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Planar Scion

Source Alien Archive 2 pg. 98
Many kinds of extraplanar beings can infuse humanoids’ bloodlines, whether as a side effect of powerful magic or the result of a tryst; those in whom extraplanar traits surface strongly are known as planar scions. Aasimars and tieflings, the mortal offspring of celestials and fiends, respectively, are the most common of these. Though planar scions resemble their humanoid kin, their appearance and demeanor bear supernatural touches. Tieflings might have horns, vestigial wings, or cloven hooves, while aasimars may have glowing eyes or a metallic sheen to their hair and skin.

Because of their innate curiosity, humans are more likely to dally with outsiders, and as a consequence, a significant percentage of planar scions living in the Pact Worlds are descended from humans. However, because humans are far less populous than in pre-Gap eras, planar scions descended from other humanoid races are now far more numerous. A planar scion might pass for a member of the humanoid parent’s species, or the scion’s otherworldly features could make their origin obvious to those who are familiar with the species’ normal characteristics. Those whose outsider blood is evident still find acceptance in most major settlements across the Pact Worlds, where diverse beings coexist in peace. On Absalom Station, the hub of interspecies relations, few people bat an eye when they meet an aasimar or tiefling.

However, in insular or tradition-bound communities, any signs of plane-touched heritage can be a blessing—or a death sentence—depending on the dominant traditions. The demon-worshiping drow of Apostae see tieflings as a favor from demonic patrons, while the elves of Sovyrian on Castrovel are likely to banish children who bear such fiendish heritage. The Radiant Cathedral, on the other hand, trains aasimars to become beacons of the Sarenite faith, and also guides tieflings to a brighter future than their heritage suggests. Formians, shobhads, vesk, and other species with flexible morality view aasimars and tieflings, particularly those descended from their own kind, with both admiration and suspicion.

Planar scions are often outliers in their community, either put on a pedestal or ostracized because of their ancestry. The potent blood that courses through the veins of aasimars and tieflings also makes them ambitious; many choose a dangerous but rewarding profession, such as explorer, mercenary, spy, or pilot.

Aliens in the "Planar Scion" Family

NameCR
Ifrit1/2
Aasimar1
Oread1
Suli1
Sylph2
Tiefling2

Planar Scion, Oread

Source Starfinder #17: Solar Strike pg. 60

Oread CR 1

XP 400
Oread soldier
LN Medium outsider (native)
Init +1; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +5

Defense

HP 20
EAC 13; KAC 15
Fort +3; Ref +1; Will +3
Resistances acid 5

Offense

Speed 25 ft.
Melee assault hammer +8 (1d6+5 B)
Ranged utility scattergun +5 (1d4 P) or stickybomb grenade I +5 (explode [10 ft., entangle 2d4 rounds, DC 10])
Offensive Abilities earth affinity, fighting styles (guard)
Oread Spell-Like Abilities (CL 1st; ranged +5)
At will—energy ray (acid only)

Statistics

STR +4; DEX +1; CON +1; INT +0; WIS +2; CHA -1
Skills Athletics +10, Intimidate +5, Survival +5
Languages Common, Terran
Other Abilities armor training
Gear lashunta ringwear I, assault hammer, utility scattergun with 8 shells, stickybomb grenades I (2)

Ecology

Environment any
Organization solitary, pair, or team (3–5)

Special Abilities

Earth Affinity (Su) Whenever an oread deals acid damage (including with spells such as energy ray), the oread can change it to bludgeoning damage instead. This doesn’t change anything else about the effect dealing the damage.

Description

Oreads are humanoids whose bloodline is infused with power from the Plane of Earth, such as from a shaitan. Oreads usually have skin of a dark neutral tone, and some have features that appear to be made of stone, crystal, or packed earth. Oreads are generally calm to the point of stoicism.

Extra Content

The following extra content was found for this creature:
- Aasimar (Planar Scion) Graft Template
- Tiefling (Planar Scion) Graft Template
- Ifrit (Planar Scion) Graft Template
- Suli (Planar Scion) Graft Template
- Sylph (Planar Scion) Graft Template
- Oread (Planar Scion) Graft Template
- Oread Race Entry