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by Jamie Baty

Quest for the Silver Sword 16
1st level Warrior
Small Monstrous Humanoid
Hit Dice: 1d8+1 (5 hp)
Initiative: +2 (+2 Dex)
Speed: 40 ft. (8 squares)
Armour Class: 13 (+1 size, +2 Dex), touch 13, flat-footed 11
Base Attack/Grapple: +1/-3
Attack: By weapon +2 melee (by weapon)
Full Attack: By weapon +2 melee (by weapon) and bite -4 melee (1d4) or 1 bite +1 (1d4) melee and 2 claw -4 melee (1d3)
Space/Reach: 5 ft. /5 ft.
Special Attacks: ----
Special Qualities: Darkvision 60ft., scent
Saves: Fort +3, Ref +2, Will -1
Abilities: Str 11, Dex 15, Con 12, Int 10, Wis 9, Cha 6
Skills: Hide +9, Listen +2, Move Silently +5, Spot +2
Feats: Weapon Focus (By weapon)
Environment: Any underground
Organisation: Solitary, Pair, Gang (2-5 + 25% chance of 1 wererat), or Swarm (5-20+ 1 wererat)
Challenge Rating: 1/2
Treasure: Standard
Alignment: Usually chaotic evil
Advancement: by character class
Level Adjustment: +0

Ratlings are small, vile monstrous humanoids with fur and the facial features of rats. Ratlings are close to 4ft tall and weigh between 40 and 50 lbs. They can often be found in the service wererats.
The ratling warrior presented here had the following ability scores before racial adjustments: Str 13, Dex 11, Con 12, Int 10, Wis 9, Cha 8.

Ratlings prefer to ambush and swarm their foes in combat, quickly engaging in melee using a weapon as the primary attack and a bite as a secondary attack (and 1 claw as a secondary attack if offhand is free) or by using its bite and 2 claw attacks.
Ratlings usually prefer to use simple weapons, and rarely wear armour, although they possess whatever weapon and armour proficiencies granted by their character levels.

Scent (Ex): This special quality allows a ratling to detect approaching enemies, sniff out hidden foes, and track by sense of smell.

Skills: Ratlings have +2 racial bonus on Hide, Listen, Move Silently, and Spot checks.

Ratlings as Characters
Ratling characters possess the following racial traits:
- +4 Dexterity, -2 Strength, -2 Charisma.
- Small size. +1 bonus to Armour Class, +1 bonus on attack rolls, +4 bonus on Hide checks, -4 penalty on grapple checks, lifting and carrying limits 3/4 those of Medium characters.
- A ratling's base land speed is 40 feet.
- +2 racial bonus on Hide, Listen, Move Silently, and Spot checks.
- Scent Special Quality.
- Darkvision out to 60ft.
- Natural Attacks: 1 bite (1d4) and 2 claws (1d3)
- Automatic Languages: Common. Bonus Languages: Dwarven, Elven, Gnome, Goblin, Halfling, Orc.
- Favoured Class: Rogue.
- Level Adjustment: +0