Buttery Sprite (5e Race)

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Buttery Sprites[edit]

“ Finite human, did you just tie me to my bed? Finally, a human that learns to live a little. Now untie me so I can steal the inn's butter. ”
—Tranquility "Churn", Sprite within a Monastery of the Way of the Open Hand

Physical Description[edit]

Butter Fairy by M.W. Kaluta

Buttery sprites are almost like tiny elves. Only a foot tall and having little pointed ears, they are quite small compared to the worlds they live in. However, they have soft colored irises, usually yellow or amber, and soft textured skin. Their hair is usually in tones of brown and blonde and their skin color actually has a slight golden tint, no matter the ethnic with all ethnicities that humans can have. With some ethnicities, the tint is more noticeable than with others. Their wings are gossamer wings like a praying mantis' without any wing shields. Preferring non-hide material for their clothes, they stick to cotton, linen, wool, silk and so on. (The cloth may not be made by harming or killing an animal but can be from animals.) They usually wear either all yellow clothing or have some yellow cloth or pattern in their garments.

Unlike other small fey like fairies or other sprites, buttery sprites sport an amazing metabolism for fat consumption, which allows for their excessive love of butter. Their hands and faces are also extremely smooth due to continued butter exposure and consumption. In fact, these particular parts of their bodies are known to glimmer like an oily surface. Their hair is also of an oilier texture than normal. Their wings have a much more noticeable shimmer as well, due to their diet. Some say their wings resemble the color of bubble film, which is the same color of oil on water.


They are pure fey, but love visiting the Material Plane and spending time there. How they came to find this plane even existed is simple. A group now referred to buttery sprites as Frontier-Finders began snooping around some archfey who had made a pact with mortal warlocks. Deciding this place would be absolutely fun to visit, they set out to find a stable path to and from the fey plane. To them, sharing the open ways forged by elves were dour and bland. So they searched for a newer one. So they went to one of the eladrin elven cities, which flickered between the planes. Upon arriving, they went searching for days, until they came by a wizard who studied the links between the planes. Thus he told them about faerie gates, or "pixie gates." Though not made by pixies themselves, the gates would work fine, as they were told. Faerie gates are little arches with bells on the tops that allow small fey to travel between planes, as pixies and sprites are more likely to be benevolent compared to larger fey. It was a commonly thought idea that large fey's offsprings were more dangerous and malevolent.

When they crossed over they came to an old abbey full of peaceful monks who were quite hospitable. Although the buttery sprite stole food, the monks understood that they sometimes had to find ways to sustain themselves against more powerful fey. This point is why buttery fey love butter. The monks accidentally created some butter chunks in the cream they left one night and the sprites loved it. As they consumed more and more of it, their physiology changed and, after years of this, they came to be called 'buttery' sprites.


Buttery sprites unsurprisingly set up their own settlements inside monasteries, inns, and taverns and participate in mortal societies. They remain due to their inability to produce this food of the gods that is butter and so stay by communities where agriculture allows for its manufacturing. No more than fifteen sprites usually reside in a settlement. Their societies are to build and decide the codes they will follow above the local law. Usually, any society has these three basic rules. (Or something close enough to them)

1) Punish hypocrites who do "enough" harm worthy of reprimanding
2) Settlements must be in abbeys, monasteries, taverns, inns, and the like. (Generally, a minimum around ten years is set, unless it is an elvish society. The rough equivalent of ten years is considered, then.)
3) Steal butter (before any other food) that has not been enchanted against fey

It should be noted they do not choose a settlement based on the actions of mortals, but will particularly vex leaders (such as innkeepers and tavern owners) that cheat and become severely hypocritical in nefarious ways. They discern between intentional two-faced behavior and mortals who simply are imperfect. Buttery sprites know they make mistakes as mortals do. They do not think a thief who carries a successful heist should be punished for ingenuity or stealth. But this is just because they love and steal butter. They hold their code above mortal laws and, will honestly decide among themselves if they will respect mortal laws if the occasion arises.

Buttery Sprite Names[edit]

Buttery sprite names only have genders with their Sylvan names that are from the Feywild. Material Plane names usually are themed from where their buttery sprite society's location. Taverns and inns use physical objects in the name and monasteries usually have trait/emotion names. However, butter or food-themed names may be used for comedy purposes if given by a mortal friend. Usually, these are in addition to a serious name, but sometimes it is their only name.

Tavern/Inn: Ruby, gold, cleaver, spear, ladybug, beetle, poppy, rose

Monastery: Harmony, Tranquility, Serenity, Hope, Rage, Mischief, Meek, Mourning, Joy, Slothful, Electric,

Comedy: Churn, Flakey, Crispy, Deep-Fried, Salt, Pepper, Milk, Cream, BigMac, Whopper, Horseradish, Corn-dodger, Five-Alarm Chilli, Hot Sause, Cupcake, Potato

Buttery Sprite Traits[edit]

Design Note: Please consider the Tiny Player Characters (5e Variant Rule) when using this race

Fairies that love butter
Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 2, and your Charisma score increases by 1.
Age. They are different than other sprites since they are immortal. Alternatively, if your DM does not allow characters to be immortal, they live to 130 years and mature at 10.
Alignment. They are usually chaotic, but neutral and lawful buttery sprites aren't unheard of. Buttery sprites are either good or neutral and are rarely evil.
Size. You can be anywhere for seven inches to a foot and a half tall. Your size is Tiny.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 15 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.
Trance. You focus on reflexive memories, either from the Feywild, Material Plane, or both. You don't need to sleep. Instead, you meditate deeply, remaining semiconscious, for 4 hours a day. After resting in this way, you gain the same benefit that a human does from 8 hours of sleep. If you meditate during a long rest, you finish the rest after only 4 hours. You otherwise obey all the rules for a long rest; only the duration is changed.
Invisibility. At 3rd level, you can cast the invisibility spell once at will. You regain use of this trait after finishing a short or long rest.
Fly. You have a flight speed of 25 feet, and cannot fly higher than 25 feet. You must not be wearing medium or heavy armor to use this speed.
Oily. Like the butter you love so much, you are quite slippery from the fat. You have advantage in checks to escape grapples.
Fey Ancestry. You have advantage on saving throws against being charmed, and magic can't put you to sleep.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and Sylvan.

Random Height and Weight[edit]

1′ 5'' +1d12 1/2 lb. × 1 lb.

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

Suggested Characteristics[edit]

When creating a Buttery Sprite character, you can use the following table of Quirks to help flesh out your character. Use these tables in addition to your background's characteristics.

d8 Quirks
1 I steal livestock to make my own butter
2 I show myself to one human only as their imaginary friend
3 Every now and then I "borrow" gold from seedy innkeepers
4 I prank everyone and everyone. Crooks and cheats get the cruel pranks
5 I prank in nondirect ways, meaning I mess with posetions, not the owner
6 I replace the gold of jerks with fool's gold coins
7 I show myself to humans and then convince them they're halucinating afterward
8 I only eat food that contains butter or has butter on it
(one vote)

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