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Noble Mongoose

The mongoose is a small rodent-like mammal, similar in appearance to the meerkat and the weasel. The typical mongoose has a long-shaped face and body, short legs and little round ears. Many mongoose individuals are found living in burrows which the mongoose tend to dig themselves, the mongoose however, will not pass up the opportunity to hide in an abandoned burrow of another small animal.

The mongoose is an omnivore, meaning that mongoose eat both plants and animals. Many species of mongoose have adapted to their particular habitat as some species of mongoose are found to live in the tops of trees where other species of mongoose have adapted to living partially in the water. A number of mongoose species are also known to have patterned fur or ringed tails, this however is not the case with every species of mongoose.

The female mongoose tends to produce only one litter of pups a year, but she is able to produce another litter if for some reason, the first litter is lost. The young mongooses are weaned at around 6 weeks old, and the baby mongooses then begin to forage with their mother until they are 4 months old. The male mongoose babies will leave their mother when they are around 6 months old, while the female mongoose babies will stay longer, sometimes even permanently.

Species Descriptions

These tiny creatures seem like any other small helpless woodland animal, but are in fact among the wild’s most remorseless killers. A noble mongoose will usually reserve his killings to prey and his species’ ancient enemy: snakes.

Their ability to take on foes several times their size sometimes instills a certain amount of over-confidence and arrogance in the tiny predators. Humility, therefore, is something that many noble mongoose elders attempt to teach their students early on.

Noble Mongoose Species Traits

  • Ability Score Modifiers: 4 Strength (Noble mongooses always begin play with a Strength of 4 — this can be increased through level advancement as usual), +4 Dexterity, +2 Wisdom.
  • Size: Tiny.
  • Base Speed: 20 feet, Climb: 20 ft.
  • Natural Weapons: Bite (1d3).
  • Senses: Low-light vision (Ex), scent (Ex).
  • Bonus Feat: Weapon Finesse.
  • Skills: +4 racial bonus on Stealth checks and a +8 racial bonus on Acrobatics and Climb checks. Noble mongooses use their Dexterity modifier instead of their Strength modifier for Climb checks. A noble mongoose can always take 10 on Climb checks, even if rushed or threatened.
  • Family: Mammal.
  • Noble Animal Type: Noble mongooses have the noble animal type except where superseded by other species traits and features.
  • Social Group: None.
  • Automatic Languages: High Fauna, Serpent, and Woodland.
  • Bonus Languages: Bat, Camel, Canine, Common, Crocodilian, Elephant, Equine, Feline, Herdspeak, Hyena, Lizard, Monitor, Raptor, Simian, Songbird, and Ursine.

Racial Feats

The following feats are available to a noble mongoose 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 mongooses have the option of choosing from a number of other bonuses, depending upon their Favored Classes. The following options are available to all noble mongooses 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.