“We just lost the command bunker.”
”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
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.
|Class||Subterranean Assault Warmount|
|Crew||Robotic Intelligence/ Ecotroz Fragment|
|Number of Riders||1|
|Number of Passengers||3|
|Original Tribe||Lost Eclipse|
MDC By Location
|Laser Anglers (2)||150|
|Eye Periscopes (2)||45|
|Reinforced Crew Compartment||100|
|Rear Legs (4)||250|
|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|
|Addition Sensor1||Optical Periscopes (2)|
|Additional Sensor2||Seismic Sensor|
|Additional Sensor3||Ground Radar Scanner|
|Additional Sensor4||Magnetometer Probe|
|Cybernanite Repair||4d6 md/hr 100 MDC|
|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|
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
Laser Horns (2) Edit
|Damage2||8d6 MD dual blast|
|Rate of Fire||ECHH|
Acid Sprayers (2) Edit
|Range2||10 ft radius area|
|Damage2||2d4 MD for 2d4 melees|
|Rate of Fire||ECHH|
The HellMole’s systems can catalyze and produce a new tankload of acid within 24 hours.
Drill Nose Edit
|Damage||1d6x10 MD / Full-on drill stab|
Front VibroClaws (2) Edit
Tentacles (4) Edit
|Range||30 ft reach|
|Damage||3d6 MD/melee squeeze|
|Damage2||2d6 MD Strike|
|Damage3||4d6 MD Stab|
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
|Damage||6d6 MD Slash|
|Damage2||2d4x10 MD full melee cut|
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).
|Attacks Per Melee||8|
|Parry||+2 w/ tentacles|
|Strike|| +1 / +2 w/ranged weapons
|Disarm||+3 w/ tentacles|
|Tentacle Power Strike||6d6 MD (2 attacks)|
|Pincer/Antler Jab||1d6 ea|
|Rear Leg Kick||2d4 MD|
|Body Block/Ram||4d6 MD|
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).