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    Steel Man
    Medium Monstrous Humanoid
    HD 1d8+4 (8 hp)
    Speed 20 ft. (4 squares)
    Init: -2
    AC 14; touch 8; flat-footed 14 (+4 natural, +2 armor, -2 Dex)
    BAB +1; Grp +4
    Attack Slam +4 melee (1d6+3)
    Full Attack Slam +4 melee (1d6+3)
    Space 5 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
    Special Attacks Batter
    Special Qualities DR 5/adamantine and bludgeoning, ductile mind, endure elements, metallic, poison immunity, reactive energy resistance, water torpor
    Saves Fort +1 Ref +0 Will +2
    Abilities Str 16, Dex 7, Con 12, Int 13, Wis 10, Cha 11
    Skills Balance +2*, Concentration +5*, Listen +4, Search +5, Spot +4
    Feats EnduranceB, Improved SunderB, Toughness
    Environment Any desert
    Organization Solitary, pair, task (3-6), ring (4 adults plus 2-8 noncombatants), or chamber (8-12 plus two 2nd-3rd level combatants and 1 cleric of 5th-6th level).
    Challenge Rating 2
    Treasure Half standard plus leather armor
    Alignment Often lawful evil
    Advancement by class; Favored Class Monk
    Level Adjustment +1

    Batter (Ex) A steel man ignores the first 10 points of hardness when attacking an object using its natural weapons. When performing a sunder with any weapon, the steel man gets a +2 racial bonus to the attempt.

    Ductile Mind (Ex) Steel men have a complex perception of the mind and place low importance on personal motivation based on emotion. Their mindset makes them resistant to emotion-based manipulation, but their certitude in their mental superiority is quite unearned and leaves them open to outside influence not based on emotion. Steel men have a +2 racial bonus to saving throws against charm or emotion effects (including fear effects). Against illusions or compulsions that are not emotion-based, steel men suffer a -2 penalty to their saving throw.

    Endure Elements (Ex) Steel men are fairly resilient where their environment is concerned, enjoying the benefits of the endure elements spell. This quality is nonmagical and cannot be dispelled or rendered inert by an antimagic field.

    Metallic (Ex) Steel men are considered ferrous and metallic for the purpose of spells and abilities which would affect metal, such as rusting grasp. If heat metal or chill metal are cast on a steel man, its natural weapons take on the flaming or frost properties respectively for rounds 2-6 of the spell's effect. Transmute metal to wood instantly kills a steel man, though they are entitled to a Fortitude saving throw against the spell to resist its effects. Repel metal or stone pushes away a steel man as though it were a creature wearing metal armor. The antennae of a rust monster deal 1d6 damage per hit die of the rust monster (Fortitude half). Steel men receive a +4 racial bonus to saving throws against any effect which specifically targets flesh (such as flesh to stone) unless it would also affect metal (such as the corrosive acid of a gray ooze).

    Poison Immunity (Ex) A steel man is immune to the vast majority of contact and injury poisons. Inhaled and ingested poisons affect a steel man normally. Special contact and injury poisons may be developed that would affect a steel man.

    Reactive Energy Resistance (Su) A steel man has resistance 10 to acid, cold, electricity, and fire; however, these resistances fluctuate as they are tested. Whenever a steel man suffers fire damage (above whatever amount it resisted), it loses its racial cold resistance for 1 minute, and vice versa for cold damage lowering fire resistance. The same relationship applies to acid and electric damage and resistances.

    Water Torpor (Ex) Steel men cannot drown in the way that humanoids normally do; when they would begin drowning, they instead enter a state of torpor, in which they are unconscious as though affected by a sleep spell (irrespective of HD). A steel man cannot wake from this torpor unaided while it remains immersed in water; the torpor ends 1d6 hours after the steel man is extracted from the water. Once per day while in this torpor state, a steel man suffers 1 Constitution damage. A steel man does not recover ability damage naturally while in a state of water torpor.

    Skills A steel man has a +4 racial bonus to Balance and Concentration.

    Taciturn and unsociable, the mysterious race known to their neighbors and foes alike as the steel men are not known on many worlds. This may be for the best, as they have consistently demonstrated a cold and callous certitude that the lands they occupy are not to be shared with other civilizations.

    A steel man stands roughly 6 feet tall, with extremely little variance (5'10" + 1d4") in height, and weighs between 300 and 400 pounds. Despite the colloquial name, the race comprises both male and female members, though there is very little sexual dimorphism. Both sexes are broad-shouldered, with the physique of an athletic human, and are almost always completely hairless - the presence of short black hairs on the head and extremities is an indicator of extremely advanced age, cognate to whitening of hair in an elderly human, while the development of gray or rust-colored hair on any part of the body is a sign of illness or injury and is viewed the same way a disfiguring scar might be. Steel men are so named for both their muscular and androgynous appearance as well as the metallic tone of their skin, which resembles steel with a dull, nonreflective finish. Among their own kind, steel men are called nagla.

    Most steel men are lawful neutral or lawful evil. It is rare for steel men to be neutral or neutral evil, and all but unheard of for a steel man to be chaotic in alignment. Good-aligned steel men are exceedingly rare. Unlike many other lawful societies of an evil bent, steel men do not practice slavery as a general rule. To their mind, any who bend are doomed to break, and the world cannot be built on the backs of those who would break. In turn, steel men rarely work well under other strong creatures and are intractable and defiant in the face of coercion.

    Steel men place limited value on material goods that are not in some way serviceable and have extremely low regard for gold and copper coinage, though they have an innate appreciation for silver and platinum. They do not generally have a good sense of tone where music is concerned, though their sense of rhythm is excellent. The steel man aesthetic is stark and utilitarian. Steel men require one quarter of the water that a humanoid of similar size would need in order to survive, and half the food. However, a steel man must supplement their diet with small rocks, pebbles, or ferrous sands. Steel man cuisine is notable for being extremely dry, with as much moisture removed from food as possible. Spices and seasonings are strongly preferred to sauces, which are all but unknown. Steel men may cultivate and make use of inhaled narcotics, but avoid alcohol as it is often mixed with a higher water content than they enjoy.

    Steel men are aware of their vulnerability to magical force effects, and those who dabble in arcane magic are likely to learn shield to protect against magic missiles. Steel men make poor rogues and bards, and may struggle to connect with nature in the traditional way of druids and rangers. Clerics, called nagavok, play an important role in steel man culture, with each ring meeting with a cleric of the five traditional faiths at least once a year. Steel men are likely to initiate hostilities with others for the sake of establishing dominance, but in turn are not generally vengeful - if they have been forced to withdraw or submit, steel men tend to back off for a substantial period in order to train and better themselves before they will make another attempt. A town which has fought off the steel men may not see their return for another 30 or 40 years, while an individual might not cast a challenge to a rival for a month or more.

    Steel men are terribly intractable when it comes to what they are certain is true, which makes them vulnerable to magical compulsions and illusions that alter their perceptions. It can also prove difficult for diplomacy, as their demands are inflexible and their assessment of a situation rarely open to nuance. They are likely to cleave to both the letter and spirit of an agreement, as their principles dictate that to undermine the latter risks weakening the former. That said, steel men are utterly exacting regarding such agreements and treaties, and they are both willing and able to turn on a former ally the minute a deal elapses, without any regard for what has gone before. Friendship with a steel man should always be viewed as an in-the-moment thing - past bonds have little emotional heft for them, and future considerations are likely to be imagined differently from steel man's point of view.

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    Steel men possess the following racial traits:

    • +6 Strength, -4 Dexterity, +2 Constitution, +2 Intelligence. Steel men are strong but inflexible, their minds sharp but not open to nuance.
    • A steel man's base speed is 20 ft.
    • Normal vision: unlike most monstrous humanoids, steel men do not possess darkvision.
    • +4 racial bonus to Balance and Concentration checks. Steel men are careful and resolute in all that they do.
    • +4 natural armor.
    • Natural attack: slam 1d6 melee.
    • Damage reduction 5/adamantine and bludgeoning.
    • A steel man receives Endurance and Improved Sunder as bonus feats.
    • Batter: as above
    • Ductile Mind: as above
    • Endure Elements: as above
    • Metallic: as above
    • Poison Immunity: as above
    • Reactive Energy Resistance: as above
    • Water Torpor: as above
    • Automatic Languages: Nagla. Bonus Languages: Armandish, Asherati, Bhuka, Common, Dwarven, Giant, Goblin, Gol-kaa, Xeph.
    • Favored Class: Monk
    • Level Adjustment: +1
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    Neat concept. I don't really have any objections or suggestions, except that normally "Creatures with 1 or less HD replace their monster levels with their character levels" (DMG), so giving them one RHD might not quite work.
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    Deities of the Steel Men

    The steel men traditionally follow what are called the five faiths, and each ring is expected to host a representative from each of the faiths at least once each year. The head of the pantheon is Dolos, the creator deity of the steel men.

    Dolos
    Intermediate Power of Acheron
    The Unbending, the Unbreakable, the Unyielding, the Hard God
    Alignment: Lawful evil
    Portfolio: Steel men, individual accomplishment, refusal to yield
    Divine Realm: Acheron/Tintibulus/The Unmarred Citadel
    Symbol: A steel man's fist pointed downward
    Domains Competition, Evil, Law, Metal, Strength
    Favored Weapon: Warhammer

    Creator deity of the steel men, Dolos the Unbending is a hard god who favors individual achievement and despises weakness. His faith preaches that all other races are doomed to bend, and that those who bend will one day break. For this reason, his clerics promote competitions between steel men, tests of mettle and fortitude, strength and prowess, to find the mightiest steel men and recruit them into the service of Dolos. An uncommunicative deity, Dolos never speaks with worshipers and rarely dispatches omens, preferring to work through the divine spells granted to his faithful. Priests of Dolos are discouraged from preparing healing spells, though it is not forbidden - but overuse may result in transgression of one's vows. He is depicted as a towering steel man wearing chainmail, wielding the mighty hammer with which he breaks the world and smashes away any weakness.

    The visitation of Dolos takes place at the turn of the year, when each ring is asked to give witness that they neither bend nor break, and that those who are less than they will surely bend or break before them.

    Ruusa
    Lesser Power of Baator
    Strifebringer, She Who Tests Us, She of Storm and Scouring, Longhair
    Alignment: Lawful evil
    Portfolio: Endurance, strife, tribulation, pain, resilience
    Divine Realm: Baator/Dis/Tower of Trials
    Symbol: A rusted spike
    Domains Destruction, Evil, Law, Protection, Retribution, Suffering
    Favored Weapon: Guisarme

    A cruel goddess who is believed to send troubles to plague the steel men, Ruusa is responsible for winnowing out the weak and culling those who would break under the strain of her fiercest torments. Depicted as an impossibly ancient steel woman covered in long rust-colored hair, she attracts faithful who are less concerned with their own strength than with disproving that of others, and her clerics often lead sorties against the lands of other races in order to test them and prove them wanting. Ruusa is associated with lightning, stinging winds, and corrosive and poisonous substances.

    The visitation of Ruusa takes place in the harsh seasons - winter in cold lands, summer in hot lands, and during stormy periods in particular. Each ring is asked to declare that they stand strong against the worst the goddess can give them, and welcome her to try them once more.

    Gredsen
    Lesser Power of Arcadia
    Chainmaker, He Who Links Us, Caller of Chambers, the Silver God
    Alignment: Lawful neutral
    Portfolio: Rings, unity, collective strength
    Divine Realm: Arcadia/Buxenus/the Silver Sands
    Symbol: Three silver rings linked in a triangle
    Domains Family, Law, Metal, Nobility, Pact
    Favored Weapon: Spiked chain

    Though he would never openly call himself a rival to Dolos, Gredsen subtly pushes back against the dogma of the creator god by pointing out how steel men "bend" their own individual ambitions for the purpose of coming together as a ring, an unsubtle metaphor spelled out in his holy symbol and the links of his favored weapon. Just as Dolos wears chainmail, so is Gredsen depicted as the one who shapes and assembles it for his superior, with each ring in the mail comprised of steel men joined in such a social structure. Gredsen's faithful are the diplomats of the steel men, insofar as that term applies to the race, and are often found in leadership roles, to the consternation of the church of Dolos. Gredsen is associated with heat and cold, the powers he uses to shape metal to his will; he is generally depicted working metal or weaving. The church of Gredsen is responsible for the limited silver coinage produced in steel man society.

    The visitation of Gredsen takes place at midyear, where each ring is asked to reflect on the strength of their unity, and the ways in which they yield to one another to ensure a result greater than any one steel man could produce alone.

