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Encyclopedia Elementa [PEaCH]
This is my attempt at re-vamping the elemental races produced by Paizo. Specifically, I'm talking about the Oread, Sylph, Ifrit, and Undine. These four races seem very lackluster in my opinion, and for that reason I decided to go through and make offshoot races for all 4 that put a little more flavor into the mix.
Critiques and reviews are greatly appreciated, even while the list is still being written. This first post will serve as an index, so even if I dont' get around to making the water race until the 4th or 5th thread page, it will still be easily accessible to anyone viewing the thread for the first time. Please let me know what you think of my work so far. Don't wait for me to finish the list, and I'm not about to save roughly 20 posts as a reserve for this encyclopedia.
Chapter 1: Earth
Chapter 2: Fire
- Page 1: The Aodhan race.
Chapter 3: Air
Chapter 4: Water
Chapter 5: Harmony
(This chapter will contain all of the class archetypes and feats available to more than one elemental race. Eventually the previous classes I'd written for this purpose, like the Vesuvi and the Harmattan, will be linked here, separate from the race-specific resources)
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Shalites straddle the border between living creatures and stony elementals. They are the descendants of desert dwelling oreads, a pure bloodline of the strongest and heartiest of their kind. The oreads sought out the elemental patrons from which they were born, and sought to thicken their bloodline with the elemental's power once again so that they might endure the desert's heat more easily. Their attempts were successful, and their children were heartier and more resilient than ever before. But this power did not come without a price; as the children aged their skin began to petrify, turning into flaky scales of rock and sandstone. Horrified, the oreads parted from their new offspring, leaving a generation of stone-encrusted children and families alone in the desert wastes.
Over time, these oread offspring, more elemental than humanoid, became a clan unto themselves. They continued to thrive, and lived lives of solitude among the bleached, sandy dunes. As they aged, their condition progressed, until their inner organs calcified and turned to stone. With their bodies eventually reduced to little more than statues, the deceased were not buried as the other races were inclined to do, but were instead displayed in cemeteries and in positions to guard their homes and families. It became something of a last rite for the elders, to assume a position in which they wanted to be remembered, and they lived the last weeks of their lives perfectly still, struggling to breath, and resolved to their fate.
All of this took a heavy toll on the clan, who decided that the ancestors who'd abandoned them were considered no longer family. They identified themselves as "shalites," from the appearance of their calcified flesh, and decided to make the world known to their presence. They regularly began exploring and adventuring in adulthood, but they almost always sought to return home for their final rest. They named their city, Suncrest, and began to form their own alliances and relations with other races and cultures.
Physical Description: Shalites tend to be build like miniature mountains, tall and solid. They stand as tall as an orc, and as wide as a dwarf, with thick limbs and square jaws. Like orcs, the women and men tend to have the same physical features and proportions, born more from their earthy nature than from their biology or gender. Shalite skin is usually a pale gray or sand color, though occasionally a darker brown will surface in some children. The stony portions of their body are dark gray, and covered in thick plates or scales that allow them to move, albeit not as quickly as another race might. Shalites have no body fat, but their bones are thick and lumpy, and some shalites have the dimensions of an over-fed orc.
Shalites prefer simple, light clothing suitable for desert travel, and they usually care little for decorations or jewelry (which rarely fits their thick fingers or wrists except by custom order). As with any race, the shalites have their exceptions, those who indulge in decoration and dress to offset the grotesque crudeness of their stony limbs.
After initial greeting, others often find that there is a bit of beauty hidden in the gray slab of flesh that otherwise makes up the intimidating shalite. Their eyes sparkle like gems, and come in innumerable colors and patterns, though ruby, emerald, sapphire, and amethyst are the most common.
