Karlik

Chris Van Deelen

No. Enc: 1d4
Alignment: Chaotic
Movement: 60’ (20’)
AC: 5
HD: 5
Attacks: 1 bite, 2 claws or teleport (see description)
Damage: 1d4+1, 1d3 / 1d3
Save: L5
Morale: 4
Hoard Class: I (x10), II (x10), IV (x5), VIII, XIV (artifacts only)

Many mutations showed in the populace of the country of Ukraine within a few years of the melt-down of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. The government of the day kept a lid on these mutations by capturing or killing the creatures outright, only to take the corpses for study. The same thing happened too many of those who were unlucky enough to have witnessed the event.

It was nearly thirty years after the accident that the first of these tiny mutants appeared. Rumor during those early years claimed that the Russian government set up a top secret laboratory and research facility in the heart of the now-defunct and highly radioactive power plant, while other rumors stated that a laboratory had been set up in the still structurally-sound ruins of Pripyat.

At first the towns on the outskirts of the quarantined zones started to report strange and disturbing sightings of tiny, child-like creatures that would suddenly appear or disappear from sight. After these initial appearances, the same towns reported a rash of thefts and the disappearances of small animals like cats, dogs, chickens, goats and other animals.

The government of the day sent investigators to try and get to the bottom of these strange sightings and disappearances and for a while things seemed to calm down and the number of events dropped off dramatically. The investigators left and everything appeared to be normal. Then out of the blue the events began and increased in frequency almost exponentially. And that is when many of the villages began to lose their children.

Upon the incessant pressure of the villagers and the fear of this getting world-wide coverage, the Russian government sent the military in to put an end to these events. And after a few months, the events and disappearances ended once and for all. The troubles and tribulations of the townsfolk came to an end, and it was explained away as being nothing more than a group of escaped chimpanzees that had perpetrated the disappearances and thefts.

The years soon turned into decades and time passed. The events passed away into local mythology and were all but forgotten by the time the final wars began. After the radioactive dust settled and the survivors crawled out of their shelters and began to once again rebuild their shattered lives, the events of the ancient past once again began to occur.

These mutants are stubby, homely humanoids about the size of a toddler, being no more than three feet in height and weighing roughly about 50 pounds. At first glance they are more than a little unsettling because they have no necks and are utterly hairless. The eyes glow a luminescent green and the teeth are tiny and jagged. The hands end in two claw-like fingers and each hand possesses two opposable thumbs. The feet