Jakarta Ant

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: 1-2 (5d12)
Alignment:  Neutral
Movement: 360' (120')
AC: 2
HD: 8
Attacks: 6 (2 bites, 4 claws)
Damage: 1d6/2d4/2d4
Save: L8
Morale: 8 (12)
Hoard Class: VIII, IX, XVI (x3) (all artifacts only, in hive only)

Named after the location they were first discovered, the Jakarta Ants have spread out across the Pacific Rim. These creatures do not pose much of a threat to others unless the others intrude onto their land or do anything to harm them.

They resemble ants - thus the name, but are humanoid in size, typically about 6’ in length and weigh around 200 pounds. The exoskeleton of the creature depends on the environment it was born into… most live in the jungles of South East Asia and as such has deep green mottled shells, while those who were born in ruins tend to have shells that are brown and grey, while those who live on the beaches tend to be white and tanned.  While they are in their natural environment, they are effectively camouflaged. When outside their environment they are usually easily noticed.

 One thing that sets them apart from other creatures is their speed. They move incredibly fast, making them difficult not only to see but to track, and can typically tear apart an opponent in combat before the creature even knows it’s in a fight. They are capable of clinging to any surface and even running up walls doesn’t impair their speed what so ever.

When encountered in the wild, these creatures typically just observe, unless someone has entered what they consider to be their personal territory. They always live together in large hives, and those encountered outside are usually scouts, hunters or gatherers or the like. Typically, if they encounter someone inside their territory, they will observe and determine what the intruders are up to. More often than not, they will either leave the intruders alone, if it is clear that they are just travelling through, or they will attempt to scare the intruders away.

If intruders are poaching or if it is clear that the intruder is out to cause mischief, then the creatures will attack and try to kill the interlopers. Those killed are taken back to the hive to be used as food.

These mutant insects are intelligent, but share a hive mind. They are no more intelligent than humans but because of the hive mind, they are capable of using one another’s intellect to help solve problems. What one knows, the entire hive knows.

These creatures have a very complex language, one that not only involves vocalization (in the way of clicks, squeaks, chattering) but pheromones and body language. Few creatures have ever been able to figure out the language. When dealing with outsiders, they will communicate via neural telepathy .

Although individuals encountered outside the hive typically don’t carry any