The Douwd were an extra-galactic species able to manipulate their appearance, self-described as "immortal beings of disguises and false surroundings". They had the ability to create and destroy on an epic scale; they also maintained the ability to attack through psychic means. However, they could not bring people back to life, only make illusory recreations of them. The Douwd appeared to be nearly omnipotent godlike beings, but not omniscient. Their true form appeared as a slender translucent humanoid which had purple coloring.
Only one individual from the Douwd race was revealed to the Federation, a being who referred to itself as Kevin Uxbridge, while in Human form. He lived a full Human life, met a woman named Rishon, fell in love, married her fifty-three years, and became a widower and committed genocide of an entire species. (TNG: "The Survivors")