Bloat Fly

Chris Van Deelen

Chris Van Deelen is the author of the Skirmisher Publishing LLC sourcebook Creatures of the Tropical Wastes sourcebook, co-author of its Wisdom from the Wastelands game supplement and contributor to the 'Sword of Kos: Hekaton' Anthology.

No. Enc: 4d10
Alignment:  Neutral
Movement: 180' (60') Fly
AC: 1
HD: 1
Attacks: 1 (projectile egg) or 1 (bite) or 6 (barbed legs)
Damage: 1d6 & special or 1d3 or 1d3
Save: L1
Morale: 4
Hoard Class: None

Bloat Flies are mutated house flies that are very common throughout the wastes. These creatures are gigantic in comparison to their ancestors and are a real nuisance to everyone and everything they encounter. These creatures grow to a size of 1-2 feet and weigh up to 5 pounds. They have nasty barbs on their limbs that allow them to cling to almost any surface, and they can even use this as an attack.

In combat, the mutant insect will first use its ranged attack to literally fire eggs at a target. These eggs hit with surprising powerful force and the target must make a save against poison or be subjected to a nasty surprise in 24 hours.

For every egg that the target fails to save against grows into a Bloat Fly maggot. These creatures will then begin to consume the flesh of the victim, inflicting 1d6 points of damage every round for 3d6 round. This also has a side effect of causing the victim to lose 1d6 points of strength and dexterity until the maggot is either destroyed or it expels itself from the body. Note that this Strength and Dexterity loss only occurs during the first round, it does not continue each subsequent round. Also no matter how many maggots are infesting the host, this loss still only occurs once, not for each one.

The Maggot can be killed by any mental attacks or it can be surgically removed, which will inflict 1d6 points of damage to the victim. Needless to say, as dangerous as the creature is, inhabitants of the wastes can be rid of them without too much difficulty.

They are always attracted to decay and filth.

If the Maggot is allowed to continue to feed and grow, when the 3d6 rounds are up, it will breach the surface of the skin and drop out, shedding its skin and emerging as a smaller version of the Bloat Fly adult. It takes 12 days for the maggot to reach full maturity after this point.

Each adult Bloat Fly is capable of producing 3d12 eggs per day. Once the eggs have been used up, the creatures produce new eggs at the rate of the creature’s natural healing rate (typically 1d3 or more per day).

Once the mutant insect has used up all its eggs in the ranged attacks, they will then close in and try to cling to the target with their barbed legs, allowing them to get a bonus to hit with their bites.

Any Bloat Fly that clings to the target can be removed using strength versus strength checks, with the mutant insect