Physical Description: Numistians look similar to humans, with long, narrow noses and slightly pointed ears. However, it would be difficult to describe the height and general appearance of a numistian, as both are variable. At rest, they appear as a wrinkled, elderly individual, roughly 3 feet tall. At this height, they are fairly squat and might even be mistaken for a very short dwarf. However, they can double their height to 6 feet, or appear as any height in-between. When they increase height, their skin stretches taught and appears smooth and youthful. At 6 feet tall, they look somewhat elven, with narrow features and long, delicate limbs. Thus, with a minor disguise, they can infiltrate nearly any mortal community — short or tall. If age is respected in the community they are in, a numistian may appear a bit shorter and older. If youth would be an asset, they can appear tall and vibrant. The numistian is a natural marketing chameleon. However, numistians do have a few distinguishing and immutable traits. First, their pale skin has a metallic luster which can appear coppery, silvery, or even golden. Second, they have a third eye in the center of their forehead. While the two eyes in the normal position are often a cloudy blue or grey, the third eye is perfectly round, cat-like, and brilliant green. They often hide this eye with the aid of a hat, helmet, or turban.

While males have no hair on their heads, or most of their bodies, they do tend to grow long white, pale blue, or grey colored beards and mustaches, regardless of their age. Females have long hair on their heads of the same colors as the male’s beards. Numistian gender cues are entirely superficial.
Males and females, from the waist down, are identically featureless. Neither gender has nipples, though females have the slight suggestion of breasts. Both genders tend to dress in clothing common to the realm that they are traveling in, though they do prefer the fanciest styles. A numistian’s clothing often appears ill-fitting because of their ability to change height and girth.

Numistian Racial Characteristics1

  • +2 Wisdom, +2 Charisma, -2 Strength: While both clever and charming as a fox, the numistian also lacks physical strength due to its unusual anatomy.
  • Adjustable Size: As a move action, a numistian can become Small if Medium, or Medium if Small. They can be any height between 3 and 6 feet tall. Becoming Small-sized limits one to Small weapons, but also grants a +1 size bonus to AC and attack rolls, a -1 penalty to CMB and CMD, and a +4 size bonus to Stealth skill checks.
  • Slow and Steady: Like dwarves, numistians have a base speed of 20 feet, but their speed is not modified by armor or encumbrance.
  • Low-Light Vision: Numistians can see twice as far as humans in conditions of dim light.
  • Bribe Fate: Once per day, when a numistian fails a saving throw, he may lose half his level in hit points (minimum 1 point) to reroll that saving throw. This trait is used as an immediate action after the first save is attempted, but before the results are revealed by the GM. The numistian must take the second result, even if it is worse. The hit point loss bypasses damage reduction.
  • Detect Coins: Metallic money shines like a candle to a numistian’s eyesight. They gain a +4 racial bonus to Perception skill checks to notice coins. In addition, numistians can see coins in darkness and through any material that is less than one inch thick.
  • Money is Life: As a standard action, a numistian may consume up to 200 gold pieces to cure 1d8 + the numistian’s Wisdom modifier in hit points per 50 gp consumed. Gold pieces must be consumed in 50 gp increments, as lesser amounts are consumed with no effect. Alternatively, the numistian may consume up to 100 platinum pieces in the same way, curing 10 hit points per character level of the numistian for every 25 pp consumed. Platinum pieces must be ingested in 25 pp increments. Excess coins are digested normally.
  • Silver Stomach: Numistians receive a +2 racial bonus on all saving throws against poison.
  • Languages: Numistian begin play speaking Common. Numistians with high Intelligence scores can choose any of the languages normally available to humans.

See Also