Homebrew Spotlight: Lizardfolk

Lizardfolk

Medium Humanoid (amphibious, humanoid, reptilian) (14 RP)

Racial Traits

  • Specialized: +2 Dex, +2 Con, -2 Cha (1 RP)
  • Humanoid (reptilian): Lizardfolk are humanoids with the reptilian and amphibious subtypes. (0 RP)
  • Medium: As medium-size creatures, lizardfolk have no special bonuses or penalties due to their size.
  • Normal speed: Lizardfolk have a base speed of 30 ft. (0 RP)
    • Swim: Lizardfolk have a Swim speed of 30 feet and gain the +8 racial bonus on Swim checks that a swim speed normally grants. (2 RP)
  • Lowlight Vision: Lizardfolk have low-light vision allowing them to see twice as far as humans in conditions of dim light. (1 RP)
  • Well-Balanced: Lizardfolk receive a +2 racial bonus on Acrobatics. (2 RP)
  • Natural Armor: Lizardfolk have a +2 natural bonus to Armour Class: Lizardfolk benefit from thick protective scales. (4 RP)
  • Hold Breath: A Lizardfolk can hold their breath for a number of rounds equal to 4 times their Constitution score. After this time, a lizardfolk character must make a Fortitude check (DC 10) every round in order to continue holding her breath. Each round, the DC increases by 1. (1 RP)
  • Natural Weapons: Lizardfolk possess sharp claws and teeth and are able to deal 1d4 points of damage with an unarmed strike. They are always considered armed.
    • Bite: 1d4 damage [primary] (1 RP)
    • Claws: 2 claw attacks, 1d4 damage [secondary] (2 RP)
  • Stability: Lizardfolk gain a +4 racial bonus to their CMD when resisting bull rush or trip attempts while standing on the ground. (1 RP)
  • Xenophobic Languages: Bonus Languages: Lizardfolk with high Intelligence can choose bonus languages from the following: Aquan, Common, Nagan, or Elven. (-1 RP)

Alternate Racial Feats

 The following feats are available to a lizardfolk character who meets the prerequisites.

  •  Powerful Tail: A few lizardfolk have broad, strong tails that are more suited for water travel than the typical lizardfolk tail. Those with this trait have a swim speed of 40 ft and gain a +2 racial bonus on Swim checks (for a total of +10). Replaces Well-balanced.
  • Hardened Scales: Lizardfolk gain Improved natural armor. This replaces claw attack.
  • Monstrous Strength: Lizardfolk gain a +2 racial bonus to their Strength This replaces swim speed.
  • Rending Claws: If a Lizardfolk hits with two claw attacks in 1 round, the attack deals additional damage equal to 1d4 + 1-1/2 their Str Replaces bite attack.
  • Slapping Tail: The lizardfolk have a tail they can use to make attacks of opportunity with a reach of 5 feet. The tail is a natural attack that deals 1d8 points of damage plus the lizardfolks’ Strength modifier. This replaces the replaces natural armor and gains 1 RP.
  • Tripping Tail: Lizardfolk can hit with their slapping tails, so they can choose to make a trip attack as a free action that does not provoke attacks of opportunity. Replaces hold breath and stability.

Lizardfolk are usually 6 to 7 feet tall with green, gray, or brown scales. They weigh between 200 and 250 pounds. Lizardfolk have long, dangerous claws and thick, powerful tails that are used for balance, about 3 to 4 feet in length. Although a few tribes are small at 3-5 feet tall, weighing 80-150 pounds with tails that are about 1 to 2 feet long.

Few mammals are befriended by lizardfolk. However, they place great store in friendships and alliances, among their own kind and with other races.  Although they may be frequently hostile to humanoids, lizardfolk are not without honor. They have long memories, remembering both the good and ill done to them.  They treat others as others treat them. If a human is fair and honorable, even if he is an enemy, lizardfolk treat him with the same respect. If an outsider manages to befriend a lizardfolk, the bond will last until the trust is betrayed.

Most tribes live in swamps, but about a third of the population lives in underwater air-filled caves. In isolated areas they survive by fishing, gathering, and scavenging, while those that live near other humanoids make raids for food and supplies. A threatened or starving tribe will go to incredible lengths to ensure its continued existence.

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