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The Doclopedia #3

Islands Of Adventure: The Island Of Dr. Bogenbroom

 

Of all the many villains that Doc Tempest has faced, Dr. Thaddeus Bogenbroom is one of the most deranged and dangerous. Long before the rest of the world ever dreamed of recombinant DNA research, he had discovered how to do it and was terrorizing the world with his monstrous creations.

First appearing on the scene in 1967 (as recounted in “Doc Tempest and The Monster Factory”), Bogenbroom had his laboratory in a warehouse in a rundown portion of Chicago. He moved it from city to city over the next decade, but in 1978 he settled into his island lair and began stocking it with terrifying creatures. So far, the islands exact location has remained a secret.

The island itself is a near perfect ring shape that measures 5 miles across with a half mile wide freshwater lake in the center. The central portion of the island is 800 feet above sea level and the outer portion ranges from gently sloping ground (windward side) to fairly steep hillsides (leeward side). The bulk of the island is tropical forests. There are many streams, a few large ponds and the southwestern area is mostly mangrove swamp.

Bogenbroom’s laboratory and home are on the northern side if the lake in a very secure compound. Besides thick concrete walls and a deadly electric fence, there are security cameras and remote controlled machine gun turrets. Should the need arise, 50 heavily armed guards can be ready to fight in minutes. Roughly 200 of the doctor’s devoted followers live there with him and fulfill a variety of functions, from the above mentioned guards to lab assistants and servants.

Most of the above security is pretty unnecessary though, because Dr. Bogenbroom has turned loose hundreds of monsters on his island. Ranging in size from the 3 inch long Scorpion Mice to the 20 foot tall Hellephant, they have completely replaced the islands original mammalian & reptilian ecology. The mangrove swamp is particularly deadly due to the Gliding Spiders, Weaselsnakes and SwampCats. All told, there are over 300 different species of Bogenbroom’s creatures on the island, most of them breeding true every generation. The ones that don’t breed true often give birth to one off mutations that are even more bizarre than the parents.

The islands lake is home to Bogenbroom’s various fish and amphibian mutations, including the Eel Shark, Giant Octopus Clam, Death Salamander and Piranha Trout. Add to this the fact that the lake is also a prime watering hole and you can see why it is a place to be avoided.

When he first set up shop on the island, Bogenbroom released 100 of the Beast People he had created in a failed attempt to take over a small Latin American country. He fully expected them to die out in the new ecology he was creating, and that is what appeared to happen. In reality, however, the Beast Men not only survived, but are prospering.

Luck was with the first Beast Men when they found a series of caves that had been dug out by the Japanese during WWII. It also helped that, as the obedience drugs that Dr. Bogenbroom had given them wore off, their human level intelligence returned. Soon, they had a nice secure home in the caves and were venturing out at night to hunt and gather food. Children were born and now, 30+ years later, their population stands at 280. They hate Bogenbroom, but also fear him. They would not harm anybody who came to attack him.

One last thing about the island: the shallow waters surrounding it are constantly patrolled by Bogenbroom’s only ocean dwelling creations, the insanely dangerous Gojirasaurs. These 100 foot long quasi-dinosaurs cannot breed or get more than a couple of miles from the beach due to implants in their brains, thus making them superb guardians.

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