Xenomorph, Raven

Chris Van Deelen

Number Encountered: 1
Movement: 180’ (60’)
AC: 2
HD: 18
Attacks: 3 (bite, 2 claws), or 1 inner jaw, or 1 tail
Damage: 3d6 / 5d8 / 5d8 or 3d12 or 5d6 and special
Save: L18
Morale: 11

Another unique Xenomorph that was discovered on LV-426 was a massive, scarred creature. This particular creature was dubbed ‘Raven’ by the marines that encountered it.

Physically this particular specimen was about the same size as the Praetorean sub-species, but it seemed to be stronger and more resilient to damage. This particular creature has spikes running down the center of its elongated cranium. Unlike most of the other variants, it does not have the exaggerated canines and the teeth are rather blunt, more like those possessed by a human.

The monster appeared to have been heavily scarred, so much so that half of the flesh on the front of its cranium had been peeled away to reveal the eyeless skull beneath. The survivors of the encounter with this creature were not sure if this was scarring from previous fights, or if the scars were inflicted upon it by the W-Y scientists that may have had a hand in its creation.

Another thing that set this creature apart from the others is the fact that instead of a high-pitched squeal or hiss, it had a tendency to roar. This roar was so loud and powerful it could easily be heard kilometers away and it was speculated that the creature used this not as a warning, but as a means to potentially demoralize or frighten potential prey.  

It also seemed to live in the subterranean sewers and maintenance tunnels beneath the ruins of Hadley’s hope. This particular specimen also seemed to be far stronger than even the Praetorean guards, able to rip entire panels of metal from the floor during one encounter with it.

The saving grace when combating this monster was that it was too big to fit into smaller and confined spaces, although it did have quite the reach.

When it was finally defeated, the marines had to use a power-loader to quite literally beat the creature into submission before they were able to kill it.

Small-arms fire seemed to have little effect, but then again the marines who encountered the creature were using M41A Pulse Rifles and handguns. Explosive weapons appeared to have some effect and it is speculated that energy weapons would be even more effective. But marines being marines, they made do with what they had at hand.

This particular specimen seemed to enjoy a game of cat and mouse, chasing and teasing its prey, especially those who were elusive and used the smaller tunnels in order to stay out of its grasp. But it also used the hiving material to great advantage, blending into the background and becoming effectively invisible to the naked eye. Also when it encounters a target, it will often attack to disarm and capture for implantation rather than out and out kill a target, even a heavily armed target.

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.