Knowing how to pander to your audience is never a bad skill to possess. Here is the runner-up in the Design and Alien Contest @DedMeetDM and his Decapodian race!

CR 1/2

XP 200
CN Medium monstrous humanoid (aquatic)
Init +0; Senses Perception +4

HP 12

EAC 10; KAC 11
Fort +0; Ref +2; Will +5


Speed 30 ft., swim 30 ft.
Melee claw +3 (1d4)
Offensive abilities breath weapon(pearl spit) +1 (1d3), Ink defense


Decapodians begin fights with aggressive attacks like disemboweling their enemies and attacking their gonads. If this fails they will often try to disarm their opponents (literally) using their claws. If the battle turns against them they will use their ink defense to blind their opponents and then double move to scuttle away often to the sound of a ‘woowoowoo’.


Str +0; Dex +0; Con +1; Int +3; Wis +2; Cha +0
Skills Acrobatics +4, Athletics +9, Culture +9, Life Science +9, Medicine +9
Other abilities amphibious, water breathing, ink defense


The Decapodians are a species of sentient lobster-like creatures, originating from Decapod 10. They have blue eyes, red skin and hand-like mouths. The Decapodians seem to be a bald species, though they can grow hair that instantly turns white after experiencing a traumatizing event. Their society is often pictured in contrast to that of Earth. The Decapodians are ruled by the Decapodian Emperor, but while many indications of their society seems to suggest a totalitarian government, they have a democratic process. They are also a member of the Democratic Order of Planets.
During the mating cycle a Decapodian’s strength and aggression increases, gaining a +2 to Strength and the Rage class feature. A male Decapodian entering the mating cycle can be identified by the fin that protrudes from the top of its head. This cycle continues until the Decapodians returns to his homeworld and participates in the local mating rituals. This rituals includes creating a raised platform decorated with shells, wearing a garish outfit, and calling out a distinctive mating “Craw”. This extensive ritual ends with a frenzied mating in the waters of Decapod 10, and the death of all those involved.


Breath Weapon (Su) Can spit multi-colored pearls as as full round action. Anyone hit with the pearls must make a DC 12 Will Save. Failure means the target gains the Fascinated condition.
Ink Defense (Su) Decapodians can as a standard action spray ink in a 15′ radius. Reflex DC 14 or be blinded for 1d4 turns.

Racial Traits
Ability Adjustments: +4 Int, –2 Cha
Hit Points: 4
Size and Type: Decapodians are medium creatures with the aquatic type.
Water Breathing: Decapodians can breath underwater
Breath Weapon: Decapodians can as a full round action spit multi-colored pearls.
Ink Defense: Decapodians can spray ink in a 15′ radius.
Natural Weapons: Decapodians can use their claw hands and feet as natural weapons.

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