Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Devastation Drive-In 3-D — 'Xtro' (1983) (Part 2)

X-Husband (Stage 2)

No. Enc.:  1 (1)
Alignment:  Chaotic
Movement:  120' (40')
Armor Class:  4
Hit Dice:  15
Attacks:  3 (2 claws, 1 bite)
Damage:  1d10 / 1d10 / 2d6
Save:  L15
Morale:  9
Hoard Class:  XV
XP:  4,200

The Ancient families who lost menfolk to extraterrestrial abduction wished for nothing more than the safe return of their loved ones...

...but such blessed reunions quickly turned into nightmares as the husbands and fathers sought more than just the stability of home...


A reborn x-husband goes through the motions of integrating back into his former family, and conceals the true depths of his beastly metamorphosis.  He never eats in front of others, politely declining all foodstuffs and beverages; however, the x-husband secretly subsists on a diet of reptile eggs and inhaled natural gas fumes.  A Stage 2 x-husband also possesses bizarre abilities, like melting objects with a touch [as Energy Ray, but contact-based], and emitting eardrum-shredding wails [as Killing Sphere, without the requisite penalties].

While posing as his former human self, the x-husband has a sinister agenda:  the transformation of his current children into similar alien beings, and the impregnation of other females!  When an x-husband bites his progeny, he injects a metamorphic goo that grants amazing, reality-warping mental abilities.  Children thus altered become violent and vengeful, and can turn inanimate playthings into murderous threats:  toy soldiers become man-sized death-dealers; plastic animals turn into savage, flesh-and-blood specimens; wooden clowns become demented murder-midgets; toy vehicles gain functional weaponry.  [The Mutant Lord should stat these creations out as they see fit, perhaps from Labyrinth Lord and/or the Mutant Future Core Rules.]

Even more horrific is when an x-husband bites an adult female.  The poor woman turns into a goopy "living cocoon" that excretes freakish embryo-pods that are harvested and tended by the mind-constructs mentioned above.  These "eggs" ultimately hatch into slimy larvae that mature into clones of the x-husband's original human progeny within hours!  (A bite-altered child can also spread the transformative contaminant through its own bite, "infecting" females in an identical fashion as its father).

After 1d4 weeks, an x-husband and its altered offspring metamorphose further.  Their skins gorily crack and slough away, revealing fanged, semi-skeletal horrors with exposed hearts, muscles hardened into chitinous carapaces, and scissoring pincers.  At such time, the x-husband summons an alien vessel, which beams up the entire mutated family and returns to a world unknown.

Mutations:  Energy Ray (Heat) (Modified), Killing Sphere (Modified), Toxic Weapon ("Metamorphic Venom")