Sunday, July 20, 2014

Spider Bait - A Mutant Future Encounter Or An Encounter For Any Old School Post Apocalyptic Campaign

This encounter takes place around the wastes of New Jersey, the PC's are called in by the Mutant Underground to help escort a very special cargo. They'll be meeting an armored currier/guardsmen transporting a much needed plague serum to the main Jersey city state. Where it will be used by several up lifted mutant species to control a bio plague that has been released on to the general populace by a Black Knight operative working within the city state.
At least that's the story that John the mutant rat humanoid  MU contact that speaks with the characters. He's offering the PC's one major artifact, a map with scavenging rights to a rich set of ruins just outside the former city of  Atlantic City. In addition to 300 gold pieces in cash.
The players are to meet the courier knight in power armor Mercy and her climate controlled serum vault. Mercy is wearing standard old army power armor and armed with an assault rifle, heavy stunner, and several other weapons systems. She's friendly outgoing and completely professsional. She makes some small chitchat but is every inch the 4th level fighter in her armor.
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The route to the city state through the wasteland will be frought with some heavy encounters and Mercy will save the PC's to try and prevent damage to them.
1d10 Random Jersey Wasteland Encounters Table 

  1. A band 1d8  of 3rd level fighter ratoid mutant bikers on armored bikes and wielding assault rifles.
  2. A flock of 1d6 mutant raptor dinosaurs  hell bent on eating the PC's 
  3. A group of 1d10 cultists on a hover speeder armed with twin mounted laser cannons. 
  4. A band of  1d20 mutant raiders in scrap automobiles armed with laser carbines looking for easy pickings. 
  5. A flock 1d8  heavy carnivorous mutant flying monkeys looking for artifacts and their next meal 
  6. Six giant mutant slugs blocking a section of the road. These bastards regenerate as trolls and there's a twenty percent chance of some large chunk of one of these things developing into a whole within a couple of rounds. 
  7. A robotic drone armed with hell fire mini missiles working for a local A.I. warlord. They'll try to take your PC's out. 
  8. A giant protoplasmic blob blocks half of the road and will dissolve tires and flesh in equal measure if one of these can get a hold of a PC's vehicle\
  9. A band of 1d10 organ leggers on motor bikes armed with heavy stunners and laser swords so they can get your PC's as after market parts. 
  10. A star spawn of Cthulhu bursts from a nearby temple/ruin complex and there is a 40% chance of this horror attacking the PC's and causing major disaster to the nearby mutant population.

    What's really going on is hat there is a corpse within the serum vault box and the eggs are about to burst open. Mercy will try to open up the cell  on the PC's. The PC's are actually to be he little ones first meal and are to be kept alive as the PC's are going to used to hide several egg sacs within the party's remaining still living corpses . They will serve Eros far better this way and will have a purpose that few in the wasteland can experience.
    Mercy is actually one of the Ero, mutant spiders who know use others to spread the corruption of their species. Mercy has chosen the PC's carefully because of their  success with other mutant menaces in the wasteland. 

The ERO 

 Find Out More On The Ero Over At Chris Van Deelen's Blog 

No. Enc: 1
Alignment:  Chaotic
Movement: 90” (30’)
AC: 4 (0 in armored form)
HD: 10
Attacks: 2 stingers or 4 stingers or by weapon
Damage: 1d4 / 1d4 + poison or 1d4 / 1d4 / 1d4 / 1d4+ poison or by weapon
Save: L10
Morale: 7
Hoard Class: I, II, III, VIII, and 1d4 various weapons (high tech, melee, primitive left up to the Mutant Lord)

Mutations: Aberrant form (natural weapons, xenomorphism), clinging, dietary requirement change (blood) (d), increased physical attribute (strength), metamorph (modified), toxic weapon (class 11 or class 17 poison), web
Source: Miss Arrow from the Spider-Man comics.

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