Noble Bear

Symbols of strength and healing to many humanoid cultures, bears enjoy a position of both respect and menace in the noble animal community. Everyone is glad of a bear healer showing up to lend assistance, and at the same time terrified that they might do something to offend such a great beast.
Noble bears of either variety are usually content to leave well enough alone, but they are fiercely protective of any creature they consider to be their responsibility, whether that creature is their young or a guest in their territory. While the smaller black bear will often need to contend with other large predators, or even packs of wolves, the brown bear is almost always the undisputed master of his domain.
Despite their obvious strength and the influence they wield over other animals, both noble and natural, most bears will tend towards a humble outlook. This is one of the reasons they are regarded so highly. Black bears have a somewhat adversarial relationship with wolves, cougars, and other predatory species. Brown bears fear no beast or man; an entire pack of wolves would usually be necessary to threaten even a natural brown bear, let alone a noble one. Smaller woodland creatures will approach bears for assistance, but carefully. Noble Bear Common Species Traits
• +2 Dexterity, +2 Constitution.
• Small.
Size Threshold: 2nd and 5th Hit Dice.
Base Speed: 30 feet.
Natural Weapons: 2 claws (1d3), and 1 bite (1d4).
Low-light Vision (Ex).
Scent (Ex).
• +4 racial bonus to Swim checks.
• Mammal.
Automatic Languages: High Fauna and Ursine. Bonus Languages: Bat, Camel, Canine, Common, Crocodilian, Elephant, Equine, Feline, Herdspeak, Hyena, Lizard, Monitor, Raptor, Rodent, Serpent, Simian, Songbird, and Woodland.
Level Adjustment: +2.

Sub-Species: Noble Black Bear

Size: Black bears do not grow larger than size Medium.
Natural Talent Track: Endurance, Run.
Favored Class: Cleric.
Social Group: None.
• In all other ways, the black bear shares the same species traits and progression listed for bear, except that they can never advance in the bear class beyond 3rd level.

Sub-Species: Noble Brown Bear

Natural Talent Track: Endurance, Run, Track.
Favored Class: Druid.
Social Group: None.
• In all other ways, the brown bear shares the same species traits and progression listed for bears.

Noble Bear Character Class

Hit Die: d8.
Class Skills Climb (Str), Intimidate (Cha), Jump (Str), Listen (Wis), Spot (Wis), Survival (Wis), Swim (Str).
Skill Points at 1st Level: (2 + Int modifier) x 4.
Skill Points at Each Additional Level: 2 + Int modifier.

Class Features

Natural Armor: At 1st level you gain a Natural Armor bonus of +1. This bonus increases to +2 at 4th level, and +3 at 6th.
Speed Increase: At 2nd level your Base Speed increases by +10.
Improved Grab (Ex): At 3rd level, a bear gains Improved Grab. To use this ability, the bear must hit with its bite attack. It can then attempt to start a grapple as a free action without provoking an attack of opportunity.

Noble Bear Character Class Table

Level Base Atk Fort Sv Ref Sv Will Sv Special
1st +0 +2 +2 +0 +1 Natural Armor
2nd +1 +3 +3 +0 +10 Base speed
3rd +2 +3 +3 +1 Improved Grab
4th +3 +4 +4 +1 +2 Natural Armor
5th +3 +4 +4 +1
6th +4 +5 +5 +2 +3 Natural Armor