Constricta Naga (3.5e Race)
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A Constricta Naga's personality is both one of her greatest strengths and her greatest weaknesses, at least as far as a civilized race is concerned. Constricta Naga tend to be very territorial and dominant - even among other Constricta Naga. Due to this very individualistic and territorial nature, very rarely do large settlements of Constricta Naga pop up. Most often a settlement is comprised of a family unit with no more than 3-4 Constricta living in a single place. Perhaps their individualism and territorial nature can be attributed to the solitary nature of the constrictor snakes they share many of their traits with.
Knowing this, it would be easy to assume that the Constricta are very difficult to get along with. To a degree, yes, they are - if they don't know you. In a family or a close-knit group of friends, a Constricta Naga can be very protective and passionate. She will protect those around her to the best of her ability. Again, this could be attributed to her territorial nature and a need to protect what is hers. She will push herself to acquire new strengths and abilities. A Constricta will also encourage her comrades and family to do the same. After all, a strong individual leads to a strong group. It is difficult to earn the trust of a Constricta, but once you do successfully, she will become an irreplaceable ally. The death of a family member or a close friend in a party hits a Constricta Naga hard. After such an event, she may go into seclusion for a while.
Due to her isolation in the world, a Constricta rarely has a chance to see larger cities and more developed technology. Things that might seem obvious to a human may take some time for a Constricta to wrap her head around. This lack of knowledge in regards to modern technology also means that weapons and armor from a Constricta family may seem 'behind' when compared to the well armed knight. While this is certainly true, Constricta are very skilled with the longbow. Their natural claws and thick, strong tails make them powerful warriors as well. They are also willing to pickup a warrior class and learn how to use a weapon. If given the chance, they will gladly take a sword over their natural claws if it is a better choice for them. After all, it does make her stronger. She is also very wise to the ways of the wild. If she joins a larger party, she may be relied on a lot as a guide through the forests of the world. While she is trusting and passionate among those she knows, she also doesn't have much experience in 'casual' conversation. She may become awkward while expressing herself or maybe even impatient with a person she is trying to explain her feelings to.
The upper-body of a Constricta appears to be that of a lightly toned human woman. Her hair tends to be dark shades of brown or black. The iris of her eyes are always a fierce black in color, making her a bit intimidating. She is also well built and somewhat muscular in appearance - not overly so, but she definitely carries the build of a fighter. The biggest oddity in her upper body are her hands. Her arms slowly turn to scales as you travel down to her hands. Her human hands have evolved tough and sharp claws, allowing her grip into prey and enemies as well as deal wounds when needed. These claw-like hands are also capable of grasping objects, such as weapons when the option is available. The tongue of a Constricta is also forked like a serpents, giving a slight lisp to her voice when she speaks.
Her legs are clearly not present. Past her hips is a long and very powerful serpentine tail. The scales on this tail are generally a tan color or a dark green. Darker spots go down the back of the Constricta's tail. The scaly belly is generally a much lighter color than scale color of the back. This large tail is the Constricta's strongest weapons. Very few people have made it out of a Constricta Naga's scaly grip and lived to tell about it. After striking her prey or enemy with her strong claws, she can then maneuver her tail to quickly wrap around her foe. If the foe is unable to escape, she will slowly squeeze them to the point of death. While this tail is a powerful weapon, it is also a very slow form of locomotion. Compared to a creature with a set of legs, the Constricta is very slow on land. However, the long tail does give her some interesting abilities, such as one to swim and climb better.
For clothing, the Constricta generally dresses to her climate. She wears a small top across her chest. Across her hips and waist, she will wear some kind of skirt. Fashion is not something that the Constricta are keen on. While they do try to keep a good image, their clothing will always seem very simplistic when compared to other races.
An odd quirk about the Constricta concerns the way they eat. They generally will hunt 1 very large meal 1 to 2 times per month, feasting on that for one day and then resting the day after. It is not unusually for a Constricta Naga to prepare a deer and then eat by herself. After the meal, she will rest for another full day. After that, she will not need to eat again for another 2 to 3 weeks.
Due to her appearance and solitary nature, most other races tend to fear the Constricta Naga at first glance. The Constricta Naga herself does not help this by being very protective of her territory and very suspicious of intruders. While she does not go out of her way to kill for the sake of killing, there have been cases where people lost their lives for becoming too adventurous or over-ambitious in a worried Constricta's territory.
