Baisuzhe (3.5e Race)
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Serpentine aliens from the planet Yaunxiao, these long-tailed humanoids are energy-draining vampires which consume life force from their victims. These curious but primal beings had once irresponsibly drained their planet of resources and energy, and soon found themselves stranded and dying. Those which survived the mass extinction took two goals with them: temperance to keep themselves from giving into their hunger and ruining their own environment, and a realization that if they were to retain higher populations than current they must spread out, feeding in different fields until the old fields regrew. And so these energy-sapping beings turned their minds to reaching the stars.
It's believed that the baisuzhe did not actually create the first FTL drive, and that it was given (or perhaps taken) from another visitor of their realm. They do not speak of it and such knowledge has become muddled with time. However, their inquisitive natures paid off and now they work with machines like a natural. So it was that these starfaring energy vampires left for other planets seeking knowledge, food, and avoiding that which would bring them trouble.
The baisuzhe may be a dangerous predator to most living things, but they are possessed of a unique cautiousness around the unknown, and they are capable of recognizing certain creatures as friends or food. That said, they don't have any particular social mores about removing sapient beings from the possible lunch menu, so many others have learned to be wary about them. Baisuzhe rarely speak as well, and are considered soft spoken, mysterious, or suspicious.
Superficially a baisuzhe resembles an elven being, with long ears, generally feminine humanoid features, and large eyes. However their skin is smooth and glossy in various shades of white, black, and gray, and crisscrossed with constantly pulsing and shifting lines of colored red energy which flow over their body like organic circuitry. Above their eyes, they possess two colored eye-spots (typically the same, usually red, color of their eyes and energy pulses) which seem to be a yet undetermined "energy sensing organ". They lack eyebrows, and they have light downy feathered hair which extends in a short mane down their backs, and whose color often matches their skin tone. Their feet are digitigrade which "thumbs", giving their feet some manipulation capabilities. And most of all, they possess a large, thick, and powerful tail which extends from their back and hangs a considerable length behind them, easily out-sizing the rest of its body. Its tail is powerful enough to lift its entire front body up ahead, and it is very common for baisuzhe to have locomotion more like a snake than a person. Their legs are instead used for support when resting, and for gripping and climbing steeper than normal surfaces.
Inside their mouth are very sharp, beak-like teeth used for cracking hard bones. Their diet consists of both plant (in the form of hard nuts and melons) and animal (in the form of meat and bone marrow), further supplemented by their energy sapping abilities which appear to drain creatures in contact with their long snake-like tongue. Classically they would hunt by sneaking up upon their target in number, scaring a creature into running into a trap where their powerful tales would lash the victim down and their tongues would drain their victim before devouring their body.
Baisuzhe traditionally had no need for clothing, having little exposed organs not covered by feathers or simply being well hidden. However contact with modern space faring races, as well as the need for protective or warming gear, has seen an upswing in clothing options for the baisuzhe. They have little cultural concept of fashion, and so end up adopting from other beings. The method which they reproduce is ill understood but it is believed to involve some manner of energy transference from the male to the female, who then lays an egg spontaneously. Eggs are soft shelled and need to be kept in warm moist environments for up to 7 months before birth.
The baisuzhe have had a rough spot with communication with other species. Their appearances are slightly startling but the real problems begin when their diet becomes known. Realizing they are often outnumbered and remembering they are an uncommon to rare species, they do attempt diplomacy and try to set up situations where food can be exchanged for goods and services. If the shock is overcome, baisuzhe often end up becoming traveling merchants from place to place, which suits them just fine as they catalog the most friendly and hospitable planets on which to establish colonies.
The baisuzhe are usually true neutral, as they carry a practical viewpoint with no particular bonds to any existing social order.
Originally from the planet of Yaunxiao, this once fertile world of cliffs, vast fields of rice plains and swampy forests, and windy canyons has been devastated and made barren by their previous overpopulation. The planet is largely abandoned, save a few watchers over the landscape. The remaining baisuzhe took to the stars in strange tower-like and bridge-like ships.
The baisuzhe follow a few obscure gods from their culture, but their view of gods is most akin to the view people have of mythological figures and legends. They were designed to tell stories, and are rarely worshiped. When a baisuzhe does take up divine following they usually find gods which resemble their legends. There is the Lord of Feasts, the predator which consumes all and brings bounty and satisfaction. There is the Many Faced Mother, a sort of universal nature spirit composed of the elements. There is the Wise One, who promotes learning and exploration and travel. There is the Playful Ones, fey like trickster spirits of whim and fancy and art. And there are darker ones too who are antagonists to these beings, creatures of Wrath and Envy, of Destruction and Plague, of Ignorance and Fear, and Malice and Spite. Surely, one could find gods which match with them as well.
