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Noble Lizard

There are around 5,000 different species of lizard ranging from small lizards that are just a few centimeters in size, to much larger and more predatory lizards that measure a few meters from the head of the lizard to the tip of their tail.

Lizards are reptiles which means that lizards are cold blooded. Lizards tend to be more active during the night as lizards spend the day basking in the hot sun in order to warm themselves up. Lizards are therefore able to recharge their batteries during the day and can hunt with success at night.

Most species of lizard are either good climbers, or failing that good at sprinting which enables all the different species of lizard to escape danger in a flash.

Lizards lay eggs in which baby lizards have from a few months later. Some species of lizard, such as the slow worm, appears to give birth to live young but this is not technically the case as the female lizard incubates the eggs in her body until they hatch rather than incubating them outside of the body like other species of lizard.

Species Descriptions

There are thousands of species of noble lizard in the world, covering an enormous range of attitudes and traditions.

Their peripheral connection to dragons grants them a certain amount of status among those who value such things, but in general they lack the political or social power granted to more formidable predators.

There are very few things that hold true for all noble lizards.

They are often perceived as lazy; lying in the sun or in the shade all day, not moving unless provoked.

This is simply their way of preserving their energy.

They do not eat very often, and so they will only do exactly as much as they need to do, awaiting the appropriate time to take action. And it apparently works, because when they do act, it is with an incredible explosion of activity that can be hard to follow with the eye. After they finish whatever task they were performing, they will revert back to their languid posture, not even breathing hard.

Adventuring noble lizards (especially spellcasters) will attempt to get another character to carry them until their skills are needed.

Noble Lizard Species Traits

  • Ability Score Modifiers: 3 Strength (Noble lizards always begin play with a Strength of 3, which can be increased through level advancement as usual), +4 Dexterity, -2 Constitution, –2 Intelligence, +2 Wisdom.
  • Size: Tiny.
  • Base Speed: 20 feet, Climb: 20 ft. -6 speed penalty to Acrobatics checks made to jump.
  • Natural Weapons: Bite (1d4).
  • Senses: Low-light vision (Ex).
  • Bonus Feat: Weapon Finesse.
  • Skills: +8 racial bonus to Acrobatics checks. A noble lizard can always take 10 on Climb checks, even if rushed or threatened. Noble lizards use their Dexterity instead of their Strength modifier for Climb checks.
  • Family: Reptile.
  • Noble Animal Type: Noble lizards have the noble animal type except where superseded by other species traits and features.
  • Social Group: None.
  • Automatic Languages: High Fauna and Lizard.
  • Bonus Languages: Bat, Camel, Canine, Common, Crocodilian, Elephant, Equine, Feline, Herdspeak, Hyena, Monitor, Raptor, Rodent, Serpent, Simian, Songbird, Ursine, and Woodland.

Sub-Species Traits

  • Ability Score Modifiers: Any additional ability modifiers or replacement modifiers are given here.
  • Features: Any changes to special abilities or attacks is given here.
  • Social Group: If the sub-species has a social group, it is given here.

Any final changes, such as species class advancement restrictions, are given here.

Racial Feats

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

  • Linked Feat

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 lizards have the option of choosing from a number of other bonuses, depending upon their Favored Classes. The following options are available to all noble lizards 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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Section 15: Copyright Notice

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