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Constitution is everyone’s second-most-important ability That’s it, that’s all it comes down to. Even if Dexterity is your most-coveted ability score, you can get +2 Dexterity without taking a −2 penalty to Constitution, and since that is an option, you will want to do so because even if Dexterity is more important, Constitution ...


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3.5 elves are both woodsy and civilized, wild and cultured. Elves are short and slim, pale-skinned with dark hair and green eyes (but no facial hair). Elves "trance" instead of sleep, and they live more than 700 years. But the 3.5 PHB1 reveals a fundamental problem with elves which just gets worse as the edition continued to talk about them in other books. ...


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If your GM doesn't mind, there's no reason why a centaur couldn't work. You'd want to keep him roughly balanced with other races; 4e doesn't really have the same concept of monster levels as 3e did, so he needs to be on par with other races from level 1 onwards. Building Your Own Based On Another Race Each 4e race gets +2 to two stats. For the centaur, I'd ...


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Small Races with Strength Bonus I’ve found three: Earth Mephling, Planar Handbook, +2 Str, Cha, −2 Dex, Int. Humanoid (Extraplanar). Gains a Burrow speed, a Breath Attack, a +1 Caster Level bonus on [Earth] spells. LA +1. Marrulurk, Sandstorm, +2 Str, +6 Dex, +4 Con, +6 Wis, +4 Cha. Yes, that is +22 in ability score bonuses, and yes, that is ...


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Bluff Works - In Character (IC) Only So long as Elan and Human are indistinguishable at a glance, Bluff will do what you need. If they're obviously different just by looking, you'll also need Disguise or magic. The harder part is keeping it a secret Out of Character (OOC). If you don't want the other players to know, then you'll have to take some extra ...


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Player's Handbook 3's race entry for Minotaur depicts one male and one female minotaur. Also note that they clearly specify male and female name examples. Player's Handbook 3 p. 102 depicts a female minotaur in the Runepriest section. Primal Power p. 109 Warden paragon path Emerald Guardian depicts a female minotaur. Dragon Magazine #389 p.32 Winning ...


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Yes. The best "playable" undead race is the necropolitan, found in (I believe) Libris Mortis. The link has the stats, not reproduced here because of potential copyright violations. This template is the best choice for a PC because it has no level adjustment, merely causing the character in question to lose a level. Therefore, any build is possible with this ...


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In Spelljammer and Planescape there's the "Mercane" (aka "Arcane" in pre-3e writeups) that are interstellar and interplanar magic merchants. They have writeups in the Manual of the Planes and the Epic Level Handbook and are in the d20 SRD.


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Yes, Rakshasa player characters are supported! ...sort of. The Monster Manual (page 212) has the typical monster manual "RAKSHASA AS CHARACTERS" racial stats block: they start play as level 14 characters (7HD and a +7 LA) with an effective seven levels of sorcerer built into the character (future class levels of sorcerer stack with the racial levels). ...


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Yes High Elf simply states: Cantrip. You know one cantrip of your choice from the wizard spell. While cantrips are described as: Cantrips A cantrip is a spell that can be cast at will, without using a spell slot and without being prepared in advance. Repeated practice has fixed the spell in the caster’s mind and infused the caster ...


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Not really, no. Being size small has few, if any, direct benefits. Theoretically the small races (halfling, gnome) receive sufficient other benefits to balance out being size small, but it's primarily a sacred cow from 3rd edition (note that dwarves are not size small). With minor situational exceptions: Weapons with the Goblin Totem enchantment give an ...


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Well, Wizards released an entire web enhancement devoted to cats as an April Fools article, which has a lot of cool options for cats. It does have at least one “playable” cat (Cheshire Cat, to be exact), but it’s not really a very playable option because it has LA +3. If it lost the DR, toned down the ability score bonuses a bit, it could ...


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Yes, Calistar now has an Origin of Shadow. The Rules Compendium p60 defines origin. It doesn't say it explicitly, but the implication is that creatures normally only have one origin, much like they have one level, one race. The flavor text in Dragon Magazine #387 also strongly favors this interpretation, it says that to take this feat a character needs to ...


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I would interpret that specific case as "Your origin changes to shadow..." He is a shadow creature, and no longer a fey.


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Yes. You can fit into smaller places than other characters. If the party needs to take cover from arrows or dragon's breath or poison rain, you can get into safe places that no one else can fit in. You can also get into smaller tunnels, ducts, tubes, etc. than anyone else. There might be a pipe leading into a castle that's too small for a human to crawl ...


