Drone (D20 Modern Race)

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Drones [Yanme'e][edit]

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The Yanme'e are alien race that hail from the planet Palamok. the Yanme'e are insectoid creatures that travel in swarms and live in hive like


Drones, as the name suggest, have little to no sense of individuality. They function in a strict caste structure with each caste having its own job. They never complain and are never unsatisfied with the hand they are dealt. They generally show little to no emotion, although they do display a capacity for jealousy when some one is better than they are at their given caste job. They like structure and order.

Physical Description[edit]

The Yanme'e are not true insects, as they do not share a common ancestry with Terran life, but they share many similarities with earthly beetles and colonial insects. The Yanme'e have hard exoskeletons made from a glossy chitinous substance, as well as two pairs of veined wings. Unlike Earth insects, which have three body sections, the segments of the Yanme'e body are broken into five: a head, a cephalothorax, a thorax, a pelvis and an abdomen. The head supports a pair of feathery sensory antennae and a pair of compound eyes. The mouth consists of sets of mandibles like those found on insects. Their hands sport opposable thumbs and dextrous fingers The first pair of legs are attached to a pelvis like structure, while the second pair is attached to the abdomen. The last set of limbs allow the Yanme'e to latch onto ceilings and hang down vertically during sleep.

The exoskeletons of the Yanme'e are brightly colored, with different hues representing different ranks or stages of maturity. Adolescent, or pupal, Yanme'e are luminescent yellow and orange, workers are a green hue, soldiers are pale blue, and Yanme'e majors are dark red.

There seem to be a number of different varieties or ranks of Yanme'e, including copper,[6] green, blue, silver, red, and gold. Drones have also shown variation in other characteristics than color, including differences in mandible, limb, and antennae structure.[9][10][11] Whether these traits are indicative of different tasks or functions, or simply a result of genetic variation, is unknown. When the Drones sleep, they do so hanging upside down from the ceiling, similar to bats.

The weight of the Yanme'e's exoskeleton prevents them from flying in gravity without the use of antigravity technology.[12] This is presumably the purpose of the mechanical nodes that are integrated into the Yanme'e's carapace.


they function in a strict caste structure with each caste having its own job.


The Queen is the central figurehead of the hive. Her primary role, similar to ants, bees, and termites, is to propagate the species. Being a sentient species, the queen likely serves as an absolute matriarchal leader, making her a queen in the literal sense as well.

Wingless males These are drones in the true sense of the word. They are the reproductive male caste of the hive, like drone bees. The term "drone" is often incorrectly used for the worker caste of many eusocial species. Little is known about their appearance other than that they are wingless. To prevent inbreeding, the drones might have to come from an unrelated hive.

Workers and soldiers As with many species of ants, there may not be a true division in the worker and soldier caste, but the two may simply be different sizes of worker. Most insect workers are biologically female, though workers are incapable of reproduction. Within the worker/soldier caste, there appear to be many ranks.

While for the most part it's a well organized caste system there is one major execption. Some drones have been known to be incapable of socialization. These are Drones that are unable to work in concert with the rest of the hive, and, in fact, have been known to go on the rampage and destroy nests, smash eggs, and murder their own species. They are generally imprisoned to prevent them from harming the rest of the population. There have also been reports, with at least one known confirmed occasion, where a rogue Yanme'e was sent to mine Helium-3 on planets captured by the Covenant. The Yanme'e in these penal colonies are often heavily guarded, and worked to death by the Kig-Yar.


The Yanme'e do not normally interact with the other species, though it isn't uncommon for them to trade with other races, or even serve in a military capacity. They do not interact between hives, though they have been known to share Wingless males to prevent inbreeding.


Normally Neutral, though Neutral Good and Neutral Evil colonies can exist.

They enjoy order but this does not necessarily make them good, they they often tend to lean towards extremism oppression or fundamentalism.


While they may join a religion, the Yanme'e are not devoutly religious. They join for the hierarchy and order rather than for faith in a beliving in a Religion or to please a god.


The Yanme'e homeworld is Palamok, a planet similar to Earth, but twice the size and about twice the gravity. They have, however, been able to spread to other planets.


The Yanme'e can only speak in their native dialect, but have been known to understand other languages. The extent of this understanding varies however.


Racial Traits[edit]

  • +4 Dexterity, -2 Constitution, -2 Strength.
  • Humanoid (Vermin)
  • small-sized
  • Drone base land speed is 20ft: Fly 30ft (good). A Drone can only fly for a number of rounds equal to 3+Constitution Modifier without a rest.

Vital Statistics[edit]

Table: Random Starting Ages
Adulthood Simple Moderate Complex
5 years +D6 +2D6 +3D6
Table: Aging Effects
Middle Age1 Old2 Venerable3 Maximum Age
20 years 30 years 40 years +D10 years
  1. At middle age, −1 to Str, Dex, and Con; +1 to Int, Wis, and Cha.
  2. At old age, −2 to Str, Dex, and Con; +1 to Int, Wis, and Cha.
  3. At venerable age, −3 to Str, Dex, and Con; +1 to Int, Wis, and Cha.
Table: Random Height and Weight
Gender Base Height Height Modifier Base Weight Weight Modifier
Male 4' 11" +2D8 30 lb. × (D4) lb.
Female 4' 9" +2D8 30 lb. × (D4) lb.

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