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    Personality: Typically, sasquatch avoid human contact wherever possible, and are often nervous. Some react to this fear by fleeing, but others react violently, savagely attacking the source of their fear. When they can get over their nerves, they are usually quite calm and peaceful, content to live the simple life, though they can be rather defensive about their territory.
    Physical Description: Sasquatches are tall, humanoid creatures, averaging about seven feet in height with males being somewhat taller and heavier-built. They are covered head to toe in shaggy brown fur, except for their faces. Their hands and feet are proportionately larger than a normal human’s would be. Facially, they have large eyes, a pronounced brow, small, flat noses, and somewhat protruding jaws. Their skulls have a short ridge running down the peak, and their lips are highly flexible, like an ape’s. They have very large canines, the males’ being larger than the females‘. Sasquatch reach adulthood at 14, middle age at 40, and can live up to 75 years, though by that age their brown fur has faded to a silvery-white.
    Most sasquatches hibernate through the winter in caves, a physical reaction to low availability of food and cold temperatures. The sleep can be kept at bay, however, with a steady supply of food and enough insulation. Some populations, such as Tibetan yeti, do not hibernate.
    Relations: Sasquatch live across a very broad range, with their relationship to humans varying from place to place. Most avoid human contact wherever possible, while some violently attack humans who intrude on their territory, and others try to live in harmony with their human neighbors.
    Alignment: Sasquatches are generally more likely to be neutral than any extreme alignment.
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    Sasquatch Lands: The Sasquatch live all across the new world, and there are even a few isolated populations in China and Tibet. Typically they are small, isolated groups living deep in the wilderness away from humans, though the coastal population has grown drastically in number since the establishment of Fusang.
    Religion: Sasquatch religion is highly varied by region, due to the isolation of each sasquatch group. It’s not uncommon for neighboring groups to have very different beliefs, though there are a few sasquatch legends and myths that span the entire continent.
    Language: There are dozens of sasquatch languages spoken all through the new world. The most common is Oowawapx, spoken by the Sasu que‘che, the largest group of sasquatch. The word sasquatch itself derives from the Sasu Que’che group.
    Names: Sasquatch names vary by culture.
    Adventurers: Sasquatch adventurers are relatively uncommon, though they can be seen more often in fusang. Most sasquatch groups are isolated enough that they don’t have enough contact with human groups to develop strong bonds.

    • +4 Strength, +2 Constitution, -2 Intelligence. Sasquatches are extremely strong and rather hearty, but they are generally less intelligent than humans.
    • Monstrous Humanoid: Sasquatches are Monstrous Humanoids.
    • Medium Size: Sasquatches are medium creatures and have no bonuses or penalties based on size.
    • Normal Speed: Sasquatches have a base speed of 30 feet.
    • Darkvision: Sasquatches can see in the dark up to 60 feet.
    • Natural Armor: Sasquatches have a +2 bonus to natural armor due to tough skin and thick fur.
    • Bite: Sasquatches have a secondary bite attack that deals 1d6 points of damage.


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    Background Skills: Climb, Knowledge (Nature), Stealth, Survival
    Background Feats: Foul Musk, Lucid Dreamer, Soul Dreamer,
    Native Language: Oowawapx (Note, the px is a kissing sound)
    Bonus Languages: Zhongwen,
    Taboos: Killing an animal for food or hide, Chopping down a living tree,

