We’re playing the classic Planescape adventure Dead Gods and it inspired me to write up a Bariaur class for Old School Essentials. Here it is:
Requirements: Minimum CON 9, Minimum INT 9
Prime requisite: STR
Hit Dice: 1d6
Maximum level: 12
Languages: Alignment, Common, Planar
In appearance, it’s a combination of man and ram or woman and ewe. Roughly human sized, it has the body of a large goat and the torso and arms of a human. The head is a mixture of human and animal.
Bariaur are capable of using any weapon. A bariaur can only wear half a suit of normal armor (at -2 AC) and must pay double the normal price for armor that covers their whole body.
A bariaur can butt with their horns for Id6 points of damage (plus Strength bonus), tripling this result by charging at least 30 feet in a straight line. However, if the hit is successful, the bariaur must make a save vs. breath weapon or suffer the same damage as the target. The creature charged is knocked to the ground on a 3-in-6, if size M or smaller.
Bariaur have infravision up to 60’.
Bariaur move at 180’ (60’)
The bariaur’s sharp senses of smell and hearing grant them a +2 bonus on surprise rolls (provided the opponent has a scent or makes noise).
Bariaur have incredible saves vs. spells.
After Reaching 9th Level
A bariaur may claim up to 20 square miles of terrain as their grazing lands, attracting 2d6 level 1-2 bariaur followers.
Bariaur Level Progression Table