The Ursine – A Bipedal Bear Race for D&D 5th Edition

EDIT OCTOBER 2018: I decided to move this old page to Patreon, so that way it can continue to evolve there while I continue to ponder new creations.

For anyone that supports me on Patreon, you can take part in the reshaping of the Ursine race.  Find more here!

EDIT MAY 2018: I plan on moving forward on some of my projects, including with this race right here.  Part of the reasons is still being disheartened over stolen work.  Needless to say, this article will either redirect to some project work or merged into newer work at some point.  This content isn’t vanishing entirely.  I’ll keep a little teaser bit in, as well as put the fluff I wrote for it back too!

EDIT Aug 2017: I removed some of the content here, in part because it came to my attention that people were plagiarizing my work.  While I’m happy that people are inspired by this blog, the copying and theft has become disheartening for me.  Since this is likely to be revised in a product, I might remove the stats from this page as well, supplying a link in its place.  In the meantime, here is my revised draft for this race!

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Bear Cavalry, with more bears!

Physically, the ursine look like somewhat bipedal bears.  While actual bears rarely move on their hind legs, these creatures are somewhat bound to it by default.  However, they can move on all fours like their wild cousins.  Tribes are typically what separate the ursine from one another.  Usually, each tribe is based off the species they originated from.  Beyond that, each tribe has a caste system of sorts; hunters/gatherers, farmers, traders, guards, and the elder councils.  While there is no official hierarchy, some social branches gain more respect than others. Despite their bestial appearance, they tend not to be hostile with ‘regular’ humanoids.  Their actions with outsiders rarely venture beyond trade and negotiations, but it isn’t too uncommon to see an ursine travel as a guide or bodyguard.  Within their lands, many tend to live off a diet associated with their wild equivalents, while some have successfully imported and maintained food stock from the outside world.  While this has lead to slight infighting and social conflict, these resources have been a blessing in tougher times.

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6 thoughts on “The Ursine – A Bipedal Bear Race for D&D 5th Edition

  1. Hey there! I’ve just come across your blog while in search of an Ursine PC homebrew. I do a little homebrewing myself, but I haven’t perfected balancing races quite yet, haha. I love what you’ve come up with and I really like everything I’ve seen so far.
    Anyway, the group I DM for uses a reference binder with printed homebrews that I’ve accepted into our setting, each one with a credit for the author, of course. I was wondering if I could put this homebrew in PDF format (using The Homebrewery system) and possibly add a panda sub-race for my setting as well? I’d be more than happy to send you the final product, if you’d like.

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    • I’m actually in the midst of updating the races, myself. This draft is quite out of date. That said, you can print this for personal use. (I’m also pondering a panda sub race, myself, by the way.)

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  2. I love this race and can imagine it in other places. I am thinking of creating a version of SpellJammer that is more science fantasy based with the aesthetics of raygun gothic/dieselpunk. This and any other human-animal hybrid race you have done. If these were to be collected for purchase in print and/or pdf I would be most interested in purchasing such material.

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