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“We just lost the command bunker.”

”HOW?!”

”You tell me...last we heard of them was there was suddenly a lot of screaming and yelling...now where the bunker should be, there’s nothing but a big depression in the ground...Not a crater, a depression...like somebody pulled the whole bunker down deeper into the earth.”

EcoS-K-30 ‘HellMole’ Warmount Edit

HellMole

Sketch made by Kittani survivor of a Lost Eclipse attack, shortly before the Splugorth Minion expired of injuries. Courtesy of Lazlo University, donated by the Town of Fenton Militia.

aka ‘Antlion’

Those who doubt the EShemarrians can be as twistedly imaginative as Archie-3 and Hagan need only see the Lost Eclipse’s ‘HellMole’ Warmount. Actually, it is unlikely that they will ever see such a machine, given its operating tactics and the reclusive nature of the Nightmare Tribe; by the time their enemies see them coming, it’s already too late, and the Lost Eclipse leaves few witnesses to tell of what they’ve seen.

The HellMole resembles an hellish cross between a giant mole and a scarab beetle. The head is massive and sports a long drill-nose, and several articulated pincer/antlers. The forelimbs are large and shovel like, designed for moving large amounts of soil and debris, while the rear legs are insectile, for scuttling over rough terrain or through tunnels. Four powerful tentacles sprout from the back, with an extended reach that allows the HellMole to surprise and grab targets even while remaining hidden underground. It is one of the rare enclosed cockpit Warmounts, in that the rider rides INSIDE it like proper vehicle, rather than atop or astride it. 

Though not particularly fast or agile, the HellMole is heavily armored and armed, and anybody fool enough to close with it will discover it is more than capable of defending itself. And, of course, once its passengers disembark and begin fighting with their own weapons, the situation gets that much worse for the luckless fool stupid enough to engage the Lost Eclipse in combat. 

The HellMole is an adept tunneler, and this is used to utmost advantage by the Lost Eclipse. The Warmount can tunnel quickly through soil and even rock, allowing the Tribe to move unseen by surface dwellers and travelers, then emerge in ambush, before retreating back underground. A favorite tactic of the HellMole is to lurk just under the surface of loose soil and gravel, then use its tentacles to grab and crush enemy infantry, or spear its body up under ground vehicles, impaling them on its drill-nose, or flipping them over. Another favorite tactic is to tunnel under an enemy’s fixed defenses to emerge inside them, or undermine fortifications and other structures. Such attacks are often prefaced by triggering an EMP at close range or releasing a chemical attack. 

Abilities Edit

HellMole
Type EcoS-K-30
Class Subterranean Assault Warmount
Crew Robotic Intelligence/ Ecotroz Fragment
Number of Riders 1
Number of Passengers 3
Original Tribe Lost Eclipse
MDC By Location
Head 300
Main Body Unknown
Tentacle 150 (4)
Laser Anglers (2) 150
Drill Nose 200
Eye Periscopes (2) 45
Reinforced Crew Compartment 100
Forelimbs (2) 300
Rear Legs (4) 250
Physical Size
Height 8 ft
Length 35 ft
Width 9 ft
Weight 28 ton
Physical Attributes
IQ 10
PS 40 Robotic
SPD 50 mph
Land Speed2 Tunneling
Leaping 8 ft up, 10 ft across
Swim Speed 6 mph crawl along bottom
Maximum Depth 12000 ft
Cargo Small space in passenger compartment

