Deathclaws are a race of semi-intelligent, enormous, mutated lizards.
They walk on two legs, stand more than
two meters tall in adulthood, and have
scaly skin ranging from brownish-green
large and have
out of them,
lizard DNA and
human DNA might
together in the
evolutionary soup at some point after
the War. Some tribes of Deathclaws in
the Midwestern and Eastern United States
have developed patches of fur, adapting
to the more extreme climate conditions
Deathclaws live in tribes of anywhere
from 25 to 100 individuals, and spend
most of their time protecting the egg-laying females and hunting. They can
communicate quite effectively with each
other, and can use simple battle plans.
Some Deathclaws are intelligent enough
to learn the nuances of human language,
although they cannot actually “speak” as
we do – they simply imitate human speech
in much the same way a parrot does,
except their “voice” is often deep,
gravelly, and is prone to affecting
strange accents. One tribe of
Deathclaws, the Grey tribe of Northern
California, was the subject of
experiments, and its members are far
smarter than the average mutant lizard.
Deathclaws get their name from the foot-long bony claws growing from their
“fingers.” This means that they always
have a built-in melee weapon; it also
means they cannot use any other weapons
besides their claws, ever. In addition,
Deathclaws cannot use armor; no one
makes protection for giant lizards.
Deathclaws are some of the most hated,
feared, and misunderstood creatures in
the wastes – when walking among humans,
an appropriate disguise, such as a
loose-fitting robe with a cowl to cover
the head, is an absolute necessity.
Most people will simply attack a
Deathclaw on sight, or attempt to run
away as fast as possible.