Draethos

Draethos were a predatory humanoid species from the planet Thosa, notable for their long natural lifespans.

Biology and Appearance

Draethos possessed large teeth, which grew outside of their mouths in what appeared to be an overbite. They also had no lips, further exaggerating the appearance of an overbite. Their scaly skin ranged in color from blue to purple to black. Their hands retained an interstitial web between the fingers. Their fingers ended in narrow tips which resembled claws. They possessed low-light vision, springing from their cave-dwelling ancestors. The Draethos could live to be a thousand years and older. Despite their long lives, their childhood was quite short. They matured quickly, grew out of adolescence at 18, then enjoyed a healthy adulthood which lasted approximately four hundred years. At four hundred a Draethos was considered middle aged. It was not until age seven hundred that a Draethos was considered elderly.

Draethos, warrior and intellectual alike, possessed telepathy, including the ability to communicate with any sentient being in a radius of approximately five hundred meters. The ability was limited to communication; a Draethos could not invade the thoughts of others.

Society and Culture

Partly due to their long lives, Draethos society was slow to evolve and relied heavily on tradition. Draethos was a warrior culture. Those living on the homeworld were expected to demonstrate their martial or hunting prowess. Life on Draethos was harsh, with arrogant aristocrats squabbling among one another for social standing and wealth. Warriors were perpetually in high demand as gladiators, mercenaries, hunters, and soldiers.

Pacifistic philosophies were despised on Draethos. Those who made a conscious decision to abandon the way of the warrior were exiled to seek a new life among aliens. Therefore, paradoxically, despite their reputation as fierce combatants, most Draethos encountered offworld were peaceful and intellectual.

Special Abilities

  • Broadcast Telepathy: Draethos can speak telepathically with any number of creatures within 500 meters. Anyone wishing to resist this telepathic communication must make an opposed Willpower or Control skill roll against the Draethos’ own Willpower or Control skill. This ability cannot be used to “steal” memories or information.
  • Low-light Vision: A Draethos can see twice as far as a normal human in poor lighting conditions.
  • Skill Bonus: Draethos are encouraged to learn as much as they can, and most adults are experts on several topics. As such, Draethos characters receive 2D for every 1D placed into Knowledge skills at the time of character creation only.

Story Factors

  • Long-Lived: Draethos character can live up to 800 years.
Skill Min. Max
Dexterity 1D+1 4D+0
Knowledge 2D+1 5D+0
Mechanical 1D+2 4D+0
Perception 1D+0 3D+0
Strength 1D+0 3D+2
Technical 1D+1 4D+1
Attribute Points 12D+0
Skill Points 7D+0
Movement 10/12