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Noble Monkey

Monkeys are nonhuman primate mammals with two arms, two legs, five fingers, five toes, and a prehensile tail. Monkeys vary in shape, size, and colors.The smallest, the pygmy marmoset grows to only about 6 inches long, while the mandrill is one of the largest at up to 32 inches long. All monkeys have long arms and legs. These help them climb, jump, and run. Monkeys usually walk and run on all fours. They have large eyes to help them see long distances and to tell if the food they are going to eat is ripe. Most monkeys that live in trees have longer tails than those who live on the ground.

Species Descriptions

Curious, charming, and smart. Or nosy, filthy, and destructive.

Depending on who’s talking. Noble monkeys consider themselves the first three, of course, but they aren’t above flinging a fistful of feces to make a point.

Every noble monkey chooses to serve or challenge on his own; there is no consensus among noble monkey elders as to which side they fall. Those that do serve will usually serve an individual rather than a group or a community.

Even among noble monkeys who challenge, there is a great fascination with humanoids, especially humans. Their tall tail-less bodies, clever hands, and almost simian features make many noble monkeys think that they share some common ancestor. Of course, this notion is scoffed at by more hidebound, prideful, and close-minded noble monkeys.

The fascination with humanoids prompts many noble monkeys to adopt some of their trappings. This can be as comical as the wearing of hats, or as serious as the use of weapons.

Noble Monkey Species Traits

  • Ability Score Modifiers: 3 Strength (Noble monkeys always begin play with a Strength of 3 – this can be increased through level advancement as usual), +4 Dexterity, +2 Wisdom, -2 Charisma.
  • Size: Tiny.
  • Base Speed: 30 ft., Climb: 30 feet.
  • Natural Weapons: Bite (1d3).
  • Hands: Unlike most animals, noble monkeys and other primates have hands to grasp tools. While their “natural” cousins still have not grasped the higher concepts involved in using tools, a Noble Monkey can use tools and weapons without any problems (provided they are of an appropriate size).
  • Senses: Low-light vision (Ex).
  • Bonus Feat: Weapon Finesse.
  • Skills: +8 racial bonus to Acrobatics and Climb checks. Noble monkeys can always take 10 on Climb checks, even if rushed or threatened. They use their Dexterity modifier instead of Strength for Climb checks.
  • Family: Mammal.
  • Noble Animal Type: Noble monkeys have the noble animal type except where superseded by other species traits and features.
  • Social Group: Troop.
  • Automatic Languages: High Fauna and Simian.
  • Bonus Languages: Bat, Camel, Canine, Common, Crocodilian, Elephant, Equine, Feline, Herdspeak, Hyena, Lizard, Monitor, Raptor, Rodent, Serpent, Songbird, Ursine, and Woodland.

Racial Feats

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