Ursus

In lands deemed forsaken by most races the Ursus thrive. Deep in high mountain ranges looking over vast, dense forests, atop crags with the floes of the sea whipping below and on the edges of the world where icy winds freeze an arctic tundra is where an Ursus feels alive. It is here that an Ursus is free to live the quiet life they prefer; a typical day would incorporate gathering, hunting and tending to the natural world. Outsiders familiar with Ursus know they are a peaceful and helpful race as long as you mind your manners.
  Ursus have a reputation for showing kindness, and a willingness to be patient as wisdom will guide their hand. Because of this, Ursus are often described as nomadic healers and are actively sought for medical help. However, their gentle nature can quickly change into a seething rage when provoked. When pressed with no other alternative or in times of great danger, an Ursus becomes a rampaging beast drawing on their primal instinct.

Basic Information

Anatomy

An Ursus combines the features of a humanoid with a bear. Large in stature with thick fur hides covering a massive build, Ursus have large canine teeth, long snouts and powerful jaws. The color of their fur is dependent on the region they were born with most taking a shade of black, brown or white.

Growth Rate & Stages

An Ursus reaches adulthood at age 20. A coming of age ritual where the young Ursus will attempt to prove to their clan they are ready for adulthood. Regardless of when they reach the "age of adulthood" if they do not succeed in proving their maturity to the clan will look upon them as a child.

Ecology and Habitats

Ursus tend to gravitate towards harsh climates away from natural civilization. Many Ursus wander the world nomadically, curious about the state of the world and how they fit. Because of their travels, it is not uncommon for an Ursus to mix both his homeland traditions with the new traditions learned from differing cultures.

Dietary Needs and Habits

Masterful hunters and foragers. An Ursus tends to eat a large amount of meat cooked plainly. They do indulge a sweet tooth and have been known to travel inland buying out general stores of chocolates, honey, and candies.

Civilization and Culture

Relationship Ideals

Ursus do not mate for life or follow any forms of marriage. If a child is born, the parents will proudly remain together and raise their young until they are of age. After the child has proven to be mature, the couple will usually split and began courting other available mates in the clan.

Culture and Cultural Heritage

Ursus tend not to worship deities, though they do show respect for other beliefs. Mostly, they show reverence for traditions and taboos that are passed down from their home clan. An Ursus is more likely to build a home instead of a temple as they feel no need to worship, and a home is more practical.

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Lifespan
150 to almost 175 years. An Ursus reaches adulthood at 20.
Average Height
6ft - 8ft
Average Weight
200 pounds - 350 pounds.

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Ursus Traits

Your Ursus character has a variety of natural abilities common with your ancestry.
Ursus 5E Racial Traits

Ursus

Ability Score Increase Wisdom +2, Strength +1
Size Medium
Speed 30 ft

Bite

Your powerful bite is a natural weapon, which you can use to make an unarmed strike. When you hit, the target takes piercing damage equal to 1d6 + your Strength modifier.  

Darkvision

You have superior vision in dark and dim conditions. You can see in dim light within 60 feet of you as if it were bright light, and in darkness as if it were dim light. You can’t discern color in darkness, only shades of gray.  

Nomadic Healer

You know the spare the dying cantrip. Once you reach 3rd level, you can cast the lesser restoration spell once with this trait, and you regain the ability to do so when you finish a long rest. Wisdom is your spellcasting ability for these spells.  

Powerful Build

You count as one size larger when determining your carrying capacity and the weight you can push, drag, or lift.  

Ursus Fury

When roused to anger you are a terrifying beast. After succeeding on a melee attack roll, you may use this trait to add an extra 2d6 damage to the melee attack. Ursus fury cannot be used again until after a short rest.

Languages. Common, Giant, Sylvan



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