Mental Mutation: Ancestral Memory

Chris Van Deelen

Ancestral Memory

Type: Mental

Frequency: Uncommon

Power Score: Yes

Range: Personal

Duration: Instant

AI Recognition: None

Damage: None

Uses: Five plus power score modifier times per 24 hours.


It is widely believed that most creatures have what could loosely be termed as an ancestral memory, flashes of memory or knowledge passed down through genetic coding. This is far more prevalent in the mutant and they can use it to their advantage. When used the mutant will gain 10% plus 5% per power score modifier with technology rolls. Secondly, the mutant can use this to have greater effects on robots, giving them a bonus of one plus the power score modifier to hit and per dice damage when dealing with robots. Finally the mutant may on occasion use this ability to gain special insight into nearly any situation, as long as the player can adequately explain how the mutant’s ancestor might have passed on knowledge which could be of use. The ML rolls percentile dice and if the total is less than two times the power score, then the mutant will gain a beneficial insight into the situation.

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Chris Van Deelen is the creator and contributor to over half of the Wisdom from the Wastelands series, contributor to the Swords of Kos: Hekaton anthology. He also wrote Creatures of the Tropical Wastelands, and 100 Oddities found in a Car. As prolific as he is, Chris Van Deelen continues to write and produce material which will be in publication soon. Not only is he a prolific content creator, he also has a wide selection of fiction and stories! If you like his work, please follow his personal author page on Facebook and on Twitter to keep up with his latest news and game content.