Monday, April 14, 2014

A Garden Of Unearthly Delights - A Post Apocalyptic Encounter For Mutant Future Using The 'Stickies' From Deathlands

File:Reconstructed Roman temple on top of mount Grand Donon, Vosges mountains, Bas-Rhin.jpg
Photographer Ralf Schulze from Koblenz, Germany

This is a random encounter for a post apocalyptic or space based game inspired by the Deathlands series of novels. The Stickies which originally appeared in that series are some very deadly mutants. The encounter is inspired by the conversion work of  Chris Van Deelen. It is geared for the Mutant Future Rpg but can easily converted to any old school retroclone rpgs. This one can also work with either Stars With Out Number and The X-plorers. 

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.
You can grab stats for the Stickies for Mutant Future
Right Over
Please note that in my games stickies have shown up all over the place. Artificially placed mutant bio-weapons. It would not be out of the question to find them in any of the Outlanders settings of books. You can find more information about that series

Encounter Set Up -
 The PC's dimensional gate into a 'Garden of Eden' setting, there are crowds of idyllic attractive humanoids. The whole setting looks as if it was transported from a movie setting from a Roman style historic movie. They swim, play, here and there. 

  Mutant herbivore animals eat grass and flowers. The scene is like something out of paradise itself. 
Across the countryside for 2 miles around the party are various Roman temple complexes. Each has strange god like stone statues. The name plates of these statues have been defaced. The humanoids know nothing of these statues simply stating that they've always been. 
Suddenly, stickies burst from the underbrush and carnage begins. Humanoids are slaughtered and the adventurers are confronted by 1d6 of the mutant horrors. The scene of slaughter is over just as it began in 1d4 rounds. 

 Everything goes dark as the holographic sky is shut off. Sleeping gas pours into the idyllic countryside and as everything falls asleep. Hidden doors open and medical robots enter taking genetic and tissue samples from the stickies as well as the humanoids. Several combat robots enter the area, and drag away the  semi conscious stickies to hidden rooms and labs. Everything returns to normal and the scene will happen again in 1d10 hours. 

No. Enc: 4d6 (2d8)
Alignment:  Chaotic
Movement: 90’ (30’)
AC: 5
HD: 5 (10)
Attacks: 1 bite and two claws
Damage: 1d4+2, 1d6+5 / 1d6+5 (2d6+4, 2d10+10 / 2d10+10)
Save: L5 (10)
Morale: 4 (10)
Hoard Class: Incidental
Note that the second set of numbers in brackets are for the stronger versions that can be encountered) 
Mutations: Aberrant form (natural weapons, new body parts), atrophied cerebellum, dietary requirement change (cannibal) (d), bizarre appearance (d), immunity to radiation and partial immunity to toxins.

Deep Background For The Garden Of Unearthly Delights
The Stickies are part of a bio genetic experiment that has been running for centuries. The idyllic humanoids are eoli from the Mutant Future Wiki.  More information available on them right over
There are temple complexes scattered all across the landscape, many of them have hidden hatches that lead to labs and clone banks where the Stickies and eloi are being bred. 
The PC's are on a space station in deep orbit, an A.I. runs the facility and has been for centuries.
There are several unusual characteristics about the facilities that the PC's will find. 
  • The 'sun' moves across the holographic sky on a track emulating a traditional twenty four hour day.
  • There are sun dials that are scattered across the landscape marking the movements of both the Stickies and Eloi in old Ancient. 
  • There are thousands of stickies and Eloi in clone banks below the landscape facsimile.
  • These stickies are of the first type but after 20 hours the second stronger type will be released. 
  • Here and there across the landscape are pipes where flammable gas can be pumped in view of the stickies. These pipes have special heads that enable them to produce controlled burst explosions. The stickies will be enchanted by these events enabling knockout gas to be pumped in. High speed fans to withdrawn the gas.  
  • There are ancient dusty lockers containing human sized combat armor and laser rifles. The laser rifles lack charge but there are facilities for charging them that still work. 
  • Only the most aggressive stickies and attractive Eloi are allowed to live. The rest have samples taken, genetic architecture studied, and then are disposed of. 
  • The controlling A.I. of the station is going through the motions but its bored as well as quite insane. The thing will eventually discover the party and begin to play sadistic games with the stickies and Eloi. 
  • There are several shuttles in the flight bay of the station and the characters may learn that they are in deep orbit around one of the moons of Jupiter.

This post is for entertainment purposes only, it is not a challenge to the copyright or trademarks of those whose material has been used in this blog entry. Thank you. 

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