Psychic ape-men hidden from society

Average Height: 4’3" – 5’3"
Average Weight: 290 – 410 lb.

Ability scores: +2 Strength, +2 Constitution or Intelligence
Size: Medium
Speed: 5 squares
Vision: Low-light

Languages: Common, Goblin
Skill Bonuses: +2 Athletics, +2 Endurance
Telepathy 10
Solid Mind: You gain a +1 racial bonus to your Will defense.
Natural Grappler: You may make a grab attack as a minor action with a +4 power bonus to grab.
Mental Retaliation: You have the mental retaliation power.

Mental Retaliation
Racial Power
You rake your enemy's mind for approaching too near
EncounterPsionic, Psychic
Immediate ReactionClose Burst 2
Trigger: An enemy moves within range
Target: One triggering enemy in burst
Attack: Constitution or Intelligence Modifyer + 2 vs. Will
Hit: 1d6 + Constitution or Intelligence modifier damage, and the target is dazed until the end of your next turn.
Augment 1: The target is dazed (save ends).
Special: When you create your character, choose Constitution or Intelligence as the ability score you use when making attack rolls with this power.

Utangs are ape-men, a unique race that dominates the deep jungles of Sahelia. Their overbearing bodies are matched with their force of mind which has allowed them to defend their beautiful crystalline cities that are hidden away inside the jungle. They are a secretive race; few have heard utangs themselves discuss their cities, and even fewer have seen them with their own eyes. Ordinarilly, utantgs would be happy to stay in their gleaming cities and keep out of business that does not concern them, but as of late they have more and more been moving out into the world. Tenacious puzzlers, they have been leaving their territory to explore the puzzle that is the outside world.

Play an utang if you want…

  • to play a race that says little and reveals less
  • to be strong of body and solid of mind
  • to be inexorably drawn to mysteries while remaining one yourself
  • to be a member of a race wthat favors the fighter, warlord, psion, and battlemind.

Physical Qualities

Utangs are comparable in body type to dwarves, in that while they are shorter than most, their stocky body makes up for the difference. They look remarkably like their cousin, the mountain gorilla. Their long, muscular arms extend down to the knees of their stunted legs, which do not afford them much speed. They walk upright at all times, eschewing the four-limbed walk of their cousins as primitive and base. Their shaggy hair ranges in color depending on which tribe they descend from. Colors range from the predominant white and black to browns and even reddish hues. Their face is hairless, and contains a short muzzle, above which sit intelligent eyes which are more often than not a shockingly blue color.

Utangs mature quickly, with adulthood being reached in their 13th year, and some reaching it as early as 10. An utang is considered venerable once they reach 40, and rare is it that one lasts past 70. As the physical strength of the body fades through old age, their mind becomes even stronger. Some utangs, it is rumored, live on after they die as beings of thought that exist in the swirling colors of their crystalline structures.

Playing an Utang

Utangs sanctify the mysteries of life, believing that the mysteries and curiosities of life are the Great Puzzle that needs to be solved. They are highly a inquisitive and curious people, who will often go to great lengths in order to answer unanswered questions. It is this drive that has propelled them out of their jungle habitat, which they believe they have all but figured out. Possibly due to this drive, they are also wildly distrustful of anyone outside of their tribe. When meeting outsiders for the first time, an utang will remain silent for a time while they attempt to study and understand the individual they are dealing with. Utangs rarely decide that any outsider is trustworthy, and instead usually decide that they understand the way in which an individual is untrustworthy, and in knowing that, can avoid their lies and deceit.

That said, once an utang decides they are close to another, close enough to consider them a tribesman, they will defend them to the death. They are extremely loyal to their tribesmen and believe that laying their life on the line for a commerade is one of the most noble persuits an utang can take up.

Utangs are cold and calculated most of the time, looking at things as large formulas and equasions that require solving, but occasionally their savage animal side takes over. When challenged in physical competition, utangs feel compelled to accept to prove their physical prowess.

Utang Characteristics: Mysterious, untrustworthy, loyal, competetive, inquisitive, calculating, proud, investigative.
Male Names: Grodd, Solovar, Nnamdi, Mallah, Okko
Female Names: Yeroen, Karan, Kanzi, Massa, Primat