Player > Races > Ghoran (Oakling)
Ghorans are plants. Sapling ghorans are Small plants, while oakling ghorans are Medium plants.
All ghorans gain –2 Intelligence and +2 Charisma at character creation. Sapling ghorans are short and slender (+2 Dexterity at character creation). Oakling ghorans are tall and dense (+2 Constitution at character creation).
Ghorans take a –2 penalty to attack rolls and Acrobatics checks to escape a grapple against a creature that uses the grab ability with a bite natural weapon.
Despite being plant creatures, ghorans don’t gain the standard immunities associated with creatures of the plant type. Instead, they gain a +2 racial bonus on saving throws against mindaffecting effects, paralysis, poison, polymorph, sleep, and stunning effects, unless the effect specifies that it is effective against plants.
Choose two skills from the following list: Computers, Culture, Engineering, Life Science, Medicine, Mysticism, Physical Science, and Profession (each Profession chosen separately). The ghoran adds the chosen skills to their list of class skills or gains a +2 racial bonus to checks with those skills if they are already class skills.
Ghorans undergo photosynthesis to gain nutrition instead of eating (although they can eat if they so wish). A ghoran can go without light (either sunlight or UV light, such as from starships) for 3 days, after which they must attempt Constitution checks to avoid starvation (Starfinder Core Rulebook 404).
Originally created by an obsessive druid from lost Golarion long
before the Gap, ghorans are an ancient race whose ancestry
is steeped in tragedy. Every aspect of ghoran physiology was
designed to be perfect; unfortunately, that included “perfect
taste”—their flesh-like rinds were so delicious that humans
hunted them nearly to extinction. Worse, each was able to
produce only one seed, adding to the precariousness of their
species. Over hundreds of generations, they evolved from
shambling, vine-like creatures into their current humanoid
forms, but they still found themselves ostracized by humanity.
While the first humans took to the stars, Golarion’s ghorans
abandoned what is now the Pact Worlds to
forge a new identity for their people. They
discovered a planet they named Ghorus
Prime and terraformed it from a barren
rock to a lush floral paradise. The ghorans
have flourished in this new world. Through
genetic engineering, they have expanded
their reproductive abilities, leading to the
development of two ghoran subraces—
the lithe and springy saplings and the
tall and dense oaklings.
Ghorans are roughly the same size as humans, and are nearly as diverse physically, though unlike humans, ghorans can adjust their bodies’ shapes within their frames’ limits. Their “skin” is a complex layer of fibrous vines and rinds with a texture like moss-covered bark, while their faces consist of hundreds of layered petals that flush and flutter at a whim.
Each ghoran has a ghorus seed within its navel. As a full action, a ghoran can expel this seed. If planted in fertile soil and left undisturbed for 1d6 days, the seed grows into a sapling ghoran who physically mirrors the original. If left undisturbed for an additional 2d6 days, the seed grows into an oakling ghoran instead. After a sapling ghoran has been fully grown for 2d20 months, they can choose to grow into an oakling ghoran, a process that takes 1d6 weeks. Every 20 years or so, a ghoran develops a new seed, allowing the race to slowly grow its numbers.
Many ghorans are withdrawn around flesh-and-blood creatures. They often prefer the company of vesk to humans— in fact, a popular conspiracy holds that ghorans fed information about humans to the vesk during the Silent War between the Pact Worlds and the Veskarium. Thus, ghoran-colonized planets and the Pact Worlds view each other with distrust. Despite these grounds for suspicion, ghoran society emphasizes the importance of community life, friendship, and companionship—all luxuries most ghorans could only dream of when they were few and hunted.