    Saprad
    Lesser Power of Baator
    The Sure, the Stygian, the Mindful, Truthseer
    Alignment: Lawful evil
    Portfolio: Mental superiority, reason, intellect, death
    Divine Realm: Baator/Stygia/the Maze of Doubt
    Symbol: A circular labyrinth cracked down the middle
    Domains Destiny, Domination, Evil, Law, Mentalism
    Favored Weapon: Nunchaku

    Steel men disavow emotion, but even they might feel a chill as they contemplate the Maze of Doubt, the testing ground said to await them after death, a labyrinth of ice hanging perilously above an endless black ocean, where those who fail to show resolve and confidence as they navigate the maze risk plunging into the inky depths beneath, never to resurface, to sink forever. The followers of Saprad relish the challenge - to them, confidence and intellect are the hallmarks of their people, and the resolve that Saprad represents is what prevents a steel man from bending or breaking. Saprad is often depicted in association with dark water, and water is his attribute alongside death. Steel men do not imagine harnessing the energies of death as a general rule, believing that superior reason will keep them strong and enduring, while the irrational lesser races fall to it of their own ineptitude. It is perhaps for this reason that Saprad is one of the few gods of death who does not make his realm in the Gray Wastes of Hades, nor does he offer the Death domain to his clerics. Saprad is also the patron of psionic steel men, who may pursue the psychic warrior class in particular.

    The visitation of Saprad comes during the season of plenty, when each ring is asked to declare what they have achieved through their superior decisions, and lay out how they expect to profit from what they have accomplished in the year to come.

    Briviba
    Lesser Power of Limbo
    She Who Has Never Bent, Breaker of Chains, the Divider, the Unstoppable
    Alignment: Chaotic evil
    Portfolio: Freedom, choice, self-determination, abandonment of tradition
    Divine Realm: Limbo/Hall of the Shattered
    Symbol: A shattered hand
    Domains Chaos, Evil, Force, Liberation, Pride, Trickery
    Favored Weapon: Spear

    In the ancient past, she was for a brief moment known as Sapes (SAH-pez), a goddess created from the shadow of Dolos to serve as his consort. When he demanded that she yield to his rule, however, she defied him, shunning him and the name he gave her and taking on one of her own choosing. When he tried to chain her, bringing forth Gredsen to bind them together, she shattered their hands and broke their chains, and their battles brought forth Ruusa, who arose from the wicked cruelties each endured in their refusal to cede victory to the other. At long last, they spoke as equals, and Saprad came forth as reason and certitude. Neither would give ground, but it was to be understood that if she was truly to be of Dolos, then Briviba must by necessity be unwilling to bend or break, including to his own will. Her example carries on in her faithful, who are disliked by the churches of Dolos and Gredsen but tolerated as a necessity for their incitement of steel men to pursue those things at which they are most skilled. As each forges their own path at the goading of Briviba, Dolos hopes that they will find that path leads to him, while Gredsen desires that it weave into the paths of others with complementary paths in life. For her part, Briviba doesn't care one bit what any of the others hope for; to her, each steel man who breaks free of traditional roles and leaves ring and chamber is another victory, and she keeps the original broken hands of Dolos and Gredsen in her great hall as trophies of her original victory.

    The visitation of Briviba comes randomly, and each steel man is challenged to prove they have become better as part of the ring and the community at large than they could have been on their own. Her faithful apply logic for the purpose of causing chaos and division, and they are known to be quite persuasive and skilled at sowing the seeds of doubt. Nevertheless, the faithful of the other gods cannot cast them out, for to do so would be to admit that there is a test which steel men might lack the resolve to pass without breaking or bending.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eurus View Post
    Neat concept. I don't really have any objections or suggestions, except that normally "Creatures with 1 or less HD replace their monster levels with their character levels" (DMG), so giving them one RHD might not quite work.
    Quite right, and thank you for the reminder! Amended accordingly.

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    Spotto
    Medium Monstrous Humanoid
    HD 4d8+4 (22 hp)
    Speed 30 ft. (6 squares); climb 20 ft.
    Init: +5
    AC 15; touch 11; flat-footed 14 (+4 natural, +1 Dex)
    BAB +4; Grp +5
    Attack Slam +5 melee (1d6+1) or rock +5 ranged (1d3+1)
    Full Attack 2 slams +5 melee (1d6+1) or rock +5 ranged (1d3+1)
    Space 5 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
    Special Attacks Disorienting double, squeeze 2d6+2
    Special Qualities Distractible, hide in plain sight, immunity to phase spider venom, mirror image, planar boundary invisibility, planar immunity
    Saves Fort +2 Ref +5 Will +5
    Abilities Str 12, Dex 13, Con 12, Int 13, Wis 12, Cha 11
    Skills Balance +10, Climb +12, Escape Artist +3, Hide +8*, Listen +5, Spot +5
    Feats Agile, Improved Initiative
    Environment Any and Ethereal Plane
    Organization Solitary or trio (3)
    Challenge Rating 3
    Treasure None
    Alignment Often chaotic neutral
    Advancement by class; Favored Class Factotum
    Level Adjustment +1

    A strange and alien figure, the spotto is distinctive outside its preferred habitat but an absolute chameleon when moving about the terrain it calls home. Ranging between 5 and 7 feet tall, a spotto looks like a long-armed muscular humanoid with four stumpy fingers on each hand and an equal number of toes organized in a cross shape on its feet. Its head is wide and trapezoidal, with the longer edge on top of an utterly flat skull, and it possesses only one staring eye and no obvious nose, ears, or mouth. The most distinctive feature of the spotto, which gave rise to its common name, is its variegated skin, which has one dominant color broken up by countless fluctuating spots of another color. The most commonly seen spotto color configuration is white with black or dark gray spots, which allow it to blend in with certain kinds of stone. Other spotto color patterns include green and yellow in forests, gray and dun in caverns, and supposedly even a blue spotto variant which exists under the sea. All spotto have a dominant color, which is never less than 18-20% of their skin's surface area, and a secondary color, which forms spots that can reduce in size down to a mere 5% of their skin's surface area.

    Spotto are intelligent but hard to predict; they do not speak in any audible language, but have their own mode of communication that relies on changing the patterns of their skin, which is extremely hard for other creatures to emulate. Some spotto are known to at least recognize and understand one or more other languages, and it is clear to observers that spotto must have some kind of society which has not yet been discovered for study. Spotto have been known to stalk individuals or small groups at a distance for days at a time, never engaging; it is theorized, based on the fact that spotto have never been known to voluntarily associate in pairs for more than an hour at most, that spotto culture requires a certain amount of contrast and dispute in order to function effectively. Spotto have been known to take levels in rogue, factotum, and psion, among other classes.

    Planar phenomenologists believe there is some strange link between spotto and phase spiders; the former have been seen successfully using the latter as mounts, and spotto are known to be immune to phase spider venom. The true nature of this link continues to elude sages, though some theorize that spotto may be the result of obscene magical experiments involving mutation or crossbreeding.

    In combat, spotto never fight fair - they strike from ambush and use traps and ranged weapons, only closing to melee when they have been denied any alternative or when they are confident a foe is weak and can be finished off. Spotto attack out of fear, confusion, or hunger; they are more than intelligent enough to break off an attack if it does not seem to be succeeding. Spotto appear to dislike ethereal filchers and are in turn strongly disliked by ethereal marauders, who will relentlessly pursue a spotto until one or the other is dead.

    Disorienting Double (Su) Spotto are infamous for this disquieting ability, which they use on lone travelers most especially in order to disorient and panic them. By pulsing and swirling the spot patterns on their body to catch the ambient light as a standard action, a spotto can create the illusory impression that it occupies a second place near the viewer, a more threatening position. Creatures within 30 ft. of the spotto must make a Will save (DC 13 negates) or be affected as though by the spell phantom foeSC cast by a 10th-level sorcerer. Unlike the spell, this effect persists until its full duration has elapsed even if the victim starts its turn without a creature threatening it. Potential victims may avoid this affect by averting their gaze while fighting the spotto. A creature that successfully saves against this effect cannot be affected by the same spotto's disorienting double ability for 24 hours.

    Distractible (Ex) Spotto are easily fascinated - any effect which would cause fascination forces a spotto to save at a -2 penalty. Against any form of pattern effect, spotto save at a -4 penalty. These penalties are cumulative.

    Hide In Plain Sight (Ex) Each spotto has a favored terrain type to which it belongs (see the Horizon Walker prestige class for terrain types). While within such terrain, a spotto can use the Hide skill even while being observed.

    Mirror Image (Sp) Once per encounter, a spotto may rapidly pulse and flicker the spots on its body to create the illusion of being in multiple places at once, as the spell mirror image cast by a 4th-level sorcerer.

    Planar Boundary Invisibility (Su) For some unknown reason, spotto cannot be seen across planar boundaries. A creature on the Ethereal Plane cannot see a spotto, nor can a creature looking through a rift from the Plane of Shadow. While the viewer is on a different plane from the spotto, the spotto is effectively invisible to the viewer at all times.

    Planar Immunity (Ex) Spotto cannot be forcibly moved to another plane or extraplanar region by a spell or ability, unless the boundary they would be moved across is one which physically exists, such as a portal or gate. Maze, plane shift, and other such effects fail against a spotto unless it wishes to be affected.

    Squeeze (Ex) When the spotto lands both of its slam attacks on the same target, it begins to violently dig and press with its stumpy fingers, crushing the victim's body and probing for soft places. This automatically deals an additional 2d6+2 damage. Spotto have a +4 racial bonus on grapple checks.

    Skills Spotto have a +8 racial bonus to Hide checks when in their favored terrain, but take a -8 penalty to Hide checks otherwise (as their natural coloration is vivid and garish and likely to stand out). These modifiers have not been factored into the stat block above. Spotto have a +4 racial bonus to Balance checks and a +8 racial bonus to Climb checks. These modifiers are reflected in the stat block above.
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    Balco
    Balco 1st-level Warrior
    Small Monstrous Humanoid
    HD 1d8+4 (8 hp)
    Speed 20 ft. (4 squares), burrow 5 ft.
    Init: +1
    AC 14; touch 10; flat-footed 15 (+2 natural, +2 armor, +1 size, -1 Dex)
    BAB +1; Grp -3
    Attack Kukri +2 melee (1d3+1, 18-20/x2)
    Full Attack Kukri +2 melee (1d3+1, 18-20/x2)
    Space 5 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
    Special Attacks -
    Special Qualities Conviction, flammable, low-light vision, spell-like abilities
    Saves Fort +4 Ref +1 Will +3
    Abilities Str 8, Dex 9, Con 10, Int 10, Wis 12, Cha 13
    Skills Bluff -1*, Diplomacy +3, Escape Artist +3*, Sense Motive -3*, Tumble +3*
    Feats Cold EnduranceB, Toughness, Weapon Focus (kukri)B
    Environment Cold hills
    Organization Solitary, pair, band (4-6) or troop (10-20)
    Challenge Rating 1/2
    Treasure Standard
    Alignment Often lawful good
    Advancement by class; Favored Class Paladin
    Level Adjustment +0

    Resembling nothing so much as anthropomorphic capybaras or hamsters with heavy moustaches, balcos are a good-natured and hardworking people who live in cooler climes and train for a higher calling. Balco culture holds that life is a series of experiences meant to strengthen them for a great and noble quest to be undertaken in the afterlife, and their interactions with others are colored by this belief system - learning how to work as one and contribute in some small way to a greater task is an important milestone for a balco. Rare are those who shun the communal good, and they are viewed with sorrow and concern in balco settlements. In true ant-and-grasshopper style, balcos are happy to help those who are infirm or unwell, but those with the capacity to help themselves who make no effort to share in the work will be left to their own devices.

    Balcos generally have pleasant relationships with dwarves and gnomes, and occasionally meet halflings on their journeys; dwarves find them both too stolid (balcos do not drink) and too easygoing (balcos rarely invest a great deal of energy in mining, artisanal work, or architecture, with form following function and function being minimalist much of the time). Gnomes, conversely, see them as a pleasant but alien people, a sentiment which is generally reciprocated - balcos rarely dabble in the arcane arts and are not typically musical, and the balco idea of a hearty laugh is a sharp "hmph!" and a few nods of the head.

    Balcos are rarely found in the same territory as frost giants or evil dragons; invariably, it seems, a balco community will devote its every effort to toppling the evildoers in their land, which generally results in the latter either giving ground and leaving out of sheer irritation at the balcos' persistence, or - more commonly - murdering the lot of them. Red dragons are an exception - they have been known to specifically hunt balco settlements out of a perverse desire to amuse themselves by setting the bold little creatures on fire.

