The Oski are savage, white-haired ursine giant humanoids. They are diurnal and omnivorous. Females are slightly smaller than males on average. Females tend to be between 8’ to 12’ tall while males tend toward 10’ to 14’ tall. They weight between 500 and 2,000 pounds.
Reproduction is fairly typical for mammals. Female Oski are fertile year-round, bearing one or two cubs at a time. Their gestation rate is nearly a year, however.
While the Oksi were created in the Second Age by Selavane, they remained isolated from the rest of the world until they were driven out of their home by the Ymir in the Third Age. Today, they live in isolated communities throughout Varsad and sometimes Oski adventurers and mercenaries can be found elsewhere looking for work.
Oski have a warrior driven culture. Men and women are expected to fight to defend their homes and families. While many would swear unflinching loyalty to a powerful warleader, and would fight to the death for honor, they also value beauty and the arts with poetry being the most noble pursuit in their culture.
Oski enjoy the simplicity and elegance of organic, natural forms and it is reflected in their architecture. They would prefer to built their settlements up, rather than out to preserve the natural beauty around. Likewise, they refuse to build walls around their settlements, as they see it as cowardly and cutting oneself off from nature. The Oski themselves are better than walls, they say.
Oski favor fine cuisine, in particular raw fish. Ancient Oski would indulge by fishing for salmon who swam upriver, whereas today Oski have turned sushi and sashimi into an art form. The Oski are known for fermenting different fruits and trade in many different varieties of alcohol.
OSKI (14 RP)
+4 Str, +2 Wis, -4 Dex (0 RP): Oski are as powerful and contemplative, but their lumbering size and clawed hands make them clumsy.
Type (0 RP): Oski are humanoids with the Giant subtype.
Large Size (7 RP): Oski take a –1 size penalty to their AC, a –1 size penalty on attack rolls, a +1 bonus on combat maneuver checks and to their CMD, and a –4 size penalty on Stealth checks. A Large creature takes up a space that is 10 feet by 10 feet and has a reach of 5 feet.
Normal Speed (0 RP): Oski have a land speed of 30 feet.
Languages (0 RP): Oski speak Oskaia.
- Bite (4 RP): Oski have a sharp teeth which grant them a primary natural bite attack dealing 2d6 Piercing damage.
- Claws (2 RP): Oski have unretractable, but powerful claws which allow them to make two primary natural attack dealing 1d6 Bashing and Slashing damage.
- Heightened Sense of Smell (1 RP): Oski have a natural ability to sniff out carrion. This functions like the scent ability, but only for corpses and badly wounded creatures (creatures with 25% or fewer hit points).