Species Template: Chameloid
By Ryan Scott
(pronounced KAHM-e-loidz) are the only known race native to the Alpha and Beta
quadrants capable of shapechanging. Their
home world is Pollux VIII, which lies on the far end of the neutral zone between
the Romulan and Klingon Empires. The majority of species native to that planet rely primarily
on eyesight for sensory input. Their
evolutionary ancestors developed in a niche where they fed on a range of
extremely fast creatures and were preyed upon by very lethal ones.
These ancestors developed the ability to alternately mimic their
predators and prey just to survive. In
turn, these species developed keen eyesight to spot the Chameloids ancestors,
forcing them to further perfect their mimicry.
Eventually, these animals developed other means of detecting the
shapeshifters, and so the Chameloids had to develop intelligence.
the Founders, chameloids are solid creatures, and need not return to their true
shape at any time. Their true form
is that of a tall (2 meters), hairless humanoid with pallid yellow skin.
Furthermore, they can only mimic individuals they have seen in
person, rather than taking on unique shapes or inanimate objects.
They are further limited by size they cannot mimic any creature less
than one meter or greater than three meters in size. A Chameloids yellow eyes are the only feature that cannot
be changed. Of course, this can be
concealed using the Disguise skill. Chameloids
reveal themselves to others so rarely that their existence is widely regarded as
myth. Note that Chameloids do not
gain any abilities from their shape, such as speed or strength.
They merely look (and, if desired, sound) like the subject in question.
Note also that a Chameloid can change only his or her body, not clothing
or other effects.
have not developed warp technology, and so are constrained by the speed of
light. They are, however, able to
infiltrate the ships of other species and travel anywhere from there.
Fitness 2 
Coordination 2 
Intellect 2 
Presence 2 
Psi 0 
Culture (Chameloid) 1 (2)
Shape Shifting (choose Specialization) 4 (5)
History (Chameloid) 1 (2)
Language (Chameloid) 2
Mimicry (choose Specialization) 2 (3)
World Knowledge (Pollux VIII) 1 (2)
Exceptional Eyesight (+2)
Poor Chemoreception (-1)
Poor Hearing (-1)
A Chameloid named Martia appeared in Star Trek VI on the Klingon penal asteroid. The above information is largely speculation and based entirely on the film.
I have adjusted the Template for the higher cost I assigned to the Shapeshifter Advantage. I would also consider whether or not all Chameloids are so talented at the Shapeshifting Skill; my inclination is to give the average Chameloid a Shapeshifting Skill of 2 or 3. Even if shapeshifting is something they do all the time, I'm not convinced it should be so much higher than their language skill level.
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