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Unproven Taur (CR 4)

Unproven Taur CR 4

XP 1,200
CE Large monstrous humanoid
Init +0; Senses darkvision 60 ft., scent; Perception +12

DEFENSE

AC 20, touch 9, flat-footed 20 (+6 armor, +5 natural, –1 size)
hp 45 (6d10+12)
Fort +6, Ref +5, Will +6
Defensive Abilities natural cunning

OFFENSE

Speed 40 ft.
Melee Large greataxe +8/+3 (3d6+4/x3) and gore +3 (1d6+1)
Ranged Large throwing axe +8/+3 (1d8+3)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 10 ft.
Special Attacks powerful charge (gore +11, 2d6+5)

STATISTICS

Str 17, Dex 10, Con 15, Int 11, Wis 12, Cha 10
Base Atk +6; CMB +10 (+12 bull rush); CMD 20 (22 vs. bull rush)
Feats Great Fortitude, Improved Bull Rush, Power Attack
Skills Climb +6, Intimidate +7, Knowledge (religion) +4, Perception +12, Stealth –1, Survival +12; Racial Modifiers +4 Perception, +4 Survival
Languages Abyssal, Taur
SQ engineering intuition, scent
Other Gear throwing axe (4), suicide collar

ECOLOGY

Environment space
Organization solitary, pair, or squad (3–12)
Treasure standard

All taur begin their lives as unproven. The rigors of growing up into adulthood among a society of demon worshipers would be an accomplishment to any other sentient species, but to the taur, it’s simply the way of things. Unproven taur stand anywhere from 10 to 12 feet tall and weigh roughly 700 pounds.

Unproven are the gristle of the constantly churning taur society, their number found in almost all territory held by the belligerent race. All unproven are the offspring of taur above this caste (universally known as the proven). As such taur place no importance on heredity, and no matter the influence or power of a taur, all taur children must begin as unproven and earn their station. The interiors of the taur’s iconic maze ships are filled with gangs of unproven used as both menial servants and indentured slaves to 250 recognized members of the species. All taur whom remain unproven are the property of these elevated members of their race until such a time as strength or deed earns them a place in the higher echelons.

Hordes of unproven make up the ceaseless armies of the taur, who willingly fling themselves at their enemies in fanatical endeavors to prove themselves. Up until recently, it was the task of taur priests to elevate noted unproven into the higher echelons of taur society. Since the cannibalization of the taur’s priest caste, following the disappearance of their demon god, it falls to the warlords of the taur to bestow rank upon the unproven. Such events are bloody affairs, often requiring those few unproven selected by the warlord to battle and consume one another before the final survivor is granted a true rank among the taur.

On the battlefield, unproven throw themselves at enemies with no concern for their lives and willingly attempt to kill themselves if they face defeat or especially capture. Unproven who survive a failed mission are given, live, as raw material components for their kyton allies.

Unproven are not permitted to procreate, for fear of their inherent weakness diminishing the entirety of the taur race.

Should an unproven have a child, both parents are forced to cannibalize their young before being publicly executed.

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