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5.3 The Mutants
Many believe that mutants were caused by impact radiation, but the truth is that they are failed attempts by the Authority to control humans with Nanotrites. When an Authority experiment would go wrong, the by-product, a mutant, was tossed into the Wasteland where they massed together and began breeding. Their tactics are simple, but they attack in numbers and swarm their victims like locusts. Mutants have learned to use simple weapons—mostly clubs and knives fashioned from scrap metal found in the Wasteland.
The Authority not only wants to control humans, but to make them super soldiers, and the large mutants are a direct result of this. The Nanotrites successfully transmogrified the mutants to increase strength and intelligence. The large mutants’ greater intelligence allows them to use weaponry, such as a homemade grenade launcher. Sometimes the transmogrification creates extreme mutations, leading to creatures with giant tentacles as arms....