Chud

Chris Van Deelen

No. Enc: 1d12
Alignment:  Chaotic
Movement: 90' (30')
AC: 4
HD: 7
Attacks: 3 (bite, claw, claw)
Damage: 1d8 (plus special, see below), 1d6 / 1d6
Save: L5
Morale: 8
Hoard Class: None

Although the Ancients were responsible for so many miracles before the fall of their kind, they also inadvertently created and cause all manner of horror and strife. One of the biggest issues before the final fall was a huge problem with corporations causing all manner of toxic accidents and pollution.

In the days preceding the final wars, one such corporation was responsible for dumping toxic and highly radioactive materials into the abandoned subway system of Metropolitan New York.

A completely unforeseen side effect of this was the creation of an entire new and sadly, stable mutant race of humans. The victims were the homeless and destitute that made the tunnels their homes.

These unfortunate folk began to mutate heavily and slowly lost their intelligence and what little sanity most had left. They began to feed off other homeless folk, and then began to crawl their way up from the sewers and abandoned tunnels to begin to attack and feed off commuters and those who were unfortunate enough to cross their paths.

They became known as C.H.U.D.'s, or cannibalistic humanoid underground dwellers. The name stuck and eventually became the generic term for these creatures.  Although appearances differ from creature to creature, they do share several traits in common. First, they are hairless (most likely as a result from exposure to heavy radiation and other toxins), and heavily misshapen, although they do still retain a humanoid appearance. The flesh appears to be scarred and wrinkled, although it is very resilient and tough, giving them natural armour. The features are off-kilter, the eyes typically being misaligned, the ears in the wrong position and so forth.

The most startling feature of the creature is without a doubt the brightly glowing eyes. They range in color, but most of the time the eyes are green, yellow or red. The lips have peeled back from the mouth to reveal misshapen, jagged fangs, dripping with a toxic slime. The hands and feet have also undergone similar mutation, typically losing one or more digits, and those that remain are about twice as long as a normal digit and end in sharp, boney claws.

The bones, with the exception of the hands and feet, also soften and turn into a substance far more like cartilage than bone. It is still quite strong but far more flexible, and as a result, these creatures take only half damage from bludgeoning attacks. Another side effect is that these hideous mutants are able to fit into openings that a normal human wouldn't be able to access. They can fit through openings as small as six inches in diameter. This also allows them to stretch their bodies, doubling the reach of a normal human, or even allowing them to stretch their necks out so that they can push through small openings to bite creatures that might be in hiding.

These creatures do not