Teddy Bear (4e Race)
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|By Mary Wandler|
You look cute and harmless and are too playful for your own good.
|Average Height: 3' 8"-4' 0"|
|Average Weight: 80-90 lb.|
|Ability Scores: +2 Charisma; +2 Dexterity or +2 Wisdom|
|Speed: 5 squares|
|Languages: Common, Elvish|
|Skill Bonuses: +2 Acrobatics, +2 Thievery|
|Agile: You gain a +1 racial bonus to Reflex.|
|Fey Origin: Your ancestors were native to the Feywild, so you are considered a fey creature for the purpose of effects that relate to creature origin.|
|Cute Charm: You can use Charm as an encounter power|
The teddy bear, or teddy, for short, is a creature that is every bit as cute and cuddly as a human might imagine. However, its charm was from a source few would suspect. True teddy bears are wild walkers among the forests of the Feywild, where they are from originally. They have the same charm as fey usually do with other creatures, being able to manipulate emotion and such.
Play a Teddy Bear if you want...
- To look like a bear cub.
- To be a creature that loves to work with others.
- To not be the smartest but be surprisingly flexible.
- To be a member of a race that favors the ranger, rogue, and warlock classes.
Teddy bears look like upright bear cubs. They are slightly shorter than Halflings, but much heavier. Their thumbs have one claw. They have large eyes and their heads are bigger than the rest of their bodies. Teddy Bears have thick fur all over themselves. Fur colors include brown, yellow, black, and white. Their eyes, which look like perfect orbs, are solid brown and black. Teddy bears usually don't care to wear clothes; when a circumstance arises in which they do need some sort of clothing, they wear nothing more than rags.
Playing a Teddy Bear
Teddy bears are Feywild creatures who look like cute bear cubs. They are typically very friendly and won't attack without good reason (or are tricked into attacking, which is common). Teddy bears love to play around, sometimes getting into trouble. Loner Teddy Bears are few and far between.
Teddy Bears tribes are each centralized around a big tree, and use the power of nature to make tree houses out of the tree. Each tribe has one teddy bear chieftain with divine powers that leads the tribe. They have a high sense and feel for society.
For Feywild creatures, teddy bears are pretty dumb, but they are smarter than Ogres. Teddy bears than can tricked easily which sometimes gets them into mischief (for example, a teddy bear will wonder what a button will do and then set off a trap, even if it is apparent that there is a trap around.) What they lack in intelligence they make up in power, easily defeating a group of people believing them to be harmless.
Teddy bears migrate often. If their homeland is destroyed or becomes unsuitable, teddy bears will travel hundreds of miles to find a new home. Because of this, teddy bears know their surroundings well and often stumble into new plains. Teddy bears are not only in the natural world, but also in worlds that were abandoned by the gods and in the Shadowfell. The evil cousins of the teddy bears are the Winged Bears.
Teddy bears are often identified as the Feywild echo of bears, but they act more like the echo of halflings as both teddy bears and halflings are underestimated, small, and make natural rogues. Teddy bears worship Corellon, Avandra, Melora, and Sehanie.
Teddy Bears Characteristics: Cute, Funny, Naive, Playful, Loyal, Travelers
Male Names: Pogo, Rocky, Tim, Teddy, Ya-Ya, Zim, Wicket
Female Names: Bing-Bing, Bo-Bo, Lora, May, Rosy, Theodora
Teddy Bear Adventurers
Three sample teddy bear adventurers are described below.
Tim was a Teddy Bear ranger who had spent his whole life traveling between the world and the Feywild. After a pack of hobgoblins sneak attacked Tim's clan, Tim was kidnapped. Before the hobgoblins sold the Teddy Bear to slavery a group of adventurers slayed the hobgoblins and rescued Tim. He travels with his new friends but tries to find his long-lost family.
May was a rogue who lived with her tribe for most of her life. But May wanted to know what was beyond the Feywild. One day she decided to travel to the world through a worldfall. After several adventures, she found a group of adventurers.
Wicket was a fey warlock. During a ceremony he wandered off and encountered a fey hag. She offered a deal to give Wicket powers that he could use to change the world one day. Later, when the tribe found out Wicket made a pact, he was exiled and thrown into the natural world. He wonders if his new-found powers are good or evil.
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