Oread (8 RP)

Random Oread Starting Ages
Adulthood Intuitive1 Self-Taught2 Trained3
60 years +4d6 years
(64 – 84 years)
+6d6 years
(66 – 96 years)
+8d6 years
(68 – 108 years)

1 This category includes barbarians, oracles, rogues, and sorcerers.
2 This category includes bards, cavaliers, fighters, gunslingers, paladins, rangers, summoners, and witches.
3 This category includes alchemists, clerics, druids, inquisitors, magi, monks, and wizards.

Random Oread Height and Weight
Gender Base Height Height Modifier Base Weight Weight Modifier
Male 4 ft. 0 in. +2d6 in.
(4 ft. 2 in. – 5 ft.)
150 lbs. +(2d6×7 lbs.)
(164 – 234 lbs.)
Female 3 ft. 9 in. +2d6 in.
(3 ft. 11 in. – 4 ft. 9 in.)
120 lbs. +(2d6×7 lbs.)
(134 – 204 lbs.)
Table: Race Point Costs
Racial Traits Race Point Cost
Type Outsider (native) 3
Size Medium 0
Base Speed Slow –1
Ability Score Modifiers Standard (+2 Str, +2 Wis, –2 Cha) 0
Languages Standard 1
Resistances Acid 1
Misc. Elemental affinity (earth) 1
Spell-Like Ability Lesser 1
Senses Darkvision 60 ft. 2
Total 8

Oreads are humans whose ancestry includes the touch of an elemental being of earth somewhere along the line, often that of a shaitan genie. Stoic and contemplative, oreads are a race not easily moved, yet almost unstoppable when spurred to action. They remain a mystery to most of the world thanks to their reclusive nature, but those who seek them out in their secluded mountain hideaways find oreads to be quiet, dependable, and protective of their friends.

Physical Description: Oreads are strong and solidly built, with skin and hair colored stony shades of black, brown, gray, or white. While all oreads appear vaguely earthy, a few bear more pronounced signs of their elemental heritage—skin that shines like polished onyx, rocky outcroppings protruding from their flesh, glowing gemstones for eyes, or hair like crystalline spikes. They often dress in earthy tones, wearing practical clothing well suited to vigorous physical activity and preferring fresh flowers, simple gemstones, and other natural accents to complex manufactured jewelry.

Society: As a minor offshoot of the human race, oreads have no real established society of their own. Instead, most oreads grow up in human communities learning the customs of their parents. Adult oreads have a well-deserved reputation among other races for being hermits and loners. Few take well to the bustle of city life, preferring instead to spend their days in quiet contemplation atop some remote mountain peak or deep below the earth in a secluded cavern. Oreads with a greater tolerance for life among humans often join the city watch, or find some other way to serve their community in a position of responsibility.

Relations: Oreads feel comfortable in the company of dwarves, with whom they have much in common. They find gnomes too strange and many halflings far too brash, and so avoid these races in general. Oreads gladly associate with half-orcs and half-elves, feeling a sense of kinship with the other part-human races despite inevitable personality conflicts. Among the elemental-touched races, oreads have few friends but no true enemies.

Alignment and Religion: Oreads are, perhaps above all else, set in their ways, and any disruption of their routine is met with quiet disapproval. Oreads are fiercely protective of their friends, but don’t seem particularly concerned with the well-being of those outside their small circle of acquaintances. As such, most oreads are lawful neutral. Religious life comes easily to the earth-touched. They appreciate the quiet, contemplative life of the monastic order, and most dedicate themselves to the worship of earth- or nature-related deities.

Adventurers: Oreads are initially hesitant adventurers. They dislike leaving their homes and don’t handle the shock of new experiences well. Usually it takes some outside force to rouse oreads into action, often by threatening their homes, lives, or friends. Once the initial threat is dealt with, however, oreads often find they’ve grown accustomed to the adventuring life, and continue to pursue it through the rest of their days. Oreads make good monks and fighters thanks to their prodigious strength and self-discipline.

Male Names: Andanan, Jeydavu, Mentys, Oret, Sithundan, Urtar.

Female Names: Besthana, Echane, Ghatiyara, Irice, Nysene, Pashe.

Standard Racial Traits

  • Ability Score Modifiers: Oreads are strong, solid, stable, and stoic. They gain +2 Strength, +2 Wisdom, and –2 Charisma.
  • Type: Oreads are outsiders with the native subtype.
  • Size: Oreads are Medium creatures and thus have no bonuses or penalties due to their size.
  • Speed (Slow): Oreads have a base speed of 20 feet.
  • Languages: Oreads begin play speaking Common and Terran. Oreads with high Intelligence scores can choose from the following: Aquan, Auran, Dwarven, Elven, Gnome, Halfling, Ignan, and Undercommon. See the Linguistics skill page for more information about these languages.

