The Distant Shores Of Home

The Yahwli

Yahwli
LG Large humanoid (yahwli)
Init –1; Senses tremorsense 30ft., low-light vision; Perception +5

DEFENSE
AC 13, touch 9, flat-footed 13 (2 armor, +1 Dex, +2 natural, –1 size)
hp 30 (4d8
12)
Fort +6, Ref +0, Will +3

OFFENSE
Speed 40 ft.
Melee greatclub 7 (2d87)
Ranged javelin 1 (1d85)
Space 10 ft.; Reach 10 ft.

STATISTICS
Str 21, Dex 13, Con 18, Int 12, Wis 16, Cha 10
Base Atk +3; CMB +9; CMD 18
Feats Iron Will, Toughness
Skills Climb +7, Perception +5, Survival +5
Languages Common, Draconic, Aklo, Giant

ECOLOGY
Environment: any cold
Organization solitary, pair, hunt (3–4), or family (5–16)
Treasure standard (hide armor, greatclub, 4 javelins, other treasure)

The Yahwli are one of two races (along with The Clend) who are native to Heart's Home. They are the only race that has cultural memory of the entire recorded history of their world, and they guard its secrets with a taciturn zeal unknown to other races. In fact, the Yahwli claim that while they have always been a minority population on this world, they have an unbroken lineage dating back to before the first age, and that they were once one of several races on Heart's Home, a fact that Boskalan global surveys seem to corroborate. 

Yahwli are somewhat ogre-like in appearance, being on average 12 feet tall and covered in thick layers of body fat and durable muscle. There the similarity ends, though, as the Yahwli are comely in an exotic way. They have smooth, obsidian skin and large glittering eyes protected by dual eyelids. Their hair is thick and almost always black or deep brown, and while they are always very rotund they move with surprising grace. The vast majority of these indigenous people live north of the frost line and are invaluable as guides for anyone seeking to travel through that frigidly inhospitable wasteland. 

The Yahwli are deeply devoted to the Dragon Queens and have even named Heart's Homes twin suns after them. They feel that Minathiel and Nurianna "saved them from themselves and their neighbors", and that Heart's Home would have been an uninhabitable ruin if they hadn't come along and helped when they did. This feeling of trust and respect must be at least somewhat reciprocated, as it is known that over six centuries ago the Dragon Queens entrusted the Yahwli to guard nine great secrets of Heart's Home, and that trust has never been broken.

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