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DragoonWraith · talk · 22:34, 8 October 2010 (UTC)
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This is a very simple race I drew up off the top of my head for a game. The Sphinx I want to play is a caster, so I wanted a 0 RHD/LA+0 Sphinx race to use. It's not really based on D&D's Sphinx but rather the Greek mythology. It's really not very flashy but I like the Riddle mechanic.

Sphinx are magical beasts, humanoid in appearance from the waist upwards, while leonine from there on. Though they are most comfortable on all fours, their hands are quite usable for holding and manipulating objects, and they are capable of wielding manufactured weapons, though this is an unusual choice for a Sphinx. Sphinx are true loremasters, and delight in riddles and puzzles.

Sphinx

  • Magical Beast (Human)
  • Medium
  • Base Land Speed: 40 ft. Though Sphinxes have humanoid arms and hands, they typically run on all fours, and are faster for it.
  • Natural Weapons (Ex): Sphinx can make attacks with the claws on their hands. These claws are a pair of primary natural attacks that each deal 1d3 damage plus the Sphinx's Strength modifier.
  • Stability (Ex): Having four legs makes a Sphinx harder to knock over. +4 Racial bonus to Ability checks to avoid being bull rushed or tripped.
  • Riddle (Su): A Sphinx may pose a riddle to a single target once per day. The target must be willing, and the target and the Sphinx must agree to the terms of the challenge beforehand (that is, what the Sphinx must do if the riddle is answered correctly, and what the target must do if they fail). The terms of the challenge are magically binding; treat the loser of the challenge as under the effects of the Geas spell with a Caster level equal to the Sphinx's HD, under orders to perform the agreed upon duty.

    The actual riddle and answering it may be treated as an opposed Knowledge check of the Sphinx's choice (for those targets who do not have ranks in the chosen Knowledge skill, it becomes an Intelligence check). Sphinx also gain a +4 Racial bonus to all Knowledge checks.
  • Sphinx's Knowledge (Ex): Sphinxes study broadly and love knowledge. They are often stores of trivia and legends, and can sometimes come up with facts in fields they haven't even studied particularly thoroughly. As the Bardic Knowledge class feature, except that the Sphinx's bonus on the check is equal to her ECL - 3 (a 1st or 2nd level Sphinx can still make the check, just at a penalty). A Sphinx with levels in a class which give the Bardic Knowledge or Lore feature instead gains a +3 bonus on the check.
  • Automatic Languages: Common, Sphinx
  • Bonus Languages: Any. Sphinx have a distinct love of language and words.
  • LA: +0
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