Dren

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: 120' (40')
                      Fly: 280' (80')
                      Swim: 60' (20')
AC: 7
HD: 8
Attacks: 1 stinger or 1 bite or by weapon
Damage: 1d6 plus poison, 1d4 or by weapon
Save: L8
Morale: 6
Hoard Class: I, II, IV, XIV

Named after the original creation, these creatures were a true chimera. They were created by accident by the Ancients in their never ending quest to create new sources for drugs, unique proteins and other such similar creations to help mankind in general.

Such as nature is, the first creature became the progenitor of a long line of a new stable race, and a true Chimera it was, having traits from many different animal species.

When they're first born, they appear as a small, hairless animal-like creature with two disjointed legs, tailed, no arms, a very small mouth and two large eyes set in the sides of a large head.

As the chimera mature, they develop arms and the bodies take on a more human like appearance, although throughout their lives they retain the animal like disjointed legs, tail and have only four fingers on their hands. They do not grow any sort of body hair (with the exception of eyebrows), and the pupil is oddly shaped, being almost cross-like.

These humanoids reach maturity incredibly quickly, growing from the small animal-like infant to a humanoid appearing child in a matter of two to three months, and from there to a fully developed adult within six months.

The drawback to the quick development is despite how intelligent these creatures are, they don't reach mental maturity as quickly, and tend to act childish (despite the consequences) for several years, including the ability to speak, which takes typically six months to two years. Until then, they communicate through hand signals, facial expressions (the human appearing face is very capable of emotional expression), and squeaks, clicks and other animal like sounds.

These chimera’s have complete reptile-like wings that remain hidden in the arms and back until fully deployed, at which time they burst from the limbs and backs, allowing the creatures to be able to glide or fly with incredible speed. These creatures also have smaller organs located on either side of the lungs that activate when the chimera are exposed to water, allowing them to breath water indefinitely.

Like humans, these creatures are capable of the full range of personality and emotions. They can be very loving and caring, while others can be murderous monsters. A lot has to do with the up-bringing from the parent.

The chimera’s are fully capable of reproduction after six months of age and are able to reproduce with members of their own species, but often look for Pure Humans and Humans (see Wisdom from the Wastelands issue 4: New Races for more information) to mate with. The gestation of the female is only half that