d20 Future: CODEX GALACTICA
Dralasites AKA Drasalites
Progress Level: PL7
Physical Description: Amorphous creature. Dralasite are about 1.3 meters tall and 1 meter wide. They weight about 65 kg and have a body temperature of 30̊C. Their average life span is 250 years. Though they are a higher form of multi-cellular life and are approximately as intelligent as human beings, Dralasite have some similarities to amoebas in that they have no bones or hard body parts. The Dralasites’s central nerve bundle (brain), numerous small hearts and other internal organs float in a mixture of protein and organic fluids. Their skin is a flexible membrane that is very tough and rough-textured. A network of nerves and veins on the surface of the Dralasites’s skin intersects at a Dralasites’s two eye spots. They see shapes and light and darkness very clearly, and can see a difference between distinct colors (blue and green, for example) as one being darker than the other, but they do not see actual colors. The most important sense for a Dralasites is smell. They breathe directly through their skin, and the entire membrane is sensitive to odors. Their sense of smell is so keen they can identify persons by smell alone and can recognize familiar smells on objects or persons. The membrane also is sensitive to touch and to vibrations, allowing Dralasites to hear and feel. Dralasite do not normally wear clothing, because it makes breathing difficult and interferes with their sense of smell. They usually carry their equipment on web belts. When they must wear clothing to protect themselves, they use special materials that let air reach their skin. Dralasite are omnivores but lack a gastrointestinal tract. Instead they consume their food by surrounding it and sealing it inside their body until absorbed. Having no lungs, Dralasites breathe by absorbing oxygen directly through their skin and speak by forming a mouth through which air is forced by a mechanism that works like a bellows. Dralasites have a voicebox, but it works like a bellows because they have no lungs. A Dralasite’s voice can vary from a soft whisper to a thundering roar and from a bass rumble to a piercing screech. Among themselves, they also use shapes, odors and touch to communicate.
Personality: dralasites are a jovial and curious race. They get well with other races and like to share and communicate their ideas. Dralasites are philosophical and thoughtful. Their communities are small, and many Dralasites prefer to live alone. Dralasites do not care about wealth, power or status symbols. They judge themselves by the quality of their ideas and their ability to discuss important ideas wisely. Dralasites often hold large public meetings to discuss new ideas. Discussions and debates are among their favorite ways to relax. Steam baths are another favorite Dralasite recreation. They mix perfumes and intoxicants with the steam. These affect Dralasites the same way alcohol does a Human or Yazirian. Dralasites are widely known for their strange sense of humor. They love old jokes and puns that make Humans groan. Many Human comedians who could not find work in Human cities have become rich performing on Dralasite worlds.
Language: A Dralasite’s voice can vary from a soft whisper to a thundering roar and from a bass rumble to a piercing screech. Among themselves, they also use shapes, skin patterns and touch to communicate. They have their own language and alphabet, drassass.
Dralasite characters are alien enough to be able to chose monster’s feats like Multiattack. Other feats like Improved Grappling and Run are usual dralasite feats.
Dralasite Racial Feats
Prerequisites: Been a Dralasite.
Description: With this feat the dralasite learns how to shape a part of his body to do a functional extra limb in addition to the extra limb that he already knows how to do. If he shapes two extra legs for a total of four legs he gains a bonus of +10 in speed. He can also shape two extra arms for a total of four arms to gain the feat Multiattack. He can only do one of these shapes at the same time, their effects stack with the normal shapes of the Dralasite.
Dralasite Improved Shape
Prerequisites: Dralasite Extra Limbs
Description: The dralasite learns how to shape his body even more. He can extend his reach to 20ft or his size up to 10ft. He can shape his body like a sphere to move like a ball bouncing and rolling with a speed of 30ft. He can only do one of these shapes at the same time, their effects stack with the normal shapes of the Dralasite and the Dralasite Shape feat.
Dralasite Advanced Shape
Prerequisites: Dralasite Extra Limbs
Description: The dralasite learns how to shape his body to an extreme shape. He can move his eyes of position allowing him to have them in the top of antennae that cancel all flanking penalties and can be used to look around corners. In addition he can shape his hand like a tool or hand held budgeting weapon gaining the Improved Implements or Improved Weapons feat when doing so. He can only duplicate simple mechanical objects like a mace, hammer, screwdriver, cup, shovel or club. He cannot duplicate any electronic tool. The size of the object has to be small size. He can only do one of these shapes at the same time, their effects stack with the normal shapes of the Dralasite and the Dralasite Improved Shape feat.