Dvati (5e Subrace)

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Identical Twins[edit]

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Two Human Dvati twins. This picture is owned by Wizards of the Coast.

Twins being born is by no means an uncommon occurrence, but sometimes they may have more in common than just appearances. Dvati are born as identical twins throughout the planes with a single identical soul shared between them. The twins act like a single paired organism, with two bodies and two minds acting with a single purpose. Ancient folklore claims that dvati are born with souls too large for one body, and therefore must house them in two. Dvati twins are skilled combatants, capable of strategizing in unison, and versatile spellcasters, able to conduct spells through one another. The benefits of having two bodies, however, is certainly balanced by its risks. Dvati twins cannot exist separately, and if one is killed or injured, it endangers the lives of both.

Birds of a Feather[edit]

Dvati twins always travel together and tend to seek out other pairs of twins. When enough twins congregate, dvati are known to form towns and villages of their own. These are tightly-knit communities, for close cooperation is second nature to dvati, who view their settlements as a bastion of unity in an otherwise disconnected world.

Cooperative Spirit[edit]

Working in perfect synchronicity is a dvati's usual state. As such, these twins find the relative discord of other creatures to be confusing, or at worst, distressing. They often spin parables about ants, wolves, and other cooperative creatures to illustrate how people should behave in harmony to better themselves. Such stories usually fall on deaf ears, for most creatures cannot relate to the close association that dvati share, but neither can dvati understand how it is to be alone.

New Subrace[edit]

The Dvati is a subrace that can be applied to any race which has subraces. For races that don't have subrace options, choosing the Dvati subrace means making changes to your character's base traits as follows. If a race isn't listed below, use your best judgment when adjusting racial statistics to accommodate this subrace.

Human Dvati. If you want to play a human dvati, modify the human’s Ability Score Increase trait to read as follows: "Two different ability scores of your choice increase by 1."

Dragonborn Dvati. Please reference the page Dragonborn Variant (5e Race Variant).

Half-Orc Dvati. Remove the Relentless Endurance and Savage Attacks traits of the base half-orc race. Modify the half-orc's Ability Score Increase trait to read as follows: "Your Strength score increases by 2."

Half-Elf Dvati. Remove the Skill Versatility trait of the base half-elf race. Modify the half-elf's Ability Score Increase trait to read as follows: "Your Charisma score increases by 2."

Orc[1] Dvati. Remove the Aggressive and Powerful Build traits of the base orc race. Modify the orc's Ability Score Increase trait to read as follows: "Your Strength score increases by 2."

Tiefling Dvati. Please reference the page Unearthed Arcana: That Old Black Magic.

Subrace Traits[edit]

Ability Score Increase. One ability score of your choice increases by 1. This ability score cannot be one of the ability scores increased by your base race.
Twins. A 'single' dvati is a pair of creatures that share a single soul. They are inextricably linked, and can no more exist separately than a human can exist without its heart. In spite of having two bodies, dvati twins perform as a single character, with the following differences:

Actions: Dvati twins have a single action, bonus action, and reaction, between them, each of which can be taken only once by one of the twins on your turn. If you take the Dash, Disengage, Dodge, Help, Hide, Ready, or Search actions, both twins perform the action and gain its benefits.

Attacks: If you take the attack Action to attack with one twin, the other twin can attack as a bonus action. You don’t add your ability modifier to the damage of the bonus attack, unless that modifier is negative. If you're able to make multiple attacks, you can divide these attacks between the twins. However, since dvati twins are of the same essence, they don't count as an ally on your own abilites such as rogue's sneak attack. You also can't flank an enemy by having one dvati twins on one side and one on the other.

Hit Points: Dvati twins have separate hit points, which are divided between them. At 1st level, each twin has the hit points of a human of the same class. At higher levels, each dvati twin's hit point maximum increases by half the class's Hit Die + your Constitution modifier. Your Hit Dice are also divided up amongst the dvati twins. You choose how many of these dice each twin receives when you take a long rest.

Spellcasting: A pair of dvati twins can only concentrate on one spell at a time, however, only one of the twins needs to concentrate on a spell to maintain it. When you cast a spell which requires concentration, you choose which twin is concentrating on it. When casting a spell, either dvati can provide the spell components, and the spell can originate from the twin of your choice.

Magical Effects: If a spell or magical ability affects one dvati twin, it affects them both, unless that spell or ability affects hit points or if the two twins are further than 100 feet apart, in which case, it affects each twin separately.

Conditions: A condition, such as being poisoned or grappled, affects only one twin, even if imposed by a spell.

Death: When a dvati twin is reduced to 0 hit points and begins to make death saving throws, its twin becomes enraged and can dash towards allies using it's bonus action. Every time the downed dvati fails a death save or takes damage, the standing dvati takes 1 + character level of damage, however the conscious dvati cannot become unconscious through this damage. If a dvati twin dies, the other twin begins to deteriorate, gaining 1 level of exhaustion every 24 hours after their death. These points of exhaustion can't be recovered unless the dead Dvati is brought back to life, in which the exhausted Dvati recovers 1 exhastion point per long rest.
Empathic Link. As long as both twins are on the same plane, they can empathetically sense the other's emotional state. Each twin knows when the other takes damage. Additionally, though communication between the twins is not telepathic, it is highly nonverbal and intuitive. Dvati twins can communicate with half the words and twice the speed of other creatures, even in combat.
Transference. If one of your dvati twins is affected by a curse or disease, or is blinded, deafened, paralyzed, or poisoned, and the other is not, you can use your action to transfer that condition to the other twin.

References[edit]

  1. Volo's Guide to Monsters pp.120

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