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Favorite Ratfolk?

Voadam

Legend
So in my upcoming 5e game in a homebrew setting with a lot of non-D&D influences I am planning to run the Pathfinder 1e Iron Gods Adventure path in a Thundar the Barbarian/Mad Max style Numeria nation of barbarians and humanoids over ancient crashed sky cities (space ships). Reading the sourcebook one of the areas is run by Ratfolk and one of my PCs is interested in ratfolk so I am looking to explore some sources for some flavor.

What are your favorite varieties of ratfolk type stuff?

Here are the ones I am aware of:

Skaven the ratmen of Warhammer. Evil underground rats with warpstone and disease and ogre rats and their own ninjas.

Ratkin White Wolf's Werewolf rat shapechanger breed book, I am not that familiar with them but another PC is going for a druid white wolf werewolf concept so that might be neat.

Slitheren Scarred Lands D&D ratmen spawned from rats that fed on the spilled blood of titans in the Godswar.

I remember some in Rokugan but can't remember the specifics from the big 3e campagin setting book or find the old sourcebook on drivethru anymore. Can't remember if it was dual stat 3.0/Legend of the Five Rings or just L5R, either way I would only be interested in the cultural stuff that seemed cool and stealable. I vaguely remember them being the big nonhumans who were decently integrated into the setting as a friendly race.

Other stuff I should watch out for with cool narrative stuff?

Thanks.
 

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Bayushi_seikuro

Adventurer
Nezumi in L5R are pretty interesting for rat-people. If I remember right, they also had a weird story where their Ascendants had went back in time and awoken the spirits of the nezumi race when they were just beast of burden. So, it's almost like they're 'their own grandpas'. Beasts>Sentient>Enlightened. However, during the standard time frame, the ratlings were just nomadic thieves generally - peasants (and some samurai) would leave offerings out (junk or food) to draw ratlings in since ratlings killed and ate goblins and also were immune to the Shadowlands taint.
 



overgeeked

B/X Known World
Skaven all the way. Especialky the warpstone and mutations. For added WTF you could do Blood Bowl obsessed skaven and/or the Underworld Denizens, a mixed goblin and skaven team.
 

Tonguez

A suffusion of yellow
Kobolds were originally more rat that reptile, I still give them fur

Nezumi are good (and not evil like Skaven)

Darksun had Tari ratfolk who were small barbaric scavengers who were hunted as pests and often had a bounty on their head. Tari chieftains have a psionic talent and the species can swarm

Pathfinder also has a nice take of Ratfolk as who have turned their old scavenging instincts to a commercial bent as merchant tinkerers who adventure in order to find new markets and new commodities for their warrens to trade. They can also swarrm
 

Voadam

Legend
Pathfinder also has a nice take of Ratfolk as who have turned their old scavenging instincts to a commercial bent as merchant tinkerers who adventure in order to find new markets and new commodities for their warrens to trade. They can also swarrm
Which pathfinder books are they described in?
 


samll

First Post
Nezumi in L5R are pretty interesting for rat-people. If I remember right, they also had a weird story where their Ascendants had went back in time and awoken the spirits of the nezumi race when they were just beast of burden. So, it's almost like they're 'their own grandpas'. Check out the 200 Dollar Loan - Get Direct Online Deposit Today! 24/7 Approval for some quick 200 dollar loan offers Beasts>Sentient>Enlightened. However, during the standard time frame, the ratlings were just nomadic thieves generally - peasants (and some samurai) would leave offerings out (junk or food) to draw ratlings in since ratlings killed and ate goblins and also were immune to the Shadowlands taint.
True
but still ratlings didn't come far from their tribe origins
 
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I also like the Nezumi. They're well developed and believable as a people.

I like the standard Golaion ratfolk too. Curious and social they make excellent candidates for exploring crashed star ships.
 


CleverNickName

Limit Break Dancing
I was always a fan of the Rattkin in the Wizardry: Crusaders of the Dark Savant computer game. They were a stereotype for a criminal underworld, an organized crime syndicate. Cheesy and campy and fun...they made me want to adapt them to D&D years before I heard about the Skaven or the Nezumi.
 


corwyn77

Explorer
Skaven, for sure.
When I started my Dungeon Fantasy game last year, I started with the included scenario and its sequel, Attack of the Rat-men. And then immediately started mutating them with warpfire. One mini-boss in the game was a giant Rat Ogre which shocked everyone by actually being stronger than the party's dedicated grappler.
 

So in my upcoming 5e game in a homebrew setting with a lot of non-D&D influences I am planning to run the Pathfinder 1e Iron Gods Adventure path in a Thundar the Barbarian/Mad Max style Numeria nation of barbarians and humanoids over ancient crashed sky cities (space ships). Reading the sourcebook one of the areas is run by Ratfolk and one of my PCs is interested in ratfolk so I am looking to explore some sources for some flavor.

What are your favorite varieties of ratfolk type stuff?

Here are the ones I am aware of:

Skaven the ratmen of Warhammer. Evil underground rats with warpstone and disease and ogre rats and their own ninjas.

Ratkin White Wolf's Werewolf rat shapechanger breed book, I am not that familiar with them but another PC is going for a druid white wolf werewolf concept so that might be neat.

Slitheren Scarred Lands D&D ratmen spawned from rats that fed on the spilled blood of titans in the Godswar.

I remember some in Rokugan but can't remember the specifics from the big 3e campagin setting book or find the old sourcebook on drivethru anymore. Can't remember if it was dual stat 3.0/Legend of the Five Rings or just L5R, either way I would only be interested in the cultural stuff that seemed cool and stealable. I vaguely remember them being the big nonhumans who were decently integrated into the setting as a friendly race.

Other stuff I should watch out for with cool narrative stuff?

Thanks.
I love the L5R Nezumi. And the WFRP Skaven.

Mouseguard is mice, not rats...

The other ratmen I've seen i gaming are all variations on wererats.
 

Pathfinder also has a nice take of Ratfolk as who have turned their old scavenging instincts to a commercial bent as merchant tinkerers who adventure in order to find new markets and new commodities for their warrens to trade. They can also swarrm
That's my current character; his best skill is Mercantile Lore; he works as a circus "butcher" -- working the stalls and selling trinkets and foodstuffs. It's quite a fun race, even if there seem to be a few too many feats about exactly what you can stuff into your cheek pouches. My wife is playing a catfolk, so my character is terrified of her ...

The polite term for pathfinder Ratfolk is "Ysoki"
 


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