Deep Terror

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:  Chaotic
Movement: 90’ (30’)
                     150’ (50’) Tentacles
AC: 5
HD: 350
Attacks: 1 Snake Tentacle for every 25 hit points
Damage: 4d6 plus special
Save: L20
Morale: 11
Hoard Class: None

It is said that the Deep Terror has existed for millennia. Many societies that live in and around the South China Sea say that the creature which has gone by many different names terrorized the shipping lanes in that region of the planet since well before the final wars that destroyed the worlds various civilizations.

Records recovered from the region are filled with uncounted tales of ships lost, crews disappearing from their ships, even planes and other craft disappearing without a trace. It is like the Bermuda Triangle.

It didn’t take long after the final wars for this hideous creature to begin making appearances. In fact instead of attacking ships, the creature began to prey upon ocean side communities, appearing seemingly out of nowhere to attack and feast upon the inhabitants.

These creatures live deep beneath the surface of the ocean, some say that they come from the marina trench, that they are somehow able to breach the surface without exploding from the massive pressures that keep the creatures from being crushed at such depths.

Physically the monster appears to be a massive octopod. It has a large head attached to a body that seems to be nothing more than dozens of tentacles. The head has a massive mouth filled with rows of inward-curving teeth, with two huge eyes located on either side of the mouth.

For a creature of such mass, it can fit into openings the size of a truck, allowing it to gain access to locations that most people would figure to be impossible. The creature has no true bone structure, thus allowing it to fit into such small openings. The creature, when spread out, can cover up to 100’ in diameter, and it weighs in excess of 50 tons.

There usually is no warning of an attack by one of these monsters. Things seem fine, and then before anyone can realize the ship or community are suddenly filled with dozens of snake-like tentacles that move with blinding speed and grab anything that they see to consume.

The sensory organs are located around the mouth of these tentacles. The mouth itself is only about 2’ in diameter, but is filled with rows of inward-curving teeth, and the mouth has 10 hook-like claws (5 to a side) that allow the tentacle to grab hold of a target and force it down the length of the tentacle, where it will eventually reach the main stomach of the monster. 

This is the monsters main way of feeding. The creature finds a central location inside the ship or the village and from there, leisurely hunts down the inhabitants, swallowing them whole and digesting them.

When one of the Tentacles