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Triaxians

Source People of the Stars pg. 12 (Amazon), Pathfinder #70: The Frozen Stars pg. 86 (Amazon)
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Triaxians, the race of humanoids native to Triaxus, have developed an amazing physiological adaptation to their planet’s centuries-long seasons. The average Triaxian lives for only 80 years, so entire generations experience nothing but endless summer or winter throughout their lifetimes. Those born in the lush, verdant summer season, called Summerborn, typically have dark skin, little body hair, and wide, expressive eyes. Winterborn, on the other hand, come into being on a world dominated by the snows of an endless winter, and sport fine, white fur coats and narrow eyes that help protect them from frigid temperatures and snow blindness.

In the relatively short period between summer and winter, the birth of Transitional Triaxians heralds the arrival of either spring or autumn, and is a cause for celebration of impending easy living or a sign of hard times to come, respectively. No more than a single generation of such children are born for each transition in each orbital year. Transitional Triaxians are bereft of any of the environmentally adaptive benefits of their kin. Curiously, Triaxians born on other worlds exhibit Summerborn, Winterborn, or Transitional traits that follow the same pattern as their home world, indicating that their physiological adaptations to the Triaxian environment function according to an internal biological clock rather than in response to external stimuli.

Triaxian culture also transforms with the seasons. Winterborn place a strong value on commitment, honor, and the honesty. Friendship is not readily granted, but neither is it lightly forsaken. Summerborn are nomadic, free-spirited people who are quick to accept outsiders and just as quick to break with clan or tradition. Summerborn and Winterborn rarely meet under normal circumstances, so for the most part they must understand each other through history.

Triaxian Racial Traits

Triaxians don’t possess racial Hit Dice, gaining their capabilities instead from class levels. All Triaxians have the following racial traits.

+2 Constitution, +2 Wisdom, –2 Strength: Triaxians are a hardy and wily race, as befits their constantly changing environment, but their lean forms have trouble maintaining large amounts of muscle mass.
Medium: Triaxians are Medium creatures and have no bonuses or penalties due to their size.
Normal Speed: Triaxians have a base speed of 30 feet.
Low-Light Vision: In dim light, Triaxians can see twice as far as humans.
Keen Senses: Triaxians’ senses grant them a +2 bonus on Perception checks.
Bonus Feat: Triaxians select one extra feat at 1st level.
Seasoned (Ex): Depending on whether they are Summerborn or Winterborn, Triaxians suffer no harm from hot or cold environments. Summerborn can exist comfortably in conditions between 90 and 110 degrees Fahrenheit without having to attempt Fortitude saves due to the environment. Winterborn can exist comfortably in conditions between 40 and 0 degrees Fahrenheit without having to attempt Fortitude saves. When in conditions of severe cold or heat, Triaxians have to attempt Fortitude saves only once per hour instead of once every 10 minutes. Transitional Triaxians do not have this ability.
Languages: Triaxians speak Triaxian (the common trade language of Triaxus). Triaxians with high Intelligence scores can choose any languages (except secret languages, such as Druidic).

Triaxian Alternate Racial Traits

Replaces Seasoned

Transitional Lore
Source Inner Sea Races pg. 217
Transitional Triaxians are often instilled from a young age with the lore they need to prepare for the next winter or summer; they gain a +1 racial bonus on Knowledge (nature) and Survival checks. This racial trait replaces seasoned.