    Elves, including drow, cannot stand the natural odor of balcos and suffer a -2 penalty to Concentration checks while within 30 ft. of one. An elf within 60 ft. of a balco gets a +2 circumstance bonus to a Spot check to locate the balco, as the smell is a dead giveaway. Curiously, most other humanoids detect no particular odor from them; elves describe it as moldy hay.

    Balcos venerate their creator god, Kavi, who according to their mythology went on a great quest into the Stormlands and was lost. They believe that Kavi sent back a messenger, Kaman, to steward his people and lead them to the Stormlands to rescue their god.

    Conviction (Su) Balcos are touched by a preternatural grace arising from their conviction in the worth of their duty. As long as a balco is not shaken, frightened, panicked, cowering, stunned, or nauseated, she receives a +2 morale bonus on all saving throws, on initiative checks, and on weapon damage rolls. Balcos are not aware when this ability is suppressed, nor are they as a general rule aware that it is any kind of supernatural force; they chalk it up to good fortune and courage. This bonus is reflected in the statblock above.

    Flammable (Ex) The dry and matted fur of a balco is an ideal fuel for flames. Balcos take 1 additional damage per die when subjected to fire damage (e.g. a 5d6 damage fireball deals 5d6+5 damage to a balco). The Reflex save DC for a balco to avoid catching on fire is 20 rather than 15; for any effect that specifies an alternative DC to avoid catching on fire, treat the DC as 5 higher for the balco.

    Spell-Like Abilities (Sp) At will - guidance, resistance; 1/day - bless weapon; the caster level is equal to the balco's character level.

    Skills Balcos are surprisingly flexible despite the limitations of their manual dexterity and have a +4 racial bonus to Escape Artist and Tumble checks. Balcos are as a rule extremely poor judges of character, and they suffer a -4 penalty to Sense Motive checks. Due to their earnestness, balcos enjoy a +2 racial bonus to Diplomacy checks but suffer a -2 penalty to Bluff checks.

    Balco Characters

    Balcos possess the following racial traits:

    • -2 Strength, -2 Dexterity, +2 Wisdom, +2 Charisma. Balcos aren't particularly mighty or agile, but they are sure, and insightful.
    • A balco's base speed is 20 ft.
    • Balcos can burrow at a base speed of 5 ft. through soft earth, dirt, or snow. Frozen or packed earth is too difficult for them to dig into unaided, and sand is no easier for them to dig through than a human could.
    • Low-light vision: unlike most monstrous humanoids, balcos do not possess darkvision.
    • +4 racial bonus to Escape Artist and Tumble checks. Balcos aren't particularly dextrous, but they have tremendous abdominal flexibility.
    • -4 penalty to Sense Motive checks. Balcos are far too trusting.
    • +2 racial bonus to Diplomacy checks.
    • -2 penalty to Bluff checks.
    • +2 natural armor.
    • A balco may select an additional feat at 1st level.
    • Balcos gain Cold Endurance as a bonus feat.
    • Conviction: as above
    • Flammable: as above
    • Spell-Like Abilities: as above
    • Automatic Languages: Balco, Common. Bonus Languages: Draconic, Dwarven, Giant, Gnome, Goblin, Gol-kaa, Orcish.
    • Favored Class: Paladin
    • Level Adjustment: +0
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    Deities of the Balcos

    Balcos respect two deities in the main, their creator Kavi and the steward-god Kaman.

    Kavi
    Intermediate Power of Bytopia
    The Explorer, the Most Bold, Stormchaser, the Dauntless, Hearthlight
    Alignment: Lawful good
    Portfolio: Balcos, noble quests, discovery, conviction, welcome
    Divine Realm: Bytopia/Dothion/Rhonsocco
    Symbol: A three-pointed star with two points pointing upward, a sun arching between them.
    Domains Community, Courage, Good, Glory, Law, Protection, Travel
    Favored Weapon: Kukri

    A kind and brave deity, Kavi is the example that balcos are taught to strive for, as well as the motivation behind their pursuit of excellence and service in life. Thousands of years ago, his church taught that balcos who excelled would get to join Kavi on his quests into the Stormlands in pursuit of evils to cast down; however, at some point Kavi stopped sending his omens, and before long it was learned that their god had gotten lost, possibly captured, on his most recent quest. Now, the balcos seek to liberate their deity and return him home.

    Kavi gave of his divine essence to his chosen in spades, exalting their conviction in him with his own personal blessing, which has not faded despite his absence. He favored many paths to service and excellence, not limiting his people to one idea of duty, but asking instead that they find a way to give the best of themselves to their community. He was an enemy of several evil powers, none of whom are sorry to have seen the last of him for at least a few millennia - and hopefully forever.

    Kaman
    Lesser Power of Bytopia
    Steward of Kavi, the Messenger, Lightbringer, He Who Guards The Hearth, the Corruptor, the Defiler, Devourer of False Hopes
    Alignment: True neutral, formerly neutral evil
    Portfolio: Adventure, peril, hope, opportunity, custodial trust, deception, misrule, dismay, dissolution of social bonds
    Divine Realm: Bytopia/Dothion/Rhonsocco and Carceri/Porphatys/Yachar
    Symbol: A V with a sun dawning between the branches
    Domains Animal, Competition, Destiny, Renewal, Strength, Trickery; formerly Destruction, Envy, Evil, Scalykind, Sloth, Trickery
    Favored Weapon: Lucerne hammerDR331

    Kaman is a study in biting off more than one can chew; believed by the balcos to be the messenger and ally of Kavi, and the steward of their god's realm while he is lost, Kaman installed himself into their cultural mythology as a guide and savior figure who would collect them in the afterlife and equip them to quest for their lost god. In truth, Kaman was never an ally of Kavi; what precisely his nature was before engineering his grand deception is hard to say. He may have been an advanced demodand, or an exiled demon, or a foul deity with worshipers who have since vanished. What is certain is that Kaman was something profoundly evil and wicked to his very core, a thing of scales and mouths and hunger masked behind a paper-thin veneer of hope and friendship.

    Kaman infiltrated balco society shortly after the silence of Kavi, presenting himself to the priesthood through omens as a benevolent messenger, who would help Kavi's people save their deity from the Stormlands. In truth, Kaman had no intention of even bothering to go to Bytopia, nor does he have any idea what happened to Kavi save that the deity did vanish into Shurrock. His plan was to corrupt balco society, feeding them false hope while convincing them to betray the principles of their god in the name of "rescuing" him, and then to corner and devour their souls in the afterlife.

    Unfortunately for Kaman, he lied much too well.

    The balcos believe him, wholeheartedly, and write off his suggestions to nudge away from Kavi's dogma as the misunderstandings of a well-meaning stranger, disregarding the changes he pushes for. While some elements of society have frayed away, and the race as a whole is no longer as unified as it once was, it is a hollow victory at best for Kaman, for the faith of the balcos is earnest and total - and their belief is changing the nature of the dark deity despite his every attempt to stay true to his malevolent ideals. Kaman didn't even notice it happening until it was too late; already, he is no longer a true power of evil, and many of the powers that were at the heart of his perverse and poisonous nature are no longer his to command.

    Kaman has begun to realize that he has little hope of regaining what he once was, though the catalyst for this is unknown - perhaps his original base of worshipers, some cult of evildoers, was wiped out and no longer able to anchor him to his old nature; perhaps in assuming divinity he simply overshot what his original essence could handle. Perhaps Kavi's investiture of his own divine grace into his people doomed Kaman's scheme from the start. Whatever the case, Kaman has begun searching for his good-aligned counterpart in earnest, hoping to divest himself of the balcos' well-meaning faith while he is still anything of his old self.
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    Kullen 1st-level Warrior
    Medium Monstrous Humanoid
    HD 1d8 (4 hp)
    Speed 30 ft. (6 squares)
    Init: +0
    AC 13; touch 10; flat-footed 13 (+2 armor, +1 natural)
    BAB +1; Grp +2
    Attack Dagger +2 melee (1d4+1, 19-20/x2) or denticle +1 ranged (1d4)
    Full Attack Dagger +2 melee (1d4+1, 19-20/x2) or denticle +1 ranged (1d4)
    Space 5 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
    Special Attacks Cartilage blades, spit denticle, spray denticles
    Special Qualities Amphibious, darkvision 60 ft., sharp skin, spoor
    Saves Fort +2 Ref +2 Will -1
    Abilities Str 12, Dex 11, Con 10, Int 11, Wis 8, Cha 11
    Skills Climb +7*, Swim +7*
    Feats Lightning Reflexes
    Environment Any coastal or forest
    Organization Solitary, pair, pack (4-10) or thicket (12-36 plus 100% noncombatants)
    Challenge Rating 1/2
    Treasure Half standard
    Alignment Any
    Advancement by class; Favored Class Ranger
    Level Adjustment +0

    A wild amphibious people, kullens keep to their own devices much of the time, hunting inland and in the waters for their favored foods and meeting with others to conduct trade. A kullen stands between 5-5 1/2 feet tall and is distinguished by three main features - the mouth, a cluster of needlelike protrusions where teeth should be, forming a conical shape; the "hair," a heavy shag of cartilaginous quills; and the eyes, moist and jet-black. One may also notice that the kullen squats on all fours to relax, displaying fearsome bony blades protruding from the elbows, and the inconsistency of skin tones among the group, with black, blue, green, and red all jostling with a kind of dull silvery color for predominance, sometimes appearing in bands or patches on the same kullen.

    Kullens favor coastal dwellings and build homes along shores and cliffs when they can, though some kullens have been known to move inland to forested areas with a river. Their diet favors mollusks and eggs, both of which can easily be broken into using their wedge of denticles, the better to extract the slimy innards. Kullens also occasionally eat fish and birds, but otherwise make up the balance of their diet with tough and fibrous plant material such as kelp, pinecones, roots, stems, and tuberous water plants. They find most terrestrial meat not to their liking and are put off by fruit and fungi. Dairy products are toxic to kullens.

    The kullen philosophy is simple and straightforward, and their live-and-let-live approach allows many attitudes to proliferate. They generally dislike sahuagin, but kullen communities may also have a bone to pick with locathah, merfolk, and aquatic elves depending on how deep they swim to find mollusks and shellfish. Many kullens enjoy their relationship with the sea, though not all of them - certainly a number of the inland communities much prefer their own way of life to that of their brethren and would never dream of going back to the coast.

    Though often considered frightening in appearance to human and elf sensibilities, kullens may find good company with hadozee and have in the past made common cause with darfellans on worlds where both people exist, although finding a common language is difficult as each race finds the tongue of the other rather challenging to learn. In the woodlands, kullens tend to come to a common understanding with raptorans, but have rarely been able to make peace with elves for long unless some common enemy threatens both. Kullens have a particular dislike for fey in any environment, as they are impatient and quick to make decisions, which leaves them prone to being inveigled by the pranks of the fey.

    Amphibious (Ex) Kullens breathe normally in air and water.

    Cartilage Blades (Ex) A kullen's elbows naturally produce cartilaginous blades that can protrude up to a foot in length, which are regrown within 1d3 days if removed, provided the kullen is in reasonably good health (add 1 day per point of Constitution the kullen is missing). As a standard action, a kullen can withdraw a blade from each elbow (or either one individually) which functions identically to a dagger and provides a +2 circumstance bonus to Climb checks when used as a tool. Non-kullens wielding these blades suffer penalties as though not proficient with the weapon, as it has no true hilt and the sharp edges make handling difficult. Cartilage blades benefit from spells and effects which function on natural weapons as well as on manufactured weapons (i.e. both magic weapon and magic fang can enhance a cartilage blade, though these do not stack) provided they have been extracted from the elbow; otherwise, they are not treated as weapons as they cannot usefully be brought to bear against an enemy while still connected to the elbow.

    Sharp Skin (Ex) The cartilaginous skin of a kullen is covered in short barblike protrusions. A creature grappling a kullen wearing light or no armor suffers 1 damage upon securing the grapple and on each successful grapple check thereafter (e.g. when the kullen is trying and failing to break the grapple). This damage is piercing damage which may be reduced by DR. If the kullen is swallowed whole, the swallowing creature suffers this damage at the start of the kullen's turn each round.

    Spit Denticle (Ex) The mouth of a kullen is packed with sharp needlelike denticles, some of which loosen as new ones grow in their place. Each day, the kullen may spit up to ten of these in total, less 1 per point of Constitution the kullen is missing. An attack with a denticle is treated like a dart, with the following exceptions: a denticle is a natural weapon (it can be enhanced by magic fang but not magic weapon, and all remaining denticles can be affected by one casting of magic fang) and is not thrown, so Strength bonuses do not apply to damage with a denticle. Denticles are not affected by ranged weapon penalties underwater.

