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The bionoid doesn't only sound like it's a 90's action toy, it also looks like one: Muscular, insect-like, with natural blades and generally like a humanoid, but with more awesome. The bionoids were created by the elves during the First Unhuman War to help them against the space orcs. They don't breed directly, but lay eggs instead. Those eggs' essence is a crystal that, once touched by a humanoid, fuses with said humanoid and creates a new bionoid. The creature's alignment is changed to Neutral Good (including possible alignment change penalties). That doesn't work with orcs, by the war. If they touch the egg, it explodes into their face.

The crystal gives the bionoid power, but it's also its weak spot: Once it is destroy (it sits on its forehead), the bionoid is disintegrated. It is exposed if the bionoid is in its combat state, but hidden in the skull if it's in its humanoid form. The bionoids are rather tough (and worth 6,000 XP, more than a mountain giant) and a lot of information is given on combat.
After the Unhumand War was over, the bionoids were left to care for themselves, and most chose to live alone, many as eremites in far-off asteroids. Some of them, however, have formed large families. They are also not totally isolated and work as sailors from time to time or join communities of good humanoids.

There is also additional information of the bionoids' internal struggle and the challenge they face when it comes to controlling their power. All in all, the bionoid is a solid monster. It has enough unique traits to make it more than just another thri-kreen knock-off and the problems they might have with their enormous power (compared to the standard NPC humanoid) and their isolation. How about an adventure were the PCs should dispose of a "monster" living near a community that turns out to be a bionoid? Or a plot with a family with a member who was accidentally turned into a bionoid?

 

 

http://thecampaign20xx.blogspot.mx/2014/04/the-most-awesome-d-spelljammer-monsters.html

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