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Gillmen

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Random Gillmen Starting Ages

Adulthood Intuitive1 Self-Taught2 Trained3
20 years +1d6 years
(21 - 26 years)
+2d6 years
(22 - 32 years)
+3d6 years
(23 - 38 years)

1 This category includes barbarians, oracles, rogues, and sorcerers.
2 This category includes bards, cavaliers, fighters, gunslingers, paladins, rangers, summoners, and witches.
3 This category includes alchemists, clerics, druids, inquisitors, magi, monks, and wizards.

Random Gillmen Height and Weight

Gender Base Height Height Modifier Base Weight Weight Modifier
Male 4 ft. 10 in. +2d10 in.
(5 ft. - 6 ft. 6 in.)
120 lbs. +(2d10×5 lbs.)
(130 - 220 lbs.)
Female 4 ft. 5 in. +2d10 in.
(4 ft. 7 in. - 6 ft. 1 in.)
85 lbs. +(2d10×5 lbs.)
(95 - 185lbs.)

Gillmen are the remnants of a race of surface-dwelling humanoids whose homeland was drowned in a great cataclysm at the hands of the aboleth. The aboleths rescued a few survivors, warping them into an amphibious race to serve as emissaries to the surface world. Modern gillmen remain reclusive and suspicious, scarred by both the loss of their ancient heritage and the sure knowledge that aboleths do nothing without expecting to profit from it. Physically gillmen have expressive brows, pale skin, dark hair, and bright purple eyes. Three slim gills mark each side of their necks, near the shoulder, but they are otherwise close enough in appearance to humans that they can pass as such (for a time) without fear of detection.

Standard Racial Traits

  • Ability Score Racial Traits: Gillmen are vigorous and beautiful, but their domination by the aboleths has made them weak-willed. They gain +2 Constitution, +2 Charisma, and –2 Wisdom.
  • Type: Gillmen are humanoids with the aquatic subtype.
  • Size: Gillmen are Medium creatures and thus have no bonuses or penalties due to their size.
  • Base Speed: Gillmen have a base speed of 30 feet on land. As aquatic creatures, they also have a swim speed of 30 feet, can move in water without making Swim checks, and always treat Swim as a class skill.
  • Languages: Gillmen begin play speaking Common and Aboleth. Gillmen with high Intelligence scores can choose from the following: Aklo, Aquan, Draconic, and Elven. See the Linguistics skill page for more information about these languages.

Defense Racial Traits

  • Enchantment Resistance: Gillmen gain a +2 racial bonus to saving throws against non-aboleth enchantment spells and effects, but take a –2 penalty on such saving throws against aboleth sources.

Weakness Racial Traits

  • Water Dependent A gillman's body requires constant submersion in fresh or salt water. Gillmen who spend more than one day without fully submerging themselves in water risk internal organ failure, painful cracking of the skin, and death within 4d6 hours.

Other Racial Traits

  • Amphibious: Gillmen can breathe both water and air.

Alternate Racial Traits

The following alternate racial traits may be selected in place of one or more of the standard racial traits above. Consult your GM before selecting any of these new options.

  • Riverfolk Some gillmen groups live in colonies along vast riverways, and have adapted to living on land for much longer periods. Gillmen with this trait have a thin coating of natural oil that keeps their skin from cracking even without water. However, this natural oil also makes such gillmen particularly susceptible to flames, and they gain vulnerability to fire. This racial trait replaces water dependent.
  • Slimehunter Gillmen with this trait are from lineages that have fought against aboleths since the aberrations rescued their human ancestors. They receive a +2 racial bonus on saving throws against aboleth spells, spell-like abilities, and supernatural abilities. This racial trait replaces enchantment resistance.
  • Throwback Some gillmen are throwbacks to their land-dwelling human ancestors. Gillmen with this racial trait do not have the amphibious trait, have the human subtype instead of the aquatic subtype, have no swim speed or bonuses to the Swim skill, cannot breathe water, and do not have the water dependent racial trait.

Favored Class Options

The following favored class options are available to all characters of this race who have the listed favored class, and unless otherwise stated, the bonus applies each time you select the favored class reward.

  • Fighter Add +1 to the fighter's CMD when resisting two combat maneuvers of the character's choice.
  • Rogue The rogue gains 1/6 of a new rogue talent.
  • Sorcerer Add one spell known from the sorcerer spell list. This spell must be at least one level below the highest spell level the sorcerer can cast.
  • Wizard Add one spell from the wizard spell list to the wizard's spellbook. This spell must be at least one level below the highest spell level he can cast.

Racial Archetype

The following racial archetype is available to gillmen: