“We heard the rumblings first...thought it was an earthquake or a landslide...but it was our dam being torn apart...then the water came...washed out a lot of buildings mid-town, but we were rady and got everybody out...but what we weren’t ready for....the bombs....then the fire...and the THINGS charging into town...no warning, no mercy....they just destroyed...destroyed...ate buildings, ate animals, ate people...worse than thunder beetles, or spiney ravagers...metal monsters, but they ATE.... what they didn’t eat, they trampled, they burned....’til nothing was left....I only escaped because I was on the the edge of town and I ran when the town hall and the milita were destroyed...I RAN while they ate my neighbors, but what else could I do? Nothing could stand up to them! We TRIED! They just.....they ATE my town and they’ll eat yours when they finish doing whatever they were doing! They’ll be coming this way next! Run...run while you can!”
BlackSteel-mutated Titan Robot
Gorgers are BlackSteel-mutated Titan Robots produced by the BlackSteel Citadel as walking brawn and artillery. Gorgers are massive, stupid, drone-brutes, but their very mass and strength make them a serious threat to anything in their path. Whereas most other BlackSteel techno-abominations seem inclined towards stealth, Gorgers are ‘shock and awe’ weapons meant to terrorize through their sheer size and plodding.
The Gorger resembles a Titan Combat Robot, only it lacks a sensor turret-mast, the armor looks blistered and half-melted, and the chest sports an enormous be-toothed mouth. The rail gun on one arm looks more organic, and is fed ammunition in peristaltic fashion from within the mutated ‘bot.
Gorgers get their name from the massive chewing mouths that have been added to their torsos, and into which the mutated robots stuff just about anything they can get their claws on. The BlackSteel Citadel may have originally intended this function to harvest materials for the Citadel’s use, but the Gorgers have since taken to gorging themselves on just about anything for the sheer destructive pleasure of it.
Gorgers are also walking bombs; their BlackSteel-sheathed powerplants have a marked tendency to explode with great violence when breached and damaged, making destroying them, especially if they are in a heavily populated area, extremely risky.
Gorgers typically travel alone, or in small units of up to six monsters. They were first encountered in the vicinity of the BlackSteel Citadel, razing local villages and consuming pre-Rifts ruins for materials to feed to the Citadel.
|Crew||Corrupted Robot AI|
MDC By Location
|Shoulder Missile Launcher (2)||160|
|Leg Mini Missile Launchers (2)||30|
|Black Light Laser Turret||30|
|Leaping||15 ft up/across
+10 ft running
|Swim Speed||15 mph running on bottom|
|Maximum Depth||5000 ft|
|Power System||Nuclear? plus PPE of victums|
|Standard Sensors||Robot Standard|
|Addition Sensor1||Laser Targeting|
|Additional Sensor2||Molecular Analyzer|
|Special System 1||360 degree Waist Rotation|
|Special System 2||Self Destruct|
|Special System 3||BlackSteel Traits|
|Primary Weapon||Bone Gune|
|Secondary Weapon||Concussion Mortars (2)|
|Third Weapon||Leg Rocket Launchers (2)|
|Fourth Weapon||Dark Light Laser Turret|
|Fifth Weapon||Retractable Vibroblades (2)|
Standard Robot Sensory Systems
Basic, Low-Light/Night Vision (2,000 ft range), Infrared, Thermo-Imaging (2,000 ft range), telescopic (6,000 ft) and Magnification (x60) Optics.
Can hear noises as low as 10 decibels at 500 ft, plus ultrasonic band hearing.
Can track by scent 80%, and recognize specific scents 84%.
The Gorger’s two eyes double as high-powered headlights, and are often used at night to surprise and intimidate victims. 600 ft range.
30 mile range.
360-degree Waist Rotation
The Gorger can spin at the waist, which it uses to bite at anything behind it quickly.