    • Description Sasu Qua’che are tall, physically powerful humanoid creatures with a number of apelike features. They stand upright like humans, they have four fingers and an opposable thumb, and human-like feet, though the large toe is slightly spaced apart from the rest, but they have a sagittal crest on their skull like apes, powerful, semi-protruding jaws and long, sharp incisors like apes. On males, these features are more pronounced. They are covered head to toe in long, somewhat shaggy fur, ranging from deep brown to light brown. Occasional individuals emerge with either solid black fur or blonde-white fur. Their fur covers all of their body, except for their face, their fingers and palm, their toes and the soles of their feet.
      • Clothing Sasu Qua’che typically wear very little in the way of clothing, as their long fur protects them from the elements and they do not hunt. They may wear woven-vine bands around their upper arms, wrists, thighs, neck, or ankles, sometimes decorates with holed stones, small wooden carvings, or shells, but they generally do not cover themselves. Some may wear clothes out of respect for human neighbors.
      • Grooming Sasu Qua‘che are fastidious about keeping clean. Typically, family members groom each other by hand, a daily ritual that helps keep their fur from becoming tangled, knotted, or being host to parasites. Unlike other primates, the Sasu Qua‘che do not eat the parasites removed from their family member‘s fur. With trade from fusang, combs are becoming more common, and the invention is well-received. Sasu Qua‘che bathe in streams or rivers regularly, usually about twice a month. If not washed regularly, their fur can become extremely smelly.
    • Psychology Sasu Qua’che are generally laid-back and calm creatures, content to take what the forest offers and enjoy the natural beauty of their homes. When native humans were more common, they were more skittish and cautious, generally trying to avoid offending the humans or being tracked back to their mountain homes, but in recent years they have lost most of their nervous behavior and walk openly through the woodlands.
    • Life The daily life of most Sasu Qua’che consists of gathering fruit, berries, and vegetables from the temperate rainforests. Depending on the season, they may supplement their diet with meat from salmon (harvested dead after the spawning), or clams, particularly geoduck. Before Fusang was established, much of the population was nocturnal, to better avoid humans, but in modern times some can be found who live either way.
      • Arts and Crafts Sasu Qua’che arts and crafts are limited by the availability of materials. As they do not actively hunt, they do not have access to ‘typical’ native materials like leather, fur, tendon, or bone. And as they do not actively cut down trees either, they rely of wood from dead or fallen trees. Much of their crafting is done in stone, or in paints and dyes.
      • Technology and Magic Sasu Qua’che have strong druidic traditions and a relatively high number of shamans. They have never been particularly strong with technology, and may find their large hands too clumsy for most firearms or other intricate machines. They have made a number of unique advances in dream manipulation magic, their interest stemming from the long sleep of hibernation.
      • Love Sasu Qua’che believe strongly in love. Every member of the tribe is equal, and able to provide for themselves, so the concept of an arranged marriage is largely unheard of. They typically have casual, nonexclusive romantic relationships, where neither partner is really ‘bound‘ to the other. Sometimes there relationships are sexual, other times not. Many never leave this stage. However, if there is a true connection between two Sasu Qua‘che, the two can declare their love to the rest of the tribe. There is a great celebration in the tribe with music and dancing, celebrating the happiness the two now share. This bonding ceremony is not truly binding, and both partners can ’divorce’ the other if they so desire, though this is rarely done.
      • War Sasu Qua’che are peaceful, despite their large size and great physical strength. Violence is not something they are accustomed to, though children going through puberty, particularly males, can be quite violent at times, leftover instinctual behavior from prehistoric times. Typically, when the Sasu Qua’che must fight, they prefer melee combat, using the forest to their advantage to get close to enemies before they strike hard. They don’t usually have much in the way of weapons, though they’re quite handy with hurling rocks.
      • Death Death among the Sasu Qua‘che is extremely sad, but part of the natural process. When one dies, the body must be treated with respect. They are known to go to great lengths to retrieve the bodies of the fallen from the wilds or even from hostile areas. The family of the fallen build a small raft from vines, sticks, and branches. Rocks are tied to the body’s wrists and ankles, and the body is placed on the raft in a river or stream near the cave. Those close to the fallen follow the raft down the river, making sure the journey is smooth and protecting the body from scavengers. When the body reaches the ocean, the family says a prayer as they float out to sea. The raft typically breaks apart within a day or two, and the body sinks into the sea to become part of the cycle of life and death again.
    • Society and Culture The Sasu Qua’che have rich social lives and deep connections to their tribe.
      • Leadership Political power and spiritual power are one and the same in the Sasu Qua’che tribes. Political power is held by the priests, shamans, and druids, the strongest being ‘in charge’. The tribe follows the directions of the spiritually gifted to ensure they continue to benefit from good relations with the spirit world and the natural world. Spiritual leaders of multiple tribes may commune through dreams or communication magic, or in cases of dire need, they may gather together in person.
      • Social Structure The basic unit of social structure is the tribe. A tribe may range in size from a dozen members to fifty or sixty in some of the larger cave complexes. The members come from many different families unified by shared living space. They are all extremely close, in a small town sort of way, as everyone knows everyone else.
      • Family Family groups are typically one parent and one or two children. Typically the parent is the mother, though the father may take over care of a child once they move past breast-feeding. The burden of children is shared by the entire tribe, some gathering extra food for a pregnant mother or young children. Elderly are cared for by their children and grandchildren, who gather extra food when they are unable to gather for themselves, and generally take care of their needs.
