Monday, January 3, 2011

General Rules: Monsters - Prašotek (Goblin)

Prašotek (Goblin) (adapted from the Monster Manual)
Small Humanoid (Goblinoid)

Hit Dice: 1d8+1 (5 hit points)
Initiative: +1
Speed: 30 feet
Armor Class: 16 (+1 size, +1 Dexterity, +3 chitin armor, +1 natural)
BAB/Grapple: +1/-3
Attack: Kukri +2 melee (1d4, slashing, 18-20 x2) or light crossbow +3 ranged (1d8, piercing, 19-20 x2, 80 feet x10)
Full Attack: Kukri +2 melee (1d4, slashing, 18-20 x2) or light crossbow +3 ranged (1d8, piercing, 19-20 x2, 80 feet x10)
Space/Reach: 5 feet by 5 feet/5 feet
Special Attacks: -
Special Qualities: Darkvision 60 feet, vermin affinity
Saves: Fortitude +3, Reflex +1, Will -1
Abilities: Str 11, Int 10, Wis 9, Dex 13, Con 12, Cha 6
Skills: Hide +4, Handle Animal +4, Listen +2, Ride +4, Spot +2
Feats: Skill Augmentation (Listen and Spot)
Environment: Temperate
Organization: Gang (4 - 9), band (10 - 100 plus 1 3rd level serjeant per 20 adults and 1 leader of 4th - 6th level), warband (10 - 24 with Medium monstrous vermin mounts), or hive (40 - 400 plus 1 3rd level serjeant per 20 adults, 1 or 2 lieutenants of 4th or 5th level, 1 leader of 6th - 8th level, 10 -24 Medium monstrous vermin, and 2 -4 Large monstrous vermin)
Challenge Rating: 1/3
Treasure: Standard
Alignment: Usually lawful evil
Advancement: By character class
Level Adjustment: +0

Prašotek are small humanoids that serve as the workers of šotek hive; many other races consider these creatures to be little more than vermin. If they are left unchecked, their great numbers and evil disposition enable them to overrun and despoil civilized areas.

A prašotek stands 3 to 3½ feet tall, and weighs 40 to 45 pounds. Its eyes are multifaceted, varying in color from red to yellow. A prašotek's skin color ranged from yellow through any shade of orange to a deep red or even black; usually all members of the same hive are about the same color. Like other šotek, prašotek shun clothing save for utilitarian purposes, but tend to favor dark leather, tending towards drab, soiled-looking colors. Like most other šotek, the prašotek are sterile females all born of the same hive mother.

Prašotek speak Karstish; those with Intelligence scores of 12 or higher often speak Rhadynnic or Sorglish as well,

The majority of prašotek are workers, often experts in mining, crafting, building, or any of the other professions that a šotek hive needs to function. Most prašotek encountered outside their homes are warriors; the information in the statistics block is for one of 1st level.

In war, prašotek often serve as scouts, spies, skirmishers, and sometimes cavalry, and often rely upon sheer numbers and malicious ingenuity. The concept of a fair fight is all but meaningless to prašotek warriors, who regard combat in the most pragmatic terms possible, always seeking victory for their hive queen at the lowest possible cost. They favor ambushes, overwhelming odds, dirty tricks, and any other edge they can devise.

Vermin Affinity: Prašotek treat monstrous vermin as animals for all purposes including a druid's Wild Empathy and Animal Companion abilities, and Handle Animal checks. Prašotek are almost always found with a variety of monstrous vermin that they keep as pets, mounts, and war beasts. Prašotek can be found with almost any type of monstrous vermin, although most hives affiliate with only one kind. The lone exception are monstrous spiders, who šotek generally despise and refuse to affiliate with.

Skills: Prašotek have a +4 racial bonus on Handle Animal and Ride checks. Prašotek cavalry (typically mounted on Medium or Large monstrous vermin) usually select the Mounted Combat feat in place of the Skill Augmentation (Listen and Spot) feat, which reduces their Listen and Spot check modifiers from +2 to +0.

Challenge Rating: Prašotek with levels in NPC classes have a CR equal to their character level -2.

Prašotek Society
Prašotek live in hives, usually alongside other šotek, most commonly vyšotek (hobgoblin) and khezotek (bugbears), under the direction of a ruling kralovna hive queen. They have almost no concept of privacy, living and sleeping in large common areas. While scouting parties of prašotek are relatively common, settlements consisting exclusively of prašotek are almost never found, and when they are, it is usually because they have been sent to accomplish some objective by their hive queen. Šotek hives sometimes capture slaves to perform hard labor in the hive's lair or camp.

Once in a great while, a band of renegade prašotek rebel against their hive and strike out on their own, but because they are all sterile females, such colonies are usually short-lived. In these cases, instead of a hive queen, they follow the biggest, strongest, or sometimes the smartest of the group. Such bands survive by raiding and stealing (preferably from those who cannot defend themselves easily), sneaking into lairs, villages, and even towns by night to take what they can. They are not above waylaying travelers on the road or in forests and stripping them of all their possessions, up to and including their clothes.

Within a šotek hive, the majority of prašotek will be members of the expert class, and will have an array of skills needed by the hive. Most hives have a cadre of prašotek experts dedicated to raising and training monstrous vermin. These experts usually take the Skill Focus (Handle Animal) feat in place of the Skill Augmentation (Listen and Spot) feat.

Prašotek as Characters
Exceptional prašotek tend to be rogues, fighter/rogues, or zloděj. Prašotek clerics worship Ninkurra, although there are few prašotek who take up this profession, as the khezotek handle most religious matters for a šotek hive. A prašotek cleric has access to two of the following domains: Corruption, Endurance, Goblin, Pain, or Rulership. Most prašotek spellcasters are adepts. Prašotek spellcasters favor spells that fool or confuse enemies.

Prašotek characters possess the following racial traits:
  • Type: Prašotek are humanoids with the goblinoid subtype.

  • Ability Scores: -2 Strength, +2 Dexterity, -2 Charisma.

  • Size: Small. Prašotek gain a +1 bonus to Armor Class, a +1 bonus on attack rolls, and a +4 bonus on Hide checks, but suffer a -4 penalty on grapple checks, and their lifting and carrying limits are ¾ those of Medium character.

  • Speed: Prašotek have a base land speed of 30 feet.

  • Darkvision: Prašotek can see in the dark out to 60 feet.

  • Exoskeleton: A prašotek's hard exoskeleton gives them a +1 natural armor bonus.

  • Vermin Affinity: Prašotek treat monstrous vermin as animals for all purposes including a druid's Wild Empathy and Animal Companion abilities, and Handle Animal checks.

  • Prašotek gain a +4 racial bonus on Handle Animal and Ride checks.

  • Automatic Languages: Prašotek speak Karstish.

  • Bonus Languages: Eurozoic, Jattalaic, Kellish, Rhadynnic, Sorglish, and Sûlic

  • Favored Class: Rogue.

  • Additional Favored Class: Expert.

  • Exclusive Class: Zloděj (adapted from Complete Adventurer).
The prašotek warrior presented here had the following ability scores before racial adjustments: Str 13, Int 10, Wis 9, Dex 11, Con 12, Cha 8.

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