Antaeud (5e Race)
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To have a giant's strength;
But it is tyrranous
To use it like a giant.
More than a thousand years ago, after the fall of the giants and the beginning of the savage times, a small group of humans, orcs and giants united to survive. Through the centuries these races merged, until finally they were one: antaeuds.
|By Gustave Doré|
Antaeuds are extremely large and powerful humanoids. Their physical appearance, height and size, however, can vary a lot. Their height can go from a "short" 9 feet to an amazing 12 feet. Their weight can vary from 400 to 800 pounds. Their colouring is also variable: from pale blue skin to a deep grey and from white eyes to black. This is due to the crazy mix of giant, orc and human blood.
Antaeuds are descendants from the union of humans, orcs, and cloud, ice, stone and storm giants. They live in a gigantic and heavily fortified city called Urrgarda. The first creature of such a union, Antaeus, is celebrated as a religious figure and the ruling family of Urrgarda claims to be of his direct bloodline. The antaeuds have maintained fairly rigid bloodlines throughout their history, so that different types of "giant blood" are rarely mixed.
Antaeud society is made up of a strict caste system. The different castes are: rulers, warriors, shamans and workers. While each bloodline has a tendency to be found in a specific caste, an antaeud is free to choose a different caste if he or she so desires. It stands to reason that antaeud society is deeply conservative. However, citizens of Urrgarda descent, even the more rebellious ones, are treated with dignity and are believed to have unviolable rights. The worst sentence a citizen of Urrgarda can receive in their courts is banishment: to never return to the walled city. These exiles are the antaeuds only face in society outside their own walls. In the outside world, their blood is reviled as unnatural and many would have a hard time concealing their mixed lineage. Many end up working in hard labor to utilize their strength.
Antaeud names derive from powerful giant figures in mythos and history.
Male: Annas, Enkledaos, Polybotes, Polyphiron
Female: Gina, Etna, Campania, Heraklia
Humanoids of heavily mixed giant blood
Ability Score Increase. Your Strength score increases by 2.
Age. An antaeud typically finishes growing in their late thirties and are only legally considered an adult at 40. An antaeud typically lives for around three hundred years.
Alignment. An antaeud, given their ancient, stable and rigid society, naturally tends towards lawful. Chaotic antaeuds are an extremely rare occurence and chaotic behaviours are treated as amoral in antaeud society.
Size. Antaeuds vary in height and build based on their subrace. Your size is Large.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
Giant Power. You are proficient in the Athletics skill.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and Giant.
Subrace. Choose either the cloud, stone, storm or ice subrace.
Antaeuds of the cloud bloodline are, among their kind, tall and thin. Their height is almost always more than 10 foot whereas their weight averages around 400 pounds.
Ability Score Increase. Your Intelligence score increases by 1.
Cloudwalking. As a bonus action, the cloud antaeuds may make themselves as light as air. For one minute, you gain a flying speed of 30 feet, but you cannot fly higher than 5 feet in altitude. Once you have used this trait, you may not use it again until you have completed a long rest.
Antaeuds of the ice bloodline are of medium giant height and muscly. Their height averages around 10 feet whereas their weight averages around 450 pounds.
Antaeuds of the stone bloodline are, compared to their kin, short and stocky. Their height averages around 9 feet whereas their weight averages around 500 pounds.
Antaeuds of the storm bloodline are tall and strong. Their height averages around 11 foot whereas their weight averages around 500 pounds.
Random Height and Weight
|9′ 00″||+3d12||400 lb.||× (2d4) lb.|
*Height = base height + height modifier