Friday, January 17, 2020

New Subspecies - Beach Dwarves

While not common as the other subspecies, these dwarves have become their own culture.  They are found along the west coast of North America and even inland along rivers.  They have adapted to a migratory lifestyle where they follow the waves and the water.

While traditionally they used to use small Viking like ships to travel, they have switched to small powered boats and even surfboards.  Their low center of gravity means they are good at it and they excel at ambushes using this simple piece of wood with the war cry “Surf’s up”.  Their high constitution and use of well-oiled preserved sealskin suits mean even if the water is cold, they still surf.

They are avid fishermen and gatherers of the sea.  Their preferred weapon is the grapnel and rope as it can be used for deep sea fishing and “buming rides” off other ships and large nautical creatures.

They are known for mixing traditional dwarven tunes with beach music creating truly unique music that is in demand throughout the continent.

 However, dwarves are still dwarves and common equipment carried by this group is still a metal detector.   They love to scavenge the random junk and make it into something useful.

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Beach Dwarves inland.

While physiologically the same, beach dwarf culture is slightly different along the many rivers along the inland.   They are often dubbed river dwarves and are surprisingly close to the land.  They have domesticated both birds for fishing and beavers for engineering the waterways to maximize fishing production.  They often use this to take advantage of the various salmon runs of the west coast.

Beach Dwarves diversity/subspecies:

  • Ability Score.  Dexterity increases by 1, up to its normal maximum (20).
  • Buoyant.  Beach Dwarves are not fast, but they can swim like the dickens.  Your base walking speed is 25 feet. Your swimming speed is 25 feet.
  • Hold Breath. You can hold your breath underwater for up to 20 minutes (they are all trunk).
  • Surfcunning. Whenever you make a Strength (Athletics) or Dexterity (Acrobatics) check relating to aquatic movement or actions, you are considered proficient in the skill and add double your proficiency bonus to the check, instead of your normal proficiency bonus.
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