Noble Cheetah

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The cheetah is a large and powerful feline renowned for their immense speed when in a chase; capable of reaching speeds of more than 60mph for short periods of time.
Cheetahs have a long and slender body that is covered in coarse yellowish fur and dotted with small black spots. It's long tail helps with balance and changing direction quickly and unlike the rest of the Cheetah's body, there are ringed markings along the tail which ends in a black tip. Cheetahs have small heads with high set eyes that aid them when surveying the surrounding grasslands for potential prey. They also have distinctive black "tear marks" that run from the inner eye, along their nose and down to the outside of their mouths, which are thought to help protect them from being blinded by the bright sun. The exceptional speed of the Cheetah is caused by a number of things including having strong and powerful hind legs, and an incredibly flexible and muscular spine which allows the Cheetah to not only sprint quickly but also makes them very agile. They also have non-retractable claws which dig into the ground, giving the Cheetah better grip at high speed.

The adult cheetah weighs from 46 to 160 pounds. Its total head-and-body length is from 43 to 59 inches, while the tail can measure 24 to 33 inches in length. Cheetahs are 26 to 37 inches tall at the shoulder. Males tend to be slightly larger than females and have slightly bigger heads, but there is not a great variation in cheetah sizes and it is difficult to tell males and females apart by appearance alone. Compared to a similarly sized leopard, the cheetah is generally shorter-bodied, but is longer tailed and taller (it averages about 35 inches tall) and so it appears more streamlined.

Species Descriptions

Noble cheetahs are as far removed from other noble cats as they can be and still be considered feline. Their most outstanding feature, their speed, is a source of great racial pride. They sometimes have a tendency to look down their snouts at creatures that are slower than they are; and that includes every land animal in nature. They also guard their speed against those who don’t “deserve” it. This is why, even to a trusted friend, a noble cheetah spellcaster granting the sprint boon will always make it slightly weaker than the ability granted to noble cheetahs themselves.

Noble Cheetah Species Traits
  • Ability Score Modifiers: +4 Dexterity.
  • Size: Small.
  • Size Threshold: 3rd Hit Die.
  • Base Speed: 40 ft.
  • Natural Weapons: Bite (1d4), and 2 claws (1d2).
  • Senses: Low-light vision (Ex), scent (Ex).
  • Natural Talent Track: Improved Initiative, Weapon Finesse.
  • Skills: +4 racial bonus Stealth checks when in areas of tall grass.
  • Family: Mammal.
  • Noble Animal Type: Noble cheetahs have the noble animal type except where superseded by other species traits and features.
  • Social Group: None.
  • Automatic Languages: Feline and High Fauna.
  • Bonus Languages: Bat, Camel, Canine, Common, Crocodilian, Elephant, Equine, Herdspeak, Hyena, Lizard, Monitor, Raptor, Rodent, Serpent, Simian, Songbird, Ursine, and Woodland.