Defense Racial Traits

Magical Racial Traits

Senses Racial Traits

  • Darkvision: Oreads can see perfectly in the dark up to 60 feet.

Other Racial Traits

Alternate Racial Traits

The following alternate racial traits may be selected in place of one or more of the standard racial traits above. Consult your GM before selecting any of these new options.

  • Crystalline Form: Oreads with this trait gain a +2 racial bonus to AC against rays thanks to their reflective crystalline skin. In addition, once per day, they can deflect a single ray attack targeted at them as if they were using the Deflect Arrows feat. This racial trait replaces earth affinity.
  • Earth Insight: Oread spellcasters sometimes find that their elemental heritage makes creatures of earth more willing to serve them. Summon monster and summon nature’s ally spells that such oreads cast last 2 rounds longer than normal when used to summon creatures with the earth subtype. This racial trait replaces earth affinity.
  • Ferrous Growth: Oreads with this racial trait learn how to mimic the magic of their shaitan ancestors. Once per day, such an oread can cause a touched piece of non-magical iron or steel to grow into an object up to 10 pounds in weight, such as a sword, crowbar, or light steel shield. This object remains in this form for 10 minutes or until broken or destroyed, at which point it shrinks back to its original size and shape. This racial trait replaces the spell-like ability racial trait.
  • Fertile Soil: Oread sorcerers with the verdant bloodline treat their Charisma score as 2 points higher for all sorcerer spells and class abilities. Oread clerics with the Plant domain use their domain powers and spells at +1 caster level. This racial trait replaces earth affinity.
  • Granite Skin: Rocky growths cover the skin of oreads with this racial trait. They gain a +1 racial bonus to natural armor. This racial trait replaces energy resistance.
  • Isolated: Many oreads are loners and raise their families in isolated groups, either in deep caverns or high mountains. They gain a +2 racial bonus on Perception checks and Knowledge (dungeoneering) checks, and they can use Knowledge (dungeoneering) untrained. They begin play speaking only Terran, rather than Common and Terran. This racial trait replaces energy resistance and alters the oread’s starting languages. Source PZO9280
  • Mountain-Born: Oreads are drawn to mountains and other high places, and after many generations they’ve grown well suited to their environment. Oreads with this racial trait gain a +2 racial bonus on Acrobatics checks made to cross narrow ledges and on saves against altitude fatigue and sickness. This racial trait replaces the spell-like ability racial trait.
  • Mostly Human: A few oreads have appearances much closer to those of their human ancestors; in fact, they may not even realize their true race. Such geniekin appear to be human, save perhaps minor features like unusual eye color, and they count as humanoid (human) as well as outsider (native) for all purposes (such as humanoid-affecting spells such as charm person or enlarge person). These geniekin do not automatically gain their associated elemental language (but may select it as a bonus language if their Intelligence is high enough). This ability alters the geniekin’s type, subtype, and languages. Source PZO9280
  • Oread Gem Magic (1 RP): Oreads’ proclivity for long spans of study and concentration makes them natural wizards, witches, and oracles. Oreads with this racial trait can augment their earth-related spells and spell-like abilities through the use of precious and semiprecious gemstones as additional material components (see Table: Oread Gem Magic below). The gems are destroyed in the process, granting the spell the listed effects in addition to its normal effects unless otherwise noted. Only one instance of oread gem magic can be applied to a spell at a time; excess expended gems do not stack. This racial trait replaces the earth affinity racial trait. Source: PPC:BotE
  • Stone in the Blood: Oreads with this racial trait mimic the healing abilities of the mephits, gaining fast healing 2 for 1 round anytime they are subject to acid damage (the acid damage does not need to overcome the oread’s resistances or immunities to activate this ability). The oread can heal up to 2 hit points per level per day with this ability, after which it ceases to function. This racial trait replaces earth affinity.
  • Treacherous Earth: Once per day, an oread with this racial trait can will the earth to rumble and shift, transforming a 10-foot-radius patch of earth, unworked stone, or sand into an area of difficult terrain, centered on an area the oread touches. This lasts for a number of minutes equal to the oread’s level, after which the ground returns to normal. This racial trait replaces the spell-like ability racial trait.

Alternate Elemental Heritages

Note Geniekin trace their lineage to beings from the various Elemental Planes. Though their progenitors are typically genies, this ancestry can derive from any number of elemental creatures. Furthermore, even geniekin whose ancestry includes only genies can manifest their elemental heritage in uncommon ways. The following heritages represent geniekin variants who have an affinity for different aspects of the elements, with new ability modifiers, spell-like abilities, and elemental affinities that replace the default racial traits.

Source PPC:P-HH

Gemsoul (Crystal Oread)

Typical Alignment N
Ability Modifiers +2 Str, +2 Cha, –2 Wis
Alternate Spell-Like Ability Gemsouls gain color spray as a spell-like ability.

