Space Opera: Pathfinder rules in Alternity setting
Standard Racial Traits
- Ability Score Racial Traits: Fraal are physically weak and unassuming but are galactically renowned as even-tempered intellectuals. As a result they suffer -4 Strength and -4 Constitution but gain +4 to Intelligence, +4 to Wisdom and +4 to Charisma.
- Less Skilled than Humans: Fraal receive 4 fewer skill points at level 1 and 1 fewer skill points at every subsequent level.
- Size: Fraal are Medium creatures and have no bonuses or penalties due to their size.
- Base Speed: Fraal have a base speed of 30 feet.
- Languages: Fraal possess the ability to read, write and speak the Fraal language.
- Mental Communication: All Fraal are equipped with Psionic abilities which are used at Manifester level 10 + key ability modifier + power level:
- At-will – lesser mindlink
- 3 times per day – suggestion
Fraal (singular and plural) appear as exaggerated renderings of 20th century Earth’s “Grey Aliens”. This is in part due to the covert reconnaissance Fraal performed on Earth during the late 20th century. Fraal have two sexes, male and female. Both sexes live well past two Earth centuries old. As Fraal begin to enter their twilight years they grow small tufts of white, grey or blue hair that looks much like a very bad human toupee.
Skin pigmintation ranges from pale creme to dusty charcoal with females typically being darker and males lighter. Fraal have large black eyes that work similarly to human eyes. Fraal suffer from reduced olfactory abilities and have almost no sense of taste to speak of.
Fraal have a four lobed brain that allows them to tap into amazing mental reserves. As a result nearly all Fraal can harness psionic abilities.
|Child||Young Adult||Adult||Middle Age||Old||Venerable||Maximum Age|
|Gender||Base Height||Height Modifier||Base Weight||Weight Modifier|
|Male||5 ft. 4 in.||+2d8 inches||100 lbs.||+(2d8×3 lbs.) (106 – 148 lbs.)|
|Female||5 ft. 4 in.||+2d6 inches||90 lbs.||+(2d6×3 lbs.) (106 – 136 lbs.)|
Fraal have been visitors to Earth for hundreds of years. Many of the stories humans have told have been exaggerated truths of the true first contact between the two races.
The Fraal had for many thousands of years been on the hunt for their home planet, Yrvuun. The entirety of the Fraal race are survivors of an interstellar expedition that has stranded the race in an unknown corner of the galaxy. Along the way the Fraal’s worldship was damaged and their entire computer core was erased destroying not only all of their star charts but the race’s entire recorded history. While some facts were able to be passed down via telepathic and oral tradition, a vast majority of the race’s history is gone.
Upon entering the Sol System the Fraal worldship engines suffered a catastrophic failure and without their computers the Fraal could only attempt to patch it. The Fraal attempted to contact a pre-space flight civilization for the first time in their history to acquire replacement isotopes for their engines but quickly found Earthlings far too close-minded (read: violent) and underdeveloped to establish an open communication with.
So the Fraal did nothing. Their ship continued to coast through space. Every now and again a genius plan will re-ignite their engines for a few minutes or hours but only at reduced speeds and never for long. The worldship retreated to the far reaches of the Sol System and the Fraal took up residence under the surface of Pluto’s moon Charon.
After witnessing Earth’s first steps out into the solar system the Fraal once more attempted to make contact. This created a rift between the Fraal. Some believed Humans to be savages that would bring disaster to the last of their race while other saw it as the best hope they had for surviving.
Eventually a consensus was reached, contact would be made by a single scout ship. This time the Fraal were pleasantly surprised to be met with generally open-arms. An exchange of information, technology and culture has enriched both races but unfortunately the isotope which the Fraal sought was not effective in reigniting their engines.
Over the next two decades the Fraal culture divided itself with one half recolonizing on the surface of Europa, while the other half continued efforts to resume their interstellar search for home soil. Those remaining in the Sol system were termed “Builders” and those who rejected inclusion into Human society were termed “Pilgrims.”
Fraal exist in a matriarchal society that reflects a monarchy with the most logical individual reigning as Lowest Prime. All Fraal (men and women) are at any time welcome to pronounce the right of Jeenkar which is much like an extended debate with the individual who is better able to argue a society changing topic acquiring or retaining the title of Lowest Prime. To this date no history can be recounted of a male Fraal holding this title.
The ultimate split between the Builders and the Pilgrims originated because neither side of the Jeenkar was willing to step down after 7 days of prolonged debate.
Fraal find the concept of religion an immensely boring topic. Fraal are creatures of pure science who only believe in what they can quantify. Any Fraal that believes otherwise is ostracized and tormented by his peers.
The Fraal use their mental communication to share in a state called the Dream Walk and some have likened the experience to a holy one, but few Fraal speak at any length on this topic as they assume other races are unable to experience the Dream Walk in the same context that they do.
Fraal speak a language that is less heard than other languages as a large number of Fraal choose to communicate telepathically, a sensation that transcends words and forms concise concepts. When Fraal do choose to talk their language is not a difficult one for others learn and is built very similarly to Solar Common. The language uses a heavier concentration of vowel sounds mixed with soft consonants. The language reserves the ‘K’ sound for only the most important words in their language.
Fraal names consist of a of a given name (given by parental units) paired joined without space or puase to an earned name (given by peers during early adulthood); ex: Ali, given by parents and Isz, given by peers combined to make Aliisz. This name is followed by a pronoun indicator when communicating with non-fraal – Il identifies males, Ba identifies females. Finally there is a family name passed down genetically.
Example Names: Idan Il Tir, Devriele Ba Shanassin, Lodiri Ba Tiras, Aliisz Ba Veras
Fraal find little interest in artistic endeavors unless they are refined by math or science. They find little enjoyment in eating and cooking as they have very little in the way of taste and smell receptors. Fraal have begun to appreciate the “art form” of the spoken word however as it has become the only way to pass down the memories of their ancient society. Fraal have a great love and knack for teaching and learning and are often found studying or practicing languages, sciences or theoretical maths.
The Fraal were once a Progress Level 8 society that was on the verge of becoming a Progress Level 9 society. After the loss of their computers however, much of the data they had on cutting edge advancement was lost, combined with the debilitating state of their worldship and other technology they have fallen into a late Progress Level 7 society.