Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Mutants In The News — "THEY'RE HERE ALREADY!!!" Edition

We've warned you!  We've begged you!  BUT DID YOU LISTEN?!!!  DID YOU?!!!!!

Perhaps you should have heeded our warnings...

University Of Florida researchers caught a Burmese python of a record-breaking [for the region] 17ft 7in length and 164.5 lb weight...which also happened to be chock full of a record-breaking 87 eggs.

"There's nothing stopping them, and the native wildlife are in trouble," says Kenneth Krysko of The Florida Museum Of Natural History.  "A 17-and-a-half-foot snake could eat anything it wants."

As of now, population estimates range from the thousands to, oh, the hundreds of thousands of ravenous reptiles.

And although it's from 2010, this map is perfect for all your Mutant Future-y, Gamma-World-ly, ophidi-oid-related needs.


Python Predictions For The Year 2100 (courtesy of www.esa.org)

Mutants In The News — "RAVISHING A UNIVERSE FOR LOVE!" Edition

News is flooding in that researchers have discovered rampant mutations in Japanese butterflies thanks to 2011's meltdown at the Fukushima power plant.

"Initial results indicated that roughly 12 percent of the butterflies showed signs of abnormalities, such as disfigurement in their antennas, smaller-sized wings, change in color patterns, and indented eyes...[and] six months later...those abnormalities had increased to 28 percent and the mutations had doubled to 52 percent in their offspring."


I think we ALL know how this one turns out.

"J" is for "Jammerhead"


No. Enc.:  0 (1d8)
Alignment:  Neutral
Movement:  0' (0')
        —Fly:  180' (60')
Armor Class:  3
Hit Dice:  4+2
Attacks:  1 (bite)
Damage:  2d6
Save:  L3
Morale:  8
Hoard Class:  None
XP:  290

Jammerheads are 10-12' long, sleek monstrosities with broad heads, feathered wings, and gaping maws.  They never sleep, and prowl the skyways in a never-ending quest for living prey.

Flailing filaments line a jammerhead's backside.  These tendrils continually generate an EMP field that disables all technological systems—computers, Advanced melee weapons and firearms, the majority of Ancient artifacts, powered armors, robots, etc.—within a 25' radius.  Such devices reactivate in 1d12 turns after leaving the area of effect.  Even Android PCs are susceptible; they must make a Saving Throw Versus Stun at a -3 penalty or fall "unconscious" with the same reactivation period as above.

Jammerheads are never surprised.

Mutations:  Unique Mutation ("Electromagnetic Pulse Generation"), Unique Sense (360-Degree Vision)