Infectious Metamorph

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: 1d3
Alignment:  Chaotic
Movement: 90' (30')
AC: 2
HD: 12
Attacks: Special, see description
Damage: Special, see description
Save: L12
Morale: 6
Hoard Class: XI, XXII (x2)

 

This 'thing' was said to have been discovered buried deep beneath the ice of the Antarctic hundreds of years before the end of the final wars.  It is said that the creature is actually an extraterrestrial life form that is incredibly dangerous and threatens the entire planet.

Others say that it is yet another experiment by the Ancients that was intended as a bio-weapon but turned out to be far deadlier than they had imagined. Yet even others say that it is a far more advanced version of the Amorphous blob that has been encountered.

No one knows for sure, but those who have encountered the creature, known in the wastes as the Infectious Metamorph, know that it is indeed a terrifying and deadly organism.

The creature is actually quite subtle in its method of attack. First, it can appear as anything it wishes. A simple animal such as a cat or dog, or even another human, mutant or so forth. The creature is able to perfectly mimic anything it has absorbed.

Anything.

Perfectly.

In order for it to infect another organism, it has to simply get into the blood. This could be through a tiny scratch, a bite, or anything along those lines. The victim has no idea what is happening until it is far too late to do anything about it. Any creature that is attacked with a natural weapon by this monster must make a save versus poison or become infected. When this happens, the victim is dead.

Period.

Once it has gotten into the system, the organism begins to take over the host, cell by cell, converting it into its own type and it spreads exponentially. All the while the host has no idea what is happening.

Complete conversion takes less than 12 hours and by the end of that period the host begins to hear 'voices' inside its head, having thoughts that aren't its own. This is the last vestige of the host being absorbed and once the 12 hours has passed, the victim is no longer the same person.

It is in fact, one of these monsters now, independent of the original creature that created it, but in full mental contact with it. It has all the memories, skills, mutations and even the personality of the original victim so that even a neural telepathic scan will not reveal any difference. It still has the original statistics, hit dice everything.

It has been said that the creature can live among others for as long as it so desires, often it doesn't bother to try and infect those around it unless it has a special purpose in mind. Other times, it takes