Friday, December 27, 2013

Toldara: Races - Anshus

The Anshus of Toldara are a feline race much like the Khajiit from Elder Scrolls or the Kilrathi from Wing Commander. They were once sacred keepers of the natural world, in partnership with the Karnin, until their alliance with the Karnin fell apart and the Karnin forced them from most of the sacred lands. Today, they still hold on to their ancient duties, even if the Karnin no longer recognize their sacred mission and fight them over it.

<The following is taken from the Toldara Player's Handbook Playtest Version 1.03, and was written by my cousin>

Anshus are renowned for their abilities to hunt and track in the woods. Human armies typically have at least one Anshu scout. Anshus are fairly strict traditionalists and believe their homelands will provide most of their needs. Anshus are typically slow to form bonds with outsiders but when they do, have prove to be steadfast allies. Upon betrayal or when their homelands are threatened, Anshus have prove to be just as powerful adversaries.

Personality: Anshus are never quick to make any decision concerning others; slow to judge or trust outsiders. Those that gain the trust and friendship of an Anshu have gained a faithful companion. Anshus have a deep respect for tradition and generally oppose random change.

Physical Description: Anshus typically stand between 5 and 6 feet tall weighing from 125 to 175 pounds with a generally slim, athletic build. Their features are basically feline with fur that is often brown or yellow in color and even a tail. Anshus reach maturity at the age of 14 years and can live to be 90 years of age.

Relations: Anshus have been in a centuries long war with the Karnin. There are periods of peace between them but the truces are uneasy at best. Eventually, the hostilities seem to be always be triggered again. Anshus share a deep mutual respect of nature with the Elves and often trade goods with them. Anshus get along well with Humans except when they get greedy and try to expand into their lands.

Alignments: Anshus are usually lawful, and they tend toward neutral. Adventuring Anshus may not fit the typical mold of Anshun society.

Anshu Lands: Although Anshus can be found in most places, the largest Anshu populations are typically located in the forests and plains.

Religion: The chief deity of the Anshus is Kitta, the Den Mother. She is the origin of all Anshus in the world. They also revere numerous smaller gods in charge of such things as the seasons, hunting, food, etc.

Language: Anshus communicate with each other by a somewhat primitive language consisting of various feline like sounds. Many Anshus have learned common as well. Most other races can not seem to master the Anshu language.

Names: Anshus have three names. The first name is given at birth by the parents, the second name comes from the tribe, and the third name is awarded by the tribe elders based on the greatest aptitude or accomplishment of the individual.

<Thus ends the verbatim CopyPasta. The following was copied from the same source and same author, but has been modified by myself to follow the Pathfinder rules instead of D&D 3.5.>

  • +2 Dexterity, +2 Wisdom -2 Constitution: Anshus are quick and agile to compensate for being somewhat frail. They have better than average senses, making them excellent hunters.
  • Medium-Size: As Medium-size creatures, Anshus have no special bonuses or penalties due to their size.
  • Anshu base land speed is 40 feet.
  • Low-Light Vision: Anshus can see twice as far as humans in starlight, moonlight, torchlight, and similar conditions of poor illumination. They retain the ability to distinguish color and dress in these conditions.
  • Natural Weaponry: Anshus have clawed fingers that can be used to inflict 1D4 damage.
  • +2 racial bonus on Acrobatics, and Climb checks: Anshus are surefooted an agile.
  • +2 racial bonus on Handle Animal and Survival checks: Anshus do not only live in the wilds, they are a part of it.
  • +2 racial bonus on Perception checks: Anshus have keen senses.
  • Automatic Languages: Common and Anshunti. Bonus Languages: Dwarven, Elven, Gnome, Goblic, and Orc. Smart Anshus learn the languages of their friends and enemies.

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    As you can see, Anshus are master trackers and hunters. Personality-wise, they remind me of the Kilrathi more than Khajiit.

1 comment:

  1. Nice to see some more of this. I'm actually working on a Toldara adaptation for the Back to the Dungeon neo-clone game. I'll send you a link to the Docs soon...