Ursurine Affinity

An apex warrior with the ursine affinity exhibits the traits and behaviors of black bears, grizzly bears, dire bears, and other ursine species. He tends to be large grizzled in appearance, powerfully built, ill-tempered, protective of friends and allies, and prefers battle tactics that rely upon strength and brute force. Unlike other apex warriors, those with the ursine affinity can use affinity traits, apex powers, and advanced powers while wearing heavy armor. The following affinity traits, combat style feats, and apex powers emulates creatures of the ursine species.

Affinity Traits

Agile Moves: The apex warrior gains a +2 bonus on Acrobatics and Climb checks.

Cave Born: The apex warrior gains a +2 bonus on Knowledge (dungeoneering) and Survival checks made underground.

Clawed: The apex warrior grows claws at the ends of his finger, granting 2 claw attacks. This is a primary natural attack that deals 1d4 points of slashing damage. The apex warrior must have the feline or ursine affinity to select this trait.

Force of Will: The apex warrior gains a +2 bonus on rolls to stabilize when dying.

Hardy: The apex warrior gains a +2 bonus on saving throws against poison (magical or otherwise). The apex warrior must have the canine or ursine affinity to select this trait.

Improved Scent (Ex): The apex warrior gains the Keen Scent ability. The apex warrior must have the scent trait to select this trait.

Keen Senses: The apex warrior gains a +2 bonus on Perception checks.

Natural Swimmer: The apex warrior gains a +2 bonus on Swim checks.

Night Vision: The apex warrior gains low-light vision. If the apex warrior already has low-light vision, its range doubles.

Relentless: The apex gains a +2 bonus on combat maneuver checks made to bull rush or overrun an opponent. This bonus only applies while both the apex warrior and his opponent are standing on the ground. The apex warrior must have the ursine affinity to select this trait.

Scent (Ex): The apex warrior gains the Scent ability.

Stability: The apex warrior gains a +4 bonus to their Combat Maneuver Defense when resisting a bull rush or trip attempt while standing on the ground. The apex warrior must have the ursine affinity to select this trait.

Toothy: The apex warrior grows large, sharp teeth, granting a bite attack. This is a primary natural attack that deals 1d4 points of piercing damage.