Desert Dwellers

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: 1d8 (6d6)
Alignment:  Chaotic
Movement: 90’ (30’)
AC: 4
HD: 8
Attacks: 1 (weapon) with +7 to hit.
Damage: by weapon type plus 1d6+3 additional damage
Save: L8
Morale: 4
Hoard Class: XVI (weapons only, 100% x2)

Desert Dwellers are nomadic humanoids that live exclusively in the hot and arid regions all over the globe. They are particularly abundant in the area known as the Sahara Desert, as well as the deserts that cover what was Nevada and portions of New Mexico, California and Texas.

These humanoids have the same average height and weight of the pure humans although it is all but impossible to tell what they look like, as they are always covered from head to toe in desert garb. This garb is always the color of the surrounding desert and gives them a slight natural camouflage, enabling them to surprise creatures on a 1-2.

Both males and females always wear masks to cover their faces, the males typically using breathers or even the face plates of robotic units. This is done to not only to protect them from the harsh conditions they live in, but to strike fear into the hearts of those who would oppose them.  Females and children also wear the masks, but it is strictly for protection and not for combat or to generate fear.

Those who have been unmasked appear to be un-mutated humans, although the skin is very pale and almost childlike in appearance because it is always protected from the harsh elements. Hair color is always black although both sexes keep the hair shorn close to the skin, so it does not interfere with the clothing they wear.

These mutant humans are a nomadic people and are extremely xenophobic. They hate any creature that isn’t a member of their own species and will almost always attack on sight, although they are also quite cowardly and will typically only attack when they clearly have the advantage or can attack from a superior position, range ambush any would be targets.

Often they will take young human-appearing females as prisoners in order to keep their gene pool from becoming contaminated. They will simply kill those who are clearly too mutated to use, although some mutations have crept into their collective genetics over the generations.

These nomads are of average intelligence and are fully aware of the value of artifacts and employ any they find.  Because of this, they have been known to raid settlements or isolated communities and farms for any artifacts that they feel would be of benefit to their tribe.

These human mutants as stated are nomadic and travel in small family groups consisting of three to five families. Each family consists of the parents (or single parent), 1-3 children and occasionally the grandparents. So a typical tribe will have 18-30 members.

The males are the hunters, protectors and warriors. Whenever these nomads are encountered