While the Skrulls were still in their early stages of evolutionary developments the Celestials, a star-spanning race of genetic engineers, landed on Skrullos and selected a number of natives upon whom to experiment. With one sample group the Celestials affected a series of genes related to longevity and thereby created Skrullian equivalents to Earth's Eternals. With another group the Celestials tested for genetic stability and diversity and created the Skrullian counterparts to Earth's Deviants. In a third group the Celestials implanted a gene series which would permit rapid benevolent mutation under the right conditions when the species matured. This group its genetic modifications latent remained the Skrullian normals. After performing their genetic experiments the Celestials left Skrullos.
There were either two separate Deviant races of Skrulls or else the Deviant Skrulls evolved into two separate races. The Deviant Skrulls proved to be able to change their shapes, began to dominate the planet and eventually eradicated both the Eternal and Normal branches of their species. Later the majority race of shape-changing Skrulls sought to exterminate the minority Deviant Skrull race who are today known as the Dire Wraiths. The majority of the Skrulls regarded the Wraiths as a threat to them. However through sorcerous means the Dire Wraiths escaped to the Dark Nebula and did not clash with the true Skrull race until relatively recent times.
Two hundred years ago the Galadorians defeated the Dire Wraiths' attempt to invade the Golden Galaxy. The Wraiths then infiltrated Earth's population disguised as human beings but in the end were repulsed by the Galadorian Rom and his Earth allies. Prior to their final defeat the female wraiths slew all their male counterparts.
Species Name: Dire Wraith
Physical Traits: Can adopt the form and abilities of any living beings by mentally altering their bodily structure. Females look radically different from males and kill their victims in the process of adopting their forms. Each hand has three (spatulate) fingers with a mouth in middle.
Height: 4-6 ft
Weight: 80-150 lbs
Sensory Organs: Visual
INT: 3D6, WIS: 3D6, STR: 3D6, DEX: 3D6, CON: 3D6, CHA: 3D6, MR: 3D6, HPs: CON +D10
Orbit/Climate: 1 AU. Extremely erratic, retrograde, elliptical orbit, unpredictable, harsh and violent temperature changes.
Atmosphere: Thin and tainted Oxygen/Nitrogen/Carbon Dioxide with toxic contaminants.
Oceans: 15%, acidic
Feeding Habits: Omnivore
Culture: Truly malicious race with no redeeming qualities at all.
Government: Totalitarian Monarchy
Population: 63 million at one point, now almost extinct
Number of Stars: 1, Dark Sun
Star Type: O but has turned black due to mystical properties
Planetoid Belts: 6
Inner Planets: 0
Middle Planets: 1
Outer Planets: 0