The World of Tel-Avi
The Librarians are an ancient race, their civilization was old when the other races were born, having survived the catastrophes that periodically cleanse the world. The Librarians (known in the east as Yuan-Ti) catalogue and breed literature. They believe that careful control of cross-species breeding can and will one day unveil a Great Glistening Book containing all the secrets of creation. Each Librarian is himself a visionary religious work attesting to the perfection of one or other path to the Great All-Serpent.
Physical Description: Librarians are generally humanoid in shape, with bright scaly skin, a long sinuous tail, and a fanged serpent’s head. They are slightly taller and bulkier than humans. Librarian skin is covered in fine scales, typically with complex patterns of red, yellow, black, or brown, though a few solid green or black scaled individuals exist. Librarians don’t like to wear too much clothing and prefer breastplates and greaves to full suits of armor. Like the snakes that they take after, librarians give birth to live young.
Language: Librarians speak Parseltongue, punctuating their speech with scents that indicate their emotions. Their voices are pitched too high for humanoids to hear, but those who can detect the scents and understand their meaning can gain a general understanding of a given saurial’s mood. The emotions corresponding to the stronger scent cues are given on the following table.
Dragons and fey (including Gnomes) can hear the Librarians perfectly (although fey don’t necessarily understand Parseltongue), and they generally understand the scent cues whether or not they can follow the vocal content of the message. The Librarians can understand other creatures that speak Parseltongue, although their speech tends to seem dull and tired without the proper scent cues. Librarians can learn to speak languages (including Parseltongue) normally with study, although few bother to do so. Because of the difficulty of speaking the “deep tongues,” librarians can understand the bonus languages they select but cannot actually speak them unless they devote skill points to learning them.
|Ham||Nervousness or worry|
|Lemons||Pleasure or joy|
|Violets||Danger or fear|
|Wood smoke||Devotion or piety|
The Librarians are the premier scholars and keepers of knowledge in the world, breeding and maintaining vast libraries of serpentine books. All Librarians are immediately literate in Parseltongue.
Society & Relations: Librarians are largely solitary cretaures, although small bands occasionally gather in an isolated city-state, manors, or Library quarters in larger cities. Most Librarians are so caught up in their own studies that they will only congregate with others of their kind in order to exchange information or breed.
The Librarians are largely accepted by the other races of the world, due largely to their scholarly abilities. They are often found living among humans, elves, dwarves, and goblins, breeding records of the other races’ histories and serving as information brokers. They get along remarkably well with gnomes, as the fey creatures can hear and understand them, and the fact that the Librarians are themselves immune to the “gnome plague”.
Alignment and Religion: Despite widely held conceptions stemming from most mammals fear of snakes, most Librarians are not evil. For Librarians, the search for knowledge is more important than how that knowledge is obtained, and they tend towards neutral alignment. Librarians may be temperamental but they rarely hold long grudges, as this is perceived as a wasteful use of energy.
The Librarians have little use for the organized religions of other races. Instead all Librarians belong to the faith of the Great All-Serpent. Each Librarian is himself a visionary religious work attesting to the perfection of one or other path to the Great All-Serpent. Aside from a shared obsession with gathering and recording information, each Librarian pursues this faith as he sees fit.
Adventurers: Librarians take up adventuring almost exclusively in the pursuit of knowledge. Given their penchant for scholarly research and the breeding of works of literature, such adventurers are exceedingly rare. Most Librarians encountered beyond their personal libraries are on quests to obtain a rare work or unique species to add to their collection.
Names: Librarian names are typically a combination of scents, and thus do not translate well into humanoid speech. Most Librarians that spend time among humanoids will adopt a simpler form of their name and use that in both scent and spoken form. Alternatively, for unknown reasons, many Librarians take the names Dewey or Loc when dealing with humans.
- Sample Names: Buttercup, Cinnamon, Burnt-rubber, Clean Linen, Strawberry, Mildew
- Type: Monstrous Humanoid (reptilian)
- +2 Constitution, +2 Intelligence, -2 Charisma: Librarians are hardy and very intelligent, but tend to have limited social interactions.
- Medium: Librarians are medium and gain no modifiers based on size.
- Normal Speed: Librarians have a base speed of 30 feet.
- Darkvision: Librarians have darkvision to a range of 60 feet.
- Natural Armor: Librarians gain a +2 natural armor bonus due to their tough, scaly hides.
- Magical Linguist: Because of their natural skill with the written word, Librarians gain a +1 bonus to the DC of spells they cast with the language-dependent descriptor or those that create glyphs, symbols, or other magical writings. They also gain a +2 racial saving throw bonus against such spells. If a librarian has a Charisma of 11 or higher, they also gain the following spell-like abilities: 1/day—arcane mark, comprehend languages, message, read magic. The caster level for these effects is equal to the user’s character level.
- Hold Breath: A librarian can hold its breath for a number of rounds equal to 4 times its Constitution score before it risks drowning.
- Natural Weapons: Librarians gain a natural bite attack, dealing 1d4 damage. The bite is a primary attack, or a secondary attack if the Librarian is wielding manufactured weapons.
- Serpent Empathy: Librarians gain a +4 bonus on Diplomacy, Handle Animal, or Wild Empathy checks made to influence snakes or snake-like creatures.
- Languages: Librarians begin speaking and reading Parseltongue. Librarians with high intelligence scores may choose to understand (but not speak) any language as a bonus language.
Random Height and Weight:
- Height: 60 inches + 2d12 inches
- Weight: 130 lbs + 2d12*7 lbs
Favored Class Alternatives
Instead of receiving an additional skill rank or hit point whenever they gain a level in a Favored Class, librarians have the option of choosing from a number of other bonuses, depending upon their Favored Class. The following options are available to all librarians who have the listed Favored Class, and unless otherwise stated, the bonus applies each time you select the listed Favored Class reward.
- Alchemist: Add one extract formulae from the alchemist’s list to the character’s formulae book. This formulae must be at least one level below the highest formulae level the alchemist can create.
- Cavalier: Add +1/2 bonus on Linguistics checks and Knowledge checks involving a book, tome, scroll, or other form of written knowledge.
- Druid: Add a +1/2 bonus on Diplomacy, Handle Animal, and Wild Empathy checks to change a snake or snake-like creature’s attitude.
- Fighter: Add +1 to the Librarian’s CMD when resisting a grapple or trip.
- Gourmand: Add +1/3 to the damage dealt by the Gourmand’s bite attack.
- Magus: Add one spell from the magus spell list to the magus’s spellbook. This spell must be at least one level below the highest spell level he can cast.
- Wizard: Add one spell from the wizard spell list to the wizard’s spellbook. This spell must be at least one level below the highest spell level he can cast.