Hungering Mantis (4e Race)

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Hungering Mantises[edit]

A humanoid race sharing some characteristics with the praying mantis. Typically feared and hated for their desire to consume fresh corpses, they tend to hide from societies unless they are well-fed.

Racial Traits
Average Height: 5'3"-7'8"
Average Weight: 80-96 lb.
Ability Scores: +2 Dexterity, +2 Wisdom
Size: Medium
Speed: 5 squares
Vision: Low-Light
Languages: Common and either Goblin or Draconic
Skill Bonuses: +2 Acrobatics, +2 Stealth
Hidden Talons: The lower half of a Hungering Mantis' forearm folds outward to reveal a long, slightly curving talon. It grants a +2 bonus to climbing unless some other tool (ropes, ladders, etc.) is already granting a +2 or higher bonus.
Exoskeleton Coloration: The exoskeleton of a Hungering Mantis tends to be the same color as the area it grew up in. It grants a +2 bonus to Stealth in areas similar to its' birthplace (Desert, Forest, Hills, Marsh, Mountain, Plains, Underground, or Urban). Does not stack with other camouflage-based bonuses.
Vicious Consumption: Hungering Mantises can use Vicious Consumption as an encounter power.

Vicious Consumption Hungering Mantis Racial Power
They are referred to as the Hungering Mantises for a reason. Most would turn away from such a carnal act, but there are always exceptions.
Encounter Star.gif Healing
Free Action Melee
Trigger: Short rest after the end of a combat encounter
Requirement: One Medium or larger Natural Beast or Humanoid corpse
Effect: Healing surges spent during this short rest restore an additional 2 Hit points
  • Add +2 to Hit points restored per size category larger than Medium of the corpse
  • Using this power fulfills food requirements for the user

The hidden talons of the Hungering Mantises make them natural climbers, making them most at home in locations like forests and mountains which offer tall surfaces for use in both evading foes and ambushing prey. While solitary hunters, most Hungering Mantises live in small communities of ten to twenty adult individuals living near the treetops in forests or cave complexes near the top of sheer mountain faces, leaving them mostly cut off from civilized societies. Those who do choose to live among other species often do so in secret, hiding from the very societies they had decided to join and instead feeding from the bodies produced by such societies. Accounts of Hungering Mantises feeding on the dead have led to a great deal of distrust towards them by most civilized races. Because of this, Hungering Mantises are more often found among less civilized races whose standards are considerably lower.

Play as a Hungering Mantis if you want...

  • To be like a praying mantis
  • To use heights to your advantage
  • To heal a bit more after combat
  • To be an outcast or otherwise disliked individual

Physical Qualities[edit]

Hungering Mantises appear mostly human, save for a few significant oddities. Their limbs and bodies are very slim while their joints are very large in comparison, save for the femurs of their forearms which match the size of their joints. Their skin is extremely close in color to the environment of their birthplace, which helps them escape predators and ambush prey. Their heads are very triangular and their eyes are much larger and further away from one another than those of a human.

Playing a Hungering Mantis[edit]

Hungering Mantises are wary of other species, especially those who consider themselves civilized. A Hungering Mantis will avoid contact with groups of sentient beings but may attempt to pick off unguarded stragglers if food is hard to come by.

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