      • Traditions The Sasu Qua‘che have many traditions, ranging from fascinating to bizarre. One of the most interesting is the salmon race. In spring, the tribe gathers in a shallow river area. A handful of the tribe are designated as bears, dying their fur with stripes and their fingers red with plenty of extra powder. These bears position themselves along the river, upstream. The rest of the tribe runs in a great charge through the shallow water, trying to avoid being tagged by the bears, the powder on their hands leaving clear handprints. Those who are out leave the water while the remaining members of the tribe try to make it to a designated finish. Any who survive the bears and make it to the end are triumphant. The more who make it to the top, it is believed, the better the season‘s salmon run will be.
    • Other Races The Sasu Qua’che generally live among their own kind, though they are no stranger to humans in this age. Some have even left the tribes to live among the fusangren, enjoying the benefits of technology and magic. There are a handful of huli jing hidden cities in the deep rainforests, and typically the Sasu Qua’che are the first to know about it.
    • Religion Sasu Qua’che are highly spiritual, believing that actions on the mortal world can influence the spirit world and vice-versa. Paying proper respect to the spirits ensures the forest provides enough food and water for all the Sasu Qua’che in the tribe. They have a pantheon of powerful spirits, in addition to revering powerful natural forces. Sau Qua’che religion tells that the souls of the dead travel out to sea to reside in the land of the dead on the ocean floor before they return to the land to be reborn.
    • History and Folklore In ancient history, the Sasu Qua’che were very warlike and violent, who viciously fought the humans that arrived in their territory. Initially, they were very successful, but the humans advanced much faster than the Sasu Qua’che technologically. Seeing his people on the brink of extinction, a great spiritual leader used the hibernation period to roam through the dreams of his people and convince them there was a better way to live. They moved to the mountains and hid themselves, and over hundreds of years, transitioned to the life they know now. Before the fusangren came, they lived neutral to their human neighbors, not interfering with them and not being interfered with, either. Then the Chinese arrived and brought with them plagues, plagues that ravaged the human populations of the area and left the Sasu Qua’che with free reign over much of their former territory.
    • Language Sasu Qua’che speak a language known as Oowawapx that sounds very primitive to the untrained ear, consisting of hoots, whistles, ‘kissing’ sounds, and heavy use of vowels. The language itself is relatively simple to learn as there are very few synonyms, but mastering it is highly complicated, as tone and inflection can be used to add many layers of meaning. Taken literally, a sentence could mean ‘I go to water, bring food’, but the tone could explain that the individual is planning to move very quickly to the seashore and gather clams.
      • Phrasebook
        Sasu Qua’che: A loan-word from Makah they used to refer to the Sasquatch in the region. the Sasu Qua‘che don‘t actually have a word that distinguishes them from other groups of sasquatch.
      • Written Language Oowawapx has no written language, partially due to the complex system of inflection and tone that adds meaning. Some priests and shamans have learned to write zhongwen, which they can use to convey most information.
      • Names Sasu Qua’che names are spoken in Oowawapx, making them somewhat difficult for most other races to pronounce, which often leads other races to refer to them by either a translation of their name or by a nickname of some sort. In Oowawapx, children are often named after natural features, animals, or plants, with a tonal/inflective description attached. So, a name could translate to ‘Swift Stream’, ‘Beautiful flower’, or ‘Strong Bear’.
    • Cities and Settlements The Sasu Qua’che don’t really have proper cities, and each tribal group is relatively small. They make their homes in mountain caves. In olden times they chose caves above the treeline wherever possible, but in recent years they’ve been able to establish homes in lowland cave systems. Tribes tend to grow to the extent that their local cave can accommodate them, then once the cave becomes overcrowded the tribe splits up.
      • Economy The Sasu Qua’che rarely trade, typically gathering for subsistence and not having any extra to trade. This, in addition to their cultural prohibitions against harvesting living wood or killing animals out of greed, means they have very little surplus to trade to other cultures.
      • Example city The Sasu Qua‘che have no proper cities, but they have some rather large settlements. One large one is is Hoo‘Aa‘Ah, a large lowland cave system. The caverns are quite expansive, with numerous chambers and passages off the side of the main entrance cavern. Wooden walkways and climbing ropes connect parts of the cave that are more difficult to access directly, and large nests of woven branches, ferns, and soft moss are dotted all around. Much of the cave walls are decorated with cave paintings, though the lack of light makes it difficult to see them with human eyes. A handful of families share each sub-chamber, but they all live in very close contact. The tribal shamans keep the peace when close quarters grate on individuals’ nerves. The tribe occupying the cavern has fifty members and there‘s still a great deal of room to expand.
    • Creating Sasu Qua’che Characters Sasu Qua’che characters are always interesting individuals. When creating one, consider their traditional way of life and why they’re leaving it. They may be lured away by the grandeur of fusang, or they may join in with native resistance groups such as the Haida. Some may seek to spread their spiritual ways to other sasquatch groups across the country. Others are only leaving their homeland in order to protect it from some greater evil.
      • Special Options Sasu Qua’che have a variety of special options available to them. Winter Guardians are Sasu Qua’che who stay awake through the winter to protect the tribe’s cave. There are a number of feats relating to their mastery over dreams, and the dream-walker class that allows a shaman to travel through the dreams of others.
      • Sasu Qua’che as Characters Sasu Qua‘che characters most often become brutes, capitalizing on their impressive strength and toughness. Some who come into contact with the fusangren may become martial artists. Others go the spiritual route, becoming druids, clerics, or medicine men.


