Vykian Species in Aquatica Homebrew | World Anvil
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Written by Pookas Kreations

Vykians are an ancient race of natural shapeshifters. They aren't native to Aquatica but came as explorers and never left. After eating a local plant that altered their physiology, they became plantet-bound. The plant enzymes reacted to one in their body and one in the atmosphere which altered their genome enough so they couldn't go home. They can now only survive here and are now addicted to something in Aquatica's atmosphere.


They are a cautious race by nature, soft-spoken, and good at living in the background. Many prefer to live a simple life and eschew building wealth for its own sake, this helps them to go unnoticed in society. They can be of any alignment but prefer neutrality, preferring to focus on family matters and the community rather than law and morality.


Whenever their differences are discovered to their detriment, they leave, shift enough to look like a different person or race, and find a new home. This race is very skilled at shapeshifting and is very good at staying in the background. There are many scattered around the world, but they never congregate in large numbers to keep attention off of themselves. No one even resembles what they used to look like, even themselves.


They are similar to doppelgangers only in that they can change their form, they can't perfectly copy anyone and wouldn't want to. They can be perfect infiltrators, but they are extreme pacifists so prefer to hide in the shadows rather than shine in the spotlight. Some have no problem with gathering information for others, but only to help others in need, and depose dictators or similar villains.

Basic Information


They are basically humanoids but can change this at will, even to animal forms.

Genetics and Reproduction

They are usually only fertile with each other, but a rare few have been known to have children with other races; especially when magic and/or love is involved. Their gestation is shorter than humans, it only lasts 4-6 months. Vykians have comparable lifespans to humans.

Growth Rate & Stages

They age similarly to most humanoids but have a longer lifespan. No one knows for sure how long they live, not even themselves.

Dietary Needs and Habits

They need little food to keep their bodies running. Most are vegetarians, preferring not to be responsible for killing any animal just to eat.

Biological Cycle

They live so long, that their memory becomes faulty over the centuries, most only remember the past hundred years or so.

Additional Information

Social Structure

Their society is very communal, they have an empathic and often telepathic connection with each other at times.

Facial characteristics

Long, thin, aquiline face.

Average Intelligence

Above average human intelligence.

Perception and Sensory Capabilities

Lowlight vision, change shape (alter self), imperfect copy, mimicry, overlook me (spell)

Civilization and Culture


They originally came from another planet, but no one currently alive remembers where they came from only that they came from the stars.
Scientific Name
Homo naturalis versipellis
Average Height
5-6 ft
Average Weight
140-160 lbs
Average Physique
Thin but muscular.
Body Tint, Colouring and Marking
This depends on the race they are portraying.
Geographic Distribution

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