Cloudshifter (5e Race)

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There's someone there! I see the shadow, so it ain't no ghost... but it's not touching the floor...

Physical Description[edit]

Cloudshifters resemble fair skinned humanoids with pure white or gray eyes. Their skin seems to emit steam or mist and the air around them is rarely dry. It gives them a foggy appearance, and steam is seem sometimes coming out as they breath. Due to this precipitation, their hair often is wet. They do not like arid weather because this messes with their moisture levels. When they are angry, their hair is known to stand up due to internal electricity building from their particles speeding up, and their eyes flash like lightning. They can discharge this build-up via touch or conduction. This force can sometimes be utilized to help them momentarily float.


These enigmatic people are believed to be imbued with the power of gods breath. They are said to have formed from the clouds which rim the peaks of the world like foam, mixed with divine energy. This territory is often shared with other, more belligerent races, like goliaths and orcs. The cloudshifters have historically skirmished with them over territory atop these peaks. Many have been driven out of their original homes, eventually migrating down the slopes. Down on the ground, they eventually scattered to humid areas of the world, like rain-forests.


Cloudshifters live in tribes of thirty or forty members at a time. The elders usually lead the group throughout their daily activities, giving out the roles and doling chores. The youth are usually trained in hand-to-hand combat as well as magic to manipulate the power of weather. It is believed they bear the power of storms from gods breath in their bodies, and so many become storm sorcerers. They usually stay to protect their tribe, but many end up sent out into the world to experience it, and then bring knowledge back.

Cloudshifter Names[edit]

It is notable that cloudshifters often speak with a lisp and have airy tongues, like the hiss of air. Their names usually are after weather phenomena.

Male: Myst, Kloud, Cumul, Cirus

Female: Steem, Vapur, Droplet, Aera

Cloudshifter Traits[edit]

People born of divine breath from the clouds
Ability Score Increase. Your Charisma score increases by 2, and your Wisdom score increases by 1.
Age. They don't live much longer than a human and have had declining lifespans as time went on. The oldest known age for them was 400. Today, their average age is about only 100.
Alignment. The mood of storms describes their chaotic nature. Many are indifferent to the suffering of others unless it concerns their own interests.
Size. Cloudshifters are generally between 4 and 5 feet tall. Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30ft feet.
High Altitude Adaptation. You have resistance to cold damage and are accustomed to high altitudes, including elevations above 20,000 feet. You're also naturally adapted to cold climates, as described in chapter 5 of the Dungeon Master's Guide.
Cloud Charge. When angered, you can enter a frenetic stage of energy, much like a lightning cloud. On your turn, as a bonus action, you charge up a violent storm within. For 1 minute, your unarmed strikes deal lightning damage, and you can deal an extra 1d4 lightning damage to one creature you hit with an unarmed strike or an attack with a metal weapon once per round. You cannot use this trait again until you finish a long rest.
Cloudshift. You can lift yourself off the ground, much like a real cloud, by concentrating your energies into dispersing your density. As an action, you lift off the ground and gain a flying speed of 20 feet for 1 minute. However, you cannot fly higher than 5 feet off the ground with this trait, and you are immune to difficult terrain while this trait is active. You must finish a short or long rest to use this trait again.
Languages. You can speak, read and write in Common and Auran.

Random Height and Weight[edit]

4′ 0″ +2d8 30 lb. × (1d4) lb.

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

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