With scintillating personalities to match their captivating appearances, gemsoul oreads command attention—and prefer it that way. Gemsouls tend to have large egos and are flashy in their relationships. They gravitate towards artistic pursuits, most frequently of a performative nature, though they also have a strong tradition of symmetric poetry. Gemsouls prefer to make their homes in flamboyant societies or places where they can make meaningful personal contributions, as well as in nations that appreciate cultivated beauty. Gemsouls typically have dazzling, faceted skin, along with a cluster of crystalline formations instead of hair and pupil-less eyes of vivid colors. Some favor tattoos in complex, branching geometric shapes, and they can frequently be seen wearing silks or brightly dyed linen to contrast their complexions.

  • Crystal Affinity This racial trait functions as and can be replaced as the base oread’s earth affinity, except it benefits sorcerers with the deep earth bloodline and spellcasters with the Charm domain.

Ironsoul (Metal Oread)

Typical Alignment LN
Ability Modifiers +2 Con, +2 Wis, –2 Dex
Alternate Spell-Like Ability Ironsouls gain unerring weapon as a spell-like ability.

Stolid and indomitable, ironsoul oreads undertake great works, both physical and conceptual, with unwavering determination. Possessed of patience and a sense of self-refinement through struggle, ironsouls reflect their ancestry in their continuous and determined efforts towards self-improvement. Ironsouls are most at home in areas that reflect that same sense of directed and intentional growth, and they operate best within existing formal structures. Ironsouls wear their elemental heritage on their skin, with most having some amount of metallic sheen. Their skin tone varies, with colors ranging from gold and silver to copper-green and dull, oxide gray.

  • Metal Affinity This racial trait functions as and can be replaced as the base oread’s earth affinity, except it benefits sorcerers with the shaitan bloodline and spellcasters with the Metal subdomain.
Table: Oread Gem Magic
Spell/Spell-Like Ability Effect Cost
Binding Earth +1 damage; +1 to DC of Strength checks Garnet worth 50 gp.
Binding Earth, Mass As binding earth augmentation, affecting all targets of the augmented spell Garnets worth 250 gp.
Calcific Touch +1 Dexterity damage Aquamarine worth 250 gp.
Clashing Rocks +1 damage per damage die Emeralds worth 1,500 gp.
Earthquake +2 Reflex save DC in whatever application the spell is used; area increases to 100-foot-radius shapeable spread Jet worth 500 gp.
Elemental Body Duration increases to 10 minutes/level. Amber worth 250 gp for elemental body I, +100 gp per spell level for greater versions.
Elemental Swarm Earth elementals summoned gain the advanced simple template (this does not stack with the Augment Summoning feat) Rubies worth 1,200 gp.
Magic Stone Range increment increases by 10 feet. Moonstone worth 25 gp.
Meld into Stone Can bring up to 200 pounds of equipment with you; you can see as normal out of the stone Peridots worth 150 gp.
Mighty Fist of Earth Increase unarmed strike damage by one step (to 1d4 in most instances) Sard or sardonyx worth 25 gp.
Raging Rubble Rubble deals +1 damage; distraction DC increases by 1 Tourmaline worth 80 gp.
Shifting Sand Move area of sands up to 15 feet as a move action Turquoise worth 125 gp.
Soften Earth and Stone Creatures can move only at a quarter their normal speed (minimum 5 feet) in areas of mud and loose dirt Fluorite worth 100 gp.
Spike Stones +1 piercing damage; spikes deal 1 point of bleed damage Topaz worth 300 gp.
Stone Shape Shapes that include moving parts have only 5% chance of not working Opal worth 250 gp.
Stone Shield If your opponent’s attack strikes the stone shield, its full damage roll is also applied to its weapon. Unarmed strikes and natural attacks are not affected Jade worth 75 gp.
Stoneskin The cost of this spell’s expensive material component can be reduced or increased to affect the spell’s power accordingly. With reduced components, the spell grants DR 10/silver (instead of adamantine); with increased components, the spell absorbs 15 points of damage per caster level before it’s discharged Diamonds worth 150 gp (reduced); diamonds worth 500 gp (increased).
Wall of Stone Wall is 1 inch thick per 3 caster levels. Sapphire worth 400 gp.

Favored Class Options

The following favored class options are available to all characters of this race who have the listed favored class, and unless otherwise stated, the bonus applies each time you select the favored class reward.

Racial Archetypes

The following racial archetypes are available to oreads:

Racial Feats

The following feats are available to an oread character who meets the prerequisites.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Advanced Race Guide © 2012, Paizo Publishing, LLC; Authors: Dennis Baker, Jesse Benner, Benjamin Bruck, Jason Bulmahn, Adam Daigle, Jim Groves, Tim Hitchcock, Hal MacLean, Jason Nelson, Stephen Radney-MacFarland, Owen K.C. Stephens, Todd Stewart, and Russ Taylor.

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