Ursaring (5e Race)
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|“||Is that food I smell? Maybe not...||”|
|—Ursaring, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon|
Ursaring is a bipedal, ursine beast creature. Its broad body is covered in coarse and thick brown fur. Its muzzle, inner ears, and paw pads are covered instead in light tan, short fur. It has narrow eyes, squarish ears, a triangular black nose, and wide mouth with small, visible fangs sticking out from the upper jaw. The fur on ursaring's shoulders is longer and shaggier, giving their upper arms thick protection. A female ursaring has longer fur on its shoulders than a male. There is a large, ring-shaped mark on its chest of tan, shorter fur. Ursaring's forelimbs are thick and long, ending in five claws each. Its hind legs are short and thick, ending in three claws each. Its tail is large and spherical in shape, being very bushy and thick.
Ursaring are creatures native to the woodlands of the Johto region. They evolve from teddiursa and are known to be fierce protectors of their groups, called sleuths. These groups are very small but span large tracts of forests. People speak often of avoiding their forests when it is spring, as they are shortly out of hibernation. After they are done with feeding, it is quickly mating season, which is another time when they are very aggressive. They can be extremely territorial with others and so mark all their trees with claw marks and scents from their bushy tail. In the winter times, ursaring hibernate after fattening up in the fall. Waking one can mean a death sentence due to their incoherent state. As of recent, human territory has encroached on their natural habitats and forced many to move.
Ursaring lives in mountainous forests, sleeping in treetops and gathering food throughout the day. Some live as solitary units rather than in a sleuth. Within their sleuths, the largest ursaring, be they male or female, leads. These small groups never have more than five adult members, followed by their offspring of several teddiursa. Their litters are rather small, with rare triplets. Ursaring are creatures that boast of their strength above all other features. While they are skilled at climbing trees, they gather food by snapping them and collecting whatever berries or fruits fall down instead. Their favorites are often marked with their claw marks. They have noses able to find food underground and in streams.
Ursaring can be short tempered and very aggressive. They have short fuses and are quick to jump on the defense. Words do not come easily to them, and they prefer fisticuffs. When in battle, they hate to lose and would rather die than give up. Other than battles, they are very gluttonous and obsessed with materialistic goods, particularly those of culinary pursuits. If they could, ursaring prefer not to work for fruits. They can be very lazy when there is no young to look after or sleuth to keep them in line. Some thereby use ursaring as an image of sloth and gluttony among pokémon. They show their best sides to their own, mainly the young.
Ursaring are dwellers of the forest and usually use Sylvan to make their simple names. They tend to despise names that serve as veneers or lofty titles, as those are superficial and take away from true strength. Therefore their names are usually short and curt.
Big bear Pokémon
Ability Score Increase. Your Strength score increases by 2, and one other ability score of your choice increases by 1.
Age. They live up to about 40 years at maximum. They mature at around 8, which is when many may start training to evolve into ursaring.
Alignment. Ursaring tend to be very neutral, not caring much for good or evil.
Size. These ursine creatures can be very tall, towering nearly up to seven feet. Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
Darkvision. You can see in dim light within 60 feet of you as if it were bright light, and in darkness as if it were dim light. You can't discern color in darkness, only shades of gray.
Thick Fur. Your thick fur sleets off snow and the elements. You are resistant against cold damage.
Gutsy Feet. Your strength and size make you extremely hard to stop from moving. You have advantage in saving throws against being paralyzed and stunned.
Claws. Your strong claws give you a climbing speed of 30 feet. They can also be used for unarmed strikes. If you hit with them, you deal slashing damage equal to 1d4 + your Strength modifier.
Powerful Build. You count as one size larger when determining your carrying capacity and the weight you can push, drag, or lift.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and Sylvan.
Random Height and Weight
|5′ 11″||+1d12||277 lb.||× (1d8) lb.|
*Height = base height + height modifier