Arkuth - Race, Bugbear
main cultural mass of Bugbears inhabit the far eastern reaches of Ehriidore
within the ever looming kingdom of Ulgdush. They have lived
there for many generations. Now one of the more dominant races in Arkuth, the Bugbears
reign over much of Ulgdush with glorious pride and control most of the eastern high
seas with their merciless pirate fleet of heartless buccaneers.
the Bugbear clans one supreme head leads all others, he is known as the chieftain.
This individual is determined through physical combat. The strongest, most skilled
of the Bugbears continuously holds this position of ultimate power.
superior physical size and obvious ruggedness, Bugbears make for excellent player
characters. They tend to have good strength, high dexterity and impressive constitutions.
The mental fortitude of a Bugbear can sometimes lack to some degree, but this
is made up for it in cunning and clever wit. Their own language consists of
a series of grunts, snarls and gestures which more than often fool their enemies
into believing them an easy race to overcome.
Bugbears because of their facial resemblance to that of a bear, rather than
being related in any way to the actual creature.
Bugbears are giant, hairy relatives
of goblins. They are large, standing about
seven feet tall, with muscular frames and the look of true carnivores. They have light yellow
to yellow brown hides, with thick coarse hair
that ranges in color from brown to brick red.
Bestial eyes of greenish white with red pupils
stare out from savage faces. Wedge-shaped
ears rise from the top of their heads, and their
mouths are full of long sharp fangs.
Bugbears have exceptional sight and hearing,
and they move with amazing stealth. They live
in caves and underground lairs. Bugbear
females are not given the same opportunities
and privileges as the males, and a good number
of adventurer bugbears are females looking
for better lives.
These large humanoids live by plundering
and ambush. They sometimes take slaves, and
are often cruel and mean-spirited. They are
excellent hunters. They eat anything they kill,
including humans and humanoids smaller
than themselves. Some adventuring bugbears
leave their lairs because they cannot stand to
eat intelligent creatures. They typically stand around 7' tall on average and weigh anywhere from 240 lbs to 300 lbs. Bugbears live rather short lives, but some have been know to live upward of 85 years.
Role-Playing Suggestions: Bugbears speak a
foul sounding language punctuated by gestures,
grunts, and snarls. They even use these
bestial habits when talking in common, making
other races doubt their intelligence.
Even the bravest bugbear PC has trouble
breaking away from its tribe. They prefer to
ambush their foes rather than attack head on.
If outnumbered or overmatched, most will
retreat to fight another day.
Adventuring bugbears remain territorial
even after they leave their lairs. They mentally
mark out territory wherever they go, even
when traveling. Anything which comes into
this space becomes their property (at least in
their own minds), or the property of their new
tribe (their PC companions). They are natural
bullies, forcing their wills on weaker companions.
They are an opportunistic race, prone to temper tantrums and violent outbursts.
Bugbears enjoy wine and strong ale — often
to excess. They are stubborn by nature, finding
it difficult to negotiate or compromise. Greed
courses through their bodies like blood, and
even the most noble bugbear covets glittery,
shiny objects and weapons.
Ability Score Adjustments:
to Strength, -1
Intelligence and Charisma
Ability Score Range
Hit Dice: Player character bugbears receive hit dice by class. In addition they receive 3 bonus hit points at first level.
Alignment: Bugbears tend toward chaotic evil. PC Bugbears may be of any alignment, usually neutral (in rare cases good).
Natural Armor Class: 10
Special Advantages: Bugbears have 60' Infravision. There stealth gives opponents a -3 penalty to their surprise rolls.
Special Disadvantages: Bugbears take damage as large creatures.
Languages; Bugbear, goblin, hobgoblin, common
a full list of applicable classes, see Arkuth's Race/Class