Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Character Crunch: Catfolk, Dogfolk, Ratfolk, Frogfolk, Fairy Cats/Dogs (Bonus:Foxfolk)

Last time in Character Crunch: Tirikujin we covered a race that fits a historical niche of the Naryan setting. This time, I want to give a fair shake at races that I have described as being fixtures of Sublanarya but have not shared their statistics previously. Specifically, this article is going to be about the player character statistic of the beastfolk races. I covered details about them, previously, in an article titled "People First".

If you want the specifics on each of the races detailed below, make sure to check out that article first.

It is important to remember these races are uncommon compared to humans and elves, but they still are an impactful part of the setting. Other races that I haven't covered that would be included with this group include Aarokocra and Kenku, which mostly likely reside in isolated mountains, remote islands, and the ruins of the Hold. Lizardfolk are also in Naryra found in the jungles and swamps of the region. I will probably detail their place in the setting when I discuss Zafaria, Tazlani, Hamutia and The Hold.

There are other Beastfolk across Narya that will be described in the future, but I will tide you over by including a race I have been on the fence about adding: Foxfolk or, as I call them, Volpayaya! I will feature them with some gusto at the end of the article as I know some folk would love to play a character of that flavor.

And now, without further ado, here is a resource many of players will find helpful.

KOTHARI (CATFOLK)

Ability Score Increase. Your ability score increase is determined by your subrace.
Age. Catfolk have lifespans equivalent to humans.
Alignment. Catfolk are determinedly chaotic, valuing personal freedom and determination in all of their cultures, and, despising evil in all forms, tend toward good alignments. This reflects their cultural tribalism since they rarely become involved in the political machinations of nearby cultures but are quick to offer assistance to trusted allies in defense against evil threats.
Size. Tigerfolk and lionfolk are taller and more muscular on average than humans while leopardfolk and cheetahfolk tend to be a little shorter and relatively slender. Your size if medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
Dark Vision. You have the sharp eyes of a feline predator, especially in the dark. You can see in dim light within 60 feet of you as if it were bright light, and in darkness as if it were dim light. You can't discern color in darkness, only shades of grey.
Claws. Because of your claws, you have climbing speed of 2/3 your base walking speed rounded down (minimum 20 feet). Your claws are natural weapons, which you can use to make unarmed strikes. If you hit with them, you deal slashing damage equal to 1d4 + your Strength modifier, instead of the bludgeoning damage normal for an unarmed strike.
Apex Predator. You have proficiency in the Perception and Stealth skills.
Extra Languages. You can read, write, and understand the Kotharian language of the Catfolk.
Subraces. There are four well-documented subraces of Kothari: powerful and proud lionfolk, quick-footed and spontaneous cheetahfolk, elusive and savage tigerfolk, and the reserved and clever leopardfolk.

Cheetahfolk 
Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 2, and your Charisma score increases by 1.
Racer. Your base walking speed increases to 35 feet.
Feline Agility. Your reflexes and agility allow you to move with a burst of speed. When you move on your turn in combat, you can double your speed until the end of your turn. Once you use this trait, you can't use it again until you move 0 feet on one of your turns.

Leopardfolk
Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increase by 1, and your Intelligence score increases by 1.
Tree-Dweller. Your climbing speed increases to 3/4 your base walking speed rounded down (minimum 25 feet).
Lore-Hunter. You gain one cantrip of your choice from any spell list. Intelligence is your spellcasting ability for it. You also gain speak, read and write one extra language of your choice.


Lionfolk
Ability Score Increase. Your Strength score increases by 2, and your Charisma score increases by 1.
King of the Beasts. You gain proficiency in the Intimidation skill.
Lion's Roar. As an action, you can let loose a powerful roar. All intelligent enemy creatures that can see and hear you within 30 feet of you must make a Wisdom saving throw against a DC equal to 9 + your proficiency bonus + Charisma modifier. If the creature fails the saving throw, it becomes frightened for 1 minute.

The frightened creature must spend its turns trying to move as far away from you as it can and it can't move within 30 feet of you. It also can't take reactions. For its action, it can use only the Dash action or try to escape from an effect that prevents it from moving. If there's nowhere to move, the creature can use the Dodge action.

At the end of each of the frightened creatures turns, it can attempt the Wisdom saving throw again and, if it takes damage or succeeds on the saving throw, it is no longer frightened.

