Hybrids, Generation Two

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: 2d8
Alignment:  Neutral
Movement: 90’ (30’)
AC: By armor type
HD: 12
Attacks: By weapon
Damage: by weapon
Save: L12
Morale: 7
Hoard Class: VII, VIII (x4 75%), IX (x2), XV, XXI (always 1 weapon and high tech armor)

The first version of the alien / human hybridization program resulted in the Hybrids, who were clearly not human, and yet more than human. The Ancient scientists who were responsible for this race of new humans were happy with the result, but they also wished to combine the genes of the aliens and humans into a race that appeared far more human, but had many of the traits that the Hybrids possessed.

After many attempts and many failures, they finally achieved their goals. The second generation Hybrids appeared to be wholly human, and were far more emotionally stable than the first generation. But this came with a trade-off. Many of the new hybrids suffered from psychological issues, and they also had a trend towards developing fatal cancer in their later years. These were traits that the Ancient scientists had hoped to track down and eliminate from this group, but were unable to accomplish before the final wars nearly destroyed the planet.

Before the wars, they were bred and kept in massive albeit secret camps across the globe. They were raised together in ‘troops’ and depending on the commandant in command of the camps, some were raised in a nurturing and caring environment, while others were subjected to the lifestyle and rigors that typically were only found in the military.

Also some were told about their heritage, and that they shared a great deal in common with the other Hybrids and the Grey’s, while others were kept in the dark – they were told that they were orphans or children who had been given up by their parents.

Most of these genetically modified creatures do not even realize what they are. The simple fact that so many mutants have appeared since the final war who possess similar psionic abilities have ended up downplaying the importance of this particular group.

The result is that hundreds of years after the end of the final wars, there are entire communities consisting of these second generation hybrids that do not even know of their heritage, while there are others that know exactly who and what they are and are willing to use their abilities and knowledge to change the world.

For better or worse.

Like all humans, their personalities run the gamut. There are those who are nothing more than megalomaniacs, intent on gaining power and controlling the world, while others who want to help and rebuild.

Those who know about their heritage also understand that they were created to blend, unlike the first generation hybrids. Both groups view the other as ‘inferior’ for many reasons. The Hybrids consider