Centaur, Noble (4e Race)
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Noble centaurs are a proud race of half-man, half-horse creatures that live amongst humankind as knights and hunters.
|Average Height: 6'2" – 7'00"|
|Average Weight: 320 – 450 lb.|
|Ability Scores: +2 Strength; +2 Constitution or +2 Wisdom|
|Speed: 7 squares|
|Languages: Common, Elven|
|Skill Bonuses: +2 Athletics, +2 Nature|
|Fey Origin: You are native to the Feywild, so you are considered a fey creature for the purpose of effects that relate to creature origin.|
|Liminal Being: You cannot ride another creature. You may allow a Small creature to ride you.|
|Surefooted: You gain a +4 bonus to Acrobatics checks made to balance on an unstable surface.|
|Quick Kick: You have the Quick Kick power.|
|Centaur Heritage: When your centaur character gains a class utility power after 1st level, you can forgo taking a power granted to you by your class. Instead, you gain a noble centaur utility power of the same level or lower.|
|Quick Kick||Centaur Racial Power|
|You kick out violently to attack those trying to gain an advantageous position at your flank.|
|Immediate Reaction||Melee 1|
|Trigger: A creature moves into a space where they flank you.|
|Target: The triggering enemy|
|Attack: Strength +2 Vs. AC|
|Hit: 1d6 + Strength modifier damage.|
|Level 11: Strength + 4; 2d6 damage|
Level 21: Strength + 6; 3d6 damage
Noble centaurs are a half-horse, half-humanoid people whose ancestors came from the feywild. They have since spread throughout the world, and typically live in large tribes in the wilderness. Many integrated into the civilizations of mankind. Over time became embroiled in the higher strata of feudal society, as they are highly valued as knights on the battlefield. They love battle, and are fiercely protective of their clan and territory.
Play a noble centaur if you want...
- to be tough, and fast.
- to move easily around the battlefield.
- to be a member of a race that favors the fighter(knight) and Ranger(hunter) classes.
Noble centaurs stand over 6 feet tall and weigh well over 400 pounds. They are strongly built and highly agile. Their lower halves vary in color as widely as horses do, with hair of chestnut, palomino, black, and in centaur communities near particularly magic-infused regions of the Feywild, even gleaming white like a celestial charger or unicorn is possible. The skin on their torso is usually a light tan, but pale and other human colors exist, though rare. Centaurs wear their head-hair long, and it typically ranges from red to dark brown. Centaur head-hair is not necessarily the same color as their body hair, and in fact, this is rarely the case. Their eyes are usually vibrant green or blue and their ears are pointed, much like eladrin or elves.
Centaur do not live quite as long as humans do. They mature quickly, reaching adulthood at about 16 years, and rarely live past the age of 60. However, even the oldest centaur retains the strength and agility of its youth.
Playing a Noble Centaur
Noble centaurs are creatures opposed to their innately brash nature. They are like Chiron in that sense, who taught heroes whilst his brethren stole away maidens and pillaged. While they value their strength in battle, they are at peace with their bestial half, rather than allowing it to take over. In a sense, they are like the noble savage trope.
Centaur Characteristics: Brash, daring, ferocious, powerful, quick, restless, spiritual, tough.
Male Names: Abraxas, Aethon, Agrippas, Balios, Bion, Ektor, Eton, Linos, Phlegon, Xanthos.
Female Names: Adrasteia, Aella, Amethea, Damali, Erika, Iris, Melina, Phoibe, Priscilla, Selene.
Noble Centaur Adventurers
Three sample noble centaur adventurers are described below.
Magdalene is a noble centaur shaman. Although her magic favors powers of thunder and lightning, she stands as a point of tranquility in the storm. To her friends, she seems above the world’s tumult, present in their midst but clearly apart by her nature. Her dreams call her to the forests and, in her mind, she walks among the ageless trees of the Feywild.
Theras is a noble centaur hunter. He moves with the grace of a panther and can be uncannily silent when he chooses. He takes no delight in killing but uses lethal attacks as a practical matter, to protect himself and his allies. He dreams of ultimately establishing a new settlement in a place where people can live in peace and freedom. He is aware of his life’s contradiction: He is a creature of the wilderness, but his dream is to tame and cultivate it. A part of him wonders whether he would be able to settle in the village he dreams of founding.
Cornelius is a noble centaur knight. His armor is practical, lacking any decoration, and his sword is intended only for battle, not as a mark of prestige. Often he fights against evil forces that prey on the weak, whether the forces are bandits harrying caravans or gnolls laying waste to farmsteads. He refuses to let fighting define him, however, and spends more time helping the victims of hardship than he does celebrate his successes. He worships Kord as a guiding figure, helping him use his great strength to protect others without leading to wanton destruction.
Noble Centaur Feats
|Noble Centaur Weapon Training||You gain proficiency and a +2 feat bonus to damage rolls with spears and polearms.|
|Thunder Hooves||When you use quick kick against a target that is marked by you, the target takes 5 thunder damage if you hit or miss it.|
|Fey Charger||You are a charger par excellence.|
Noble Centuar Racial Utility Powers
When your centaur character gains a class utility power after 1st level, you can forgo taking a power granted to you by your class. Instead, you gain a centaur utility power of the same level or lower.
Path of the Fey: You have traveled through many kinds of dangerous terrain throughout your life in the Feywild. You know that you can't always avoid such places and must be able to pass through them unscathed. In battle you apply that same principle, moving through dangerous terrain as if it wasn't there.
Trample: You use your powerful body to storm your foe, knocking him to the ground before you.
|Trample||Centaur Utility 6|
|You charge into your foe and trample him to the ground.|
|Free Action||Melee 1|
|Trigger: You hit with a charge attack|
|Target: One creature|
|Effect: You knock the target prone.|
|Regroup||Centaur Utility 10|
|You dash away from the fight and gain a crucial moment to recover.|
|Daily Martial, Healing|
|Trigger: An enemy attack bloodies you|
|Effect: You spend a healing surge and shift up to half your speed.|
Feyborn Enchanted Step: As a child of the Feywild, you are blessed with subtle magical protection and an uncanny grace that belies your stature. Your enemies have a harder time hitting you, and when a blow does hit it allows you the chance to slip away.