Genasi (Earth)

Genasi (Earth)

Description

Earth genasi are patient, stubborn, and contemplative in their decision-making. Marked at birth with obvious traits reflecting their heritage, earth genasi are often shunned by others, but their physical gifts make them able to defend themselves against most attackers. Their strength and girth means that they sometimes become bullies, attracting sycophants out of fear and respect for their power.

Most earth genasi are the descendants of outsiders native to the Elemental Plane of Earth and humans. The rest are descended from earth deities or servants thereof instead of elemental outsiders. Earth genasi bloodlines spring up wherever worship of earth deities is common.

Earth genasi are obviously not human, but have mostly human features except for one or two distinguishing traits related to their elemental ancestor. Some examples of these features are:

  • earthlike skin
  • eyes like black pits
  • eyes like gems
  • gravelly voice
  • very large hands and feet
  • iron gray hair
  • sweats mud instead of water
  • metallic sheen to skin or hair

Earth genasi, like all elemental planetouched, are proud of their nature and abilities, but their pride is a quiet, confident sort rather than a boastful one. Earth genasi are pragmatic about their parentage, usually not going out of their way to learn their ancestry but not avoiding the topic either. Earth genasi have no special relationship with others of their kind, although they seem to prefer others who share their physical differences. Earth genasi have the same life expectancy and age categories as a human.

Racial Traits

Most adventuring earth genasi are combat-oriented, whether fighter, warrior, ranger, or barbarian. They usually learn styles of combat that rely on their gifts, so an earth genasi armsman is either capable of incredible bloodshed or capable of enduring devastating attacks and remaining unshaken. Earth genasi wizards are uncommon, but those who do embrace arcane magic often learn spells to enhance their fighting skills or become masters of earth magic.

Earth genasi have the following racial traits:

  • +2 Strength, +2 Constitution, -2 Wisdom, -2 Charisma: Earth genasi are strong and tough, but somewhat oblivious and stubborn.
  • Medium-size.
  • Earth genasi base speed is 30 feet.
  • Darkvision up to 60 feet.
  • Pass Without Trace (Sp): Earth genasi can use pass without trace once per day as cast by a 5th-level druid.
  • +1 racial bonus on saving throws against earth spells and effects. This bonus increases by +1 for every five class levels the genasi attains.
  • Clerical Focus: An earth genasi cleric must choose a deity who grants access to the Earth domain and select Earth as one of his two domains.
  • Outsider: Earth genasi are native outsiders.
  • Automatic Languages: Common, home region. Bonus Languages: Any (except secret languages, such as Druidic).
  • Favored Class: Fighter. Some earth genasi may opt for a more specialized martial path, but the majority of earth genasi characters prefer the many bonus feats that only the fighter class offers.
  • Prestige Classes: Earth genasi favor any prestige class that helps them fight better, particularly the divine champion. Earth genasi clerics have an affinity for runes, and often become runecasters.
  • Racial Feats: Elemental Bloodline, Stone Colossus, Stone Slide.
  • Racial Classes: An earth genasi has 1 level of their racial class. An earth genasi character receives the maximum hit points for her racial Hit Die. She rolls all Hit Dice from class levels and does not automatically get maximum hit points on her first class level Hit Die.

Abilities

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

Age

Starting Age Aging Effects
Adulthood Short Medium Long Middle Age Old Venerable Maximum
15 +1d4 +1d6 +2d6 35 53 70 +2d20

Height and Weight

Gender Base Height Height Mod Base Weight Weight Mod
Male 4' 10" +2d10 120 lb ×2d4
Female 4' 5" +2d10 85 lb ×2d4

Earth Genasi Racial Levels

Earth genasi have a single Racial Class level, which covers all racial features as noted above.

Racial Class Skills: The earth genasi’s racial class skills (and the key ability for each skill) are Knowledge (The Planes), Listen (Wis), and Spot (Wis).

Level Hit Dice Base Attack Fort Ref Will Skill Points Special
1st 1d8 +1 +2 +2 +2 (8 + Int mod)×4

Characters

History: Earth genasi have no common history. Most of their bloodlines derive from chance meetings between humans and earth outsiders, and even those descended from agents of earth deities are spread across the world with no common purpose. Because the outsider features often skip a generation or two, bloodlines seem to disappear for decades only to pop up again unexpectedly in a family that had forgotten its ancestry. Because earth genasi are slightly less fertile than humans, some bloodlines disappear altogether. Because of their varied origins, both planar and geographical, earth genasi may be found among any human racial group.

