Wednesday, June 12, 2013

New Races: Vucari (Remixed)

A few months ago, I posted a new race that I created called the Vucari. While I still like what I did with that race, I feel like I could do something a little bit more interesting with them to make them more than just your average "wolf-folk". So, here's a revamped version of the Vucari.

Born with a mysterious connection to the spirits of nature, the Vucari are a race of human-like beings who have the mystical ability to change into wolves. Because of this connection, the Vucari are an incredibly primal people, heavily relying on instinct  and love the thrill of the hunt. Also, like wolves, they are incredibly loyal to their family or "pack" and would do whatever they can to protect the members of their pack.

At first glance, Vucari look just like your average human. However, closer examination reveals their true nature. All Vucari are born with lupine eyes and canines and their finger and toe nails tend to be more claw-like than normal. Male Vucari tend to be rather hairy, particularly on their chest, hands, and feet. Generally, Vucari wear clothing constructed from different animal hides and occasionally wear capes made from the skin of a wolf to show their connection to the lupine spirit.

Vucari receive the following racial traits:

+2 Dexterity, +2 Wisdom, -2 Intelligence: The Vucari are incredibly quick and wise, but rely more on instinct than intellect.

Medium: Vucari are medium creatures and have no bonuses or penalties due to their size.

Vucari: Vucari are humanoids with the Vucari and shapechanger subtypes.

Normal Speed: Vucari have a base speed of 30 feet.

Low-Light Vision (Ex): Vucari can see twice as far as humans in conditions of dim light.

Change Shape (Su): A Vucari can assume the appearance and form of a specific single wolf form of the same sex. The Vucari always takes this specific form when he uses this ability. While in wolf form, the Vucari gains the ability to make two claw attacks that deal 1d4 points of damamge each and gain a +10 racial bonus on Disguise checks made to appear as a wolf. Changing shape is a standard action. This ability otherwise functions as beast shape I, except that the Vucari does not adjust his ability scores.

Keen Senses (Ex): Vucari receive a +2 racial bonus on Perception checks.

Natural Weapons (Ex): In his natural form, a Vucari has a bite attack that deals 1d4 points of damage.

Silent Hunter (Ex): Vucari reduce the penalty for using Stealth while moving by 5 and can make Stealth checks while running at a -20 penalty (this number includes the penalty reduction from this trait).

Languages: Vucari begin play speaking Common and Sylvan. Vucari with high Intelligence scores can choose from the following: any human language, Aklo, Celestial, Elven, Gnoll, and Gnome.

This version of the Vucari is heavily influenced by the skin-walker from Native American folklore. The idea of playing a human with the ability to transform into a wolf is pretty cool and I think the concept can lead to some interesting characters. However, I'm still a little bit iffy on the actual abilities and might do some tweaking to them in the near future.