Massassi

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Species: Massassi
Home Planet: Korriban

Attribute Dice: 12D
DEXTERITY 1D+2/4D+1
KNOWLEDGE 1D/3D+2
MECHANICAL 1D+1/4D
PERCEPTION 1D/3D+2
STRENGTH 2D+1/5D
TECHNICAL 1D/3D+1

Special Abilities:
Low Light Vision: Massassi can see twice as far as a normal human in poor lighting conditions.
Warrior Culture: Massassi are trained from birth to be efficient soldiers. As such, Massassi characters gain a permanent +1D bonus to search and intimidation skill rolls.

Story Factors:
Thought to be Extinct: Most scholars believe the Massassi were driven to extinction prior to the Rise of the Empire, though it is possible that some survivors exist on remote worlds that the Sith may have inhabited.

Move: 10/12
Size: 1.9 meters tall (average)

Background: The Massassi were a species who lived on Yavin 4, the fourth moon of Yavin Prime. Thousands of years before the Imperial Era, they built enormous stone temples on the moon for unknown purposes. It was believed that the Massassi may have been a slave race in thrall to the Sith, who brought them to the moon. The Massassi went extinct sometime after finishing their temples.

Like the rest of the Sith, the Massassi subspecies were native to the planet Korriban, within the isolated Stygian Caldera in the Outer Rim Territories. They, like the few other creatures that inhabited Korriban, derived sustenance directly from the dark side of the Force, in part of a natural symbiotic relationship where Sith—like the Massassi—fed on the dark side, and empowered it in turn. Thus the entire Sith race, including the Massassi, had such a high rate of Force-sensitivity that they were considered a naturally Force-sensitive species.

Phenotypically, Massassi were quite similar to the rest of the Sith species. Common to all Sith, Massassi skin was red, ranging from florid crimsons to lighter pinks. Massassi had fierce, predatory profiles, and sharp bone spurs protruding over their bodies in various locations—especially the elbows. Other facial features included a pair of tendrils that hung from their cheekbones, and cartilaginous eyebrow stalks that covered their eyes. They also had simian mouths, small noses and ears, and a slightly receding chin. Like other Sith, Massassi had three digits on each of their hands and feet.

Exclusive to their subspecies however, Massassi possessed large glowing yellow eyes. Unlike mainline Sith, the eyes of Massassi did not display details such as pupils or whites of any sort—instead the yellow seemed to cover the whole of each eye. Massassi were also taller, larger, and more hulking humanoids than the species they hailed from, reaching between two and three meters in height, and an average weight of ninety-five kilograms. Massassi senses were very acute compared to those of Humans—particularly their hearing. Massassi also had an extremely tough skin; powerful cauterizing agents such as cyanogen silicate were needed to provide Massassi with medical assistance. Nothing weaker was capable of corroding their resistant hides.

Relative to other species, Massassi were quite short lived. The typical Massassi childhood lasted ten standard years, with the next three standard years constituting young adulthood. Massassi adulthood typically began at around fourteen standard years of age. Middle age started after twenty-five standard years of life, and old age after thirty-five years. Any Massassi over the age of fifty standard years were considered venerable.

Exclusive to their subspecies however, Massassi possessed large glowing yellow eyes. Unlike mainline Sith, the eyes of Massassi did not display details such as pupils or whites of any sort—instead the yellow seemed to cover the whole of each eye. Massassi were also taller, larger, and more hulking humanoids than the species they hailed from, reaching between two and three meters in height, and an average weight of ninety-five kilograms. Massassi senses were very acute compared to those of Humans—particularly their hearing. Massassi also had an extremely tough skin; powerful cauterizing agents such as cyanogen silicate were needed to provide Massassi with medical assistance. Nothing weaker was capable of corroding their resistant hides.

Relative to other species, Massassi were quite short lived. The typical Massassi childhood lasted ten standard years, with the next three standard years constituting young adulthood. Massassi adulthood typically began at around fourteen standard years of age. Middle age started after twenty-five standard years of life, and old age after thirty-five years. Any Massassi over the age of fifty standard years were considered venerable.

The Massassi under the command of Naga Sadow that relocated to Yavin 4 after the Great Hyperspace War underwent alchemical alterations under the supervision of Sadow. These individuals and their descendants became more hunched and monstrous than the original Massassi species, and were gradually considered more like savage brutes than the warriors they once were. At this point, they became large creatures with sharp claws and grotesque fin-like growths on their head and back.

Also while on Yavin 4, Exar Kun enslaved the Massassi’ to build temples. When Jedi Master Vodo-Siosk Bass turned on him, he destroyed the Massassi and trapped his and their spirits in the temples to live forever.

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PT White

I've been involved in creating content for Star Wars The Role Playing Game since 1992 and consider myself a Star Wars Super Fan and knowledge bank for the Star Wars Universe.

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