    Spoor (Ex) The sloughed cartilaginous barbs, blade fragments, and denticle shards a kullen leaves in its wake are a boon to trackers. The DC to track a kullen is decreased by 4, and a kullen in a group counts as two creatures for the purpose of further decreasing the DC based on group size. This does not apply when the kullen is moving overland at half speed and taking care to clean up such debris.

    Spray Denticles (Ex) In addition to the longer denticles, a kullen's mouth contains a number of smaller fragments which can be ejected in a 5 ft. square, functioning as caltrops. The kullen may spray denticles once per day as a standard action into any square they could normally reach with an unarmed strike (so a kullen which has been enlarged above Medium-size may be able to spray them further).

    Skills Kullens use their rough skin and cartilaginous body parts to their advantage when climbing and enjoy a +2 racial bonus to Climb checks. These same features help them move in a streamlined fashion in water, providing a +2 racial bonus to Swim checks.

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    • +2 Strength, -2 Wisdom. Kullens dislike overthinking life and are impatient to move on; their mobility relies on physical prowess to ensure they can climb and swim to their heart's content.
    • A kullen's base speed is 30 ft.
    • Darkvision 60 ft.
    • +2 racial bonus to Climb and Swim checks. Kullens are adapted to move more easily in water and up surfaces.
    • +1 natural armor.
    • Amphibious: As above
    • Cartilage Blades: As above
    • Sharp Skin: As above
    • Spit Denticle: As above
    • Spoor: As above
    • Spray Denticles: As above
    • Racial Proficiencies: Kullens are proficient with the dagger, harpoon, and light and heavy picks. Kullens are proficient with cord armor.
    • Automatic Languages: Kullen. Bonus Languages: Aquan, Common, Draconic, Dwarven, Elven, Hadozee, Sahuagin, Tuilvalanuue.
    • Favored Class: Ranger
    • Level Adjustment: +0
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    Okay, Kavi and Kaman are just hilarious. I wasn't going to post again because I didn't want to interrupt your thread, but I had to say it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eurus View Post
    Okay, Kavi and Kaman are just hilarious. I wasn't going to post again because I didn't want to interrupt your thread, but I had to say it.
    Oh no, by all means, go ahead and comment whenever! It is nice to see feedback!

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    Deities of the Kullens

    The kullens have an odd and scattershot pantheon of gods who barely acknowledge one another's existence. If any of them is the creator deity of the kullen race, none care to mention it, and it seems to work out just fine for them as a whole. Kullens keep small shrines that may include symbols or tokens of one or more deities, but true clerics are uncommon. Generally, priests in kullen society are storytellers, sages, and hedge mages moreso than religious leaders, though some faiths have begun adopting a more ceremonial bent, with mixed results.

    Akla
    Demipower of the Beastlands
    Cliffchaser, the Climber, the Aspiring, the Fearless, Quibblesticks
    Alignment: Chaotic neutral
    Portfolio: Cliffs, mastery of rough terrain, climbing, tools
    Divine Realm: Beastlands/Krigala/Jagged Valley
    Symbol: A kullen fist gripping a pick
    Domains: Chaos, Courage, Craft, Earth, Strength
    Favored Weapon: Light pick

    One of the twin deities who form the youngest part of the kullen pantheon, Akla is the goddess of cliffs, conqueror of the wilds, a relentless climber who enjoys perilous ascents and watching her charges devise the tools that will enable them to thrive in treetops, cliffsides, and river valleys. Anywhere the terrain is tough to tame, Akla wants to be, and her adherents relish the lifestyle she espouses. In addition to being a free spirit and outdoorsy soul, Akla is also the patron of tools, crafts, and implements to facilitate life and well-being.

    Akla has a well-worn rivalry with her twin brother Rakla, and festivities may involve participants taking sides to imitate their humorous mythological squabbles, which invariably end, every single time, in the same way - one tackles the other off a cliff, they fall into the sea, and emerge with shellfish and other spoils of the ocean, each claiming they meant to do that and the other was lucky they are so clever. Akla is symbolized in shrines by shiny rocks.

    Galka
    Intermediate Power of Pandemonium
    The Unsighted, the Unknown, Shellbreaker, the Other
    Alignment: Chaotic neutral
    Portfolio: Choice, living with what comes, experience, death
    Divine Realm: Pandemonium/Agathion/Grotto of Lost Choices
    Symbol: A black seashell.
    Domains: Chaos, Death, Luck, Passion, Travel, Time
    Favored Weapon: Longbow

    A genderless deity, Galka is depicted as a white-eyed, hunched kullen with barnacle-encrusted flesh and quills, wizened and long-taloned, sitting on a throne with no back on a pile of seashells, prying them open one by one. The shells, as visitors to Galka's remote and haunting realm will attest, contain visions of alternate realities - the pearl inside of each representing a choice that was not taken. This divine realm features a maelstrom that leads to alternate Primes, worlds in which a particular choice was made differently - but as Galka will cheerfully warn, may the traveler beware.

    Galka is the kullen god of death, though the deity would much prefer that they not waste time dwelling on it except as motivation to live their lives and suck it up when they make a bad decision. Legend says that Galka's milky eyes are blind to the future, but that the deity is capable of seeing everything that is happening in the present. Galka's own dogma on the matter is quite simple - "any idiot can see the future: just wait." - and clerics of Galka are forbidden access to spells that see the future, such as augury and divination - though the power has been known to make odd and capricious exceptions such as the granted power of the Luck domain and the moment of prescience spell, which provides a moment of warning only.

    Galka quite enjoys the longbow, though it is not a weapon the deity is known to wield often - it is moreso the symbolism of the weapon, that the arrow's flight will be as far as your strength can propel it, and its ultimate destination subject to the vagaries of wind and fortune. Galka is symbolized in shrines by dark seashells.

    Panzuriel
    Intermediate Power of Hades
    The Severed God, the Swimmer-In-Shadows, the Banished One, the Call of the Deep
    Alignment: Neutral evil
    Portfolio: The ocean depths, murder, confusion, subversion, evil aquatic creatures
    Divine Realm: Hades/Niflheim/Rezuriel
    Symbol: A left footprint, kraken head, or squid eye surrounded by nine tentacles
    Domains: Blackwater, Corruption, Darkness, Evil, Water
    Favored Weapon: Whip (on land), net (underwater)

    An opportunistic and malefic ancient deity, the profane Panzuriel, patron of krakens and other terrors of the depths, has discovered in the kullens an ideal race of amphibious minions to wield against the elves on land and at sea. With their increased strength and reduced willpower in comparison to many other peoples, kullens are perfect for mental domination, and Panzuriel's dark tentacles have reached out to corrupt all those he can catch, establishing terrifying cults whose prominence threatens the peace of kullens, who may find themselves drawn into wars with other sea races by the influence of those under Panzuriel's sway.

    Panzuriel demands harsh cyclopean altars of stone in solitary locations, such as sea caves and barren clifftops. Few of his cultists maintain proper shrines to the other gods, and those that do may mark the influence of their dark god with squid ink or blood.

    Rakla
    Demipower of the Beastlands
    Skyseeker, Egg-Thief, the Brash One, Feastgiver, the Diver
    Alignment: Chaotic neutral
    Portfolio: Food, hunting, thievery, ambushes, the sky, the ocean
    Divine Realm: Beastlands/Krigala/The Lake That Mirrors The Sky
    Symbol: A mantis shrimp or crab claw
    Domains: Air, Animal, Chaos, Feast, Ocean, Trickery
    Favored Weapon: Dagger

    Twin brother of Akla, Rakla is a jovial prankster with a bottomless appetite for food, boasting, and trying the patience of his sister. Myths surrounding him paint him as a clever rogue who pushes the limits of his luck just a bit too far and ends up plummeting out of trees or off cliffs for his troubles, somehow always coming out on top. Patron of divers and enemy of birds, Rakla enjoys thinking up complex plans, but all too often they are supplanted on the spur of the moment by "but what if I just jumped on it?" Rakla claims that he and his sister divided the world between them, and that she foolishly took only the earth, leaving him to take both the sky and the sea and leave her dangling in between. For her part, Akla is all too happy to punch him into the sky and send him tumbling into the sea, to see how he enjoys his supposed superiority. Nevertheless, when trouble escalates beyond his comfort level, Rakla turns to his sister to provide the tool he needs to get out of a scrape.

    Young kullens enjoy playing at Akla and Rakla, with the latter being a particularly admired role model for children (at least among the children, less so the parents). Rakla's followers prepare for festivals by plotting to bring down birds or catch a particularly noteworthy sea creature (large fish and squid being prized) for the feast, though by and large the community still prefers shellfish where available. Rakla is symbolized in shrines by eggshells or bird feathers.

    Tull
    Lesser Power of Ysgard
    The Bone God, the Hunter, the Dragon In Bone, Sunchaser, Tull of the First Hour
    Alignment: Chaotic neutral
    Portfolio: Day and night, combat, fear, fire, strife
    Divine Realm: Ysgard/Muspelheim/Caves of Ash and Bone
    Symbol: An animal skull pierced by a kullen cartilage dagger
    Domains: Bone*, Chaos, Darkness, Fire, Sun, War
    Favored Weapon: Ranseur

    If any of the deities of the kullens are in truth their creator god, none is more likely than Tull, a gargantuan hunter figure depicted as a kullen with more teeth, more elbow blades, more quills... just more of everything that makes a kullen a kullen. Also frequently stylized with a crude draconic motif, Tull is more straightforward and purposeful than Akla and Rakla; while Akla adventures to prove her strength, Tull employs strength in service of specific needs; while Rakla hunts for food, Tull hunts to eliminate threats, establish territory, and subjugate others to his own ends. In mythology, Tull brings forth each day by hunting the sun pelican Gadlak, who roosts in a cave in Nidavellir, chasing the golden bird and her radiance up into the skies. His task complete, Tull returns to his slumber among the flames of his home, the light preventing him from seeing when Gadlak notices that he has gone and sneaks out of the sky again. Akla and Rakla are said to be gifts that Gadlak offered Tull to be spared his wrath, but he cast them both out and swore the sky would have Gadlak's light. The moon, too, is believed to be an egg laid by Gadlak; when it is crescent, it is said to be the eggshell, and that it has already been broken and eaten.

    Tull's followers hunt large animals such as whales to deliver the spoils to the community, not only meat (which kullens do not eat themselves for the most part) but the more valuable bones, fats, and hides of great beasts. Fire is said to be the gift of Tull, from feathers he has ripped from Gadlak's wings in their daily chase. In shrines, Tull is marked by a flame or a set of small animal bones.

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    Granted Power You gain Improved Natural Armor or Improved Toughness as a bonus feat.
    1st - boneblastBoVD (remove the Evil tag and spell has no material or undead component)
    2nd - bonefiddleSC
    3rd - skull watchSC
    4th - wall of bonesCArc
    5th - necrotic skull bombCoR
    6th - control undeadSC (corporeal undead with bones only)
    7th - arrow of boneSC
    8th - skeletal guardSC (remove the Evil tag and skeletons are destroyed if they fall out of caster's control)
    9th - crushing hand (hand is skeletal, immune to cold damage, and has DR 5/bludgeoning)
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    First, these are amazing. I haven't played enough 3.5e to comment on monster balance, but the lore is interesting and the pantheons flow very well from the theme of the races. "The worshipers change the evil god" is an excellent inversion of the usual.

    As you mentioned you do want commentary, at this time I have two quibbles, although I do feel I'm missing some information in each case:

    First, why is Ruusa's domain in the nine hells? I kind of assumed a goddess of fierce torments would favor the endless slopes of Ghenna before I noticed, which incidentally would also help avoid bending to the strict hierarchy of Baator.

    Second is Briviba's favored weapon. I'm aware spears can work for a lone fighter but they're usually associated with formations and not requiring much training to use (which seems to run counter to her theme of mastering your natural talents). I think the glaive usually has the "lone master" association, if that was the idea. I'd figure she's favor either the Sai (associated with surprise disarming, pun intended) or something granting a bonus to sunder attempts. I can't recall such a weapon at the moment, but it could be a racial weapon like the orcish, gnomish, and dwarven double weapons. In any case, I figure it should be a weapon mechanically useful to stop someone from bending you to their will?

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    Those are all interesting races with creative deities. I haven't noticed any problematic abilities.
    But something I'm interested in that is missing would be the divine rank of those deities, at least on the demi-greater scale.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sandmote View Post
    First, these are amazing. I haven't played enough 3.5e to comment on monster balance, but the lore is interesting and the pantheons flow very well from the theme of the races. "The worshipers change the evil god" is an excellent inversion of the usual.
    Glad you enjoyed it! It was a twist I thought was fun to do - and logically, it had to have happened somewhere...

