Xenomorph, Newborn

Chris Van Deelen

Movement: 120’ (40’)
AC: 4
HD: 18
Attacks: 3 (bite, 2 claws)
Damage: 5d6 / 6d8 / 6d8
Save: L18
Morale: 11

It has been rumored that at least one Corporation was actively breeding and experimenting on the Xenomorphs. This never occurred on the Earth because even the profit-driven corporations knew the danger these alien creatures represented, but they had no qualms about studying them in the depths of space on ships and space stations.

Despite the danger of these creatures, the chemicals, hormones and other biological agents could greatly benefit mankind, and the various corporations and pharmaceutical companies were determined to make uncounted fortunes as a result.

So rumor had it.

One of these experiments involved taking pure human DNA and combined it with the DNA of the Xenomorph. There had been many failures during these trials, but there had been successes as well.

One success was that of a queen that laid eggs for the first few weeks of its life, and the eggs produced the standard array of Xenomorphs, but then the queen underwent an unexpected metamorphosis and ended up, quite literally, giving birth to a totally unexpected offspring.

This ‘newborn’ as records discovered had been dubbed was far more human in appearance than many of the other Xenomorph variations. It even had pink skin and a skull--like face, unlike the typical black exoskeleton of the other creatures. The other forms of Xenomorph that have been documented didn’t have any clear sign of eyes. Some showed vestigial sockets that were located in the skull but no orbs were present. This creature had deep sockets which did contain actual eyes. It also appeared to have had a keen sense of smell and other senses that are shared with the more common forms of Xenomorphs.

Missing as well were the trademark spiked tail and the inner jaw that all other versions of the Xenomorphs had.

After the creature’s birth, it ended up killing the Queen, much to the horror of the remaining scientists and the creature went on a rampage, killing other Xenomorphs it encountered while looking for a single human hybrid that had been created during these experiments.

Once it found this human hybrid, it didn’t kill the hybrid, but instead acted like the Hybrid was in fact the actual mother instead of the queen. The records from this point on were sketchy, at best, and the only thing known for certain is that the ‘newborn’ was destroyed before is full capabilities could be fully discovered and exploited.

The Newborn was immensely strong, as strong if not more so than the Praetorian Xenomorphs and showed abject hostility towards everything it encountered, despite clear curiosity to match.  Although not entirely clear, records also indicate that the creature might have been capable of forming speech, unlike the grunts, growls and screams that the other Xenomorphs made.

DNA samples left behind however revealed several interesting possibilities. First, the creature would have been able to reproduce asexually once it would have had enough time to fully mature and enough food to consume. It was far more intelligent than even the Queen Xenomorph and may have become a tool user. The exact nature of its reproduction will never be known, but evidence suggests that it would have given birth to live offspring and would have skipped over the three other stages of the creature’s life cycle.

There are more than likely other forms of the Xenomorph but they hopefully will remain in the depths of space and will never make their way back to Earth.  

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.