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Riptor

Biography

CONFIDENTIAL: FOR INTERNAL ULTRATECH USE ONLY

This is the copyedit of the Riptor Unit quick start guide (to be published in second quarter of fiscal year). All comments are from Ultratech Legal [UTL] and Ultratech Marketing [UTM].

YOU AND YOUR RIPTOR UNIT

An Ultratech Quick Start Guide

From UT Press

Introduction

Congratulations! You’ve bought yourself a Riptor Unit! Your adventure has just begun!

Ultratech doesn’t always look to the future to find the solutions to military development. Sometimes, we look to the past. So it was with the Riptor project. My mentor, the brilliant genetic engineer Dr. Erin Gupte, believed in a beautiful dream: a ruthless adaptable predator that could rely on its own victims for sustainment, and could maneuver and infiltrate areas where the Fulgore line would never be able to function. [UTM: Can we change the word “victims” to “rivals” or something less pejorative? It makes the Riptor units seem like bullies.]

It is a living and breathing example of American ingenuity!

Dr. Gupte’s first efforts at de-extinction, however, were failures, producing dangerous and uncontrollable animals. But when Dr. Gupte began using her own mind as a training tool for her new creations, simulating upbringing through directed thoughts, a breakthrough happened. She guided the creatures into understanding that there was a place for family and the idea of a pack, “from egg to engagement.” [UTM: Perfect! This makes Gupte sound way less unhinged than the previous version.]

Dr. Gupte’s mind-sync with the Riptors [Stalkers?] had its consequences, however. Her emotional state became unbalanced, and eventually Gupte’s Riptor units turned on her in a tragic act of feral violence. Like many early explorers she had stepped too far too fast. [UTM: This contradicts UT vision. It should instead be framed that she “boldly stepped beyond the bounds of caution, seeking knowledge to further humanities understanding of blah blah blah.” Let’s make lemonade here. Frame this as she died in pursuit of knowledge, blah blah, etc. But that’s the fate of so many heroes.]

Several years have passed since Dr. Gupte left us, but we have not been idle. The RDG (Riptor Development Group) is stronger than ever, thanks to the hard work and dedication of thousands of scientists and technicians, as well as over a billion dollars in R&D. The units themselves have been perfected, and are nearly ready to be deployed by private military contractors. [UTM: No! They ARE ready and UT is selling them to private companies! See recent sales report and insert rounded up # of units here.]

Good luck! And go Ultratech!

–Dr. Stephanie Hastings, CEO, Riptor Development Group

[UTL: Hastings employment will be terminated next week in the reorg. Make sure she signs a release for this introduction or attribute it to her successor.]

Quick Start Guide

Chapter 1: Unboxing

[UTL: This entire chapter has been deleted and has to be rewritten in accordance with the Ultratech Safety and Handling department after initial user testing of unboxing process caused 3 deaths and 4.5 dismemberments.]

Chapter 2: Care and Feeding

You’ve probably already realized that your Riptor unit eats a lot! This hungry lady consumes about 5% of her body weight daily (up to 50 lbs. of meat). That’s a lot of live goats—the preferred Riptor diet. [UTM: Include official link in e-book version to online page for the “Goats On Time, Anytime” Ultratech livestock purchase form.] The most important thing to keep in mind at feeding times are the 3 R’s: Respect, Risk and Reaction Time. Let’s start with the first one.

Respect: Your Riptor has human DNA, so she’s very smart. Always speak to her in a respectful manner because she most likely knows exactly what you’re talking about, even though she does not have the capacity to respond. Refrain from Jurassic Park jokes. [UTM: Can you please change Jurassic Park reference to something more generic like “Refrain from genetically enhanced dinosaur jokes.”] This will only confuse the Riptor, and as you learned from Chapter 3 “A confused Riptor is an angry Riptor.”

Risk: There is inherent risk at feeding time. The Riptor will be incredibly excited about the prospect of eating. Their internal clocks are highly accurate, and they don’t like being hungry. It makes them edgy and irritable. Never look directly into your Riptor unit’s eyes at mealtimes. Their gaze is hypnotizing and this leaves you open to attack. It’s always best to wear your Ultrafyber™ Feeding Gauntlets [UTM: Nice! The Quick Start Guide needs more cross-promotion of UT products like this.] when pushing goats into the armored feeding bins. Riptors have been known to rip through the metal slot bars in a frenzy to get at their dinner.

Reaction Time: All Riptor owners are advised to partake in physical training that increases fast-twitch muscle responses. A Riptor’s bio-enhanced tail can whip at 5 meters per second. That’s as fast as a Black Mamba strike. While the tail isn’t poisonous, the Riptor’s claw tips are teeming with microbes, [UTL: They’re focused plasma, actually. Cauterizes and sterilizes! A benefit!] and the slightest scratch can cause infections similar to flesh-eating bacteria. So stay back and always be on your toes. Or you might get them ripped off your limbs. [UTL: This entire section needs to be cut. Sets UT up for a major lawsuit and creates an indelible and negative image of maimed Riptor owners hopping around on one foot. We’ve already had enough trouble with the Fulgore Mark 03 Field Manual-L class action suit fiasco.]

