The Gree are a race of laws and of
organization. They have inhabited the land to the east of the String
Mountains for as long as the land has existed. They are a race of
fur-covered humanoids that remind the other races of a weasel. They
were the masters of the oceans and sea travel for centuries, but have
lost that title. They had one of the most powerful nations on the
planet, but that too is crumbling.
The focus of the life of a Gree is to follow the laws set
out by their people and to serve in the role determined for each. This
philosophy was set in process soon after the land they still live on was
settled. It was handed down from the leaders of the time, who were
clerics of the Grees’ creator and patron, Gruwees. Although the vast
majority of Gree follow the path without question, there are some who
have been betrayed by it, or who have seen the differences in other
cultures and therefore desire change. Every Gree must decide whether
they are part of the new tide or part of the ancient traditions. Few
choose the former.
The structured Grean society has lead the race to the
mastery of some things at the expense of others. They are one of the
two premier shipbuilding races. Their metal ships are a marvel of
magic, derived from their unparalleled knowledge of the elements. This
knowledge has also allowed them to construct the elemental epbul. This
rare weapon uses elementals themselves as the force behind blasts of
fire, water, lightning, or any element they wish. They are the master
crafters of the Blue Metal, a soft magical alloy that they use to create
their ships and elemental epbuls. Their understanding of law and
organization is second to none. In this order, however, they have lost
much of their creativity. They are a stagnant race. Art and music are
uncommon, and emotion is seen as a weakness.
The Gree see most other races as step below and behind.
They despise the Horarians, who took the seas away. They also hate the
Dwarves and Vishtoo, who have long been their neighbors. These biases
have contributed to their slow downfall. It is left to the few Gree who
see the problems and try to integrate the ideas of other cultures into Grean society to stop the decay. These Gree are outlaws and outcasts.
One of the few accepted variations from the norm is a
tradition that has its roots in the beginnings of the Gree. For no
reason anyone has determined, one out of every 12 Gree is born with
wings. These Gree were at first slain as monsters, a fact every Gree
will deny. Eventually, the usefulness of such Gree was recognized and
they became elite soldiers. The Grean Wings are a deadly force placed
on a level with the Amatine Assassins.
APPEARANCE: The Gree
are generally about 5ft. in height and weigh about 120 lbs. Their
bodies are streamline and almost serpentine. Their legs are short, and
their arms are proportionally small. Grean eyes are long and can track
independently. Their ears are small and can be hidden under their fur.
Their nose is small and black and sits at the end of a long snout, with
their mouth at the bottom base of it.
Grean hands have only four digits, one thumb and three
fingers. Each finger has a small claw which is sharp enough to puncture
Human skin, but rarely used as a weapon. Between each finger is a small
bit of webbing, which can also be found between their toes in larger
form. Their feet also have only four digits.
Gree tend to have gray or brown hair, with white or black
occurring occasionally. About one in ten Gree are spotted. More
commonly, a Gree will have colored patches only around their eyes or on
their stomach. Eyes are brown, gray, or blue. Females have the same
coloring as the males.
On the occasion that a Gree is born with wings, the wings
are most similar to those of a gull. They are long, thin, and come to a
point. The wing’s color matches that of the fur, although Gree with
wings tend to be of lighter coloration. All Gree also have a tail. It
is small and hides well beneath their fur. The only known use is for
maneuvering both in sea and in the air. Much like the tail, a winged
Gree can tuck his wings back so as to make them nearly unrecognizable,
albeit they do look bulkier than Gree without wings.
Gree view clothing as necessary, for both keeping warm and
for showing proper station. For the most part, males and females dress
similarly in style. The only difference being that all female clothing
has shorter lengths in the sleeve, pant leg, boot height, etc. Once
again, this is done to show station. Leather is the overwhelming
material of choice among the Gree. Other materials are considered too
Because of their lack of defined shoulder, Grean arms come
out of the torso in much the same way as a four-legged animal. Vests
are the most common choice. Clothing is tubular to fit the body, and
most things wrap around using a tie string or buttons to keep them in
place. Pants are never worn below the knee and skirts simply don’t
exist. Although they prefer not to wear anything on their feet, the
Gree have adopted sandals and boots for the appropriate occasions.
Jewelry and any form of headgear are very uncommon. Helmets are worn to
battle and jewelry to ceremonies.
The winged Gree have much the same fashion except that they
usually forego shirts, being that they are difficult to get on and off
around their wings.
Gree tend toward lawful and neutral. Chaotic Gree are unheard of, and
good Gree are rare. Even non-lawful Gree fear the law too much to break
The patron and creator of the Gree is Gruweas, who is also their
namesake. They see the judges as important and necessary. Han~Sui is
that category, but is also the patron of
the military. Sutyr has become worshiped as a hard-line reformer.
Lavash-Ki is the greatest evil and hated above all other deities.
MAKES GREE DIFFERENT:
differences in the Gree come from only the distinction between those
with wings and those without.
Gree are medium-sized
Gree have a base speed of 40ft, swim at a speed of 40ft, and those
with wings fly at 60ft. (poor)
Gree have low-light vision
receive one free rank of the Swim skill
Gree can hold their breath for one minute for each point of
Constitution they have
receive a +2 bonus on all Escape Artist, Knowledge, Move Silently, and
Hide skill checks
Gree receive a –4 penalty to all Ride skill checks
Gree have a carrying capacity of a creature with two less Strength
points than they have
Gree are a mostly carnivorous creature, three quarters of a Gree's
diet must be meat. A Gree that goes more than three days
without meat is sickened until it has a normal day's meals of meat.
Gree suffer if they do not drink enough water. Their tolerance
for lack of water is half that of a human. They take an
additional one point of damage from dehydration damage per die of
damage rolled. They have a -2 penalty to all saving throws
made against dehydration.
Gree receive a +2 bonus to any saving throw against an elemental-based
attack or spell
Gree have no favored class
Gree may make a bite attack once per round at their base attack
bonus for 1d3 points of damage, not modified by Strength
Gree are immune to Lycanthropy
Gree receive a +1 bonus to Intelligence and Dexterity and a –1 penalty
to Charisma and Strength
Gree may select from the following racial feats: Ordered Mind, Seething Hatred, Waterborn, Winged