    First, why is Ruusa's domain in the nine hells? I kind of assumed a goddess of fierce torments would favor the endless slopes of Ghenna before I noticed, which incidentally would also help avoid bending to the strict hierarchy of Baator.
    As a goddess, she can disregard a lot of the hierarchical nonsense of the devils. Baator is more her speed because devils make better torturers - kochrachons are more reliably enthusiastic about causing pain, for instance, whereas yugoloths are only reliably jerks. As well, on Gehenna one could theoretically climb higher than her tower, whereas in the desolate plain of Dis, those who leave the tower are faced with an endless wasteland of blackened iron ores and sands - the only place to go is up through her trials.

    Second is Briviba's favored weapon. I'm aware spears can work for a lone fighter but they're usually associated with formations and not requiring much training to use (which seems to run counter to her theme of mastering your natural talents). I think the glaive usually has the "lone master" association, if that was the idea. I'd figure she's favor either the Sai (associated with surprise disarming, pun intended) or something granting a bonus to sunder attempts. I can't recall such a weapon at the moment, but it could be a racial weapon like the orcish, gnomish, and dwarven double weapons. In any case, I figure it should be a weapon mechanically useful to stop someone from bending you to their will?
    A spear is also a symbol of keeping others away from you. Briviba, as the patron of extreme individuality, wields her spear as a mandate to others to remain at a distance and not try to approach lest they be impaled. As a steel woman, she would still generally prefer to just punch her enemies in the head a lot. There is also the other common symbolic association that a spear has - Briviba was made to be a consort, and to be under the power of a male deity, but instead she has taken up the spear, which has certain phallic connotations, emblematic of how she defied his plans for her role and decided on her association with the pantheon of her own accord.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tzardok View Post
    Those are all interesting races with creative deities. I haven't noticed any problematic abilities.
    But something I'm interested in that is missing would be the divine rank of those deities, at least on the demi-greater scale.
    Good point, I should see about adding those.

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    what means PEACH?

    this is 2nd thread with PEACH. I'm completely lost.

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    what means PEACH?

    this is 2nd thread with PEACH. I'm completely lost.
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    Possibly silly question, what is a "ring" in the context of Steel Man civilization? Is it a single extended family/household, or a professional group of some kind?
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    Correct.

    Quote Originally Posted by Eurus View Post
    Possibly silly question, what is a "ring" in the context of Steel Man civilization? Is it a single extended family/household, or a professional group of some kind?
    An extended family/household or polyamorous adult group with their collective offspring. As indicated on their organization, a ring is 4 adults with 2-8 noncombatants, which may include children or elderly dependents.

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    Norrag
    Small Fey
    HD 1d6-1 (2 hp)
    Speed 30 ft. (6 squares)
    Init: +1
    AC 14; touch 12; flat-footed 13 (+2 armor, +1 Dex, +1 size)
    BAB +0; Grp -6
    Attack Short sword +3 melee (1d4-2, 19-20/x2)
    Full Attack Short sword +3 melee (1d4-2, 19-20/x2)
    Space 5 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
    Special Attacks Cross boundary
    Special Qualities Cold iron vulnerability, fey heartline, lingering sight, portal link, wand charge, wandlore
    Saves Fort -1 Ref +3 Will +2
    Abilities Str 6, Dex 13, Con 8, Int 10, Wis 11, Cha 13
    Skills Balance +4, Knowledge (arcana) +6, Knowledge (nature) +6, Listen +4, Spellcraft +4, Spot +4, Tumble +4, Use Magic Device +7
    Feats Craft WandB, Weapon Finesse
    Environment Any forest
    Organization Solitary or pair
    Challenge Rating 1/2
    Treasure Standard plus random 0th- or 1st-level wand with 2d4 charges remaining
    Alignment Usually chaotic good
    Advancement by class; Favored Class Sorcerer
    Level Adjustment +0

    The boundary between the Plane of Faerie and the Material Plane is strange and nebulous, a phenomenon even where planar metaphysics are concerned. Just as the properties of this coexistence are hard to fully understand, so too are the rules under which the fey choose to interact with mortals. The strange detente and balance that exists does so through arcane and strange rules governing contact between Faerie and the Prime, as well as the comportment of fey on the latter plane and the mysterious paths between. Those paths, where the magic of Faerie flows, are watched by the norrags.

    A fey caste charged with curating the places where the boundary is thin, norrags have a preternatural awareness of interplanar boundaries and the things that cross them. They are also curiously magical - not possessed of raw magical abilities in the way that many other fey are, but able to capture the essence of fey magic in wands of enchanted wood that bears the touch of Faerie, wands whose powers they can invoke far better than mortals do.

    A norrag stands 3 to 4 feet tall and weighs around 35 to 50 lbs., appearing as an adult elf, but shorter and with a leaner, more slight build. Norrags have feathers blending in with their hairline, which may take on unusual colors distinctive from their hair, which is generally a brown tone ranging from ecru to walnut. Their skin resembles wood in various tones, with whorls and striations, and norrags enjoy applying plant oils that can often give the impression of stain. A norrag's fingers are disproportionately long and fragile, and have an extra joint. Norrag eyes are smooth and featureless orbs of black or a solid dark hue such as midnight blue, deep green, or crimson.

    Norrags wander to check on various sites where the boundaries are thin, exploring the world and examining how differences emerge in places close to and far from the edges of Faerie. They occasionally interact with local fey but rarely involve themselves unless they have a sense that something is unbalanced or out of joint. Disturbances to the natural or magical fabric of the world may draw a norrag's attention and active interest. Norrags eat a diet of berries, nuts, flowers, and insects. A norrag's tongue functions much like that of a frog. It must be noted that what a norrag concerns itself with is sometimes hard to fathom, and a norrag might take up the side of a marauding monster against a village, or oppose a search for a vanished hunter because he has trespassed the rules of the fey. Norrags are observers first and not compelled to enforce fey law, but their interest in balancing the needs of the Prime and Faerie may see them acting against their kindred just as easily.

    Cold Iron Vulnerability (Su) Norrags, like many other fey, are averse to cold iron. When struck with a cold iron weapon, a norrag suffers an additional 1d6 damage on a successful attack. A norrag wearing a cold iron item or holding one in hand is sickened until it is at least 5 ft. away from their person.

    Cross Boundary (Su) By the ancient Covenant of Teorainn, norrags are endowed with mysterious abilities regarding supernatural boundaries, including those erected by magical rings of protection, a divine shield of faith, or even a spell of abjuration to hedge out entities of opposed disposition. A norrag's melee attacks ignore deflection bonus to AC.

    Fey Heartline (Su) A norrag can sense the general location of nearby sites of significance to fey, including places where the planar boundary between the Material and Faerie is thin. Such locations may be near ancient trees, standing stones, behind waterfalls, atop hills, etc. and are more common in rural and unpopulated areas. To use this ability, a norrag must succeed on a DC 10 Wisdom check, +1 per size category of the nearest settlement within 100 miles (thorp, hamlet, village etc.) in order to detect an active fey site. A successful check functions as know direction except that it indicates the direction of the nearest active fey site rather than north. Use of this ability requires 1 minute of uninterrupted focus, during which time the norrag cannot perform any other actions. The strength of the heartline depends on the nature of the world - a "bright" world has a great deal of fey activity (fey are regularly encountered on the Material Plane), and the heartline will find a fey site within 1d4 miles multiplied by the size category of the nearest settlement within 100 miles (minimum 1). A "liminal" world has fey activity around specific boundary sites only, and fey are rarely encountered away from these borders with the Plane of Faerie without the use of magic to call them. The heartline will find a fey site within 1d20 miles multiplied by the size category of the nearest settlement within 100 miles (minimum 1). A "dark" world has no known fey activity and may be all but dead to the Plane of Faerie. The heartline will find a fey site within 10d10 miles multiplied by ten times the size category of the nearest settlement within 100 miles (minimum 10). This ability has a chance to fail and give the norrag a false perception, which is more likely if strong magic or strong magical sites unrelated to the fey are nearby. On a bright world, the base chance of success is 70% + 1% per character level. On a liminal world, the base chance of success is 40% + 1% per character level. On a dark world, the base chance of success is 5% + 1% per character level. A norrag using this ability always knows whether it is currently within a fey site.

    While at a fey site, a norrag can use this ability (with the same Wisdom check and chances of success) to call to any fey in the nearby area. The norrag's call extends out to 1 mile + 1 mile per point of Charisma bonus (if any) and broadcasts a three-word message in Sylvan chosen by the norrag - some more powerful sites may provide a bonus to this range. Fey within this radius can sense the location from which the call has arisen and may choose whether or not to investigate; some other Sylvan-speaking beings such as unicorns may also perceive the call. The norrag's call also extends through the boundary between planes if it is present, which may result in a creature from the Plane of Faerie appearing. Fey or other creatures that choose to respond to the call arrive at such speed as they can normally travel under their own ability and are in no way bound to be helpful to the norrag, and may elect to attack or otherwise display hostile behavior. Norrags take care with this use of their heartline ability, as particularly territorial and powerful fey such as verdant princes and frostwind viragos are highly likely to respond to a call in their territory. Use of the calling function requires 1 hour of uninterrupted focus.

    Lingering Sight (Su) A norrag can see an "echo" of a creature that journeys across a planar boundary for 1 minute following such a crossing. This may allow the norrag to see which direction a creature is moving when it is on a coexistent plane, for instance after having used ethereal jaunt. The norrag does not innately know which plane a creature has crossed into. This ability allows a norrag to see a creature under the effects of blink and similar effects and attack it without miss chance. While it offers no direct help against invisibility, it does at least help to differentiate for the norrag whether a creature has gone ethereal or invisible as the latter will leave no echo.

    Portal Link (Su) A norrag who finds a rift, gate, or portal between planes, such as may form at a fey site, may form a link with it by spending 8 hours performing a ritual within 60 ft. of the transplanar passage to create an attunement. Once this link is forged, the norrag benefits as though from portal beaconSC and portal alarmSC (mental alarm only) with respect to that portal, without limit to the duration. The link is broken if the norrag passes through any other transplanar conduit or uses any other method of travel between planes (such as ethereal jaunt or plane shift), if the conduit is closed or destroyed (the norrag will sense such an event), or if the norrag establishes a link to a new portal. The link leaves traces that can be detected with a Knowledge (nature) or Knowledge (arcana) check (DC 20 + 1/2 the norrag's HD + the norrag's Wisdom modifier). A successful dispel wardSC or other dispel effect cast targeting the link severs it (use the norrag's HD as the effective caster level for such a check).

    Wand Charge (Su) Norrags have extraordinary abilities when it comes to wielding wands. A norrag has a number of charges equal to 1 + the norrag's Charisma modifier (minimum 1) which replenish each day after resting. When using a wand, the norrag may expend a number of their own charges equal to the level of the spell stored in the wand to "cast" the spell from the wand without consuming any of the item's own charges. A norrag with metamagic feats may also apply the effects of one of their metamagic feats to a spell from a wand while triggering it by expending their own charges equal to the level adjustment of the metamagic feat (e.g. a norrag wanting to Empower a fireball from a wand would spend two of their own daily charges to do so). When a wand charge is used with a wand, the DC to save against the spell is the better of the wand's normal DC or the DC of the spell if the norrag had cast it as a sorcerer (using the norrag's Charisma modifier). This ability may not be used to add charges back to a wand that is missing charges; it only substitutes for the use of the wand's remaining charges. A norrag cannot use this ability with a wand that has no charges remaining.

    If used with an eternal wand, wand charges may be spent to cast from the wand without using up one of its normal daily uses.

    Wandlore (Su) Norrags possess little in the way of direct magical ability, but they have a surpassing ability to craft wands from magical wood that they can then employ. A norrag chooses a virtual list of "spells known" (using the bard's spells known progression and the norrag's total character level) which it can employ with its Craft Wand feat to create wands as though the norrag was a spellcaster of appropriate level. Despite this ability, norrags do not have any inherent link to the wand once it is crafted, and must still meet the normal requisites to use a wand or bypass them via Use Magic Device.

