Librarian

Chris Van Deelen

No. Enc: 1d3
Alignment: Neutral
Movement: 90’ (30’)
AC: 3
HD: 20
Attacks: 1 bite, 2 claws
Damage: 3d6, 3d8/3d8
Save: L20
Morale: 11
Hoard Class: None

Many moscovians thought that the Demons were the toughest mutant monsters to appear in the ruined, irradiated and toxic wasteland of Moscow, Russia. It turns out that they were wrong. Named after the first ruin that they were encountered in, the Librarians are massive twelve foot tall mutated gorillas. No one knows how these gorillas found their way into the library. Some think that they were from the Moscow zoo and took refuge in the huge structure during the final wars, others believe that they were secreted away in an underground railcar and escaped into the tunnels and eventually found their way to the library.

No matter what the origin, these huge creatures not only survived but flourished and bred in the huge structure, surviving on the blood and flesh of any hapless human or other creature that found their way into the building.  As the decades passed and the creatures mutated and bred, they began to spread out from the library and carved out massive swathes of territory, in direct odds with the demons that ruled the sky. Even those strange mutant monsters eventually learned to fear and avoid the Librarians whenever possible.

Now the creatures have spread to cover all of Europe and are spreading into Asia, but have yet to be seen in the Mediterranean, Middle East, Africa, and have not crossed the English Channel to the remains of England.  

These creatures are powerfully muscled and weigh in over a thousand pounds. They are covered by a fine pelt that is tan in color, almost making the creatures appear as if they were naked. The arms are very long, reaching down to their thickly muscled calves and are tipped with razor-sharp claws. The faces are still somewhat simian but look more like a twisted human. The lips are thick and conceal a mouth filled with shark-like teeth.

It is impossible to tell the difference between the males and females of the species because they are both fearsome and brutish, and the females do not show any sign of breasts. They do mate for life and the female is fertile only once every five years. After conception, the young gestates for fourteen months before birth. Even right out of the womb the creature is very tough and capable of caring for itself, but the young stay with the parents until they reach sexual maturity at the age of 15. At that point the young leaves to carve out its own territory.  

These monsters are in fact quite intelligent and will use both tactics and the terrain they inhabit when hunting. Fortunately for most of the surviving residents of the great megapolis of Moscow, they are fairly solitary or will only be found in family groups (see above).

Strangely enough, these mutants respect foes that will stand their ground. Often if someone encounters a lone creature, as long as they do not