Human, Ishtari (3.5e Race)

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A typical Ishtar Human tends to be kind, though wary of strangers.

Physical Description[edit]

The Ishtari appear much like any other human. However, their skin is noticeably darker. Their hair is typically black or brown, and grays or whitens with age. Their eyes typically appear brown, though blue and green are also common. Uncommon colors include hazel, teal, and gray; violet, gold, and silver are rare shades.


While the Ishtari typically prefer to stick with their own kind, they are more than welcoming of those who prove themselves friends. They have a distrust of Dwarves, Drow, and other races that tend to live underground, but are capable of overcoming these biases.


The civilized society as a whole tends to be Neutral or Lawful Neutral. Nomads tend to be Neutral to Chaotic Neutral. Of course, each individual is capable of anything from Lawful Good to Chaotic Evil.


The Ishtari call the desert their home. The vast expanses of sand bring a warm and tender feeling of safety to their hearts, for more reasons than the heat. They tend to coalesce and build cities near rivers, coasts, and oases. However, anywhere there is enough water to survive, the Ishtari thrive. Nomads are also common, herding their camels and such from place to place, often trading goods for extra coin.


The Ishtari tend to worship nature deities, such as gods of Water, Deserts, Fire, and Storms. They also worship deities of Harvest and War. Above all else, though, they venerate Pelor, the god of the Sun. Gods of cold and snow have little to no place in the pantheon of the Ishtari.


The Ishtari speak, well, Ishtari. They also usually know the Common tongue for trade purposes.


For a real-world inspiration, take Arabian or Persian names. For men: Abbas, Amir, Farhad, Tauheed, Zahbir. For women: Aza, Nawar, Sabiya, Sara, Waqi.

Racial Traits[edit]

Vital Statistics[edit]

Table: Ishtar Random Starting Ages
Adulthood Simple Moderate Complex
15 years +1d4 +1d6 +2d6
Table: Ishtar Aging Effects
Middle Age1 Old2 Venerable3 Maximum Age
40 years 53 years 70 years +2d20 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: Random Height and Weight
Gender Base Height Height Modifier Base Weight Weight Modifier
Male 4' 10" +2d10 110 lb. × (2d4) lb.
Female 4' 5" +2d10 80 lb. × (2d4) lb.

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