Shrimp

Chris Van Deelen

No. Enc: 1 (male), 2d8 (common) 10d6 (young)
Alignment:  Neutral
Movement: 90’ (30’)
AC: -3 (males), 0 (common), 4 (young)
HD: 25 (males), 8 (common) 1 (young)
Attacks: 1 charge, 1 acid spit, 1 bite and two claws, 1 bite (young)
Damage: 6d6 (males), 3d6 (common), 5d6 (see description), 2d12 (males) 2d4 (females), 4d6/4d6 (males), 1d8/1d8 (common), 1d3 (young)
Save: L20 (males), L8 (common) L1 (young)
Morale: 11 (males), 6 (common), 1 (young)
Hoard Class: None

Surviving scientist and wasteland scholars cannot seem to come to an agreement on the origin of these moscovian creatures. Like many of the mutants that inhabit the ruins of the Moscow megapolis, these monsters appeared only a few short years after the end of the final wars. They appear to be the mutant descendants of roaches or another common type of insect, and yet they bear a striking resemblance to dragonfly nymphs. Out of all the unique creatures that have sprung from the radioactive and toxic ruins of Moscow, these creatures have only managed to spread throughout parts of Russia. They are locked in place and incapable of reaching other land-masses as they need to be near water all the time. Mountains, deserts and other natural barriers keep them in check.

There are three types of Shrimp that are commonly found. The common shrimp, which is found not only on the surface but beneath the ruins in flooded tunnels and swamped metro stations. These are the females of the species and are by far the most common. They are quite large, typically being about ten feet in length and weighing around 600 pounds. Their bodies are covered with a very thick chitin hide that is exceedingly difficult to damage.

The second type of shrimp is the young. These vary in size from only a foot in length up to three feet. They are found everywhere, as the common shrimp lay massive amounts of eggs. The large number of young is required due to the predations of many of the Moscow mutants on these creatures. The shells have not hardened and as such they are relatively easy to kill.

Lastly are the Males. They are around three times the size of the females and weigh in excess of 7000 pounds. These massive monsters only live on the surface and they stake out swathes of territory that can be many blocks in size. The females in the territory travel to the male in order to mate before they return to their homes on the surface or beneath in the underground rivers and swamps. They are incapable of traveling on dry land but can still attack creatures that venture too close to the water with their exceptionally long reach.

Oddly enough most of the creatures are quite docile and will generally leave travellers alone as long as the traveler does not make any loud noises, threaten the shrimp, or get near one of the numerous egg clusters. Only the males are aggressive but can be avoided fairly easily as long as one stays away from open water or swamps.