Cadmian (4e Race)
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|Cadmus Sowing the Dragon's Teeth.|
Illustration for A Wonder Book and Tanglewood Tales
by Nathaniel Hawthorne, pub. 1910.
A race of legendary heroes and a proud civilization
|Average Height: 6'8" - 7'4"|
|Average Weight: 180 - 230 lbs.|
|Ability Scores: +2 Constitution, +2 Strength or +2 Dexterity|
|Speed: 7 squares|
|Languages: Common, Draconic|
|Skill Bonuses: +2 Athletics, +2 Endurance|
|Warrior Blood: You are proficient with one military weapon of your choice.|
|Draconic Resistance: Choose one of acid, cold, fire, lightning or poison. You have resistance to that damage type equal to 5 + half your level.|
|Dragon Body: You gain the dragon body racial power|
Cadmians are a race with a mythical origin. The great king Cadmus was tasked with finding a new home for what was left of his people after a devastating war. After many years of searching all that was left was a small band of warriors and Cadmus. Upon finding a fertile land a dragon attacked them claiming the land as his. The dragon slew all but Cadmus. Cadmus called to the gods for help and was answered by Io. Io told Cadmus that with his spear he will slay the dragon. Cadmus threw his spear and landed the finishing blow. Io then spoke to Cadmus saying to bury the dragon beneath the nearby mountain. Cadmus did this and was rewarded with sight of a new people being born from rock and a dragon corpse.
Cadmians appear to humans with certain distinguishable features. Cadmians have a very tan colored skin. They are often taller than average humans but not by much. Their bodies almost never produce fat and are always muscular in some way. Many joints and other bone structures are altered to allow swifter movement in combat. Cadmians possess thick skulls with brains that develop more in areas that aid in tactical thinking. Some Cadmians are born more draconic than others with scale-like skin and sharper teeth. Their hair tends to be black or brown with natural grey or yellow highlights. Cadmian lifespans have not been definitively measured since they often die in battle before they reach venerable age. Their is speculation that Cadmians are ageless, and further speculation that they live as long a elves.
Attitudes and Beliefs
Cadmians are the heirs to mythical warrior king Cadmus. Originating from a time before the splitting of the dragon god Io, Cadmians' history resides in myth and tall tales. Believing many of these legends, Cadmains are proud of their origins and often remind people of their draconic blood and battle prowess.
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Cadmians favor the fighter, ranger, and warlord classes. Three sample cadmian adventurers are described below.
Phanus is a cadmian barbarian with less tactical knowledge than most Cadmians. He tends to charge into battle with little thought or plan but improvises during battle. He is a front-line warrior in his squadron in the Cadmian army. He has been promoted only once but that does not bother him. As long as he gets to fight he'll keep following orders...usually.
Siver is a cadmian fighter who is a captain of a small platoon. She handpicked her soldiers for the sort of group tactics she employs. Her platoon has yet to lose a fight. In one week they cleared an entire enemy compound that had a force 200 strong. She prefers her position in the army an has often refused promotions in order to remain with her platoon.
Kane is a cadmian ranger that has been kicked out of the army for psychotic behavior. His mind was not strong enough to handle the horrors of war. His will broke and his sanity was lost. As a tactical genius he set traps for his fellow soldiers that led to their bloody deaths. He fled the land of the Cadmians to seek stronger prey for his psychotic plans.
Roleplaying a Cadmian
When creating a cadmian adventurer, here are a few points to consider.
- To be a proud warrior race
- To be a race with mythical origins
- To be a race that is physically strong and quick in battle
Cadmian Characteristics: Proud, tactful, strong, wise, dutiful
Cadmian Male Names: Cadmus, Orphus, Minos, Jason, Peritheon
Cadmian Female Names: Kira, Psyche, Artemis, Atalanta, Hestia
|Dragon Teeth||Your bite is a weapon.|