Dream Stalker

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: 120' (40')
AC: 6
HD: 10
Attacks: 1 (either natural or by weapon type)
Damage:  1d6 or by weapon type
Save: L10
Morale: 10
Hoard Class: I (x4), II (x4), V, XIV

Dream Stalkers are mutant humans that have the ability to project their minds into those who are sleeping.

They appear as normal humans, but their true nature comes out at night. They are psychic vampires who are incapable of gaining sustenance through normal means. Instead they have to feed of psychic energy, usually caused through pain and fear.

As a result, these creatures will actively seek out victims and wait for the victim to go to sleep. When this happens, these mutants then hide their bodies and project their consciousness into that of the victim.

While the conscious mind of the creature is merged with the victim, the mutant’s body is completely helpless and vulnerable. Thus this monster takes great pain in making sure that its body is well hidden.

As the mutant invades its victim's dreams, it generally begins to twist and warp the dreams, in an attempt to confuse the victim. Quite often, the mutant will wait until the very second the victim dozes off and then make the dream appear exactly as reality would dictate, making the victim feel as if it was still actually awake when it isn't.

This monster will use its neural telepathy to make it appear like people close to the victim, until it is close enough to attack. It can also use a specialized version of shapeshift, allowing it to take the shape of any creature that it so desires, giving it all the same physical attacks that the creature would possess in the real world.

It uses all these various factors to induce as much fear as it possibly can, as the psychic energy generated through fear and pain are it's only means of sustenance. Any damage the creature does in the dream is real damage to the victim, and the wounds appear on the body.

Typically, this creature will use melee weapon when attacking its victims. Knives, swords, clubs, even natural weapons like claws and bites are the preferred weapons of choice. For some reason ranged weapons don't have the same effect. It is speculated that this monster must be in 'physical' contact with the victim in order to steal its life force.

If the creature has sustained damage, any damage it causes is healed at the rate of 2 for 1. Thus if it causes 10 points of damage to a victim, it can heal 5 points of damage to itself. It can also build up a hit point reserve this way, which is what it uses to sustain its life force.

This creature can be injured and even killed in the dream state, as long as the victim is able to realize what