Society: After the abandonment of their oread ancestors, shalites developed a deep sense of loyalty to their families and friends. They possess a deep respect for their shalite elders, revering the statuesque bodies of the departed with care and love. Suncrest has little in the way of provisions or wealth, and as such everyone is expected to band together for the greater good. Lawlessness, thievery, and deception are never tolerated in shalites, and they often feel uncomfortable in places where such activities are common. Despite their nature as towering obelisks of might and durability, the shalites possess a keen love of knowledge, history, and magic. They regularly engage in lessons and activities designed to teach youth the importance of their society's standards and morals, and they teach their children to be practical, studious, and determined above all else. Creativity, while present, is rarely expressed in Suncrest except through story-telling or the recitation of legends.
Relations: Early in their independence, the shalites encountered the biblii, and immediately took an interest in the magical runes that adorned their skin. The shalites had always been ashamed of their deformities, but in the biblii they saw the ability to embrace their uniqueness and differences. The stone-skins were at first perplexed at the lack of understanding the biblii possessed about the origins of their marks, but in time the biblii understanding of runes and magical forces yielded some interesting results, and incredible friendships. With the biblii's help, the shalites learned to mark their calcified flesh with sigils of magical power, and a lasting union was formed between the two races. Shalites quickly took to adventuring with biblii companions, and the biblii found the shalites to be loyal, resilient friends and protectors.
Other than their almost codependent preference for biblii companions, the shalites get along well with most native outsiders. They find common ground in those whose ancestors are foreign or taboo, particularly tieflings, suli, and wierdlings. The pure-blooded races tend to be repulsed by the shalites' appearance as basilisk victims, and as such the shalites tend to prefer uncommon travelling companions over the standard array of humans, elves, and dwarves. Gnomes, themselves the distant spawn of fey, are a bit more accepting of shalites at first glance. For obvious reasons, warforged and shalites get along exceptionally well.
Of all the races, it is only oreads that the shalites despise. Even though many oreads were unaware of the faction that spawned the shalites, the shalites have a longstanding resentment of their ancestors and all others like them.
Alignment and Religion: Shalites have no common god or pantheon. As a newer race, and one keenly aware of its own origins, the shalites have no creation myth from which they believe they spawned. Without a deity to which to credit their existence, they've taken an agnostic stance on almost all things divine. Loyalty is important to shalite culture, and their meager standing in the world encourages lawful, courteous behavior. As such, most shalites tend to be either lawful or neutral, and rarely evil.
Adventurers: Suncrest, the first (and final) resting place of most shalites, has little in the way of resources or trade goods. The people there struggle to survive and work constantly to keep their city and their families safe and protected. Young shalites often adventure as a way to relieve some of the pressure their families feel. They travel far in their youth, but usually keep their adventures a little closer to home as they age, so that they might visit their families more often, and make preparations for their final rest. Shalites are loyal travelling companions, resilient and strong, and often take on roles as bodyguards, soldiers, or guardians of an important location.
Male Names: Beryl, Gypsus, Jet, Kain, Malachi, Pyr, Realgar
Female Names: Agata, Galena, Jadar, Miargyr, Sylvi, Ye'elim
- Ability Scores: Shalites are resilient and learn the benefits of wisdom, but rarely express themselves and their stony limbs are clumsy. They gain –2 Dexterity, +2 Constitution, +2 Wisdom, and –2 Charisma.
- Size: Shalites are medium creatures and thus receive no bonuses or penalties due to their size.
- Type: Shalites are outsiders with the native subtype.
- Base Speed: Shalites have a base speed of 30 feet.
- Oread Blood: Shalites count as both oreads and shalites for any effect related to race.
- Gradual Petrification: Shalites are condemned to slowly turn to stone as they age, eventually becoming statues at the end of their natural lifespan. However, this process takes decades without outside influence, and in their early life it manifests in only a portion of their body. At character creation, a shalite chooses one of the following portions of their body to be afflicted by the stony calcification: head, torso, arms, or legs. For each age category the shalite attains beyond adulthood, the calcification spreads to an adjacent portion of the body. This transformation always affects the skin and muscle tissue first, converting the internal organs during the last phase of life. Depending on the afflicted portions he possesses, the shalite gains different bonuses and penalties specific to that portion of his body. These bonuses stack with one another.
