Guaivens (3.5e Race)

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Guaivens are a very social race. Their cities usually consist of magnificent underwater temples, schools, and homes. The homes they live in are often occupied by up to 20 Guaivens. The males migrate from the freshwater to the ocean when they become 10 years of age. There, they train and grow until they reach full maturity, at which point they return to their birthplace to mate. Females usually stay in the freshwater community to tend to the young and defend their city. During mating season, when the males return, a season-long celebration is held. Males and females alike participate in theatrical events and attend spirited gatherings. When a male and female connect with each other, they get married and will forever be exclusive mates. Marriage ceremonies are a colony-wide event, with as many as 10 couples wed at a time.

Physical Description[edit]

Guaivens have 3 pairs of limbs: 1 pair of humanoid arms, and 1 pair each of horselike forelegs and hind legs. Along their bodies sprout stalks with lobes of skin, which resembles seaweed or kelp formations. This helps in camouflage. Their skin comes in an endless variety of colors, and they may change their color at will. Their eyes are large and protrude from short, thick stalks, and are most often of a golden hue. Guaivens' bodies are very rigid and the skin on their torsos is very dense. They have opposable thumbs on their hands. They have no feet, but their legs are usually very muscular, as lobes of skin near the bottom of their legs push against the water when they propel themselves as they swim.


Guaivens are naturally friendly to all races they encounter. Merfolk and Guaivens especially value each other. However, in most cases, Guaivens remain neutral in other races' conflicts.


They are usually Neutral Good, but there may be occasions in which an individual may be of any alignment.


Females usually stay in deep, freshwater lakes. If their birthplace connects to the ocean in any way, Males above the age of 10 travel to saltwater until mating season, in which they are compelled to journey back to their birthplace. Guaivens are incapable of breathing outside of the water for extended periods of time and cannot walk on land.


Guaivens worship the intermediate deity Myál.


Guaivens speak Common and Aquatic. They also use their ability to change colors as a form of communication.


Each Guai has his/her own unique first name. Their last name consists of a prefix that comes from their mother, and a suffix that comes from their father. The sections of their last name are separated by an apostrophe.

Racial Traits[edit]

  • +4 Constitution, +2 Charisma, −2 Dexterity: A Guai's rigid body is dense, and regenerates quickly, but hinders agility.
  • Monstrous Humanoid (Aquatic)
  • Large: All bonuses and penalties for Large creatures apply.
  • Guaivens base land speed is 0 feet: Underwater speed is 30 ft.; 50 ft. if in a straight line.
  • Sleepless (Ex): A Guai does not sleep. Instead they slow down and "rest" for a few hours a day for restorative purposes.
  • Darkvision (Ex) 60 ft.: A Guai lives near the bottom of the lake, and thus can see in places where little or no light penetrates.
  • Camouflage (Ex): A Guai can change his/her color at will. +6 to Hide checks.
  • Thick Skin (Ex): A Guai's skin is very dense. +2 to Fort saving throws.
  • Charge (Ex): If a Guai swims in a straight line, an attack with a weapon that does piercing damage does +1d4 more damage.
  • Automatic Languages: Common, Aquatic. Bonus Languages: any.
  • Favored Class: Cleric or fighter.
  • Level Adjustment: +4

Vital Statistics[edit]

Table: Guaivens Random Starting Ages
Adulthood Simple Moderate Complex
20 years +1d4 +1d6 +2d6
Table: Guaivens Aging Effects
Middle Age1 Old2 Venerable3 Maximum Age
33 years 60 years 85 years +150 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: Guaivens Random Height and Weight
Gender Base Height Height Modifier Base Weight Weight Modifier
Male 6' 10" +2d10 400 lb. × (1d100) lb.
Female 6' 6" +2d10 275 lb. × (1d60) lb.

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