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Psionic Races

Dromites

Also see the Dromite monster listing.

  • +2 Charisma, -2 Strength, -2 Wisdom
  • Monstrous Humanoid: Dromites are not subject to spells or effects that affect humanoids only, such as charm person or dominate person.
  • Small: As a Small creature, a dromite gains a +1 size bonus to Armor Class, a +1 size bonus on attack rolls, and a +4 size bonus on Hide checks, but it uses smaller weapons than humans use, and its lifting and carrying limits are three-quarters of those of a Medium character.
  • Dromite base land speed is 20 feet.
  • Chitin: A dromite’s skin is hardened, almost like an exoskeleton, and grants the character a +3 natural armor bonus to AC and one of the following kinds of resistance to energy: cold 5, electricity 5, fire 5, or sonic 5. The player chooses what type of energy resistance is gained when the character is created. (This choice also dictates which caste the dromite belongs to.) This natural energy resistance stacks with any future energy resistance gained through other effects.
  • Naturally Psionic: Dromites gain 1 bonus power point at 1st level. This benefit does not grant them the ability to manifest powers unless they gain that ability through another source, such as levels in a psionic class.
  • Psi-Like Ability: 1/day—energy ray. A dromite always deals the kind of energy damage that its chitin has resistance to (for example, a dromite who has resistance to cold 5 deals cold damage with its energy ray). Manifester level is equal to ½ Hit Dice (minimum 1st). The save DC is Charisma-based.
  • Scent: Its antennae give a dromite the scent ability. A dromite can detect opponents by scent within 30 feet. If the opponent is upwind, the range increases to 60 feet; if downwind, it drops to 15 feet. Strong scents, such as smoke or rotting garbage, can be detected at twice the ranges noted above. Overpowering scents, such as skunk musk or troglodyte stench, can be detected at triple normal range. When a dromite detects a scent, the exact location of the source is not revealed—only its presence somewhere within range. The dromite can take a move action to note the direction of the scent. Whenever the dromite comes within 5 feet of the source, the dromite pinpoints the source’s location.
  • Blind-Fight: Its antennae also give a dromite Blind-Fight as a bonus feat.
  • Compound Eyes: This feature of its anatomy gives a dromite a +2 racial bonus on Spot checks.
  • Automatic Languages: Common. Bonus Languages: Dwarven, Gnome, Goblin, Terran.
  • Favored Class: Wilder.
  • Level Adjustment: +1.

Duergar

Also see the Duergar monster listing.

  • +2 Constitution, -4 Charisma
  • Medium: As Medium creatures, duergar have no special bonuses or penalties due to their size.
  • Duergar base land speed is 20 feet. However, gray dwarves can move at this speed even when wearing medium or heavy armor or when carrying a medium or heavy load (unlike other creatures, whose speed is reduced in such situations).
  • Darkvision out to 120 feet.
  • Immunity to paralysis, phantasms, and poison.
  • +2 racial bonus on saves against spells and spell-like effects.
  • Stability: Duergar are exceptionally stable on their feet. A duergar receives a +4 bonus on ability checks made to resist being bull rushed or tripped when standing on the ground (but not when climbing, flying, riding or otherwise not standing firmly on the ground).
  • Stonecunning: This ability grants a duergar a +2 racial bonus on Search checks to notice unusual stonework, such as sliding walls, stonework, traps, new construction (even when built to match the old), unsafe stone surfaces, shaky stone ceilings, and the like. Something that isn’t stone but that is disguised as stone also counts as unusual stonework.

