Tortons (3.5e Race)

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Tortons are pretty much calm and kind and willing to help someone in need.

Physical Description[edit]

Tortons are about 4 feet tall about 200 lbs. They look like turtles. A torton has no hair. A torton's skin color can vary from grayish browns to light greens,to bright red, depending on where they have hatched from. Some underground tortons are known to even have different shades of black with unique markings on all the colors of skin. Their eyes are usually red for female or yellow for males. Tortons have turtle shell patterns that are different depending on what family the torton is from.

Tortons have only three fingers, and stumpy feet. Their heads can recede into their shells allowing them to have a special dodge save vs critical hits. +1 dodge


Tortons can get along well with all races as long as they don't hurt their friends, family, or are a perversion of nature (like undead or aberrations). Tortons are known to hold a grudge for a very long time. Goblins are the tortons racial enemy.


Tortons are usually good and don't seem to prefer taking a side on the law and chaos axis.


They are usually found near large bodies of water like lakes, rivers, seas, etc. there are tortons that live in the most dry and hot places of the world though.


Most tortons usually worship a deity, as they chose to revere nature. The tortons that choose to pick a deity usually pick a nature deity like Ehlonna or Obad-Hai. The clerics of the tortons usually become the leaders of the clan.


Tortons speak Draconic and Common. The ones who learn other languages can learn Aquan, Giant, Goblin, and Terran.


A torton's name can vary as much as a human name could. The surname of Tortons are usually something swamp related.

Racial Traits[edit]

  • −2 Charisma, +2 Constitution, +2 Wisdom: Tortons are sturdy and serene but are a little slow and tend to be simple creatures.
  • Humanoid (Reptilian)
  • Medium: As Medium creatures, tortons have no special bonuses or penalties due to their size.
  • Darkvision: Torntons can see in the dark up to 60 feet. Darkvision is black and white only, but it is otherwise like normal sight, and hill dwarves can function just fine with no light at all.
  • Torton base land speed is 20 feet. However, tortons can move at this speed even when wearing medium or heavy armor or when carrying a medium or heavy load (unlike other creatures, whose speed is reduced in such situations).
  • Tortons have a swim speed of 30 feet. Tortons can move through water without making Swim checks. It has a +8 racial bonus on any Swim check to perform some special action or avoid a hazard. A torton can always can choose to take 10 on a Swim check, even if distracted or endangered. A torton can use the run action while swimming, provided it swims in a straight line.
  • Tortons have a natural armor bonus of +3 to AC and the bonus increases by +2 at 5HD and by another 1 every 5 after to a maximum of +5. So a torton of 20th level would have a natural armor bonus of +8, 15th level would have +7, 10th +6, and 5th +5.
  • Tortons gain Endurance as a bonus feat.
  • +2 on Concentration and Survival skill checks.
  • Hold Breath (Ex): A torton can hold its breath for a number of rounds equal to 4 x its Constitution score before it risks drowning.
  • Speak with Turtles (Ex): Tortons can comprehend and communicate with all species of turtles. They are able to ask questions of and receive answers from turtles, although this communication is limited by turtles' low intelligence. The ability does not make turtles any more friendly or cooperative than normal, but most turtles are naturally placid creatures, and respond well to being fed.
  • Automatic Languages: Common and Draconic. Bonus Languages: Aquan, Giant, Goblin, and Terran.
  • Favored Class: Shaman.
  • Level Adjustment: +0

Vital Statistics[edit]

Table: Torton Random Starting Ages
Adulthood Simple Moderate Complex
80 years +4d6 +6d6 +10d6
Table: Torton Aging Effects
Middle Age1 Old2 Venerable3 Maximum Age
175 years 300 years 450 years +4d% 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: Torton Random Height and Weight
Gender Base Height Height Modifier Base Weight Weight Modifier
Male 3' 6" +1d6 180 lb. × (2d6) lb.
Female 3' 4" +1d6 150 lb. × (2d6) lb.

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