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Dirindi

Source Alien Archive 3 pg. 20
Cosmopolitan Arkanen, prominent among Liavara’s many moons, prides itself on being home to one of the most learned and urban populations in the Pact Worlds. Arkanen home to two sapient species with a deeply intertwined history: dirindis and sazarons (see page 90). The two species co-govern their world and work on most major enterprises collaboratively. Dirindis provide creativity, optimism, and ideas, while the scholarly sazarons make sure projects stay on schedule and on budget. The two species get along well, complementing each other’s strengths and respecting each other’s differences.

Dirindis are stout humanoids with three eyes and an affinity for humor and electricity. They greet each other with friendly zaps of electricity and outrageous retellings of recent adventures, and visitors to Arkanen are unlikely to avoid some enthusiastic zapping from the locals.

Dirindi family units are large and complex, with extensive networks of siblings and cousins. Dirindis often adopt friends of other species into this chaos, especially sazarons, gnomes, and humans. Dirindis are born to two biological parents, but most are polyamorous, committing to multiple partners for long-term caring relationships and sharing the raising and education of the young. Although dirindis can be found in every profession, they are drawn to social professions and are often bureaucrats, educators, merchants, and politicians.

Dirindis love to laugh and believe there is no tale that cannot be made better with embellishment. Prone to exaggeration and hyperbole, they use allegories and jokes to approach deeper truths about the conditions and relationships of sapient beings. They’re not out to deceive; to a dirindi, jokes aren’t funny unless everyone gets to share in them. Dirindis treat con artists and other social predators as outcasts, and Arkanen law punishes such offenders harshly. While dirindis support ideals of honesty and disclosure, they’re often hazy with details and don’t mind filling knowledge gaps with conjecture. Throughout the Pact Worlds, the phrase “as accurate as a dirindi fact-checker” conjures their trademark lax research and unreliable newscasts. Despite this—or perhaps because of it—dirindi newscasts are among the most popular in the Pact Worlds. What they lack in strict accuracy, they make up for in raw enthusiasm. As they are gifted linguists, dirindis can broadcast in virtually every known language of the Pact Worlds.

Parallel to but separate from the dirindi population on Arkanen is that of the moon Osoro, which dirindis populated before the Gap. Osoro has large predators and toxic-gas seas, but its highly charged atmosphere and frequent lightning storms proved irresistible for the dirindis who settled there. Proud of their pioneer heritage, they often look upon their Arkanen brethren as soft urbanites. Few sazarons travel to Osoro, and the dirindis on this moon have become more serious, self-reliant, and survival oriented. They still tell wildly exaggerated tales of irokiroi hunts and other adventures, and still celebrate some of the same holy days as their counterparts on Arkanen, but they see themselves as entirely independent.

Aliens in the "Dirindi" Family

NameCR
Dirindi Dabulist13
Dirindi Monster Hunter4

Dirindi, Dirindi Dabulist

Source Alien Archive 3 pg. 20

Dirindi Dabulist CR 13

XP 25,600
Dirindi envoy
CG Medium humanoid (dirindi)
Init +4; Senses blindsight (electricity) 60 ft., low-light vision; Perception +29

Defense

HP 210; RP 5
EAC 27; KAC 28
Fort +12; Ref +14; Will +16
Resistances electricity 5

Offense

Speed 30 ft., fly 30 ft. (jetpack, average)
Melee ultrathin dagger +22 (4d4+13 S)
Ranged aurora arc pistol +24 (3d6+13 E; critical arc 2d6)
Spell-Like Abilities (CL 13th; melee +22, ranged +24)
1/day—jolting surge
At will—energy ray (electricity only)

Statistics

STR +0; DEX +4; CON +2; INT +6; WIS +2; CHA +8
Skills Acrobatics +24, Culture +29, Diplomacy +29, Sense Motive +24
Languages Arkanen, Brethedan, Common, Dirindi, Sazaron
Other Abilities envoy improvisations (improved get ’em, improved hurry, situational awareness, sustained determination)
Gear estex suit IV (jetpack), aurora arc pistol with 2 high-capacity batteries (40 charges each), ultrathin dagger

Ecology

Environment any (Arkanen, Osoro)
Organization solitary, pair, or euphoria (3–7)

Extra Content

The following extra content was found for this creature:
- Dirindi (Creature Subtype) Graft Template
- Dirindi Race Entry