Free20: The Gorger is a free Otherverse
Games product, a minor threat suitable for inclusion
in the Otherverse America campaign setting. The
Gorger can easily be adapted to most sci-fi and
cyberpunk settings, and fits just as well in most
New Monster: The Gorger
The advent of regular contact with aliens
species changed Earth's ecology drastically.
Otherverse America's largest cities are home to an
assortment of minor alien life forms brought to Earth
accidentally in the holds of a Stonecutter merchant
vessel or a Half Grey refugee ship.
Lifechained DNA has infiltrated Earth's
ecology both by design and accident. The Lifer and
Choicer nations build supersoldiers whose powers
are based upon alien genetic material, while chemical
spills and bio-warfare atrocities have spread
Lifechain DNA less carefully... and far more widely.
The Gorger is one of the best and most common
examples of a Lifechained ‘alpha predator'.
Gorgers are the latest evolution of the feral
‘superpigs' that have rampaged across the Southern
and Western United States since the dawn of the
21st century. Originally, these behemoth pigs were
just feral hogs and javalinas, grown to gigantic size
and savage boldness thanks to a steady diet of
human waste. For campers, superpigs were a
terrifying but thankfully rare urban legend. For
hunters, super pigs were the ultimate trophy.
The first Gorger births were reported in
2075. Their point of origin: the old forests outside
Olympia Washington, where a devastating bioweapon
attack killed hundreds. The bio-toxin was
based upon naturally occuring Lifechained toxins,
and the Lifer terror cell who created it severely
misjudged its mutagenic effects.
A summer later, the first Gorger pigs were
born. By the early 2080s, Gorgers had virtually
eliminated the old pack alphas, easily winning the
role from the smaller, weaker Earth-descended
hogs. With dominance, came breeding opportunities.
As of 2107, Earth-born wild hogs are dying
off, out-fought and out-bred by the larger, more
powerful and more intelligent Gorgers. Gorgers have
no natural predators, and their Lifechained constitutions
give them incredible resistance to Terran
diseases and the traditional poisons used for decades
to keep wild hog populations down to manageable
Gorgers resemble goliath wild hogs, with the
largest specimens growing as large, and weighing as
much as a fully loaded Humvee. Specimens over 10
ft high at the shoulder and weighing in at 2.5 tons
aren't uncommon; anything under one ton (adult
weight) is usually considered the runt of the litter and
rarely survives infancy.
Gorgers are primarily scavengers and
opportunity predators. They sustain themselves
mostly on garbage, a behavior which brings them in
close contact with humans. Gorgers have little fear
of humans, but respect guns, cars and other technological
dangers enough to give them a wide berth.
However, they will attack a solitary human, and as
the Untainted fear, they will maul and devour
Overwhelming firepower can usually make a
Gorger break off its assault, but once seriously
wounded, most go into a feral rage and don't stop
attacking until either they or their prey are dead.
The Gorger is a chance to give readers a look at
one of the apolitical threats common to the Otherverse
America setting, and shed some light on the wilderness
ecology of this mostly urban campaign setting.
If you like what you've seen in this Free20
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Using this product requires the D20 Modern
Core Rulebook published by Wizards of the Coast.
Owning Guide to the Known Galaxy (Otherverse
Games, 2008) is useful but not essential.
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