World of Warcraft: Recurring Nightmares
Description: The tauren people strive to live honorable, dignified lives filled with respect for nature and the Earth Mother. Although strong and capable warriors when roused in battle, most tauren reserve combat for when all other options are exhausted, They prefer a course of wise discussion and careful rumination before embarking on any great endeavor.
Appearance: Tauren are large, muscular humanoids with bull-like heads. Males average 7 1/2 feet tall and 400 pounds, while females are usually a bit shorter and lighter. Tauren are mostly muscle, having incredibly developed physiques and brawny frames most suitable for combat. Soft, downy fur (usually quite short) covers the tauren body, with manes growing along head and neck, the lengths of the arms, and the shins. Tauren men and women almost always wear their hair long, and the males prefer braids to any other style. Horns are most prominent on males, although all tauren have horns.Coloration can range from solid black to blond and even to white, or mottled pelts with a range of spots and different colors. They have three fingers on each hand.
Tauren wear natural clothing — leather or hide, and some cloth. They prize jewelry, designing fine trinkets of ivory, bone and amber. From these materials they make bracelets or necklaces, and sometimes adorn their horns or locks with such beautiful displays of artistry.
Faith: For the tauren, nature is the mother of the world, and their faith holds a deep and resonant tone within their hearts. Tauren are connected to the ebb and flow of the world. They revere the spirits of the land and of their ancestors, and they turn to these spirits for wisdom and guidance. This connection manifests in their deeply animistic culture, where druids and shamans stand side by side with warriors and hunters. Tauren do not see a separation between the veneration of nature and the hunt; to hunt is to honor the spirits of nature.
Names: The language of the tauren is often harsh and low sounding, which is reflected in the names of their children. Tauren have several names; they receive a name at birth, which given the nature of taur-ahe is often harsh and low sounding, and another during a ceremony to celebrate reaching adulthood. This adult name describes some event in their lives or some notable individual characteristic. A tauren may also acquire a third name that he uses when dealing with outsiders.
- Male Names: Azok, Bron, Turok, Garaddon, Hruon, Jeddek.
- Female Names: Argo, Serga, Beruna, Halfa.
- Last Names: Halfhorn, Thunderhoof, Stormchaser, Blackhide, Stonebreaker, Plainstalker, Spiritwalker.
+4 Strength, +2 Wisdom, -2 Dexterity: Tauren are incredibly powerful and in harmony with nature, but they lack grace.
Large: Tauran are Large creatures and take a –1 size penalty to their AC, a –1 size penalty on attack rolls, a ’+1 size bonus to their Combat Maneuver Bonus and Combat Maneuver Defence, and a –4 size penalty on Stealth checks.
Normal Speed: Tauren have a base speed of 30 feet.
Bullrush (Ex): Tauren receive one gore attack. This is a primary natural attack that deals 1d8 damage. Additionally, if a tauren charges this gore attack deals 2d8 damage plus 1-½ times its Strength bonus.
Endurance (Ex): Whenever a tauren gains a Hit Dice, they use the next largest one. For example, a tauren who takes a level in fighter rolls 1d12 for hit points. A tauren who would roll 1d12 for hit points (such as when taking a level in barbarian) instead rolls 1d12+2.
Totem Specialisation: Tauren treat tauren totems as martial weapons rather than exotic weapons.
Walk with the Earth Mother: Tauren gain a +1 racial bonus on Handle Animal, Profession (herbalist), and Survival checks.
Languages: Tauren begin play speaking Orcish and Taur-ahe. Furthermore, tauren with high Intelligence scores can learn Common, Darnassian, Goblin, Taur-ahe, Thalassian, and Zandali.
Favoured Classes: Alchemist, Barbarian, Bard, Cavalier, Cleric, Druid, Fighter, Monk, Oracle, Paladin, Ranger.