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by Steven B. Wilson

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The Land of the Sandfolk

New PC Race, Ungolwaith

This is a continuation of my last post. Ungolwaith is the name the elves of Wendar gave to the sand folk.

Climate/Terrain: Dry deserts/badlands - specifically the Adri Varma Plateau
Frequency: Rare
Organisation: Tribal
Activity Cycle: Any
Diet: Minerals
Intelligence: Average (8-10)
Alignment: Any Lawful
No. Appearing: 2-12 (10-60 member in a tribe)
Armour Class: 3-7 (see below)
Movement: 12
Hit Dice: 1-9
Thac0: 19
No. of Attacks: Up to four (but usually 2)
Damage/Attack: By weapon (+2 due to their great strength)
Special Attacks: None
Special Defences: See below
Magic Resistance: None
Size: M (6' average)
Morale: Elite (13-14)
XP Value: 275

Ungolwaith (sand folk) are a silicon-based, humanoid species. In their youth, their thick, leathery skin is smooth and green, but it darkens to slate grey (or even black) with age. As they age, glandular secretions cause their hides to gradually become encrusted with hard silicon crystals. Young Ungolwaith have an AC of 7. Middle-aged Ungolwaith have ACs of 5 or 6. Elders most often have an AC of 4, and truly ancient Ungolwaith may have an AC of 3. When full grown, they average six feet tall. All have four arms (two sets, one above the other on the torso), and have no hair or an external nose. Each hand and foot has four digits - two "fingers" and two "thumbs."

Combat: Ungolwaith are extremely strong, and inflict extra 2 points of damage with any weapon they use. During melee, each Ungolwaith usually attacks twice, once with his upper arms and once with his lower arms. Commonly, Ungolwaith carry large bastard swords. The war chief carries a ceremonial glaive, though he may use other weapons in actual combat. Ungolwaith have a special affinity for the desert. They can't be surprised in desert country, and they cunning ambushes can be detected only by magical means.

Habitat/Society: All Ungolwaith, regardless of current sex, are warriors and are governed by a strict code of tribal honour that places a premium on martial combat. For more information, see my previous post.

Ecology: The biology of the Ungolwaith is by far the strangest yet seen. All are alternately male or female, with the onset of extreme summer heat triggering a change of sex. This change occurs in all Ungolwaith except for pregnant females.

Being a silicon-based lifeform, the Ungolwaith ingest a type of gruel made of sand and other minerals. This gruel is poisonous to almost all carbon-based life-forms.

The average lifespan for an Ungolwaith is about 250 years, after which the body quickly decomposes (a matter of minutes) into its base materials.