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Noble Rhinoceros

Rhinoceros are a huge animal of tropical climates. The rhinoceros has a massive head and body; small ears with rounded tips; small eyes; short, stocky legs; and a short tail. There are three toes on each foot, each with a hooflike nail. They range in height at the shoulder from 4 to 6 feet (1.4 to 2 m), and in weight from one to four tons (900 to 3,600 kg). The skin of the rhinoceros is yellowish-brown to gray or black. It is thick and may be hairless or covered with coarse, bristly hair, depending on the species. In some species, the skin is arranged in folds resembling armor plates. The tail has a tuft of bristly hair at the tip.

Rhinoceroses are active in the early morning and in the evening, feeding on leaves, twigs, fruit, and grass. Some species have prehensile lips, which help them grasp food. During the day, rhinoceroses wallow in mud and take dust baths to relieve themselves of the irritation caused by the hordes of ticks that infest them. Cattle egrets and oxpeckers, also called tick birds, are often seen perched on the backs of rhinoceroses, feeding on the ticks. Their noisy scolding sounds an alarm when danger approaches.

The rhinoceros has poor vision but acute senses of smell and hearing. It is known for its unprovoked charges. The charges are believed to be the result of its poor eyesight, which causes it to panic at strange smells and sounds. During a charge, a rhinoceros can run as fast as 25 miles per hour (40 km/h).

The female typically bears a single calf. The calf nurses for about two years and stays with the mother for another year or two. Rhinoceroses mature at the age of five or six, and have a life span of up to 50 years.

Species Descriptions

Noble rhinos have a history dating back almost as far as noble elephants, and they share a great deal in common with them. Memories of the wooly rhinoceros make the armored behemoths more than a little prideful in their challenges to humanoids. Every beast in the forest or on the plain knows to get out of the way of a charging noble rhino. Or, at least, the non-flattened ones do.

Dating back to the days when they had fur, rhinos fear and despise fire. They will go out of their way to fight a fire or even a fire elemental. It is a rare noble rhino wizard indeed who would even consider casting a fire-based spell.

Noble Rhinoceros Species Traits

Racial Feats

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

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Noble Rhinoceros Class

Hit Die: d8

Class Skills

The noble rhinoceros’s class skills are Intimidate (Cha), Perception (Wis), Sense Motive (Wis), and Survival (Wis).

Skill Ranks Per Level: 2 + Int modifier.

Table: Noble Rhinoceros Class
Level Base Attack Bonus Fort Save Ref Save Will Save Special
1st +0 +2 +2 +0 Ability increase (Str +2)
2nd +1 +3 +3 +0 Bonus feat
3rd +2 +3 +3 +1 Ability increase (Con +2)
4th +3 +4 +4 +1 Bonus feat
5th +3 +4 +4 +1 Natural armor +1
6th +4 +5 +5 +2 Bonus feat
7th +5 +5 +5 +2 Ability increase (Con +2)
8th +6/+1 +6 +6 +2 Bonus feat, Natural armor +2

Class Features

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

Ability Increase

At 1st level your Strength score increases by +2. Your Constitution score increases by +2 at 4th and 7th levels.

Bonus Feat

At every even level you gain a bonus feat from the following list: Alertness, Aggressive Attitude, Awesome Blow, Call Stampede, Cautious Attitude, Endurance, Improved Bull Rush, Improved Natural Attack (gore), Improved Overrun, Power Attack, Spirited Charge, Sturdy Attitude, or Trampling Overrun.

Natural Armor

At 5th and 8th levels your Natural Armor bonus increases by +1. This bonus stacks with the bonuses listed for your species and any gained through size increases.

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