Tauren

Tauren

Description

The open grass plains have long been a home to these tremendous nomads. The tauren are a race of shamans, hunters and warriors who long ago developed a complex culture and system of living without the aid of stonework, steel or conquest. This is not to say that the tauren are a race of pacifists, for when they are angered they are capable of retaliating with swift and decisive brutality.

Tauren are, in a word, stoic, embodying the strong and silent type with their quiet contemplation. This introspective air combined with their immense size can lead a person to understand how many regard the tauren as a wise and dangerous race. Tauren rarely speak unless there is a true reason to, preferring to act instead of talk. However, once a tauren has learned to interact with a companion, there seems to be a more open and enthusiastic exchange of words. Since tauren warm slowly to non-tauren, however, they are usually silent, and sometimes appear brooding.

If anything, a person could attribute the silence of the tauren on the strife of recent times. Tauren have no love for bloodshed, as their deep spiritual beliefs don’t have a place for warfare. The elders of a tribe solve most issues, or two tauren might resolve a conflict with a ritual challenge resembling a duel. Being drawn into the wars of others has led the introspective race into more and more conflict, creating a demand for tauren warriors and healers. Many must spend time putting great thought into the actions they perform on the field of battle. Taking another life, whether it is man or beast, is an act filled with great significance to the tauren.

Appearance: Tauren are large, muscular humanoids with bull-like heads. Males average 7 1/2 feet tall and 400 pounds, while females are usually a bit shorter and lighter. Tauren are mostly muscle, having incredibly developed physiques and brawny frames most suitable for combat. Soft, downy fur (usually quite short) covers the tauren body, with manes growing along head and neck, the lengths of the arms, and the shins. Coloration can range from solid black to blond and even to white, or mottled pelts with a range of spots and different colours. Horns are most prominent on males, although all tauren have horns.

Tauren wear natural clothing — leather or hide, and some cloth. They prize jewellery, designing fine trinkets of ivory, bone and amber. From these materials they make bracelets o r necklaces, and sometimes adorn their horns or locks with such beautiful displays of artistry.

Faith: For the tauren, nature is the mother of the world, and their faith holds a deep and resonant tone within their hearts. Tauren are connected to the ebb and flow of the world. They revere the spirits of the land and of their ancestors, and they turn to these spirits for wisdom and guidance. This connection manifests in their deeply animistic culture, where druids and shamans stand side by side with warriors and hunters. Tauren do not see a separation between the veneration of nature and the hunt; to hunt is to honour the spirits of nature.

Names: The language of the tauren is often harsh and low sounding, which is reflected in the names of their children. The last name of a tauren is usually a family name, handed down through the generations. If the tauren has performed some act that has made an impression on the elders of his tribe, however, he may choose to take on his own last name to commemorate that act.

  • Male Names: Azok, Bron, Turok, Garaddon, Hruon, Jeddek.
  • Female Names: Argo, Serga, Grenda, Beruna, Halfa.
  • Family Names: Darkthorn, Thunderhoof, Stormhorn, Quillsplitter, Stonebreaker, Plainstalker, Spiritwalker.

Racial Traits

  • +2 Strength, –2 Dexterity. Tauren are incredibly powerful, but they lack grace.
  • Medium: As Medium creatures, Tauren have no special bonuses or penalties due to their size.
  • Tauren base land speed is 30 feet.
  • Natural Weapon (Ex): A tauren’s horns are a natural weapon, and all adult tauren are proficient in their use. Tauren horns deal 1d8 points of damage (plus bonus damage from Strength). Male tauren horns tend to be more prominent than those of females.
  • Weapon Familiarity: Tauren may treat tauren halberds and totems as martial weapons rather than exotic weapons.
  • Weapon Proficiency: Tauren receive the Martial Weapon Proficiency feats for longspears and shortspears. Tauren are skilled hunters.
  • +2 racial bonus on Handle Animal and Survival checks. These skills are considered class skills for all tauren characters.
  • Automatic Languages: Common and Taur-ahe. Bonus Languages: Goblin and Orcish. Tauren tend to learn languages for trade or exchanging ideas.
  • Racial Paragons: Tauren can take a few levels in Tauren Paragon to develop their racial qualities more fully.
  • Favoured Class: Fighter. A multiclass tauren’s warrior class does not count when determining whether he suffers an experience point penalty for multiclassing.

Abilities

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

Age

Starting Age Aging Effects
Adulthood Short Medium Long Middle Age Old Venerable Maximum
50 +1d4 +2d6 +3d6 75 95 110 +4d10

Height and Weight

Gender Base Height Height Mod Base Weight Weight Mod
Male 7' 0" +2d12 280 lb x2d8
Female 6' 8" +2d12 250 lb x2d8
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