The forest-dwelling mawas are noted for vigorously maintaining their independence and sovereignty over their island home, and resisting attempts of contact by outsiders. They seem to be fiercely devoted to the concept of strength and righteousness, surprisingly capable warriors that quickly master new fighting techniques, although somewhat primitive compared to other humanoid societies. They dislike over-indulgence and delicacy and value physical power, ferocity and endurance. The mawas are slow to trust by nature, prone to fits of intense anger, constantly struggling against their Mawas instincts and fierce temper. Their minds are easily distracted and they often lack the patience for more subtle disciplines. Mawas are very superstitious and fearful of incurring the wrath of spirits.

Dense fur, ranging from white through silver to brown-grey to black cover their bodies. A mawas has the tail of a monkey, a reddish-purple face and large ears. Large males have broad shoulders, including muscular arms and clawed hands. Females are slightly shorter, having a slim, athletic build. Mawas eyes have an orange glow to them. Their weaponry is usually made from bamboo and bronze, always kept in good condition. Mawas are slightly taller and brawnier than humans, standing 6 to 7-1/2 feet tall and typically weighing about 300 to 400 pounds. The mawas speak their own language.

Mawas are noted for their bravery and skill in combat, but are not considered bloodthirsty. They prefer direct confrontation over subterfuge and misdirection. Battles with the mawas usually begins with the creatures throwing volleys of javelins from the trees; then close in maces and lashing staves and cudgels, taking full advantage of their ferocity and strength. A weaponless mawas will not give up without a fight, using its natural weapons, clawing and biting a foe until it flees or dies.

Game Information

MAWAS (1st-level warrior)

Type: 1st Level Humanoid (Mawas)
Size: Medium
Speed: 30 ft., climb 20 ft.
Abilities: Str +2, Dex +1, Con +1, Int +1, Wis -1, Cha -1
Skills: Climb 0 (+10, +7 with armour), Intimidate 4 (+3), Notice 4 (+3), Stealth 4 (+5, +2 with armour), Survival 4 (+3)
Feats: Heavy Armour Training, Light Armour Training, Night VisionB, Track, Weapon Training
Traits: Scent
Combat: Attack +2 (+1 base, +1 Dex), Damage +5 (dagger-axe, crit 20/+5) or +4 (claws), Defence Dodge/Parry +2/+3 (+1 base, +1 Dex/+2 Str), Initiative +1
Saving Throws: Toughness +4 (+1 Con, +3 metal lamellar), Fortitude +3 (+2 base, +1 Con), Reflex +1 (+0 base, +1 Dex), Will -1 (+0 base, -1 Wis)

Skills: A mawas has a +8 racial bonus on Climb checks and can always choose to take 10 on a Climb check, even if rushed or threatened.

The mawas warrior presented here had the following ability scores before racial adjustments: Str +1, Dex +0, Con +1, Int +0, Wis -1, Cha -1.

Mawas Background Traits: Mawas possess the following background traits.
—Ability Adjustments: +1 Strength, +1 Dexterity, +1 Intelligence
—Bonus Feats: Night Vision
—Favoured Feats: Rage, Tough
—Special: Mawas have the Scent trait. A mawas do not suffer penalties on saving throws against heat exposure when wearing armour. A mawas have a climb speed of 20 feet and a +8 racial bonus on all Climb checks. In addition, mawas have natural claw attacks that inflict +1 damage plus Strength with a successful unarmed attack.
—Level Lag: 1

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