Home >Game Mastering >Bestiary >Enemies by Type >Humanoids >

Espraksa Performer

Espraksa Performer CR 4

XP 1,200
Espraksa envoy
CG Medium humanoid (espraksa)
Init +3; Perception +10

DEFENSE

HP 45
EAC 16; KAC 17
Fort +3; Ref +7; Will +5; –2 vs. mind-affecting effects

OFFENSE

Speed 30 ft., fly 30 ft. (Ex, average)
Melee traditional battle ribbon +10 (1d8+1 S) or talon +10 (1d4+5 P plus snatch)
Ranged diffraction perforator pistol +10 (1d4+4 So; critical bleed 1d4)

STATISTICS

Str +1; Dex +3; Con +0; Int +0; Wis +2; Cha +5
Skills Acrobatics +15, Bluff +15, Culture +10, Diplomacy +10, Sense Motive +15
Languages Akitonian, Brethedan, Castrovelian, Common, Espraksi, Shirren, Triaxian, Vercite
Other Abilities cold inured, envoy improvisations (clever attack, clever feint)
Gear basic lashunta tempweave, diffraction perforator pistol with 2 batteries (20 charges each), traditional battle ribbon

SPECIAL ABILITIES

Cold Inured (Ex)

An espraksa treats severe cold as cold and extreme cold as severe cold.

Snatch (Ex)

This functions as the grab universal creature rule, except the espraksa must hit with two talon attacks during the same turn to grab. Only one talon must hit the target’s KAC + 4 (or + 13) to trigger the free grab (or pin), but both must hit.

ECOLOGY

Environment any
Organization solitary, pair, or troupe (3–6)

The avian espraksas originated from a small, frigid planetoid at the farthest reaches of its star system, a rugged world with a variety of biomes, from taigas to rocky badlands, and sky-scraping mountains to ice-filled canyons. The coloration of espraksas varies depending on the environment in which their ancestors evolved. Espraksas who adapted to the taigas of Neeroon developed deep-brown or russet feathers, while those who live in the snowy peaks have white or gray feathers lightly speckled with black or a mossy green. Espraksas have a thick collar of feathers to keep their long, slender necks warm. They also have lengthy antennae-like feathers that extend from the inner corners of their eyes. Males have crests of feathers that extend from the crowns of their heads and are expressive enough to communicate emotion.

Espraksas stand about 7 feet tall and weigh 175 pounds.

Espraksa settlements emphasize harmony with nature.

They avoid razing the environment to make way for their settlements, instead incorporating their towns and homes high up in the surrounding trees and terrain. This architecture has left few means for land-bound creatures to enter from the ground. As tourism to Neeroon has grown more common, the espraksas have had to accommodate flightless creatures.

Wanderlust and gregariousness are intrinsic to espraksa society on Neeroon despite individual regions having many quirks, which it seems their peoples took pains to preserve.

Espraksas revel in exploration, whether literal, interpersonal, or spiritual. They often embark on a journey of self-discovery in an unofficial coming-of-age ceremony, traveling the galaxy and immersing themselves in other cultures. Espraksas love to make friends, even with the surliest of folk, establishing positive emotional connections that are passionate and enduring. Most espraksas can proudly recollect every friend made on their journeys and find enemies only under extreme circumstances.

However, once an espraksa has decided another creature is a foe, the hostility can be just as fervent and lasting.

Due to their exposure to many cultures and fields, espraksas fill many vocations. They take whatever odd jobs are available to fund their ongoing adventures. Many seek occupations that facilitate exploration, from field scientists to mercenaries.

Diversity in skill is a virtue among espraksas, so much so that being good at one skill at the expense of others is seen as a character flaw.

An espraksa’s journey can last decades. Most return to Neeroon when they feel their travels have provided enough novelty. Then, such espraksas settle down on their icy world, find mates, and start families. Older espraksas are highly valued leaders, philosophers, and teachers, their know-how honed over a lifetime of exploration. Some elder espraksas are celebrated experts even beyond Neeroon, renowned across the galaxy for their breadth of experience.

Racial Traits

Ability Adjustments: +2 Wis, +2 Cha, –2 Con

Hit Points: 4

Movement

Espraksas have a land speed of 30 feet and an extraordinary fly speed of 30 feet with average maneuverability.

Size and Type

Espraksas are Medium humanoids with the espraksa subtype.

Cold Inured (Ex)

An espraksa treats severe cold as cold and extreme cold as severe cold.

Empathic

Espraksas gain a +2 racial bonus to Diplomacy and Sense Motive checks. They take a –2 penalty to saving throws against mind-affecting effects, but the DC of any mind-affecting effect they create is increased by 1.

Multicultural

Esprakas learn an additional language for every even-numbered rank gained in the Culture skill.

Natural Weapons (Ex)

Natural weapons don’t require ammunition and can’t be disarmed or sundered.

In addition, a creature with this ability is always considered armed. They can deal 1d3 (P) lethal damage with unarmed strikes, and the attack doesn’t have the archaic special property. They also gain a unique Weapon Specialization with their natural weapons at 3rd level, allowing them to add 1-1/2 × their character level to their damage rolls for their natural weapons.

Snatch (Ex)

This functions as the grab universal creature rule, except the espraksa must hit with two talon attacks during the same turn to grab. Only one talon must hit the target’s KAC + 4 (or + 13) to trigger the free grab (or pin), but both must hit.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Starfinder Alien Archive 3 © 2019, Paizo Inc.; Authors: Saif Ansari, Kate Baker, John Compton, Adam Daigle, Katina Davis, Eleanor Ferron, Crystal Frasier, Leo Glass, Sasha Lindley Hall, Amanda Hamon, Thurston Hillman, James Jacobs, Jenny Jarzabski, Virginia Jordan, Jason Keeley, Natalie Kertzner, Luis Loza, Lyz Liddell, Ron Lundeen, Crystal Malarsky, Robert G. McCreary, Hilary Moon Murphy, Adrian Ng, Joe Pasini, Lacy Pellazar, Samantha Phelan, Jessica Redekop, Simone D. Sallé, Michael Sayre, Owen K.C. Stephens, James L. Sutter, Jason Tondro, Diego Valdez, and Linda Zayas-Palmer.