Part of a monthly series featuring the Vesicastralans, a species of balloony aliens with quirky sensibilities and quirkier powers.
Lastly for the Garapuff, here's the Hartnik Garapuff, a community of expert shapeshifters and mystics with a flair for the eccentric. They believe that the proto-Garapuff were blessed by a demigodlike alien being who altered them further to make them the elastic race they are today. For all the Garapuff's malleability, Hartniks are the tops, being able to control their color, shape, apparent number of limbs, and so much more. Hartniks aren't malicious about this ability, but they have the capacity to cause major mayhem, as they could impersonate anybody with 99% accuracy, provided they have an understanding of the personality of the person they're impersonating.
Notable Member: Kendal Zyn Kalden: Kendal may be the nearest thing the Vesicastralans have to a non-binary. Instead of being transsexual or transgender, however, Kendal is a transformer, unsatisfied with one species form, let alone one gender form. Kendal truly puts "singular they" to grandiose levels, but they don't have multiple personalities or dissociative identities, merely a greater sense of themself. It's a wonder Kendal has a default form at all, but they were born an epicene man as seen here. Their other favorite form is that of a Cosmeta tree, but the "implants" they produce can cause allergic reactions in other anthropoids, and thus they're shunned by veteran trees that see them as an imposter.
Notable Power: Unlike most Vesicastralans whose shape is determined at birth and rarely fluctuates, Garapuff and Hartnik especially are able to warp their form beyond normal capacity. Most Garapuff can't shrink any smaller than around 80 feet, but Hartnik have been able to shrink about as small as 50 feet, with few individuals being able to shrink even further, but never under 18 feet. On the other end of the scale, Hartnik have practically no limit to how tall they can grow, with the tallest exceeding 500 feet in height. However, the further any Hartnik deviate from their default form, the more effort it takes to keep that form, lest they violently snap back in exhaustion, which in extreme cases could knock them cold.
Notable Building: Hartnik Central is a modular apartment complex and event center, notable in being just as ever-changing as the Hartnik themselves. Though the main building and the pools outside never move much (though the pareidolic tower might change "expression"), the modular apartments change every day, sometimes stacking on top of each other, but most of the time varying in number, size, and placement. The apartments themselves don't disappear, but instead burrow underground and/or shrink to the bare minimal size. The people that live inside these apartments control nearly every aspect of them, and there's a special etiquette for moving around the apartments of others so as to prevent crashes.