Once a Constricta Naga does get to know other races and peoples, she may tend to find herself siding more with Elves and Halfing's. The Elf's free lifestyle and his respect for the forest appeals to the Constricta. She also finds Halfling's very interesting, admiring their ability to survive in such a harsh world at such a small size. To her, that shows a variation of 'strength' that she has never seen before. Dwarves and lawful individuals deeply confuse the Constricta Naga. Not only due they show interest in things she has never heard of before, but they also have a strange obsession with 'laws' that have nothing to do with survival in the wild.
Her relationship with humans is a tricky one. Of all the humanoid races, genetically she most closely resembles a human. She may find herself developing feelings of attraction to a human male that she never felt before. The human races ability to survive in such large numbers would interest the Constricta Naga in a similar way that the Halfling interested her. At the same time, she could be clearly put off by more worldly and lawful humans. Like the dwarves, these lawful individuals could confuse her. They could talk or care about things that she never heard of or would care about.
Constricta Naga are also capable of reproducing with humans. Constricta Naga mate once in their lifetime, giving birth to 2 to 3 infants at a time. Since all Constricta Naga are female, this means they may have no choice but to go out and court human males at some point. Constricta Naga may also be capable of reproducing with other life, though it is unclear at the moment since no one has ever seen this happen.
Constricta Naga are generally Neutral or Chaotic Neutral in alignment at first. This is mostly due to their naive nature about the world at large and their general dislike of societies laws. However, if they join an adventuring party, their opinions on 'good' and 'evil' can be swayed by the people she grows close to. Civilized law will never really be understood by the Constricta Naga, so it is nearly impossible for her to be 'lawful' in alignment.
Being so closely related to the Constrictor Snake, the Constricta Naga tend to prefer moderate forests, generally with lots of rain and humidity. They have a deep dislike of the extremes, the most hated extreme for them is the cold. Long exposure to cold weather may also lead to their death.
Due to their isolation, the Constricta Naga do not believe in any of the mainstream deities. Occasionally, a Constricta Naga may find herself worshiping a god like Kord through her travels as an adventurer. It is more common for the Constricta to pray to her ancestors and fallen family members. She never really loses that possessive bond she held over those she cared for.
All Constricta Naga learn to speak Common and Draconic.
The lisp in a Constricta Naga's voice tends to lead to names that start with a strong 'S.' For instance, something like 'Sarah' could become 'Ssyra."
- +4\12 Strength, +4\8 Dexterity, +2 Constitution, +2 Wisdom, -2 Intelligence, -2 Charisma
- Monstrous Humanoid
- Large size, -1 penalty on Armor Class, -1 penalty on Attack Bonus, -4 penalty on Hide checks, +4 bonus on Grapple Checks
- Constricta Naga's base land speed is 20 feet.
- Constrict: On each successful grapple check, the Constricta Naga deals 1d8+(2*Strength Modifier).
- Improved Grab: To use this ability, a Constricta Naga must attack successfully with her claws. She can then attempt to start a grapple as a free action without provoking an attack of opportunity. If she wins the grapple check, she establishes a hold and can constrict.
- Racial Hit Dice: A Constricta Naga starts 6 levels of Monstrous Humanoid, which provide 6d8 Hit Dice, a base attack bonus of +8, and saving throw bonuses of Fort+8, Ref+8, Will+4.
- Racial Skills: Constricta are given 9 x (2 + Int Mod, minimum of 1) Skill points. Its Class Skills are Climb, Swim, Balance, and Listen.
- Racial Feats: A Constricta Naga's Monstrous Humanoid levels give it three feats.
- +4 Natural Armor Bonus.
- Natural Weapons: 2 Claws (Damage = 1d8+(Strength Mod))
- Weapon Proficiency: Composite Longbow
- Automatic Languages: Common, Draconic
- Favored Class: Barbarian
- Level Adjustment: +5
|Middle Age1||Old2||Venerable3||Maximum Age|
|150 years||170 years||190 years||220 years|
|Gender||Base Height||Height Modifier||Base Weight||Weight Modifier|
|Female||5'5" Tall, 17' Long||+1d8 Height, +1d10 Length||200 lb.||+10d10 lb.|
A Note From the Writer
I realize that this race may seem a bit overpowered at first and I apologize in advance if it is. This race is in constant testing right now and I would gladly appreciate any feedback from other players willing to try the race. These stats may change a bit depending on what the race has too much of or what the race needs to be more balanced.
Thanks in advance.