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: 3d20+30
Movement: 210’ (70’) Fly
30’ (10’) ground
AC: 3 (air), 9 (ground)
Attacks: 1 Bite
Hoard Class: Incidental
The ancient city of New York was considered the financial capital of the world well before the final wars. It was also home to many of the wealthiest families and individuals. Some of these families had dark secrets and many delved into science and knowledge that was best left unknown.
One of the organizations was called the ‘Kicker Movement’ and they had plans to help bring about the apocalypse. Not through nuclear war or similar cataclysms, but instead by allowing creatures from another reality, another dimension to cross over and reshape the Earth to suit their needs.
The most frightening thing is that these insane fanatics nearly succeeded in accomplishing this task. Hidden away in secret research facilities were some of the most brilliant minds of the time. They worked on projects without realizing what the true intent was. These scientists were duped into attempting to break the dimensional barrier, believing that they would be tapping into a previously unknown limitless power source for the betterment of all mankind.
As it turned out these projects were in fact financed by some of these wealthy families and individuals who believed that if they brought around this apocalypse, they would reign over the few humans allowed to survive. They spent untold billions in research and eventually it paid off. The dimensional barrier was indeed breached and what they discovered was not the limitless energy source that they had been expecting.
In fact it was quite the opposite. They discovered the realm that these insane individuals were trying to reach. It was pure hell. Upon breaching the barrier the first creatures to travel through were hideous insect-like monstrosities that were quickly dubbed ‘Chew Wasps’. These unearthly monsters had the appearance of foot-long wasps that were a sickly grey in color, and also possessed a mouth filled with glass-like razor-sharp teeth. Individually, these monstrosities were not all that terribly threatening, but they were never found alone. Swarms of these creatures came through the rip in the space-time fabric and made short work of the scientists and technicians.
Someone was able to shut down the apparatus that allowed the breach in the fabric of the dimensions and the invasion was averted for a short period of time. Rumor has it that this was not the first attempt to breach the dimensions, and in fact this ‘otherness’ had been attempting to take over the world since well before recorded history. The urban legends will go as far as to even saying that if it was not for the actions of a few brave individuals, including a legendary figure dubbed ‘Repairman Jack’, the world would have ended in the early 21