- Head: The shalite's hair is matted in flakes of stone and he has difficulty making expressions with his face. He gains a +1 bonus to natural armor and a +2 racial bonus on saves against mind-affecting effects. He suffers a –2 penalty on Bluff, Diplomacy, and Disguise checks.
- Torso: The shalite's breathing is labored but unyielding, and stony protrusions form along his spine. He gains a +1 bonus to natural armor and a +2 racial bonus on saves against fatigue and exhaustion. Whenever a critical hit or sneak attack is scored against the shalite, there is a 15% chance that the critical hit or sneak attack is negated and damage is instead rolled normally. The shalite's rate of natural healing is reduced by half, and he gains only 1 point of health per 2 points that would be gained from a spell of the healing subschool.
- Arms: The shalite's hands are dull and arms are thick with plated armor. He gains a +1 bonus to natural armor and he can parry attacks with his arms, giving him a +1 shield bonus to AC. He gains improved unarmed strike as a bonus feat, but he suffers a –2 penalty on Craft, Disable Device, and Sleight of Hand checks.
- Legs: The shalite's legs are heavy, and he makes a loud thump with every step. He gains a +1 bonus to natural armor and he treats his Strength score as 2 higher than normal when determining his carrying capacity. His base speed is reduced by 10 feet, but his speed is never reduced by armor or encumbrance. He suffers a –2 penalty on Acrobatics, Stealth, and Swim checks.
- Statuesque Aspect: As a shalite's body petrifies, it has the following effects. First, when subject to a spell or effect that would convert part or all of the shalite's body into stone (stone fist, flesh to stone, etc.) the shalite must roll twice on his saves against that effect and choose the worse result. If the effect succeeds, then the duration of it is doubled, as well. Second, a stone to flesh spell temporarily removes the benefits and downsides of the shalite's gradual petrification trait for 10 minutes per caster level. Lastly, if a shalite survives long enough to die of old age, his body completely petrifies within 12 hours of his death, as though subject to a flesh to stone spell. If the body is then converted into a construct or other animated object, the construct will have the same alignment, goals, desires, and mindset that the shalite possessed in his final hours. This does not make the construct intelligent, but it does decide the actions that the construct will take, where possible. This effect supercedes any commands that would be imposed upon the construct by its creator.
- Desert Dweller: Shalites gain a +2 bonus on Constitution checks and Fortitude saves against fatigue and exhaustion, as well as any other ill effects of a forced march, starvation, thirst, or hot or arid environments. They also receive a +2 racial bonus on survival checks.
- Earth Affinity: Shalite sorcerers with the elemental (earth) bloodline treat their Charisma score as 2 points higher for all sorcerer spells and class abilities. Shalite clerics with the Earth domain use their domain powers and spells at +1 caster level.
- Energy Resistance: Shalites possess acid resistance 5.
- Darkvision: Shalites can see perfectly in the dark up to 60 feet.
- Languages: Shalites begin play speaking Common and Terran. Shalites with a high Intelligence score can choose from the following additional languages: Auran, Draconic, Giant, Gnome, Ignan, Infernal, or Orc.
Alternate Racial Trates
The following alternate racial traits may be selected in place of one or more of the standard racial traits above. Consult your GM before selecting any of these new options.
- Elemental Kinship: Shalites are in many ways "half elementals" and can take on some aspects of elemental creatures they associate with. Shalites with this trait may choose one of the following elemental planes, gaining resistance 5 against that plane's energy type: air (electric), fire (fire), or water (ice). The shalite is considered to have ties to the chosen plane, in addition to the plane of earth, for the purposes of spells, abilities, and qualifications. This racial trait replaces earth affinity.
