Bearfolk (4e Race)

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Bearfolk are a race that have spiritually bonded with bears. They have clans of the Bear. The language of bearfolk is Bestial.

Racial Traits
Average Height: 6'6"-7'3"
Average Weight: 230-335 lbs.
Ability Scores: +2 Strength +2 Constitution
Size: Medium
Speed: 6 squares
Vision: Low-light
Languages: Common
Skill Bonuses: +2 Endurance +2 Intimidate
Bestial Scent: You gain a +4 bonus to Perception checks made to track creatures.
Animal Empathy: You get a +2 to Nature checks made when dealing with bears.
Aspect of the Bear: You may use Aspect of the Bear as an encounter power.

Aspect of the Bear Bearfolk Racial Power
I'll break you in half!
Standard Action Close Burst 6
Target: Friendly Units
Effect: You and your allies gain the strength of the bear, increasing their damage by +2, their Endurance and Athletics by +2, and their Fortitude saves by +2. This effect lasts until the end of your next turn.

Bearfolk live in strong communities. Their clan ties are strong, but their racial ties are even greater; going to war with the Bearfolk on their own land is nothing short of folly.

Play one of the Bearfolk if you want...

  • A deep bond with nature.
  • To be any degree of anthropomorphic.
  • To be a of a race that favors Warlord, Fighter, Ranger.

Physical Qualities[edit]

The only true "racial quality" that can be attributed to the Bearfolk is their obvious bond with animals. A Bearfolk will have characteristics of the animal of their clan, ranging from simple things like animalistic ears and tails, to being so like their clan animal that they may be mistaken as a were-creature. Their animal characteristics are just as varied as the animals they have spiritually bonded to.

Attitudes and Beliefs[edit]

In general, the Bearfolk worship Mielikki. However, some have been known to worship Bahamut, Corellion, Pelor, Sehanine, and even Moradin. Bearfolk revere nature, and as such revere Gods and Goddesses connected to it, even if they do not necessarily worship them.

Bearfolk Adventurers[edit]

Bearfolk frequently adventure to protect those they care about and to test their mettle in combat

Three sample bearfolk adventurers are described below.

Rassus is a Warlord of the Bear Clan. When a group of adventurers stumbled upon his battle with orcs threatening the sanctity of their forest, they assisted him; in doing so, they made a solid and dependable friend. With his plate, his warhammer, and his challenging roar, he always leads the charge.

Orre is a bearfolk ranger. He lives in a small hut near a elven settlement, trading furs and meats for arrows for his elven longbow, a gift from a friend who left the village as a adventurer

Riri is a bearfolk fighter. She's part of the town watch in a small village called fallcrest, enjoying her free time by drinking at the tavern and chatting with fellow guardsmen and adventurers

Roleplaying a Bearfolk[edit]

When creating a bearfolk adventurer, here are a few points to consider.

Tough Bearfolk love to appear tough at the very least. They hate to reveal weakness, even to allies and family.

Strong Physical strength is valued highly, as it seems to determine their place in life. Bearfolk do not spare thoughts for the weak.

Protective Bearfolk live up to the name of bear parents, being very cautious in place of more reckless allies. They will jump in the way of incoming attacks for those they hold dear.

Bearfolk Characteristics: The Bearfolk are so varied in their characteristics that assembling a list is a fool's errand. However, some generalizations may apply; more often than not, a member of the Bear Clan will be fierce, but friendly and fair.

Bearfolk Names: Bearfolk names are just as varied as their characteristics and are unisex. They depend on characteristics of the individual, so names like Serenity, Braveheart, and Patience were commonplace.

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