Fehr's Ethnology: Qit'ar
By Thilo Graf
The final installment of Fehr’s Ethnology is 11 pages long, 1/2 page of editorial, 1 page SRD, 2 pages advertisement, leaving us with 7.5 pages of content, so let’s take a look at the Qi’tar!
After an immersion-enhancing piece of fluff, we delve into the stats of the Qi’tar-race: These beings look like essentially horned, sabertoothed catfolk (lavishly illustrated by Gary Dupuis) and get +2 to Str, are vulnerable to electricity, gain a natural attack (combined horns, teeth and claws) at 1d6, one weapon proficiency of their choice, +2 to saves versus mind-affecting spells, effects and also poisons. Oh, and they can opt to get a power point instead of a skill point for their favoured class. Power point? Yes, for they also get Wild Talent or Psionic Talent, are of the psionic subtype and can cast empathy 1/day. If that wasn’t ample clue – the Qi’tar are a psionic race, fully compatible with Dreamscarred Press‘ Psionics Unleashed and Psionics Expanded.
Even the latter? Yes, reflected in the balanced alternate racial traits, they may among racial traits lose racial characteristics for different psi-like abilities and playing half-breeds or even Qi’tar unable to speak is possible. They also come with 4 nice, balanced racial fats and may choose two specific feats usually exclusive to half-orcs. Their attitude to adventure and classes includes thus entries on all psionic classes and thanks to PDG’s acquisition of $ Winds Fantasy Games, also of classes from the Paths to power-supplement. The favored class-options contain entries for the anti-paladin, dead, marksman, psychic warrior, tactician and soulknife among the more exotic classes.
The pdf closes with a sample Qi’tar ranger level 1 and the resilient trait.
Editing and formatting are very good, I didn’t notice any significant glitches. Layout adheres to PDG’s printer-friendly 2-column standard and the pdf’s piece of artwork is especially nice for the low price point. The pdf even comes with bookmarks, in spite of the low page-count – neat!
The first pdf to my knowledge to support content from the stellar psionics expanded, the Qi’tar thankfully belong to the better entries in the series, providing an interesting race with iconic customization options that strikes me as well-balanced with all its options. A thoroughly enjoyable race that, at least to me, feels more unique than the regular catfolk, I can get behind the race, especially for the low, fair asking price and will settle for a final verdict of 4.5 stars, rounded up to 5, missing the 5 only due to the fact that I would have loved to see some truly unique option for the race.
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