Savage Cryptids of North America, All Those Big Foots!

Big Foot in the Northeast, Wild Man of Navidad in Texas, the Grassman of Ohio, Skunkape of Southern Florida, momo of Missouri, the Native American Genoskwa, and the Swamp Stalker of Boggy creek are all subspecies of the Sasquatch. In this post, we will dive into the elusive Sasquatch and its cousins.

Author’s note: This series looks at the various North American Cryptids as if they were real, tangible beings that have managed to elude scientific observation. Many of the creatures I will be featuring have appeared in other Savage Worlds products. Often times they have been altered and tweaked to fit that particular setting or to make them more interesting or challenging. My interpretation tries to stay closer to the available lore I could find on each.
I hope you enjoy this series and like my interpretations of these wonderfully imaginative creatures!

Sasquatch
Sasquatch
This is the most famous of all the “ape-men” of North America. Commonly called big foot, this creature can stand anywhere between seven and nine feet tall. It always has a general ape-like appearance but with a more human stance, walking upright. First sightings of this beast date back as far as the early 1800’s and continue sporadically to current day. While a few grainy images and video has been captured as well has foot prints and claw marks, no one has managed to capture a live one or produce the body of one.
These creatures are not aggressive unless provoked, but they can be territorial. They have large humanoid hands and are powerfully strong. Their fur coloring helps them blend into the surrounding forests in which they dwell.
One final note: The Dewey Lake Monster of Michigan and the Mogollon Monster of Arizona are some local names given to Sasquatch that were sighted in those regions.
Attributes: Agility d8, Smarts d4, Spirit d6, Strength d10, Vigor d8
Skills: Climbing d4, Fighting d6, Notice d8, Stealth d6, Survival d10
Pace: 6; Parry: 5; Toughness: 9(1)
Special Abilities
Large: Size +2
Thick Hide: +1 Armor due to their thick hide and dense fur coating.

Wild Man of Navidad

WildMan

The Navidad River flows from south central Texas into the Gulf of Mexico. This river basin region is home to the Wild Man. First sighted in 1837, early reports were common throughout the region. Early on, it was called the “It That Comes” as no one ever saw it coming, but there was evidence of it having been there. It would steal food from homes and replace fatted pigs with scrawny ones. The creature never took things of material value like cash or expensive jewelry, though tools were sometimes taken.
These cryptids are described as tall, lanky ape-men with short brown fur covering its body and boar-like tusks protruding from its lower jaw.  It is known for being uncannily agile and stealthy.
Attributes: Agility d10, Smarts d6, Spirit d6, Strength d8, Vigor d8
Skills: Climbing d4, Fighting d6, Notice d8+2, Stealth d10+2, Survival d10
Pace: 6; Parry: 5; Toughness: 5
Special Abilities
Hide: +1 Armor due to their thick hide and dense fur coating.
Sneaky: These cryptids are far more adept at getting around without being noticed. They have a +2 bonus to all Stealth and Notice skill checks.
Grassman of Ohio

Grassman

Also called Orange Eyes, these man-ape cryptids roam the woods of central and eastern Ohio. The first recorded sighting wasin 1978 in the town of Minerva, Ohio, where some young children ran screaming into the house telling of a tall, hairy man in the woods. This same family witnessed it looking in at them one night shortly after their initial encounter. This sparked one of the most extensive searches for “big foot” in modern history. While this was the first reported eyewitness account, there are tales of wild apemen roaming the forests of Ohio dating as far back as the 1700’s.
These tend to stand roughly six to seven feet tall. They are said to have a strong odor of decay or rot about them. Their hair is dark brown to black and very thick. They are more aggressive than many of the “big foots” and are said to be incredibly strong. The name Grassman comes from small well-disguised grass huts, though evidence of dwelling have been found in caves with animal bones fashioned into tools or decoration. The grassman has been known to throw large stones at prey or trespassers.

Attributes: Agility d6, Smarts d6, Spirit d6, Strength d12+1, Vigor d8
Skills: Climbing d6, Fighting d10, Notice d10, Stealth d8, Survival d10, Throwing d6
Pace: 6; Parry: 7; Toughness: 11(2)
Special Abilities
Edges: Brawny, Brawler
Thick Hide: +2 armor due to their thick hide and dense fur coating.

