Tengus are a race of wingless avian humanoids with humanoid hands, clawed feet, and a beak that resembles that of a crow or raven. Matching the colors of these birds, most tengus’ feathers are jet black; however, a few possess brown or blue-black coloration instead.

Ranging throughout almost all of the Dragon Empires, tengus have long suffered the scorn and abuse of the ruling humans, treated as a lesser race and relegated to the underclass. The recent fall of Lung Wa has allowed tengus to break free from the tyranny of other races, and the tengu nation of Kwanlai is testament to this achievement. Nonetheless, centuries of poverty and strife have made many tengus covetous of the wealth of other races, and tengus’ reputation for thievery, deceit, and secrecy often precedes them wherever they go. While some tengus seek to dismantle such unfair stereotypes, others fit the bill by choice, thinking they may as well commit the crimes they are already so often accused of.

Tengus possess a rich culture that that combines aspects from the numerous societies their people have been a part of, though they are loath to share the more unique parts of their own culture with outsiders, as they are largely distrustful and scornful of others.

Tengu Racial Traits
All tengus are humanoids with the tengu subtype. They have the following traits.
+2 Dexterity, +2 Wisdom, -2 Constitution: Tengus are fast and observant, but relatively fragile and delicate.
Medium: Tengus are Medium creatures and have no bonuses or penalties due to size.
Normal Speed: Tengus have a base speed of 30 feet.
Low-Light Vision: Tengus can see twice as far as humans in conditions of dim light.
Sneaky (Ex): Tengus gain a +2 racial bonus on Perception and Stealth.
Gifted Linguist (Ex): Tengus gain a +4 racial bonus on Linguistics checks, and learn two languages each time they gain a rank in Linguistics instead of just a single language.
Swordtrained (Ex): Tengus are trained from birth in swordplay, and as a result are automatically proficient with swordlike weapons.
Natural Weapon (Ex): Tengus possess a bite attack that deals 1d3 points of damage on a hit. This is a primary attack, or a secondary attack if the tengu wields a manufactured weapon.
Languages: Tengus begin play speaking Tengu and Tien, Tengus with high Intelligence scores can choose any language as a bonus language [other than specifically forbidden languages such as druidic].

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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