Max, The

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: 1d8
Alignment:  Neutral
Movement: 90' (30')
AC: 6
HD: 5
Attacks: 1 (bite) or 2 (claw / claw)
Damage: 2d4+3d6 / or 1d6+3d6 / 1d6+3d6 (Special, see description)
Save: L7
Morale: 10
Hoard Class: None

The Max is a fairly common mutant dog found throughout the wastes. It is widely known that these creatures are the direct result of genetic manipulation by the Ancients before the end of the final wars

These creatures were bred to be highly intelligent and have several different traits that were not found in most canine species of the day. First and foremost is the fact that they have human level intelligence and even though they can't speak any language, can easily understand multiple languages, and are able to communicate with one another through a series of barks, growls, grunts combined with a complex body language.

These creatures do not accept masters. They do however make friends with many different creatures and once the bond of friendship has been established are very loyal to those they have befriended.

They do often live in harmony with smaller tribes and have been known to live in even larger communities, where they are often hired as guards or in some cases other jobs, as long as some manner of communication is possible. They have no need for any sort of money and typically take payment in food or simple luxuries that would make their lives more comfortable.

Physically, they are about the size and general appearance of a pre-end Rottweiler.  They stand typically about two feet in height and are about four feet in length, and weigh in around 150 pounds. They are heavily muscled but unfortunately not quite as fast as their genetic ancestors, the musculature having clearly slowed them down.

Also, these creatures typically live as long as most humans (those who aren't killed by the violence of the post-apocalyptic world), instead of the typical 10-12 years which was the average life span of their ancestors. Females reach sexual maturity within 2 years (later than their ancestors) and the pups (1-6) are typically born three months later.  

These creatures are typically found in small packs, with a single male as the Alpha, and the rest either as mates and offspring. Quite often a pack will consist of litter-mates, all vying for the position of Alpha in order to obtain the right to mate with the females.

These dogs have several different mutations that allow them to be not only formidable fighters, but hunters as well. They are able to control light, turning invisible at will, and for short periods of time they can greatly increase their strength, which allows them to produce a bite or claw attack that can quite literally rend metal.

Another trait that is not found in most canines is the fact that these genetically altered