The baisuzhe speak Baisuz, a soft and serpentine language of hisses, breathy whispers, and guttural rumbles. Exposure to other beings has also taught them Common.
The baisuzhe names can be somewhat difficult to portray correctly, sounding... snake-like. However they often adopt nicknames within their own language which can be quite short little exclamations, and they do not mind picking up the nicknames given by others. Provided they are short and easy to say.
- +2 Strength, -2 Intelligence, +2 Wisdom: Strong due to their powerful tails, and equipped with extrasensory organs, they are still somewhat primal-minded and dull witted. They act, but they do not always understand why they act.
- Aberration (Xenoblooded): Aliens from another world, their humanoid appearance only goes so far.
- Medium: As a Medium creature, a baisuzhe has no special bonuses or penalties due to its size.
- Baisuzhe base land speed is 30 feet. climb 20 ft
- Constrict (Ex): A baisuzhe can constrict anyone in their tail, dealing their tail damage (2d4) plus strength and a half.
- Energy Sap (Ex): A pinned or helpless creature can be energy sapped with a successful touch attack or grapple attempt. Creatures take 1d4 effective negative levels, though these negative levels can never kill the creature. They instead fall into a coma recovering 1 negative level each hour. For each negative level applied by this ability the baisuzhe gains +5 hp (healed and to their maximum) to a maximum of the creature's maximum HD, and they gain a +1 morale bonus to attack, damage, and skill checks per three negative levels applied (minimum +0, maximum +5). These benefits last for 1 hour. The baisuzhe can never gain more per negative level than their victim's maximum and benefits from different victims overlap, they do not stack. For example, a baisuzhe can completely drain a 6 HD creature (gaining +30 hp and +2 attack/damage/skills), but can never gain more no matter how many 5 HD or less creatures they devour. In addition creatures with fractional HD provide no benefit, they are simply too small.
- Energy Sense (Su): Baisuzhe have a special sort of blindsense out to 20 ft, which tells them if there are living creatures in the area. It does not detect the undead or unliving. Once per day they can focus on their senses, duplicating the effect of detect power level as an supernatural ability.
- Feral Strike Bite (Ex): The baisuzhe have a feral strike bite which deals 1d8 damage with a 20/x3 critical. It ignores hardness 5 and below, easily able to crack bone.
- Feral Strike Prehensile Tail (Ex): The baisuzhe have a feral strike tail which deals 2d4 damage with a 20/x3 critical. In addition their tail is prehensile (but bulky) allowing it to carry but not wield items. Any attempts to perform dexterous moves with their tail does so at a -8 penalty.
- Improved Grappler: Baisuzhe gain Improved Grapple as a bonus feat. They make ignore the Improved Unarmed Strike pre-requisite of any feats and classes which use Improved Grapple as a pre-requisite.
- Long Body (Ex): Baisuzhe are made up of an extremely long tail. They take size penalties as a creature one size larger, but retain the weapon size, reach, and square of a medium creature. However, they actually count as a creature one size smaller for the purpose of squeezing through spaces. They have the size bonus of a Medium creature for the purpose of grappling, as their inherent bonus feat already covers their natural talents of constriction.
- Automatic Languages: Common, Buisuz
- Bonus Languages: Any (except secret languages)
- Favored Class: Rogue
- Level Adjustment: +0
- Effective Character Level: 1
|Middle Age1||Old2||Venerable3||Maximum Age|
|30 years||50 years||60 years||+1d10 years|
|Gender||Base Height||Height Modifier||Base Weight||Weight Modifier|
|Male||10' 10" (long)||+1d12||150 lb.||× (1d6) lb.|
|Female||11' 0" (long)||+1d12||160 lb.||× (1d6) lb.|
|Effective Character Level||1 +|
|Favored Class||Rogue +|
|Identifier||3.5e Race +|
|Level Adjustment||0 +|
|Racial Ability Adjustments||+2 Strength +, -2 Intelligence + and +2 Wisdom +|
|Summary||Serpentine aliens from the planet Yaunxiao, these long-tailed humanoids are energy-draining vampires which consume life force from their victims. +|