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: 1
Alignment:  Chaotic
Movement: 120' (40')
AC: 1
HD: 10
Attacks: 3 (bite, claw, claw)
Damage: 1d12/2d8/2d8
Save: L7
Morale: 8
Hoard Class: None

The Itifibs is one of the few creatures that has been confirmed to have originated off-world. Despite that fact, it is yet one of the many creatures that were created by the Ancients as a worker-class humanoid, specifically bred for the rigorous conditions found on Mars. Unfortunately, this particular breed of genetically engineered creature proved to be far too hostile to be useful.

It is not known how the creatures managed to escape the red planet, but they did and they have made a footfall on Earth and have been proven to be quite 'resilient' to all attempts at eradication.

These creatures are able to survive in extremely low temperatures and low oxygen levels. This is due to an increased lung capacity as well as the creature’s ability to saturate their blood with oxygen, allowing them to survive in the rarefied atmosphere of their native world.

Physically these creatures have an overall humanoid appearance, but what humanity was originally in the creations has long since been bred out. Now, they are combat monsters, and very, very difficult to kill.

Their bodies are covered with a very thick and tough hide that is a combination of exoskeleton and scales. The thickness of their hide make them all but impervious to the dust and blowing sands that are found so often on the surface of the red planet.

The hands and feet are longer than that of a normal human and end in three fingers and toes, which are tipped with thick bony claws.  This makes them especially adept at burrowing into the ground (although they can't use it as a type of movement), and can even, with time, claw their way through stone or metal.

The faces are still vaguely humanoid but now resemble that of a bat, with large turned-up nostrils and a mouth filled with sharp teeth. The tongue is long and is covered by many tiny holes, which it can use to draw in moisture from the surrounding air as well as from creatures it attacks.

These mutants gain nourishment by draining blood from any creature they encounter. They are in effect space vampires, but don't suffer from the disadvantage that they are destroyed by sunlight.

Although very bestial in nature, they are highly intelligent and quite capable of reasoning and cunning. It’s just something in their genetic code that causes them to be extremely aggressive and dangerous to others, even those of their own species.

All members of this species appear to be the same physically. There is no way to differentiate between male and female members, as their reproductive organs are hidden internally and protected by the natural armour covering their bodies. Its only when they