Friday, November 21, 2014

Vanara of The Western Lands

Medium Humanoid (Vanara), Neutral (N), Normal Intelligence; Troup (1d12)
HD: 1
AC: 13
ATK: bite (1d3) or by weapon
MV: 30, climb 20
SV: F 13, R 15, W 13
XP: 50 (CL 1)

Vanaras are intelligent, monkey-like humanoids that live in deep, warm forests and lush jungles. A vanara's body is covered in a thin coat of soft fur, and individuals with chestnut, ivory, and even black or golden coats are common. All vanaras have long, prehensile tails and handlike feet capable of well-articulated movements. A vanara stands slightly shorter and weighs slightly less than a typical human.
Large troupes of Vanara are led by a sage (5th to 8th level cleric). He is assisted by two apprentices (2nd or 3rd level). For every 20 vanaras there will be a 3rd level monk, and for every 100 a 5th level monk. Occasionally, Vanara tribes will have 1-4 carnivorous apes as guard animals. Most vanara wield staves or falchions. When they wear armor, it is rarely heavier than a studded leather, but a few bodyguards will wear splint mail (AC 15).

Vanara modify their starting ability scores as follows: Str -1, Wis +1. Vanara have darkvision to a range of 60 feet. Vanara have a bite attack that deals 1d3 damage and have a climb speed of 20ft. They speak Vanara, and might also learn Common, Carnivorous Ape, and Yokai. Vanara can multi-class as cleric/monk, fighter/ monks and fighter/thieves.

Vanara tribes can be found in any forested region, particularly in tropical jungles. The land surrounding the Jomon Sea has several large tribes near the cities of Nagana and Paititi (See map). Humans usually get along with Vanara, though the monkey folk are usually considered non serious and often unreliable. 
Vanara are a spiritual people, enjoying philosophy and in-depth discussions regarding fate and meaning. Because of this, Vanara communities are always led by priests, and monks are deeply respected. 

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