Hunter

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: 2d6
Alignment:  Chaotic
Movement: 210’ (70’)
AC: 3
HD: 12
Attacks: 1 bite, 4 claws
Damage: 2d10, 1d8 / 1d8 / 1d8 / 1d8
Save: L12
Morale: 10
Hoard Class: N/A

These creatures were an accident. The original intent by the Ancient scientists who funded and carried out this project was to create a life-form whose organs could be harvested to be used in humans. Several different species had been spliced together to create a chimera, which was supposed to be docile and essentially brainless, only good for their organs.

Legend has it that one of the members of the team responsible for the creation of this new species of monsters was clinically insane, with a serious death-wish. It is unsure if this person ended up using genetic material from several different species of predators, or managed to unlock a hidden genetic code to a long-dead predator.

Either way, the end result was a creature that was a pure and deadly predator which has a startling resemblance to the Eocene mesonychians mammal Andrewsarchus, a long extinct species. Oddly enough, the one aspect of the creation of this creature was that the organs could be used in humans after all.

Physically this monster is about the size of a bull, and weighs in excess of 1500 pounds. It has a distinctly predatory appearance to it, with large claws and a mouth filled with sharp fangs. There is also a long dorsal-like fin running down the center of the monster’s back. The coloring is quite disconcerting, always patterned much like that of a bovine.

These monsters have a voracious appetite and are seemingly always hungry and on the prowl for fresh meat. This is due to their very high metabolism, which causes them to burn calories at a very high rate. Strangely enough, these creatures cannot starve to death. If for some reason they cannot gain enough food to maintain their metabolism, they will go into a hibernation-like state until they sense that fresh meat is near. This state can last for decades or longer if need be.

It should be noted that these creatures will turn on one another during periods in which food is scarce and even a pack will fight to the death, until only the largest and strongest member of the pack remains alive.

They hunt together in a pack and this makes them all that much more dangerous. Typically only one or two will appear, and like many types of pack-hunters, they will use these to attempt to drive prey to where the rest of the pack lays in wait to ambush and devour the hapless victim.

Whatever they kill and consume first goes to healing any damage they have sustained, and they are quite tough, so killing one of these monsters is a challenge all its own. For every 5