4000 lbs rear compartment

Power System Nuclear 20 year
Other Attributes
Sensors
Standard Sensors Yes
Addition Sensor1 Optical Periscopes (2)
Additional Sensor2 Seismic Sensor
Additional Sensor3 Ground Radar Scanner
Additional Sensor4 Magnetometer Probe
Special Systems
Cybernanite Repair 4d6 md/hr 100 MDC
Weapon Systems
Primary Weapon Plasma Cutters
Secondary Weapon Laser Horns (2)
Third Weapon Acid Sprayers (2)
Fourth Weapon Drill Nose
Fifth Weapon Front Vibro Claws (2)
Sixth Weapon Tentacles (4)
Seventh Weapon Optional Modular Weapons (2)
Eighth Weapon Optional Back Saw
A rear cargo compartment holds up to 4,000 lbs of gear. This can include a warload, such as an EMP generator, chemical canisters, or demolition charges. It also be used to temporarily hold up to 6 prisoners (the cargo section doesn’t have life support, unless specially refitted, so long duration confinement is not advised).

Tunneling Edit

The speed that the HellMole tunnels varies according to the depth and composition of the material being tunneled through. The ‘Mole can tunnel through loose sand and clay at about 3d6x10 ft per minute, or 5d6 ft per minute through dense rock (granite, regolith).

Sensor Systems Edit

Optical Periscopes (2) Edit

These are retractable optical periscopes that can rise as much as 12 ft and penetrate loose earth and gravel, allowing the HellMole and its riders to conduct an above ground visual survey while remaining safely hidden underground. 

Seismic Sensors Edit

Passive sonar system. Can pick up on earth tremors and detect ground motion; can detect the movement of heavy vehicles as far away as 10 miles with 75% accuracy. Generally can pick up individual footfalls at a range of 800 ft. 

Ground Radar Scanner Edit

The nose holds a short-range microwave radar for groundsearching minefields (in theory, the ground radar sound be able to detect even nonmetallic mines, but takes twice as long).

Range: The ground radar has a range of 3,000 ft, and has a 90% chance of detecting metal-cased mines, 60% chance of detecting nonmetallic ordnance.

Magnetometer Probe Edit

MAD (Magnetic Anomaly Detector) sensor for detecting armored vehicles and robots.

Range: The magnetometer has a range of 8,000 ft and can detect vehicles and other metallic structures with 80% accuracy. Powered-up rail guns and fusion nuclear containment fields can be detected out to 16,000 ft.

Weapons Systems Edit

Plasma Cutters Edit

Range Bore Mode 3 ft
Range2 Thrower mode 300 ft
Damage Bore Mode 1d4x100 MD / full melee
Damage2 Thower 1d4x10 MD
Rate of Fire Bore Mode 1/melee

Thrower Mode ECHH

Payload Unlimited
The head is ringed with small plasma projectors that can be used for close-contact cutting, or are capable of limited ranged fire.

Laser Horns (2) Edit

Range 4000 ft
Damage 4d6 MD
Damage2 8d6 MD dual blast
Rate of Fire ECHH
Payload Unlimited
Mounted in antler-like ‘horns’ are a pair of high-powered lasers that can be used for cutting, but are more often deployed on the surface for long range combat. The horns are also reinforced and tough enough to be used as melee weapons, stabbing into an opponent, or pinning larger prey.

Acid Sprayers (2) Edit

Range 80 ft
Range2 10 ft radius area
Damage 3d6 MD
Damage2 2d4 MD for 2d4 melees
Rate of Fire ECHH
Payload 50 shots
A pair of small acid-sprayers are concealed in the head and used to help dissolve tough obstacles---rock, metal, enemy soldiers...

The HellMole’s systems can catalyze and produce a new tankload of acid within 24 hours.

Drill Nose Edit

Range Melee
Damage 1d6x10 MD / Full-on drill stab
A high-powered mechanical drill makes up the nose. Fully revved up, the screeching roar of this drill as it pierces up through the bottom of a luckless vehicle is often the last sound enemy crews hear.

Front VibroClaws (2) Edit

Range Melee
Damage 5d6 MD
The massive forepaws are designed for muscling aside loose earth and digging through rock, sporting five massive vibroclaws.

