Ganra-Samal (3.5e Race)

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Though they can be somewhat intimidating, ganra-samal are a peaceful and friendly people. Those who return their courtesies are treated with far more respect than one might expect from a monstrous race. Those who tempt their rage place themselves in a great deal more danger than they tend to realize, as ganra can be incredibly deadly when provoked. While they prefer not to fight, they rarely forget those who slight them, and old ganra have been known to exact revenge on 50-year-old grudges.

Physical Description[edit]

From afar, a ganra looks like a minotaur with no horns. On closer inspection, the two monstrous races are not quite so similar. Ganra are tall and powerfully built humanoids with a coat of thick fur. They possess cloven feat like a minotaur, but their head is that of a shaggy dog. Ganra are somewhat hunched, making them all the more bulky for their height. Once up close, many don't take this race seriously because of their somewhat cumbersome and unassuming visage, and it is this that may be their greatest strength.

A ganra's coat most often come in natural colors, most often earthy browns, but sometimes fantastic greens, yellows, and reds. They almost universally have blue or black eyes, with ambers and browns being somewhat rare. They usually stand around 5'9" in height and weigh in at about 260 pounds. Females are slightly shorter and lighter than males.

Despite their fur being so thick, ganra somehow manage to keep their coats immaculately groomed. Some say that the fey creatures they protect assist them in their grooming, but this is as of yet unfounded.


Ganra-samal are often very far removed from humanoid races. Elves are the most common neighbors to ganra, and they get along well since they share many of the same values. Humans sometimes trade with the ganra, though they each keep each other at arm's reach; ganra can't bring themselves to fully trust the wide-spread and unpredictable humans, whereas humans find it somewhat difficult to accept that something so big and hairy can have such a insightful mind. They rarely have contact with other humanoids, and so often come off as a bit too inquisitive.

Fey creatures and ganra-samal have a deep relationship with one another. The ganra hold nature above all else, and this draws the fey to them. As the personifications of nature's bounty, it becomes the purpose of the ganra to safeguard the fey. Because of this symbiotic relationship, fey creatures treat ganra as they would fellow fey, and welcome them with open arms to their sanctuaries.


The peace-loving ganra-samal are almost universally neutral. Despite their affinity for fey creatures, they are loyal companions and devoted protectors, and so lean towards law over chaos. This is not always the case, however; those in the employ of more jovial fairies are more likely to have dangerously chaotic habits and mannerisms.


Ganra can be found anywhere that their fey charges live, though they prefer deep forests. Many can be found by bodies of water protecting sirines and nymphs, while some few make their homes in mountainous regions where their thick fur coat protects them from the bitter cold.


Gods tend not to interest the ganra-samal. They live deeply in touch with the natural world, and so rarely follow a deity. Those in close contact with elves or druids sometimes give prayers to nature gods, such as Ehlonna or Obad-Hai.


Sylvan is the native tongue of the ganra-samal. It is often taught to them by the feykind that they will one day come to protect. More intelligent ganra learn Elven to better associate with their neighbors. Some few are taught the secret language of the druids, as their reverence to nature and innate spell power places them in high standing in most druid enclaves.


Ganra-samal choose their own names when they learn to speak. Typically, a ganra's name will reflect their purpose or abilities, though some simply choose one based on their surroundings or the environment they were raised in. Males and females both have similar naming conventions.

Typical Names: Feyshield, Grassrunner, Mountainhammer, Stoneguide, Stormcaller, Treesong, Wintersun

Racial Traits[edit]

Ganra-samal possess the following racial traits.

1Ganra-samal can learn Druidic as a bonus language, even if they do not possess druid class levels.

Vital Statistics[edit]

Table: Ganra-Samal Random Starting Ages
Adulthood Simple Moderate Complex
20 years +2d6 +4d6 +6d6
Table: Ganra-Samal Aging Effects
Middle Age1 Old2 Venerable3 Maximum Age
65 years 97 years 130 years +3d20 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: Ganra-Samal Random Height and Weight
Gender Base Height Height Modifier Base Weight Weight Modifier
Male 5' 4" +3d4 220 lb. × (2d6) lb.
Female 5' +3d4 200 lb. × (2d6) lb.

