Ani-Men, Lion-Man (3.5e Race)

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The Lion-Men[edit]


When it comes to strength of body and soul, the lion-men are unparallelled among the ani-men. Zealous and righteous, perhaps to a fault, the lion-men do not like those who commit transgressions upon others, and they will never hesitate to destroy evil when they see it. Lion-men, above all, pursue anything they desire or need with enthusiasm and vigor.

Physical Description[edit]

Lion-men are among the biggest of the ani-men. Most of them are 6 feet tall, with many lion-men weighing over 170 pounds, with the women being only being slightly lesser in these areas. Lion-men have cat-like eyes and golden complexions. The men are well-known for having long, flowing hair growing from their head and neck, much like a lion's mane.

Lion-men are the longest lived of the ani-men, reaching adulthood at 35 years and living over 400 years.


Lion-men get along well with humans overall, as do the rest of the ani-men. Most lion-men gain lasting friendships with dwarves. The long lives of the lion-men, combined with similar philosophies, make these friendships possible. It is also not a shock to many when a lion-man is seen with a warforged.


The lion-men believe in the power of law and doing that which is right. In that respect, most lion-men are lawful good. In fact, lion-men are at least lawful or good. They do not enjoy others committing wrongs against others, so evil lion-men are very rare.


Although lion-men do not have any lands of their own, they can easily be found in small groups throughout various large cities. Most often, a lion-man can be found at a temple or church, especially a temple of Heironeous. Small bands of lion-men can also be found in royal houses and places of nobility as their size makes them intimidating bodyguards.


Among the ani-men, the lion-men are the most religious. They see the good gods as a portal to enlightenment and divinity, and will not hesitate to fight in their name. Most often, lion-men worship Heironeous, the god of valor, but some also serve Pelor or St. Cuthbert.


Lion-men speak Common, and if they learn other languages, they tend towards languages pertaining to their religion.


As with all ani-men, lion-men take human names

Racial Traits[edit]

  • +2 Strength, -2 Dexterity: Lion-men are very muscular, but this hinders their agility.
  • Humanoid: Lion-Men look like large humans.
  • Medium: Lion-men get no bonuses or penalties due to size
  • The lion-man’s base land speed is 30 feet
  • The lion-man has a bite attack that deals 1d6 damage.
  • Skills: Lion-men gain a +2 bonus to Climb and Jump checks
  • Courage (Ex): The lion-man gets a +2 bonus on Will saves against mind-affecting abilities and fear effects. Lions are the symbol of courage, and lion-men are no different.
  • Pounce (Ex): If a Lion-Man charges a foe, it can make a full attack, including a bite attack.
  • Automatic Languages: Common.
  • Bonus Languages: Celestial, Draconic, Elven, Infernal, Orc.
  • Favored Class: Paladin or Crusader (1st class chosen counts as Favored). A multiclass lion-man’s paladin or crusader class does not count when determining whether he takes an experience point penalty for multiclassing. Lion-men usually fight for a cause.
  • Level Adjustment: +0

Vital Statistics[edit]

Table: Lion-Man Random Starting Ages
Adulthood Simple Moderate Complex
35 years +2d4 +4d4 +7d4
Table: Lion-Man Aging Effects
Middle Age1 Old2 Venerable3 Maximum Age
100 years 170 years 240 years +2d% years
  1. At middle age, −1 to Str, Dex, and Con; +1 to Int, Wis, and Cha.
  2. At old age, −2 to Str, Dex, and Con; +1 to Int, Wis, and Cha.
  3. At venerable age, −3 to Str, Dex, and Con; +1 to Int, Wis, and Cha.
Table: Lion-Man Random Height and Weight
Gender Base Height Height Modifier Base Weight Weight Modifier
Male 5' +2d12 130 lbs. × (2d4) lbs.
Female 4' 9" +2d12 110 lbs. × (2d4) lbs.

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