RIPTOID (Riptor Factoid) [UTL: Have we copyrighted the word “Riptoid” yet? Because I think they want to call these “Stalker” units]

Once your Riptor unit has been satiated by her meal, it’s an excellent opportunity for enhancing the human/dino pack bond. The segments where the Riptor’s tail bionics are adhered need to be scrubbed regularly, and the best way to do this is with a stiff metal brush. The animal’s hide is reinforced with tiny bones called osteoderms, and these serve as a kind of organic chain-mail, making it very difficult to clean. [UTL: No, no, no! We never highlight anything that might lead to a return of the product or a mass recall. Emphasize the fun of scrubbing the Riptor’s tail parts…“It’s just like grooming a pony, blah blah, etc.”]

The Riptor might show her appreciation for this act by butting you with her head while making a low growling sound. Do not be alarmed! This is the Riptor’s version of a purr. You know that a Riptor has truly bonded with you when they regurgitate their gastric pellet at your feet. [UTL: Please remove the photo of the gastric pellet. It’s unappealing and all Riptor waste has tested as a biohazard and should not be documented. Owner should be directed to Chapter 10: Cleanup Time! and a direct reference to the UT Riptor-Box/Enhanced Litter system.] [UTM: Ditto what legal said.]

[Note: the following chapters are currently being rewritten and will be available for copyedit soon.]

Chapter 3: Nap Time

Chapter 4: What to Do If You See an Egg

Chapter 5: Fun Places to Take Your Riptor

Chapter 6: Dino-mites (Hide Infestations)

Chapter 7: The Liability Insurance Blues

Chapter 8: How to Housebreak Your Riptor in 14 Days

Chapter 9: Yes, They’ll Actually Fetch a Car

Chapter 10: Cleanup Time

Chapter 11: From Egg to Engagement: The Soul of a Living Machine

Chapter 12: 101 Riptor Tricks

Chapter 13: Clicker Training the Safe Way

Chapter 14: Fast Tourniquet Techniques

Riptor

Moves List

Special Moves
Shadow Attacks
Combo Openers
Combo Linkers
Finishers
Shoulder Charge
 

Riptor quickly charges and shoulder checks her opponent. Transitions to Predator Mode on block. This move has upper body invulnerability. Heavy Punch has 1 hit of armor.

Talon Rake
 

A quick forward pounce. On block, Riptor rebounds off her opponent allowing for a mid-air Flame Breath or a Tail Flip follow-up. This move is low invulnerable until recovery.

Tail Flip
 

Riptor flips forward and hits her opponent with her tail, recapturing on hit. Can be performed in air or on the ground.

Clever Girl
 

Riptor knocks her opponent into the air, catches them and slams them to the ground, resulting in a ground bounce. Can be used as an anti-air grab.

Shadow Shoulder Charge
 

Riptor lunges forward performing a powerful shoulder charge that hits 5 times. Has 1 hit of armor during run. This move has upper body invulnerability. Transitions to Predator Mode on block.

Shadow Talon Rake
 

Riptor leaps forward performing a quick pounce that hits 5 times. Allows for flame or tail follow-ups on block. This move is low and projectile invulnerable.

Shadow Tail Flip
 

Riptor does a forward flip that hits up to 5 times resulting in a recapture on hit. Upper body invulnerable. Can be performed and steered in air.

Shadow Clever Girl
 

Invulnerable on startup. Riptor hits her opponent several times before launching them high into the air and catching them with a ferocious bite that ends in a ground bounce.

Shoulder Charge
 

Riptor quickly charges and shoulder checks her opponent. Transitions to Predator Mode on block. This move has upper body invulnerability. Heavy Punch has 1 hit of armor.

Talon Rake
 

A quick forward pounce. On block, Riptor rebounds off her opponent allowing for a mid-air Flame Breath or a Tail Flip follow-up. This move is low invulnerable until recovery.

Tail Flip
 

Riptor flips forward and hits her opponent with her tail, recapturing on hit. Can be performed in air or on the ground.

Shadow Shoulder Charge
 

Riptor lunges forward performing a powerful shoulder charge that hits 5 times. Has 1 hit of armor during run. This move has upper body invulnerability. Transitions to Predator Mode on block.

Shadow Talon Rake
 

Riptor leaps forward performing a quick pounce that hits 5 times. Allows for flame or tail follow-ups on block. This move is low and projectile invulnerable.

Shadow Tail Flip
 

Riptor does a forward flip that hits up to 5 times resulting in a recapture on hit. Upper body invulnerable. Can be performed and steered in air.

Tail Stings
 

During Predator Mode, Riptor strikes with scorpion-like tail attacks. This move ends Predator Mode.

Ankle Bite
 

During Predator Mode, Riptor takes a quick bite at her opponent that draws her closer to them. This move ends Predator Mode.

Tail Fling
 

During Survival Run, Riptor performs a powerful anti-air attack. Riptor flicks her tail and flings her opponent forward.

Shoulder Charge
 

Riptor lunges forward performing a powerful shoulder charge.

Talon Rake
 

Riptor leaps toward the opponent with her claws extended.

Shadow Shoulder Charge
 

Riptor lunges forward performing a powerful shoulder charge that hits 5 times.

Shadow Talon Rake
 

Riptor leaps forward performing a quick pounce that hits 5 times.

Shadow Tail Flip
 

Riptor does a forward flip that hits up to 5 times.

Flame Breath
 

A 3 hit Heavy Linker version of Flame Breath.

Tail Zip
 

Riptor quickly zips her tail toward her opponent and drills into her opponent for a 3 hit Heavy Linker.

Ultra
 

A savage and vicious series of attacks.

Stage Ultra
 

Only available on certain stages. Requires specific positioning in the arena.

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