    A gray dwarf who merely comes within 10 feet of unusual stonework can make a Search check as if he were actively searching, and a duergar can use the Search skill to find stonework traps as a rogue can. A duergar can also intuit depth, sensing his approximate depth underground as naturally as a human can sense which way is up. Duergar have a sixth sense about stonework, an innate ability that they get plenty of opportunity to practice and hone in their underground homes.
  • Psi-Like Abilities: 1/day—expansion, invisibility. These abilities affect only the duergar and whatever he carries. Manifester level is equal to Hit Dice (minimum 3rd).
  • Naturally Psionic: Duergar gain 3 bonus power points at 1st level. This benefit does not grant them the ability to manifest powers unless they gain that ability through another source, such as levels in a psionic class.
  • +1 racial bonus on attack rolls against orcs (including half-orcs) and goblinoids (including goblins, hobgoblins, and bugbears).
  • +4 dodge bonus to Armor Class against creatures of the giant type (such as ogres, trolls, and hill giants).
  • Light Sensitivity (Ex): Duergar are dazzled in sunlight or within the radius of a daylight spell.
  • Duergar have a +4 racial bonus on Move Silently checks and a +1 racial bonus on Listen and Spot checks. They have a +2 racial bonus on Appraise and Craft checks that are related to stone or metal.
  • Automatic Languages: Common, Dwarven, Undercommon. Bonus Languages: Draconic, Giant, Goblin, Orc, Terran.
  • Favored Class: Fighter.
  • Level Adjustment: +1.

Elans

Also see the Elan monster listing.

  • -2 Charisma
  • Aberration: Elans are not subject to spells or effects that affect humanoids only, such as charm person or dominate person.
  • Medium: As Medium creatures, elans have no special bonuses or penalties due to their size.
  • Elan base land speed is 30 feet.
  • Elans (unlike most aberrations) do not have darkvision.
  • Naturally Psionic: Elans gain 2 bonus power points at 1st level. This benefit does not grant them the ability to manifest powers unless they gain that ability through another source, such as levels in a psionic class.
  • Resistance (Su): Elans can use psionic energy to increase their resistance to various forms of attack. As an immediate action, an elan can spend 1 power point to gain a +4 racial bonus on saving throws until the beginning of her next action.
  • Resilience (Su): When an elan takes damage, she can spend power points to reduce its severity. As an immediate action, she can reduce the damage she is about to take by 2 hit points for every 1 power point she spends.
  • Repletion (Su): An elan can sustain her body without need of food or water. If she spends 1 power point, an elan does not need to eat or drink for 24 hours.
  • Automatic Language: Common. Bonus Languages: Any (other than secret languages, such as Druidic). Elans’ past lives expose them to wide ranges of language.
  • Favored Class: Psion.
  • Level Adjustment: +0.

Half-Giants

Also see the Half-Giant monster listing.

  • +2 Strength, +2 Constitution, -2 Dexterity: Half-giants are tough and strong, but not too nimble.
  • Giant: Half-giants are not subject to spells or effects that affect humanoids only, such as charm person or dominate person.
  • Medium: As Medium creatures, half-giants have no special bonuses or penalties due to their size.
  • Half-giant base land speed is 30 feet.
  • Low-Light Vision: A half-giant can see twice as far as a human in starlight, moonlight, torchlight, and similar conditions of poor illumination. He retains the ability to distinguish color and detail under these conditions.
  • Fire Acclimated: Half-giants have a +2 racial bonus on saving throws against all fire spells and effects. Half-giants are accustomed to enduring high temperatures.
  • Powerful Build: The physical stature of half-giants lets them function in many ways as if they were one size category larger.

    Whenever a half-giant 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 half-giant is treated as one size larger if doing so is advantageous to him.

    A half-giant 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 half-giant can use weapons designed for a creature one size larger without penalty. 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.
  • Naturally Psionic: Half-giants gain 2 bonus power points at 1st level. This benefit does not grant them the ability to manifest powers unless they gain that ability through another source, such as levels in a psionic class.
  • Psi-Like Ability: 1/day—stomp. Manifester level is equal to ½ Hit Dice (minimum 1st). The save DC is Charisma-based.
  • Automatic Language: Common. Bonus Languages: Draconic, Giant, Gnoll, Ignan.
  • Favored Class: Psychic warrior.
  • Level Adjustment: +1.

Maenads

Also see the Maenad monster listing.