- Crystalline Form: Shalites often possess crystalline growths in their stony limbs that diffuse rays and beams. Shalites with this racial trait gain a +2 deflection bonus to AC against rays, though their natural armor bonus is reduced by 1. Once per day, the shalite may deflect a ray targeted at him as though using the deflect arrows feat.
- Resolute Mind: Shalites with this racial trait gain a +2 bonus on all Will saving throws. This racial trait replaces energy resistance.
- Golem Aspect: A shalite with this trait gains spell resistance equal to 4 + his hit dice + 2 per petrified body part he possesses. This racial trait replaces earth affinity and energy resistance.
- Stonecunning: A shalite with this trait relies on senses other than his sight to get a sense of the area around them, and receive a +2 bonus on Perception checks to notice unusual stonework, such as traps and hidden doors located in stone walls or floors. They receive a check to notice such features whenever they pass within 10 feet of them, whether or not they are actively looking. They also gain low-light vision, but this trait replaces darkvision.
- Earth Summoner: When a shalite with this racial trait summons a creature with the earth subtype with a summon spell, increase the duration of that spell by 2 rounds. This trait replaces earth affinity.
- Stonesinger: Shalites with this racial trait are treated as 1 level higher when casting spells with the earth descriptor or using powers of the Earth domain, bloodline powers of the earth elemental bloodline, and revelations of the oracle's stone mystery. This trait does not give members of this race early access to level-based powers; it only affects powers they could already use without this trait. This trait replaces earth affinity.
Random Starting Ages
As a shalite reaches each new age category, the stony calcification of his flesh spreads to an adjacent region.Middle AgeOldVenerableMaximum Age
120 years180 years240 years240+3d20 years
Random Height and Weight
GenderBase HeightHeight ModifierBase WeightWeight Modifier
Male5'1"+2d10170 lb.x8 lb. Female4'10"+2d10160 lb.x8 lb.
Favored Class Options
The following favored class options are available to all characters of this race who have the listed favored class, and unless otherwise stated, the bonus applies each time you select the favored class reward.
- Alchemist add +1/3 to the alchemist’s natural armor bonus when using the character's mutagen.
- Barbarian add +1/3 to the barbarian's damage reduction ability. The barbarian must be at least 6th level before selecting this option.
- Brawler add +1/3 to the brawler's CMD.
- Druid add +1/3 to the druid's natural armor bonus when using wild shape.
- Fighter add +1/3 to the fighter's CMD.
- Monk add +1/2 to the number of stunning attack attempts per day.
- Oracle treat the shalite's level as +1/2 higher for the purpose of determining the effects of the oracle’s curse ability.
- Sorcerer add +1/3 to the sorcerer's caster level when casting spells with the earth descriptor.
- Wizard add +1/3 to the wizard’s caster level when casting spells with the earth descriptor.
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Advanced Petrification is a feat available to shalites that causes their petrification to spread, at the cost of later age categories and an earlier death from old age.
Runic Etching is a feat for shalites that allows their petrified limbs to be temporarily enchanted, at the cost of related magical item slots.
The Vesuvi is an archetype for outsider barbarians that uses volcanic fury to quickly decimate his enemies' forces.
The Harmattan is an archetype for outsider monks that uses scorching desert winds to debilitate foes from a distance.
Spoiler: Feat - Advanced PetrificationAdvanced Petrification (Shalite)
The gradual petrification of your body is more advanced than others your age, and your statuesque death looms ever closer.
Prerequisites: Con 13, shalite.
Benefit: Select a portion of your body (head, torso, arms, legs) that is not yet calcified by your gradual petrification trait. That portion becomes calcified, granting the benefits and downsides listed in the gradual petrification trait. You may select this feat more than once, choosing a different portion of your body each time. Each time you select this feat, your maximum age is reduced by 60 years, which may prevent you from reaching later age categories. If your maximum age would be reduced to less than your current age, you do not die immediately, but rather will die of petrification in 1d12 months.
