Moppling (4e Race)
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If you think small equals cute and fragile, you're wrong about these war monkeys.
|Average Height: 3’10” – 4’2”|
|Average Weight: 80 – 90 lb.|
|Ability Scores: +2 Dexterity, +2 Constitution or Charisma|
|Speed: 6 squares|
|Vision: Low-light vision|
|Languages: Common, Elven|
|Skill Bonuses: +2 Acrobatics, +2 Endurance|
|Weapon Proficiency: You gain proficiency in the shortbow.|
|Moppling Resilience: You can use your second wind as a minor action instead of a standard action.|
|Monkey Feet: You gain +2 racial bonus to grab checks and athletics checks made to climb when barefoot.|
|Surprise Assault: You can use surprise assault as an encounter power.|
|Surprise Assault||Moppling Racial Power|
|You leap onto your enemy, grabbing on and give it a beating while at it.|
|Target: One creature|
|Attack: Strength + 2 Vs. Reflex|
|Hit: 1d6 + Strength modifier damage, and you grab the target. If you sustain the grab, you deal 1d6 + Strength modifier damage.|
Level 11: Strength + 4, 2d6 damage
Play a moppling if you want...
- To play a little daredevil.
- To be small and tough.
- To have a nice mix of humor and strength.
Mopplings stand about 4 feet tall and weigh about 85 pounds. They resemble small humanoids and are proportioned mostly like human adults. Mopplings have large hands with long fingers. Their feet resemble hands, with large flat bodies and long toes. They can use their feet to firmly grab objects or onto surfaces but lack an opposite toe to manipulate them. Mopplings arms are very long, reaching past their knees while standing straight. Females have little body hair but males have long hair growing on their chest and on their feet, as well as surrounding their wide faces. Mopplings skin colors are the same as humans, though most tend to be shades of brown. Their eyes are blue, green, purple, pink, and brown. Mopplings reach adulthood at 17, and live as long as humans. Due to their appearance, many call them mini-sasquatches or even monkey people.
Mopplings are creatures that tend to dwell in coniferous forests where their leafy dens or nests can be well hidden in the canopies above and below. Vast networks of lianas span their territory, allowing them to climb about with ease, getting the drop on unwary travelers below. They are also very good with ranged tools, going beyond just rocks and using even bows. This helps them to repel predators who may climb the trees to eat their young. Mopplings live in a very close-knit society where a matriarch cares for all the children of all the females, thus freeing them up for gathering labor alongside male attendants. The matriarch can be a bit selfish sometimes, lavishing her own children above others. However, as their survival as a race depends on a healthy next generation, rival children are never overly neglected to the point of death.
Like monkeys, mopplings are curious and playful. Travelers in moppling forests are usually subject to many pranks as well as traps for fun if they are not careful. Mopplings would love to spend the rest of their lives frolicking and playing if they could. However, they also have the sense of duty to their tribes and harbor a warriors spirit beneath their grinning furry faces. Do not be fooled by the small stature. They are vicious in battle, willing to do whatever it takes to win. They are like kobolds in that regard, stronger in numbers, and willing to turn tail when it gets too tough. A retreat is only a step to a more strategic victory for mopplings, who are highly adaptable and able to learn quickly. Every moppling harbors some pride for who they are, but they will not let it get in the way of themselves. Whatever they cannot accomplish alone, they will accomplish as a race.
Roleplaying a Moppling
They are fierce, mighty and short! Mopplings love to fight and often have friendly duels to test their skills. Mopplings are a race who take pride in proving that even small races can be as strong as the big ones, if not smarter at least.
Mopplings Characteristics: Brave, stubborn, high-spirited, friendly, curious, resourceful
Male Names: Astar, Benkei, Jozu, Kino
Female Names: Mona, Laolan, Fenne, Emmie
Mopplings favor the rogue, ranger and monk classes.
Jozu is a rogue who loves challenges. He repeatedly gets into fights and loses against many of his superior moppling friends, who are mush stronger in melee battles. Therefore, he hones his mind and dexterity to try and build ways to outwit such opponents, always growing from each failure. When offered a chance to leave his forest and encounter new challenges, he saw only the opportunity to try out his tricks more, and hopefully return one day and show his friends what he has learned.
Since her childhood, Laolan always had a great talent for fighting. The matriarch of her forest village found her a very powerful rival, and so sent her off on a journey for her, so that she might not mate and give birth to offspring that would overshadow others. Bound by the laws of the matriarchy, Laolan bid adieu to her many sparring partners, some who had even become her suitors.
Astar is a simple guy born with little taste for the fighting that mopplings are known for. He prefers lying in wait for game to pass as a ranger, eager to taste new and exotic creatures. Such animals often require a skillful mind to ensnare, and so he spends a good deal of his time working on his footwork and aim rather than muscles and athletics. This leads to him being a bit of an oddball from the community, but everyone is usually pretty grateful when he brings game to share.