  • Medium: As Medium creatures, maenads have no special bonuses or penalties due to their size.
  • Maenad base land speed is 30 feet.
  • Naturally Psionic: Maenads gain 2 bonus power points at 1st level. This benefit does not grant them the ability to manifest powers unless they gain that ability through another source, such as levels in a psionic class.
  • Psi-Like Ability: 1/day—energy ray. A maenad can deal only sonic damage with this ability. It is accompanied by a tremendous scream of rage. Manifester level is equal to ½ Hit Dice (minimum 1st). The save DC is Charisma-based.
  • Outburst (Ex): Once per day, for up to 4 rounds, a maenad can subjugate her mentality to gain a boost of raw physical power. When she does so, she takes a -2 penalty to Intelligence and Wisdom but gains a +2 bonus to Strength.
  • Automatic Languages: Common, Maenad. Bonus Languages: Aquan, Draconic, Dwarven, Elven, Goblin. Maenads commonly know the languages of their enemies and of their friends, as well as Draconic, the language commonly found in ancient tomes of secret knowledge.
  • Favored Class: Wilder.
  • Level Adjustment: +0

Xephs

Also see the Xeph monster listing.

  • +2 Dexterity, -2 Strength
  • Medium: As Medium creatures, xephs have no special bonuses or penalties due to their size.
  • Xeph base land speed is 30 feet.
  • Darkvision out to 60 feet.
  • +1 racial bonus on saving throws against powers, spells, and spell-like effects. Xephs have an innate resistance to psionics and magic.
  • Naturally Psionic: Xephs gain 1 bonus power point at 1st level. This benefit does not grant them the ability to manifest powers unless they gain that ability through another source, such as levels in a psionic class.
  • Burst (Su): Three times per day, a xeph can put on a burst of speed to increase her speed by 10 feet, plus 10 feet per four character levels beyond 1st, to a maximum increase of 30 feet at 9th character level and higher. These bursts of speed are considered a competence bonus to the xeph’s base speed. A burst of speed lasts 3 rounds.
  • Automatic Languages: Common, Xeph. Bonus Languages: Draconic, Elven, Gnoll, Goblin, Halfling, Sylvan.
  • Favored Class: Soulknife.
  • Level Adjustment: +0

Age, Height, And Weight

Table: Random Starting Ages
Race Adulthood Barbarian
Rogue
Sorcerer
Soulknife
Wilder
Bard
Fighter
Paladin
Ranger
Psychic Warrior
Cleric
Druid
Monk
Psion
Wizard
Dromite 13 years +1d4 +1d6 +2d6
Duergar 40 years +3d6 +5d6 +7d6
Elan 20 years +2d4 +2d6 +3d6
Half-giant 30 years +3d6 +2d6 +4d6
Maenad 40 years +1d6 +4d6 +6d6
Xeph 18 years +1d4 +2d4 +2d6
Table: Aging Effects
Race Middle Age1 Old2 Venerable3 Maximum Age
  1. -1 to Str, Dex, and Con; +1 to Int, Wis, and Cha.
  2. -2 to Str, Dex, and Con; +1 to Int, Wis, and Cha.
  3. -3 to Str, Dex, and Con; +1 to Int, Wis, and Cha.
Dromite 30 years 55 years 75 years +2d20 years
Duergar 125 years 188 years 250 years +2d% years
Elan 200 years 400 years 1,000 years
Half-giant 60 years 80 years 120 years +4d% years
Maenad 90 years 150 years 220 years +2d% years
Xeph 45 years 85 years 120 years +2d20 years
Table: Random Height and Weight
Race Base Height Height Modifier Base Weight Weight Modifier
Dromite 2’8″ 2d4 30 lb. ×1 lb.
Duergar, male 3’9″ 2d4 110 lb. x(2d4) lb.
Duergar, female 3’7″ 2d4 80 lb. x(2d4) lb.
Elan, male 4’10” 2d10 120 lb. x(2d4) lb.
Elan, female 4’5″ 2d10 85 lb. x(2d4) lb.
Half-giant, male 6’4″ 2d12 220 lb. x(2d6) lb.
Half-giant, female 6’1″ 2d12 180 lb. x(2d6) lb.
Maenad, male 5’4″ 2d10 150 lb. x(2d4) lb.
Maenad, female 5’3″ 2d10 120 lb. x(2d4) lb.
Xeph, male 4’8″ 2d10 100 lb. x(2d4) lb.
Xeph, female 4’4″ 2d10 75 lb. x(2d4) lb.