So I sat down recently, and collected myself. I flipped through some conversations here and I looked at what Ive made myself and what the lore is and the monsters alrady present.
Weve had some talk about mutations on NPCs, and Ive mentioned a desire to see mutating wildlife, both in the form of degeneration and eldritch and in the path of specializations. The wolf that becomes a more ferocious hunter. The swimming lizardbeast. The large bear, destroying the enviornment and consuming zombie flesh with relative immunity. The mighty moose, growing its antlers in ways that it could never in pre apocolytic world.
Ive most recently gone through the mutants already in the game. Theres the giant insects, which in all honesty are tame for mutants. They just got bigger, and no complications occured as a result of not having lungs or brains or metabolism requirements. Theres the fish, which have gotten larger and much more aggressive as a means of saving their own lives. Theres the mutated abominations, vaguely implied to have been human but so malformed that they are not. Sludge walkers are perhaps the least human of them, with jabberwocks in second. Twisted bodies are completely human.
So, knowing that the human player and NPCs can beneficially mutate, and that ‘giantified’ invertabretes have a limited capacity to mutate, I ask what about those large enough to mutate, those hunted by the zombies and blobs. What mutations would they recieve?
Bears, cats, birds, cougars, mammels and avians in general. Already largened fish would presumably continue down their path, particularly as somehow hammerhead sharks wormed their way into rivers. And whiel some mutations are glorious to behold, some drastically alter behavior, or even speed up evolutionary paths.
I was in part curious about ideas for evolving/mutating larger critters, both into abberations and into evolved animals. Think the differences in human mutation categories; why cant animals share some similar evolutions as they gain radiation or as they recieved the glory of the blob?