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{{#set: |Summary=Represents races of sentient, playable top-predator birds. Not humanoids with wings like Raptorians, but actual birds. |Racial Ability Adjustments=None }}

Raptor Edit

The Raptor is a catch-all name for playable sentient birds. Attempts to incorporate this into the game in the past have mostly been failures that ended up making the birds too humanoid (Raptorians and Kenku). These aren't humanoids that happen to have wings or chicken features, these are actual birds that have human-level sentience.

As part of having human-level sentience, it is highly recommended that the birds belong to the class of top predators. Eagles, falcons, hawks, owls, and ospreys come to mind. As Dungeons and Dragons does not attempt to model fine-grained details of biology, the races are given somewhat abstracted statistics for the class of top predators.

Physical Description Edit

Depends on the specific type of bird, but good inspiration can be found in the bird gallery.

Relations Edit

They generally eat other birds and animals, but get along or at least have grudging respect for other top predators.

Lands Edit

Treetops, mountains, cliffs. You can read the encyclopedia pages for eagles, falcons, hawks, owls, and ospreys for in-depth real-life details.

Language Edit

Different birds communicate in different fashions, but usually with squawks and other such noises that is usually difficult for humanoid races to replicate. Nonetheless it is a complete language, known as "Raptor".

Names Edit

You are encouraged to come up with a name that is completely unpronounceable in humanoid languages.

Racial Traits Edit

  • Type::Magical Beast: Raptors are basically a humanoid mindset in a bird.
  • Size::Small: While pushing it, Raptors are essentially considered small: they are to halflings as dwarves are to humans. As small creatures, Raptors have a +1 bonus to Armor Class, +1 bonus on attack rolls, +4 bonus on Hide checks, –4 penalty on grapple checks, lifting and carrying limits 3/4 those of Medium characters.
  • Raptor base land speed is 10 feet. They also have a fly speed equal to 30 feet, plus 5 feet per level, with good maneuverability.
  • Natural weapons: Raptors have a bite and talons. Both have a base damage of 1d4, and the talons are considered the primary natural weapon.
  • Hunting Dive (Ex): Raptors can make a talon attack at the end of a run. This is similar to making an attack at the end of a charge, but only a talon attack can be made.
  • Unusual Morphology: In the human-centric lands that most of Dungeons & Dragons takes place in, Raptors are distinctly out-of-place. They can only use weapons and armor created especially for them (increase base cost by ×1.5).
  • Raptors have a +8 racial bonus to either Spot or Listen checks, and a +4 racial bonus to the other (choose one at character creation).
  • Automatic Languages: Raptor.
  • Bonus Languages: Any.
  • Favored Class: Favored Class::Any.
  • Level Adjustment: +Level Adjustment::0
  • Effective Character Level: Effective Character Level::1

Vital Statistics Edit

The ages are unified in the table below for better playability. As for the sizes and weights, a basic table has been made for those who don't want to go too in-depth about their type of bird; for those that do, it is encouraged that you look at the appropriate page on Wikipedia and decide on an appropriate height and weight in that fashion. No matter what height and weight you choose, you are still considered Small.

Table: Raptor Random Starting Ages
Adulthood Simple Moderate Complex
3 years +1d3-1 +1d4 +1d6
Table: Raptor Aging Effects1
Middle Age2 Old3 Venerable4 Maximum Age
25 years 35 years 45 years +2d10 years
  1. Age has been increased from what is expected in real life, for better playability.
  2. At middle age, −1 to Str, Dex, and Con; +1 to Int, Wis, and Cha.
  3. At old age, −2 to Str, Dex, and Con; +1 to Int, Wis, and Cha.
  4. At venerable age, −3 to Str, Dex, and Con; +1 to Int, Wis, and Cha.
Table: Raptor Random Height1 and Weight
Gender Base Height Height Modifier Base Weight Weight Modifier
Male 4' 4" +2d10 or -1d4 5 lb. × (1d4) lb.
Female 5' +2d12 or -1d4 6 lb. × (1d4) lb.
  1. Height refers to their longest dimension (wingspan), not talon-to-head height.

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