Swamp Stalker of Boggy Creek

swampstalker

The Southern Sasquatch or The Fouke Monster was first reported in 1946 near the town of Fouke, Arkansas. These creatures are described as giant hairy ape-men with unusually long arms, long dirty brown hair and red eyes the size of silver dollars. It is said to have three toes on each foot.  The most famous sighting of this cryptid was in 1971 when it was said to have broken into a couple’s home and attack them. These have remained more elusive than most cryptids with only a few more recorded sightings from the home break in through today. They are said to stand roughly seven feet tall with long, matted dark brown hair. Their arms are overly long in proportion to the rest of their body.

Attributes: Agility d6, Smarts d4, Spirit d6, Strength d10, Vigor d8
Skills: Climbing d6, Fighting d8, Notice d6, Stealth d8, Survival d10
Pace: 6; Parry: 6; Toughness: 10(2)
Special Abilities
Large: Size +2
Low Light Vision: The Swamp Stalker’s larger eyes allow them to see effectively at night. They ignore attack penalties for dim and dark lighting.
Thick Hide: +2 armor due to their thick hide and dense fur coating.
Momo of Missouri

Momo

This large humanoid has a large pumpkin like head and is covered in long, shaggy fur that obscures the eyes. First reported near Louisiana, Missouri in 1971. Later sightings have all been on or near waterways. It is said to stand seven feet tall or more and is said to exude a terribly repugnant odor strong enough to make most people gag.

Attributes: Agility d8, Smarts d4, Spirit d6, Strength d8, Vigor d8
Skills: Climbing d6, Fighting d6, Notice d10, Stealth d8, Survival d10
Pace: 6; Parry: 5; Toughness: 8(2)
Special Abilities
Stench: The extreme odor the creature emits makes tracking it easier, granting a +2 bonus to track when within a half mile of the Momo. Anyone within 2” of the Momo must make a vigor check or become fatigued with nausea.
Thick Hide: +2 armor due to their thick hide and dense fur coating.
Skunkape of Florida (Honey Island Swamp Monster of Louisiana)

skunk-ape-bigfoot-2

Similar in description to the Momo, these cryptid ape-men also have an extremely pungent and offensive odor. They have been reported to stand an average of eight feet tall with large brown fur. Some of the sightings recorded include a child in 1973 scared off her tricycle. When the parents came out, a baby skink ape was playing with the trikes big wheel. In 1974, a skunk ape was struck by a car and stumbled into the woods. While skunkape sightings have happened in Georgia, Alabama and even Kansas, the vast majority of the sightings have happened in the Green Swamp of central Florida near Orlando. It is believed that these creatures are also found in Louisiana. There have been remarkably similar looking creatures sighted in the Honey Island Swamp region in the eastern region of the state dating back to 1963. Skunkapes stand eight feet tall with thick black or very dark brown fur. The Honey Island Swamp monster is typically more brownish in color.

Attributes: Agility d6, Smarts d4, Spirit d6, Strength d10, Vigor d8
Skills: Climbing d6, Fighting d8, Notice d10, Stealth d8, Survival d10
Pace: 6; Parry: 6; Toughness: 8(2)
Special Abilities
Stench: The extreme odor the creature emits makes tracking it easier, granting a +2 bonus to track when within a half mile of the Skunkape. Anyone within 2” of the Skunkape must make a vigor check or become fatigued with nausea.
Thick Hide: +2 armor due to their thick hide and dense fur coating.
The Native American Genoskwa

Bigfoot Type 4

Found in Native American folklore, these cryptids are the most aggressive and organized of all the “big-foots”. They are also the largest in all of North America, standing up to eleven feet tall and estimated to weigh as much as 1800 pounds. They have been known to raid remote settlements and carry away human and animal victims. Small tribes of these would then feast on the victims, either eating them alive or first decapitating them by violently twisting the heads off. Their skin is said to be rock hard and nearly impenetrable. Like the Grassman, they have been known to use rocks and small boulders as missile weapons.

Attributes: Agility d6, Smarts d6, Spirit d6, Strength d12, Vigor d10
Skills: Climbing d6, Fighting d8, Notice d8, Stealth d6, Survival d8, Throwing d8
Pace: 6; Parry: 6; Toughness: 11(2)
Special Abilities
Rock Hard Skin: +2 armor.
Large: Size +2

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