Y-17 Trauma Harness

Chris Van Deelen

Chris Van Deelen is the author of the Skirmisher Publishing LLC sourcebook Creatures of the Tropical Wastes sourcebook and co-author of its Wisdom from the Wastelands game supplement.

No. Enc: 1d6
Alignment: Neutral
Movement: 90’ (30’)
AC: 4
HD: 6
Attacks: 2 ranged or 2 melee attacks
Damage: based on weapon
Save: L6
Morale: N/A
Hoard Class: I artifact firearm, 1d6 drugs and VIII (x2)

The scientists hidden away in their blasted mountain facility near the Mojave Desert had developed numerous new technologies that were both a Boone and a bane to the post-apocalyptic world. These truly mad scientists were responsible for the creation of the Lobotomites, Ghost People , Cazadors and Night Hunters .

The Y-17 Trauma Harness was originally designed to lessen the workload of medics and doctors by monitoring the physical condition of the wearer. Once a certain threshold was surpassed, the harness would take over the automaton functions of the body and take the soldier off the field of battle and deliver the wounded individual back to their home base in order to receive the medical attention they require.

nitially the concept was greeted with great enthusiasm as it would help get wounded soldiers off the field of battle all that much sooner and keep medics and doctors out of harm’s way. However after the initial technology had been developed and produced, someone finally came to their senses. These harnesses tended to cause far more damage than what they were designed to prevent!  Many of the wounded should not be moved until they were stabilized and by the harness forcing the body to move, this resulted in far more deaths, which could have been prevented.

ater models were provided with better software routines and the number of preventable deaths dropped to zero, but still many of these creatures can be found wandering the Mojave Desert, lost on an eternal quest to find medical aid. The same scientists have continued to produce the first generation of these harnesses and use them to build up a small army of these creatures that fight alongside the lobotomites in order to act as guards for the facility.

These creatures appear to be men and women clad in a red bodysuit. The boots and gloves are silver and there is a scuba tank-like apparatus attached to the back. The heads are usually clad in an open clear plexiglass bowl. They are always armed with modern weapons.  The one way that someone knows they are not dealing with an oddly clad survivor is that the heads are nothing more than flesh-less skulls. This is very disconcerting the first time these creatures are encountered.

It has been discovered that they are universally hostile. They will open fire on anyone who is not marked as a medic or doctor. They will fight to ensure that the patient inside the harness is safe and out of harm’s way. This is pretty much a moot point when one considers that the patient died many decades ago.

The only time these creatures will not attack or cease fighting