Kiddo is designing a D&D style campaign that's in the Fallout world. It's set in an irradiated Pacific Northwest. He's trying to think of some good irradiated bad guys to include

Mutated animals:
Irradiated nutria (drops rat meat)
PNW tree octopus (drops calamari and sometimes berries)
Sabertooth Salmon (drops salmon meat and sometimes eggs)
Dungeness Mirelurks (drops crab meat, crab carapace and crab eggs)
Bighorners (drops bighorner meat)

Forage items:
Foxglove (used to make poisons for combat, heals when crafted with other ingredients)
Salal berries (combine with meats to make jerky)
Chanterelles (bioluminescent, so easy to find day or night)
Blackberries (should be everywhere)
Fiddlehead fern (heals rad poisoning)
Giant lichen (ingredient for healing powder)
White truffle (found under Doug firs, valuable trade item)

@interneteh what comes to mind is fascists, white supremacists, and serial killers

irradiated Tim Eyman could be fun. and his stolen office chair.

- brown marmorated stink bug (but they're the size of a goat)
- sentient giant hogweed

@caprimoon @interneteh this post is a really good answer and also extremely upsetting!!

@interneteh @redoak
i mean, my imagination goes to native/benign naturalized plants gaining new powers too but being good guys

@interneteh Do the orcas badass enough to subsist on saberawooh salmon count as animals or NPCs? (That is, can you talk to them?)

@Verdigris I was trying to think of something to do with orcas...

@interneteh "Mountain-eater" goats. Will eat and can digest pretty much anything, eventually. Produces new grinding teeth the way sharks do cutting teeth; worn-out ones are shed, ruminated upon, and swallowed. You don't want to know how many stomachs they have.
Natural predators of giant English ivy, among many others.
Drops: Skeleton may be harvested for rare minerals. Horn exteriors are made of whatever metal is most available for gnawing on in the vicinity. Meat is poisonous.

@interneteh Giant English ivy that can grow faster than kudzu if it wants.
It does not hate you. But your bodies' nutrients could be used to make more of itself, therefore you are delicious. It tastes your scent on the wind, feels your footsteps when you compress the earth over its roots. And it grows towards these things. Rapidly.

Birds, bats, and bugs seem to be beneath its attention. Perhaps they are too small. But the fox and the hind stay well clear. You should, too.

@interneteh (Weaknesses: Fire, herds of mutant mountain-goats that can literally eat anything which fits in their mouth. Drops: Metallic equipment of previous unlucky adventurers.)

@interneteh Ok, might have a few ideas, but first have you considered checking out the old Gamma World books? They were fairly light hearted takes on the post-apocolypse, so good for kids. Sentient bears and things.

@interneteh PNW animals that would be cool:

-Intelligent spirit bear colony on one of the islands
-Blackberries with mutations to make picking them REALLY suck.
-Vengeful eagles

@Canageek @interneteh You wouldn't even need to change the moose for it to be a viable post-apocalyptic natural hazard. They're hazardous enough today.

@Verdigris @Canageek @interneteh

Badgers, too. Sure, you could size them up, but even as they are you don't wanna mess with 'em.

@Canageek @interneteh

Slugs in bright colors with fairy wings or narwhal-esque horns.

@interneteh Have the native and invasive deer in Vancouver Island at war. They have stolen the weapons from CFB Comox.

@interneteh A gang of raiders dressed in green and blue called the Sea's Hawks

@interneteh Potential ally, if you can contact it: Coordinated public transit AI whose computer core is autonomously maintained in a bunker somewhere below the bombed-out ruins of the metropolitan area. It still enjoys helping people get to where they want to go.

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