Many shalites that develop in this way tend to be either reckless and adventurous, or cautious and peaceful. Very few shalites are unaffected by their impending death in one way or the other.
Spoiler: Feat - Runic EtchingRunic Etching (Shalite)
Runes engraved in your calcified flesh serve as conduits that allow you to retain magical power in your stony limbs but clash with the energy of magical equipment.
Prerequisites: Knowledge (Arcana) 3 ranks, shalite.
Benefit: Runes engraved in your stony limbs can retain magical energy for long periods of time. To imbue these runes with power, an allied spellcaster must touch the runes while casting a spell, using a spell-like ability, or using a charge from a magical item (such as a wand). Cantrips, orisons, and other 0-level spells grant you no benefits. The benefits granted vary based on the school to which the spent spell belonged, and last for 1 hour per caster level. During this time, you must choose one magical item slot attached to the limb that is being affected; while you benefit from the magical power imbued in your limb, you may not benefit from magical items in the slot you chose. If your head is being imbued with energy, you may select either the headband, head, or eyes. If it is your torso, you may select from the neck, shoulders, chest, and body. For your arms, the options are wrists, hands, or rings (both); for legs, the choices are either belt or feet. You may have multiple limbs imbued with magical power simultaneously, but you may not have the same benefit more than once (such as having two evocation spells imbued in you). Healing spells are considered a separate effect, unrelated to conjuration.
- Abjuration: You gain an armor bonus to AC equal to the level of the spent spell, and a resistance bonus on saves equal to 1/2 the spell's level.
- Conjuration: As a swift action, you may attempt to displace a creature or object within 30 feet. To do so, you must make a combat maneuver check, with a bonus equal to 1/2 the level of the spent spell. If this beats the defending creature's CMD (10 + size modifier for an inanimate object) then you may displace the target by 5 feet in any direction. You may use this ability a number of times equal to the level of the spent spell.
- Divination: You gain a bonus on Appraise, Perception, and Sense Motive checks equal to the level of the spent spell, and a bonus on initiative rolls equal to half this amount. You may also spend a standard action to cast detect magic as a spell-like ability.
- Enchantment: You gain a bonus on Bluff and Diplomacy checks equal to the level of the spent spell. Additionally, as an immediate action, you may force any creature to reroll its save against a mind-affecting effect and take the new result. You may use this benefit a number of times equal to the level of the spent spell.
- Evocation: As an immediate action, you may increase the damage suffered by one creature you can see by one point per die of damage being dealt. This damage is the same type as the effect dealing the initial damage, or a force effect if they are taking damage from a weapon that deals no elemental damage. You may use this ability a number of times equal to the level of the spent spell.
- Healing: As a swift action, you may heal yourself for a number of points equal to your Constitution modifier. Excess healing above your maximum health is given to you as temporary hit points, which disappear after 1 minute. You may use this ability a number of times equal to the level of the spent spell.
- Illusion: You gain a bonus on Disguise and Stealth checks equal to the level of the spent spell. Additionally, as an immediate action, you may give any creature within 30 feet concealment (20% miss chance) against the next attack against it this turn. A creature that already has concealment instead gains total concealment (50% miss chance). You may use this ability a number of times equal to the level of the spent spell.
- Necromancy: Creatures you are grappling, or that have grappled, engulfed, or swallowed you, have 1 temporary negative level. Additionally, a number of times equal to the spent spell's level, you may give a temporary negative level to a creature you strike with your affected limb. These temporary negative levels do not stack, and they last for only one round after contact.
- Transmutation: You gain an enhancement bonus to natural armor equal to half the level of the spent spell. Unarmed strikes and natural weapons using the affected limb deal damage as though they were one size larger.
- Universal: You gain spell resistance equal to 10 + the level of the spent spell. You also gain a competence bonus on all attack rolls, saves, skill checks, and ability checks equal to half the spell's level.
