Following the marvellous example of +Jez Gordon 's Farkin'Strayans, the Canucklehead is meant to bring to the OSR the strange and delightful people of the Great White North in a cheeky and playful way. If my fellow Hosers are offended by this, all I can say is "Sorry, eh."
Frigid, funny, stick-swinging, Northerners that can drunkenly smash your skull and apologise to your prone form afterward. They revere "the Great One" and "the cup", the Lords Mackenzie, 2-4s and the double-double. Canuckleheads, also known as Hosers, have a love for all things beer-filled or bacon or maple-drowned.
Requirements: Canuckleheads need Dex 9, Con 12 to survive the icy, snow-covered lands of the Great White North.
Prime Requisite: CON
Alignment: Lawful Sorry, Neutral Apologetic, Chaotic Remorseful, Contrite Good, Conciliatory Evil.
XP Table: Dwarf
Starting equipment: hockey stick, toque, flannel shirt, beard.
1. Apologist: for every act good, bad or ugly a Canucklehead will apologise. There is no stopping this and a Canucklehead will suffer a cumulative -1 per day to all rolls until they have managed to make their apology. (Note: this doesn’t mean a thieving Canucklehead has to return any ill-gotten goods, they need only apologise for having taken it - a note should suffice).
2. Rage of Winter: in cold temperatures and Winter, a Canucklehead will gain a bonus to damage equal to their level. Winter has made Canuckleheads an ornery lot. They can also survive five times longer than normal in sub-zero temperatures. All Canuckleheads have an aptitude for ice and snow. They suffer no penalties for movement over this type of terrain. If properly equipped, with skates or snowshoes, they can make double the rate of movement.
3. Hey, it’s Summer, Take it Easy!: from the moment that the snows thaw, a Canucklehead is in exceptionally good spirits and shorts, tees and flip-flops. This cheer is infectious and all allies gain +5% exp for carousing together in any warm climate or Summer season.
4. A Canucklehead wielding a wooden weapon gains a +1 to hit. They have a preference for the “hockey stick”, as quarterstaff.
5. Yeah, I know Darryl: All Canuckleheads know one another. The mention of another Canucklehead will result in a long and likely boring conversation about a small village, which the Canucklehead will call a city, and ending with an invitation to visit some time.
6. The BEARD: Canuckleheads grow manly and terrifying facial hair. They may intimidate others with these manly displays of manly lumberjack-ish whiskers (+2 to intimidate). Canuckleheads are overly fond of flannel and toques. (Canucklehead females are capable of intimidation by opening beer bottles with their teeth or arm-wrestling polar bears).
7. "Bilingual": All Canuckleheads claim to speak two languages but really only speak one. No Canucklehead may actually know more than one language, though they spend years and years studying another.
8. What aboot my accent, eh?: Canuckleheads can Rage a number of times per day as a barbarian. However, only if someone mocks the way the Canucklehead speaks or if someone should make light of the proud majesty of the Maple Leaf or if someone says Canadian Bacon instead of Back Bacon (it’s delicious, not weird and you are a hateful animal if you say otherwise). Canuckleheads are profoundly proud of their maple-drenched nation.