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The Thulid Nations comprise a number of types of creatures that are somehow part of a greater species. These creatures do not share the particulars concerning their species beyond reassurances that they are of one race, and allied in a greater nation. The differing types of Thulid include Mind Eaters, Neothelids, Neh‐thalggus, Half-Thulids and related subspecies.
The Thulids are a major race in space. They have their own navies and colonies, and engage in brisk trade with everyone, including the neogi. Their success in space gives cause for concern, since on the ground they are mostly creatures of the deep underdark, light-hating and rarely seen by men. The nautiloid is the most common mind flayer craft in operation, though they use a variety of human-built ships modified to their needs. With the introduction of the pool helms, larger mind flayer craft may be on the way.
Thulids in space may be neutral (non-evil) in alignment, though tales of a lawful good mind eater are just so much space dust. Thulids engaging in deals with other thinking creatures make a point of eating only the brains of criminals and brain mold. In those rare areas where there is a thulid enclave near a human settlement, there is usually a brisk brain-trade business.
Thulid colonies are often found in asteroids, in the underdark or on worlds relatively far from a spheres sun(s). Planets and moons in the Cool Orbital Zone of a Crystal Sphere (solar system) are attractive to Thulid colonists, who use their grasp of strange technologies and planar gates to make otherwise uninhabitable worlds livable. Such colonies are often dark, wet and cool, but liveable. A sizeable slave population is always present on Thulid colonies.
The Blueskins of Wildspace are a widespread and varied race. They all possess blue or bluish colored skin, vivid eye-color, and features that are usually considered attractive to humans, elves and halflings. All blueskins share a natural skill with magic and arcane sciences, and so are amongst the most renowned magic-users and scientists in the Known Spheres. Blueskin ears naturally come to a point and continue to grow over their entire lives, potentially becoming quite large (and even bat-like in some cases). Most Blueskins trim their ears regularly, some allowing only a moderate point while others keep them rounded like human ears.
Blueskins are graceful and slim, and stand about 5 to 6 feet tall. They count as medium-sized creatures and have a base movement rate of 40 feet per round. They have darkvision to a range of 120 feet and have a knack for picking pockets and trickery.
Blueskin’s lithe form gives it a bonus of one point to its starting dexterity score. Their silver tongues also give them a one point bonus to their starting charisma score. Unfortunately, they lack in muscle mass and must deduct one point from their starting strength score. These ability modifications cannot increase a score above 18 or reduce it below 3.
Blueskins enjoy a +3 save vs. cold and cold spells. They have a +2 bonus to save vs. magic, and can see magical auras (per the detect magic spell). They enjoy a +1 bonus to hit with daggers and darts.
Blueskins speak Common and Drule (see below). They might also speak Celestial, Infernal, Elvish, Orc, Sylvan and Dragon.
Blueskins can multi-class as assassin/magic-users, cleric/scientists, cleric/sorcerers, leech/sorcerers, sorcerer/thieves or sorcerer/fighters.
Citadels are asteroids (celestial bodies) that have been converted into voidships. The process of conversion is a long one, requiring the installation of a massive helm of one kind or another, and the hollowing out of tunnels, living spaces and other features. Several races construct Citadel Ships, each with a slightly different look to the overall design. But the end result is much like a mobile, mini-world that is as much home as vessel.
HD: 124, hp 832
AC: 24, Hardness 10
Speed: As Helmsman’s Int x’s 10 in Wildspace, fly 60 ft. in a gravity well.
Atk: Blunt ram (3d8), or 3 Medium Cannons (10d6)
Air Capacity: 13,888 man-days
Power Type: Major Helm (see Helms)
Cargo: 30 Tons
Keel/Beam Length: 250ft/60 ft
Cost: 257,000 gp
The Doomite Freighter is the workhorse of the Galran Blueskins. but can sometimes be found operating as a pirate ship or independent trade-ship. These ships serve often as slaver ships, but also transport other goods, troops and Robeasts and other creatures. All Doomite Freighters are adorned with the skull of a Space Demon used as a blunt ram and a smaller demon skull for use as a crows nest/scrying tower.
Doomite Freighters are equipped with at least six Doomite Fighter-Craft (Large Vehicle), and can hold similar sized vehicles. Ships are launched through doors that open in the skull-rams eyes. These ships are the primary defense of the freighter, though the ship also has three aft-facing cannons in case of trouble.
Crows Nest: These ships are equipped with a special chamber that comes equipped with a immovable crystal ball (normal type). The ships wizard typically uses the crows nest as his or her lab room.
Speaking Tubes: Doomite freighters are equipped with speaking tubes that allow all decks to instantly communicate with one another.
This ship and the setting it is designed for uses the Blood and Treasure RPG rules. Its a melding of Old School gaming and the newer, smoother-running games rules. Its a game that is fairly rules light, but has just enough crunch to satisfy my gaming appetite. All the cool kids are doing it.
By Aaron Siddall. Originally appeared on Random Acts.
Fantasy space is chock full of weird creatures, many of whom are quite powerful. However, there are also plenty of “every day” creatures out there. Schools of space-going fish, asteroid dwellers and assorted oddities that make life possible in the Void.
Wildspace Creature Template
A wildspace creature is a creature that either lives in Wildspace and the Phlogiston or can survive there indefinitely. Wildspace creatures often hibernate in comets and asteroids. Others wander outer space in search of food, occasionally taking up residence on planets where food is abundant (assuming they can find a safe way to the surface). Wildspace creatures even threaten idle voidships from time to time.
All wildspace creatures have their own look that marks them as different from normal cousins. Many have a sleek, elongated look, often eschewing noses, ears or other features we associate with the base creature, others are far far weirder in appearance.
Not all wildspace creatures are motivated by hunger or sheer malice; other likely motives include natural curiosity or a desire for companionship. Wildspace is, after all, a vast and lonely place.