Spoiler: Archetype - VesuviVesuvi
Modified Class: The vesuvi is an archetype of the barbarian class, available to outsiders with a connection to the plane of earth or fire.
"Fighting defensively? I don't think I'm familiar with the term..."
Vesuvia are powerful warriors brimming with rage and elemental power. Their rage is a fearsome and unstoppable force, cleaving a wake of destruction through their enemies; when the battle ends and the last foes have fallen, the vesuvi stands among the rubble, angry at the lack of opposition. Even when not engaged in brutal combat, vesuvia channel their fiery powers into stone to create lava from which to forge the weapons and armor they'll use to destroy future foes.
The following are class features of the vesuvi.
Burning Rage (Ex): When an vesuvi rages, he becomes so immersed in his fury that he leaves himself more vulnerable than other barbarians, though his fiery spirit manifests in himself and his weapons while doing so. While raging, the vesuvi's AC penalty is increased to –4 and he takes a –2 penalty to Wisdom, in addition to the normal effects. He also gains the heat (1d4 fire) extraordinary ability while raging. This damage increases by 1 die step at 4th level, and every 4 levels thereafter, to a maximum of 2d8 at 20th level. His unarmed strikes and metallic weapons conduct this heat, as do any obsidian weapons he wields.
A vesuvi's rage is difficult to quench, which is both a boon and a curse. When an opposing creature uses a spell or ability that would end the vesuvi's rage (such as calm emotions) or lessen his hatred of his opponents (such as charm person), the vesubi may roll his saves against that effect twice, using the higher result. However, when the vesuvi wishes to end his rage, he must succeed on a Will save with a DC equal to 5 + 1/2 the number of rounds of rage he has remaining. He may attempt this save only once per round, and if he fails he continues to rage, spending rounds as he does so.
This otherwise follows the rules of a normal rage.
Resistance (Ex): A vesuvi has fire resistance equal to his level + 4. At 15th level, he instead gains immunity to fire.
This ability replaces fast movement.
Explosive Rage (Ex): Beginning at 2nd level, the vesuvi's rage is accompanied by a wave of fury that empowers his next attack. When he enters a rage, he gains a morale bonus on his next attack and damage roll equal to his class level + his Charisma bonus (if any). This benefit applies only to his next attack, and is lost if that attack misses.
Beginning at 4th level, the vesuvi's rage manifests not only with a wave of fury, but with a burst of flames and wrath. When he enters a rage, he releases a burst of energy that deals fire damage equal to his heat ability + his class level to all creatures within 10 feet. Creatures caught in the blast may attempt a Reflex save (DC 10 + 1/2 his class level + his raging Strength modifier) for half damage.
This ability replaces uncanny dodge and improved uncanny dodge.
Lavacraft: Beginning at 3rd level, an vesuvi's elemental power allows him to craft a wide variety of objects from obsidian. He may use obsidian to craft weapons of any weight category (such as 2-handed) or type (such as bludgeoning), rather than the normal restrictions. Additionally, he may use obsidian to craft any type of armor normally made from metal plates (such as full-plate or scale mail, but not chainmail or leather). Objects he creates in this way have the normal hardness and hit points for objects of their type, and do not have the fragile property.
At 6th level, he gains Master Craftsman as a bonus feat, even if he does not meet the prerequisites for it. He must select either Craft (Weapons) or Craft (Armor) as the subject of this feat.
At 9th level, he gains Craft Magic Arms and Armor as a bonus feat, even if he does not meet the prerequisites for it.
At 12th level, obsidian weapons he wields bypass damage reduction as though they were both silver and cold iron, and obsidian armor he wears is considered one category lighter for the purposes of movement and other limitations, as though it were mithral.
