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GeodesEdit

Summary::Earthen elementals in the form of a spherical boulder. For being a ball of stone, geodes are surprisingly well balanced and nimble, capable of doing just about anything a dwarf without arms could do (except drink gallons of ale).

PersonalityEdit

Geodes, unlike most rocks, are rather active and lead interesting lives.

Geodes that are raised distant from humanoid civilizations tend to be distant and uncaring, while those accustomed to humanoids blend in very well, and may have any personality suitable to them.

Geodes typically don't judge others by appearances, and don't have gender roles or preoccupations with their appearance. Though, they still use appearance to judge the life another geode has lived. Serene geodes are often smooth. Energetic geodes are often rough. Those who study arcane arts or are well learned may have runes carved into their surface. Lazy geodes may get covered with moss. Geodes that have spent their whole lives around humanoids may adopt gender roles and other prejudices.

Physical DescriptionEdit

A geode appears to be simply a round boulder. Some are slightly lopsided, flecked with scratches, scars, gouges, carvings, polished smooth or gritty rough. They may appear as any tough stone, from granite to marble. Geodes are a diverse bunch.

When slain, a "female" geode typically cracks open to reveal a hollow center filled with crystals. These crystals may be of any color, though their value is as mundane crystal. "Male" geodes are solid, but their core is still crystalline.

Apart from asking a geode, or breaking one open, "male" and "female" geodes have no other identifying gender characteristics, being round boulders.

Geodes almost never wear anything. Without hands, they can't put on armor, which would probably make them blind anyhow. Without the ability to physically manipulate objects, geodes don't often have possessions.

RelationsEdit

Dwarves love rocks. Talking rocks? Perhaps not as much. In general, most folks only get along with geodes if they have some reason to get along with an intelligent ball of stone.

AlignmentEdit

Being elementals, geodes are primarily neutrally aligned. However, as intelligent, free-will toting entities, they may be of any alignment. Typically, geodes that interact with other races and places are more likely not to be neutrally aligned.

LandsEdit

In distant ages past, when the Material Plane was born, primal earth and stone from the Elemental Plane of Earth formed the body of the world. Trapped deep within the crust of hard stone, sleeping dormant, were geodes, who slept until the mountains rose up high and caves were dug deep into the earth, freeing them from their prison in the stone and awakening them. They have since taken these locations as their homes. Geodes hail from jagged mountains, deep caves and plateaus where the bedrock erupts from the earth and erodes slowly over the eons.

Much like humanoids, geodes pair off for mating. How it actually works is a mystery, but "female" geodes incubate a single new geode, solidifying her hallow core of crystal into an "egg", which is later "birthed" in a manner similar to Earth Glide.

When geodes venture out into the world, they often find roles in martial classes, focusing on their slam attack. They fail at most skilled vocations. Those that enter into spellcasting classes, are rewarded by their innate durability. Lacking arms for the typical spellcaster's motions, a geode simply wobbles, spins and twists to perform somatic components.

ReligionEdit

Being composed of living rock originating from the Elemental Plane of Earth, geodes tend to worship deities with the Earth domain.

LanguageEdit

Geodes speak Terran, a gruff and gritty language. Those geodes that mingle with humanoids also learn Common, or whatever other language is most prevalent in the area. A geode's voice emanates from it.

Despite not having mouths, geodes have strong oral traditions, passing down tales of ancient times through the generations.

NamesEdit

Geodes don't have much reason to celebrate names, lacking much of a defined culture. As such, geodes end up with simple names, often associated to the rock they most resemble, or some other mundane characteristic.

Geodes themselves are even named after a type of rock. Depending on their locale, geodes may be referred to as boulders, marbles, stones, rocks or geos.

Racial TraitsEdit

Vital StatisticsEdit

Table: Geode Random Starting Ages
Adulthood Simple Moderate Complex
13 years +1d6 +2d6 +4d6
Table: Geode Aging Effects
Middle Age1 Old2 Venerable3 Maximum Age
120 years 580 years 1400 years Indefinite4
  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.
  4. Geodes live indefinitely and have no set maximum age.
Table: Geode Random Height and Weight
Gender Base Height Height Modifier Base Weight Weight Modifier
Male 4' 0" +2d6 960 lb. × (2d4) lb.
Female 4' 0" +2d6 680 lb. × (2d4) lb.



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