A mysterious race of people who have been subtly altered by the energies of the Ethereal Plane. They live in small communities away from other civilizations and often dedicate their lives to studying magic. Though their societies are isolated, they are not without interest in the outside world and often observe those who pass through their territories unseen.
Physical Description: The Xanta are a tall, rather slender people in general. Their skin tones and and hair colors often match those of the humans of their surrounding area, but they appear rather indistinct at the edges of their frames. Their eyes are mostly solid white, with only a small dot of silver where a pupil would be.
Society: Xanta enclaves are very isolated from settlements of other races, often in uncharted wilderness areas. They do not often come into contact with outsiders, and are adept at disguising their towns to look like abandoned ruins. Most people, aside from scholars, are not even aware of their existence. When they do occasionally venture out into the larger world, they sometimes disguise themselves or simply do not answer questions about their race. They are a secretive people, and prefer to keep to themselves.
Alignment and Religion: Most Xanta venerate knowledge, and as such, neutral alignments are more common than lawful or chaotic. They value rules and strictures for the important role they play in maintaining a society, but they do not see these as things that should be followed blindly or without consideration. Their culture values good values over evil; though evil Xanta do exist, they generally have to hide this from others.
Adventurers: Xanta adventurers are rare, as most live their whole lives in the settlements they were born in. A few individuals are forced by outside circumstances to emigrate to other Xanta enclaves or to towns in the outside world. This usually occurs only if an enclave is destroyed or discovered by outsiders, or—on rare occasions— if a Xanta is exiled from their town as punishment for wrongdoing. Due to their close ties to magic and the ethereal plane, most Xanta take up spellcasting classes such as wizard, sorcerer, or cleric.
+2 Dexterity, +2 Intelligence, and -2 Strength: The Xanta are nimble and cunning, but their close affinity to the Ethereal Plane makes them less likely to rely on brute strength.
Medium: Xanta are medium creatures and receive no bonuses or penalties due to size.
Outsider (native): Xanta are native outsiders.
Normal Speed: Xanta have a base land speed of 30 ft.
Darkvision: Xanta gain darkvision to 60 ft.
Languages: Xanta begin play speaking Common and Auran, as well as the native language of the region they live in. Xanta with high Intelligence scores can choose from the following languages: Abyssal, Celestial, Draconic, Infernal, or Sylvan
Mist Child: Whenever a Xanta has concealment or total concealment, the miss chance of attacks against her increases by 5%.
Tenuous Reality: Once per day, a Xanta can become ethereal as a spell-like ability, functioning as the spell blink. This effect lasts one round per level.
Force Vulnerability: Xanta have vulnerability to force damage.
Enclave Protector: Xanta add +1 to the level of any abjuration spells they cast. They also gain the following spell-like abilities: constant—_nondetection_; 1/day: faerie fire, obscure object, sanctuary. The caster level for these effects is equal to the user’s character level.
Soul Seer: Xanta gain the use of deathwatch as a constant spell-like ability.
Illusion Resistance: Xanta gain a +2 racial bonus on saving throws against illusion spells or effects.
Spell Resistance, greater: Due to their affinity for the Ethereal Plane, Xanta gain spell resistance equal to 11 + their character level.