No one knows exactly when did the first mutants started to appear, but there were rumors about people with strange powers even before the population was expelled from the Megalopoli and threw out to the Wasteland. Their origins can vary a lot; maybe all the chemical agents and radiation levels accumulated in the marginal areas back in the days took a heavy toll on their inhabitants, or they might be the flawed outcomes of sinister genetic investigation experiments, or just plain and simple natural selection. The fact is that their ranks have increased notably since people have been forced to live in the Wasteland.
Mutants are not very popular in the area of Scrapbridge and most people have reactions that vary from grudging acceptance to hunting posses in some towns. The fact is that everyone calls them Mutards now, a derogative name that might come from the union of “mutant” and “bastard”.
As a rule of thumb Mutards are not very well equipped, as usually nobody trades with them, but they possess a wide array of mutations that can counter that drawback.
Some individuals with small mutations try to hide their condition to the others, while those far beyond human appearance are shunned even in the most open-minded places. Most mutards have established themselves in their own settlements or gangs, whether to live in peace or to start a “pure” colony populated exclusively with what they see as the next evolutionary stage. The better known of these places is The Twins, and old nuclear power plant.
They are usually led by the beings known as Bobbleheads, individuals whose intellect has been boosted beyond human limits. Their superior brains allow them to achieve wonders such as telekinesis, telepathy, mental control… in exchange of weak and crippled bodies. Brute force is the realm of the Pit Beasts, huge mutated and vicious creatures that live to fight. In the lower level of the pyramid there are the Addlers (something similar to the zombies of the old world movies) which for some reason don’t attack the mutards. And of course they have their pets, similar in shape to a common dog (well, with four legs and a mouth full of teeth, at least) known as Mongrelmorphs.