Tuesday, 17 July 2012

A is also for Anumus

The anumi come from Alluria Publishing's Remarkable Races Pathway to Adventure Compendium of Unusual PC Races. They are animal compaions, familiars or pets that have undergone a magical transformation into a humanoid. They retain their animal head but their bodies are transformed into peak humans. Each anumi has a set of basic racial characteristics and then a few more based on their animal parentage.

Porphyran Animus Racial Characteristics (again shooting for 10 RP or less)
+2 Strength: All anumi are strong and each subrace has an additional bonus and penalty.
Medium: All anumi are Medium creatures and have no bonuses or penalties due to size.
Normal Speed: Most anumi subraces have a base land speed of 30 feet.
Keen Senses: Anumi receive a +2 racial bonus on Perception skill checks.
Languages: Anumi began play speaking Common. Anumi with high Intelligence scores can choose form the following: Draconic, Dwarf, Elven, Goblin, Gnome, Orc, or Sylvan

Race Point Mathematics:
Ability Scores (Standard)                 0 RP
Size (Medium)                                 0 RP
Speed (Normal)                               0 RP
Keen Senses (Skill Bonus)                2 RP
Languages (Standard)                       0 RP
Total for Base = 2 RP

Technically a fox could fit in the Canine group but I wanted to do something a little different with foxes and I have to admit to a few outside influences.

Vulpine (Fox) Traits
+2 Charisma, -2 Constitution: Fox anumi are known to be quite charming but they are not as sturdy as other anumi subraces.
Beguiling Liar: Vulpines gain a +4 racial bonus on Bluff checks to convince an opponent that what they are saying is true when they tell a lie.
Fast: Vulpines have a base speed of 40 ft.
Scent: Vulpines have the scent extraordinary ability.
Skill Training: Acrobatics and Sleight of Hand are always considered class skills for Vulpine characters.

Race Point Mathematics:
Beguiling Liar                                   2 RP
Fast                                                 1 RP
Scent                                               4 RP
Skill Training                                    1 RP

Sample Vulpine Animi Non-Player Character
This character is built using the standard NPC array and utilizes material from the Advanced Race Guide, Ultimate Combat, and Book of Arcane Magic (4 Winds Fantasy Gaming), Gods of Porphyra (by Purple Duck Games) and Remarkable Races (Alluria Publishing).

Vulpine Animus by Ryan Rhodes
Ajax, Plains Scout (CR 4; XP 1,200)
Male vulpine anumus ranger (battle scout) 5
CG Medium humanoid
Init +2; Senses scent; Perception +12
AC 15, touch 13, flat-footed 12
(+2 armor, +3 Dex)
hp 32 (5d10)
Fort +4, Ref +7, Will +3
Speed 40 ft.
Melee mwk short sword +7 (1d6+1/19-20)
Ranged mwk composite longbow (+1 Str) +11 (1d8+1/19-20)
Special Attacks advantageous terrain, favored enemy (humanoid [human] +2), hunter's bond (companions)
Ranger Spells Prepared (CL 2nd; concentration +4) 
   1st - call of the wild (DC 13), jump
Str 12, Dex 16, Con 10, Int 13, Wis 14, Cha 10
Base Atk +5; CMB +6; CMD 19
Skills Acrobatics +11 (+15 jumping), Bluff +8 (+12 to pass lies as truth), Knowledge (local) +6, Knowledge (geography) +9, Sense Motive +2, Perception +12, Stealth +11, Survival +10 (+14 tracking); Skill Modifiers +4 Bluff to pass lies as truth, +2 Perception
SQ favored terrain (plains +2), skill training (Acrobatics, Sleight of Hand), tracking +4, wild empathy +5
Combat Gear potion of cure moderate wounds, potion of invisibility, potion of true strike, 1 sleep arrow; Gear area map (Gardens of Meynon), mwk leather armor, mwk dagger, quiver, 20 arrows, 2 whistling arrows, scroll case plus 290 gp worth of mission specific gear
Deity Saren
Homeland Gardens of Meynon

In his previous life, Ajax was the "prisoner" of a human alchemist who thought having a fox as a pet would be cute. Ajax hated being caged within the alchemist's lair and hated the stink of the alchemist's experiments. His captivity ended quickly when the alchemist foolished fed Ajax anumi fruit to test its properties. 
   Ajax escaped into the wilds of the Garden of Meynon and joined with other natural forces to stave off the encroach of humans, elves and gnomes across the natural plains. Ajax is a trusted scout within the Jade Compact, an organization devoted to defending the wilderness against the spread of "civilization".

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