Sunday, July 19, 2015

[Cryptworld] New Thing: Humansquito

A Biohazardous Bloodsucker for Cryptworld

STR: 4 (60) --- WPR: 1 (15)
DEX: 6 (90) --- PER: 2 (30)
AGL: 6 (90) --- PCN: 5 (75)
STA: 3 (45) --- PWR: NA
ATT: 1/75% --- WND: 12
MV:  L 75† F 75

Experience: 800

A Humansquito is a grotesque hybrid of man and mosquito. The humanoid insect stands about 7 feet tall and has insectile features such as multifaceted eyes, a chitinous exoskeleton, and a pair of insect wings enabling it to fly. The THING's eyes are especially adapted to see images on the infrared scale, enabling it to detect any heat sources (such as prey) with ease. The most frightening feature of a Humansquito is its long, sharpened proboscis which it uses for feeding, draining a victim of every last drop of blood in mere seconds.

A Humansquito is created when a human is bitten by a mosquito carrying mutated DNA. This genetic error is usually triggered by radioactivity exposure, feeding from biohazardous waste, or ill-advised genetic tampering by scientists. The infected mosquito passes along its genetic traits when it bites its victim. The physical changes start to manifest in the THING within the first 24 hours, as the victim's body begins an agonizing metamorphosis. Even before the victim's physical changes start to surface, the future Humansquito might have an overwhelming craving for blood -- attacking small animals or even humans in a deperate attempt to quench its hunger. Within 48 hours, the skin will transform into a hardened insect exoskeleton; the eyes will bulge and become more like an insect's; and two large membranous wings will shred out from the shoulderblades. At 72 hours, the metamorphosis will be complete, and the Humansquito will fly into the world, looking for victims.

The Humansquito will make its lair in locations that are warm and damp such as swamplands and bogs. In a more urban setting, garbage dumps and landfills will appeal to the Humansquito. When it spies a victim, the Humansquito will mindlessly fly down to attack. (It will not wait to surprise or stalk its prey, working on insect instinct at this point.) It will attempt to subdue and grapple its prey (with an "H" result or better on an unarmed combat attack roll). Once it has its prey held down, it will try to sink its proboscis into the victim's chest to begin feeding. This attack requires a successful "C" result on an unarmed attack roll. If successful, the spear-like tube strikes its target's heart, instantly killing the victim. The Humansquito can drain the prey of blood within 1 minute, at which point it flies off, bloated and sated. A Humansquito must feed once each week before it begins to weaken.

NOTE: The Humansquito is a specific version of the Brundle to show you how to customize a Cryptworld THING into a new cryptid threat!

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