Labyrinths & Liontaurs


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Have you had brave and noble dreams of running free across deep grasslands? Maybe you escaped from the brutality of slavery as a gladiator? Are you kind and generous? Curious and graceful? Large of heart and soul? As a liontaur, you can take place of pride in any adventuring group. Liontaurs are especially known as good rangers, but also make fine fighters, rogues, and druids. There is a rare but strong tradition of liontaur paladins as well.


Introduction: Originally the soldiers of the sphinx empire, liontaurs went back to their nomadic hunter and herder roots after the empire fell. Forced to retreat by expansionistic humans, liontaurs are now most likely found in dry lands and savannahs, where their natural talents serve them well. As is often the case for cultures that live on the edge of survival, under conditions of harsh competition, in which wits and strength are paramount, they make necessity into virtue. Liontaurs must hunt and fight to stay alive, so they glorify bravery, persistence, and helping those in need. Their success at carving out a niche and thriving is evident in their noble nature.

Appearance: Liontaurs look a bit like centaurs, but lion from the waist down and human from the waist up. Their short fur is tawny; they sport a lion's tail with a tuft of black fur at the end. Their upper portions are human, although the males often grow long, mane-like hair. Some liontaurs have other feline traits, such as cat-like eyes, larger canine teeth, or feline ears -- but on the whole, they are definitely more human-like than bestial. Liontaurs dress mostly in furs and leather, and many braid totems or beads into their hair as clan and pride markers. They stand six to seven feet tall, and they average ten feet long from head to rump. These large-size creatures weigh 400 to 700 pounds.

Society: Liontaurs follow the herds they depend on for food, so they are often found in savannah, following antelope and zebra; or in the plains, following wild horses and bison; or even in the tundra, following caribou. Some have great flocks of domesticated animals. Liontaurs view these grazing grounds as their own lands, rejecting encroachment but welcoming travelers and merchants. However, some of other races see liontaurs as monsters, and enslave them (or steal their cubs). These slaves are forced into hard labor or into fighting to entertain others. Most liontaurs are chaotic good or neutral good; you will never encounter an evil NPC liontaur.


Character Creation: Apply the following adjustments to every liontaur player character.

Tyro Tier (character level 3): Select one of these three powers:

Adventurer Tier (character level 8): Select one of these three powers*:

Hero Tier (character level 13): Select one of these two powers*:

Legend Tier (character level 18): Select one of these two powers*:

* Or select a lower tier power that you have not chosen before.

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