Furbolg

Furbolg

Description

A shamanistic race resembling humanoid bears, furbolgs have lived peacefully in forested regions for millennia. They make their homes in secluded glades and wilderness idylls. Furbolgs are physically powerful but somewhat lacking in mental prowess.

Furbolgs society is organized into tribes, and an elder shaman leads every furbolg tribe. Shaman act as leaders both in war and in spiritual matters, consulting with forest spirits to provide leadership and guidance to their tribes. Furbolgs respect their shaman and have an intimate relationship with nature. Unlike many other intelligent races, furbolgs feel that they are a part of nature — it is not some outside force to tame, exploit or revere.

Furbolg trackers are also important members of furbolg society. They, along with younger shaman, move through their tribe’s domain, marking game trails and keeping track of migrations. Furbolgs are hunters, moving in predictable patterns as their prey travels with the seasons. Furbolgs also forage; they can eat almost anything, but they have a particular fondness for berries.

Furbolgs naturally have a peaceful society and avoid combat. A furbolg who must fight is terrifying to behold, and most intelligent creatures take steps to make sure that furbolgs in the area remain happy and content. Strong furbolg warriors are proud to face their enemies and prey with only their claws; other furbolgs use primitive weapons such as spears, often decorated with feathers.

Some furbolgs live in isolated villages, others in burrow-like tunnel systems, some of which are complex and extensive. Hunting furbolgs erect small, temporary villages, which are composed of a single log building in the centre with less permanent structures surrounding it.

Furbolgs rarely venture from their secluded homes, though a few of them seek the companionship of other races and thrill to the prospect of adventure and travel. They desire to see the world beyond their tiny forest homes. Furbolgs have their own language, Furbolg, and a few speak the language of the elves.

Appearance: Furbolgs resemble bears with a few humanoid characteristics — bipedal gait, dexterous hands, and the ability to speak. They dress in loose loincloths or togas when they wear anything at all. Fur colour normally ranges from light brown to black, and furbolgs from arctic areas — called polar furbolgs — are white. Fur colour also denotes status in the tribe: shaman have gray fur, and black fur marks the most powerful furbolg fighters. Furbolgs are big and strong, averaging 7 to 10 feet in height and 3 feet in width. Many furbolgs continue to grow even after they reach maturity, adding layers of muscle. Furbolgs weigh 300 to 400 pounds on average, though some reach 500 pounds.

Faith: Furbolgs are tied to nature. Some accounts have them worshipping primitive godlike figures, but primarily they revere nature and the spirits of the world. Furbolg leaders are shaman or druids — which furbolgs usually also call shaman, making little distinction between the two practices. Furbolg priests are unheard of; only those who break far from furbolg society would follow the path of a deity or philosophy.

Names: Furbolg names tend to be simple and denote important characteristics about the individual.

  • Male Names: Darkmaw, Swifttrack, Treebreak.
  • Female Names: Gripjaw, Ragerun, Softstep.
  • Family Names: Furbolgs do not have family names, but they sometimes use their tribes’ names (like Felpaw, Snow Flurry, or Timbermaw) in their place.

Racial Traits

  • +2 Strength, +2 Constitution, –2 Dexterity, –2 Intelligence, –2 Charisma. Furbolgs are muscular and sturdy thanks to their ursine nature, but they are not as intelligent as other races, and they tend to be wary and unfriendly. Their large frames and paw-like hands make them clumsy.
  • Medium: As Medium creatures, furbolgs have no special bonuses or penalties due to their size.
  • Furbolg base land speed is 30 feet.
  • Darkvision: Furbolgs can see in the dark up to 60 feet. Darkvision is black and white only, but it is otherwise like normal sight.
  • Natural Weapons: Furbolgs have natural claws that are well suited to mangling. Their claws deal 1d4 points of damage. Furbolgs can take the Improved Natural Attack feat to improve their mangling efficacy.

Abilities

Str Dex Con Int Wis Cha
+2 -2 +2 -2 0 -2

Age

Starting Age Aging Effects
Adulthood Short Medium Long Middle Age Old Venerable Maximum
30 +2d6 +3d6 +4d6 70 105 140 +3d20

Height and Weight

Gender Base Height Height Mod Base Weight Weight Mod
Male 7' 0" +2d8 300 lb x3d10
Female 6' 8" +2d8 280 lb x3d10
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