Genasi (Fire)

Genasi (Fire)

Description

Fire genasi are usually thought of as hot-blooded and quick to anger, and they have earned that reputation. Mercurial, proud, and often fearless, they are not content to sit and watch the world pass them by. Fire genasi have obvious physical traits that mark them as different from humans, and they are often the target of mistrust and persecution. Some fire genasi are able to use their quick wits to turn the tables on their tormentors, while others find that their barbed words only make their foes more angry. Many fire genasi are destroyed as infants by their own parents, who fear that they are demonspawn.

Fire genasi are obviously not fully human, having mostly human features except for one or two exceptional traits related to their elemental ancestor. Some examples of these features are:

  • charcoal gray skin
  • deep red skin
  • red or orange hair that waves like flames
  • eyes that glow when the genasi is angry
  • unusually warm skin
  • large red teeth
  • always smells like smoke

Most fire genasi are descended from efreeti. Fire genasi are proud of their ancestry and consider themselves superior to normal humans, although the smarter ones don't make an issue of it. Because fire genasi have almost no chance of finding their original elemental ancestor (who may have long since been slain, banished, or imprisoned - efreeti not being a particularly peaceful race), they make no effort to do so and enjoy the gifts that ancestor's blood has granted them. Fire genasi enjoy the company of their own kind and have been known to form elite groups of mages or fighters that hire themselves out on the basis of their skill and heritage. They have been known to adopt the fire genasi children of human parents as well.

Fire genasi have the same life expectancy and age categories as a human.

Racial Traits

Fire genasi make smart fighters, but many follow the barbarian's path instead, because it is easier and espouses the heat of bloodlust. More fire genasi become sorcerers than wizards, even though their natural talents would indicate otherwise. Fire genasi would much rather talk about themselves than other people, and that and their own short tempers make them poor bards. The rare fire genasi who feels the call of the paladin is often the hotheaded, take-no-prisoners sort who risks losing control.

Fire genasi have the following traits:

  • +2 Intelligence, -2 Charisma: Fire genasi have bright minds, but are impatient and quick to anger.
  • Medium-size.
  • Fire genasi base speed is 30 feet.
  • Darkvision up to 60 feet.
  • +1 racial bonus on saving throws against all fire spells and effects. This bonus increases by +1 for every five class levels the genasi attains.
  • Control Flame (Sp): Fire genasi can cause a nonmagical fire within 10 feet of them to diminish to the level of coals or flare to the brightness of daylight and double the normal radius of illumination. This ability does not change the heat output or fuel consumption of the fire source, lasts 5 minutes, and may be done once per day. They use this ability as 5th-level sorcerers.
  • Clerical Focus: A fire genasi cleric must choose a deity who grants access to the Fire domain and select Fire as one of her two domains.
  • Outsider: Fire genasi are native outsiders.
  • Automatic Languages: Common, home region. Bonus Languages: Any (except secret languages, such as Druidic).
  • Favored Class: Fighter. The mayhem of combat is easy for someone born of fire to understand.
  • Prestige Classes: Fire genasi have no particular favorites among the warfare-oriented prestige classes. Many become arcane devotees of fire deities, especially Kossuth.
  • Racial Feats: Elemental Bloodline, Healing Flames.
  • Racial Classes: A fire genasi has 1 level of their racial class. A fire 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
0 0 0 +2 0 -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

Fire Genasi Racial Levels

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

Racial Class Skills: The fire 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: Most fire genasi are the result of human-efreeti unions that occurred thousands of years ago. Since then, the fire genasi bloodlines have mixed with humans in many lands. Consequently, fire genasi generally have no common history.

Outlook: The fire genasi are a proud people, knowing that they are born of great genies. They prefer to dress elegantly and flamboyantly, reveling in their differences and advertising their superior taste and abilities. Fire genasi respect their pure elemental kin, and most treat efreet and other large fire outsiders with a great deal of courtesy and respect, both out of a sense of the creature's power and as a subtle gratitude for their own bloodline-granted talents. Because of their high opinions of themselves, fire genasi often elect themselves the leader and spokesperson of a group, even if they have no particular talents in those areas. Fire genasi are impatient and don't take well to pursuits that require a lot of time and study. They like to travel, if only to escape the presence of their enemies or people who frustrate them. Fire genasi enjoy collecting treasure, preferring jewelry to bags of coins.

Society: Fire genasi are competitive among their kind, but their rivalry is rarely lethal. Even two fire genasi of radically different alignments or philosophies are capable of putting down their swords for a talk on elemental nature and comparative histories, and should they come to blows they are more likely to ask for and grant mercy than slay each other outright. Although they have hot tempers, arguments between fire genasi quickly burn out, although their allies or minions might suffer the smoldering aftereffects.

Other than this friendly banter, fire genasi often go for years without seeing one of their own kind. Descended from beings who have strong and close (if argumentative) society, fire genasi still have a tendency to collect in groups when circumstances allow. Children raised by two fire genasi parents see a wide range of emotions in their parents, from phenomenal passion and epic poetry to screaming matches and thrown furniture. This is accepted as normal, and they are taught that a life not lived vigorously is not worth living.

Language and Literacy: Fire genasi share no racial language, although some learn Ignan for the sake of cultivating an exotic air. A fire genasi usually learns the language of her parents and other languages spoken in her native region.

All fire genasi are literate, except for barbarians.

Magic and Lore: Magic with the Fire descriptor is the obvious place to start, and that in turn means spells from the schools of Conjuration and Evocation.

Spells And Spellcasting: Because they have such good saving throws against fire spells and effects, a fire genasi spellcaster can risk stunts that no other spellcaster dares try, such as centering a fireball on herself. The disparity between Intelligence and Charisma means that most fire genasi arcanists will be wizards, not bards or sorcerers. Their (fireproof) spellbooks are often page after page of fire spells.

Deities: Fire genasi have no common racial deity. Since fire genasi clerics must choose deities that grant the Fire domain, all fire genasi clerics worship Gond, Hephaestus, or Talos. Because they are impatient, quite often a fire genasi will advance a short while as a cleric and progress in another class thereafter. Those who are not devout enough to be clerics worship fire deities or martial deities.

Kossuth is a favorite among fire genasi, for he represents the apex of the element that grants them their special gifts. They revere his fiery aspect rather than his purification aspect. Kossuth shows no unusual favor toward his fire genasi worshipers.

Relations: Fire genasi consider themselves above all other races but accept humans because of their own human blood. Dwarves, gnomes, and halflings are too short to be taken seriously, elves are too focused on the long-term consequences, and half-orcs are too stupid. Earth genasi are too slow to act, water genasi too dispassionate, air genasi too flighty, and aasimar and tieflings too morose. Fire genasi quickly become impatient with the "failings" of other races and rarely make friends with anyone but humans or other fire genasi.

Equipment: Fire genasi prefer weapons such as rapiers, scimitars, falchions, and bladed polearms. They have no traditional equipment or armor.

Animals And Pets: Fire genasi prefer pets that are fast and heat-tolerant, such as desert lizards.

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