They shouldn’t have existed, mistakes of nature and mistakes of humanity! These abominations were the accidents as a result of careless experiments and deadly warfare. And the result? Worse than we could have ever feared. Confused, angry, resentful, hateful! These things seek to destroy both their creators and the world around them. Much like the forces that spawned them, destruction is usually their goal. But, these creatures are no villains, but the consequences of arrogance, apathy, discrimination and violence.
Author’s Note: As a continuation of my theme, here’s a plethora of horrible mutants and mad experiments. While much of it is revisiting old monsters, there’s a good amount of new goodies to toss into your wastelands, super secret labs and other such locations.
Most creations of the apocalypse are accidental.
The end of the world happened as we expected, too many people squabbling over too many things. And with their super weapons, a new breed of terror was unleashed. Not only did the radiation spread, it became aware, it gained its own life. And what followed? I dare not say… All that is certain is the horrors of this war spawned all of them. Protect yourself at all costs, should you run into such a mockery of life.
The post-apocalypse, a staple of darker science fiction. There are few greater fears than not only one’s own death, but the death of the world we live in. Or at the very least, the death of civilization. In most cases, we wouldn’t have roaming raiders, so much as starved out and depressed barbarians. But, since science fiction gives some leeway, we’re able to explore the grittier side with the likes of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road to the more gonzo like Mad Max and all of the bootlegs and homages that it inspired! (And ’70s/’80s Italian post-apocalyptic bootlegs are simply incredible.) Or go even further with the likes of Adventure Time, especially in the more recent years as the old world was further expanded upon. Even if settlements are rebuilding the old world and some semblance of stability comes to the wastes, there are still many hazards that roam the blasted out reaches. Just like the dungeon crawls and treks of D&D fantasy, the world has regressed into an age of buried secrets, monstrous threats, lost knowledge and high adventure!
With that, today I’m going to focus on retooling some old ideas I’ve had for post-apocalyptic settings. Effects of radiation, as well as enfeebled equipment and ruins of buildings are given some spit and polish. Plus, I wanted to bring back a fair share of gruesome and ghoulish creatures I had worked on in the past. Whether it’s an elemental power of radiation itself or the many mutants that is probably created, there are tons of familiar faces. While I wanted to make a scrapping based craft mechanic, I couldn’t really settle on a base craft mechanic. To be fair, neither has core D&D really. And until we have an expanded idea, there are tons of concepts floating throughout the web. So, I’ll likely come back to that in the future.
Author’s Note: Here’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a while! In fact, it’s part 1 for that matter. Expect a heaping helping of horrifying mutants within the next couple of days to next week! Stay glowing, my radioactive muties!
Even more evils of the underworld invade your games!
AUTHOR’S NOTE: My last offering was kinda sad, so let’s finish off the rest of the monsters from DOOM I and DOOM II!
Incoming transmission! “There’s even more of them captain! We thought we were finished, but they’ve only just unleashed even more of the damned things upon us! Many of these wretched hell things feel even stronger than the last ones we fought! We can’t hold out for mu-” Transmission ended!
Author’s Note: Sorry for being late on this one. I found out last minute that my group wanted to postpone my game, so I would have had a game synopsis last week. I also got very sick following a busy work week. With that, here’s a handful of more DOOM monsters. I might do an update later on with another popular monster in mind… Arachnotron… Mancubus… Something like that!
Hell. Many thought of it as a mere theological concept, written in ancient scripture. A team of scientists, corporate representatives and military conglomerates one day discovered that there was so much more. On martian base, an experiment was conducted to reach into other realities. They got an alternate dimension the denizens called Hell. Perhaps it wasn’t what many considered, but Hell had come to that reality and tore it asunder. Thanks to the impossible efforts of one space marine, referred to as “The Doom Guy”, the forces were pushed out of our world… for what we hoped was for good.
Since that incident, the malevolent armies of this underworld realm have discovered other Prime Material Planes and have continued a campaign of multiversal conquest! Parallel realities and other planes entirely have faced off against these things. It has even been rumored that some of these fiendish terrors have faced off in the eternal battleground known as The Blood War.
Author’s Note: I wasn’t too satisfied with my original creations, so I decided to have a bit of a do over! On top of that, I wanted to expand the monster list a little more by adding a few essential classic creatures. Enjoy.
