Infester

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: 3d4
Alignment:  Chaotic
Movement: 120' (40')
                     240’ (80’) Fly
AC: 2
HD: 8
Attacks: 6 (bite, claw, claw, claw, claw, stinger)
Damage: 1d6 / 2d4 / 2d4 / 2d4 / 2d4 / 1d10 plus poison.
Save: L8
Morale: 11
Hoard Class: None

Once again here is a mutated creature that the scholars of the ruined world are at odds over. Because of the nature of these monsters, it isn’t clear if they are an ‘ahem’ natural occurring mutation or if they were bio-engineered as a weapon of mass destruction.

They appear as a cross between an ant and a wasp. They are huge for insects, being easily seven feet in length and weighing around 175 pounds each. The head is much like that of an ant, with mandibles and a similar shape. The rest of the monstrosity is like that of a black wasp.

These creatures are pure predators and have two goals in mind… feed and reproduce.

In combat, the creatures have several natural attacks at their disposal. They will bite at their opponent and then use their four legs that end in sharp claws, and finally they will use their rear mounted stinger.

Out of all the attacks, the stinger is the worst, as any creature hit by the stinger must make a save versus poison or become paralyzed for 2d6 rounds. Once an opponent has been rendered helpless by the sting, the mutant insect will then bite the target once again and inject 3d4 eggs into the bloodstream of the target.

The infected victim is allowed a save versus death to fight off the infestation, and if they are successful, their body’s natural immune system destroys the eggs. Any creature immune to disease is immune to this attack.

Once a target has been infected by the creature’s eggs, it will make no further attempt to infest it. These creatures have quite literally millions of eggs stored in their bodies and can infest hundreds of targets in a matter of a few days.

They will typically only attack to lay eggs, but if a target proves to be immune to the egg laying attack, they will simply continue to attack until the creature is destroyed. Once this happens the mutant insects will feast off the remains of the corpse. If the attack fails, the eggs will eventually make their way through the body and attach to various organs.

Nothing will happen to the creature for 48 hours. They feel fine and can go about their lives. But after 48 hours the eggs hatch and the larva begin to feed off the targets organs.

The target will suffer horrible pain (-4 to all attacks, saves, and so forth) and will suffer 1 point PER LARVA per hour damage. Eventually the larva will end up killing the target and will then continue to