Cijelese (5e Race)
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The cijelese are a dryad race that resembles elves in many ways, but are distinguished by their hair, which is growing vegetation that resembles the leaves of the lightwood trees that populate the forests of their homeland. The cijelese are not as graceful nor dexterous as elves and are not as strong as orcs. However, many still sport athletic builds thanks to their healthy lifestyle. Their eyes tend to be warm colors such as orange and yellow, although green is also common. They often stand between 5 and 6 ft in height.
|Dryad Militant, by Terese Nielsen|
The cijelese are an interesting people. They have dryad blood, and many consider them to be a subrace of dryads or even a new kind of wood elf. However, some scholars claim they have features more closely aligned with the Old Southerners, as some have very prominent, though rounded ears. In either case, they have been exiles until recent centuries thanks to their confederate agreement with the bygone nation of Tasnen. The cijelese were once the people of fierce warrior tribes that lived in Central Tasnen and the hills of the western plains. They would raid settlements and trade routes for wealth and status, and the western cities feared their cunning leaders who could seemingly win any fight. However, the armies of Tasnen and Eskain eventually became too strong for the cijelese to attack head-on. Also with the emergence of the Morkans, the cijelese soon found themselves the victims of raids. In this sorry state, Cijel made a protectorate agreement to have a confederate relationship with the nation of Tasnen. Ever since, its people have kept their religion, which calls them a chosen people, and they live in patience while reciting ancient tales. In accordance with those tales, they await the day when the chosen will be released of their suffering and restored to their rightful glory. With the fall of the Eskain, Morkan and Tasnen regimes, the cijelese have triumphed for now.
Cijel is the main citadel of the cijelese race, built in a lush forest. Their society is and has always been about balance and harmony between magic and the natural world. The warriors are taught to respect and use magic to enhance their abilities. Engineers combine magic with nature when undertaking any project, honoring aspects of both. Wizards, sorcerers, and warlocks study and/or practice their craft outdoors and are encourage to include nature's energies to enhance their magic. Cijelese are wary of and eschew forms of technology like steam and gears, viewing them as unnatural. They look down upon societies that tend towards large cities that are devoid of nature. Although, large cities themselves are not shunned should there be sufficient plant life as well as a central park of some kind.
Many other races look on the cijelese similar to the way they look at elves. They are a bit removed from others because they believe themselves superior. The difference comes in that the cijelese are often viewed more as tree huggers, as it is not unnatural to see the young or old cijelese literally hugging trees. They are highly respectful of nature. People often believe them to be mistakenly haters of technology. They are usually just very suspicious of its use, due to automation making what they believe to be meaningless things. They are well known for their combat prowess particularly by societies that live near the forests that the cijelese call home.
Cijelese have names that stress aspirant syllables. They have first and last names.
Male: Mesa, Adroushan, Alan, Aran, Ardavan, Artsen, Badouagan, Dzahhig, Gamo, Hairig, Hamparzhoum, Jivan, Kasbar, Matsag, Paramaz, Paren, Partogjimaos, Sarhad, Talar, Tevan, Tsakig, Vartan, Vosdanig, Vosgan, Yervant, Zareh
Female: Aida, Apel, Ara, Arpi, Berjanoush, Dhaodora, Eba, Harut, Hrehhen, Jalal, Kl'khatir, Mamre, Nayat, Nazant, Nazeli, Nourista, Nuart, Ovasa, Parantsem, Pourang, Rozin, Sharmag, Sinan, Vasbourag, Yester
Surnames: Asatro, Avali, Avediki, Baroni, Berber, Cholang, Dadash, Faraj, Galst, Garcha, Ginos, Gulbenkan, Hovaness, Ismail, Karapeti, Kezer, Khederlar, Khorozh, Klani, Koshar, Krikor, Margaryan, Merjan, Mikoy, Moosk, Moussisi, Narcesshan, Natlin, Sargsiy, Saroy, Suzmei, Tredatyan, Vahagn, Yarakhan, Yerevani
Dryads that appears elven except for their plant like hair.
Ability Score Increase. Your Wisdom score increases by 2, and one other ability score of your choice increases by 1.
Age. Cijelese generally age slowly, maturing around age 150 and live as long as 500 years.
Alignment. Cijelese trend towards lawful or neutral alignments. It is not uncommon however for a cijelese be of an evil alignment.
Size. You're about 5 to 6 feet in height. Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 35 feet.
Cijelese Weapon Training. You have proficiency with the glaive, lance, pike, and spear.
Fey Ancestry. You have advantage on saving throws against being charmed, and magic can’t put you to sleep.
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.
Innate Magic. You can cast the green-flame blade cantrip at will. Wisdom is your spellcasting ability for it.
Flame Flinch. You have disadvantage on saving throws against spells and effects that deal fire damage.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and Sylvan.
Random Height and Weight
|5′ 0″||+2d6||90 lb.||× (2d6) lb.|
*Height = base height + height modifier
- D&D 5e Sword Coast Adventure's Guide pp. 143