Art by, Hichico
Common Jobs: Costume makers
Likes: Scaring people, Pranking, Candy, Bringing holiday joy
Dislikes: People with no holiday spirit, Making children cry, Museums
Attack Method: Turn off psychics and play normal plant and pile of bones.
Spoopers do not commonly honor a god, but when they do they honor whatever gods they see fit.
Skeletons with gourd heads, or more accurately, gourds with skeleton bodies. They are planted inside and then grow around the skulls of other species' skeletons and use them as bodies, holding them together with vines and moving them with weak psychic powers. They do not have any discernible facial features, and when asked how they function without a face they simply draw a face onto the front of their gourd and ask "Is this better?" They do however seem to have some manner of mouth hidden within the vines that snake down from the bottom of their gourd, as they seem to shove their food upwards into their "neck."
Spoopers have a holiday where they scare each other for fun and give free candy to anyone who's a good sport about it. Problem is, they will insist that it's always this holiday, so they're always trying to make people scream. However, they know when they've gone too far, and will do whatever they can to make it up to someone if they make them cry. Spoopers have a very odd sense of aesthetic, and will find things that most species would consider cold, creepy or disturbing to be warm, cute and friendly. They are quite aware of the unusual arrangement that they require to live, and will make absolutely sure a skeleton is not being mourned over and is of no use to anyone of the species it's from before taking one. For this reason, they do not like using AI shells as bodies.
After an event long ago that they call "THE SKELETON WAR", and will not elaborate any further on, most spoopers fled their homeworld and have been "bringing holiday joy" to the universe ever since.
Boneheads: Boneheads grow entirely inside they are planted in, and have stronger psychic powers to hold up their body without any vines. They also sometimes appear to have an "eye" when they use particularly strong powers, although this is just a glowing spot caused by the exertion. Boneheads put far less energy into keeping up the holiday tradition, and will often just toss out some candy after telling a bad pun.
Bloops: A bloop is what happens when a spooper does not get a body of any sort and roots itself into the ground. They have the strongest psychic powers out of the 4 subspecies, however they have little desire to use it for much more than projecting a psychic "ghost" with a limited range of movement. They will also mark their territory in some way, whether it be a simple line or erecting walls around themselves. They would likely keep to themselves even if they could move around on their own. They cannot eat as common spoopers or boneheads do, and must instead feed as a normal plant does.
Pumpkin Patches: A pumpkin patch occurs when multiple spoopers grow in different places around a single very large skeleton and connect their vines together, forming a network of psychic gourds piloting the remains of a great and terrifying beast. Like bloops, they cannot eat, and must keep as much dirt as they can hold together with their roots, usually in the skeleton's rib cage.
Costume makers: Spoopers love making elaborate costumes for spooking people, and are quite good at it. So good in fact that the entire species is prohibited form entering some cosplay contests across the universe. If one needs a disguise a spooper is considered a good choice to hire for the job.
• They say you can tell a lot about a spooper by the candy they carry. Ones who carry bite-sized bars are doing the best they can, trying to be considerate of everyone as much as their budget will allow. Ones who carry full or king-sized bars are showoffs and are likely to be more "enthusiastic" about scaring people. Ones who carry grab bags of various small candies are likely not very good at scaring people, and so want to make up for it with more candy. Ones who give out healthy food are not to be spoken of.
• On most planets with spoopers, other species can sign up to be a "bone donor" to consent to giving their skeleton to a spooper after they die. Spoopers wanted to shorten this to "bonor", but were told to please not do that. Ever. Spoopers still do not understand why a great pun like that was met with such horrified looks.
• While spoopers do not like taking skeletons that are still useful to others, they do not count putting a skeleton in a museum as a "use." They do not see the value in putting a perfectly good skeleton up on a display where it's not doing anything for anyone. They try to keep this grievance to themselves though.
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