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: 3d10 or 1d3 (second variant)
Alignment:  Neutral
Movement: 90’ (30’) Ground
                     270’ (90’) Flight
AC: 6 (ground) 0 (air)
HD: 9
Attacks: By weapon or 1 bite and two claws or two claws and wing buffet
Damage:  By weapon or 1d6+2, 1d4+1 / 1d4+1 or 1d4+1 / 1d4+1 / 2d6
Save: L9
Morale: 7
Hoard Class: I, II, IV (variant 1), V, VIII, XXII (artifacts only)

It is rumored that the origin of this particular species of Mutant Human lies in the experiments of one man in the mid-20 th century. It is suggested that this scientist had hoped to create a serum created by using genetic material from bats would allow the user to develop the sonar-like abilities possessed by these small creatures.

Wasteland legend goes one step further to suggest that the serum, using the DNA from several different bat species did not quite work as planned. Instead of giving the scientist the sonar-like abilities, it caused him to metamorphosis into a human-bat hybrid. This transformation lasted only a few days before the scientists natural DNA reasserted control and reverted the scientist back to his human form.

During this period however the scientist was more feral and far less in control of his mind and body and ended up harming a lot of people before he was finally captured and taken by the government for study.

Eventually the government was able to copy and perfect the scientists formula and as a result they were able to use it. It was not used often, as many of those involved with the experiments balked at the physical and psychological changes that took place. Over the decades more changes and refinements were made in the formula and yet the government was still incapable of coming up with an actual valid use for it. As such the project was placed on the back-burner and eventually forgotten.

During the final wars a group of eco-terrorists broke into the facility where these experiments had taken place and made their escape with dozens of different serums and concoctions, knowing that they could make a pretty penny selling these ‘terror weapons’ (see Wisdom from the Wastelands issue 35: Terror Weapons for more information) to the highest bidder. And they did just that.

It was not long before terrorist started to use these new-found weapons against the various populations. The serum was modified yet again to create several different variations of this creature.

First, all variations have similar physiologies. The creatures are typically around six feet in height, although the females are usually about six inches shorter, and they are lean and surprisingly strong, although very light weight. Males, despite their size and musculature, weigh at the most only around 150 pounds, with the females being between 100 and 120 pounds. The faces have a very bat-like appearance with snouts,