Espraksa CR 1/2
CG Medium humanoid (espraksa)
Init +1; Perception +4
EAC 10; KAC 12
Fort +0; Ref +2; Will +4; –2 vs. mind-affecting effects
Speed 30 ft., fly 30 ft. (Ex, average)
Melee talon +6 (1d3+1 P plus snatch)
Ranged azimuth shoulder laser +6 (1d3 F)
Str +0; Dex +1; Con +0; Int +0; Wis +2; Cha +3
Skills Acrobatics +4, Culture +4, Diplomacy +4, Sense Motive +9
Languages Common, Espraksi
Other Abilities cold inured Gear second skin (azimuth shoulder laser with 2 batteries [20 charges each])
Cold Inured (Ex)
An espraksa treats severe cold as cold and extreme cold as severe cold.
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.
Organization solitary, pair, or flock (3–10)
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.
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.