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: 2d4 or 10d8 in communities
Alignment:  Lawful
Movement: 90’ (30’)
                     180’ (60’) swimming
AC: 5 or by armor
HD: 6
Attacks: by weapon or bite, claw, claw
Damage: by weapon or 2d4+2, 1d6+2 / 1d6+2
Save: L6
Morale: 8
Hoard Class:1d4 various weapons, Armor (75%), 1, II, V, VIII, XVI

Ireland is the home of numerous myths and an ancient people. Over the ages the legends of the green isle have spawned many myths, including the Leprechauns, the Sidhe, Banshee and many others.

It has also been discovered that many of these creatures are no longer the stuff of myth and legend. Small diminutive monsters known as the Leps seemed to have had their origins there, same with other creatures that were thought to be nothing more than stories.

As they are apt to do, scholars of the wastelands have debated and speculated on the origins of these creatures. One well known fact is that many of the Ancient scientists had a habit of using genetic engineering to create actual living representatives of these creatures of myth. It is also speculated that many of these creatures are older than many would believe, having been created by the same alien races that helped spawn the Hybrids, among others.

This particular group of creatures is still hotly debated among the learned and scholarly of the many communities that dot Ireland. Some are certain that they are natural occurring mutations that appeared in the decades following the final wars, through the Uplift Virus (see Wisdom from the Wastelands issue 6: Factions), others scoff at this and say that these creatures are nothing more than Exotics, humans that have the physical appearance of the ancient mythological creatures (see Wisdom from the Wasteland issue 4: New Races).  And another faction say that they are like the Hybrids, genetically engineered millennia ago by aliens to serve them.

The creatures themselves have never answered the questions that have been posed to them. If they know the origin of their race, they are either keeping it mum, or just do not care!

Physically these creatures appear to be human-sized and shaped Otters or even seals. Many different sub-species appear to exist, and all live in different climates, some as far as the arctic, while others have been found along the temperate coastlines, and even in the tropics. But one thing that they do all have in common is  the physical build. Males typically having very well defined musculature, while the females are lean and sleek. The hands are very human, but have very hard and sharp claws instead of fingernails.

Both sexes have animal-like heads and features, with large black eyes and small, almost non-existent ears. Their faces are elongated like that of their supposed ancestors and they have mouths filled with sharp cutting teeth. Both sexes are also covered with