“How could such an environment lead to this? Is this a dragon? It barely seems to qualify. Unlike others, it shoots a strange, destructive light from its mouth… It baffles the mind.”- From the journal of a traveling scholar.
Star Dragons, born from the deep cosmos, are a rare draconic breed. Some think they are crossbred between a true dragon from another realm and something truly alien. Others believe that they are another reality’s manifestation of dragon. They could very well be an evolution of primordial energy from the distant depths, gaining awareness as it gained form. None the less, such a creature is capable of unleashing a fearsome power that is true to their kind. Unlike any element, they can release a matter consuming light. Few are sure if it is a kind of radiation, a laser beam or something else entirely. On top of that, it is said that they hold the ability to phase through reality and travel among the stars themselves.
Those who have encountered them have either contended with a brutal foe or an incredible ally. Indifferent to plights, powers and people; the star dragons prefer to distance themselves from conflict. But, if one is convinced to aid, they will become an invaluable source as long as there’s something in it for them. In fact, they’re more likely to remain away from plane jumpers and ships alike. Those who interact with such travelers always have a personal agenda in mind. Despite this, they are not typically egoistic, as they often have a communal aspect to them. They travel the stars in pods, similar to whales in the sea, doing all they can to prevent anyone from falling behind in the galactic reaches. Protection of clan and extended family is an important virtue for such creatures.
Author’s Note: I wanted to do a little bit more with my list of classic D&D monsters ported over into the realms of science fiction… Well… science-fantasy. Will these manifest in something else at one point? Most likely, yes! Anyway, here’s my take on a cosmic dragon that was scrapped from last week’s post due to time. Also, I’m going to be taking a little break from planar/science-fantasy.
Even vampirism has evolved alongside growing technologies…
“Magick…” he grumbles in a hoarse whisper to himself, “the force we all thought would hamper progress. And here we are, traveling the stars with it.” Letting out a sigh, he pushes his hovering seat away from a messy desk. “If we were truly destined to separate ourselves from magick, the horrible monsters would have been vanquished long ago… not terraforming entire planets.” The man slightly grips his teeth as he rises from the floating chair, joints popping from ache and wear. The spacefaring man gazes into a mirror before continuing to shuffle. The marks of fatigue and age on his face contrast the shining gleam of his badges, reflecting light from the ‘glow panels’ dotting the ceilings and hallways throughout the vessel. Over towards a huge glass pane, the elder military man observes systems of stars with planets seemingly nestled in perfect viewing spots by ancient giants or celestial creatures. “And this ship, it has served more of a home for me than it deserves. But, through the mad crusades and bloody combat, it has served me well.” The tranquility of an empty space fades as ships pull into view, built with alien geometries and operating through impossible physics, they charge weaponry for an epic battle. The man cracks a faint grin as similar weaponry opens fire on the enemy crafts.
The worlds of magic and monsters don’t need to end when civilizations have advanced themselves into new eras; feudal worlds give way to industrial, which give way to information, which give way to hypothetical new technologies that Earth can only speculate about. Even a world of fantasy can and should advance and change with the flow of time. All too often do these worlds stagnate in the endless mush of quasi-medieval high fantasy. Now, this isn’t to say that such a thing can’t be good and doesn’t still have a place. It’s just that for many fans of the genre, such things have grown stale and resistance to change.
In a fantasy future, adventurers will continue to carry on their business. Perhaps new sanctions are in effect and new regulations are in place. However, there are still dens filled with malicious monsters and strange sights to behold. There are gnoll raiders who operate miniguns instead of wield war-axes, elementals from a plane composed of radiation, beholders who bolster their psychic power through cybernetic enhancements, orcish biker gangs terrorizing the streets through their “hover hogs” and much more. Granted, most of these will not be appearing in the article below. However, they are ideas on how someone can twist a classic monster for a more Modern/Sci-Fi inspired setting.
Author’s Note: I figured this is a great way to close out the theme, a look at some classic monsters transferred to a new genre. And by this, I mean transferring classic D&D monsters into classic (as well as some less standard) science fiction. Also, please don’t mind the cheesy space-opera-meets-D&D blurb from up above. I’m not quite what I’d call a writer, but I figured it would be a fun change of pace.