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Tawaki are a race of seagoing avians from islands of the distant south. They cannot fly, but they make up for it by being exceptional swimmers, shooting through the water like missiles. A sizable majority of tawaki travel the world from the decks of sailing ships, and even those that don't are usually fishermen.
Personality: Tawaki are energetic and compelling talkers. They love telling tales and singing songs, and they never turn down a drink offered. When a tawaki ship pulls into port, it's safe to assume the tavern will be lively late into the night. A tawaki on his ship is somewhat more reserved, willing to put off merriment until the day's tasks are finished. Still, jokes and song are common on tawaki ships. Tawaki are extremely close with their shipmates, and though they're not normally violent, will lay down their lives to defend one of their number.
Physical Description: Tawaki are short and streamlined, standing about three feet tall. Their bodies are covered with sleek, black feathers. Their chest, stomach, face, and the undersides of their arms are white insead, but maintain the same sleek feathered look. Their faces are tipped in a small, reddish beak. Tawaki possess a pair of yellow streaks above their black, beady eyes, along the line between black and white feathers. On males, these yellow streaks form large paired crests of feathers that extend back past the top of their head. Tawaki bodies are sleek and bullet-shaped, with winglike arms that split into feathered fingers at the end. Their legs are short and bony, ending in webbed feet. Tawaki usually weigh between 25 and 30 pounds. Tawaki reach maturity at 20 and can live up to 150 years old.
Relations: Tawaki get along well with anyone who offers them a drink or a good story, and distrust those who treat one of them poorly. Tawaki generally make few judgments beyond those they or their shipmates are aware of first-hand. Tawaki are known to get along famously with Hadozee, who compliment them nicely.
Alignment: Most tawaki are good, with a tendency towards chaos over law. If a tawaki's captain is another tawaki, their outlooks often grow to match his, which means an evil tawaki captain may soon be the captain of an evil crew, even if all the tawaki aboard were good when they joined. However, if a captain is evil and not a tawaki, most tawaki will leave when possible to find another ship.
Tawaki Lands: The Tawaki homeland is a relatively small island in the southern seas. The island is somewhat rocky, and generally uneven terrain makes it poor farmland. And so, most tawaki at home live in shoreline fishing villages, making a living off the sea. However,the majority of tawaki leave home when they come of age, taking off to see the world on sailing ships, some built by the tawaki themselves, others just stopping by for supplies. Sailing is a lifetime profession for tawaki, and most only retire from the task once they reach middle age, or become too wounded to continue the life.
Language: Tawaki speak tawaki, a language of squawks, whistles, squeaks, and chirps.
Names: Tawaki names are relatively simple, with a personal name, a clutch name, and a family name, which is an inherited clutch name from their father.
Male Names: Bambang, Guntur, Harta, Kuwat, Susila, Yuda
Female Names: Cahaya, Cinta, Indah, Kasih, Mawar, Ratu, Utari
Clutch Names: Basara, Gata, Hari, Inya, Katur, Mahar, Suwat
Adventurers: Tawaki adventurers are not uncommon at all. Many tawaki have a level or two in an adventuring class of one sort or another. Though they don't have close ties to many dragons, the tawaki produce a surprising number of sorcerers.
TAWAKI RACIAL TRAITS
- +2 Constitution, +2 Charisma, -2 Strength, -2 Dexterity. Tawaki are surprisingly tough for their size and possess compelling, likable personalities, but they're not particularly strong and can be somewhat clumsy, especially on land.
- Small: As a Small creature, a tawaki gains a +1 size bonus to Armor Class, a +1 size bonus on attack rolls, and a +4 size bonus on Hide checks, but uses smaller weapons than Medium characters use, and his lifting and carrying limits are three-quarters of those of a Medium character.
- Tawaki base land speed is 15 feet. Tawaki hive extremely short legs and their webbed feet only help to slow them down.
- A tawaki's base swim speed is 60 feet. A tawaki has a +8 racial bonus on any Swim check to perform some special action or avoid a hazard. A tawaki can always choose to take 10 on a Swim check, even if distracted or endangered. A tawaki can use the run action while swimming, provided he swims in a straight line.
- Hold Breath: A tawaki can hold his breath for a number of rounds equal to 8 × his Constitution score before he risks drowning.
- A tawaki possesses a natural bite attack that deal 1d4 points of damage.
- Cold Tolerant: Tawaki gain a +2 racial bonus on saving throws against cold damage and cold effects. Tawaki can also exist comfortably in conditions
between –20° and 90° F (severe cold to hot) without having to make Fortitude saves. This ability counts as if a tawaki had the Cold Endurance feat for purposes of fulfilling prerequisites for other feats or prestige classes.
- +2 Racial Bonus to Balance, Profession (Sailor), and Use Rope Checks. Tawaki spend most of their lives on ships, and as such are experts at the skills needed day-to-day on deck.
- Great Ally (Ex): Tawaki work exceptionally well with their allies. When successfully aided on a skill check or attack roll by an ally, or when aiding another, a tawaki applies or gains a +3 bonus on the check or attack roll (instead of the normal +2 bonus). Furthermore, when a tawaki and an ally are flanking an enemy, they both gain a +4 bonus on attack rolls (instead of the normal +2 bonus).
- Automatic Languages: Common and Tawaki. Bonus Languages: Auran, Aquan, Elven, Gnomish, Sylvan.
- Favored Class: Rogue. A multiclass tawaki's rogue class does not count when determining whether he takes an experience point penalty.