Goliaths, the People of the High Mountains Apr 25, 2015 16:59:47 GMT
Post by duno666 on Apr 25, 2015 16:59:47 GMT
Goliaths are massive creatures unafraid of throwing their weight around in a fight. Highly competitive, these powerful warriors can prove to be powerful allies and welcome additions to any adventuring party. In their mountain homes, they leap from precipice to precipice, headless of the fatal consequences of a misstep. They place great stock in clan and family; life in the mountains teaches even the youngest goliath to rely completely on his fellows for a hand across a crevasse. Because most goliaths are hunter-gatherers, they tend to be inquisitive, always curious about whether better hunting lies over the next ridge or a good water source can be found in the next canyon.
Personality: Golliaths are well-known for their almost foolhardy daring, trusting their thick hide, massive size, and powerful muscles to carry them through any battle. Goliaths are extremely competititive, and adore competitions of strength, speed, and skill. Sport is everywhere in goliath cities, everything from competitive games of ball to arena combat and footraces. Most goliaths are extremely focused on strength and physical fitness. The weak and old are generally regarded as inferior to the young and fit, though those goliaths with other talents, such as gifted magicians or charismatic politicians may be able to delay their ridicule.
Physical Description: A typical goliath is larger than the largest orc. Most stand between 7 and 8 feet tall and weigh between 280 and 340 pounds. Unlike with most other races, there is no appreciable difference in height or weight between male and female goliaths. Goliaths have gray skin, mottled with dark and light patches that goliath shamans say hint at a particular goliath’s fate. Lithoderms—coin-sized bone-and-skin growths as hard as pebbles—speckle their arms, shoulders, and torso. Their skulls have a jutting eyebrow ridge, wide jaw, and occasional lithoderms as well. Female goliaths have dark hair on their heads, grown to great length and always kept braided. Male goliaths generally have hair only on their limbs. Goliaths’ eyes are a brilliant blue or green, and they often seem to glow a little from underneath their furrowed brows. Because their skin mottling has cultural significance, goliaths generally dress lightly, males almost always going shirtless, with females wearing minimal tops, displaying their skin patterns for all to see. For the same reason, few goliaths would willingly get a tattoo—to draw on one’s skin is tantamount to trying to rewrite one’s fate. Goliaths instead decorate themselves with jewelry, often sporting ear, nose, or brow rings. A goliath’s lithoderms are also common places to embed a gem or two, since they have few nerve endings and stand out on the goliath’s body already.
Relations: Most goliaths are friendly and pleasant to anyone who doesn't threaten the tribe when encountered in the mountains. Anyone who can keep up and lend a hand is welcome, and those who can prove their skill are worthy of respect, no matter their race. One who offers a hand will often earn themselves a tasty meal at the night’s camp. The goliaths who live in the great gathering are somewhat less welcoming, but still quite friendly. Goliaths hold dwarves in particularly high regard.
Standard Racial Traits
Ability Score Racial Traits(2): Goliaths gain +2 Str and +2 Con.
Type: Goliaths are humanoids with the goliath subtype.
Size: Goliaths are Medium creatures and thus receive no bonuses or penalties due to their size.
Speed(2): Goliaths have a base speed of 30 feet. They also have a climb speed of 30 feet, which also grants them a +8 racial bonus on Climb checks.
Languages: Goliaths begin play speaking Common and Terran. Goliaths with high intelligence scores can choose from the following: Draconic, Dwarven, Elven, Giant, or Gnome
Movement Racial Traits
Mountaineer(1): Goliaths are immune to altitude sickness and do not lose their Dexterity bonus to AC when making Climb checks or Acrobatics checks to cross narrow or slippery surfaces.
Other Racial Traits
Powerful Build(4): The physical stature of a goliath lets him function in many ways as if he were one size category larger. Whenever a goliath is subject to a size modifier or special size modifier for an opposed check (such as during grapple checks, bull rush attempts, and trip attempts), the goliath is treated as one size larger if doing so is advantageous to him. A goliath is also considered to be one size larger when determining whether a creature's special attacks based on size (such as improved grab or swallow whole) can affect him. A goliath can use weapons designed for a creature one size larger without penalty. A goliath is treated as one size larger when determining his carrying capacity. However, his space and reach remain those of a creature of his actual size. The benefits of this racial trait stack with the effects of powers, abilities, and spells that change the subject's size category.
Total RP: 9