Lionfolk (4e Race)
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|Lion by arthurgwg, on Flickr|
The body of a hybrid, the heart of a lion, the spirit of a warrior
|Average Height: 6'3"-7'|
|Average Weight: 200-280 lbs.|
|Ability Scores: +2 Strength; +2 Intelligence or Charisma|
|Speed: 6 squares|
|Languages: Common, choice of one other|
|Skill Bonuses: +2 Endurance, +2 Intimidate|
|Bravery: You gain a +5 racial bonus to saving throws against fear.|
|Lion Might: You gain a +1 racial bonus to damage rolls when you are bloodied|
|Lion Heart: You can use roar of the lion heart as an encounter power.|
Big and broad, the lionfolk were victims of vile experiments by demons and evil warlocks. The end result brought a proud race who believes strongly in embracing a cause. For them, this gives them their reason for being and gives them the drive to accomplish their goals in life.
Play a lionfolk if you want:
- To be big and powerful
- To both take and deliver punishment
- To be a member of a race that favors the fighter, paladin, or warlord classes
Lionfolk are hybrids of lions and humans. Able to rival even dragonborns in sheer size, lionfolk easily stand well over 6 feet tall. Their bulky musculature shows their natural strength. They have lion-like faces, including a large mouth and nose, as well as rounded ears. They typically have short claws for nails, but they use them more for eating than for fighting.
The males have a large blonde mane that grows outward from the edges of their faces. Like all lions, the lionfolk have blond hair and usually have thin, light brown body hair. Their skin is of a light color due to their body hair. Some lionfolk have a cleft upper lip like a normal lion, but others have normal mouths.
Lionfolk live long lives, rivaling even the eldarin in age. However, lionfolk mature more slowly, not reaching adulthood until age 25. Even so, most lionfolk live 350 years, but some have actually lived almost 400 years.
Playing a Lionfolk
Lionfolk believe strongly in purpose. Having a cause to embrace is of the utmost importance to them because they feel no reason to live if you have no cause to hold on to. In this regard, the lionfolk are often drawn toward religion and military organizations.
When it comes to race relations, the lionfolk have a strong respect and admiration for the dragonborn. Their drive for self-improvement and devotion to honor give the lionfolk and dragonborn strong common ground. Though lionfolk are more attracted to just finding meaning in life, they admire the dragonborn’s desire to become better than themselves.
The lionfolk love adventure. Not only does it give them meaning, but it presents an opportunity to bring out the best in them. More importantly, the cause they embrace has a great influence to their adventuring. Those who serve in the military often look to bolster their rank or engage in war, while others might spread the message of their respective deities.
Lionfolk Characteristics: courageous, devoted, driven, intimidating, militaristic, muscular, reliable, religious, reserved, seeking purpose, stout-hearted, strong
Male Names: Any human name, as well as Mane, Claw, and Shishi
Female Names: Human names, as well as Pride and Nalah
Three sample lionfolk adventurers are described below.
Claw is a lion-man fighter of Kord, the god of battle. A wrestler and brawler, Claw views the pursuit of strength as a sport, and he uses the skills and fame he has obtained from the arena to increase his coffers immensely. However, he has grown bored of the arena, and now wishes to fight a warrior skilled enough to defeat him in single combat.
Shishi is a lion-man paladin of Bahamut. A strong and devoted follower of the Platinum God, the ideals of honor and justice were deeply into Shishi’s heart when he was an orphaned youth. He believed that by following the ideals of Bahamut, he could serve the people of the land with righteousness and justice, thereby obtaining his own honor and his own cause.
Nalah is a lion-woman warlord, the leader of a small platoon near the Darkun Mountains. A charismatic and bold commander, Nalah takes great pride in the strength she gives her soldiers, and she feels she has found a true cause: Giving others the strength to fight, even when all hope seems lost.