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Tarzan

Tarzan of the Apes, 1918 silent film, alternate publicity poster Date 1918, Tarzan
Tarzan of the Apes, 1918 silent film, alternate publicity poster Date 1918

Tarzan is a fictional character, an archetypal feral child raised in the African jungles by the Mangani great apes; he later experiences civilization only to largely reject it and return to the wild as a heroic adventurer. Created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan first appeared in the novel Tarzan of the Apes (magazine publication 1912, book publication 1914), and subsequently in twenty-five sequels, three authorized books by other authors, and innumerable works in other media, both authorized and unauthorized.

Originally Posted by Kain Darkwind of the Dicefreaks d20 Community.

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Tarzan has competence bonuses applied to various skills rather than magic items, as his story suggests a level of skill far beyond human norm. And uh…….no magic items.

Poster for The Adventures of Tarzan (1921). The wild animal serial supreme starring Elmo Lincoln in 15 electrifying episodes. Produced by Great Western Producing Co. for Weiss Brothers' Numa Pictures Corp. Picturized from the concluding chapters of The Return of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Photolithograph.
Poster for The Adventures of Tarzan (1921). The wild animal serial supreme starring Elmo Lincoln in 15 electrifying episodes. Produced by Great Western Producing Co. for Weiss Brothers’ Numa Pictures Corp. Picturized from the concluding chapters of The Return of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Photolithograph.
Tarzan (John Clayton, Lord Greystoke)
Medium humanoid (Human)
Hit Dice15d10 + 90 (240 hp)
Initiative+8
Speed45 ft.
Armor Class25 (+11 defense, +4 Dexterity), touch 25, flat-footed 21
Base Attack/Grapple+15/+26
AttackSpear +23 melee (1d10 + 10 /x3) or bow +20 ranged (1d8 + 5 /x3) or fist +22 melee (1d4 + 7 nonlethal) or lasso +20 ranged touch (special)
Full AttackSpear +23/+18/+13 melee (1d10 + 10 /x3) or bow +20/+15/+10 ranged (1d8 + 5 /x3)
Space/Reach5 ft./5 ft.
Special
Attacks
Favored enemies (animals +8, humans +6), lasso
Special
Qualities
Animal Empathy (+20), improved uncanny dodge, scent, savage
SavesFort +14, Ref +13, Will +9
AbilitiesStrength 24, Dexterity 19, Constitution 21, Intelligence 16, Wisdom 18, Charisma 17
SkillsBalance +31, Craft (wooden weapons) +8, Climb +32, Diplomacy +7, Escape Artist +11 (+13 ropes), Handle Animal +21, Heal +5, Hide +10, Intimidate +8, Jump +32, Knowledge (nature) +20, Listen
+24, Move Silently +25, Ride +10, Sense Motive +9, Spot +24, Survival +30 (+32 above ground), Swim +12, Tumble +13, Rope Use+9 (+11 bindings)
FeatsAcrobaticAgile, AlertnessAthletic, BrachiationCombat Expertise, EnduranceImproved Bull Rush, Improved Grapple, Improved InitiativeImproved Toughness, Improved Trip, Power Attack, Skill Focus (Survival), Track
EnvironmentAfrica
OrganizationSolitary (unique)
Challenge Rating12
TreasurePossessions
AlignmentChaotic Good

Lasso: As an attack actions requiring a successful ranged touch attack, Tarzan can loop his grass rope around the neck or legs of a Large sized or smaller creature. A creature caught around the neck begins to choke, suffering 1d6 points of nonlethal damage per round. This is otherwise identical to slow suffocation. A creature caught around the legs cannot move and falls prone. In either case, an Escape Artist opposed check against Tarzan’s Rope Use check allows the victim to free itself. An opposed Strength check can disarm Tarzan of the rope. The rope has 0 hardness and 4 hit points and is immune to bludgeoning damage. A choking creature has a 20% chance of striking themselves while attacking the rope.

Savage: Tarzan treats unarmed strikes as natural weapons, although they still deal nonlethal damage.

Possessions: Tarzan carries a knife, spear, grass rope, bow and quiver of 20 arrows. These are sometimes of masterwork quality.

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