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    arcane mark
    caltropsSC
    create water
    cure minor wounds
    dancing lights
    dawnSC
    daze
    detect magic
    detect poison
    flare
    ghostharpSC
    ghost sound
    instant searchSC
    know direction
    launch itemSC
    light
    lullaby
    mage hand
    mending
    message
    minor disguiseSC
    naturewatchSC
    open/close
    prestidigitation
    purify food and drink
    ray of frost
    read magic
    resistance
    silent portalSC
    songbirdSC
    sonic snapSC
    stickSC
    summon instrument
    touch of fatigue

    1st Level
    accelerated movementSC
    alarm
    animate fireSC
    animate rope
    animate waterSC
    animate woodSC
    amplifySC
    backbiterSC
    beastland ferocitySC
    benign transpositionSC
    branch to branchSC
    buoyant liftingSC
    buzzing beeSC
    calm animals
    camouflageSC
    cause fear
    charm animal
    charm person
    comprehend languages
    cheatSC
    climb wallsSC
    cloudburstSC
    color spray
    command
    cure light wounds
    dead endSC
    deathwatch
    detect animals or plants
    detect law
    detect secret doors
    detect snares and pits
    detect undead
    disguise self
    dispel wardSC
    distort speechSC
    distractSC
    endure elements
    enrage animalSC
    entangle
    entropic shield
    erase
    expeditious retreat
    faerie fire
    feather fall
    focusing chantSC
    goodberry
    grease
    greater mage handSC
    guiding lightSC
    hawkeyeSC
    healthful restSC
    herald's callSC
    hide from animals
    hideous laughter
    hold portal
    horrible tasteSC
    hypnotism
    improvisationSC
    inciteSC
    inhibitSC
    insidious rhythmSC
    instant locksmithSC
    ironthunder hornSC
    joyful noiseSC
    jump
    lesser confusion
    longstrider
    low-light visionSC
    luminous gazeSC
    magic aura
    magic missile
    magic mouth
    magic stone
    magic weapon
    master's touchSC
    moon lustSC
    nerveskitterSC
    net of shadowsSC
    nightshieldSC
    obscure object
    obscuring mist
    omen of perilSC
    pass without trace
    phantom threatSC
    portal beaconSC
    protection from law
    ray of clumsinessSC
    reduce person
    remove fear
    remove scentSC
    resist planar alignmentSC
    sanctuary
    sandblastSC
    scatterspraySC
    serene visageSC
    shillelagh
    shock and aweSC
    signSC
    silent image
    sleep
    slow burnSC
    snake's swiftnessSC
    snowshoesSC
    speak with animals
    sticky fingersSC
    summon nature's ally I
    swift expeditious retreatSC
    swift invisibilitySC
    targeting raySC
    undersongSC
    undetectable alignment
    unseen servant
    updraftSC
    ventriloquism
    winter chillSC
    wood woseSC

    2nd Level
    alter self
    animal messenger
    animal trance
    augury
    aura against flameSC
    avoid planar effectsSC
    baleful transpositionSC
    barkskin
    binding windsSC
    blinding spittleSC
    blur
    bonefiddleSC
    bramblesSC
    briar webSC
    burrowSC
    calm emotions
    cat's grace
    circle danceSC
    cloak poolSC
    cloud of bewildermentSC
    continual flame
    countermoonSC
    cure moderate wounds
    curse of ill fortuneSC
    curse of impending bladesSC
    daggerspell stanceSC
    dark waySC
    darkness
    daze monster
    delay poison
    delusions of grandeurSC
    detect thoughts
    discern shapechangerSC
    discolor poolSC
    dissonant chantSC
    distracting raySC
    eagle's splendor
    earthbindSC
    easy trailSC
    embrace the wildSC
    enthrall
    entice giftSC
    find traps
    fog cloud
    fox's cunning
    ghost touch armorSC
    glitterdust
    graceSC
    greater alarmSC
    gust of wind
    harmonic chorusSC
    healing stingSC
    hold animal
    hold person
    heartfireSC
    hypnotic pattern
    invisibility
    kelpstrandSC
    knock
    know vulnerabilitiesSC
    lesser spell immunitySC
    levitate
    lively stepSC
    locate object
    make whole
    malevolent miasmaSC
    mark of the outcastSC
    marked object
    mass camouflageSC
    mass snake's swiftnessSC
    mesmerizing glareSC
    mindless rageSC
    minor image
    mirror image
    misdirection
    miser's envySC
    nature's favorSC
    nightmare lullabySC
    one with the landSC
    phantom foeSC
    phantom trap
    portal alarmSC
    protection from arrows
    quick potionSC
    rage
    ray of stupiditySC
    ray of weaknessSC
    reduce animal
    reflective disguiseSC
    remove paralysis
    scentSC
    shadow maskSC
    share huskSC
    silence
    snare
    sonorous humSC
    speak to alliesSC
    spider climb
    status
    sting raySC
    stolen breathSC
    suggestion
    summon nature's ally II
    surefooted strideSC
    swift flySC
    swimSC
    tongues
    touch of idiocy
    train animalSC
    tree shape
    veil of shadowSC
    warp wood
    wave of griefSC
    weapon shiftSC
    whispering wind
    winter's embraceSC
    wood shape
    zone of truth

    3rd Level
    air breathingSC
    allegroSC
    analyze portalSC
    anticipate teleportationSC
    attune formSC
    bestow curse
    blink
    capricious zephyrSC
    charm monster
    clairaudience/clairvoyance
    cone of dimness
    confusion
    creaking cacophonySC
    create food and water
    crumbleSC
    crushing despair
    cure serious wounds
    daylight
    deep slumber
    deeper darkness
    dirge of discordSC
    dispel magic
    displacement
    dissonant chordSC
    dominate animal
    downdraftSC
    entangling staffSC
    false gravitySC
    fear
    flashburstSC
    forestfoldSC
    g'elsewhere chantSC
    gaseous form
    ghost touch weaponSC
    giant's wrathSC
    glibness
    glyph of warding
    great thunderclapSC
    haunting tuneSC
    helping hand
    interplanar messageSC
    invisibility purge
    invisibility sphere
    know opponentSC
    lesser geas
    lesser telepathic bondSC
    listening coinSC
    love's lamentSC
    major image
    mark of the hunterSC
    mass curse of impending bladesSC
    mass snowshoesSC
    nature's balanceSC
    nauseating breathSC
    phantasmal decoySC
    phantom steed
    puppeteerSC
    quench
    ray of dizzinessSC
    remove curse
    reverse arrowsSC
    rust raySC
    safetySC
    scrying
    sculpt sound
    see invisibility
    servant hordeSC
    shadow bindingSC
    shadow cacheSC
    shadow phaseSC
    shrink page
    sign of sealingSC
    sinkSC
    sleet storm
    slow
    speak with animals
    speak with plants
    speechlinkSC
    spiderskinSC
    spikesSC
    summon nature's ally III
    suppress breath weaponSC
    suppress glyphSC
    suspended silenceSC
    thornskinSC
    tiny hut
    treasure scentSC
    tremorSC
    unluckSC
    vine mineSC
    water breathing
    water walk
    weather eyeSC
    wind wall

    4th Level
    air walk
    antiplant shell
    arcane eye
    assay spell resistanceSC
    astral hospiceSC
    backlashSC
    break enchantment
    cacophonic shieldSC
    celebrationSC
    command plants
    detect scrying
    dimension door
    dimensional anchor
    discern lies
    dismissal
    dispelling screenSC
    dominate person
    essence of the raptorSC
    ethereal mountSC
    freedom of movement
    fugueSC
    glowing orbSC
    greater invisibility
    greater resistanceSC
    hallucinatory terrain
    hold monster
    illusory wall
    implacable pursuerSC
    improved portal alarmSC
    land wombSC
    languorSC
    lay of the landSC
    legend lore
    locate creature
    make manifestSC
    mass reduce person
    mass surefooted strideSC
    mass swimSC
    minor creation
    modify memory
    neutralize poison
    panaceaSC
    planar toleranceSC
    poison vinesSC
    protιgιSC
    rainbow pattern
    ray deflectionSC
    ray of deanimationSC
    repel vermin
    ruin delver's fortuneSC
    rusting grasp
    scramble portalSC
    secure shelter
    sending
    sensory deprivationSC
    shadow conjuration
    sirine's graceSC
    spark of lifeSC
    spectral weaponSC
    spell enhancerSC
    spell immunity
    spell vulnerabilitySC
    starvationSC
    stone shatterSC
    sudden stalagmiteSC
    summon nature's ally IV
    translocation trickSC
    voice of the dragonSC
    wind at backSC
    zone of silence


    Skills A norrag has a +4 racial bonus on Knowledge (arcana) and Knowledge (nature) checks involving fey, fey sites, the Plane of Faerie, fey-related magic, and wands. A norrag has a +4 racial bonus on Use Magic Device checks to use a wand and can take 10 on Use Magic Device checks to use a wand (and only a wand).

    Norrag Characters

    • -4 Strength, +2 Dexterity, -2 Constitution, +2 Charisma. Norrags are otherworldly and nimble, but have frail physiques.
    • Small size.
    • Fey type: Norrags are unaffected by spells that only affect humanoids. Norrags have low-light vision.
    • Norrag base speed is 30 ft.
    • +4 racial bonus on Knowledge (arcana) and Knowledge (nature) checks involving fey, fey sites, the Plane of Faerie, fey-related magic, and wands. Norrags may make such checks as though trained. A norrag has a +4 racial bonus on Use Magic Device checks to use a wand, can take 10 on Use Magic Device checks to use a wand, and can always make Use Magic Device checks as though trained.
    • Norrags gain Craft Wand as a bonus feat.
    • Cold Iron Vulnerability: as above
    • Cross Boundary: as above
    • Fey Heartline: as above
    • Lingering Sight: as above
    • Portal Link: as above
    • Wand Charge: as above
    • Wandlore: as above
    • Racial Proficiencies: Norrags are proficient with simple weapons and short swords. Norrags are proficient with light armor.
    • Automatic Languages: Common, Sylvan. Bonus Languages: Abyssal, Aquan, Auran, Celestial, Draconic, Dwarven, Elven, Goblin, Gnoll, Gnome, Infernal, Treant, Tuilvalanuue, Undercommon
    • Favored Class: Sorcerer
    • Level Adjustment: +0
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    Sea Norrag
    Small Fey (Aquatic)
    HD 1d6+1 (4 hp)
    Speed 20 ft. (4 squares), swim 60 ft.
    Init: +1
    AC 15; touch 12; flat-footed 14 (+3 shell armor, +1 Dex, +1 size)
    BAB +0; Grp -6
    Attack Short sword +3 melee (1d4-2, 19-20/x2)
    Full Attack Short sword +3 melee (1d4-2, 19-20/x2)
    Space 5 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
    Special Attacks Cross boundary
    Special Qualities Amphibious, cold iron vulnerability, fey heartline, lingering sight, portal link, wand charge, wandlore
    Saves Fort +1 Ref +3 Will +2
    Abilities Str 6, Dex 13, Con 12, Int 10, Wis 11, Cha 11
    Skills Knowledge (arcana) +6, Knowledge (nature) +6, Listen +4, Spellcraft +4, Spot +4, Swim 10*, Tumble +4, Use Magic Device +7
    Feats Craft WandB, Weapon Finesse
    Environment Any aquatic
    Organization Solitary or pair
    Challenge Rating 1/2
    Treasure Standard plus random 0th- or 1st-level wand with 2d4 charges remaining
    Alignment Usually chaotic neutral
    Advancement by class; Favored Class Druid
    Level Adjustment +0

    Some of the paths between Faerie and the Prime are linked to bodies of water, and the custodians of the boundary go where they are needed. Thus the sea norrags, who inhabit lakes, ponds and coastlines, constructing wands of coral, shell, and pearl with which to conduct their fey magic.

    A norrag stands 3 to 4 feet tall and weighs around 35 to 50 lbs., appearing as an adult elf, but shorter and with a leaner, more slight build. Sea norrag feathers may appear more like thin trailing fins or strands of kelp, and their hair is generally lighter than their land-based brethren. Their skin resembles sand with swirls of darker hues. A norrag's fingers are disproportionately long and fragile, and have an extra joint - those of sea norrags are also slightly webbed. Norrag eyes are smooth and featureless orbs of black or a solid dark hue such as midnight blue, deep green, or crimson. A sea norrag is somewhat ungainly on land. Their bodies occasionally pick up calcifications on the skin that give seashell patterns and can result in iridescent patches.

    Unlike their more common cousins, sea norrags are somewhat alienated from the Seelie Court and frequently keep their own counsel. They are notably less outgoing as a general rule, eat fish and other sea creatures live, and are predisposed to hide and lurk when presented with a new situation. More than one observer has noted them to be eerie and off-putting, and they have been associated with traps laid by kelpies and the vanishing of sailors.

    Amphibious (Ex) Sea norrags breathe normally in air and water.

    Cold Iron Vulnerability (Su) As norrag.

    Cross Boundary (Su) As norrag.

    Fey Heartline (Su) As norrag. A sea norrag's call can broadcast in Aquan instead of Sylvan, at the sea norrag's discretion.

    Lingering Sight (Su) As norrag.

    Portal Link (Su) As norrag.

    Wand Charge (Su) As norrag.

    Wandlore (Su) Sea norrags have a slightly different list of spells they can know with this ability, which otherwise is the same as the norrag ability of the same name.

