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Noble Badger

Badgers are short-legged omnivores. Badgers have rather short, fat bodies, with short legs built for digging. They have elongated weasel-like heads with small ears. Their tails vary in length depending on species; the stink badger has a very short tail, while the ferret badger’s tail can be 18 to 20 inches (46 to 51 cm) long, depending on age. They have black faces with distinctive white markings, gray bodies with a light-coloured stripe from head to tail, and dark legs with light coloured stomachs. They grow to around 35 inches (89 cm) in length including tail. They weigh around 20–24 pounds (9.1–11 kg) on average, with some varities badgers weighing in at around 40 pounds (18 kg).

Species Descriptions

Badgers are renowned among noble animals as deep thinkers, but they have been known to explode with rage when pushed or cornered. A smart creature doesn’t push a noble badger too far. Gruff, but more or less friendly, the noble badger has a long fuse. Of course, that fuse may have been lit before you got there, so watch your step!

While predatory, noble badgers are nonetheless generally trusted by other animals. This may be because of their unapologetic and unflinchingly honest attitude. A cat will sneak up and kill you, but a badger will announce to your face that he intends to make you a meal, nothing personal.

They are often the mediators between different woodland creatures in dispute, prized for their honesty and impartiality.

Skunks are not the most social of creatures, largely because of the stigma attached to them because of their scent defense.

Quiet, contemplative, and shy, noble skunks tend to avoid confrontation for as long as possible, until nothing can save them but their scent spray. Once they’ve sprayed, they flee while their foes’ eyes are still stinging. Oddly enough, noble skunks are among the greatest woodland poets, and are very affectionate friends, possibly because they don’t get to make very many friends.

Most creatures respect noble skunks, but they don’t like to be around them any longer than necessary.

Noble Badger Species Traits

  • Ability Score Modifiers: -2 Strength, +4 Dexterity, +2 Wisdom; while not very strong, noble badgers are exceptionally quick.
  • Size: Small.
  • Base Speed: 30 ft., Burrowing: 10 ft.
  • Natural Armor: +1.
  • Natural Weapons: 2 claws (1d2), and 1 bite (1d3)
  • Senses: low-light vision (Ex), scent (Ex).
  • Bonus Feat: Skill Focus (Survival).
  • Skills: +4 racial bonus on Escape Artist checks.
  • Family: Mammal.
  • Noble Animal Type: Noble badgers have the noble animal type except where superseded by other species traits and features.
  • Social Group: Cete.
  • Automatic Languages: High Fauna and Woodland.
  • Bonus Languages: Bat, Camel, Canine, Common, Crocodilian, Elephant, Equine, Feline, Herdspeak, Hyena, Lizard, Monitor, Raptor, Rodent, Serpent, Simian, Songbird, and Ursine.

Noble Badger, Skunk Sub-Species Traits

  • Size: Tiny
  • Base Speed: 30 ft.
  • Spray Scent: Up to three times a day a noble skunk can spray its scent on its enemies. This is an area-effect attack, affecting a cone-shaped area in a range of 15 feet. A successful Reflex Save versus a DC of 15 avoids the spray entirely.

Any creature hit by the spray is now covered in the skunk’s trademark “stink” and must now make a Fort save against a DC of 10 or be nauseated. A successful save means the creature can at least “tolerate” the smell. The scent spray stays with the victim for 1d6 days unless extraordinary measures are taken to clean it off (bathing in tomato juice, remove curse, etc.). While under the stink, the creatures can be detected by scent at triple the normal range, and anyone attempting to track them gets a +4 situational bonus.

  • Social Group: None.

In all other ways, the noble skunk shares the same species traits listed for noble badger, except that they can never advance in the noble badger class.

Racial Feats

The following feats are available to a noble badger character who meets the prerequisites.

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Noble Badger Class

Hit Die: d8

Class Skills

The noble animal’s class skills are Escape Artist (Dex), Perception (Wis), Survival (Wis).

Skill Ranks Per Level: 2 + Int modifier.

Table: Noble Badger
Level Base Attack Bonus Fort Save Ref Save Will Save Special
1st +0 +2 +2 +0 Ability increase (Con +2), rage

Class Features

All of the following are class features of the noble badger class.

Ability Increase

At 1st level your Constitution score increases by 2.

Rage (Ex)

If you take damage in combat you fly into a berserk rage on your next turn, clawing and biting madly until either you or your opponent is dead. You gain +4 to Strength, +4 to Constitution, and -2 to Armor Class. You cannot end your rage voluntarily. Note that you do not gain the barbarian’s +2 to Will saves. If you ever take any levels in the barbarian class, the barbarian’s Rage replaces this ability, as you learn to control your rage a bit more at the cost of some of your natural fury.

Alternative Racial Traits

You can exchange one or several of your character’s normal racial Traits, but of course you cannot exchange the same racial trait more than once.

As with any alternate or optional rule, you must first get the permission of your GM to exchange any of your character’s normal racial Traits for those listed here.

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Favored Class Alternatives

Instead of receiving an additional skill rank or hit point whenever they gain a level in a Favored Class, noble badgers have the option of choosing from a number of other bonuses, depending upon their Favored Classes. The following options are available to all noble badgers who have the listed Favored Class, and unless otherwise stated, the bonus applies each time you select the listed Favored Class reward.

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The Noble Wild. Copyright 2009 by Lee Garvin and Skirmisher Publishing LLC.