You must take a long rest to use this feature again.

Tigerfolk
Ability Score Increase. Your Strength score increases by 2, and your Dexterity score increases by 1.
Carnivore. You have difficulty containing your savage nature. When you hit a creature with a weapon attack, the creature takes an extra 1d8 damage if it’s below its hit point maximum. You can deal this extra damage only once per turn.
Survivalist. You gain proficiency with Survival skill.

DHOLE (DOGFOLK)


Ability Score Increase.  Your Constitution score increased by 2.
Age. Dhole have lifespans equivalent to humans.
Alignment. Between being bred in servitude for millennia and having strong pack instincts that reward obedience, Dhole are inherently loyal and being from a culture of merchants that prides themselves on honesty, they tend to be lawful. They are rarely evil since they usually are quick to make friends and are doggedly loyal.
Size. Dhole are taller on average than humans but are built in a similarly varied manner. Guard breeds tend to more muscular and scout breeds tend to be more lean. Your size if Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
Bite. Your jaw is a strong natural weapon, which can be used to make unarmed strikes. If you hit with it, you deal piercing damage equal to 1d6 + your Strength modifier, instead of the bludgeoning damage normal for an unarmed strike.
Bloodhound. You have proficiency in the Perception skill and have advantage on all Perception skill checks involving your sense of smell.
Pack Tactics. You have advantage on attack rolls against a creature if at least one of your allies are within 5 feet of the creature and isn’t incapacitated.
Extra Language. You can read, write, speak and understand common, Dholish, and one extra language.
Subrace. Two subraces of dhole exist: guard breeds are larger, hardier and less likely to back down from a confrontation have been bred in ancient times to guard their rulers and scout breeds are leaner and more agile because they were bred as messengers and hunters.

Guard Breed
Ability Score Increase.  Your Strength score increases by 1.
Brave. You have advantage against being frightened.


Scout Breed
Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity increases by 1.
Racer. Your base walking speed increases to 35 feet.


RASKAAR (RATFOLK)

Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 2 and your Constitution score increases by 1.
Age. Ratfolk mature quickly to adulthood at 10 years of age and live to about 40 years. Some ratfolk live exceptionally longer.
Alignment. Ratfolk neither love nor loathe society, which they often live on the outskirts or under the streets of, and they are neither especially good nor bad, despite nasty rumors suggesting they steal goods and eat pets. Ratfolk are most commonly neutrally aligned.
Size. Ratfolk are just under four feet, but also hunch over in a way that often has them eye to eye with halflings and gnomes, but are not diminutive. Your size is Small.
Speed. Ratfolk are slower than other races but can use their front paws to outpace most humanoids.Your base walking speed is 25 feet but, if you drop to all fours, your base walking speed is 35 feet.
Dark Vision. You can see in dim light within 60 feet of you as if it were bright light, and in darkness as if it were dim light. You can't discern color in darkness, only shades of grey.
Inquisitive Nose. You gain Perception as a skill and have advantage on all Perception skill checks involving your sense of smell.
Rodent Bones. Your bone structure is impressively flexible and you're used to moving through cramped spaces. You are considered one size smaller when attempting to move through tight spaces and take no movement penalty when doing so.
Speak with Beasts. Ratfolk love to keep pets from rats to giant snails to centipedes to sewer alligators. You have the ability to communicate simple ideas through sounds and gestures with beasts.
Sewer Dweller. You have advantage on saving throws against poison and disease.
Extra Languages. You can read, write, and understand the Raskaar language of the ratfolk.

GRIPPLI (FROGFOLK)
Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 2 and your Wisdom score increases by 1.
Age.
Alignment.
Size. Grippli stand just over 2 feet tall and are very lean. Your size is Small.
Speed. You have a base walking speed of 25 feet and a swim speed of 30 feet.
Dark Vision. You can see in dim light within 60 feet of you as if it were bright light, and in darkness as if it were dim light. You can't discern color in darkness, only shades of grey.
Slippery. Your bone structure is impressively flexible and you're used to moving through cramped spaces. You are considered one size smaller when attempting to move through tight spaces and take no movement penalty when doing so.
Climber. You have a natural affinity for climbing due your grip (hence the name) and have a climb speed of 3/4 your base walking speed rounded down (minimum of 20 feet).
Jumper. You may use your Dexterity when determining the distance of your jumps. If you are not proficient in the Athletics skill, add your proficiency bonus to all Athletic checks made related to jumping.
Hold Breath. You can hold your breath for up to 15 minutes.