Outlook: Proud of their heritage despite the opinions of others, earth genasi know they are born of beings touched by the might of the earth itself. Although they know the circumstances of their outsider heritage are rare and mark them as unlike anyone they might meet, each still feels a strong kinship to the earth itself. Earth genasi feel most comfortable when their feet are on the ground and prefer to go barefoot if appropriate for the weather and environment (earth genasi develop thick calluses easily and can even walk on gravel without discomfort). They are used to being treated differently, but have the strength to defend themselves if harassed. Earth genasi respect their earth elemental cousins for their strength but are usually indifferent to other earth elemental creatures.

Earth genasi like to stake out a piece of land as their own and defend it, which makes them particularly valuable homesteaders in frontier regions. A few unusual ones come down with a strange form of wanderlust, wishing to plant their feet on every nation's soil before they die. Such a journey might take thirty years, but with methodical determination certain genasi have become famous for their long-distance travels.

Society: Earth genasi are among the most isolated of the elemental planetouched. They are indifferent to others of their kind, believing that each should rely on his or her own strength to persevere. The only time this emotional barrier is easily breached is when two or more genasi with the same physical traits meet. The superficial resemblance awakens an echo of sympathy and kinship in the earth genasi, and these similarities often lead to deep friendships and even marriages.

It is among these groups that small clans of earth genasi form, usually military-based groups such as a mercenary company, a squadron of rangers, or a gang of barbarian thugs. The bonds between these individuals can grow very strong, and the bards tell of entire bands of earth genasi meeting to punish a cruel lover or person responsible for the death of one of the band. Because the genasi are patient, sometimes this revenge comes about months or even years after the event, usually in a surprising and painful encounter.

Because of their strength, earth genasi often fall into relationships where they are the dominant person. This means that earth genasi are known to collect like-minded warriors about them, genasi or not, and carve out small baronies for themselves in isolated lands. Several leaders in history have been earth genasi.

Language and Lıteracy: There is no common language among earth genasi, and they feel no urge to learn Terran unless they happen to be a spellcaster who needs to communicate with summoned elementals. An earth genasi usually learns the language of her parents and possibly other languages spoken in her native region.

All earth genasi are literate, except barbarians.

Deities: Earth genasi have no racial deity or pantheon. Because earth genasi clerics must choose deities who grant the Earth domain, all air genasi clerics worship Callarduran Smoothhands, Chauntea, Dumathoin, Geb, Gond, Grumbar, Luthic, Moradin, Segojan Earthcaller, Urdlen, or Urogalan. Those who are not devout enough to be clerics still worship those deities or an earth- or nature-themed deity appropriate to their region.

Lands devoted to the Pharaonic pantheon have a small earth genasi population, most of whom revere Geb, for the children of his divine line become earth genasi instead of aasimar. Earth genasi from Geb's bloodline often have an affinity for bears and sometimes have a faint resemblance to a creature of that type. They may select the Planetouched Animal Affinity feat.

Many earth genasi worship Grumbar, the lord of earth elementals. Although he shows them no more favor than any other worshiper, the genasi respect this and see it as proof that each should rely on his or her own abilities to succeed.

Relations With Other Races: Earth genasi get along well with gnomes and dwarves but find elves and half-elves too weak and puny to be taken seriously. Halflings would almost be in the same category as elves except that they show a remarkable talent for survival, which the genasi respect. Oddly enough, most elves and half-elves appreciate an earth genasi's ties to the land, even though the feeling is not reciprocated.

As earth genasi usually have human parents, they get along fine with humans. They have no bias for or against other kinds of planetouched, even the air genasi, whom they consider flighty but skilled. Half-orcs are intriguing to earth genasi, for they have the hot blood of a much stronger race tempered with human nature much as earth genasi do, so the planetouched consider them lesser but similar kin.

Equipment: Earth genasi have no traditional racial weapons or equipment, although an unusually high number of them prefer to carry weapons that they themselves forged. Common weapons are implements that are useful in practical situations as well as combat, such as hammers, axes, and picks.

Animals And Pets: When earth genasi take pets or animal companions, they usually favor strong and squat creatures, such as mastiffs, badgers, and bears. A few have a fondness for snakes, preferring constrictors to venomous ones.

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