Ani-Men, Lion-Man (3.5e Race)
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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.
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
- +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
|Middle Age1||Old2||Venerable3||Maximum Age|
|100 years||170 years||240 years||+2d% years|
|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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