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Source Interstellar Species pg. 182
Survivalists are defined by independence and self-sufficiency. They often expertly navigate specific types of hostile or dangerous terrain: forests, deserts, or more remote locales such as dead space or post-apocalyptic cityscapes. Survivalists generally don’t rely on others and commonly live and work alone. However, the following statistics can represent hunters and warriors within a community as well as hermits. A survivalist might have some kind of sentient companion or a creature companion, such as a beast of burden or a hunting beast. A survivalist might arrive at a critical moment to help PCs as they travel through a barren wasteland. Alternatively, a survivalist makes an excellent antagonist in a wilderness setting since they’re capable of using every aspect of the environment against their foes.

Aliens in the "Survivalists" Family

Career Ranger3
Mysterious Hermit14
Trophy Hunter9

Survivalists, Off-gridder

Source Interstellar Species pg. 182

Off-gridder CR 1/2

XP 200
Winterborn ryphorian
N Medium humanoid (ryphorian)
Init +1; Senses low-light vision; Perception +9


HP 13
EAC 10; KAC 12
Fort +4; Ref +2; Will +0
Defensive Abilities determination; Resistances cold 5


Speed 30 ft.
Melee survival knife +6 (1d4 S)
Ranged bow +3 (1d6 P)


STR +0; DEX +1; CON +3; INT +0; WIS +2; CHA +0
Feats Mobility
Skills Medicine +4, Stealth +4, Survival +9
Languages Common, Triaxian
Gear second skin, bow with 20 arrows, survival knife, R2E meals (5)

Special Abilities

Determination (Ex) Once per day, when damage would reduce the off-gridder’s HP to 0, it instead reduces their HP to 1.


Off-gridders are those who—by choice or necessity—live apart from a technological society and are accustomed to self-sufficiency. Some off-gridders hold a deep-seated distrust of advanced technology, perhaps worried it might one day fail and plunge civilization into chaos. Others might be victims of circumstance, such as castaways who crash-landed on an uninhabited planet or criminals hiding from the law.