At 15th level, obsidian weapons he wields bypass damage reduction as though they were adamantine. Maximum Dexterity bonuses of obsidian armor he wears are increased by 2, and the armor check penalties of his obsidian armor are reduced by 3 (to a minimum of 0).
Beginning at 18th level, he may impart a portion of his fiery power into the obsidian objects he creates, granting the weapons and armor these bonuses regardless of who wears or uses them.
This ability replaces all instances of trap sense.
All-Consuming Destruction (Su): At 14th level, a vesuvi is as empowered by the defeat of his foes as he is by his own fury, and this manifests in a cataclysmic fate for his victims. When he reduces a foe to 0 hit points or less while raging, that creature must make a successful Fortitude save (with a DC equal to the damage dealt by the vesuvi's attack) or be consumed in fire and die. Creatures immune to fire damage, or that possess fire resistance 10 or more, are immune to this effect. Creatures slain by the vesuvi during his rage are reduced to ash, as though by a disintegrate spell. When the vesuvi slays a creature while raging, he may continue his rage through the next round without spending a round of rage.
This ability replaces indomitable will.
Spoiler: Archetype - Harmattan - WIPHarmattan
Modified Class: The harmattan is an archetype of the monk class, available to outsiders with a connection to the plane of wind or fire.
"You call that a heat wave? Your armor's not even melting!"
Harmattans are dangerous skirmishers, able to join a battle easily and slip away unharmed, leaving their foes exhausted and scorched. They use ki to fuel their elemental powers, attacking viciously from a distance before moving in for the finishing blow. Harmattans are the embodiment of the desert's unrelenting danger, and foes will often find themselves far outmatched if they attempt to engage a harmattan unprepared.
The following are class features of the harmattan.
Weapon Proficiencies: A harmattan is proficient with the scimitar, kukri, and longspear, in addition to the normal list of monk weapons. He may use the scimitar and kukri when performing a flurry of blows.
This is in addition to the monk's normal weapon proficiencies.
Bonus Feat: A harmattan replaces the normal monk bonus feats with the following: Combat Reflexes, Deflect Arrows, Dodge, Fleet, Improved Feint, Lunge, and Weapon Finesse.
At 6th level, the following feats are also available: Disengaging Feint, Mobility, Sidestep, Snatch Arrows, Whirlwind Attack, and Wind Stance.
At 10th level, the following feats are added: Combat Patrol, Lightning Stance, Nimble Striker, and Spring Attack.
Draining Strike: At first level, a harmattan gains Draining Strike as a bonus feat, even if he does not meet the prerequisites for it. He may attempt a draining attack a number of times per day equal to his class level, plus one additional time each day for every four levels he has in classes other than monk.
This replaces stunning fist.
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The Aodhan are a passionate and fickle race, and are renown for the strength of their convictions, once decided. They seem to revel and thrive in the midst of strife and excitement, though whether this proximity is an effect of their own ethics, unconscious desires, or planar heritage is a point of contention among their observers. The first aodhan were children of an undesired coupling between ifrit and tiefling, but their fiery bloodline is strong and often surpasses the heritage of their partner when children are born. Any aodhan can begat another, but first generation aodhan are always born from an ifrit and either a suli or tiefling, or comparable native outsier with ties to a fiery plane. Regardless of their individual heritage, aodhan are essentially comparable. They tend to be reckless, impassioned, deceitful, fickle, and adventurous, and they have a natural affinity for pyromancy and demolition. Though they often have cruel or malicious ancestors, aodhan can be as friendly and carefree as any other race.
Aodhan are frightening figures to behold, their flesh often cracked and marred with freshly-healed burns. Hellfire resides within the body of an aodhan, and when pressed this awesome power manifests through their very pores. As much elemental as humanoid, the aodhan find themselves often shunned because of their tortured visage and dangerous tempers.
