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Noble Beaver

The beaver is a primarily nocturnal, large, semi-aquatic rodent. Beavers are known for building dams, canals, and lodges (homes). Their colonies create one or more dams to provide still, deep water to protect against predators, and to float food and building material. They use powerful front teeth to cut trees and other plants that they use both for building and for food. Beavers are herbivores, and prefer the wood of quaking aspen, cottonwood, willow, alder, birch, maple and cherry trees. They also eat sedges, pondweed, and water lilies.

Species Descriptions

The most highly respected craftsmen among animals, nobles of many different species who wish to have something built, or to be taught how to build, seek noble beavers out.

Single-minded and fastidious, noble beavers will stay with a project until it’s completion — whether that job is the construction of a dam or undertaking a quest to save his forest from evil magic.

Their services prized by the many species who have little capacity for any sort of crafting, noble beavers will often barter their services in return for protection, food, or magic. Any beaver who abuses the trust of other species will find themselves ostracized by the rest of the beaver community. A notable exception to this rule, of course, are rats. Beavers do not trust nor like rats as a whole, and they feel that any opportunity to take advantage of a rat is simply self defense.

Noble Beaver Species Traits

  • Ability Score Modifiers: -2 Strength, +4 Dexterity; while not very strong, beavers are exceptionally quick.
  • Size: Small.
  • Base Speed: 30 ft., Swim: 20 ft.
  • Natural Armor: +1.
  • Natural Weapons: 2 claws (1d2), and 1 bite (1d6)
  • Senses: Low-light vision (Ex), scent (Ex).
  • Bonus Feat: Alertness.
  • Skills: +4 racial bonus on Swim.
  • Family: Mammal.
  • Noble Animal Type: Noble beavers have the noble animal type except where superseded by other species traits and features.
  • Social Group: Family.
  • Automatic Languages: High Fauna and Rodent.
  • Bonus Languages: Bat, Camel, Canine, Common, Crocodilian, Elephant, Equine, Feline, Herdspeak, Hyena, Lizard, Monitor, Raptor, Serpent, Simian, Songbird, Ursine, and Woodland.
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The Noble Wild. Copyright 2009 by Lee Garvin and Skirmisher Publishing LLC.