Wednesday, December 05, 2007

A Fantasci race: Nyr Men

Nyr Men

Nyr Men are humans with the blood of giants in their veins. Whether this was the result of generations of interbreeding between humans and giant humanoids, or whether they have always been a distinct race is unknown. These mysterious individuals are cautiously avoided by most of the other races and (with a few exceptions) they return the favor, preferring to keep to themselves.

Sometimes, a Nyr Man village will send their young into a human village on trade missions, posing as humans, to ensure that the humans aren’t planning some sort of attack against them. This paranoia often fosters paranoid feelings in return among human villages that think that the Nyr Men are “scouting” them for some mysterious purpose. These confrontations rarely lead to armed conflict, though that has happened in the past.

Size: Medium through Large

Movement: Nyr Men move at the standard rate in all respects. They are humanoids (though somewhat brutish looking) and can move in all the ways a human can.

Racial Traits

Ability Scores: Str +2, Dex +0, Con +0, Int –2, Wis +2, Cha +0 (Nyr-Men are extremely strong and tend to favor instinct and “what everybody knows” to things learned in books. They are not dumb, but most of their race view formal education past the point where and individual can read and count and manage money as a waste of time.)

Attack/Defense modifiers: normal, based on size.

Growth Spurts: Nyr Men physiology is subtly different from that of most humanoids, in that they grow for their entire lives and their body is somehow able to support more and more girth as they continue to grow. A 1st level Nyr-Man is medium size and almost indistinguishable from a human. While not all Nyr-Men grow to enormous heights and not all grow at the same rate, it is a rarity for individuals of this species to stay within the human range of height and weight for their entire lives.

Every 10 levels, a Nyr Man must take Size Increase in place of a regular feat (this is required- Nyr Men have no more control over their growth processes than anyone else).

Powerhouse and Tank count double for this calculation. So a Nyr-Man who was a single class Powerhouse would take Size Increase, to Medium+ at 5th level. If the character wanted some levels of Speedfreak, he would have to take 4 levels of Powerhouse and 2 levels of Speedfreak (2x4)+2=10 before he needed to take a Size Increase feat.

Racial Feats: Except for the fact that they are able to take Size Increase feats (with some restrictions), Nyr Men have the same feat selections as humans.

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