In the Outer Planes, strange and inexplicable events come in to being, and in no place is this more true than in the Chaos Plane. Constantly shifting, warping, and changing, its instability is like a new planet, molten , never willing to be frozen to a single form (subject of course, from world to world, where characteristics differ dramatically and nothing is what it seems).
In such a plane of existence, it was only a matter of time before something drastically improbable occurred: In a conscious attempt of the world, Langton, to breech the edge of Chaos and escape to a more sensible plane, a grievous miscalculation occurred (Chaos has no edge), resulting in the merger between the planet’s inhabitants (a rather dull people who mostly concerned themselves with mathematical theories behind what makes a spinning ball on a colored wheel stop where it does when it does) and an entropy of Chaos dragons who happened to be flying by at the time.
The result was an entirely new planet and peoples which epitomized Chaos as no other race previous to them had- the Skhizein Phren: mad, driven, with forms as mutable and instable as the plane of Chaos itself.
Like the Chaos dragons from which they stemmed, the Skhizein Phren are incapable of maintaining a single, stable form. While the form is generally human (a Skhizein Phren sorcerer with the ability to polymorph is almost certain to shift between alternate forms as well), the human form may shift between male and female, skin color, and even, albeit rarely, height and weight. All Skhizen Phren have a “scale pattern”, remnants of their draconic making- which again, varies widely from Phren to Phren,; sometimes as a pattern in their hair that changes no matter the shift, sometimes as a skin graft or tattoo like image, sometimes a draconic deformity. No two Phrens are alike.
Relations: Varies widely from Phren to Phren, moonphase, time of month, or whim.
Alignment: Always Chaotic.
Skhizein Phren world: A perfect incongruity of science and magic; the Phrens maintain a remnant of that love of mathematical probability, as well as a naturally creative nature which drives them to push architectural structures to their limits (the deconstructable buildings were a widely praised success, however as of yet, the jello sky scrapers proved to be a bit too ambitious). Langton itself maintains a stubborn desire for normalcy in its weather patterns and geological structures.
Language: Undercommon and an approximation of Draconic, while not on the Chaos Plane.Skhizein Phren Racial Traits:
- Medium: as medium creatures they have no special bonuses or penalties due to their size.
- Skhizein Phren base land speed is 30 ft.
- Low-Light Vision: An Skhizein Phren can see twice as far as a human in starlight, moonlight, torchlight and similar conditions of poor illumination. They retain the ability to distinguish color and detail under these conditions.
- Dragonblood Subtype: Skhizein Phren are of the dragonblood subtype.
- khizein Phren have extreme difficulty concentrating on any task for a prolonged period of time. All Phren have -5 racial modifier to Concentration.
- Because of the mutable nature of Chaos, Skhizein Phren have developed minor teleportation abililties. A Phren can teleport a number of times per day as affected by their intelligence modifier.
- The humans that became the Skhizein Phren were obsessed with chance and probability, and the remnants of those memories remain in the Phren. All Skhizein Phren have a +2 racial modifier to Knowledge (Mathematics).
- The Phren are an adaptable and extremely creative race. All Phren start with the Feat Jack of All Trades.
- Immunity to Confusion. It is very difficult to confuse a mad man.
- Automatic Languages: Draconic and Common. Bonus Languages: Elven, Dwarven, Kobold, and any other draconic derived language.
- Favored Class: Artificer. A multiclass Skhizein Phren’s artificer levels do not count when determining whether she takes and experience point penalty for multiclassing.