Monday, April 18, 2016

White Star: The Gornak

Well I missed Swords & Wizardry Appreciation Day, had to write a darn paper.  Oh well such is life. Anyway I wanted to make some sort of contribution to the S&W Community, in particular White Star.  I think White Star is loads of fun, and so easy to work with and create stuff for.
I recently watched an episode of Face off which had a cool looking cyclops race that I thought I would stat up for White Star, so without further ado I present the Gornak!

The Gornak are a primitive race of reptilian humanoids.  Their homeworld is a dry desolate world in the Malice system. The Gornak are a savage race resorting to violence to resolve most issues that they encounter. Some xenobiologists have speculated that the Gornak were genetically engineered to be a warrior race, their home system, is dotted with ancient ruins dating back thousands of years, and seem to have been built using methods beyond the abilities of the Gornak. In spite of their regenerative abilities the Gornak's numbers have been kept in check for most of their existence; due in part to the poor natural resources of their homeworld, but mostly due to their tendency to go to war with rival Gornak clans over the slightest of insults.  However, their race has recently been starting to "integrate" with galactic society, they are starting to show up in certain unscrupulous circles as hired muscle and bodyguards for crime lords and other types that don't mind if the Gornak gets a little "carried away" when busting heads. 

Weapons/Armor Restrictions: Primitive Weapons only! (Primitive weapons only: clubs, daggers, crossbows, bows, spears, staffs, and swords). Gornak just don't seem to grasp the concepts needed to utilize modern weaponry. They may wear light or medium armor and may use shields (their thick scaly hide keeps them from wearing heavier armors).
Saving Throws: +2 to save versus death and poison (only the strong survive, and what little flora and fauna exist on their planet is often poisonous).
Senses: Gornak have only one eye, which is centrally located on their forehead, this causes them to be at -1 to any checks related to vision.
Scales: Gornak have thick reptilian scales which provide them with a natural +2 bonus to AC
Battlerage: (1 in 6 chance per round to enter rage) +2 To-Hit and damage but can only use melee weapons. Gornak are known to go into a berserk battle frenzy when in combat.
Wasteland Warriors: Gornak are comfortable in desert and wasteland environments and receive a +1 to all rolls when in this environment.
Crude & Ugly: Gornak are a foul tempered, violent and crude race, other races tend to be uncomfortable around them, -1 to their rolled Charisma scores (minimum 3)
Strong!: Might makes right in Gornak society, and all Gornak receive a +1 to rolled Strength scores (maximum 18).
It'll Grow Back!: Gornak have a regenerative ability. They regenerate damage at a rate of 1 Hit Point per round.  They often don't grasp that other races seem to lack this ability, and even "friendly" rough housing with a Gornak can get out of hand. 

Gornak Level Advancement
Level 1 Experience: 0          HD: 1 BHB: +0  ST: 14
Level 2 Experience: 2,000  HD: 2  BHB: +1  ST: 13
Level 3 Experience: 4,000  HD:  3 BHB: +2  ST: 12
Level 4 Experience: 8,000 HD: 4  BHB:  +2  ST: 11
Level 5 Experience: 16,000 HD: 5 BHB: +3 ST: 10
Level 6 Experience 32,000  HD: 6  BHB: +4  ST: 9
Level 7 Experience 64,000 HD: 7  BHB: +4 ST: 8

I used the EXCELLENT! Hyperspace Messenger #3 : Aliens resource to generate this alien race.  If you play White Star you really need to own this product!!!
Based upon a character from the show Faceoff, no copyright infringement is intended.