Lizard People

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: 1d6 (6d10)
Alignment:  Neutral
Movement: 120’ (40’)
AC: 4
HD: 10
Attacks: 4 (bite, claw, claw, tail)
Damage: 1d12 plus special, 1d8 / 1d8 / 1d10 plus special
Save: L10
Morale: 11
Hoard Class: Incidental

The source of the Lizard People can be traced back to a single scientist that lived before the final wars. This scientist had lost his arm in a terrible accident and spent years studying the genetic structure of certain species of lizard in hopes to create a serum that would allow him to gain the same regenerative capabilities.

At first, this serum worked. It was a virus that contained sections of the genetic structure from several species of regenerating reptiles and the melding of the genetic material seemed perfect.

The scientists regrew his lost limb in a matter of days. But then something happened, an unforeseen side effect of the viral re-writing of the scientist’s genetic code. After his arm grew back, he underwent a drastic and sudden change from mammal to reptile, becoming a chimera of the two.

To make matters worse, the new creature had the scientist’s intellect but this was suppressed by the far more primitive reptilian side of his new nature. Although he could think and reason, he was forced by his new nature to infect those around him with the same retrovirus.

As a result, in a matter of days, the entire community he lived in was suddenly transformed. All the humans in that community became an entirely new species of human-lizard chimeras. The federal government was brought in and before the outbreak could spread, the entire area was quarantined and cut off from the rest of the world.

Occasionally, one or more of the new creatures were allowed to think that they were escaping, but in reality they were being captured and taken away for study. Inside the Quarantine zone, the creatures were fed, the Federal government dropping in food and essentials that they need to survive, all the while being studied.

The scientist was killed by his fellow lizard people; some think as revenge for what he had done to them, others feel that it was the ‘changed’ offspring that these new lizard people bore. If it wasn’t for his death, the Lizard People would have eventually managed to escape their confinement and the plague would have spread across the globe. Instead of this happening, the creatures were allowed to live and thrive in their small quarantine zone.

These mutants found that despite their new reptilian nature, they still had the needs and desires of their former selves, and the inevitable happened. But, much to the surprise of both the males and females, instead of getting pregnant and giving live birth, the Females were instead laying clutches of up to 30 eggs within a single month after intercourse.

The young creatures hatched