Morlock's Anatomy for your old school campaigns (2023)

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I was visiting friends last night and had an eye-opening conversation with another H.G. Spring. He was quite perceptive on the subject of the Morlocks. Lately I've been revisiting Mutant Future and mingling with Advanced Labyrinth Lord, one of the most iconic monsters seen in Mutant Future.H.G. Wells Time MachineThe Morlocks. Mutant Future refers to them as a chaotic race of mutants, and they are, as we'll see. Morlocks exist in an artificially created caste system for eons. When I think of the wonderful movie about the Morlocks, George Pal comes to mind.

When I think of the Morlocks, I think of George Pal's legendary 1960s time machine and they are depicted on screen as one of the most dangerous cannibalistic mutant races operating in the wasteland. AfterFuture Mutants WikiThese Grunts receive the following mutationsalbinism,intellectual affinity (fixer), ztermic vision.And these beings have been known to keep albino monkeys as pets and attack dogs. There are reasons for this affinity, and we'll get to that in a moment.

The way the Morlocks gather reveals both their origin and their original purpose. The Morlock race has been defined by the wiki as; “The Morlocks are initially a mysterious presence in the book, as the protagonist initially believes.eloiare the only descendants ofhumanity. Later, the Morlocks become the antagonists of the story. Youlive undergroundin the english countrysidesue802,701 who keep old machines that they may or may not remember building. Their only access to the surface world is through a series of fountain-like structures that dot the landscape of future England.

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After living thousands of generations without sunlight, Morlocks have dull gray to white skin, chinless faces, large gray-red eyes with aability to reflect light, and blond hair on the head and back. They are smaller than humans (probably the same size as the Eloi). Like the Eloi, they are considerably weaker than the average human (a few were injured or killed by the time traveler relatively easily), but a large swarm of them can pose a serious threat to a single man, especially one unarmed and/or or unarmed. portable. light source. Their sensitivity to light prevents them from attacking during the day. The Morlocks and the Eloi have a kind ofsymbioteRelationship: The Eloi are clothed and fed by the Morlocks and in return the Morlocks eat the Eloi. The time traveler realizes this and suggests that the Eloi-Morlock relationship evolved from aClassInsight present in his own time: the Morlocks are theworking classwho had to work underground so that the richupper classI could live in luxury. Their cannibalism is explained by the extinction of other sources of animal protein."
In the Mutant Future Wiki universe, officers are the top level of Morlock society.fight empathy,greater strength,intellectual affinity (martial), and [1d3-1] positive physical mutations. These are the most dangerous foot soldiers and are rarely seen. They are seen in communities of sixty or more people. "Because of their brutality and simple fur clothing, if they have any, most people consider them primitive and naive, but they are competent engineers and have an affinity for technical elements, which they employ whenever possible." This caste produces some of the most dangerous and technologically innovative engineers, thinkers, and scientists. This description of the soldierThe morlocks reminded me of the cardstock character illustrations by William Thresher and Skirmisher Publishing.

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Make no mistake, Morlocks are one of the most dangerous enemies in old-school campaigns, but where did they come from? Well, Morlock's origins are actually repeated in another HG Wells novel. Whento thewake up sleepy head(1910)is a dystopian science fiction novel by H.G. Wells. In short, according to the wiki; "It is about a man who has slept for two hundred and three years and wakes up in a completely changed London, where, due toZinesinin yourbank accounts, he became the richest man in the world." In the novel, our main character, Graham, visits a corrupt future in London where he meets the real workers who, according to the wiki, keep this society running;"

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His carefree life soon comes to an end when a young woman named Helen Wotton explains to him that people suffer under Ostrog just as they suffered under the White Council. For the lower class, the revolution changed nothing. Inspired by Helen's words, Graham begins asking Ostrog questions about the state of the world. Ostrog acknowledges that the lower classes are still dominated and exploited, but defends the system. It is clear that Ostrog does not want to change anything, that the revolution was just a pretext to overthrow the White Council and seize power himself, using Graham as a puppet.
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After putting pressure on Ostrog, Graham learns that workers in other cities continued to revolt even after the White Council was overthrown. To put down these uprisings, Ostrog used a police force, black Africans recruited from Senegal and South Africa, to bring the workers back to the front. Graham is furious to learn of this and tells Ostrog to keep his police out of London. Ostrog agrees and promises to help Graham take direct control of world affairs. Meanwhile, Graham decides to investigate this new society himself.


