“Animal Lord” is an inherited template that can be added to any humanoid of 10 Hit Dice or more, referred to hereafter as the base creature. The animal lord also gains the characteristics of one type of animal (of a size no larger than one step larger than the base creature’s size), referred to hereafter as the base animal.
CR: Same as the base creature or the base animal (whichever is higher) +2.
Alignment: Any neutral.
Senses: An animal lord gains the senses of both the base creature and the base animal in both of its forms.
AC: An animal lord gains the base animal or base creature’s natural armor bonus, whichever is higher, in both of its forms—this bonus is increased by +2 to determine the animal lord’s actual natural armor bonus.
Defensive Abilities: An animal lord gains DR 10/silver. It also gains all of the base animal’s defensive abilities in both of its forms.
Speed: An animal lord’s base speed is that of its base creature form or its base animal form, whichever is greater. Animal lords whose base animal has a burrow, climb, fly, or swim speed can use that mode of movement even in humanoid form, instantly growing the necessary appendages as necessary.
Melee: An animal lord in humanoid form can instantaneously transform parts of its body to make all of the natural attacks possessed by the base animal. An animal lord typically prefers to use its natural attacks in melee combat, but often carries manufactured ranged weapons to diversify its combat options as well.
Special Attacks: An animal lord gains all of the special attacks possessed by the base animal and can employ them in both humanoid and animal form. It also gains abilities determined by its species affinity (see below).
Ability Scores: Animal lords use the higher ability score between the base creature and the base animal as their base ability scores, then increase all of these ability scores by +4.
Skills: An animal lord gains all of the base animal’s racial modifiers to skill checks.
Special Qualities: An animal lord gains the following special qualities.
An animal lord has two forms—a humanoid and an animal form. When an animal lord in humanoid form uses the base animal’s defensive abilities, movement types, attacks, and other features, the animal lord’s body instantaneously changes as appropriate to allow the use of that ability, growing wings or claws or fangs as necessary. The animal lord can use this ability to take the shape of the base animal (as shapechange) as a move action.
In both forms, an animal lord is treated as if constantly under the effects of a speak with animals spell, but this only applies to creatures of the animal lord’s species affinity (see below). In addition, an animal lord can cast charm animal on any animal of its affinity as a spell-like ability at will (CL equals the animal lord’s HD).
Animal lords can be made from almost any creature of the animal type, but most are grouped into larger categories known as species affinities. The most common animal lord kingdom affinities are detailed below, but many others exist. Animals listed in parenthesis list typical base animals for that lord.
Bear lords have broad shoulders, sharp teeth, and thick fingers. Bear lords gain the following additional ability.
A bear lord deals +1d6 extra points of damage when it makes a grapple check to damage a creature.
Canine lords are hirsute, have pronounced canines, and have slightly pointed ears. Canine lords gain the following additional ability.
A canine lord deals +1d6 extra points of damage on its first attack in a round against a prone opponent.
Cat lords move with a fluid agility, and have slender bodies and catlike eyes. Cat lords gain the following additional ability.
Crocodile lords have reptilian eyes, sharp teeth, and a scaly ridge along the spine. Crocodile lords gain the following additional ability.
A crocodile lord’s base natural armor bonus improves by an additional +2 in both of its forms.
A dinosaur lord tends to have sharp teeth, scaly skin, and a booming voice. Dinosaur lords gain the following additional ability.
Raptor lords have feathery-looking and brightly colored hair, wide searching eyes, and aquiline noses. Raptor lords gain the following additional ability.
A raptor lord deals double damage with any charge that starts 10 or more feet above its target.
Rat lords have pointed chins and pointed ears, and move with quick, jittery motions. Rat lords gain the following additional ability.
Shark lords have black eyes, pale skin, sharp teeth, and little to no body hair. They gain the following additional ability.
A shark lord’s bite attack causes bleed (1d6).
Serpent lords tend to have unusual skin colors, often with stripes or other patterns), snakelike eyes, and forked tongues. Serpent lords gain the following ability.
Serpent lords are immune to poison.