Noble Camel

The Camel is a large hoofed animal that is most commonly found in the hot deserts. The Camel is one the most unique mammals on the planet and has adapted perfectly to life in the desert where food and water can often be scarce, and the temperature changes rapidly from the scorching-hot days to the cooler nights.

Camels have a number of adaptations to help them to survive the most successfully in such dry and arid climates starting with their cream to brown coloured, short but thick fur which not only protects their skin from the sun during the day, but also helps to keep them warm when the temperature plummets at night. Their long legs keep their body high above the hot ground and their two toes on each foot are able to spread widely apart to prevent them from sinking into the sand. The bottoms of their feet are also padded to help them when in rocky or stony regions. Camels have large eyes and nostrils which give them good sight and smell. They have a double layer of long eyelashes and can close their slit-like nostrils to protect them from dust storms. Camels are able to survive for long periods of time without either food or water as they store fat in their hump which can be used to give the Camel energy when resources are scarce.

A fully grown adult camel stands 6 ft. 1 in. at the shoulder and 7 ft. 1 in. at the hump. The hump rises about 30 in. out of its body. Camels range in length between 7 ft. 3 in. and 11 ft. 6 in. and in weight between 660lbs - 1,500lbs.

Although the Camel is technically a herbivorous animal their diet is not strictly vegetarian as they are known to chew on bones and eat carrion to supplement their diet. Another adaptation for living in the desert is their split, leathery lip which helps the Camel to eat tough and thorny plants which other animals avoid. They are also known to consume plants that are high in salt which again means there is less competition from other animals for food. One of the most remarkable things about Camels is their ability to store the energy from their food and water as fat in their hump, which means they have a ready supply of energy when food and water are scarce. Camels can lose up to 40% of their body weight before needing to replenish themselves and once a water-hole or oasis is found, they can drink around 40 gallons of water in a very short time.

Species Descriptions

The fabled “ship of the desert,” noble camels have a long history of entering into service with humanoid desert tribes. Of course, “service” does not mean “subservience,” and no noble camel passes up a chance to put a misbehaving humanoid in their place with a well-placed kick or an expertly-aimed gob of spit.

Noble Animal Species Traits
  • Ability Score Modifiers: +2 Dexterity, -2 Charisma, +2 Wisdom; noble camels are quick, but have famously cantankerous personalities.
  • Size: Medium.
  • Size Threshold: 2nd Hit Die.
  • Base Speed: 30 ft.
  • Natural Weapons: Kick (1d4) x2, bite (1d4).
  • Senses: Low-light vision (Ex), scent (Ex).
  • Natural Talent Track: Alertness, Endurance
  • Family: Mammal.
  • Noble Animal Type: Noble camels have the noble animal type except where superseded by other species traits and features.
  • Social Group: Herd.
  • Automatic Languages: Camel and High Fauna.
  • Bonus Languages: Bat, Canine, Common, Crocodilian, Elephant, Equine, Feline, Herdspeak, Hyena, Lizard, Monitor, Raptor, Rodent, Serpent, Simian, Songbird, Ursine, and Woodland.

Racial Feats

The following feats are available to a noble camel character who meets the prerequisites.

  • Linked Feat