Extra Languages. You can read, write, and understand the Grippli language of the frogfolk.

CAIT SIDHE (FAIRY CATS)
Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 2 and your Charisma score increase by 1.
Age. Cait Sidhe mature at the same rate as cats but have supernaturally long lifespans that allow them to live up to the lifespan of their creators ranging from that of a human to the 400 or longer lifespan of Iaurdin.
Alignment. Cait Sidhe are obedient only to their creator and tend to have a chaotic worldview, being magical beings by nature that go against natural law, and have the self-serving nature of domestic cats making them usually neutral.
Shapechanger. 
Size. You stand between two to three feet tall while in your humanoid form. Your size is Small.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 25 feet.
Dark Vision. You can see in dim light within 60 feet of you as if it were bright light, and in darkness as if it were dim light. You can't discern color in darkness, only shades of grey.
Claws. Because of your claws, you have climbing speed of 3/4 your base walking speed rounded down (minimum 20 feet). Your claws are natural weapons, which you can use to make unarmed strikes. If you hit with them, you deal slashing damage equal to 1d4 + your Strength modifier, instead of the bludgeoning damage normal for an unarmed strike.
Rat-Chaser. You gain proficiency in the Perception and Stealth skills.
Cat-Talker. You can communicate simple ideas, with a mix of gestures and sounds, to feline beasts and understand the simple communication of feline beasts  You have advantage on Charisma checks during all interactions with felines.
Cat-Shape. You can use an action to assume the shape of a small cat of similar breed/appearance of yourself. You can revert to your normal form by using a bonus action. While you are transformed, the following rules apply:
  • As long as you behave like a cat, you are indistinguishable from a domesticated cat to anyone who is unaware of your ability to transform into a cat and will not become suspicious unless they are looking for someone shape-shifting as a cat.
  • You retain all of your game statistics but your walking speed becomes 40 feet.You also retain all of your skill and saving throw proficiencies. You keep your hit points and Hit Dice while in your cat form. 
  • You can speak, read and write in the cat form. You can't cast spells but you can maintain concentration for spells you cast before transforming into this form while in your cat form. 
  • You retain the benefit of any features from your class, race or other source and can use them if a cat would be physically capable of doing so while in your cat form.
  •  You choose whether or not your equipment falls to the ground in your space, merges into your cat form, or is worn by it. Worn equipment functions as normal, but the DM decides whether it is practical for the new form to wear the equipment based on a cat's shape and size. Your equipment doesn't change size or shape to match your cat form, and any equipment that the cat form can't wear must either fall to the ground or merge with your cat form. Equipment that merges with the form has no effect until you leave the form.
Extra Languages. You may speak, read and write an extra language.

CU SIDHE (FAIRY DOGS)
Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 2 and your Charisma score increase by 1.
Age. Cu Sidhe mature at the same rate as dogs but have supernaturally long lifespans that allow them to live up to the lifespan of their creators ranging from that of a human to the 400 or longer lifespan of Iaurdin.
Alignment. Cu Sidhe are obedient to their creators but, unlike Cait Sidhe, have a friendly and selfless nature. They are disproportionately courageous when faced with threats to their friends and tend to have good alignments.
Size. You stand between two to three feet tall while in your humanoid form. Your size is Small.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 25 feet.
Dark Vision. You can see in dim light within 60 feet of you as if it were bright light, and in darkness as if it were dim light. You can't discern color in darkness, only shades of grey.
Bite. Your jaw is a strong natural weapon, which can be used to make unarmed strikes. If you hit with it, you deal piercing damage equal to 1d4 + your Strength modifier, instead of the bludgeoning damage normal for an unarmed strike.
Bloodhound. You have proficiency in the Perception skill and have advantage on all Perception skill checks involving your sense of smell.
Winning Personality. You have proficiency in the Persuasion skill.
Dog-Talker. You can communicate simple ideas, with a mix of gestures and sounds, to and understand the simple communications of canine beasts. You have advantage on Charisma checks during all interactions with canines.
Dog-Shape. You can use an action to assume the shape of a small dog of similar breed/appearance to yourself. You can revert to your normal form by using a bonus action. While you are transformed, the following rules apply:
  • As long as you behave like a dog, you are indistinguishable from a domesticated dog to anyone who is unaware of your ability to transform into a dog and will not become suspicious unless they are looking for someone shapeshifting as a dog.
  • You retain all of your game statistics but your walking speed becomes 40 feet. You also retain all of your skill and saving throw proficiencies. You keep your hit points and Hit Dice while in your dog form. 
  • You can speak, read and write in the dog form. You can't cast spells but you can maintain concentration for spells you cast before transforming into this form while in your dog form. 
  • You retain the benefit of any features from your class, race or other source and can use them if a dog would be physically capable of doing so while in your dog form.
  •  You choose whether or not your equipment falls to the ground in your space, merges into your dog form, or is worn by it. Worn equipment functions as normal, but the DM decides whether it is practical for the new form to wear the equipment based on a dog's shape and size. Your equipment doesn't change size or shape to match your dog form, and any equipment that the dog form can't wear must either fall to the ground or merge with your dog form. Equipment that merges with the form has no effect until you leave the form.
Extra Languages. You may speak, read and write an extra language.

