2085: Book of Hydrodyne
Mutant Arm of Radillos, The
Radillos is a mutant warlord who controls an organization involved in numerous repugnant yet lucrative activities. Though the Mutant Arm of Radillos is notorious for the gladiatorial fights it hosts, it is also known for trading weapons, buying and selling slaves, and genetically manipulating humans and other creatures—both unborn and fully grown. Radillos is a second-generation mutant of enormous physical power and charisma, who has built a loyal group of both human and mutant followers. Among them are scientifically inclined individuals who understand the concepts of genetic engineering and nuclear technology. Radillos keeps these individuals as his closest advisors. Upon forming his organization, Radillos took over the eastern Washington town of Pullman, the site of a prewar university. Although the city had been hit by a low-grade nuclear weapon during the war, numerous buildings were intact, including the engineering department’s small underground nuclear reactor. Radillos ordered the reactor brought on line as quickly as possible so that it could provide power to the Mutant Arm’s facilities. Among the other structures still standing was a football stadium. Radillos immediately saw the potential in transforming it into a gladiatorial arena. He captured ten slaves and held the first matches the following spring. The match was publicized throughout the surrounding towns and drew an amazing crowd. The price of admission was 1 TU of commodities, which hundreds willingly paid. Following the initial success of this venture, Radillos hosted more gladiatorial battles, pitting humans and mutants against one another, arming them with weapons ranging from swords to chainsaws, and creating an ever more dangerous and tricky battlefield full of traps and other surprises. To supplement the gladiators and keep the games interesting, Radillos ordered his scientists to create new types of mutants for the arena. Many experiments failed, though others resulted in the creation of numerous mutant human and animal breeds. In several instances, these creatures developed more powerful mutations than the scientists initially intended. While most such creatures were destroyed, a few did not manifest their powers until they were released into the arena, and some of those succeeded in escaping. The Army of the Bloody Maw, a militant group opposing Radillos, is led by one of these escaped mutants. Radillos is kept in power by the Riders of the Glow, a band of ATV-mounted Road Warriors who patrol the region for threats and keep the people of Pullman in line. They patrol in gangs and are known for their brutality, occasionally picking an individual at random to assault. They constantly keep watch for travelers in motor vehicles they don’t recognize. If the person appears to be an easy target, they swarm the vehicle, destroy the car, and salvage the fuel. The area Radillos controls extends approximately ten miles out from the ruins of Pullman. Beyond that, his influence is felt through his trade and other activities. Agents, just as skilled in diplomacy as they are in combat, promote Radillos’ interests abroad. They travel throughout the Northwest, buying slaves and weapons, selling those that turn a profit, and returning with the rest to Radillos. The cordial behavior of these agents when they conduct business with other groups has earned them a positive reputation among those with whom they deal, many of whom have no knowledge of Radillos, his gladiatorial games, or the fact that he is a mutant.