Northlanders (3.5e Race)

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All Northlanders prefer to take the difficult ways into and out of situations. If they don't have to work to accomplish it, the task isn't worth doing. Due to their cold climates where water freezes, they are used to drinking alcohol. When they drink, they often start fights with random people, and if the two survive, the Northlander will attempt to become best friends. As a side effect of their almost perpetual drunkenness, they are easily distracted.

Physical Description[edit]

Northlanders are tall, often reaching 7 feet. They weigh about 240 pounds, almost all of this weight is muscle. They have varying skin shades, with white being the most common. They have blond or brown hair, and blue or green eyes. All Northlanders have a lot of hair on their bodies, males often grow beards by the time they are in their late teens. When going to war, they will tint half of their faces with a tribal color, the most common colors being blue, green and brown. The Northlanders believe in overcoming challenges, and will scar them selves to make intricate tattoos.


The Northlanders live in clans which are comprised of family groups. The Northlanders form close family ties, and will include any one who is a good friend in this family. When Northlanders include a friend into their family group, they give them a bag of pigments to color their face so that it matches the family's clan. The Northlanders tend to get into fights often, but resolve the fights quickly and then become friends with the person who they fought.


Most Northlanders are Neutral and only care about their next meal, in cities there are good and evil Northlanders. All of them are Chaotic, but follow a code of honor that they established for them selves. This code is constantly changing with every experience.


Northlanders tend to live in mountains and snowy areas. They make their shelters out of pine or stone and their cloths from animals that they find and skin. When face with a new environment, the Northlanders have a hard time adjusting in the beginning, but after a while, they are just as comfortable there as in their mountain homes.


Northlanders believe in the spirits of nature that guide them through their life. They may also beleive in any gods, but the natural spirits of Ice, Rock, and Tree will always be in the front of their minds.


The Northlanders speak a highly accented Common language and combine in their own words when they can't think of a word. There is also a special language of the NORTH that all highlanders speak, but that is only in conversation with each other.


Names are similar to these names. Last names are the clan name preceded by the family color.

Female- Aneira, Neve, Farahilde, Zarya, Wilda, Viveca, Velna, Nyla, Nadya, Enat

Male- Aatos, Adair, Agilolf, Ferguson, Killian, Llyr, Ludolf, Bero, Ormond, Lindberg

Racial Traits[edit]

  • + 4 Strength, −2 Intelligence, -2 Dexterity, -2 Wisdom: Due to their size and rough life style, the Northlanders very strong, but their size makes them clumsy, and their lifestyle makes receiving education difficult. Because they are always looking for adventures, they often don't pay attention to their environment, frequently running into difficult situations.
  • Human: They are just humans who are big, and have a lot of muscle.
  • Medium: No bonuses or penalties
  • Northlanders base land speed is 30 ft. (+5 ft. when travelling on familiar terrain, -5 ft. when not).
  • Hardy People: All Northlanders begin play with Great Fortitude. Because they will be pushing themselves as hard as they can in their travels, they will become able to take more environmental punishments.
  • -2 Move Silently and Hide Due to their size and weight, the Northlanders have harder times moving through an area without making noise.
  • Automatic Languages: Common, NORTH Bonus Languages: Dwarven, Giant, Orc
  • Favored Class: Barbarian, Fighter, Druid, Bard.
  • Level Adjustment: 0

Vital Statistics[edit]

Table: Random Starting Ages
Adulthood Simple Moderate Complex
16 years +1d4 +2d4 +3d4
Table: Northlander Aging Effects
Middle Age1 Old2 Venerable3 Maximum Age
30 years 50 years 100 years + years
  1. At middle age, −1 to Int, Dex, Wis and ; +0 to Con, Str, and Cha.
  2. At old age, −2 to Int, Dex, Wis and ; +1 to Con, Str, and Cha.
  3. At venerable age, −4 to Int, Dex, Wis and ; +2 to Con, Str, and Cha.
Table: Northlander Random Height and Weight
Gender Base Height Height Modifier Base Weight Weight Modifier
Male 7' +1d12" 250 lb. × 1d20 lb.
Female 6' 10" +1d10 230 lb. × 1d20 lb.

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