By the Hair On My Chin: Beard Feats

William T. Thrasher

What is best in life? Gold, adventure, love? No! As every true adventurer knows, nothing matters more than a rich, flowing, luxurious beard! From the well-trimmed goatee to the tumbling chin-borne locks of the dwarf kings of old, no hero is complete without a rugged beard. With that in mind, here is a collection of new Feats to bring life to the whiskers in your Pathfinder campaign.

Insulating Beard
Your beard protects you from harsh environments.
Prerequisites: Luxurious beard or dwarf.
Benefit: You gain a +2 bonus to all Fortitude saves against severe weather, cold-based spells, and other cold-based effects that allow Fortitude saves.

Iron Beard
Your thick, bristly beard is like a shield hung from your chin.
Prerequisites: Luxurious beard or dwarf.
Benefit: You gain a +1 natural armor bonus to AC so long as your beard remains intact.

Moss Beard
Your beard plays host to a variety of moss, lichen, fungus, and other wildlife.
Prerequisites: Luxurious beard or dwarf.
Benefit: You gain a +2 bonus to all Stealth skill checks in forests, marshes, hills, and other forested terrain. Also, once per day you may make a DC 15 Survival skill check to forage for edible berries and fungus (and birds eggs on a good day) within your beard, providing food for you and one other person for every 2 points by which your check result exceeds 15.

Stroking Beard
Stroking your beard focuses your mind.
Prerequisites: Luxurious beard or dwarf.
Benefit: You may take a move action to stroke your beard and gain a +2 bonus to your next Knowledge skill check, Will save, or caster level check.

Utilitarian Beard
Your beard can hold and allow you to use certain magical items.
Prerequisites: Luxurious beard or dwarf.
Benefit: Your beard possesses a magic item slot that can hold any small magic item that can be hung, tied, or woven into your beard (e.g., rings, earrings, jewelry, or belts). You gain the benefits from any appropriate item in the beard slot as if it was worn on the appropriate item slot.

Utilitarian Beard, Improved
Your beard can now hold virtually any magic item.
Prerequisites: Luxurious beard or dwarf, Utilitarian Beard.
Benefit: Your beard item slot can now hold any wearable magic item, granting you the benefits of that item as if it was worn on the appropriate item slot.

New Bonus Defect!

Flammable Beard
Your beard is prone to bursting into flame.
Prerequisites: Luxurious beard or dwarf.
Detriment: Your Reflex save DC to avoid catching fire increases to 20, and exposure to instantaneous magic fires risks setting your beard alight.
Normal: Spells with an instantaneous duration don’t normally set a character on fire, since the heat and flame from these come and go in a flash.

Beard photograph courtesy of A Punch in The Art .