Did You Check your Gas Mask?!
Looks like this guy was a little hasty in prepping his gear. You need to be careful when heading out into the toxic wasteland created by a nuclear war. From the level of mutation, it looks like the gas mask had a blown seal in the right eye hole. Some toxins will turn you into a feral mutant beast. Some will turn you into a Zombie, wandering the wastes, hungry and awful. But this toxin is one of the worst. It slowly mutates the victim leaving them less and less mobile. Fortunately they do not experience and psychological problems, such as anger or hunger. They are just slowly taken over by mutations. With feral mutants or zombies, a one time dose of lead and it’s taken care of, but this is different. They are not monsters, they are not contagious, and they are still the people they were. Most settlements have one or two of the population like this. Although some will exile or exterminate the mutated due to ignorance or prejudice. They do die younger, on average, than most humans. I most cases the mutation causes organ failure, and then death. In other cases mutation will make eating impossible, and starvation will occur.
Some interesting characteristics of the mutation: The victim will retain all organs, and body parts. If you note, he still has 5 fingers and 5 toes, on the mutated appendages…they are just moved around. Same goes for bones, no new bones will grow, only the existing bones will change shape.
This subject was exposed two weeks ago. the toxin is the result of a biochemical weapon being dropped on a factory that supplied a genetics lab. The resulting hybrid toxin then leached into local rivers, and deposited into the ponds and lakes around the bomb site. Locals in the area know not to go out when it’s raining. This guy wasn’t a local.