Alien Face hugger
Brawling : (grab host) 5D+2
Size: 1.2 m long
• Acid Blood: see special rules (roll grenade scatter for splatter - Damage
• Atmosphere Independent: The Adult Alien can survive underwater, or in
space without danger of suffocation for an unknown period of time.
• Pheromone Communication: While face huggers are incapable of group effort
or exchange of information, they still use pheromones to make themselves
known to their own species, to ignore possible targets of their own species,
and to determine if potential prey is already implanted with an embryo.
• Symbiotic Link with Host: Once attached the face hugger cannot be removed
without killing the host. It also pumps chemicals into the host which will
effectively render it unconscious, paralyze it, and wipe its short term
"Hey! I know we're all in strung out shape but stay frosty and alert. We
can't afford to let one of those bastards in here." -Hicks (from Aliens)
The second phase in the growth of an Alien is commonly referred to as a
"Face Hugger" due to the unique way it attaches itself to a potential host.
These creatures climb or spring from an Egg when a potential host is in
close proximity. Face Huggers, are small in size -approximately two feet
across with a 3 feet long prehensile tail- nimble, and remarkably strong.
They rely heavily on surprise to attach their victims, and spend much of
their time prior to attack in hiding or in the egg.
Once a Face Hugger has located a potential host for an Alien Embryo it will
spring onto that individual using its powerful tail. It then wraps its
muscular tail around the victim, to prevent its escape. A small ovipositor
is inserted into the host's breathing orifice, and a fertile Zygote (which
will grow into an Embryo) is planted. During the next 12 to 24 hours, the
Face Hugger remains attached to the victim's face or breathing orifice,
supplying nutrients the host requires through a remarkable
chemical-conversion process. This period serves as an "incubation" time for
the Zygote to grow. Once the Embryo is nearly matured the face hugger
detaches itself from the host, crawls off and dies.
Face Huggers have the same "acid-blood" characteristics as adult Aliens, and
use this as a defense mechanism to attack by predators before delivering the
Zygote. They are too strong to remove from a host by force, and the host
becomes dependent on the face hugger for nutrients while the face hugger is
attached. It is impossible to remove the face hugger without killing the
host. All that can be done is to wait out the incubation process.