Child of Nature (3.5e Trait)
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Child of Nature
You grew up in a forest or some other natural surrounding, but have lost all contact with civilization.
Benefit: The character gets +2 bonus to his Fortitude save, reflecting his/her diet and living in sometimes extreme weather conditions. The character also always treats Handle Animal and Survival as class skills. The character also chooses one of the following three extraordinary abilities: Animal Companion, Nature Sense, Wild Empathy, described in the Druid class entry, with the following differences:
- Animal Companion: You cannot release your companion from service; an animal companion that has perished can be raised; to get a new animal companion, you must domesticate it, as by handle animal skill; you may not select your companion from alternative lists of animals, regardless of your character's level; this animal companion doesn't get the extraordinary abilities listed in the "Special" column in "The Druid’s Animal Companion" table. If your character is a druid or ranger with this trait, or has levels in any other class that grants an animal companion, he gets this animal companion because of this trait, and a regular animal companion from his class levels.
- Nature Sense: You get a +2 bonus on Knowledge (nature) and Survival checks; if your character is a druid, or has levels in any other class that grants this ability, the total bonus given by all instances of this ability equals 2n-1, where n represents the number of classes that grant him this ability.
- Wild Empathy: You don't add druid levels (if any) to determine the result of the check, but your ECL. Your penalty when influencing magical beasts is -6 instead of the regular druidic -4. This ability functions the same as the druid's otherwise. If your character is a druid, or has levels in any other class that grants this ability, the penalty isn't raised to -6, but remains -4.
Drawback: The character gets a -4 penalty to all Charisma based skill checks, except intimidate and handle animal. The character is also illiterate. He/she possesses only the most basic knowledge of protocol and etiquette, and lacks any fine mannerisms or social finesse. He/she is uncomfortable and restless in any settlement with more than a hundred inhabitants, and must make a will save (DC 7 + daily cumulative 1) or leave the settlement and head to the nearest wild lands. The character cannot take levels in any of the classes requiring some form of formal education (i.e. cleric, warmage, wizard,...). He/she also cannot have any ranks in professions that require prolonged indoor activity (i.e. scribe, cook, librarian, maid). He/she is also distrusting toward strangers, and it takes a lot of time to truly befriend him/her and gain his/her trust.
Special: In your character's background, there must be a reference to him being raised in the wilds, either by some reclusive humanoids, or by animals.
Roleplaying Ideas: mostly explained in the drawback section. i think you get the idea...