Ant, Giant fire Warrior

Chris Van Deelen

No. Enc: 1d12
Alignment:  Neutral
Movement: 120’ (40’)
AC: 3
HD: 6
Attacks: 1 bite or fire
Damage: (2d4), or 3d6 plus special
Save: L6
Morale: 11
Hoard Class: None

Some will find the name Giant Ant misleading. The creatures are in fact gargantuan when compared to their un-mutated cousins, but they are still quite small when compared to some of the other mutated insects that inhabit the radioactive wastes.

Giant Fire Ants make their homes in deserts or the dry and dusty plains of the mid-west and have been seen in other locations such as the ruined nations of South America and even as far as China, Europe and the Middle East.

These creatures do not like the cold, and will never be found in the northern reaches of North America or in the arctic regions.

Like their ancestors, the Giant Fire ants live in hives with a single queen, warrior and workers. The warriors are always massed around the incredibly huge form of the queen and act as sentries around the hive itself. They are also known to act as escorts for the worker fire ants. The average hive will contain several hundred workers and the number of warriors will be approximately 20% of that number.

The warrior fire ant stands about two feet high at the shoulder and are around six feet in length, and weigh in at a whopping three hundred plus pounds. On top of their regular senses, the ants are also able to see in the thermal spectrum and can sense vibrations and detect chemicals (including poisons and other toxins).  The exoskeleton is extremely tough, far tougher than that of the worker ants and is a deep crimson in color. The Antenna gives the ant its unique senses and is very sensitive. If the antenna is damaged in any way, the fire ant warrior will begin to attack the closest target, even if it is another member of the hive, a fellow warrior or the like until they are killed.

When engaged in combat, the fire ant warrior will first shoot a stream of chemicals that when exposed to oxygen, will burst into flame. This fire will continue to burn for 3 rounds, doing 3d6 on the first round, 2d6 on the second round and finally 1d6 on the last round, when the chemicals are finally consumed.

The chemical cannot be put out by any means except by a chemical fire extinguisher, or are either subjected to extreme cold or the target is completely submersed in water, which will then smother the flames.

The GM can decide if items carried by the victim are damaged by the fire and subject to condition level loss.

Giant fire ant warriors can use this flame attack six plus 1d6 times per day. Once the flame has been used up, then the ants will resort to biting with their strong, sharp mandibles.

These ants are very protective of the hive and rarely will ever leave it. Occasionally the ants will act as escorts to the workers, but only if they