Jeremy Morgan

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Planescape 4E - The Bariaur

8 September 2011

Editor’s Note: The original post of this talked about a gender binary. That’s been removed in this version. I also removed the part about apologizing to fans of the original races if they were offended. I made the right call reamoving the biology-based dimorphism. Deal with it. -JM

The Lady of Pain's Crest

Last time, we covered the Rogue Modron. This time let’s turn our attention to the bariaur.

One of the questions I had to ask myself was how to handle the stat bonuses for this race. Unusually, the bariaur had different stats depending on whether you were playing a male or female. I decided the best way to handle this was to use the secondary stat bonus mechanic introduced in the Player’s Handbook 2 (all races have had this mechanic retrofitted to them).

This brings up the question of how to handle the other differences between the races. I even had an expert in the corner, Sarah Darkmagic, that I consulted on how best to handle these differences. Basically, I’ve gone with two racial powers, and any gender may choose either power.

So, without further ado, I present my version of the Bariaur for 4E:



Physically resembling the crossing of a human with a ram, the bariaur are a carefree people. Freedom, laughter, the joy of victory: these are to be valued above duty, honor, or gold.


Average Height: 6’2” - 7’6”

Average Weight: 260 - 350 lb.

Ability scores: +2 Strength, +2 Constitution or +2 Intelligence

Size: Medium

Speed: 6 squares.

Vision: Low-Light

Languages: Common, choice of one other

Skill Bonuses: +2 Endurance, +2 Arcana

School of the Ram: Choose either the Battering Ram power or the Magical Adroitness power.

Battering Ram Racial Power

Magical Adroitness Racial Power

Immortal Origin: You are native to Ysgard, so you are considered an immortal creature for the purpose of effects that relate to creature origin.