Ice Elf

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When ancient elves split up to go their separate ways, two groups left for two extreme environments. One of these groups settled in the always frozen northern mountains. These elves evolved and adapted to this winter wasteland and became know as the Ice Elves.

Ice Elf Racial Traits

Ice elves are defined by their class levels and level adjustment—they do not possess racial Hit Dice. All ice elves have the following racial traits.

+2 Strength, +2 Dexterity, +4 Constitution, +2 Wisdom, -4 Intelligence, -4 Charisma: Ice Elves are hardy, nimble and perceptive but lack good reasoning and are not very personable.

Cold Subtype: Ice Elves have the cold subtype but do not gain cold immunity.

Damage Reduction: Ice elves gain damage reduction 10/fire

Medium: Ice Elves are Medium creatures, and have no bonuses or penalties due to their size.

Normal Speed: Ice Elves have a base speed of 30 feet or 40 feet in snow.

Natural Full Plate Armor: As an ice elf grows up in their frozen home they develop a thick, hardened layer of outer skin and ice that separates from their body once they reach adulthood. At that time the outer layer of skin is removed from their body and is modified into armor. this armor provides a +4 AC bonus, no max Dex limit, +5 defection bonus, an armor check penalty of -3, no arcane spell failure, no max speed limit and the armor can be enchanted like any normal armor.
The skin on the head also separates and is modified into a helm that has a normal vision setting, a 120ft darkvision setting and a 30ft thermovision setting. Only one setting can be on at a time.

Low-light Vision: Ice elves have low-light vision.

Ice Elf Immunities: Night Elves are immune to magic sleep effects and get a +2 racial bonus to saves against enchantment spells.

Cold Absorption: Due to the nature of their homeland and of how they evolved ice are are not immune to cold but heal from cold energy. Anytime an ice elf would take cold damage instead they heal from it. But because of this they take three time the normal damage from fire sources.

Born Hunter: Night Elves receive a +2 racial bonus on Perception, Stealth and Survival checks.

Winter Walk: Ice Elves speed is never hampered by ice or snow, never leave tracks in ice or snow (unless they choose not to), never lose their balance or slip on ice or snow. Ice elves walk on top of snow (unless they choose not to). Ice elves move at a base speed of 40 in snow instead of 30.

Cold Magic Affinity: Due to their cold nature any spell with the cold descriptor deal +1 damage per level and are considered 1 level lower for being able to learn or use (min. level 1). But spells with the fire descriptor get -2 to beat spell resistance, -2 to DCs and are considered 1 level higher for being able to learn or use (max level 9).

Weapon Familiarity: Night Elves are proficient with the all types of bows.

Craft: Ice Steel: All ice elves are taught how to make ice steel. ice steel is a unique material invented by the ice elves that have all the same properties as normal steel except doesn’t melt even in high temperatures (melts at the same temperature as normal steel) adds deals +1d6 nonmagical cold damage to anything that touches it. the cost for armor or weapons made of ice steel is the double price of the item plus masterwork. examples an ice steel breastplate and an ice steel greatsword cost 700 gp each. other metal items cost is double the price of the item plus 50 gp

Languages: Ice Elves begin play speaking Elven and Ice Elven. Ice Elves with high Intelligence can choose bonus languages from the following: Aquan, Common, Draconic, Dwarven.

Level Adjustment: +3

Ranger Class Affinity: If an ice chooses to take ranger levels their level adjustment is counted as levels a ranger. Example an ice elf with 3 levels of ranger actually has 6 levels of ranger instead including hit die and skills.

Author's Note: This is one of my custom races for my worlds.

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