The small asteroid mining colony of Polis Massa in the Outer Rim is the current homeworld of the Polis Massans. Though the Polis Massans evolved on another world in the Subterrel sector, they have been away from their homeworld for so long that they have no living memory of their origins. Instead, they have dedicated themselves to researching a lost civilization, once native to Polis Massa, known as the Eellayin.
The planet once inhabited by the Eellayin was subject to a great and mysterious cataclysm which caused it to break apart into several million fragments. The Polis Massa asteroid is one of the largest fragments to survive, and many artifacts and traces of the fallen civilization are hidden within its depths. The Polis Massans seek to explore the origins of the Eellayin in the hopes that they may discover something of themselves in this ancient and extinct species.
It is a little-known fact that the Polis Massans believe that they are the descendants of the Eellayin species. Their ultimate goal is to preserve the memory of the Eellayin race. They intend to do so using advanced cloning techniques learned from the Kaminoans in an attempt to scientifically resurrect the Eellayin species. No viable genetic material has been recovered from the Polis Massan asteroid, but this does little to stop the Polis Massans from continuing to explore.
Personality: Gentle and compassionate are the two words that often come to mind when describing Polis Massans. They are an extremely inquisitive species, especially with regard to their own origins. They can be overly protective of their work, especially in regards to treasure hunters seeking wealth within the archaeological digs of Polis Massa. In this regard, they prefer to maintain their secrecy, and will hesitate to call attention to themselves.
Physical Description: Polis Massans possess smooth, gray skin. Their faces are featureless with the exception of their eyes, which are universally black. The hands of a Polis Massan are dexterous, with three long fingers and opposable thumbs. They tend to wear form-fitting body suits decorated with functional accessories, such as utility belts, tools, and medical instruments.
Homeworld: Polis Massa.
Example Names: Osh Scal, Maneeli Tuun.
Adventurers: Nobles and Scouts are common character classes for Polis Massan characters. Given their peaceful nature and respect for life, Polis Massans rarely take up arms as Soldiers, though they are perfectly capable of protecting themselves. Polis Massan Jedi and Scoundrels are unheard of, though their latent telepathic abilities and even personalities make them excellent candidates for Jedi teachings.
Polis Massan Species Traits
Polis Massans share the following species traits:
Ability Modifiers: –2 Strength, +2 Wisdom.
Small Size: As Small creatures, Polis Massans gain a +1 size bonus to their Reflex Defense and a +5 size bonus on Stealth checks. However, their lifting and carrying limits are three-quarters of those of Medium characters.
Speed: Polis Massan base speed is 6 squares
Conditional Bonus Feat: Polis Massans are known across the Galaxy for their skill with medicine. A Polis Massan with Treat Injury as a trained skill gains Skill Focus (Treat Injury) as a bonus feat.
Darkvision: Because they are able to see well in complete darkness, Polis Massans ignore concealment (including total concealment) from darkness. However, they cannot perceive colors in total darkness.
Limited Telepathy: In conjunction with their sign language and technological methods of communication, Polis Massans are able to employ a weak form telepathy that allows them to convey simple feelings and thoughts to any willing recipient within ten squares. They can use the Telepathy aspect of the Use the Force skill untrained (even if not Force-sensitive). If the target of the telepathy is within 10 squares, no skill check is requires to initiate the telepathic contact.
Mute: Polis Massans have no vocal cords, and must rely on a combination of sign language, computers, and telepathy in order to communicate with others. When they learn new languages, they can understand but not speak them.
Automatic Languages: Basic (understand only), Massan.