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    Character Options:

    Feats:

    Lucid Dreamer
    You have learned through mental discipline to control your dreamscape. While this makes for more enjoyable sleep, it also has benefits against certain dream-influencing effects.
    Prerequisites: Wis 13
    Benefits: Your control over your dreams makes you immune to outside attempts to influence your dreams. This protects you from the effects of night terrors, nightmare, the dream haunting of a night hag, or other similar sleep disturbances. In addition, if you sleep a full eight hours, you gain a +1 bonus to all saving throws for the next 24 hours due to being well-rested and mentally focused. You may allow another creature to influence your dreamscape if you desire.

    Soul Dreamer
    During the long sleep of hibernation, you can reach a deeper state of dreaming.
    Prerequisites: Wisdom 15, Sasquatch
    Benefit: During hibernation, you can actually send your soul across the barrier of the planes and enter the spirit world. If your soul reaches 0 HP while on the spirit world, it winks out of the spirit world and is brought back to your dreamscape automatically. You cannot cross back to the spirit world again until your soul heals to full health.

    Foul Musk
    Your natural musk is particularly foul-smelling.
    Prerequisites: Sasquatch, 1st level
    Benefit: Some sasquach are born with a particularly powerful musk to them that exudes from their fur. Any creature within 10 feet must make a fortitude save (DC 10+ ½ HD + Con mod) or be sickened by the foul odor. A creature that successfully saves against the sickened condition cannot be affected by the same Sasquatch’s odor for 24 hours. A sasquatch can suppress this effect for 24 hours with a thorough wash.

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    Winter Guardian: Sasquatch who stay awake through the winter to guard the caves. To eat enough to stay awake, they must hunt animals to eat.
    Dreamwalker: A Sasu Qua'che spiritual leader who can travel through dreams and influence the dreamers. There may or may not be a dream fight mechanic.
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    So fish and clams don't count for the taboo against killing animals?
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    So fish and clams don't count for the taboo against killing animals?
    Clams don't count because they're basically meat-roots. Technically they're animals, but they don't actually do anything. And salmon don't count because they don't eat them when they're going up the river, they take them from the lakes when they die after the spawning.

    EDIT: Went back and clarified it a bit.
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    First of all, I love your take on Sasquatches, and I cannot wait to see the first Sasquatch martial-artist being playtested at the gaming table!

    I’m kind of surprised the Sasquatches don’t have Powerful Build. It’s kind of weird to think of them as being smaller than the Tuniit. It’s hard to imagine a sasquatch looking up to anyone.

    I like that their low intelligence doesn’t make them seem stupid, just simple. Laid-back, even. They sound like they’d be fun to live with, honestly. Sorta like wookies with the mindsets of hobbits. :-)

    Feats look good. I think “Foul Musk” works much better as a feat than a racial trait. Could there be a mechanism for rubbing your scent on trees to mark a trail, or grappling an enemy to make them easier to track by scent? (Oh, I just noticed that they don’t actually have the “Scent” special ability. I think that’s something they really need to have!)

    BTW, the phrase “meat-roots” is now the worst thing ever.

    I mean, the geoduck looks pretty unappetizing to begin with, and it’s even worse when you see how they’re dug up, but referring to them as “meat-roots” is pretty much the only thing that could make them even less appetizing. (I’m sure they’re delicious when prepared correctly, but … *shudder*
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    I know, I can hardly wait!

    Yeah, It's a challenge to make powerful build work in PF, unfortunately. If you break it down to numbers, powerful build is better than large size, and it would make the sasquatch too powerful to be a PF player race. They're still an average of seven feet with pretty broad shoulders, most races aren't gonna be about chest-level to 'em.

    Yeah, I really tried to make it so they weren't cast as overly-primitive or simplistic. I wanted to keep a lot of the ape heritage involved, but I didn't want them to be neanderthal-ish, either. I think I managed to pull it off.

    Oooh, yeah. I thought I included something about the musk making you easier to track, but it looks like I forgot. I don't know about scent, apes don't have particularly powerful noses, and points-wise the Sasquatch are already on the edge of what's acceptable for a non-monstrous playable race.

    As for meat-root... Well, I wouldn't say WORST thing. I could probably come up with more cringe-worthy things but I'll spare you for now.
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