City Killer Mark 1

Chris Van Deelen

Chris Van Deelen is the author of the Skirmisher Publishing LLC sourcebook Creatures of the Tropical Wastes sourcebook and co-author of its Wisdom from the Wastelands game supplement.

No. Enc: 1
Alignment:  Neutral
Movement: 2400’ (800’)
                    450’ (150’) Swim
AC: -10
HD: 500
Attacks: 1 (smash)
Damage: Death or 50d6
Save: L20
Morale: 11
Hoard Class: None

Near the end of the final wars, many of the Ancient scientists saw that their enemy was too strong and kept coming out with larger and more destructive weapons. As a result the scientists did the same but went the way of using biological weapons instead. Several different CKM or City Killer Marks were created.

This massive mutant monster was designed after a bat but grown to immeasurable size and ferocity. The creature walks about on four massive legs and reaches a height of just over 200’ and weighs in excess of 1000 tons. Due to the massive size of the creature, it is able to cover vast distances of ground as it runs, easily overtaking pretty much any creature caught on the ground.

Nothing can withstand the onslaught of this monster. Buildings are toppled and reduced to rubble in a matter of a handful of rounds (typically 1d4+7 rounds) while anything that is stomped on by the creature has to save versus death or die outright. If the creature or target saves, that means it was able to get out from the path of the stomp.

Flying targets are attacked by biting and anything large or smaller in size has to save once again versus death or be swallowed whole. Creatures swallowed whole suffer 10d6 points of damage per round from the acid in the City Killers stomach and would have to cause 100 points of damage (attacking AC 0) in order to cut their way out of the creature’s stomach.

The creature is very difficult to injure due to the thickness of its hide. Most weapons simply can’t penetrate the hide and even energy and mental attacks have little to no effect on it.

As is the case with pretty much all these biological weapons, no one really knows if they even can be killed. Records of their use before the final fall of the Ancients are spotty at best, and it has been noted that using nuclear, antimatter or other similar weapons ended up not only destroying the creature, but destroying the city that the creature was attacking at the same time.

It is also not known if a creature like this was capable of reproduction, although the creature does use a system of ‘ drones’, smaller creatures that live in the lower portion of the creatures torso. They drop these drones and the creatures hit the ground, ready to wreak havoc on smaller targets that the mother creature would have difficulty in accessing (such as those who hide underground).

Although rarely seen in the wastelands, they do occasionally show up in the massive ruins of the Ancient cities. These monsters will often stomp around the ruins, sometimes creating more, while