Noble Herdbeast

Herdbeasts are large, even-toed ungulates that include bison, buffalo, musk ox, oxen, yaks, wild cattle, gaur, and kouprey. Most species are grazers, with long tongues to twist the plant material they favor and large teeth to break up the plant material they ingest. They are ruminants, having a four-chambered stomach that allows them to break down plant material. Their most obvious weapons are the horns borne by both males and females, but their massive heads can be used as battering rams, effectively using the momentum produced by up to 2,000 lbs moving at speeds of 30 mph. The hind legs can also be used to kill or maim with devastating effect. In their prime, individually they only fear the grizzly bear, and as a group no other animal can stand up to them in a fight.

Species Descriptions

This species can be used to represent Noble Bison, Buffalo, Musk Ox, Oxen, and various other types of noble wild cattle.

The most gregarious of the species, herdbeasts form large communities (called “herds,” of course) for protection and companionship. With dozens, or even hundreds, of herdbeasts in a herd, they present a veritable forest of sharp, vicious horns to slash and gore at any potential predator; forcing would be carnivores to prey on only the stragglers.

Herds that include a noble have a decided edge against natural predators, but that doesn’t mean that they relax their vigilance one bit. Despite the perception that they are slow-witted, docile, and dim, there is no more observant creature than one who knows they are everyone else’s favorite meal.

Noble Herdbeast Species Traits
  • Ability Score Modifiers: +4 Strength, +2 Constitution, -2 Charisma.
  • Size: Medium.
  • Size Threshold: 2nd Hit Die.
  • Base Speed: 30 ft.
  • Natural Weapons: Slam (1d4).
  • Senses: Low-light vision (Ex), scent (Ex).
  • Natural Talent Track: Endurance, Improved Bull Rush, Power Attack.
  • Family: Mammal.
  • Noble Animal Type: Noble herdbeasts have the noble animal type except where superseded by other species traits and features.
  • Social Group: Herd.
  • Automatic Languages: Herdspeak and High Fauna.
  • Bonus Languages: Bat, Camel, Canine, Common, Crocodilian, Elephant, Equine, Feline, Hyena, Lizard, Monitor, Raptor, Rodent, Serpent, Simian, Songbird, Ursine, and Woodland.

Racial Feats

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

  • Linked Feat