Bombay Cat-Shifters (5e Race)

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Bombay Cat-Shifter[edit]

Physical Description[edit]

Bombay Cat-Shifters tend to be taller and more muscular than the average human. They adorn sleek, short black hair that never really reaches past their ears. Occasionally, shifters have been known to grow out their hair, but that is extremely rare. Their eyes are wide and alert, and the eyes in question are either copper or green. A set of ears and a tail are not uncommon, as well as sharper nails and teeth. Despite the bombay cat itself being fully black, a shifter's skin tone does not have to be dark. In fact, their skin can range from the palest of peaches to the darkest of browns, although darker browns are more common than most other skintones.


Bombay Cat-Shifters are fairly new, only existing for about 110 years. They came into existence when an elderly witch used a failed potion on her cats. That is the simple, yet truthful, history of the Bombay Cat-Shifters.


Because the shifters have spread out, they don't really get to interact with other shifters other than their own family. They have a mother and a litter, but nobody else really is there living with them.

Shifters are also travelers. They never stay in the same place for once, and if they do, it's because they are forced to.

Bombay Cat-Shifters Names[edit]

Bombay Cat-Shifters adopt the names that creatures in the area use. For example, if they lived in Elven territory, they would use Elven names.

Bombay Cat-Shifter Traits[edit]

Cat-like humans that can shift into Bombay cats at will.
Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 2 and your Wisdom score increases by 1.
Age. Bombay Cat-Shifters have similar life-spans to humans, living a tad bit longer. They reach maturity at 18, and live until they are 120.
Alignment. Bombay Cat-Shifters commonly don't really care about anyone but themselves and their family, tending to be neutral. But a chaotic/lawful good/evil shifter is not unheard of.
Size. Being fairly tall, shifter's heights range from 6 feet to 7 feet tall. Your size is medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 35 feet.
Darkvision. Bombay Cat-Shifters have superior eyesight. You can see up to 60 feet within dim light as if it were bright, and darkness as if it were dim light.
Nothing Escapes Me. Much like cats themselves, Bombay Cat-Shifters are very perceptive. You have advantage on all Perception rolls dealing with sound.
Agile Feet. Bombay Cat-Shifters are very agile and graceful. You have proficiency in Acrobatics.
Brains Over Brawn. Bombay Cat-Shifters, much like their animal counterpart, are usually highly intelligent. You have advantage with all Intelligence rolls.
Like a Friend. Bombay Cat-Shifters tend to be very friendly and charismatic. You have advantage in Persuasion rolls.
Form of the Beast. Bombay Cat-Shifters can form into actual Bombay cats. As an action, you can shift into a Bombay cat. Anything on your person melts into your body, and you cannot get them back until you shift back into your human form. This form lasts until you use an action to shift back into your human form, or until you drop to 0 hit points. In this form, you have all the same stats you did when you were human, and you have one new attack.
Claw (Cat Form). Melee Weapon Attack: +your Strength modifier to hit, reach 5 feet, one target. Hit: 1d4 slashing damage.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and one other language of your choice.

Random Height and Weight[edit]

6′ 2″ +3d4 175 lb. × (2d6) lb.

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

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