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There are some major advantages and major disadvantages to playing a large PC. Here are a couple I can think of right off the top of my head Advantages Access to Large weapons. This increases the weapon die size by one. As a defender they have the ability to draw in more targets there are 12 squares around them instead of 8. larger close bursts. defender ...


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Aasimar are addressed in Blood of Angels. "Women that carry an aasimar child reoprt easy pregnancies and deliveries..." There's an entire page of info on Childhood, another on Adolescence, etc. They don't come out and say it explicitly but there's no sign of any time disparity; they are described as maturing to age 5-6 like other human kids and having some ...


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Yes, there is a benefit: You have your small race's benefits! In just asking about playing a small character, you're leaving out something important: you don't play a small character, you play as a small race and have their unique benefits! You get to be a Kobold (+2 Con, and +2 Cha or Dex), with some bonus survival abilities and a racial Encounter ...


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From the Pathfinder FAQ (Q: Do Elves Trance?), they dropped trance because they felt it was setting specific. Default Pathfinder Elves don't trance, but they could in your setting.


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Perhaps the Bariaur might work for what you are looking for. I found this site useful for Planescape Races. The Bariaur are traders and explorers seen on many planes and have an intense wanderlust. They are easy to get along with and accepting of others, which are useful traits in merchants.


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Yes, there are female minotaurs. Nothing in the race description specifies that the race is male-only (the way satyrs are explicitly male-only and hamadryads are explicitly female-only), ergo there must be female minotaurs. It's just a hypothesis, but based on the people I've known who've played minotaurs, the reason there are no images of female minotaurs ...


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The Book of Erotic Fantasy (a d20 third-party supplement) has a large table detailing the ability to crossbreed between many of the common species. This is a list based on the gnomes' entry. Gnomes are actually one of the most restricted species in the table. They are basically only able to crossbreed with the races that can crossbreed with everyone. As ...


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Yes and Yes-sort-of Necropolitan is a template that can be added to any Humanoid or Monstrous Humandoid, and the draconic racial class does not change your type to Dragon until third level. Moreover, because Necropolitan has LA +0, it cannot constitute “your next level” for the requirement that the third level of Draconic immediately follow the second. In ...


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Your question isn't really about 3.5 races in general - you should ask about the actual problem you have. Your problem is that you want to play an angel in Pathfinder and want to know how. Rather than use a super overpowered homebrew 3.5 race, you have a couple options. Use an aasimar race. Using the Advanced Race Guide and other available options - ...


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The Legend system has something akin to what you describe. All characters are built from class templates, which themselves contain three "tracks" that represent the progression of different sets of abilities. Characters may swap out tracks from the core class to achieve a kind of multiclassing. When playing one of the six "standard" humanoid races in ...


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Well, if you're using the default Pathfinder setting of Golarion and the Adventure Path material, they focus a lot on "human" race and culture. Golarion is a deliberately humanocentric world - elves and dwarves tend to keep to themselves and halflings are often just a slave race. There's a host of human ethnicities (Chelaxian, Keleshite, Kellid, Vudrani, ...


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Yes and no. In general, custom races made for D&D 3.5 will work just fine in Pathfinder. Nothing really major changed as far as races are concerned between 3.5 and Pathfinder. The biggest thing to look out for is that Pathfinder no longer has the concept of level adjustment, so there typically needs to be some houserules to allow more powerful races, ...


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If you take the D&D 3e setting of Ghostwalk you've got the option to play a ghost as well. Most of 3e's balance issues came with classes, so there shouldn't be any concern of Ghostwalk creating balance problems in 3.5. The Unbodied while being a psionic race, could also be easily used to handle a ghost. Another thing you could do is basically recreate ...


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Dwarves are critters of Norse/Germanic myth (of the two, probably a little heavier in Germanic influence). That's the origin of at least the short, mining, and craftsmanship aspects (and the very name 'dwarf'). Take a look here: German Dwarves Norse Dwarves I suspect your other listed qualities are either from the folklore too or from Tolkien (who was ...


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I'd go for these ones as a starting point. Speed, skill bonuses and the (adapted) quick kick power are taken from the centaurs found on Monster Manual 2. Other features have been selected on personal taste. The big issue, here, is that a MM centaur is a Large creature. No playable character race out there seems to be larger than Medium. I'm not seeing true ...



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