Mental Mutation Drawback: Epilepsy

Chris Van Deelen

Epilepsy (drawback)

Type: Mental

Frequency: Common

Power Score: Yes

Range: Personal

Duration: Five plus half the power score rounds.

AI Recognition: None

Damage: 1d2 plus the power score modifier per round

Uses: Constant

A genetic defect that has been the scourge of humankind for uncounted generations, the defect had finally been cured and eliminated by the Ancients. After the final wars, the genetic defect made a comeback and has become common-place in the wastelands.  Although typically caused by randomly flashing lights, almost anything can trigger an attack. Whenever the mutant is exposed to lasers, flashing lights, or becomes stressed, the mutant must make a saving throw versus death; with a negative equal to the power score modifier (negatives will give a bonus!). If the save fails the mutant will fall prone to the ground and writhe in convulsions for the duration. Unless somehow restrained, the mutant will suffer physical damage per round.


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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.