First, my apologies for missing Monday's post. My birthday was this weekend, and I spent Monday recovering from a very hectic yet fulfilling weekend of celebration. I'm back, though, and ready to get down to the work of creating the World of Samardan campaign setting.
In my most recent departure from the checklist I wrote up, I'm detailing the common races of the setting. These will not be the only humanoids that will dwell in the setting, but these are the only ones that will be allowed for character creation. Aside from Earthlings and Native Humans, I previously discussed the addition of three other races as character options. Today's post deals with the Husrani, which I had previously mentioned as the Warrior Race.
Husrani ("Hyena Men")
The Husrani are the largest of the common races of Samardan, the males standing approximately eight feet in height, and weighing around 300 pounds. In appearance, the Husrani resemble humanoid hyenas, hence their name. Their whole bodies are covered in reddish-brown fur which becomes shorter as it surrounds their faces and clawed hands to reveal grey colored skin. Like most other humanoids, the Husrani go almost completely naked, wearing only a harness and jewelry.
As a people, the Husrani live in large nomadic tribes of families and individuals living together, moving from site to site every season. Born to the saddle, the Husrani are great riders, and display a great amount of affection and attachment to their gorkeshi mounts. They keep herds of domesticated livestock as their primary food source on the desolate upper plains.
The Husrani believe that battle is the greatest source of personal honor and glory, and the most honorable among them will even deliberately disadvantage himself in order to make fights last longer. Those who do not fight are seen as weak and cowardly, and thus are unworthy opponents; such people are better as servants and slaves. In Husrani society, the best death is one spent in battle, making a difference that leads to the greater success of the tribe. Indeed, to the Husrani, living a long, happy, and healthy life to a ripe old age and dying peacefully is seen as undesirable, dishonorable, or a burden. The Husrani are quite skilled with ranged weapons, from the thrown bola and spears to more advanced bows and radium rifles. Given their martial prowess, they are highly prized as mercenaries.
Basic Abilities: Husrani have a +4 bonus to Strength, but a -2 penalty to Dexterity and a -2 penalty to Intelligence, reflecting their large stature and barbarous nature. Husrani have a base speed of 6. Due to their larger size, Husrani suffer a -1 penalty to their Defense and a -2 penalty to their Stealth rolls.
Special Abilities: Skilled with ranged weapons, Husrani gain a +1 bonus on all ranged attack rolls. In addition, Husrani only suffer half the standard penalties on ranged attack rolls while mounted (–2 instead of –4 if their mount is taking a double move, and –4 instead of –8 if their mount is running.)
Saving Throws: Husrani gain a +2 bonus on all Fortitude saving throws.
Common Languages: Husrani speak both Trade and their tribal tongue, in addition to a number of languages equal to their Intelligence bonus, if any.
Suggested Skills: The following skills are suggested for Husrani characters: Riding, Survival.
This is the first draft, of course. However, without additional feedback, I'm likely to let this stand and move forward with the next Common Race, the multi-limbed Expert Race.