Standard. Just as ARCHIE-3’s ‘bots will destroy all evidence of themselves, the BlackSteel also leaves little trace of its creations. Completely obliterates itself (1d4x100+250 to immediate vicinity, and 2d4x10 MD to a 50 ft radius). Any remains will be a black slag-like material that slowly evaporates away with the taint of evil.
Has an effective H.F. of 12
Gorgers are almost certainly PPE vampires, using the PPE from killed and consumed victims to help feed their infernal systems.
Gorgers have a slow regeneration rate; they self-repair themselves at a rate of 10 MDC per hour. Perhaps the most visible sign of their mystic regeneration is the constant regrowth of their enormous teeth, which are worn down by their near-constant chomping and grinding.
Silver weaponry does DOUBLE damage to BlackSteel creations. If a called shot of 20+ (modified) strikes the skull or chest area with silver, the tainted container/CPU/powerplant will be struck and an explosion of 6D6 MDC to a 3 ft. radius will erupt and annihilate the BlackSteel... and decommission the ‘bot (self-destruct will still go off, however).
Attacking with Holy Magic will cause the normal materials of the ‘bot to expel the BlackSteel. The ‘bot will still fight on using its original programming, but it will lose its viciousness and malevolent cunning (reduce initiative by HALF), and BlackSteel properties, and all other aspects of its operation remain unchanged. However, the expelled BlackSteel will remain a threat if picked up and incorporated into other machines.
|Damage||1d4 MD 1 rd|
|Damage2||1d4x10 MD 80 rd burst|
|Rate of Fire||ECHH|
1 point of ingested MDC can be used to create 4 shots, so the Gorger must ingest 5,000 MDC to fully reload (or be resupplied by the BlackSteel Citadel).
Concussion Mortars (2)
|Damage||2x4x10 MD 90 ft radius|
|Rate of Fire||Volleys 1-5 ea|
88% chance of knockdown (lose 1 APM and Initiative), 65% chance of being stunned (-10 to strike, dodge, parry, and roll, NO Initiative, HALF speed and APMs for 1d4 melees).
Regenerates a full load in 24 hours
Leg Rocket Launchers (2)
|Damage||4d6 MD 10ft radius|
|Damage2||Blinding Flash + Thunderclap|
|Rate of Fire||Volleys 1-6 ea|
|Payload||6 ea leg|
Each rocket has the effects similar to a Blinding Flash and Thunderclap spell; those without eye and ear protection in a 15 ft radius will be -10 to strike, parry, and dodge, -1 on initiative, and -1 APM for 1d4 melees. Those WITH protection will lose initiative that melee. The explosion itself has a Horror Factor of 8.
Regenerates a full load in 24 hours
Dark Light Laser Turret
|Damage||2d6 MD single blast|
|Damage2||4d6 MD dual blast|
|Rate of Fire||ECHH|
Does 25% more damage to living beings, and direct exposure of the wound to sunlight (and Globe of Daylight spells) will cause the injury to become acutely photosensitive; victims must roll under their ME or be -1 on initiative, perception, strike, dodge, and parry due to the itching/burning sensations from the wound. The photosensitivity ends when the wound is healed.
Each hand contains a retractable vibroblade.
|Damage||+2d6 MD to punches|
Use of Handheld Weapons
Gorgers are too narrow-minded and their hands too clumsy to be able to make use of even mecha-sized firearms, but they CAN and DO pick up objects such as utility poles and girders to act as melee weapons. Gorgers are also fond of throwing vehicles and other large objects at opponents.
Gorgers have very simple AI brains and simple programming; they exist only to devour and destroy.
- Radio: Basic 98%
- Land Navigation 80%
- W.P. Blunt
- W.P. Knife
- W.P. Sword
|Attacks Per Melee||5|
|Strike||+3, +4 w/ranged|
|Full Punch||5d6 MD|
|Power Punch||1d4x10 MD (2 attacks)|
|Stomp||3d6 MD targets 6 ft & smaller|
|Body Block/Ram||1d8 MD|