THE CLAN OF REYNARDO:
THE FOXFOLK

The foxfolk or Volpayaya [vohl-puh-yah-yah] are not like other beastfolk. They are fey creatures, their origins in the Twilight Realm of Dawn, and with a legendary figure, their patron god, and the clown prince of cruel pranks, Reynardo the Fox. Reynardo lived in the strange fey kingdom of Animalia, where talking animals play at being people, and he was an infamous criminal and prankster. He attained godhood, some say by stealing all the holy books in the kingdom of Animalia and rewriting them, and it is said his descendents are the fey race known as the Volpayaya.

Reynardo's antics eventually led to his kind being banished from the forests of the fey and thus they were forced to flee to the material plane where they have remained ever since. Volpayaya live in small traveling bands that travel throughout Sublanarya performing services like fortune-telling, musical and acting performances, and some magical aid. To earn the trust of humans they often try to maintain their human form when dealing with them, making excuses to escape their attention and recover, and are a fairly rare/unknown to being the subject of many myths and legends among common folk.

Volpayaya that cause too much trouble for their kin are said to be "blessed by Reynardo" and forced to strike out on their own. These foxfolk most often make their marks with their trickery, seeking out ways to test their skills against the "marks" of the world, and create stories worthy of Reynardo himself. Unfortunately, their fey nature and propensity for trickery lands them into hot water, especially since they have little regard for the law. More often than not, such foxes are forced on the run from village to village.

Volpayaya adventurers tend to be bards, rogues, and spellcasters, using their cunning and shape-shifting to assist in their duties, and are welcome allies to anyone who can take a good joke.

VOLPAYAYA (FOXFOLK)
Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 2 and your Charisma score increase by 1.
Age. You have a lifespan similar to a human.
Alignment. Volpayaya are naturally curious, impulsive and full of surprises. They are almost always chaotic in nature. Their trickery can have them swing anywhere from benevolent and well-meaning to cruel and terrible when it comes to their capacity for good and evil.
Size. Your are similarly sized to a human. Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
Dark Vision. You can see in dim light within 60 feet of you as if it were bright light, and in darkness as if it were dim light. You can't discern color in darkness, only shades of grey.
Clever Fox. You have proficiency in the Perception and Deception skills.
Reynardo's Blessing. You can cast the Disguise Self with this trait and regain the ability to do so when you finish a short or long rest.
Fey Beast. You can take an action to magically transform into a beast with a challenge rating of 1/4 or less without a swim or flying speed for one hour or until your concentration is broken (as if you are concentrating on a spell) or become unconscious. You can willingly return to your normal form by using a bonus action to do so. 

The creature is limited in the actions it can perform by the nature of its new form, and cannot perform spells.

The target’s gear melds into the new form. The target can’t activate, wield, or otherwise benefit from any of its equipment.  


You regain the ability to do so when you finish a short or long rest.

At 4th level, you can transform into a beast of challenge rating 1/2 or lower without a flying speed.

At 8th level, you can transform into a beast of challenge rating 1 or lower.
 
Extra Languages. You may speak, read and write Elven and Volpayayan.

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