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10 - People

Zombies can be really scary but one of the most dangerous encounters is other people. They are desperate, just like you.


10.1 - Sample People

There are countless types of people found out there. A few may befriend you. Some are maybe willing to negotiate. The majority try to either kill you or take your stuff. This list is a sample—there are many other kinds of people you can bump into.


Lost Survivor
2 HP - STR 6, DEX 8, WIL 8
Attacks: Bat (1d4)
Special: -1 on Random Encounter rolls while traveling with the group.

Maybe they just woke up from a coma and found out about the end of the world or were stuck in their basement playing a MMORPG for too long and just left the house. Anyway, they are hopeless.


Recruiter
4 HP - Def 1 - STR 10, DEX 12, WIL 12
Attacks: 1d6 axe, 1d6 pistol
Special: 50% accompanied by 1d4 Lost Survivors; Carries 2d6 Resources.

These are charismatic people who can handle themselves out there (mostly), seeking more people for their group. Sometimes, however, their intentions aren’t so noble.


Death Cultist
3 HP - STR 10, DEX 10, WIL 13
Attacks: 1d4 dagger
Special: Don’t check Morale.

There are some sadistic people who pretend to be friendly, luring you with gifts and kindness—before murdering you in your sleep.


The Avenger
8 HP - Def 1 - STR 13, DEX 13, WIL 12
Attacks: 1d8 katana, 1d6 crossbow
Special: Attacks twice per round.

Some people lost a lot to the dead, vowing to eliminate as many of them as possible. They prefer working alone, other people just die anyway sooner or later.


Opportunistic Prick
3 HP - STR 8, DEX 11, WIL 12
Attacks: 1d6 machete, 1d6 revolver
Special: Imposes Disadvantage on WIL saves discerning their lies.

These jerks will approach you if they can gain anything from it. They lie their asses off, promising you anything to convince you to help them, abandoning you to die at the worst possible moment.


Collector
3 HP - Def 1 - STR 12, DEX 9, WIL 10
Attacks: 1d6 spiked bat, 1d8 shotgun
Special: Roll “What Are They Carrying” 1d20 times. They also have 1d20 Resources.

These folks usually hide in a basement or abandoned place collecting everything salvageable and useful or tradable. If they catch you stealing something, they will chase you to hell itself to retrieve it!


Repentant Priest
4 HP - STR 11, DEX 10, WIL 14
Attacks: 1d4 staff
Special: Give Advantage to allies within medium range’s Morale checks.

Holy men and women who clung to their faith even after hell broke loose. I don’t know if they’re admirable or pitiable. Anyway, they have an enviable way with people.


Cannibal Biker
5 HP - Def 1 - STR 13, DEX 11, WIL 9
Attacks: 1d6 spiked chain, 1d8 shotgun
Special: Advantage on Morale checks; Charges on motorcycles are Enhanced attacks.

They ride their motorcycles seeking victims to drag to their enclaves where they eat them alive like monsters! If you see a biker with a red skull vest, run. Or kill yourself—it’s better than being eaten alive.


Raider
4 HP - Def 1 - STR 14, DEX 10, WIL 8
Attacks: 1d6 Machete, 1d6 revolver
Special: Disadvantage on Morale checks.

Robbers.—that’s what they are. They will beat you up, take your stuff and leave you to be eaten by the dead. They only walk in bands, fleeing at the first sign of problems.


Warlord
8 HP - Def 2 - STR 14, DEX 10, WIL 13
Attacks: 1d8 two-handed axe, 1d8 assault rifle
Special: Always accompanied by 2d4 Raiders; allies within medium range get Advantage on Morale checks.

As cruel as they are charismatic forming communities around their cult of personality. They may seem amicable at first but discard you as soon as you are not useful or question their authority.


What Are They Carrying?

When in doubt about what people are carrying, roll below and invent a narrative rationale for them.

 

d100

Item

d100

Item

1

Walking Stick

51

Cat in a Carrier

2

Backpack full of Comics

52

Swiss Army Knife

3

Hard Hat

53

Small Dog in a Purse

4

Chicken

54

Hand Fork

5

Six-pack of Beer

55

Bottle of Wine

6

Bag of Marbles

56

Cage with a Small Lizard

7

Diary and Colorful Pens

57

Box of Jewelry

8

Keychain

58

Crowbar

9

Movie Replica Sword (d6)

59

Peanut Butter Jar

10

Bag full of Coins

60

30’ Rope

11

Fanny pack full of gum

61

Basketball

12

Climbing Boots

62

Military miniatures

13

RPG Books

63

Bag full of Dice

14

Red Flag

64

1d4 Fuel

15

1d6 Food 

65

1d6 Water

16

1d6 Bullets

66

Improvised Spear (1d6)

17

Car Keys

67

Trumpet

18

Harmonica

68

Beef Jerky

19

Bottle of Moonshine

69

Manacles without a Key

20

Magic Cube

70

Wheelbarrow

21

Blowtorch

71

Baby Wipes

22

Zombie Costume

72

1d6 Cans of Spray Paint

23

Bag full of Teeth

73

Bottle Cap Collection

24

Binoculars

74

Night Vision Goggles

25

Compass

75

Old Photos

26

USB Flash Drive

76

Teddy Bear

27

Drone

77

Boom Box

28

Scotch Tape Roll

78

Telescope

29

Human Skull

79

Bag of Vegetables

30

Bear Trap

80

Backpack full of Candy

31

Carton of Eggs

81

Pack of Cigarettes

32

Plastic Container with Cooked Food

82

Scientific Paper on the Zombie Plague

33

First Aid Kit

83

MP3 Player with Headphones

34

Walkie Talkie (no battery)

84

Paint Can and a Brush

35

Riot Shield

85

10’ Chain

36

Street Drugs

86

Prescription Drugs

37

Big Magnet

87

Oil Lantern

38

Needle and Thread

88

Chronometer

39

1d6 Permanent Markers

89

Fishing Rod

40

Fishing Net

90

Gardening Shears

41

Playing Cards

91

Portable Console

42

Mirror

92

Religious Book

43

Blood Stained Apron

93

Smithing Hammer

44

Recently Picked Flowers

94

Branding Iron

45

Dark Cloak

95

Purifying Water Bottle

46

Wedding Ring

96

Bag with Human Eyes

47

1d6 Sticks Deodorant

97

Pliers

48

Instant Camera

98

Flare Gun

49

1d10 Cereal Bars

99

1d6 Energy Drinks

50

Box of Rubber Bands

100

Sleeping Bag

 


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