Ganra-Samal Monster Class[edit]

Monstrous Humanoid

If you want to play a ganra at 1st level, you can use the ganra-samal monster class. To use the monster class, generate your character with the racial traits given below (rather than the normal ganra-samal racial traits presented above), and then take levels in the ganra-samal monster class as you would levels in other classes. For more information on monster classes, see the Monster Classes section of the Savage Species sourcebook.

Ganra sacrifice a few Hit Dice (and therefore base attack bonus, feats, amd skill points) in exchange for bonuses to Strength, Constitution, and Wisdom, natural armor, and minor spellcasting.

Dungeon Masters can also use the ganra-samal monster class to create less powerful ganra to use as low-level antagonists or young NPCs for their campaigns.

Table: The Ganra-Samal
Hit Die: d8
Level Hit Dice Base
Attack Bonus
1st 1d8 +1 +0 +2 +2 (2 + Int mode) × 4 Feat, Stability +2
2nd 2d8 +2 +0 +3 +3 (2 + Int mode) +2 Constitution, Spells (druid 1st)
3rd 3d8 +3 +1 +3 +3 (2 + Int mode) Feat, +1 Natural Armor
4th 3d8 +3 +1 +3 +3 +2 Wisdom, Spells (druid 2nd)
5th 4d8 +4 +1 +4 +4 (2 + Int mode) Stability +4
6th 5d8 +5 +1 +4 +4 (2 + Int mode) +2 Strength, Spells (druid 3rd)
7th 5d8 +5 +1 +4 +4 +2 Natural Armor

Racial Traits[edit]

1Ganra-samal can learn Druidic as a bonus language, even if they do not possess druid class levels.

Class Skills[edit]

The ganra-samal's class skills (and the key ability for each skill) are Concentration (Con), Diplomacy (Cha), Knowledge (Nature) (Int), Listen (Wis), Spot (Wis), Spellcraft (Int), and Survival (Wis).

Class Features[edit]

Weapon and Armor Proficiencies: Ganra are proficient with all simple weapons. Ganra are also proficient with light and medium armor but, like druids, are penalized while wearing metal armor; thus, they may wear only padded, leather, or hide armor if they wish to cast their spells. (A ganra may also wear wooden armor that has been altered by the ironwood spell so that it functions as though it were steel. See the ironwood spell description)

A ganra who wears prohibited armor or carries a prohibited shield is unable to cast their druid spells while doing so and for 24 hours thereafter.

Stability (Ex): Ganra are strong and sturdy enough to resist forced movement. They gain a +2 bonus to ability checks to resist being bull rushed or tripped when standing on the ground (but not when climbing, flying, riding, or otherwise not standing firmly on the ground). At 5th level, this bonus increases to +4.

Spells: At 2nd level, a ganra gains the ability to cast divine spells as a druid of the listed level, which are drawn from the druid spell list. His alignment may restrict him from casting certain spells opposed to his moral or ethical beliefs; see Chaotic, Evil, Good, and Lawful Spells, below. See Table: The Druid to determine the highest level of spells the ganra can cast, as well as spells per day.

A ganra prepares and casts spells the way a druid does, though he cannot lose a prepared spell to cast a summon nature's ally spell in its place. A ganra may prepare and cast any spell on the druid spell list, provided that he can cast spells of that level, but he must choose which spells to prepare during her daily meditation.

Ganra with druid levels add together their racial spellcasting and their druid class levels for the purpose of determining spells per day and the highest level of spells they can cast, but not for other druid class features (such as the druid's animal companion). For example, if a ganra finished his monster class levels and then gained a level in druid, he would cast spells as a 4th-level druid, but would only have the class features of a 1st-level druid.

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