Imperial Xeno-Sepoy (Hyadean)
No. Enc.: 10-60
Armor Class: 5
Hit Dice: 2
Damage: 1d10 (1d8)
Hyadean Xeno-Sepoys are frequently encountered in the service of the Imperial legions in colonial systems rimward of Terra including Aldeberan, Ain, and Canopus. These aliens, known as the Ghüngadyal, appear to be distantly related to the Nininyal and were originally encountered, always in a degenerate primitive state, by early Humanspace colonists on multiple Hyadean worlds. It is not known how the Ghüngadyal were so widely disseminated; however archaeological evidence indicates a possibility that they once maintained an advanced star-faring culture.
Physically, these aliens are bipedal and stand between 4 and 5 feet tall. They posses a tail tipped with a bony spike, two arms, claw-like hands with three fingers and an opposable thumb and thickly padded three toed feet. Their faces are sharp featured and dominated by a pronounced beak and a bony crest over their foreheads. They are hairless and covered by extremely thick skin that ranges in color from yellow to reddish-brown to black.
Several physiological and cultural traits of this species have resulted in their near universal employment as colonial troopers by the Imperial military. They are extremely hardy creatures adapted to live in a spectrum of harsh environments; they require little food, little air, and can tolerate levels of cold, heat, and radiation that would kill an unprotected human. Hyadean Xeno-Sepoys receive a +3 modifier on all saving throws and are able to use Control of Self three times per day. They have two sexes, male and female, that are nearly indistinguishable. The females bear live young that are capable of walking at birth and grow to maturity in a matter of months; their lifespan is; however, very short and they live an average of only 15 years. Culturally, they are natural followers and despite somewhat limited intelligence, they carry out orders with great efficiency and with an esprit-de-corps that cannot be matched.
Hyadean Xeno-Sepoys are typically armed with an enhanced vibro-glaive developed by Imperial scientists from a primitive cultural weapon. In the hands of a Xeno-Sepoy the weapon is wickedly effective and Xeno-Sepoys are particularly adept at using it to penetrate Space armor and belt shields; they receive a +1 to hit bonus against opponents with these armor types in melee. The vibrations from the weapon may also be projected as a short range (60') burst of ultra-sound doing 1d8 damage.