The clearest example of cultures
influencing each other can be found in the race of Bugbears. The Bugbears
of Habololy began as uncivilized, brutal, and barbaric. No laws existed
to bring them together into anything more than small hunting tribes. They
were nearly wiped out by the Orcs, then by the Gnomes. It was only when
no single nation dominated the main continent that the Bugbears began to
find their place. In the centuries since, the Bugbears have taken on the
aspects of the nations that surround their homes. Slowly beginning to
understand the need for unity and order, they began to develop a society
of their own.
The Bugbear culture revolves around three important ideals:
physical ability, remembrance of the past, and the coming of death. They
spend their lives in hard exertion. They battle, wrestle, build, hunt,
and do anything that keeps them strong. Bugbears hold on to any old item,
seeing them as links to the past and reminders not to forget what has
happened. Everything that a Bugbear does is with the knowledge that
ultimately death comes for all, and when it does, it will judge. No
Bugbear wants to be on the wrong end of that judgment.
Most Bugbears live in the nation of Borkondof, named for the
greatest Bugbear warlord of all time, who was also its founder. He was
large, even for a Bugbear, and wielded an ancient Orcish blade known as
City Clever. Many legends say that the next great warlord will be whoever
finds Borkon’s lost blade. Until that day, the nation is ruled by the
strongest Bugbear, who is given another magical blade known as the
Legacy. He rules until death, which usually occurs in a challenge from
another Bugbear. The nation is poor and horrific by many races’
standards, but certainly above the old ways.
Females are given every opportunity to succeed as a male
would. Unfortunately for them, very few are strong enough to ever gain
any respect or power. Cubs are well tended to, being seen as the
possibility for one to pass on a legacy. One’s lineage, if it can be
proven, is very valuable in Bugbear culture.
Bugbears prefer the night, but are active during the day as
well. They wander away from Borkondof if the need arises. Usually that
need is food, and the goal is the cattle of another land. Hobgoblins and
Kobolds also live in Borkondof. Both races are considered below Bugbear
standard, but necessary for the overall survival of the nation. Other
races rarely visit, but are not attacked on sight.
Bugbears are seen around the world very differently by the
races. Some see them as a threat to be dealt with harshly. Some see they
as a race struggling to escape their natural instinct. Others see them as
just another humanoid.
are massive creatures. On average, they stand near 6˝ ft tall, 4 ft. wide
and weigh 400 lbs. Their eyes are big and round, and usually yellow and
dark blue in color. Their ears are big, come to a long hairy point, and
stick out above the head. Thick hair covers 90% of a Bugbears body,
including below the chin and around the ears to form a circle around the
face. It ranges in color from black to gray-blue to almost yellow.
There have even been white Bugbears seen. Their face is long, with nose
upturned. They have a big jaw, but it does not protrude out. Their
fingers are thick and are without claws, as are their toes.
Bugbears are a very cleanly race. They are known to bath in
oil at least once every three days. They also use a great many perfumes.
Clothing is kept in the best state of cleanliness as possible, although
its quality isn’t very good. Leather is the material of choice in Bugbear
clothing. Weapons are carried at all times.
Female Bugbears are noticeably smaller than the males. Their
hair grows twice as long over their entire body. Their eyes are bigger,
and their coloring is darker.
Bugbears are chaotic, with some neutral and no lawful. They are also
mostly neutral, with some tendencies towards both good and evil.
major faiths among the Bugbears are those of The Oldest Orc, Tyrogatore,
and Dedestroyt. The Oldest Orc is revered for his knowledge of and
reverence towards ancestry. Tyrogatore is seen as the physically
strongest of all of the deities. Dedestroyt is seen as the judge upon
death and the guardian of that realm. The Bugbears fear Lakius above all
others for he is the bringer of water, the element that Bugbears fear
above all others.
Bugbears are medium-sized
Bugbears have low-light vision
Bugbears have a base speed of 35ft.
Bugbears have a +2 bonus to armor class because of the thick hair and
Bugbears receive a +4 bonus to all Hide checks while in the wilderness
Bugbears receive a -2 penalty to all Diplomacy checks when dealing with
humans, elves, dwarves, orcs, gnomes, halflings, Nipits, Sakor'akai, and
Gree. This penalty extends to other civilized similar races.
Bugbears may never take the Technology feat
Bugbears may not be Wizards or Tinkers
Bugbears favored class is Berserker
Bugbears receive a +2 bonus to Strength, a +1 bonus to Constitution, a
–1 penalty to Intelligence and Wisdom, and a –2 penalty to Charisma
Bugbears may select from the following racial feats: Chilling Growl, Dark Vision, Freakish Size,
Bugbear – “Seven
is a feast, nine a brawl.”