Judas Roach

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+2
Alignment: Neutral
Movement: 90’ (30’) Ground, 270’ (90’) Fly
Armor Class: 4
Hit Dice: 4
Attacks: 3 (bite/claw/claw)
Damage: 1d6/ 2d4+2 / 2d4+2
Save: L4
Morale: 7
Hoard Class: None

During the final wars that destroyed the Ancients, many horrific weapons were unleash, especially biological weapons, mainly in the form of diseases. One particularly nasty disease was spread through many of the major cities of the former United States that affected only children, and these were linked symbiotically to the numerous cockroach breeds that were prevalent in the Megatropolises.

Once this had been discovered, the scientists and gene-geneers of the day created a new breed of roach, which they dubbed the ‘Judas’ roach. This creature was changed so that it actively hunted down the contaminated roaches and consumed them, quickly and effectively eliminating the threat.

The scientists went as far as engineering the species so that they were all female, and were supposed to be infertile, and also built into them a very limited life-span so that they wouldn’t be able to procreate or spread. But, as nature has proven, it always finds a way. Somehow these mutant roaches were able to cross breed (despite supposedly being sterile) with another species of un-infected roach and a whole new strain was born.

By the time reports of this new and vicious strain were getting to the government, the world was already collapsing around them, and many of the cities that had been infested with these creatures were going up in mushroom clouds. The discovery of this new species quickly became moot.

Physically, these mutant insects have taken on the appearance of a tall, thin humanoid, and are often able to pass perfectly as humans, since they have evolved a form of metamorph. They are typically 5-7 feet in height and weigh around 150-200 pounds. If they are not using their metamorph mutation, they appear as thin roaches with two arms that end in three claws, and they have two legs. About half way down the torso the mutant insects have another vestigial set of limbs that can be used to grasp small and lightweight objects but are otherwise all but useless. A simple throwback to their ancestry before the bio-engineers altered their species. They also have fully functional wings that allow them to move at great speeds in the air.

These creatures are pure carnivores; they are not the scavengers that their ancestors were. And they must consume the flesh of other insects to survive, but they will eat any flesh if given the chance.

Curiously enough, even in the modern era, 99% of these creatures encountered are female, and they do live in a ‘kingdom’ or hive like culture, but instead of being ruled by a immobile queen, they have a mobile and active ‘King’.

The ‘King’ always appears much as the