Yautjas (3.5e Race)
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Yautja train every day, except for the children, for at least one hour. This may include a hunt, but otherwise families have a similar daily life to that of a human. Yautja often have a calm, level headed, approach to problem solving; however, they may become increasingly short fused after long periods of failure or tribulation. Yautja are masters of ranged and melee combat. Yautja are most known for observing and studying targets, preferring to use stealth and tactics to claim victories. For most Yautja, honor is worth more than any commodity. When fighting, Yautja often employ a strict code of chivalry, always giving an opponent even ground, and fighting clean.
Yaujtas are large humanoids standing 7-8.5 feet tall. The average weight of a male is around 300 pounds. Yautja skin color can range between dark green to a pasty yellow, occasionally mottled with black spots, and their eye color is similarly yellow or green. On their head the Yautja have things that resemble hair, and are believed to be used to regulate body temperature. Their appearance is akin to dreadlocks. A Yautja's faces generally has four mandibles which surround a smallish mouth filled with sharp teeth; however, the number and size of mandibles and mouth size may vary.
Yautja's will get along with any race (evil or otherwise) as long as they show a sense of honor. If an individual does not show these these qualities, Yautja's will ignore them. Those that repeatedly show them disrespect will often be killed, or challenged to a fight.
There are many tribes within Yautja civilization. There is the occasional war between groups over land or hunting territory. Such wars often span several generations; however, they typically maintain respect for each other.
Yautja are usually considered Lawful Neutral. They will follow a code of honor that guides who they kill, why they kill and when they kill. Some may stray from this path and disregard honor, going for easy kills.
Yautja live in a variety of terrain and are great adapters. However, colder regions can be uninhabitable for Yautja, as they prefer warmer, temperate zones, such as jungles and forests.
The Yautja revere the "Black Warrior"; the God of Death. The Black Warrior is a cunning adversary who eventually wins all battles. They also follow the great warrior god, Paya, who hunts creatures of unfathomable magnitude such as the four great elementals: wind, water, fire, and earth.
During the hunt,the Yautja employ a silent system of gestures to communicate with each other. This body language is very simple and only capable of relaying basic messages or ideas. Pushing another's shoulder one handed is a challenge, but shaking a shoulder is a greeting.
While they don't always communicate using verbal commands, the Yautja can make various types of basic, animalistic, sounds. These sounds can range from a growl, which serves as a warning or a sign of amusement, to a roar of fury. A hissing noise can be translated as either a warning, anger, or surprise. A short bark can show anger, outrage, or be a command. The trademark Yautja clicking growl rumbles within the throat, and can mean either pleasure or curiosity. A clattering, trilling sound is the equivalent of Yautja laughter.
A head cocked to the side shows curiosity or regard, but head and eyes lowered is a sign of submission. As mentioned previously, the mandibles are often used in their body language. The lower mandibles spread means aggression, the mandibles flared are a sign of anger. An arched back with mandibles flared shows pure rage.
Yautja are given three names.
The first is a family name, and is only used by close relatives and extremely close comrades; those that have been hunting together for years. There is no differentiation between male and female names. The second and third names are given by the time Yautja reaches adulthood, until then, the Yuatja is referred to as a Youngblood by it's brethren.
Example: Kree-klii, Gra, Nurag-wul, Tar, Yul, Kroll-sig, Maul
The second is often a trait or physical characteristic the Yaujta has displayed before it brethren.
Examples: Swift, Strong, Silent, Brutal, Dark, Wide-Eyes, Sharp
The Third name is most often a follow up to the second, complimenting the quality before it. It may also be verb, such as Kill or Leap. Some Yautja may choose not to be called by a third name.
Examples: Spear, Blade, Hound, Hunter, Kill,
In rare cases, a Yautja proves himself a superior fighter, commanding respect from other Yautja. These Yautja may leave behind the names they were given for a name he chooses. This is often one word. Such examples include Wolf, or Scar. Often these Yautja are enforcers, chosen to uphold Yautja law.
- Ability Increases: +4 Dexterity, +6 Strength, +4 Constitution, +2 Wisdom, -6 Charisma
- Natural Armor: +2
- Feats: Improved Unarmed Strike, melee evasion, toughness
- Base Land Speed: 40 feet
- Size: Medium Humanoid
- Languages: Yautja
- Favored Class: Ranger, Rogue, Barbarian, Monk, Fighter
- Racial: +3 to all fortitude saving throws
- Racial: Yautja gain a +2 bonus to all tracking checks, and it is always a primary skill, regardless of class.
- Racial:+2 to climbing and sneaking checks.
- Yautja automatically gain weapon focus and weapon specialization with their clan weapons.
- Level Adjust: +4
|200 (Human) years