Bariaur as a player character race for Pathfinder Planescape.

Bariaur Racial Traits

BariaurAll bariaur have the following racial traits. Further benefits depend on the sex of the bariaur, as their society maintains traditional roles for males and females.

Extraplanar: Bariaur are monstrous humanoids native to Ysgard. They gain the extraplanar subtype when not on Ysgard. They are not subject to spells or effects that affect only humanoids, such as charm person, dominate person, and enlarge person.

Medium: Bariaur are Medium creatures and have no bonuses or penalties due to their size.

Fleet of Foot: Bariaur have a base speed of 40 feet.

Darkvision: Bariaur can see in the dark up to 60 feet.

Quadruped: As quadrupeds, bariaur have a +4 bonus on checks to resist bull rush and trip attacks. They have a carrying capacity 1-1/2 times greater than normal for their Strength. They must wear barding instead of normal armour and cannot wear boots designed for humanoids.

Stubborn: Bariaur receive a +2 racial bonus on Will saving throws against spells and spell-like abilities.

Languages: Bariaur begin play speaking Common and Celestial. Bariaur with high Intelligence scores can choose from the following: Abyssal, Elven, Giant, Infernal, and Sylvan.

Male Bariaur Racial Traits

Male bariaur have the following additional racial traits.

+2 Strength, +2 Constitution, -2 Wisdom: Male bariaur are strong and tough, but don’t tend to consider consequences before they act.

Powerful Charge: A charging male bariaur can make a single ram attack that deals bludgeoning damage equal to 2d6 + 1-1/2 times the bariaur’s Str modifier. If the hit is successful, the charging bariaur must make a Fortitude saving throw (DC 10 + damage inflicted) or suffer the same amount of damage, as non-lethal damage.

Female Bariaur Racial Traits

Female bariaur have the following additional racial traits.

+2 Intelligence, +2 Wisdom, -2 Strength: Female bariaur are more intellectually inclined than males, but physically weaker.

Keen Senses: Female bariaur receive a +2 racial bonus on Perception skill checks.

Bariaur Equipment

Since bariaur have such a different physiology, their armour and equipment requires special construction and attention.

Bariaur Armour: On the Prime, bariaur might be forced to adapt a horse’s barding as their own armour. Fortunately, on the planes (where sentient bashers come in more varied shapes), armourers produce mail precisely suited to each race’s physical requirements. While the armour listed below differs in cost and weight due to the additional materials required in its construction, the armour bonus, maximum Dex bonus, armour check penalty, and arcane spell failure chance are identical to “normal” humanoid armour. Nevertheless, most bariaur lean toward wearing only light armour due to the weight and cost.

Armour Cost Bariaur Speed Weight
Light armour
Padded 7 gp 40 ft. 20 lbs.
Leather 12 gp 40 ft. 25 lbs.
Studded leather 30 gp 40 ft. 30 lbs.
Chain shirt 120 gp 40 ft. 35 lbs.
Medium armour
Hide 18 gp 30 ft. 40 lbs.
Scale mail 60 gp 30 ft. 45 lbs.
Chainmail 180 gp 30 ft. 55 lbs.
Breastplate 240 gp 30 ft. 45 lbs.
Heavy armour
Splint mail 240 gp 30 ft.1 65 lbs.
Banded Mail 300 gp 30 ft.1 55 lbs.
Half-plate 720 gp 30 ft.1 70 lbs.
Full plate 1,800 gp 30 ft.1 70 lbs.

1 When running in heavy armour, you move only triple your speed, not quadruple.

Bariaur Harness: This specially designed frame backpack takes advantage of the bariaur’s large back and unique physical configuration. The harness can carry up to 90 pounds worth of weight and has a volume of 3.5 feet × 3 feet × 1 foot. It costs 3 gp and weighs 4 pounds.

Bariaur Horned Helm: A bariaur using this special helmet to charge an opponent still inflicts 2d6 points of damage (plus 1-1/2 times Strength bonus), but since he relies on the spiked horns to inflict some of the damage, he doesn’t have to use as much force. Therefore, while he must still make a Fortitude save to avoid taking damage, if he fails the save he suffers only half of the damage he inflicts, rather than all of it. Note that bariaur females can utilize this helmet so that they can perform charging attacks as well.

A horned helm must be tailor-made for each individual to insure proper fitting (requiring 1d6+2 days of construction time). It weights 10 pounds and costs 45 gp.

Bariaur Saddle: Bariaur don’t make a regular practice of letting two-foots ride on their backs. However, situations arise when it’s expedient to carry one of the slow-movers rather than just leaving him behind (sometimes a basher’s friend gets hurt and it’s up to him to carry the poor sod to safety). For these situations, some bariaur carry special saddles, resembling in many ways a cross between a horse’s saddle and the aforementioned bariaur harness. These leather harnesses cost 10 gp and weigh 10 pounds.

Bariaur Shoes: Like horseshoes, these iron-shod shoes protect a bariaur’s feet when he runs or walks on rough surfaces. They cost 5 gp (for a set of four), and have negligible weight.

Sample Bariaur

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