Watcher

Chris Van Deelen

No. Enc: 4+1d6 or 10+5d12
Alignment: Neutral
Movement: 210’ (70’)
AC: 4
HD:  6
Attacks: 1 Bite, 2 claws or special
Damage:  2d4, 1d6/1d6
Save:  L8
Morale: 8
Hoard Class: None

After the last nuclear and anti-matter bomb was spent, the surface of Europe was a desolate wasteland. Many of the human and pure human survivors left the surface for the meager safety of the metro tunnels and sub-surface structures in order to survive the radiation and toxic environment which now plagued the surface. It was around the great ruined megapolis of Moscow, Russia that the first of the Walkers were discovered.

As with several of the Moscovite mutants that had been seen shortly after the end of the final wars, it was speculated that they were in fact bio-engineered in order to survive the toxic and radioactive surface world. It is not known if they were created to be weapons of war or just an experiment, but no matter the origin of these creatures, they clearly were capable of enduring the hellish conditions on the surface. 

Physically the creatures look vaguely like the cross between a timber wolf and a rat. The bodies are covered by short gray fur, mainly along the back, and the limbs and belly, but are hairless elsewhere, including the long rodent-like tail.  These mutants are quite large, being about half again the size of a wolf, being around seven to eight feet in length and up to four feet in height. The average weight of one of these mutants is approximately two hundred pounds. They are also considerably longer lived than wolves before the final wars. The few that have been observed over the years have lived in excess of fifty years, and it is speculated that they can live even longer.

Many consider the creatures to be repulsive, as the heads are misshapen. The mouth when closed is small and the lips that cover the teeth are fat, giving the creature an almost comical ‘pout’. However the lower jaw can split apart and the chin is covered in sharp teeth. When the jaw opens and the creature bites, the damage can be quite significant and is painful. The eyes are small and very close together, giving the creature a nearly cyclopean appearance. Many believe that as a result, the creatures have poor eyesight, but that is far from the truth. The eyesight of these creatures is far superior to any possessed by humans. And like their ancestors, their sense of smell is greatly enhanced as well.

Like dogs, many moscovites have managed to capture these creatures as pups and were successful in raising and breeding them to be companions, guards and even attack creatures. The females go into heat once every 24 months and gestate for another six months before giving birth to a litter of 4+1d6 pups. The pups grow quickly and are considered to be fully adult within one year of birth.

If taken before their eyes open (within the first 2 weeks after birth), the pup will imprint on whoever is caring