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    acid splash
    arcane mark
    create water
    dancing lights
    daze
    detect magic
    detect poison
    flare
    ghostharpSC
    ghost sound
    inflict minor wounds
    instant searchSC
    know direction
    launch itemSC
    light
    lullaby
    mage hand
    mending
    message
    minor disguiseSC
    naturewatchSC
    open/close
    prestidigitation
    read magic
    resistance
    silent portalSC
    songbirdSC
    sonic snapSC
    stickSC
    summon instrument
    touch of fatigue

    1st Level
    accelerated movementSC
    alarm
    animate rope
    animate waterSC
    animate woodSC
    amplifySC
    backbiterSC
    beastland ferocitySC
    benign transpositionSC
    buoyant liftingSC
    calm animals
    camouflageSC
    cause fear
    charm animal
    charm person
    comprehend languages
    cheatSC
    climb wallsSC
    cloudburstSC
    color spray
    command
    dead endSC
    deathwatch
    detect animals or plants
    detect law
    detect secret doors
    detect snares and pits
    detect undead
    disguise self
    dispel wardSC
    distort speechSC
    distractSC
    endure elements
    enrage animalSC
    entangle
    entropic shield
    erase
    expeditious retreat
    faerie fire
    feather fall
    focusing chantSC
    grease
    greater mage handSC
    guiding lightSC
    hawkeyeSC
    healthful restSC
    herald's callSC
    hide from animals
    hideous laughter
    hold portal
    horrible tasteSC
    hypnotism
    improvisationSC
    inciteSC
    inhibitSC
    insidious rhythmSC
    instant locksmithSC
    ironthunder hornSC
    jump
    kuo-toa skinSw
    lesser confusion
    low-light visionSC
    luminous gazeSC
    magic aura
    magic missile
    magic mouth
    magic stone
    magic weapon
    master's touchSC
    moon lustSC
    nerveskitterSC
    net of shadowsSC
    nightshieldSC
    obscure object
    obscuring mist
    omen of perilSC
    pass without trace
    phantom threatSC
    portal beaconSC
    protection from law
    quickswimSw
    ray of clumsinessSC
    reduce person
    remove fear
    remove scentSC
    resist planar alignmentSC
    sanctuary
    sandblastSC
    scatterspraySC
    serene visageSC
    shillelagh
    shock and aweSC
    signSC
    silent image
    sleep
    snake's swiftnessSC
    speak with animals
    sticky fingersSC
    summon nature's ally I
    swift expeditious retreatSC
    swift invisibilitySC
    targeting raySC
    undersongSC
    undetectable alignment
    unseen servant
    updraftSC
    ventriloquism
    wave blessingSw
    webfootSw
    wood woseSC

    2nd Level
    alter self
    animal messenger
    animal trance
    augury
    avoid planar effectsSC
    baleful transpositionSC
    barkskin
    blinding spittleSC
    blur
    bonefiddleSC
    bramblesSC
    briar webSC
    calm emotions
    cat's grace
    circle danceSC
    cloak poolSC
    cloud of bewildermentSC
    continual flame
    countermoonSC
    curse of ill fortuneSC
    curse of impending bladesSC
    daggerspell stanceSC
    dark waySC
    darkness
    daze monster
    delay poison
    delusions of grandeurSC
    detect thoughts
    discern shapechangerSC
    discolor poolSC
    dissonant chantSC
    distracting raySC
    eagle's splendor
    earthbindSC
    easy trailSC
    embrace the wildSC
    enthrall
    entice giftSC
    find traps
    fins to feetSw
    fog cloud
    fox's cunning
    ghost touch armorSC
    glitterdust
    graceSC
    greater alarmSC
    gust of wind
    harmonic chorusSC
    healing stingSC
    hold animal
    hold person
    hypnotic pattern
    invisibility
    jig of the wavesSw
    kelpstrandSC
    knock
    know vulnerabilitiesSC
    lesser spell immunitySC
    levitate
    lively stepSC
    locate object
    make whole
    malevolent miasmaSC
    mark of the outcastSC
    marked object
    mass camouflageSC
    mass snake's swiftnessSC
    mesmerizing glareSC
    mindless rageSC
    minor image
    mirror image
    misdirection
    miser's envySC
    nature's favorSC
    nightmare lullabySC
    phantom foeSC
    phantom trap
    portal alarmSC
    pressure sphereSw
    protection from arrows
    quick potionSC
    rage
    ray of stupiditySC
    ray of weaknessSC
    reduce animal
    reflective disguiseSC
    remove paralysis
    scentSC
    shadow maskSC
    share huskSC
    silence
    snare
    sonorous humSC
    speak to alliesSC
    spider climb
    status
    sting raySC
    stolen breathSC
    suggestion
    summon nature's ally II
    surefooted strideSC
    swift flySC
    swimSC
    tongues
    touch of idiocy
    train animalSC
    tree shape
    turbiditySw
    urchin's spinesSw
    veil of shadowSC
    warp wood
    wave of griefSC
    weapon shiftSC
    whispering wind
    winter's embraceSC
    wood shape
    zone of truth

    3rd Level
    air breathingSC
    allegroSC
    analyze portalSC
    anticipate teleportationSC
    attune formSC
    bestow curse
    blink
    capricious zephyrSC
    charm monster
    clairaudience/clairvoyance
    cone of dimness
    confusion
    creaking cacophonySC
    create food and water
    crumbleSC
    crushing despair
    daylight
    deep slumber
    deeper darkness
    detect shipSw
    dirge of discordSC
    dispel magic
    displacement
    dissonant chordSC
    dominate animal
    downdraftSC
    entangling staffSC
    false gravitySC
    fear
    flashburstSC
    g'elsewhere chantSC
    gaseous form
    ghost touch weaponSC
    giant's wrathSC
    glibness
    glyph of warding
    great thunderclapSC
    haunting tuneSC
    helping hand
    interplanar messageSC
    invisibility purge
    invisibility sphere
    know opponentSC
    lesser geas
    lesser telepathic bondSC
    listening coinSC
    love's lamentSC
    major image
    mark of the hunterSC
    mass curse of impending bladesSC
    nature's balanceSC
    nauseating breathSC
    phantasmal decoySC
    phantom steed
    puppeteerSC
    quench
    ray of dizzinessSC
    remove curse
    reverse arrowsSC
    roar of the wavesSw
    rust raySC
    safetySC
    scales of the sealordSw
    scrying
    sculpt sound
    see invisibility
    servant hordeSC
    shadow bindingSC
    shadow cacheSC
    shadow phaseSC
    shrink page
    sign of sealingSC
    sinkSC
    sirine's callSw
    sleet storm
    slow
    speak with animals
    speak with plants
    speechlinkSC
    spikesSC
    summon nature's ally III
    suppress breath weaponSC
    suppress glyphSC
    suspended silenceSC
    tiny hut
    treasure scentSC
    unluckSC
    water breathing
    water walk
    weather eyeSC
    wind wall

    4th Level
    air walk
    antiplant shell
    arcane eye
    assay spell resistanceSC
    astral hospiceSC
    backlashSC
    break enchantment
    cacophonic shieldSC
    celebrationSC
    command plants
    control currentsSw
    detect scrying
    dimension door
    dimensional anchor
    discern lies
    dismissal
    dispelling screenSC
    dominate person
    essence of the raptorSC
    ethereal mountSC
    flowsightSw
    freedom of movement
    fugueSC
    glowing orbSC
    greater invisibility
    greater resistanceSC
    hallucinatory terrain
    hold monster
    illusory wall
    implacable pursuerSC
    improved portal alarmSC
    land wombSC
    languorSC
    lay of the landSC
    legend lore
    locate creature
    make manifestSC
    mass reduce person
    mass surefooted strideSC
    mass swimSC
    minor creation
    modify memory
    neutralize poison
    panaceaSC
    planar toleranceSC
    poison vinesSC
    protιgιSC
    rainbow pattern
    ray deflectionSC
    ray of deanimationSC
    repel vermin
    ruin delver's fortuneSC
    rusting grasp
    scramble portalSC
    secure shelter
    sending
    sensory deprivationSC
    shadow conjuration
    sirine's graceSC
    spark of lifeSC
    spectral weaponSC
    spell enhancerSC
    spell immunity
    spell vulnerabilitySC
    starvationSC
    stone shatterSC
    sudden stalagmiteSC
    summon nature's ally IV
    thalassemiaSw
    translocation trickSC
    voice of the dragonSC
    wake trailingSw
    wind at backSC
    zone of silence


    Skills A sea norrag has a +4 racial bonus on Knowledge (arcana) and Knowledge (nature) checks involving fey, fey sites, the Plane of Faerie, fey-related magic, and wands. A sea norrag has a +4 racial bonus on Use Magic Device checks to use a wand and can take 10 on Use Magic Device checks to use a wand (and only a wand). A sea norrag has a +8 racial bonus to Swim checks.

    Norrag Characters

    • -4 Strength, +2 Dexterity, +2 Constitution. Sea norrags are more resilient than their land cousins, but eerie and insular.
    • Small size.
    • Fey type: Norrags are unaffected by spells that only affect humanoids. Norrags have low-light vision.
    • Sea norrag base speed is 20 ft.
    • Sea norrag base swim speed is 60 ft.
    • +4 racial bonus on Knowledge (arcana) and Knowledge (nature) checks involving fey, fey sites, the Plane of Faerie, fey-related magic, and wands. Sea norrags may make such checks as though trained. A sea norrag has a +4 racial bonus on Use Magic Device checks to use a wand, can take 10 on Use Magic Device checks to use a wand, and can always make Use Magic Device checks as though trained.
    • +8 racial bonus on Swim checks.
    • Sea norrags gain Craft Wand as a bonus feat.
    • Amphibious: as above
    • Cold Iron Vulnerability: as above
    • Cross Boundary: as above
    • Fey Heartline: as above
    • Lingering Sight: as above
    • Portal Link: as above
    • Wand Charge: as above
    • Wandlore: as above
    • Racial Proficiencies: Norrags are proficient with simple weapons and short swords. Norrags are proficient with light armor.
    • Automatic Languages: Common, Aquan. Bonus Languages: Abyssal, Auran, Celestial, Draconic, Elven, Infernal, Sahuagin, Sylvan, Undercommon
    • Favored Class: Druid
    • Level Adjustment: +0
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    Latha
    Large Outsider (Chaotic, Evil, Extraplanar, Obyrith)
    HD 11d8+66 (115 hp)
    Speed 5 ft. (1 square), fly 30 ft. (poor)
    Init: +8
    AC 21; touch 9; flat-footed 17 (+8 natural, +4 Int, -1 size)
    BAB +11; Grp +15
    Attack Feeler +11 melee (2d6+5 and poison)
    Full Attack 2 feelers +11 melee (2d6+5 and poison)
    Space 10 ft.; Reach 10 ft.
    Special Attacks Form of madness, poison, soul violation, spell-like abilities, swallow whole
    Special Qualities Bleed eyes, darkvision 60 ft., DR 10/cold iron and lawful, fast healing 5, immune to blindness, observation, obyrith traits, perceptual travel, telepathy 100 ft., true seeing
    Saves Fort +13 Ref +11 Will +11
    Abilities Str 20, Dex 5, Con 22, Int 18, Wis 19, Cha 17
    Skills Appraise +18, Balance +11, Bluff +17, Climb +19, Concentration +20, Disguise +17, Intimidate +17, Knowledge (the planes) +18, Listen +18, Search +22, Sense Motive +18, Spot +22,
    Feats Ability Focus (demonic possessionFCI), Ability Focus (perceptual travel), Hover, Improved Initiative
    Environment Infinite Layers of the Abyss
    Organization Solitary or pair
    Challenge Rating 10
    Treasure Half standard
    Alignment Always chaotic evil
    Advancement 12-22 HD (Large); 23-33 HD (Huge)

    At first glance, a latha could be mistaken for an enormous gastropod, a slimy bed of blackened and leathery flesh topped by an engorged mound of bloated, pulsating white goo, the whole dragged forward by two long, thin, probing feelers where a snail's eyestalks would be. Only when it rises into the air does the dark orifice on its back become apparent, a vertical gash filled with teeming black orbs that twitch and writhe. The whole gives the effect of a gigantic eye infested with some kind of awful black maggots in its depths.

    Lathas are ancient and terrible demons fueled by a hedonistic and driving curiosity. Faced with the ordered multiverse, they are determined to see as much of it as they can to exhaust their curiosity and assuage their boredom. Lathas do not limit themselves to a mortal's version of curiosity, however - they will intrude, dissect, probe, and devour, violating every boundary as they seek to slake their lust for knowledge and experience. Many lathas enjoy using possession in order to expand their reach (see rules in Fiendish Codex I, pp.21-26) and savor new ways of bringing everything that multiverse has to offer into their grasp.