Physical Description: Aodhan tend to be tall for their size, but thin almost to the point of emaciation. Like their distant cousins the shalites, the aodhan have no body fat as their power of self-immolation consumes such material too rapidly. Aodhan typically have dark or ashen skin, frequently appearing as if crispy and burnt, or dry and cracked as old leather. Their eyes are always a fiery orange, though occasionally a child is born whose eyes glow with another hue. Such children are regarded as magical or imbued with uncanny power, and much is expected of them. Aodhan typically favor thick, flame-retardant clothing, and generally prefer to leave their limbs and bodys as uncovered as socially acceptable. Within their own villages and groups, nudity is a common preference, as clothing can be expensive when replaced regularly.
Society: Aodhan are impassioned and determined, and do not do well with leadership in any form. They prefer self-regulating autonomy or anarchy, though they rarely seek to impose such philosophies on the cultures of others. Rather, they simply avoid situations where they are burdened by laws and restrictions, and tend to group together to enjoy their freedoms and liberties. Faith is a powerful force in aodhan culture, though they rarely take to the worship of gods or nature. Most aodhan prefer independent spirituality, or to follow gods of creativity and passion, borrowed from other cultures. Aodhan whose parents had ties to the lower planes often find themselves drawn to evil gods and dark powers, though they may ignore or suppress these desires for the sake of acceptance.
Relations: Aodhan rarely get along with the sterner races, and often butt heads with dwarven colonies when they share borders. They prefer to mingle with the carefree and wild races, and often find pleasant kinship in halflings, gnomes, and orcs. They find obvious common ground with their elemental kin, including shalites, suli, and ifrits. They tend to either love or hate tieflings, but this decision is unique to each aodhan and not a reflection of the culture as a whole. Because of their dubious origins and tendency for lawlessness, they are often spurned by aasimars and aristocratic members of any race.
Alignment and Religion: Aodhan have no unifying deity or origin story, and are keenly aware of their nefarious origin and their faults. They freely worship the impassioned, creative deities of other cultures, however, but most often follow an ethos of personal spirituality. More excitable than wise, divine power flows more freely within their veins than their temples, and aodhan are one of the few races to have more oracles than clerics or priests. When an aodhan sets his sights on the pursuit of piety and the vanquishing of foes, he makes a powerful asset to his faith.
Adventurers: Aodhan adventure for the same reasons as any other race, usually to seek acceptance or glory, or to avenge some slight or crime. Whatever their motivations, they are impossibly strong willed and tend to care more for the safety of their allies or the defeat of a foe than for their own health or safety, which can be both a boon and a curse. Aodhan adventurers tend to prefer roles where they are independent and free to do as they feel inclined, and rarely serve as healers, protectors, or summoners.
Male Names: Ashur, Calor, Flagra, Sohl, and Vulk
Female Names: Brig, Chandra, Fahr, Igna, or Vulca
- Ability Scores: Aodhan are lithe and reckless, but impassioned and withered. They gain +2 Dexterity –2 Con, –2 Wisdom, and +2 Charisma.
- Size: Aodhan are medium creatures and thus receive no bonuses or penalties due to their size.
- Type: Aodhan are outsiders with the native subtype.
- Base Speed: Aodhan have a base speed of 30 feet.
- Ifrit Blood: Aodhan count as both ifrits and aodhan for any effect related to race.
- Immolation Incarnate: Aodhan are a conflicted race, their bodies made of weak and unprotected flesh filled with fiery elemental power. This affliction is merely theoretical or ethereal in childhood, but as they grow through puberty the changes become real and tangible. On command, the aodhan can release his elemental fury, consuming a portion of his own flesh to fuel his fiery power. This exchange comes at a cost, however, as the aodhan's body becomes little more than a dry, cracked husk as he ages.
- Languages: Aodhan begin play speaking Common and Ignan. Aodhan with a high Intelligence score can choose from the following additional languages: Abyssal, Auran, Draconic, Gnome, Infernal, Terran, or Orc
Random Starting Ages
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Random Height and Weight
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