Deadlightkin (5e Race)
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"When you’re a kid you think the universe revolves around you. You think that you’ll always be protected and cared for. Then, one day, you realize that’s not true. Because when you’re alone as a kid, the monsters see you as weaker. You don’t even know they’re getting closer, till it’s too late." -Unknown warlock
Deadlightkin are notably able to change into any form they wish, as long as it is vaguely humanoid. They do however prefer to stick to one form when not fighting or hunting, often one that fits their personality, or how they would like to be perceived on a regular basis.
Deadlightkin can never agree on what plane they came from, but they all agree on the same basic story. Eons ago, on a plane beyond mortal comprehension, titanic beings of unfathomable size swam through the void. One of such beings was know as the Greatest Deadlight, a being of death, terror, and destruction, resembling something like a spider. Another being, or peace and life, agreed to look somewhat like a turtle, cast out the Greatest Deadlight, as punishment for Its crimes. Unable to exist in Its current form, It was shattered into thousands of beings, each inheriting some of Its power, and having varying levels of sentience. Most were clever animals, hunting down and terrifying prey, although some hundred or so retained sentience, becoming terrifying in their own right, feared in a way only a creature like a mind flayer could be.
Due to their rarity, being cast across the multiverse, and most of them being feral beasts, they have very little society to speak of. They often enjoy living in crowded towns, cities, and villages due to the ample prey, humanoid and animal alike. They either hide away in sewers, alleys, and abandoned buildings, or by pretending to be regular, if odd and creepy people.
Deadlightkin don't have any form of racial naming system, and steal from any that they see as appropriate, in any gender they wish. Names: Pennywise, Tom, Athena, God, Vulpes, Mary, Kriznarb the IV, Mr. Widemouth, The Heat Death Of The Universe
I'm every nightmare you've ever had. I am your worst dream come true! I am everything you ever were afraid of!
Ability Score Increase. Your Charisma score increases by 2 and one score of your choice increases by 1.
Age. Deadlightkin seem to be effectively immortal as long as they keep feeding regularly.
Alignment. Deadlightkin tend toward evil and chaotic alignments, although they have the capability to choose any other alignment.
Size. Deadlightkin can shapeshift to a certain extent, to sizes of barely 4 feet to well over 7 feet tall. Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
Truesight. For 35 feet, you can see in normal and magical darkness, see invisible creatures and objects, automatically detect visual illusions and succeed on saving throws against them, and perceive the original form of a shapechanger or a creature that is transformed by magic. Furthermore, you can see into the Ethereal Plane.
Fear feeder. You do not need to eat or sleep, but once every three days, you must cause a creature with at least 4 Intelligence to become frightened and subsequently kill and eat them.
Aura of terror. You emit an aura that radiates terror, any creature who sees you must make a Charisma saving throw with a DC equal to 10 + your Charisma modifier + proficiency bonus. Upon failure, they become frightened of you for three turns, you become resistant to all damages from nonmagical weapons from this creature, and your attacks deal an additional 1d8 psychic damage to this creature. Upon a success, however, the creature will no longer receive the extra 1d8 psychic damage.
Scary. You have proficiency in Performance and Intimidation.
Aberrant nature. You count as an aberration for all intents and purposes, although you don't have a home plane.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and one other language of your choice.