Guromescai (3.5e Race)

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Pronunciation: \'gü-rō-"mes-kī\,\'gə-rō-"mes-kī\

Guromescai are the result of a rare breeding between a merfolk and a malaquian. A great majority of guromescai are female (around 80%). The mother is typically a malaquian in these pairings, and more likely to be raised in malaquian society.

A guromescai can breed with merfolk to have a 50% chance of having either merfolk or guromescai offspring. If they breed with malaquians, there is only a 25% chance a child will be carried to term, of which it is always a guromescai.

While rare, it is not unheard of for malaquians or half-breed malaquians to transform into guromescai upon coming of age. Exact causes for this are unknown. It is also unknown why guromescai appear so different than either of their parent races, being monstrous humanoids.

Scholars tend to disagree greatly on their origins and significance. Some scholars speculate that they are destined to emerge as their own race in time when their numbers rise high enough. Other scholars speculate that they were once a race in the past and that racial memory has found a way to reassert itself. Even others assert that the sahuagin have something to do with tainting the blood of other sea races to produce children closer to them. A few rare scholars believe that somehow tritons might be to blame.

A guromescai may train her bloodline with entry into the Guromescai Paragon (3.5e Racial Paragon Class).


While often seen as freaks or monsters, guromescai are typically warm and kindly toward others. Though some use their charm as a front to hide their true feelings. Because of this, they often tend to "put on a show" in public, only relaxing around their closest friends or when alone.

Some never quite manage to fit in with society, being born obviously different. This can lead to guromescai becoming sarcastic, jokey or disagreeable as a means of coping with others. Some use guarded answers and diversions as a means of hiding their naivety, as many are still quite young when they strike out into the world.

Physical Description[edit]

Fin and skull structure of a guromescai head.

Guromescai are smaller than their parental races, being roughly human in size and weight, albeit slightly lighter and thinner built. Their heads bear a great resemblance to that of a fish, but their jaw structure is mostly humanoid. They have wide, brightly colored eyes, which are typically bright golds, greens, blues and purples. A large fin protrudes from the back of their stripe-patterned head and runs to the base of their neck. Another small fin appears midway down their spine. A fishlike tail protrudes from their hips and hangs down nearly to the ground. Their smooth skin is typically a shade of green with bluish or aqua stripes that run from their forehead down to the tip of their tail. The rest of their body is humanoid, with slim hands and feet and trim and lean arms and legs.

Female guromescai, being the most common, overshadow the lesser seen male guromescai, who's coloration is a bit duller. Male guromescai rarely appear rugged or manly, often looking like young adults well into middle age. Guromescai age in appearance very gracefully, with the primary sign of aging being a gentle fading of their colors to more silvery tones.

Young guromescai grow and reach maturity quickly in relation to most humanoids.


Guromescai, with their innate charm, get along with most gentler, civilized races. In the recent past, they are so few in number, they were typically seen as strange curiosities. Though, their numbers have been on a slow, steady rise, gaining them more recognition in coastal areas. In uninitiated lands, some folk might immediately get the impression that they are related to the dangerous sahuagin, locathah or skum and be fearful of them.


Guromescai have no racially-predisposed alignment, though most are goodly aligned. As they don't often fit into societies, some tend toward chaotic alignments as well.


Guromescai live within the lands of other civilized cultures, most often those of their parent races, but also among other welcoming lands, and typically those that border large bodies of water and waterways. Guromescai loathe dry and cold climates.

As adults, guromescai often adventure out on their own to find their place in the world. This has earned them a reputation as travelers and wanderers. Occasionally they'll settle into cities where they can find work in nearby waters.


Guromescai often follow those deities to whatever society they were raised within. As adults, they may stray and worship whatever deity they please, but those deities with the Water domain are most common, such as Elnade. They also tend to praise deities of Travel.


Guromescai are raised to speak Common and Ayawii (the language of malaquians). Though the Ayawii language is mainly spoken, components of it involve a few gestures, which are widely accepted among other cultures as well.

Interestingly, the term "guromescai" in Ayawii roughly translates to "fish, not newt".


Guromescai often use malaquian or merfolk names.

  • Male Names: Aleyuo, Aureu, Beureu, Boyuo, Cantor, Halcast, Linq, Narsus, Reuyu, Tanuren, Tirnot, Umeten, Uneo, Vastenen
  • Female Names: Alielie, Awabanya, Binooa, Caidea, Esaya, Keriel, Lyroni, Maimai, Marund, Milyavi, Uleyo, Umbriel, Usima

Racial Traits[edit]

  • +2 Charisma: Guromescai are self-assured and charming with their bright eyes and gentle smiles.
  • Monstrous Humanoid (Aquatic): While guromescai live under water, they also breathe air and travel on land. Guromescai pay the non-humanoid armor cost.
  • Medium: As Medium-sized creatures, guromescai have no special bonuses or penalties due to their size.
  • Guromescai base land speed is 30 feet: Guromescai also have a swim speed of 30 feet.
  • Darkvision: A guromescai can see in the dark up to 60 feet. Darkvision is black and white only, but it is otherwise like normal sight, and a guromescai can function just fine with no light at all.
  • Amphibious (Ex): Guromescai can breathe equally well with both gills and lungs. Although guromescai are aquatic, they can survive indefinitely on land.
  • Lithe Build (Ex): A guromescai slinks and swerves. She gains a +2 racial bonus to Escape Artist skill checks. This skill is always a class skill for her and she may use it untrained. However, her lifting and carrying capacities are ¾ of those of other Medium-sized creatures (as if she were one size smaller).
  • Adept Swimmer: A guromescai has a +8 racial bonus on any Swim check to perform some special action or avoid a hazard. She can always choose to take 10 on a Swim check, even if distracted or endangered. She can use the run action while swimming, provided she swims in a straight line. Swim is always a class skill and she may apply her Dexterity modifier instead of her Strength modifier as her key ability modifier.
  • Environmental Distress: Guromescai suffer a −4 penalty on Fortitude saves to resist non-lethal damage due to exposure to inhospitable environments.
  • Automatic Languages: Ayawii and Common.
  • Bonus Languages: Aquan, Celestial, Elven, Sylvan. See the Speak Language skill for other languages.
  • Favored Class: Sorcerer
  • Level Adjustment: +0
  • Effective Character Level: 1

Vital Statistics[edit]

Table: Guromescai Random Starting Ages
Adulthood Simple Moderate Complex
12 years +1d3 +1d4 +2d4
Table: Guromescai Aging Effects
Middle Age1 Old2 Venerable3 Maximum Age
35 years 53 years 70 years +2d20 years
  1. At middle age, −1 to Str, Dex, and Con; +1 to Int, Wis, and Cha.
  2. At old age, −2 to Str, Dex, and Con; +1 to Int, Wis, and Cha.
  3. At venerable age, −3 to Str, Dex, and Con; +1 to Int, Wis, and Cha.
Table: Guromescai Random Height and Weight
Sex Base Height Height Modifier Base Weight Weight Modifier
Male 5' 4" +2d6 110 lb. × (2d6) lb.
Female 5' 0" +2d6 90 lb. × (2d6) lb.

Races of Rom[edit]

Races of Rom ancestral lineages.

The races from Rom:

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AuthorGanteka Future +
Effective Character Level1 +
Favored ClassSorcerer +
Identifier3.5e Race +
Level Adjustment0 +
Racial Ability Adjustments+2 Charisma +
RatingUndiscussed +
SizeMedium +
SubtypeAquatic +
SummaryColorfully skinned fish-like merfolk/malaquian half-breeds. +
TitleGuromescai +
TypeMonstrous Humanoid +