Adipose

Chris Van Deelen

No. Enc: 1d6 or 50d10 in communities
Alignment: Neutral or Chaotic
Movement: 60’ (20’)
AC: 4
HD: 1 per 10 lbs.
Attacks: 1 bite
Damage: 1d3+1 (plus egg infestation, see description)
Save: L1
Morale: 4
Hoard Class: None

The ancients were obsessed with physical beauty and perfect, this is a well-known fact. Several species of Pure Humans that survived the fall and can be found in the wasteland, such as the Exotics (see Wisdom from the Wastelands Issue 4: New Races for more information), attest to this fact.

Due to their vanity, fat was hideous. All manner of fad diets were attempted with varying degrees of success. Then the solution was discovered and after years of research, was finally put on the market. A parasite had been genetically modified to absorb fat from the human body and then harmlessly pass through the epidermal layer, leaving the user thinner and more attractive.

The little creatures appear as doughy, vaguely humanoid creatures that are about a foot in height. They possess stubby little arms and legs and have a pair of black eyes, and a small mouth. Most beings who see them consider the little creatures to be ‘cute’.  Originally the creatures would be easily collected or turned into pharmaceutical companies, where they would be disposed of. Sometimes they were turned into pets, as they were harmless and infinitely charming.

In fact, these little mutants started out as a genetically engineered parasite. The parasite would be consumed and after 1d3 days, it would gather all the fatty tissue (within limits, humans do need some fat to survive) and use it to create a small body to use. This body would then harmlessly pass through the epidermal layer and could then be disposed of quickly and efficiently.

With the coming of the final wars, these little creatures were once again subjected to genetic tinkering and were turned into biological weapons. Many terrorist organizations, as well as countries hostile towards the superpowers of the day often would hijack shipments of the dietary supplement and replace them with the modified versions.

These new terror adipose would take more than just body fat. They would often absorb tissue, organs and even bones into their bodies, causing great harm and often death. To make it worse, instead of just leaving the body and either dying or waiting for orderly disposal, the creatures were capable of breeding and would lay eggs in food staples in order to infect even more victims.

In the aftermath of the final wars, many of the creatures were destroyed outright, but enough survived to being life in the wastes. They have achieved a level of sentience and although they are still driven to infect and create more of their kind, many of the creatures have come to understand that they do not need to kill or procreate in vast numbers. These creatures have discovered that they can in fact work together with humans and other mutants, both gaining benefits from one another.

The original version of the parasite would absorb up to ten pounds of fat in a human. For each ten pounds (or fraction), one would be spawned and then painlessly leave the body for collection and disposal. These versions can still be found in the wastelands, typically as stashes of the untampered diet pills they came in are unearthed and distributed.

The wild or tampered versions can be found anywhere, but mainly travel to communities, where they can ‘seed’ food stocks with their eggs and allow the food to be consumed. The wild versions are larger and far more dangerous. First, they can grow up to fifty pounds in size, and are about the size of a small child. If the consumer has fifty pounds of fat or more, they are going to be injured when the creature leaves the body, but will suffer no additional effects.

When a parasite is consumed, the victim is allowed a saving throw versus poison. If the save fails, the parasite’s egg is destroyed by the body’s natural defenses and there is no harm caused.

If the save fails, the egg hatches and the parasite then begins to absorb 10 pounds of fat every 1d3 days. If the victim does not have that much fat, then the parasite will absorb organs, muscle and even flesh. This translates into 1d3 points of Constitution and Strength loss (alternating, whichever is higher) every 1d3 days. The victim will also suffer 3d6 points of physical damage as well.

A rough guide to how much fat a body contains should equal approximately 10% for an average adult male. So if a healthy human male weighs 200 pounds, then approximately 20 pounds of that will be fat. As such, the victim would not feel any effects for the first 2d3 days as the fat is absorbed. Once that has happened however, the victim will then suffer 3d3 points of Constitution or Strength loss over the next 3d3 days, and take 9d6 points of damage.

This could very well kill someone who has a low Constitution score. If the Constitution score reaches zero, the victim dies instantly. If the Strength score reaches zero, the victim is helpless and cannot move or take care of themselves.

Once the creature has absorbed 50 pounds of fat or tissue, it will then leave the body. This will cause an additional 5d6 points of damage as it simply rips free from the victim, quite possibly killing the victim in the process.

After all this has occurred, and the victim somehow manages to survive, they will recover the lost statistic points at their natural healing rate per day. Note that this can be modified negatively due to lost Constitution. The victim can choose which statistics recover first.

Non-wild versions will only grow on body fat. They will often seek out those who are overweight and offer to absorb the fat without harming the victim. Many of those in the wastelands agree to this. The process is the same; they will infect food with an egg and have the user consume it. The same saving throw is required. If the save fails, then the egg will hatch. It will not consume anything except body fat, but unlike the original versions, it can grow up to 50 pounds. If a truly obese creature wishes, they can consume multiple eggs to lose their fat.

The benefit of having their body fat consumed in this manner will have the following effects. First, they will gain a -1 reaction bonus for every 30 pounds of fat converted. Secondly, they will feel healthier and gain 1d3 points of Constitution (maximum of 18). Third, they will gain 1d3 points of Charisma. With the exception of the reaction bonus, these gains are permanent, or until the creature regains the fat. The reaction bonus is only good for 1d4 weeks. This can only be used once!  Any additional parasites will not give the user any additional benefits, other than removing the fat.

For the most part, these creatures will avoid combat. The little creatures will flock together and live in small communities, living as any intelligent, social creature will. Those that are of the terrorist or wild variety will engage in combat, biting to spread their eggs, or sneak around to contaminate food in order to procreate. Anyone bitten will take 1d4+1 points of damage and must make a saving throw versus poison, with a negative equal to the damage inflicted or become infected with an egg. A second saving throw versus poison is required 1d3 days after being bitten, as the egg will attempt to begin to grow. If a victim is bitten multiple times, then multiple saving throws are required.

The downside is that a lot of predatory mutants find the little creatures tasty and actively seek out these creatures to consume. For some unknown reason, animals and plants are immune to the eggs and their bodies automatically absorb any eggs that are produced. There are also humanoids that are sufficiently deviated from the normal human genetic stock that are immune (any mutants with 8 or more physical and mental mutations).

Mutations: Bizarre appearance (d)

Source: Doctor Who