The Geemit - A Worlds without Number Demihuman

A Sentient Species of Amoeboid Storytellers

The Geemit are an ancient species of sentient amoeboid blobs. They have long occupied the Latter Earth.

According to their history, the Geemit brought about the collapse of the Outsiders. It was the Geemit that eroded the foundations of the Outsiders’ power. But not without bitter cost. The Outsiders shattered the ancient homes and environs of the Geemit.

Now, embittered towards all that bare the taint of the Outsiders, the Geemit continue their efforts to rehabilitate their homes and environs.

The Geemit communicate through sign language; And they’ve adapted two languages: Trade Geemit and True Geemit. The former is one that baseline humans can sign and the latter that requires signing via the unique physiology of the Geemit. They are incapable of auditory speech, but can manipulate their body to create apertures that “whistle” in windy conditions. A Geemit knowledgeable in scripts of other languages, may also shape parts of their body to spell out a word or two at a time.

They preserve their culture and history through the retelling of epic ballads. Their stories utilize water as a metaphor for the Geemit. They take pride that even smallest stream cracks the flattens and cracks the hardest stone.

As a Geemit approaches the end of their life, they seek to perform what translates as the “Ritual of Sharing of My Life’s Water.” In this ritual, the ailing Geemit offers themselves up to be consumed by their family and friend.

Geemit Origin Focus

Level 1
Gain Perform as a bonus skill.
You have blindsight to 20 feet.
You need only half of the baseline amount of food, water, and air.
You are an amoeboid blob, maneuvering and manipulating by pseudopods. You are capable of flowing through small spaces.

Design Notes

The first Role Playing Game (RPG 📖) character I ever played was a Dralasite for Star Frontiers: Alpha Dawn. I loved their quasi-shapelessness.

As I started working through an upcoming adventure, I rolled the Worlds without Number (WWN 📖) Community Tag “Demihuman Populace” for the local village. As I’ve been building the region, I knew that this Demihuman Populace should be a compliment to the capabilities of the baseline humans.

Originally, I looked to Worlds without Number’s riff on Dwarves, but opted to go down a different path. As presented, these are my kind of Dwarves, but they didn’t quite feel right for what I’m working towards.

Not quite knowing what I wanted, I pulled out Stars without Number: Revised Edition (SWN 📖)’s Alien’s subsection. First, I rolled up two lenses: Hate and Pride. My initial thought was “Yikes, that’s not quite what I had in mind.” Yet with all random results, I thought more on it, and read the paragraph on the Hate lense.

Hate

There is something these aliens hate, and it defines their culture completely by their opposition to it. It may be these aliens are rampant xenophobes, loathing all who are not of their own kind. There may be acrid religious or political divisions among them, with individuals identifying completely with their sect and despising all the others. It could be an ancient enemy among the stars, a rival race that has wounded them so greatly as to be unforgivable. These aliens may spar and maneuver for power among their own kind, but all goals and individuals are to some degree subordinated to the needs of their immortal hate.

This I could work with.

I pointed the Geemit hatred at the Outsiders of Worlds without Number; And more importantly this includes the remnants of the Outsiders. The are one such remnant. They themselves bare the marks of the Outsiders. At least as I’m envisioning my Outsiders.

On its own, the Konuk baring a mark of the Outsiders might not be enough, but the Konuk also govern the region in which the Geemit live. And that seems like just enough fuel for an interesting situation.

Once I had that, I thought more about the role the Geemit would play. The region in which they live has both above ground and below ground food production and harvesting. As I flipped the pages in my Stars without Number: Revised Edition book, I saw the following: The alien is either an amoeboid blob that can manipulate objects with extruded pseudopods and flow through small spaces.

And that seems like a usual subterrainean trait. From there I found it easy to piece together their origin foci.