I would like to include in my world the ability for a PC to turn into an sort of aspect of nature based on one of several animals in my current campaign. I am using the transformation process for becoming a Dragonborn in Races of the Dragon as the basis for how the mechanics of the transformation would work. I just need a good set of "templates" for them to change into (Dragon born works in a wierd world between template and races. My second stab at a the first one, themed to being a gorilla avatar. Additional races I'm considering are: Elephant, Lion, Bear, Hawk, Leopard, Turtle, Shark, and Dolphin.

Avatar of Nature (Gorilla)

Upon completing the ritual of rebirth you a emerge an aspect of nature's divine fury. Your skin is now covered with a layer of thick black fur and your you face have morphed into the a distinctly simian form. You are slightly larger that typical for your previous race, but do not change size categories

Subtype: animal-blooded, you gain the animal-blooded subtype, all apells feats and other abilities that target animals may be gained/use by you.

Stat Bonuses: +2 Str, -2 Int

Base Speed: 30ft Land, 15ft Climb(only usable while carrying a light load and must have hands free).

Darkvision out to 60ft.

A Gorilla Avatar has a +2 Natural Armor bonus.

Natural Weapons: A Gorilla Avatar has two slam attacks dealing 1d4. Each attack is unusable if an item is held the corresponding hand. Examples Carrying a short sword: one attack, carrying a sword and shield: no attacks

A Gorilla Avatar has a +2 racial bonus on Climb checks and can always choose to take 10 on Climb checks, even if rushed or threatened.

Brachiation: A Gorilla Avatar may select Brachiation, even if he doesn't meet the requirements.

Automatic Languages: Gora(Secret language understandable by only other gorilla avatars similar to Druidic)

Favored Class: Barbarian or Ranger

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    \$\begingroup\$ It has nothing to do with estimating LA so a comment. Your racial bonus on Climb won't function as written as climb speed allready gives you +8 racial bonus to that skill and racial bonuses don't stack. It may of course kick in if your load is medium+. I just suspect your intent was different. \$\endgroup\$ – annoying imp Mar 29 at 18:39
  • \$\begingroup\$ @annoyingimp is correct. However, adding something like This replaces the normal +8 racial bonus the creature would normally receive from a having a climb speed would be unique but fine. (And, in an odd turn, Pathfinder stacks racial bonuses.) \$\endgroup\$ – Hey I Can Chan Mar 29 at 21:52

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