Ferengi (3.5e Race)
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Ferengi are driven by a need to accumulate material and economic wealth. This greed is central to their society, and to their culture. If you have money, you are friend to a Ferengi... if you do not, you are likely to be ignored.
Ferengi society and culture was highly patriarchal. As such, Ferengi laws and cultural norms reflected and deeply institutionalized such discrimination. Ferengi women were referred to as "females." They were barred from most aspects of society, such as not being allowed to earn profit or to travel. They were not even allowed to wear clothes and were expected to be undressed at all times. Laws and traditional social values relegated females to the level of property. Women had no valued role in society, apart from the propagation of male heirs.
If a woman was caught earning profit, she was forced to give back all she had earned and either sign a confession, admitting the error of her ways, or be sold to indentured servitude if she refused. Her male relatives would then have to make financial restitution.
In spite of this gendered restriction, ferengi women can be just as shrewd and cunning in business and economics as any male ferengi. These sorts of 'females', may employ several tactics of putting their influence into the world at large, be it with socially manipulating their sons and husbands to do their bidding outside the home, or by running away from home and living as a male (including altering their ear-lobes to appear male, altering or fabricating identity documents, and wearing male clothing).
Ferengi stand at about 4 ft tall and have large bulbous heads with enlarged brain cages. Their skin is in shades of orange or brown, their ears are very large which gives them excellent hearing (+3 to listen checks ?), and their teeth are pointed. Male ferengi have larger earlobes than female ferengi, which expand and become more defined in shape as they age. Conversely, Ferengi don't see very well, and often take up reading glasses to better see and read contracts and other business documents.
Ferengi clothing is, depending on their economic prowess, varying degrees of richly elaborate and expensive, in both the cut of clothing, and its materials. Wealthy and respectable ferengi will often be seen with an elaborately detailed vest, and a low-collared tailcoat featuring one or more ornate metal clasps (gold or silver, always polished to shine.) with metal-decorated cuffs. Particularly wealthy Ferengi will further have an overcoat or mantle and cape, and may also have a cane or staff with them.... (along with 2 or more females and/or body-guards ?)
Conversely, Ferengi women 'dress' (at least in public, and/or in wintertime) in toga-like sheets of appropriately decorated cloth and fancy braided ropes, echoing their husbands or sons economic status.
Choice jewelry is also a given, for both males and females, although Males will usually wear more jewelry, as a display of status and clout.
Ferengi pride themselves in their ability to trade with anyone, however the more intelligent races tend not to trust the Ferengi... mostly because of their dodgy reputations.
Ferengi tend towards neutral alignments. As the rules of acquisition say, "War is good for business." and "Peace is good for business."
Ferengi are most at home with wet climates.
Ferengi have a detailed but adaptable religion based around a codex called 'The Rules of Acquisition', written by the first Grand Nagus of Ferenginar, Gint. Gint wrote the original 200 rules of acquisition (which have since been carefully expanded on, now at 285), and also wrote of the Ferengi afterlife. Ferengi believe that when they die, they are brought to the Divine Treasury, where the Blessed Exchequer measures their wealth. If they are found worthy, they spend eternity in luxury... if not, they provide the luxury to those who have been found worthy.
Ferengi also have a belief in a "great material continuum" which is that for everyone's wants, somewhere there's a supply for them. Ferengi try to navigate the great river of this continuum to get people what they want, making a vast profit in the meantime.
Ferengi is an unusual nonlinear language. Each word could have one of a dozen meanings depending on where it is in the sentence. Even the writing system is nonlinear, and the hexagon-based text is read from the center of the page outward.
Ferengi names are one syllable long.
- +2 wisdom, +2 int, -2 strength, -2 con. Ferengi are clever and smart... but they are frail.
- Small: As a Small creature, a Ferengi gains a +1 size bonus to Armor Class, a +1 size bonus on attack rolls, and a +4 size bonus on Hide checks, but he uses smaller weapons than humans use, and his lifting and carrying limits are three-quarters of those of a Medium character.
- Ferengi base land speed is 20
- +2 appraise, +2 open lock,
- If the Ferengi is carrying at least 4000 gold, the Ferengi gains +1 to diplomacy and bluff. They gain this for every 4000 gold the Ferengi carries on his person. Up to 16000 can be used for this purpose.
- Ferengi start 1st level with double the starting gold for their class, if starting at a higher level then 1 they have an additional 1000 gold per starting level.
- Expert bribery: Ferengi can spend 500 gold to increase any diplomacy or bluff check by +2, they may only do this twice per check (spending 1000 gold to increase a diplomacy check by +4)
- Expert shopper: The Ferengi can find goods in cities as if they were one size larger.
- Automatic Languages: Ferengi, common. Bonus Languages: any excluding secret languages.
- Favored Class: Bard.