Graham and a servant travel through London in disguise, investigating the daily life of an average worker. London is presented as a dehumanized industrialized swamp trapped in perpetual darkness. Forced to work day and night in factories, the lower classes can expect little more than a few cheap distractions. As he surveys this grim scene, Graham learns that Ostrog has ordered his troops into London to disarm the remaining revolutionary workers.

The workers rise again, and Graham returns to Ostrog, who tries to subdue Graham. With the help of the workers, Graham escapes from Ostrog. He finds Helen, who turns out to be the one who found out about Ostrog's betrayal and made it public. With her by her side, Graham oversees the liberation of London from Ostrog."
These workers are already turning into Morlocks and showing signs of living their lives underground. Some of these workers are actually foremen whose mental acuity is quite strong and who have a certain cunning about them. These are the leaders among the Morlocks, the so-called Warlocks. Who has the following mutations according to Mutant Future Wikialbinism,intellectual affinity (fixer),termic vision, 1d4+1 mental mutations. But why? Now that the White Council has been tinkering with their genes for centuries, the Morlocks are not an "evolved" race, but rather a caste of workers, soldiers, and leaders of people perfectly suited to make the most of the underworld, as they were created. ...them. The world of HG Well's future story is not our world at all. The Morlocks' ability to survive and thrive in harsh conditions we've seen in movies, TV shows, and more in pop culture. Mutated wizards and Overlords have used this cannibalistic species for assassination, as technology for their super science projects, and more for centuries. This led to the spread of this pest species through the various alternate soils. The use of carnivorous monkeys refers to the artificial nature of this species, they are intelligent, cunning and very dangerous. Morlocks are one of the most underrated mutant species on the wasteland.
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This is an alternate history timeline option, and the use of artificially constructed cannibalistic races is something we've seen many times in old-school campaigns with the introduction of the Grimlocks in Fiend Folio in 1981.
Grimlocks are very, very dangerous, being described in the Fiend Folio as "savage subterranean humanoid warriors" with "empty and blind" eyes, "thick gray skin", "usually clad in dark rags" and "particularly white and sharp" teeth. ". that are seen in an immobile state were difficult to discern." Grimlocks are a race artificially created from the Morlock genome and are used at great expense across multiple dimensions and alternate Earths.
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Grimlocks are the perfect allies and workers for the Grunt Morlocks to rule over, easy to herd and a very robust breed. They are also much more passive than the more intelligent Morlocks they rely on.
"Among Grimlock's unusual qualities was the ability to 'see' using his other senses at a distance of 20 feet, a corresponding vulnerability to spells that caused auditory hallucinations and thus disrupted his 'vision', a very high speed." high movement in combat skills - twice the size of a normal human - and extremely thick skin, befitting reasonably good armor These characteristics, plus the fact that they could be found in numbers from 20 to 200, the made him a formidable opponent for the average group of adventurers The Grimlock was said to be able to cooperate with him on occasionMedusa, since her blindness made her immune to Medusa's gaze. The illustration, believed to be by Fiore, shows a group of grumpy, muscular humanoids resembling him.neanderthalscomOf the- like teeth".
Given the worship of Grimlocks by the evil extradimensional entity Klagg, we can be sure that the spread of Grimlocks will continue. There have been instances where Grimlock rises up against his chaotic masters, but that rarely happens. Morlock's whips keep them in a tight grip. So be very careful before venturing into the underground world of the Morlocks, you may find much more than you expect.

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This blog post is for educational and entertainment purposes only. None of the game companies mentioned here are responsible for the opinions expressed here. This post does not constitute an attempt to violate the trademark rights of the owners of the 1960 Time Machine movie. This is the rampage of a rabid fan of the movie, HG Wells, and the old school games.

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