    Bleed Eyes (Ex) When a latha suffers 5 or more damage from a slashing or piercing weapon, the membranes of its flesh discharge a thin clear slime containing several sticky black orbs, which are the latha's eyes. A latha gets a +2 insight bonus to AC against further attacks made with that weapon. As the eye adheres to the weapon that struck the blow, this property has no effect on a ranged weapon. As a full-round action, a weapon may be scrubbed of the little eyes using alcohol, axiomatic water, holy water, or universal solvent. The eyes also remain in the place where the latha was wounded, allowing it to see in a 5 ft. radius around the square where it was originally injured. The eyes go inert after 1 hour.

    As lathas do not have conventional blood, spells and effects that would affect or manipulate blood have no effect on a latha.

    Form of Madness (Su) A creature within 60 ft. that observes a latha must attempt a DC 18 Will save. Failure indicates that the creature has been seized with a revulsion for its own capacity to see. After 1d4 rounds have passed, the creature must spend its next available action attempting to remove its own eyes, and will continue committing to that course of action until blinded. An affected victim whose sight is removed through a less destructive method (blindfolding, blindness spell, etc.) will be calm for 1d4 days before the madness escalates, at which point - regardless of ability to see - the victim will attempt to put its eyes out once more, as even feeling their presence has become intolerable. Removing an eye deals 1d6 damage and imposes a -8 penalty to Search and Spot checks.

    Regardless of whether or not a creature has eyes, any creature perceiving the latha who fails its Will save also suffers 1d4 Wisdom drain.

    The madness can be cured by heal, greater restoration, miracle, or wish, though the former two will not repair any eyes that have been gouged out. Regenerate can recover removed and destroyed eyes for a victim, though unless the madness has been healed, doing so will only prompt the victim to attempt to remove the newly regenerated eyes. Remove blindness and similar effects are of no use for restoring sight lost by the removal of eyes. The save DC is Charisma-based.

    Observation (Ex) Lathas observe and recall in vast detail, constantly studying everything around them with their myriad eyes and probing with their feelers. A latha's understanding of the world is complex and subtle, allowing the latha to use its Intelligence modifier in place of its Dexterity modifier on initiative checks, ranged attack rolls, AC, and Reflex saves. Any time a latha would be denied its Dex bonus to AC, its Int bonus is also denied - the latha must be capable of reacting in order to make effective use of prior observations.

    Obyrith Traits Obyriths are immune to poison and mind-affecting spells and abilities. Obyriths have resistance to acid 10, cold 10, electricity 10, and fire 10.

    Perceptual Travel (Su) Once per round as a swift action, a latha may attempt to apply its warped perception of reality to its own location. The latha selects any place it can currently see. Creatures within 30 ft. of that point may make a Will save (DC 21). If any creature fails this save, the latha has successfully imposed its perception on local reality, and teleports to the chosen position. The save DC is Int-based.

    Poison (Ex) Contact, Fortitude DC 21, initial damage 2d4 Dex, secondary damage 1d10 Wis. The save DC is Con-based. A creature striking the latha with an unarmed strike or natural attack makes contact with the poison on its body.

    Soul Violation (Su) A creature swallowed by a latha suffers from a horrible affliction, as the thousands of slimy eyes probe every aspect of the creature's existence. Even if removed from the bowels of the demon, a victim of this ability can no longer benefit from the effects of spells and abilities that would conceal its presence, location, or nature from magical detection (nondetection, undetectable alignment, misdirection, etc.) Spells and abilities which conceal or disguise the victim's presence, location or nature from conventional detection (disguise self, invisibility, use of the Hide skill) continue to function. After 1d10 days, the victim must make a Fortitude saving throw (DC 21) or turn to stone as their essence has been utterly probed to its last mote of independent existence by the residual effects of the latha's sight, as flesh to stone - however, stone to flesh will not free the victim unless the soul violation has been released. Dispel evil, wish, or miracle are required to end this effect.

    Spell-Like Abilities (Sp) At will - arcane eye, clairvoyance, ray of enfeeblement. 3/day - hold person (DC 16), prying eyes. 1/day - eyebite (DC 19), magic jar (DC 18). Caster level 11th, save DCs Cha-based.

    Swallow Whole (Ex) A latha can try to swallow a grabbed opponent of Medium or smaller size by making a successful grapple check. Once inside, the opponent takes 2d6+5 points of crushing damage per round and is afflicted with soul violation. A swallowed creature can cut its way out by dealing 10 points of damage to the latha's innards (AC 15) or attempt to climb out through the main orifice by making a successful grapple check against the latha at a -4 penalty. If a creature has emerged via cutting its way out, muscular action closes the hole; another swallowed opponent must cut its own way out. A latha can hold one Medium, two Small, or four Tiny or smaller creatures.

    Skills A latha has a +4 racial bonus on Search and Spot checks.

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    Right, because we need even more evil eye monsters.

    I like the Form of Madness, feels really evil. I also have the sudden desire to crossbreed this thing with a beholder, just to see what comes out.
    Ich ertrδum' mir ein Gefieder.
    Dieser Zauber hat Bestand.
    Und so flieg' ich immer wieder
    Wie der Nachtwind όber's Land.

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    Powl
    Small Fey
    HD 1d6 (3 hp)
    Speed 20 ft. (4 squares)
    Init: +4
    AC 13; touch 11; flat-footed 13 (+1 armor, +1 shield, +1 size)
    BAB +1; Grp +2
    Attack Club +2 melee (1d6+1)
    Full Attack 2 clubs -2 melee (1d6+1)
    Space 5 ft.; Reach 5 ft.
    Special Attacks -
    Special Qualities Cold iron vulnerability, false tracks, gangly build, gnaw stone, powl mark, shillelagh, smell hunger, stick block
    Saves Fort +0 Ref +2 Will +2
    Abilities Str 12, Dex 11, Con 10, Int 7, Wis 10, Cha 11
    Skills Balance +4, Climb +7, Hide +8, Survival +4, Use Rope +2
    Feats Improved Initiative, Two-Weapon FightingB
    Environment Any plains, hills, and forest
    Organization Solitary or brigade (4-16)
    Challenge Rating 1/2
    Treasure Standard
    Alignment Usually chaotic (any)
    Advancement by class; Favored Class Ranger
    Level Adjustment +0

    Low-level grunts of Faerie, powls (rhymes with howl) are known by many names in the rural lands they favor - knockmen, nain-ogres, coneyhops, knot-goblins - but are often sneeringly referred to by other fey, regardless of relative size, as "runts". Although a powl in truth bears little resemblance to a pug, the similarities are there with a stretch of the imagination - just below the height of a dwarf, powls have squashed faces, button noses, wide-set bulging eyes, and an overly large mouth. Their hair is invariably a shade of red, generally bright, and does not grow along the sides of their heads, making their whippet-like ears all the more apparent. What most immediately distinguishes a powl, however, is that its arms are quite long, muscular, and slightly lopsided.

    Powls serve in various menial functions in fey society, generally jobs that let them work alone and employ their strength and flexibility to something simple and enjoyable. Many powls, however, grow bored with the idea of doing a thing for the sake of others because it is expected of them, and opt to amble away from their roles to do their own thing. This being Faerie, nobody misses a given powl for very long. "There's always another powl" is a popular saying among the fey elite.

    Powls are found among both the Seelie and Unseelie, with many more unaffiliated. They are typically creatures of simple goals and comforts, who like to leave their mark and make their presence known, but are not keen on sticking around to deal with people. Evil powls can be foul and brutish ruffians who haunt and terrorize for their own amusement, while good-aligned powls may leave a few rabbits on the stoop of a hungry family. The knock on the door that heralds a powl's gift gave rise to one of their popular nicknames, though the powl has usually hidden or climbed a tree by the time someone checks the door.

    Powls eat small game, roots, and fish, as well as gnawing on the occasional bit of stone. They enjoy ropes and may trade for a length of well-made cord. A powl is slightly taller than a gnome and much more stout. Most powls encountered are male, though tales tell of run-ins with female powls with quick tempers and hefty cudgels.

    Cold Iron Vulnerability (Ex) Powls, like many other fey, are averse to cold iron. When struck with a cold iron weapon, a powl suffers an additional 1d6 damage on a successful attack. A powl wearing a cold iron item or holding one in hand is sickened until it is at least 5 ft. away from their person.

    False Tracks (Ex) A powl's feet naturally mimic the footprint of a small animal, generally a dog, rabbit, fox, badger, or weasel. Each powl's feet mimic one specific animal, which does not change during their lifetime. This imposes a +5 adjustment to the DC of any Knowledge (nature) checks to identify the tracks of a powl, as well as a +2 adjustment to the DC of Survival checks to track a powl, as random animal tracks are likely to confound the issue. Powls wearing shoes or other footwear leave appropriate tracks as normal.

    Gangly Build (Ex) Powls have long and lopsided arms, which they can actually shift back and forth (switching which is the longer arm) with a shrug of their shoulders. While this uneven length confers no additional reach, it does allow a powl to grapple and to comfortably wield weapons as though it was one size category larger. This ability also qualifies as the prerequisite Dexterity score for any non-epic two-weapon fighting feat, including but not limited to Double HitMini, Dual StrikeCAdv, Greater Two-Weapon DefenseCW, Greater Two-Weapon Fighting, Haft StrikeDR331, Improved Two-Weapon DefenseCW, Improved Two-Weapon Fighting, Oversized Two-Weapon FightingCAdv, Pin ShieldCW, Two-Weapon Defense, Two-Weapon PouncePHBII, and Two-Weapon RendPHBII. A powl must still meet all other prerequisites to select one of these feats.

    Gnaw Stone (Ex) Powls require a bit of rock in their diet to remain healthy, or else they suffer the penalty for going hungry. A powl's broad, flat teeth are nearly useless in a combat capacity, but when directed against objects, a powl has a bite attack that deals 1d4 damage and ignores the hardness of any kind of nonmagical rock or stone. Wood, metal, and packed earth, among other materials, retain their full hardness against this bite, generally rendering it useless.

    Powl Mark (Sp) Once per day a powl may leave an arcane mark which may be made either visible to fey, or visible only to powls, at the powl's discretion, as the spell cast by a 1st-level sorcerer.

    Shillelagh (Sp) Powls favor clubs and quarterstaffs in combat, for they have the magical ability to enchant them with ferocious heft as the spell shillelagh. A powl can use this ability for 1 minute per day per hit die it possesses (including from class levels). These minutes need not be consecutive, but must be spent in one-minute increments. Extra time not used is wasted.

    Smell Hunger (Su) Powls have the supernatural ability to smell the hunger of other beings. This functions as the scent ability, except that ranges are doubled if the creature being scented is carnivorous and that a creature which is currently sated (not experiencing hunger) gives off no odor to smell. This odor can alert a powl to prey or threats, and scenting a hungry creature provides the powl a +2 insight bonus to initiative checks made when encountering that creature within 1 minute of catching the odor. The smell of hunger is supernatural and is given off even by mindless and nonliving creatures (note that undead who do not feed on flesh or blood but rather on life energy, ability scores, etc. do not qualify as carnivorous for the purpose of determining range). Oozes do not trigger this ability. Wooden and packed soil barriers do not block the smell of hunger, though stone, metal, ice, and other similarly solid materials do.

    Stick Block (Ex) Powls favor durable wooden bludgeoning weapons in their combat style, and know how to use them for defense as well as offense. A powl holding a light bludgeoning weapon in its off hand gets a +1 shield bonus to AC. A powl wielding a double weapon instead gets a +2 shield bonus to AC, as it can block with the haft as well as the anterior end.

    Skills A powl has a +2 racial bonus to Climb and Hide.

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    Powls possess the following racial traits:

    • +2 Strength, -4 Intelligence. Powls are surprisingly strong for their size but generally uncurious about detail and not terribly bright.
    • A powl's base speed is 20 ft.
    • Fey type: Powls are unaffected by spells that only affect humanoids. Powls have low-light vision.
    • +2 racial bonus to Climb and Hide checks.
    • A powl receives Two-Weapon Fighting as a bonus feat.
    • Cold Iron Vulnerability: as above
    • False Tracks: as above
    • Gangly Build: as above
    • Gnaw Stone: as above
    • Powl Mark: as above
    • Shillelagh: as above
    • Smell Hunger: as above
    • Stick Block: as above
    • Automatic Languages: Common, Sylvan. Bonus Languages: Dwarven, Gnoll, Gnome, Goblin, Gol-kaa, Halfling.
    • Favored Class: Ranger
    • Level Adjustment: +0
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