Pripyat Rodents

Chris Van Deelen

are still dangerous, but are a lot easier to avoid. Swarms do not have a moral check, only the smaller groups do, and it requires only 25% of the attacking rodents to be killed or incapacitated to force a moral check on the remainder.

It should be noted that once the swarm has dropped to less than 100 individuals, it is no longer considered to be a swarm and no longer presents the hazard that a full size swarm presents. Also for every 10% of the swarm that leaves, the size of the swarm drops by 10’.

It has been discovered that the smaller groups will first attack the weapons held by any possible food source. The creatures will attack as normal, but instead of inflicting wounds upon the target, they will go for the weapon. All weapons must make a saving throw versus energy (or if the ML is using Wisdom from the Wastelands Issue #1 , the weapons must instead save versus kinetic or take 1 condition level of damage. This may not seem like much, but multiple creatures will attack at one time until the target is unarmed!

Once the victim has been stripped of any weapons, the surviving rodents will then attack the victim directly until either the victim has been killed and consumed, or that enough of the rodents have been killed to force a moral check which has failed.

Despite how dangerous these rodents can be, they are easy prey for other creatures and this helps keep the population in check. Many tribals have attempted to use natural toxins and even radiation to try and destroy infestations of these mutants, but they have discovered much to their sorrow that the creatures are immune to such methods. The only saving grace is that due to their immunity to radiation, these mutants cannot be mutated any further.

Mutations: immune to radiation and toxic weapons.

Source: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series of games.