is a slight chance that impids will show up with various pirate gangs, but it appears impids do not attempt to peacefully cohabitate in regular tribes and unions. they will also appear in transport pod crashes, as is the same for almost every xenotype.
Impids are threatening enemies due to the combination of Very Fast Runner and Fire Spew. Impids are hard to kite, due to their speed. Their fire can cause pawns to run around wildly, removing them from cover. Care should be taken in indoor areas as the fire can quickly spread. Mechanoids are a decent counter against their fire-breathing; mechs are immune to fire, but enemies will waste their fire spew regardless. Weak melee damage encourages melee tactics.
As colonists, impids main benefit is very fast runner's movement speed. Fire Spew has a 5 day cooldown, but it can be useful to disengage from melee enemies. They are poor at Plants and Animals, but are reasonably good at most other tasks, depending on the specific colonist. Impids are naturally resistant against heat and weak against cold, though parkas and/or heaters should keep impids warm even in the coldest of biomes. High speed, weak melee, and slow wound healing encourage them to be ranged fighters.
It is not recommended to use impids as slaves. The depressive gene leads to frequent nervous breakdowns, and during uprisings, impids can set fire to valuable or explosive objects. On the other hand, weak close combat allows two impids to stun rebellious colonists without harm to health.