Argus (5e Race)

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Argus Panoptes

Physical Description[edit]

Argus are covered head to toe in thousands of blinking eyes. While the eyes can be the same size and color, they can sometimes vary. Each eye can move independently of the others.


Having a million eyes can be both a blessing and a curse. It can give them advantage in certain fields that others can't, but it is very hard for them to integrate into society or live a normal life. Most Argus take up jobs as guards or watchmen.


The most famous Argus, Panoptes, was a herdsman who guarded sacred cows. The arcane trickster Hermes had decided to wait until Argus had fallen asleep and kill him, stealing the cows for himself. Most of The Argus use this as a cautionary tale, teaching that no one can be completely aware at all times.

Argus Traits[edit]

The ones with a million eyes
Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 3
Age. 40 years, maturing at 5
Alignment. Mostly Lawful
Size. Medium
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
Million Eyes. You see in all directions, granting advantage on all Perception checks that rely on sight
All Seeing. You are proficient in intimidation and investigation
Eyes in The Back of Your Head. You are immune to being surprised and creatures will have difficulty blinding you
Vulnerable. You lose all effects of this race if you've been blinded (such as by the spell blindness/deafness) or you are heavily dressed
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and one other language of your choice.

Suggested Characteristics[edit]

When creating an Argus character, you can use the following table of traits, ideals, bonds and flaws to help flesh out your character. Use these tables in addition to or in place of your background's characteristics.

d8 Personality Trait
1 I literally see the world in a different way
2 I handle everything delicately, for fear of hurting my eyes
3 I am always on guard
4 Sometimes I get overwhelmed by everything I can see
5 I like to observe things as closely as I can
6 I'm sometimes unaware of how unusual I am
7 Even the most minor movement is painful
8 I try to hide my eyes as often as I can
d6 Ideal
1 Guardian. I am best suited as a protector (Good)
2 Duty. I live only to serve (Lawful)
3 Indifference. I like to watch, but not interfere (Neutral)
4 Curiosity. When I see something interesting, I have to know more about it (Chaotic)
5 Paranoia. I must always watch for those who want to kill me (Evil)
6 Avoidance. It is best if I stay as far away as possible. (Neutral)
d6 Bond
1 I easily forget what I was originally supposed to be focusing on
2 I'll never forgive myself for the person who died on my watch
3 The farther I am from others, the better
4 I know that the woman I love can never look past my appearance
5 My kind is rare, so meeting one brings tears to my eyes
6 The herd I watch over is my only family
d6 Flaw
1 I'm constantly afraid of closing all my eyes
2 I am not a very careful person
3 I have no personal drives or goals
4 I refuse to touch something, unless I have to
5 Everyone is, in fact, looking at me
6 I'm actually near-sighted
(0 votes)

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