Hammerheads

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: 1d6
Alignment:  Chaotic
Movement: 90' (30')
                    180’ (60’) Swim
AC: 4
HD: 15
Attacks: 3 (1 bite and 2 claws)
Damage: 3d6 / 2d4+1d3 / 2d4+1d3
Save: L15
Morale: 6
Hoard Class: VII, XVI

These mutant creatures are yet another chimera. They are a combination of human and hammerhead shark that gives the creature the ability to live both under water and on land, while giving the predatory shark the intellect of a human.

Like so many of the other chimeras that are found in the wastes, there are those who believe that these mutants were created through science in order to be used as biological weapons. And as is always the case, there are those who feel that these creatures are simply a genetic accident that managed to survive. Either way, these creatures are deadly, evil and have a very hearty appetite for flesh of any sort.

They look like shark that walks on two legs, or fins that have evolved to allow the creature to walk. In the water they are extremely fast and graceful swimmers, although when on land they are only somewhat slower than most other creatures.

The average creature stands about seven feet in height and weighs a respectable 300 pounds. The flesh is grey and very rough, almost like sandpaper. Anyone who attempts to grapple with one of these monsters or uses any physical weapons on it will suffer 1d3 points of damage as a result.

The creature’s front fins have evolved as well; giving them webbed fingers that they can use to manipulate objects. The fingers are also very strong and sharp, giving the creature a powerful rake attack.

It appears that they are of a neutral gender, that every member can lay eggs and they don’t require mating, although there are those who speculate that occasionally these monsters undergo a metamorphosis, changing them into males and females simply to add new genetic material to the bloodline.

These creatures lay eggs usually once every 18 months. The eggs are always deposited in areas heavily choked with seaweed or other aquatic plants, giving the eggs a chance to survive and grow.

The young mutants develop over a period of 12 months before they hatch, and then grow to maturity in seven years.

They live and hunt in small pods of up to 6 individuals. They make their homes in the water, typically using plant matter to weave small huts, or optionally they will live in underwater caverns or even ruins and wrecks.

Being as intelligent as they are, these mutants are capable of making complex plans of attack, and have even been known to use powerful artifact weapons and other equipment. Any such items are always carefully stored away on shore near their homes, unless the items prove to be waterproof.

These creatures are very sadistic and