Samsarans are a race of quasi-immortal humanoids bound simultaneously to the material world and the realm of spirits. Almost ghostlike in appearance, samsarans have dark hair, white eyes that lack both pupil and iris, and pale blue skin, beneath which flows their crystal-clear blood.

A samsaran is aware of her previous lives through incomplete memories and dreamy recollections, and she knows that she will continue to live after death through reincarnation. Samsaran philosophy teaches that each life is but one incarnation of the many it will go through in its spiritual journey toward transcendence. Samsarans give birth to human children, whom they usually give to human societies to raise in a fashion befitting a human. Upon death, some of these children reincarnate as samsarans, but only if they have lived a life in keeping with harmony. Samsarans usually reincarnate as samsarans upon death, but one who has fallen completely out of harmony in her latest life or who has lived in the most harmonious way possible instead faces a different fate, as her soul makes its way to the Great Beyond for its final punishment or reward.

In pursuit of spiritual perfection, samsarans generally live simple, ascetic lives apart from most other societies, though many choose to experience the richness of the world, and take to adventuring to deepen their understanding of life.

Samsaran Racial Traits
All samsarans are humanoids with the samsaran subtype. They have the following racial traits.
+2 Intelligence, +2 Wisdom, -2 Constitution: Samsarans are insightful and strong-minded, but their bodies are frail.
Medium: Samsarans are Medium creatures and have no bonuses or penalties due to their size.
Normal Speed: Samsarans have a base speed of 30 feet.
Low-Light Vision (Ex): Samsarans can see twice as far as humans in conditions of dim light.
Lifebound (Ex): Samsarans gain a +2 racial bonus on all saving throws made to resist death effects, Fortitude saves made to remove negative levels, and Constitution checks made to stabilize if reduced to negative hit points.
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.
Shards of the Past (Ex): A samsaran’s past lives grant her bonuses on two particular Knowledge skills. A samsaran chooses two Knowledge skills-she gains a +2 racial bonus on both of these skills, and they are treated as class skills regardless of the class she actually takes.
Languages: Samsarans begin play speaking Samsaran and Tien. Samsarans with high Intelligence scores can choose bonus languages from the following: any human tongue, Abyssal, Aquan, Auran, Celestial, Draconic, Giant, Ignan, Infernal, Nagaji, Senzar, Tengu, Terran, and Wayang.

This entire page is from “Pathfinder Player Companion: Dragon Empires Primer” by Tim Hitchcock and Colin McComb, Copyright 2011 Paizo Publishing, LLC.


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