Flying Piranha

Chris Van Deelen

Chris Van Deelen is the author of the Skirmisher Publishing LLC sourcebook Creatures of the Tropical Wastes sourcebook, co-author of its Wisdom from the Wastelands game supplement and contributor to the 'Sword of Kos: Hekaton' Anthology.

No. Enc: 4d12
Alignment:  Neutral
Movement: Swim 120' (40')
                                 Fly 60' (20')
                                 Land 9' (3')
AC: 5
HD: 1
Attacks: 1 Bite (Special, see description)
Damage: 1d8 (Special, see description)
Save: L1
Morale: 6
Hoard Class: None

Flying Piranha were genetically engineered to be used as a biological weapon, but as is typically the case, these creatures escaped into the wild and ended up breeding, terrorizing communities and resorts up to the end, and then things only got worse.

These mutant fish are larger than their un-mutated cousins, being typically 1 to 2 feet in length and weighing in about 5 to 10 pounds. They do share similar appearances to the original species, with the exception that their bodies are elongated, and the mouths are significantly larger, filled with sharp teeth.  Of course the fact that they can use their fins as actual wings, allowing them to fly out of the water for brief periods of time.  These creatures are fully capable of breathing water and air, and have been adapted to life in both fresh and salt water.

Although not as fast in the air as they are underwater, they can still chase down prey for miles if need be. If for some reason they are unable to remain airborne, they are very slow and vulnerable to attack, and will not be able to get airborne unless they can reach water.

Individually, as with their ancestors, these creatures are not too formidable, even though their bites are quite deadly. It doesn't take much to kill one of these creatures. But in a group, they can quickly and easily take down even the largest of mutant creatures, leaving nothing more than bones with a little bit of blood and gristle.

In combat, if there are more than ten of these creatures, they will get one single attack dice roll, with a +1 to hit for every three individuals. If the bite hits, the damage done is 1d12 for every 4 individuals in the swarm, thus if a pack of 30 attack a victim, they will receive a +10 to hit and will do 7d12 points of damage.  Of course the mutant Lord can still roll to hit for each individual but that could be very time consuming and tedious.

Despite the fact these creatures are quite deadly when together as a swarm, they are actually quite tasty and many tribes and other mutant communities actively hunt the Flying Piranha for food, and even some have gone as far as breeding the creatures for not just food, but protection.

Mutations: Aberrant form (xenomorphism - lungs), complete wing development.

Source: Piranha 2: The Spawning (1982)