The gerudo are a long-lived, survivalist people that often make their way on the fringes of society, scraping by in life, often by means that aren’t necessarily looked on kindly by the law. An unusual trait of their race is the rarity of males. Gerudo are commonly found as thieves, mercenaries, bandits, treasure hunters, and explorers.
The gerudo have a tendency to come across as haughty, arrogant, and proud. Their self-assurance can take them far in some cases, but it can just as easily be their downfall, leading them to bite off more than they can chew in a situation, or earning them the ire of others. A pessimistic and cynical streak is also commonly seen. Most gerudo have a marked distaste for men of other races, thinking them to be weak or condescending, inherited from wrongs done to them long ago. They also highly value their personal freedom, but sadly, this is often coupled with an “every woman for herself” mindset. Something they are also known for is their love of horses, and every gerudo is familiar and comfortable around them.
A gerudo’s pigmentation is very distinctive, and usually gives her heritage away instantly, along with her prominent nose and beauty. Their hair is a flaming red or orange (exceptions are exceedingly rare), and they tend to have a lot of it. Even those who live far away from the desert they came out of have inherited a tan or brown skin tone. Warm eye colors— oranges, reds, and yellows—are commonplace. Females tend to be built lithe and willowy, standing between a few inches less than six feet and sometimes close to seven feet tall, weighing 125 to a high of 200 pounds, often with a wiry strength belied by their frame. The rare males are large and hulking, their muscle more obvious as they measure at least six feet and can easily clear seven, weighing a bit more than females but appearing to be much more than that. Surprisingly, considering their precarious lifestyle, the gerudo also possess quite a long life span, reaching maturity at 25 and commonly living to be 120 years old.
With their habit of being isolationists and more than a little paranoid, the gerudo have a hard time getting along with members of other races. Their reputation as thieves, the difficulty they have fitting in with most cultures, and the history of their race make them targets of suspicion when something ill happens.
The gerudo originally came out of the desert near Hyrule that carries their name. It was their inhospitable home for many long generations, until they met a serious downfall with the defeat of Ganondorf. Most remain in the desert, scraping by in life as best they can, but many have migrated elsewhere in search of greener pastures. Most of them are no better off, however, and still get by through raiding and thievery, living like scavenging wolfos on the edge of society, always ducking the arm of the law.
The gerudo are rarely very religiously observant, having their survival to worry about instead. They identify the most with Din, Goddess of Power, through their frequent use of strength and deceit to get by in life. Farore comes in second, as displays of courage in arms, however selfishly motivated they may be, are frequent from them. A gerudo might breathe a prayer to either just before setting forth on a raid or breaking into a house, but organized religion is unheard of.
Gerudo have little difficulty taking up the life of an adventurer, since danger of being caught while on a raid or fighting off desert predators are what most have grown up and spent their whole lives around. The monetary benefits of adventuring are not lost on them, and the search for wealth is usually the strongest motivator. With their reputation of only looking out for number one, few gerudo feel the need to adventure out for moral reasons.
Gerudo Racial Traits
- +2 Strength, +2 Charisma, -2 Wisdom: Gerudos train hard to increase their mental and physical strength, yet are overconfident, and haughty at times.
- Medium-size: As medium-size creatures, gerudo do not have any special advantages or disadvantages for their size.
- Gerudo base speed is 30 ft.
- +2 racial bonus on Climb, Jump and Move Silently checks: Gerudo tend to live in precarious places, like a rocky coast or the edge of the desert.
- +2 racial bonus on Ride checks: The gerudo are a people who prize horses and excel in mounted combat.
- +2 racial bonus on Survival checks made in desert climes: Gerudo are used to dealing with the blazing heat and arid conditions of their native homelands.
- Weapon Familiarity: Gerudo receive the Martial Weapon Proficiency feat in shortbow, longbow, composite longbow, and composite shortbow. Skill in bows is an essential part of every gerudo’s upbringing.
- Sparse Consumption (Ex): Gerudo can survive on 1/4 the amount of the food and water any other non-desert-dwelling race needs on a daily basis.
- Automatic Languages: Gerudo and Hylian.
- Bonus Languages: Any.