Tentacles (4) Edit

Range 30 ft reach
Damage 3d6 MD/melee squeeze
Damage2 2d6 MD Strike
Damage3 4d6 MD Stab
Emerging from the upper back are four long robotic tentacles that can reach up through loose soil to grab opponents on the ground, stab, and crush.

Optional Modular Weapons (2) Edit

The HellMole has provision for torso-mounting two weapons similar to those standard to the Monstrex. These weapons can only be used when cleared from underground. 

Optional Back Saw Edit

Range Melee
Damage 6d6 MD Slash
Damage2 2d4x10 MD full melee cut
Some HellMoles have been encountered featuring a giant rotary saw in their backs...two counter-rotating rings of ultra-sharp and tough saw-teeth moving at high speed around the center of the rear cargo bay hatch. These teeth seem to possibly be inspired by the Toothback Wallcrawler, a nightmarishly ugly alien predator known to inhabit parts of the eastern seaboard mountains and environs around MadHaven; the Wallcrawler being hideous enough to appeal to the Lost Eclipse’s twisted senses of aesthetics. The Back Saw option is useful only at very close range, the HellMole either coming up under a target and ‘gnawing’ at its bottom (such as a vehicle’s undercarriage or the floor of a building/bunker), or grabbing a smaller target with its tentacles and either tossing or holding it into the whirling blades. 

Programming Edit

The Ecotroz have installed robotic AIs, then infected the matrix with a low-level Ecotroz sentience. HellMoles have an I.Q. of 10 and a patient, plodding nature, perfectly suited to laying in ambush for hours at a stretch, or patiently burrowing under an enemy inch by inch until ordered to charge up onto the surface. 

Typically has the following (in addition to normal War Steed programming): 

  • Mining and Excavation 80%
  • Trap/Mine Detection 40% (+5% per level of experience for Ecotroz entity)

The Ecotroz entity can also pick up one Secondary skill at levels 2, 6, and 12 of experience, though the nature of the HellMole intelligence and design is such that it is limited to skill selections from Technical: Language (understanding) and Lore, Espionage (Detect Ambush, Detect Concealment), Wilderness (Track Humanoids, Track Animals, Hunting, Identify Plants and Fruits).

Combat Edit

Attacks Per Melee 8
Bonuses
Initiative +3
Dodge +3
Parry +2 w/ tentacles
Auto Dodge Unknown
Strike +1 / +2 w/ranged weapons

+4 tentacles

Roll +2
Pull Punch +2
Disarm +3 w/ tentacles
Entangle Unknown
Knockout/Stun Unknown
Critical Strike Unknown
Attacks
Bite 1d6 MD
Tentacle Power Strike 6d6 MD (2 attacks)
Pincer/Antler Jab 1d6 ea
Rear Leg Kick 2d4 MD
Body Block/Ram 4d6 MD
HellMoles are experts in sneak attacks from below, laying in wait for long periods before striking. HellMoles rarely surface completely during combat, usually coming up under a robot or vehicle to knock it over, allow any troops being carried to disembark then go back underground again

Body Block/Ram deals 4d6 MD with a 50% chance of knocking over giant robots and other targets. A favorite tactic is to emerge directly under vehicles such as APCs and tanks, impaling them or flipping them over.

Ecotroz Fragment Edit

The Ecotroz intelligence fragment inhabiting the ‘bot gives the HellMole an aura and behavior more befitting a sentient being than a robot. 

Has the following Natural Psionic Abilities (no ISP Cost), all equivalent to 6th level with regards to range and proficiency.

  • Presence Sense
  • Sixth Sense/Danger Sense 

The Ecotroz fragment does occasionally need sleep/rest...though they only need 2 hours of rest/meditation per 24 hours...they can push this, going without for as many days as they have I.Q. points, but will have to go dormant for 4d6 hours after such exertion.

Note also that the Ecotroz-possessed ‘bot can infect other bots with the Ecotroz viral-entity, by bite or sustained touch (takes 3 attacks).

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