Orthocone Mimic

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: 1
Alignment:  Chaotic
AC: -2 / 6
HD: 16
Attacks: 4
Damage: 2d6+2d8 / 2d6+2d8 / 2d6+2d8/ 2d6+2d8
Save: L16
Morale: 11
Hoard Class: XXI, XXII

Over the centuries it was discovered that many monsters that were described in various mythologies across the planet had more than just a seed of truth. As technology advanced and areas of the world that were previously difficult to explore were suddenly opened for the first time.

It was in these remote areas that many previously undiscovered or creatures that were long thought extinct were discovered. And among these creatures were monsters of mythology and legend.

One of the greatest mysteries was the legend of Jamestown, on the Roanoke Island. It was a colony settled around the late 1500’s. Legend has it that the entire town’s population disappeared without a trace, seemingly having gotten up and left, leaving everything behind, except for a single word, Croatoan. This mystery was left unsolved for many centuries, although rumors and speculation abound.

In the early 21 st  century, it was discovered that the inhabitants had fallen prey to a huge prehistoric monster that had found its way through a series of underground waterways all the way from the Antarctic continent and not only had lured but devoured the inhabitants of the doomed settlement.

This monster was encountered in an ancient city discovered beneath the Antarctic ice-sheets by a team of highly trained and disciplined soldiers, who were exploring the ruins for a lost expedition. Numerous other previously unknown species of life were discovered living beneath the ruins in the natural and man-made tunnels crisscrossing the frozen continent.

This creature once discovered had a similar appearance to a long extinct prehistoric sea-borne predator known as the Orthocone. This creature grew to monstrous sizes and despite the huge size; it could squeeze its body into human-sized tunnels. This monster looks very similar to the creature it is descendant from. It’s essentially a long thin Squid-like creature with a soft body that it protects by using a long shell that it grows over the years. There are two large eyes on either side of a parrot-like mouth, and the mouth is surrounded by a series of tentacles.

These tentacles have evolved to be more than simple appendages for grabbing hold of food. The creature can stretch these tentacles for thousands of feet, elongating them as needed. The ends of these tentacles end in a large flipper-like appendage. The creature can change the shape of these appendages to appear like anything it desires. It can even change the color and texture of the flesh so that the appendage looks like it is wearing clothing.

It uses these to lure prey into striking distance. The ‘mimic’ can even use its arms and legs to run and grab hold of things. If it successfully grabs