Pripyat Chimera

Chris Van Deelen

No. Enc: 1
Alignment:  Neutral
Movement: 150’ (50’)
AC: 4
HD: 16
Attacks: 1 leap or 2 bites, 2 claws and special (see description)
Damage: 6d6, 4d6 / 1d3+3d6, 3d4+3d6 /3d4+3d6
Save: L16
Morale: 11
Hoard Class: None

Before the final wars ended civilization as the Ancients knew it, there was a city in the Ukraine called Pripyat. Situated fairly close to the city was a nuclear power-plant known as Chernobyl. In the latter half of the twentieth century, this plant suffered a critical meltdown and the city as well as the surrounding countryside was evacuated and the area was left to fall into radioactive ruins.

Nature always has its way and despite the highly dangerous levels of radiation throughout the region, life continued and inevitably mutated. Many different creatures rose up in this radioactive wasteland and one of the fiercest creatures became known as the Pripyat chimera.

These two-headed mutants are about the size of a male lion and are deadly predators who have a taste for the flesh of Humans (see Wisdom from the Wasteland issue 4: New Races for more information), Pure Humans and Mutant Humans .  They are powerfully muscled and weigh around 700 pounds each. One head has the characteristics and appearance of a feline, while the other head is decidedly canine and the creature has the characteristics of both types of both.  Despite being thickly muscled, the creature moves with the grace of a feline and both the front and back paws have retractable claws. The animal has been known to howl, but while eating it has been heard to purr like a large cat. And they can climb trees like a cat!

Oddly enough, one of the heads is always significantly smaller than the other, but it is always different with each creature. On one it could be the feline head, while on another it could be the canine head.

This has led to speculation and argument among wasteland scholars that this creature is not in fact a ‘natural’ mutant, but is in fact a genetically engineered monster that was let loose around the ruins of the Chernobyl plant. No matter the debate, the creature is greatly feared and reviled for its appetite.

Despite the best efforts of hunters, this creature still manages to thrive all across the ruined wastes of Europe as well as Asia, although it has yet to spread across to the other continents.

These monsters are solitary hunters, only getting together once every three years to mate. This mating often ends with the male severely wounded, but the female is always impregnated. The female gestates for 7 months and gives birth to a litter of 4+1d6 cubs, which it raises and protects with a fierceness that can only be seen to be believed. A female has been known to track hunters or killers of its litter across vast distances, literally from one end of the continent to the other in order to extract revenge. Even when the killers manage to fly or cross bodies of water the female is still able