Rakosh

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 (4d10)
Alignment:  Chaotic
Movement: 120' (40') All surfaces
                      90’ (30’) Swim
AC: 4
HD: 15
Attacks: 3 (Bite, claw, claw)
Damage: 2d8 / 1d12 / 1d12
Save: L15
Morale: 11
Hoard Class: None

Here is yet another creature that has baffled wasteland scholars for untold ages. Evidence discovered in the ruins of the Ancient city of New York hint that these creatures were last encountered before the final wars as far back as the 1980’s.

This same evidence indicated that the creatures originated in the hot tropical region that was once known as India. Of course the scholars are at odds with one another over the true origin of these creatures, as many more just consider them to be nothing more than yet another mutated creature that now inhabits the wastes.

They are physically imposing creatures that stand around 6-7’ feet in height but weigh over 300 pounds. Their skin is jet black and completely hairless, and they have a vaguely human appearing visage, although it is more bestial in nature than human. The creatures have three fingers on the hands and only three toes on each foot, and many have vestigial tails, little more than nubs at the base of their spine.

These creatures are incredibly dangerous, as they apparently can’t be killed with one exception. No matter how much damage they sustain, all it does is simply slow them down. They regenerate at the rate of 6 HP of damage per round from all types of weapons, except for fire or thermal-based. The damage caused by these weapons is not regenerated at such a rapid rate, instead the creature will regenerate at their regular healing rate when exposed to such weapons. If they are reduced to zero hit points by heat or fire, they are permanently killed. Otherwise, knock them down and it won’t be long before they’re back up on their feet and ready to kill once again.

Typically when they’re encountered, it is a lone individual on the hunt. They hunt anything that crosses their path and will eventually find it, kill it, and consume it. A truly frightening aspect of this monster is that it has an incredible sense of smell, far stronger than that of many other creatures, and it is attracted to a particular flowery scent. There are people in the wastes who have discovered this and make an extract from the flower. It has no noticeable scent (except to those with very strong senses of smell).

They can use this extract in two ways. First they can liberally dose a target with it. The target will not notice anything, but it will draw any of these creatures that is within 50 miles of the target. They will track it down and kill it eventually. Fortunately for the target, the scent is water soluble