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: 4d6 (2d8)
Alignment:  Chaotic
Movement: 90’ (30’)
AC: 5
HD: 5 (10)
Attacks: 1 bite and two claws
Damage: 1d4+2, 1d6+5 / 1d6+5 (2d6+4, 2d10+10 / 2d10+10)
Save: L5 (10)
Morale: 4 (10)
Hoard Class: Incidental

Note that the second set of numbers in brackets are for the stronger versions that can be encountered)

These mutants are one of the few creatures that wasteland scholars can agree upon. They appeared about one hundred years after the end of the final wars, seemingly at once all across the globe. It has been discovered that they are in fact genetically engineered monsters, who were developed to not only survive, but thrive in irradiated and toxic post-nuclear environment.

Where the wasteland scholars disagree is how and why these creatures seemed to appear globally at the same time. Some believe that they were released from various facilities over a period of several years, while others argue that they were created on one of the outer colonies, probably on the moon or even Mars and somehow transported to the Earth over a period of months. No one actually knows the truth, but it probably will be discovered at some point in the future.

These creatures are about the same size and physical shape as most humans, although they tend to be thin and exceptionally homely. Males are usually bald, while the females tend to have short, wiry hair. They typically have blood-red eyes and mouths filled with sharp teeth.

What gave these mutant monsters their name however are their hands. The hands are about 50% larger than a normal human’s and are covered with suction cups, much like the kind that are found on octopuses.

These creatures are incredibly stupid. They have the intellect of a young child and combined with aggression that would put most creatures to shame; they can be a force to be reckoned with. If they could ever come together as a cohesive group and start to use tactics and weapons, then there is a very good chance that they could be a far deadlier threat than they are. But the simple fact is that they live to fight, kill, eat and breed. Not necessarily in that order, and sometimes they will participate in several of the aforementioned activities at the same time.

There are several breeds known to exist. The most common version is as already described. However, there is a second breed that are pure hermaphrodites, and a third breed that are larger and significantly stronger and even more aggressive than the usual creature. Lastly, there have been rumors of these creatures that appear to be more ‘evolved’ than their incredibly stupid and aggressive cousins. These creatures are intelligent and are capable of using weapons and technology. Fortunately if the rumors of these creatures are to be believed, unlike their primitive brethren, they