Fallout ( Unofficial Revised Ed.)
Super mutants (or just mutants, as they prefer to call themselves) are not the product of “natural” aftereffects from the war, but a race created by one person, the insane overseer of a particular Vault who wanted to create a master race. Using biological research from a prewar military installation, he developed the Forced Evolutionary Virus (FEV) and began performing experiments on people. Many died before he achieved the desired results. After “dipping” the person in a vat containing the FEV virus, they would emerge and undergo an intense physiological change. They grew much stronger and more intelligent, as well as growing in height and stature. Armies of Super-Mutants were once slaves to this Master and his dream to “dip” every human on the planet, but the Master was eventually killed and the mutants freed (although to hear them tell it, the Master was more of a Messiah than a madman). Like ghouls, mutants age very slowly, but not as slowly as their cousins. Mutants are generally huge, easily reaching 2.8 to 3 meters in height, weigh up to 350 pounds, and come either male or female. Their skin is usually a greenish yellow color, and various bunions and growths cover their bodies. They have hair in all the usual places, but it usually grows slowly (a result of the slowed cellular mitosis from the FEV virus). Although sterile for a long time after the “dipping,” mutants can eventually have children, among themselves or a half-mutant, half-human hybrid (see Half-Mutant, below). Unfortunately, like ghouls, mutants are largely outcast from human society. Many of them prefer it this way, looking on human society as diseased or inferior because of the prejudice and corruption that still exist. Mutants were once part of what they see as an attempt to finally unite humanity and overcome humankind’s weaknesses, and it is rumored that vats of the FEV virus still exist, and a mutant society is at work 9 attempting to achieve this goal, even after the Master’s death.