AFTERMATH! - Cities in Dust
The “Change” is a common term for the genetic mutations that have arisen after the Ruin. These mutations are believed to be the after-effects of the biological warfare and limited nuclear exchange that took place during the late 1980’s.
The Change is believed to have been the leading cause of infant mortality in the decade after the Ruin. The few Changed that survived into adulthood exhibit minor mutations such as skin discoloration, excessive hair growth or complete alopecia, vestigial appendages, and the like. A very small percentage possess unique adaptations such as psychic powers or enhanced physical capabilities.
Children born since the late 1990’s are less likely to show signs of the Change, but those that do appear to have more useful and more powerful mutations than the generation that preceded them.