Callisto (5e Race)

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Callisto[edit]

Lest you forget young one, we are stardust.

Physical Description[edit]

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A Callisto Ranger. Art by Astromore

The callisto are beings that glow pure liquefied stardust akin to the stars. They can vary in color some taking on the look of the night's sky, while others look like vibrant astral smoke contained in the shape of a person, then finally you have those that just glow one or two colors. Their marks are given form at birth although the callisto can change the shape of these marks to convey emotion, and often do emote as they speak. As they grow older the color becomes more unsaturated and less saturated with the exception of white Callisto. While callisto have no facial features aside from the marks either held on their bodies or faces. The expressions they make largely consist of white bubbles below their skin moving to certain places along with glowing pulses of light and emote's of their marks to indicate mood. When expressing intense emotion their light tends to linger as they move from one place to the next leaving light streams where they just were. They're humanoid and stand at roughly the same remote height as humans. They consist of a flesh-like translucent shell that contains a glow stick like substance. They constantly emit a soft vibration that can be felt if one places their hand upon them. Akin to a heartbeat, a deceased callisto no longer vibrates. Held together by the pure energy held within their cores. Their blood glowing the same color as their bodies evaporates when it leaves their bodies leaving a trail of light and what looks to be dust as it does so. The body drained of their neon blood is left a darkened lifeless color of what it once was. Warm to the touch but not hot enough to burn anything the callisto have an outer layer that keeps their energy in held together by the core in their chest and is considered their most vital organ if it sustains damage they may instantly die.

History[edit]

It was once said the gods were at war. The resulting conflict gave way to whole stars exploding and sending their contents across the universe. After the war in an attempt to fix the damage done, the gods tried to repair those broken stars they left in their wake. And the resulting residual energy was left in the Astral plane. And with the gods powers of rejuvenation, that left behind energy; in hundreds of thousands of pieces, gained a will of its own. And thus the callisto were born. Finding one another, and venturing to the mortal plane cluster by cluster in order to venture and sate their wanderlust.

A common story told by the elders.

Society[edit]

Callisto are ever curious. Wanting to find out why they were born and just what are the bounds and ends to the world around them, not really concerning themselves with long-standing conflicts they prefer to explore to answer questions to solve those conflicts before they even come to a climax. They study their angelic properties to uncover who the deity was that brought them their corporeal form. Exploration driving them the most. Almost every callisto one would meet has, or is in progress of traveling around the world. They can't stand being in one place too long leading to a very nomadic lifestyle. Clusters of callisto usually consist of a few key members leading the group with 2/3rd's of them leaving and returning frequently. They gather all the good things they've learned from other races and apply them in their cities and homes. Making them as a whole more diplomatic and easy to approach than some of the more aggressive races. They value wisdom and knowledge the most.

Biology[edit]

Callisto are at a glance most akin to A modern glow stick. Their skin warm to the touch vibrates slightly as the arcane stardust swirls inside them. When they're harmed their Stardust comes out a glowing liquid form not taking long for it to evaporate erasing any trace of it in the process. As they sustain more damage their glow becomes less and less bright until they dim out losing all hue and luminescence. Their corpse a grey colorless husk no longer vibrating or swirling with arcane energy. with their inside looking darker as their body is observed closer to their core. A callisto with their core removed instantly dies, akin to ripping out one's heart. Not long after their blood evaporates and their shell hardens to a texture akin to Glass. Brittle and easily broken. The callisto Core, a Gem like formation lying in the center of their chest with colors matching the specific glow of the individual callisto. These cores act as their hearts. A primary organ pumping Arcane energy throughout the callisto.

Callisto Names[edit]

A callisto's name is usually determined by the constellation of white spots formed on the inside of their wrist from birth.

Male: Ursa, Orion, Scorpius, Draco, Leo

Female: Gemini, Crux, Aquila, Corona, Carina

Callisto Traits[edit]

A faceless glowing race of liquefied stardust adventurers.
Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity and Wisdom scores each increase by 1.
Age. The callisto mature around the age of 40 and live until their energy can no longer regenerate itself around the age of 800.
Alignment. They tend not to stray too far into good or evil, preferring the most open and neutral path to exploration, not ruling any methods out.
Size. Callisto tend to stand around 5 to 6 feet tall for the men and 4 to 5 feet tall for the women. Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
Bioluminescence. Due to their nature the callisto have the ability to glow in the dark. As an action, you can glow in the dark for an hour, shedding bright light in a 20-foot radius and dim light for an additional 20 feet. You regain use of this feature once you complete a short or long rest.
Darkvision. You have the ability to see in the dark. 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.
Astral Spirit. You use the innate magical properties of your body to help you on your way. You know the produce flame and guidance cantrips. Wisdom is your spellcasting ability for it.
Glowing Nature. Your creature type is considered both humanoid and elemental. As a result, you are resistant to fire damage and are immune to diseases.
Spark of Life. When your core is in danger of fading away you release a surge of astral energy. When you are reduced to 0 hit points but not killed outright, you can drop to 1 hit point instead. You can’t use this feature again until you finish a long rest.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and Primordial.

Random Height and Weight[edit]

Callisto females usually stand a foot smaller than the males and 20 or so lbs lighter on average.

Base
Height
Height
Modifier*
Base
Weight
Weight
Modifier**
5′ 8″ +1d12 60 lb. × (2d12) lb.

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

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