Hello everybody, I'm back with more stuff to share with you! This time I've got a new race for people's perusing. It'll be part of a setting that I am planning, but for now, here is the intelligent ooze!
The ooze is a great oddity of nature. Apparently a stunted evolution of a one-celled bacteria, an ooze, jelly or pudding is an amorphous mass of organic material with absolutely no sentience. Though obviously a living creature, everything the ooze does is with unusual primitiveness, moving through the world with no purpose, only searching for food. To further display it's primeval nature, it's body is usually composed of acid and gastric juices to ease it's digestion, and it reproduces by merely splitting into parts.
The intelligent ooze is the offspring of magical, alchemical or similar tampering. Originally the creation of a slightly eccentric gnome in search of a companion of equal intellect, and later made by other mages and alchemists who the gnome shared his discovery with, the intelligent ooze is a normal ooze that has been given a mind. Such a feat would be impossible without magic, but the oozes are living evidence of their creation.
An intelligent ooze is, unlike its stunted cousin, extremely intelligent, articulate and inquisitive. They act and live much like all other races of the world, but their heritage is of course impossible to hide. After given a mind, the oozes are long in awe at how the world can be so amazing and filled with life and wonders. Many are overcome with wanderlust as they want to find out what they have been living without for so long. Usually an ooze is a good individual, as it respects life in all ways, having gained the opportunity of being part of the world. Intelligent oozes can only wonder at their futile and empty lives before being enlightened.
But an ooze is still an ooze, and they are not regarded that well amongst the general populace of the world. Their shapelessness is highly odd and the slithering and slurping that sounds as they move is unnerving. The surface of their body roils and bubbles as they speak (another gift from magic). Their table manners are particularly disgusting, as they can't use utensils and rather crawl over plates and bowls and digest the food.
But to those who know an intelligent ooze better, the ooze is a wise, witty and charming individual. They are very smart and learn things easily, and love the company of those who can stand them. Their voices are usually rich and deep. Usually, those who understand what kind of person the ooze really is, respect the ooze as much as it respects him.
There are some limitations to the ooze compared to its mindless relative. To better help the flow of thought, the ooze's compound is thicker and more dense. An intelligent ooze cannot split into new oozes (which means that they cannot reproduce) and while they are amorphous to a degree, they cannot spread out and change shape as much and as fast as the normal oozes. Their acid is also less strong, a short touching of an intelligent ooze will merely irritate one's skin. The only benefit of this thickness, apart from great intellect, is that the ooze can manipulate objects, though this is limited mostly to pushing, pulling and thrusting.
An intelligent ooze does not have a great impact on the society, as their numbers are limited and people generally avoid their company. Nonetheless, oozes who devote themselves to the art of magic make powerful sorcerers and intelligent oozes can also function as teachers, advisors or even in a more liberal religious position. Yet many rather travel the world to understand better the odd and beautiful place they've become part of.