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Vanaras are intelligent, monkeylike humanoids that live in deep, warm forests and lush jungles. A vanara's body is covered in a thin coat of soft fur, and individuals with chestnut, ivory, and even golden coats are common. Despite their fur, vanaras can grow lengthy hair on their head just as humans can, and both male and female vanaras take pains to wear elaborate hairstyles for important social functions. The hair on a vanara's head matches the color of its fur. All vanaras have long, prehensile tails and handlike feet capable of well-articulated movements. A vanara stands slightly shorter and weighs slightly less than a typical human.

Vanara Racial Traits

+2 Dexterity, +2 Wisdom, –2 Charisma. Vanaras are agile and insightful, but are also rather mischievous.

Vanara: Vanaras are humanoids with the vanara subtype.

Medium: Vanaras are Medium creatures and have no bonuses or penalties due to their size.

Normal Speed: Vanaras have a base speed of 30 feet and a Climb speed of 20 feet.

Low-Light Vision: A vanara can see twice as far as a human in dim light.

Nimble: Vanaras have a +2 racial bonus on Acrobatics and Stealth checks.

Prehensile Tail: A vanara has a long, flexible tail that she can use to carry objects. She cannot wield weapons with her tail, but the tail allows her to retrieve a small, stowed object carried on her person as a swift action.

Languages: Vanaras begin play speaking Common and Vanaran. Vanaras with high Intelligence scores can choose from the following: Aklo, Celestial, Elven, Gnome, Goblin, and Sylvan.

Alternate Racial Traits

The following racial traits may be selected instead of existing vanara racial traits. Consult your GM before selecting any of these new options.

Tree Stranger: Some vanaras have spent their lives among humans in centers of learning instead of traditional treetop homes. These vanaras treat all Knowledge skills as class skills, but lose their climb speed racial trait.

Whitecape: The rare whitecape vanara clans have more in common with savanna-dwelling baboons than the jungle-dwelling monkeys that most vanaras resemble. Their stooping build grants them a +4 racial bonus to CMD when resisting a bull rush or trip. These vanaras usually have a thick mane of hair on the head and shoulders (called a "cape") and shorter tails. This racial trait replaces prehensile tail.

Favored Class Options

The following options are available to all vanaras who have the listed favored class, and unless otherwise stated, the bonus applies each time you select the favored class reward.

Alchemist: Add +1/2 to the alchemist's bomb damage.

Druid: Add a +1/2 bonus on wild empathy checks and a +1/2 bonus on Handle Animal skill checks.

Fighter: Add +1 to the fighter's CMD when resisting a reposition or trip attempt.

Monk: Add a +1 bonus on Acrobatics checks made to jump.

Ranger: Add +1/4 dodge bonus to Armor Class against the ranger's favored enemies.

Rogue: The rogue gains 1/6 of a new rogue talent.

Racial Archetypes

The following racial archetype is available to vanaras.

Treetop Monk (Monk)

While many vanaras follow traditional monastic training and traditions, others learn to blend exotic combat and the mysterious forces of ki with the natural world, allowing them to move through trees and overgrowth to deliver devastating attacks. A treetop monk has the following class features.

Branch Runner (Ex): At 3rd level, a treetop monk adds half the base speed bonus from his fast movement ability to his racial climb speed. This ability replaces still mind.

Wood Affinity (Su): At 5th level, a treetop monk may expend 1 point from his ki pool as a free action to treat a wooden object as if it were not broken for 1 minute (this includes a weapon with a wooden haft such as an axe or spear). At 8th level, as a free action, a treetop monk can expend 1 point from his ki pool to use the Lunge feat with any wooden or wood-hafted melee weapon. This ability replaces purity of body.

Freedom of Movement (Su): At 12th level, a treetop may expend 1 point from his ki pool as a swift action to gain the effects of freedom of movement for 1 round. This ability replaces abundant step.

New Racial Rules

The following options are available to vanaras. At the GM's discretion, other appropriate races may also make use of some of these.

Vanara Equipment

Vanaras are known to use equipment crafted from the following material.

Whipwood: Vanara woodworkers craft this extremely flexible material in a time-consuming process. Whipwood is actually a composite of several bendable wooden fibers woven and fused together to form a flexible but sturdy unit. Only wooden weapons or weapons with wooden hafts (such as axes and spears) can be made out of whipwood. A creature wielding a whipwood weapon treats its CMD as +2 higher for the purpose of avoiding sunder attempts against that weapon. A whipwood weapon's hit points increase by +5. Whipwood loses its special qualities if under the effect of an ironwood spell.

Type of Whipwood ItemCost Modifier
Wooden or wood-hafted weapon+500 gp

Vanara Feats

Vanaras have access to the following feat.

Tree Hanger (Combat)

You can use your tail to defend against trip attacks and to hang from nearby protrusions.

Prerequisites: Acrobatics 1 rank, vanara.

Benefit: You gain a +2 bonus to your CMD against all trip attacks. If your square has a branch or other sturdy large object that you could hang from, as a swift action you may make a DC 15 Acrobatics check to jump upward and use your tail to hang from that object. While hanging, you can't be tripped, you ignore the effects of difficult terrain in your square, and you gain a +2 bonus to your CMD against bull rush, drag, and reposition attacks. If you leave that square (including if you are moved against your will), you lose your grip on the object and are no longer hanging. While hanging, you cannot use your tail for anything else.

Vanara Magic Items

Vanaras have access to the following magic items.

Meridian Belt

Aura moderate transmutation; CL 9th

Slot belt; Price 1,000 gp; Weight 1 lb.


This narrow cloth belt has a silver buckle in the shape of four rings. The belt allows a creature to wear a magic ring on each foot in addition to the ring on each hand, though only two rings function at any given time. As a swift action, the wearer can change which of his rings are active (both hands, both feet, left hand and right foot, and so on). For example, a creature could wear a ring of protection, ring of energy resistance, ring of swimming, and ring of counterspells, switching between any two of them as a swift action each round as it desires.

The belt does not change the type of action required to activate a ring (for example, activating a ring of invisibility is still a standard action), but allows the wearer to easily switch between the constant powers of several worn rings. While the belt is worn, wearing a ring on a foot counts toward the attunement process of certain rings (such as a ring of sustenance) even if the belt isn't used to make that ring active during that attunement period.


Requirements Craft Wondrous Item, polymorph; Cost 500 gp

Vanara Spells

Vanaras have access to the following spell.

Prehensile Pilfer

School transmutation; Level alchemist 3, bard 3, magus 3, sorcerer/wizard 3

Casting Time 1 standard action

Components V, S

Range touch

Target creature touched

Duration 1 round/level (D)

Saving Throw Fortitude negates (harmless); Spell Resistance yes (harmless)

The target's tail moves and acts more quickly, almost with a mind of its own. When making a full-attack action, the target may use its tail to make a dirty trick or steal combat maneuver as a swift action. For the purpose of this attack, the target's tail is a natural weapon with a reach of 5 feet. This spell has no effect on creatures lacking a prehensile tail. If the target already has an extra attack from haste or a similar effect, this spell only allows the tail to make dirty trick and steal combat maneuvers, but does not grant an extra attack.