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2011-02-13, 01:46 AM
Ok, I need some help here coming up with some random mutations. I have a post-apocolyptic world where the material plane had a disastrous encounter with the plane of chaos. A significant portion of the surviving population is mutated in some way. I need a mutation table for Joe Commoner. Generally, mutations should be stuff that's fairly minor - I know I've seen a few lists, but I need a pretty long stockpile here - BoVD list simply isn't enough. Stuff like "skin changes color" or "develop vestigal limb" are more what I'm looking for.

Any good ideas?

2011-02-13, 01:50 AM
I've got a series of tables for nature-based drifts. Could that be helpful at all?

2011-02-13, 01:52 AM
I've got a series of tables for nature-based drifts. Could that be helpful at all?

Might be worth it, yeah.

2011-02-13, 01:58 AM
Heroes of Horror has a list for the effects of the taint on one's body and mind, that might be useful to ya. It's full of things like 'hair falls out in clumps,' 'nose decays to nothing,' and I believe 'grows vestigial twin.'

2011-02-13, 01:58 AM
You can see them here (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showpost.php?p=7625261&postcount=4). Should be easy enough to make most of them grotesque.

2011-02-13, 02:01 AM
The D20 Post Apopocalytic book has mutations based on radiation. This could also work for what your wanting. Some are becoming hairless, enlargement of a body part, a bum leg that only reduces your speed by 5 ft., or skin thickening up adding +1 natural armor.

2011-02-13, 02:07 AM
My Google-fu is strong.


http://www.slackratchet.com/rough2.htm (This one looks really good.)


http://www.users.qwest.net/~bhegr/gm/newtrait.html (This one looks PERFECT.)

2011-02-13, 02:09 AM
I would also suggest looking at the mutation list (http://crawl.chaosforge.org/index.php?title=List_of_mutations) of Dungeon Crawl and the corruption list (http://www.adomgb.info/adomgb-0-10.html) of ADOM for ideas. It's not a table you can roll on, though you can probably convert it to something like that is you wish.

2011-02-13, 03:20 AM
You can look in my signature.

Lord Loss
2011-02-13, 07:40 AM
I'd give them Deformity feats. They can be found in Book of Vile Darkness, Lords of Madness as well as a few other sources.

2011-02-13, 09:52 AM
Thanks for the tables everyone! I've looked at BoVD and the other 3.5 stuff, but that's way too much for joe commoner.

2011-02-13, 10:06 AM
In a pinch, check Complete Divine, and use the Drifts from the Geomancer. The lower level Drifts are pretty much just cosmetic, and they get more severe at higher levels. They're not in a table, but it shouldn't be that hard to randomize in a pinch.