Having the shape of a human with an octopoid head structure, the Octolar are famous for their ability to shape-shift and look like anyone else. By the simple act of seeing and touching another person, they are able to contort their body into the other person’s likeness.
The range of this likeness is determined by the size of the other person. They can only shift into someone else who is of similar height. They are able to expand their bodies to fill gaps that deal with weight or other deformities.
The Octolar live in undersea communities composed of sand domes. They have a unique relationship with each other that is not dependent on looks but on their mental abilities and character. Naturally, the elders are the ones that, not only exhibit high intelligence but a lot of charm.
There is a downside to their community though: treachery. With the high intelligence, they are masters of manipulating one another. This extends to other races and, frequently, they’ll be found trying to control other races to do their dirty work. The goal of their treachery is not to eliminate the others but to gain the favor of the council. The more favor they have, the more freedom they have.
When talking with an Octolar, you’ll find that they have a startling and annoying habit of mimicking everything that you do and the way that you talk. They are constantly studying your behavior in case they need to take your personality for their own someday. They plan for the future and understand that they never know what may come in handy.
The Octolar rarely, if ever, engages anyone in single form combat. They are quite capable fighters and can defend themselves. However, their preferred method is to run and hide within large crowds. Since they can easily shift into another shape instantaneously, they are impossible to find when they reach a crowd.
In addition, they will definitely engage in large combats with many warriors. In this situation, they are known to immediately take the place of another warrior that they have slain. Suddenly, the attacking group doesn’t know if the warrior next to them is their friend of a foe. The only thing that betrays them is the fighting style since that cannot be mimicked. In addition, since they are only copying the look of the armor, it doesn’t provide any real protection.