No one knows where they come from. Some blame the government, citing radiation-laden nuclear test zones, while others suggest military tampering and generic experimentation to create the next great bio-weapon. One theory claims they developed below the Earth’s crust, gaining access co the surface due to a recent mining operation, while others say they are God’s retribution against the unfaithful. No matter the source of the infestation, nothing is more fearsome than a truck-size gargantuan spider, especially when its hairy legs are standing right above you.
In most environments, plant life is rarely considered as a factor during threat assessment. Some works of science fiction have portrayed vegetation as an adversary, whether through direct, if involuntary, action, or indirectly through the nature of their unique physiology. In the modern world, such things are considered a source of cinematic entertainment at best, or a ludicrous flight of fancy at worst. Unknown to the masses, however, the threat that can be posed by certain highly specialized forms of plant life is very real.
There are few things in existence that shake up the status quo quite like plants capable of rapid self-locomotion. Though increasing size and the tendency of plants to grow toward sunlight or other necessary factors are a type of movement, these processes are so gradual and difficult to perceive on a moment-to-moment basis that most people do not consider it movement per se.
Gargantuan lizards tower over the civilized world like vengeful gods and gaze upon the fragile constructs of people with contempt. Their appearance heralds carnage of apocalyptic proportion and often causes lesser beings to quake in fear. The massive behemoths can be defeated on rare occasions, but the cost in life and resources is usually quite high. Such victories are often pyrrhic at best.
Strange menace from another world? Government experiment gone awry? Nature’s response to the scourge that is humanity?
Gadgeteers are the people who make things and put things back together – and they do it exceptionally well. These people are vital resources for everyone on any side of a conflict. Call them grease-monkeys, gearheads, gadgeteers, techies or whatever, their role is the same, making the toys better and putting them back together after they get broken. Gadgeteers are often a vital part of any team but they are rarely in the spotlight, usually their work is behind the scenes making everyone else’s job easier.
As long as there have been folks with free time and streets where they could roam, there have been street gangs. Traditionally, gangs are groups of hard-living individuals united by some common bond or theme. This bond may seem trivial to outsiders such as living on the same street, belonging to the same church, or working at the same profession but for those heavily into the gangs it can be an all-important distinction. Although they usually consist of a majority of men, many gangs accept female members … as long as they’re tough enough and are willing to pledge loyalty
In the nineteenth century, science gave the world steam engines, telephones, vaccines, and dozens of other marvels that form the foundation of modern technological achievement. Despite these glorious accomplishments, this was also the time in which darker ambitions festered in remote castles, basements of sanitariums, and secluded universities. This twisted, “mad” science did not make miracles; it made monsters of flesh and bone.
Fey folk come in many forms; among the most often seen manifestations are the brownie, the fairy, the leprechaun, nymph, and the pixie. These are not the only forms that the fey folk come in, as they are associated with everything in nature and some artificial constructions as wd1.
Cults have existed nearly as long as civilization. Humanity is a fractious, conflict-prone lot that seeks a homogeneity that historically has proven impossible to achieve. Since the dawn of time, people have tried to convert others to their way of thinking. This has been true of philosophy, strategy, efficiency, and perhaps most importantly, religion.