Tauren (Warcraft Version) (3.5e Race)

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There are two different kinds of Tauren known to Oerth. The first are the Tauren who hail from a country called Mulgore (hence most of Oerth knows them as Mulgorians). Others say they come from a place known as the Barrens, but physical characteristics are the same for both subspecies. These Tauren are known to be more dextrous, though not as strong as their cousins, the Taunka. The Taunka, the less common, less civilized organization, are larger but slower than the Mulgorians.


Despite their enormous size and brute strength, the remarkably peaceful tauren cultivate a quiet, tribal society. However, when roused by conflict, tauren are implacable enemies who will use every ounce of their strength to smash their enemies under hoof. They are noble and proud and have never, despite significant adversity in the past, succumbed to their enemies. Like many of the races from so-called Azeroth, the tauren now struggle to come to grips with the entirely new world of Oerth.

Physical Description[edit]

Tauren are large, muscular humanoids with bull-like heads. Males average 7 1/2 feet tall and 400 pounds, while females are usually a bit shorter and lighter. Tauren are mostly muscle, having incredibly developed physiques and brawny frames most suitable for combat. Soft, downy fur (usually quite short) covers the tauren body, with manes growing along head and neck, the lengths of the arms, and the shins. Tauren men and women almost always wear their hair long, and the males prefer braids to any other style. Coloration can range from solid black to blond and even to white, or mottled pelts with a range of spots and different colors. They have three fingers on each hand. Horns are most prominent on males, although all tauren have horns.


Taurens, like Darkspear Trolls, have an incredible loathing for all Elves (except Wood Elves) on Oerth. They speak of a race known as the Night Elves in Azeroth, who are attuned to nature in a similar way to the Wood Elves. Tauren revere nature above most other things, and as a result are friendly to beings and cultures that also take care of nature. They have few preferences as far as specific nature goes, and reside with a policy of not taking an offensive until attacked. They once regarded Orcs with respect, but changed their views as when saw the Orcs of Oerth -- apparently incredibly savage and disrespectful by comparison to the species of Azeroth.


The Tauren commonly lean towards a Lawful alignment, with societies being predominantly mixtures of Lawful Neutral and Lawful Evil coexisting based on a common love of nature. However, at Tauren are learning the new freedoms of an entire globe, they are quickly seperating and creating smaller cultures of Good-aligned communities.

The most predominant trait about a Tauren is that they are almost always Lawful.


Tauren prefer to live in lands where nature is still in full effect -- they bear a strong distaste for cities and wastlands. Jungles, forests, plains, and coastlines are home to Taurens. In human lands, Tauren are usually teachers for those training to be herbalists or studiers of the forest (florists and faunists).


Tauren talk of worshipping someone called the Earthmother in their homeworld. Upon arriving on Oerth, the all worship of the Earthmother was rendered futile, seeing as she no longer existed. The Tauren have taken to praying to Obad-Hai, the Deity of Nature. Those who do not worship him may also revere Ehlonna or Yondalla, and some Tauren are satisfied with simply respecting nature.


Tauren speak a native language of Taur-ahe, a tongue related to all others from Azeroth (this base language, called Azerothian or Warcrae, is not native to any species from Azeroth). They have an affinity for Dwarven-related languages, and a few know the languages of their enemies (Elven).


  • Male Names: Azok, Bron, Garaddon, Hruon, Jeddek, Turok
  • Female Names: Argo, Bessey, Beruna, Halfa, Serga
  • Family Names: Darkthorn, Thunderhoof, Stormhorn, Quillsplitter, Stonebreaker, Plainstalker, Spiritwalker

Racial Traits[edit]

  • +4 Strength (or Dexterity), +3 Wisdom, -2 Charisma: Tauren, despite their incredibly brutish looks, have good strength of mind. Tauren from Mulgore (Mulgorians) have a +4 Dexterity, while the Taurens known as Taunka benefit from +4 Strength.
  • Monstrous Humanoid: Taurens are not affected by spells or psionics that exculsively target humanoids, such as charm person.
  • Medium-size: No bonuses or penalties for this size
  • Tauren base land speed is 30 feet
  • War Stomp (Su): 5x per day, a Tauren can spend a standard action to stomp the ground and send out a shockwave which causes all enemies within a 10-foot radius to take a Fortitude save (DC 10 + 1/2 Tauren's HD + Tauren's Strength modifier) or be stunned for 1 round (the PC must designate that she wishes to use her War Stomp and who she wishes to target 1 round before using the ability). At fifth level, and every five levels thereafter, the Tauren increases the range of his War Stomp by 5 feet (this a level 17 Tauren with a Strength of 16 would have a War Stomp DC of 21 and a range of 25 feet).
  • +4 racial bonus to Herbalism and Survival checks: Tauren education includes learning about proper techniques for survival.
  • +4 to saves against Earth and Air Spells: Tauren have a natural resistance to Nature Magic.
  • Automatic Languages: Taur-ahe and Common. Bonus Languages: Dwarven, Elven, Giant, Gnome, Goblin, Orc, Terran, Warcrae.
  • Favored Class: Ranger.
  • Level Adjustment: +1

Vital Statistics[edit]

Table: Tauren Random Starting Ages
Adulthood Simple Moderate Complex
50 years +1d4 +2d6 +3d6
Table: Tauren Aging Effects
Middle Age1 Old2 Venerable3 Maximum Age
75 years 95 years 110 years +2d% years
  1. At middle age, −1 to Str, Dex, and Con; +1 to Int, Wis, and Cha.
  2. At old age, −2 to Str, Dex, and Con; +1 to Int, Wis, and Cha.
  3. At venerable age, −3 to Str, Dex, and Con; +1 to Int, Wis, and Cha.
Table: Random Height and Weight
Gender Base Height Height Modifier Base Weight Weight Modifier
Male 6' 9" +2d12 280 lb. × 2d8 lb.
Female 6' 6" +2d12 250 lb. × 2d8 lb.

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