Chris Van Deelen

No. Enc: 1
Alignment:  Chaotic
Movement: 90’ (30’)
AC: 6 or by armor type
HD: 14
Attacks: 1 Weapon or by mutation
Damage:  by weapon type or see below.
Save: L14
Morale: 8
Hoard Class: VI, VIII, X, XIII, always one artifact weapon and armor.

This mutant originated in the radioactive ruins of the Ukraine, near the site of the nuclear power plant Chernobyl. For many years wastelands scholars have speculated why so many mutant species seemed to have originated near this location, well before the final wars destroyed the Ancient’s civilization.

Speculation among the scholars have led to the conclusion that the Russian scientists at that time used the catastrophic melt-down as cover to unleash and test genetically engineered creatures upon the land, to see how these twisted beings and life-forms would fair in the radiation bathed ruins.

Out of all the humanoid mutants that were said to have originated in this location, this particular mutant was greatly reviled and feared. These creatures have the same basic shape, size and weight of normal humans, but their heads are disproportionately large for their bodies, giving them a grotesque appearance. Both males and females are bald and have no sign of body hair. For the most part they are solitary, only occasionally coming together to mate and produce offspring. The females always take care of the children borne from these infrequent meetings. The females have the same gestation period as normal humans and the children reach sexual maturity around the same time as their un-mutated distant relatives.

It has been discovered that these creatures have an unusually powerful hatred for Pure Humans and Humans (see Wisdom from the Wastelands issue 4: New Races for more information). Scholars speculate that it is in effect a racial memory of the scientists and other Ancients that created them that has caused this hatred to fester for so many centuries.

For the most part they will leave Mutant Humans alone and unmolested, but if they discover that a Pure Human or Human has entered their territory, they will go out of their way to ensure that the trespasser never leaves alive.

These creatures will always attack from a hidden location, preferring to use their mental phantasm mutation to change the surroundings in order to lead the unwary into a trap. If this proves to be too difficult a task to accomplish, or if the victim has companions, then the mutant will use its powerful and modified version of possession to wreak utter havoc. The mutant is able to tell at a single glance which members of a party have the strongest Will Power and they will always target the weakest willed. They can control up to four individuals at one time and will use these people as puppets to attack their companions or anyone who managed to resist the control.

This version of possession is far more effective on creatures that are of very low Intelligence or Will Power. The will often use local mutants such as Pripyat Rodents to attack interlopers. They can control up to