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Pachyderman, Mammoth

Pachydermans are humanoid elephants.

Ancient pachyderman texts report that the they originated as avatars of a god from another plane of existence. Pachyderman scholars debate whether this is myth or fact, but they agree that the pachydermans came to this plane through a portal, which closed behind them, leaving them here.

Pachyderman Ancestral Traits

Pachydermans are anthropomorphic elephants. They have gray, tough skin, tall, broad bodies, short, thick fingers, and two elephant feet. Those that live in arctic regions are more likely to be covered in thick, long fur. Their heads are identical to an elephant’s, though sized appropriately for their humanoid body. They have large ears and a long, prehensile trunk, and some have tusks as well. Your pachyderman character has several distinctive features due to this ancestry.

Age. Pachydermans mature more slowly than humans, reaching adulthood by age thirty. They live to roughly 150 years of age.

Size. Pachydermans are larger, broader, and heavier than humans. They average 8 feet tall and 500 lbs. Your size is Medium.

Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.

Powerful Build. You count as one size larger for determining your carrying capacity and the weight you can push, drag, or lift.

Prehensile Trunk. You have a two- to threefoot long trunk that is agile and strong. As a bonus action, you can use your trunk to take the Use an Object action. As an action, you can use your trunk to attempt to grapple a foe. Your trunk can hold, carry, push, drag, or lift up to one third of your normal capacity for those actions. Your trunk is not dexterous enough to wield weapons or perform the somatic component of a spell, however.

Mammoth Cultural Traits

Pachyderman communities in the arctic refer to themselves as Mammoths. Unlike pachydermans found elsewhere in the realm, those that dwell in the far north, out on the icy expanses there, also have long, thick fur that covers their bodies. Mammoth communities tend to be rougher, more primal places than most pachyderman communities. Whereas pachydermans praise learning and serenity, mammoths value strength and revelry.

Mammoth communities tend to settle in great cliffs at the foot of a glacier, taking runoff water from the ice and food from the hunt. Those who grow up in these mammoth communities share certain traits.

Ability Score Increase. Your Strength score increases by 2 and your Constitution score by 1.

Alignment. Mammoth communities embrace the intensity of life, both its highs and lows. These communities tend toward chaos.

Inured to the Ice. Arctic communities must accommodate themselves to the extreme temperatures of their environments. You have resistance to cold damage.

Languages. You speak, read, and write Common and Pachyderman, a language of trumpeting sounds that those not of pachyderman ancestry can learn to emulate with difficulty.

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