Aetherborn (5e Race)

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Aether: The primary constituent of the ethereal plane. So easy to define, so hard to understand. Not even those made out of it can understand it. That is probably the most cruel joke that the gods could have ever made.
Fragment of "Aether" by Severion, the Grand Wizard.

The ethereal plane is the most travelled and, even then, probably the less understood of the planes of the multiverse. Battles in this plane are rare and far in between. But when the blood and flesh of the combatants meet an ether cyclone and it is strong enough to make a hole into the astral plane sometimes the combination of aether, living material, psychic interactions and souls form the aetherborn: The mortal representation of chaos.


Aetherborn come into being spontaneously from aether. Their bodies and minds are formed out of some interaction between the volatile elements of aether, material elements, a soul or more coming from the astral plane and the psychic impressions created by the people nearest to where they form.Even as such, each aetherborn is a unique individual, not a mere copy of some other person’s mind and shape. This race is little understood, and few aetherborn are willing to waste any of their short lives allowing scholars to study their biological and psychological characteristics.

Physical Description[edit]

Although they require material elements to be born, aetherborn are a strange living product of aether, cast in a mostly humanoid form but lacking any of the biological qualities of other races. They don’t eat or sleep, and they don’t reproduce nor do they have any physical sexual characteristics. They look immaterial and have a body made out of what appears to be a colored smoke in constant movement. This smoke is most commonly silver or white, although other colors have been shown, like torquoise, red, brown, gray, orange and green. At touch their skin feels like gelatin and they don't seem to get injured.

They don't have hair or a face unless they wish too, although they are perfectly able to act as they have ears, eyes and nose.

Source: Konjaku Hyakki Shūi


Little is known about the aetherborn. It is supported that they are always born in the etherial plane and their constitution, but not much more is known. They don't have interest in wealth or power, although they have been known as protectors of powerful secrets. They are never bound to the material plane and they do not form societies.


They are scarce and probably a couple dozen exist in the ethereal plane at any moment, so they don't form societies. Each one is an individual and they only want to fulfill their purpose, if they know what it is.

Aetherborn Names[edit]

Their name is given by themselves. They usually use mystic elements as a naming convention. If they get assigned a task by external forces, they sometimes receive a name from their tasker.

General: Chariot, Destruction, Eternity, Love, Space, Time

Aetherborn Traits[edit]

Race of aether plane beings born from aether and other elements
Ability Score Increase. Your Charisma score increases by 2, and one other ability scores of your choice increase by 1.
Age. Aetherborn typically come into being as adults. Those that live in the aetherial plane seem to be immortal, while those that live in other planes live no more than 10 years. However there are a few exceptions but these are exceedingly rare, more so then the Aetherborn themselves.
Alignment. Aetherborn are typically driven by their interests, making them chaotic neutral.
Size. Aetherborn are about the same size as humans, ranging from 5 to 6 feet tall. They are quite light—only about 60 pounds—and their weight diminishes as they age in other planes different to the etherial plane. Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
Darkvision. 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 gray.
Aetherial constitution.. You don't sleep, you remain still for 4 hours, gaining the benefits of a long rest, while being fully aware of your surroundings. You don't need to eat or drink, but you can if you want to. You can't wear armor of any kind. Your armor class is 10 + Dexterity modifyier. As you are immaterial any attack roll against you not performed by a magical or adamantine weapon or while not grapped or incapacitated is rolled with disadvantage.
Born of Aether. You have resistance to necrotic damage.
Menacing. You gain proficiency in the Intimidation skill.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and two other languages of your choice.

Random Height and Weight[edit]

5′ 10″ +2d10 30 lb. × (1d6) lb.

*Height = base height + height modifier
**Weight = base weight + (height modifier × weight modifier)

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