Pathfinder: To Live, To Die, To Live Again
We finished up Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Samsarans last week and released it to subscribers already. If you have not yet heard of the samsaran race, let me introduce you.
Samsarans are a human-like race that reincarnates into new life after death. This means that this life your character is experiencing is not his or her first life, and most likely won’t be the last. Samsarans remember their past lives like dream or by experiencing deja vu. This gives the samsaran a chance to right the wrongs committed in a previous life, or to reclaim the fortunes hidden by previous incarnations with no need for a map or divination spells. Samsarans are porcelain white in appearance with a hint of blue in their skin. The iris’s of their eyes are a washed-out white color.
Samsarans are born to human parents, and have exceptionally long lives. They typically begin adventuring around age 60, around the time that their human parents die of old age and everyone they grew up with has turned old and grey. Meanwhile, the samsarans are still youthful in appearance. As a result, samsarans begins adventuring after living what humans consider to be a full life. Samsarans typically worked for years in a profession and now that nothing is holding to the the place of their birth, want to go out and see whatever the world has to offer, and to see the places in their dreams.
The race originally appeared in Paizo’s Dragon Empire Primer, but with little detail. Since then the race has appeared in other official book with only a few paragraphs or a page of new accompanying material. We decided to take this race on and give it some serious detail. We hope that you enjoy our work as much as we do.
Samsaran Racial Traits
Samsarans have the following racial traits.
+2 Intelligence, +2 Wisdom, –2 Constitution: Samsarans are insightful and strong-minded, but their bodies tend to be frail.
Humanoid: Samsarans are humanoids with the samsaran subtype.
Medium: Samsarans are Medium creatures and have no bonuses or penalties due to their size.
Base Speed: Samsarans have a base speed of 30 feet.
Lifebound (Ex): Samsarans gain a +2 racial bonus on all saving throws made to resist death effects, saving throws against negative energy effects, Fortitude saves made to remove negative levels, and Constitution checks made to stabilize if reduced to negative hit points.
Shards of the Past (Ex): A samsaran’s past lives grant her bonuses on two particular skills. A samsaran chooses two skills—she gains a +2 racial bonus on both of these skills, and they are treated as class skills regardless of what class she actually takes.
Low-Light Vision: Samsarans can see twice as far as humans in conditions of dim light.
Samsaran Magic (Sp): Samsarans with a Charisma score of 11 or higher gain the following spell-like abilities: 1/day—comprehend languages, deathwatch, and stabilize. The caster level for these effects is equal to the samsaran’s level.
Languages: Samsarans begin play speaking Common and Samsaran. Samsarans with high Intelligence scores can choose from the following: any human language, Abyssal, Aquan, Auran, Celestial, Draconic, Giant, Ignan, Infernal, Nagaji, Tengu, and Terran.
Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Samsarans is part of the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium. Order and download the Book of Heroic Races: Advanced Compendium now at the JBE Shop, DriveThruRPG, d20PFSRD, and Paizo.com.