Death Qaz (5e Race)

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Death Qaz[edit]

"The time is now my brothers and sisters! We are not of the living, we are not of the dead and neither will be able to stop us!" --A death qaz warlord preparing for battle.

Physical Description[edit]

Death qaz look like un-gendered dark purple skinned humanoids with slightly tapered ears. They are usually spindly and tall with a "skin and bones" type emaciated look. Their most prevalent traits are their eyes which look as though one is looking into an empty void and a thin black aura that surrounds them at all times making them look as though they are always in shadow. However, if one becomes a chosen death qaz their skin tends to be more blue than purple, their aura is much lighter and wider more like dark mist than a blanket of shadows and their eyes tend to have a twinkling effect in them resembling stars.

History[edit]

A death qaz is born sometimes when a being dies in an area that has strong ties to the Shadowfell. Instead of dying normally, the creature's soul gains a form of dark taint from the Shadowfell and is reborn in an elemental body of shadow. This transformation is rare and the newly formed death qaz is not a reincarnation of its previous self. It has no memories of who it was and usually doesn't care either. Death qaz can form in the Shadowfell but for whatever reason, it seems to be the combination of the two realms that make this transformation more common as death qaz that are born in the Shadowfell are extremely rare. After several years of study, there is a way one can assure they become a death qaz though the way is a closely guarded secret (and notoriously difficult to learn considering one's loss of all their memories upon transforming). A death qaz awakens near the body of the creature that spawned them. As a result death qaz have gotten their name because people associate them with graveyards and horrific tragedies.

Society[edit]

Because of their rarity, death qaz generally do not form their own societies. Death qaz are naturally mistrusted and can be rather nasty at times meaning that they are treated much like tieflings in regular societies. However, you will sometimes get death qaz who will form small travelling bands especially if all of the death qaz there are trying to fight their fallen shadow heritage.

Death Qaz Names[edit]

When a death qaz awakens the first thing they do is choose a name based on how the person that spawned them died.

Names: Headwound, Bleedout, Poison, Lightning

Death Qaz Traits[edit]

Death has befallen you but the Shadowfell has raised you above both life and death
Ability Score Increase. Your Constitution score increases by 2
Age. Many think death qaz to be immortal but the energies that cause them to live will eventually burn out after 4000 years or so
Alignment. Unfortunately, many death qaz are driven by the dark energies that created them and become thieves and murderers swinging to evil and chaotic roles. However, albeit rare death qaz will fight these urges but are still rarely of a good alignment
Size. Death qaz are usually tall standing at about 7 1/2 foot tall at their tallest but because of the energies that made them they usually only weigh between 40 and 50 lbs. Your size is Medium
Speed. Your base walking speed is 35 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.
Ghastly Transposition. You can cast the misty step spell once. When you have finished a short or long rest, you regain the use of this spell.
Elemental Body. You do not require air, food, water or sleep.
Languages. You can speak, read and write Common, Primordial, and one other language of your choice.
Subrace. You were either born as a pure death qaz or a being used a secret technique to turn you into a chosen death qaz.

Pureblooded[edit]

Ability Score Increase. Your Charisma score increases by 1.
Menacing Aura. You are proficient with the Intimidation and Deception skill.
Shadowfallen Transposition. After you cast the misty step spell, you have advantage on the next attack roll you make before the end of your turn.

Chosen[edit]

Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 1.
Keen Eyes. You are proficient the Perception skill.
Misty Aura. You have a misty aura that surrounds you, allowing you to obscure yourself. When you don't expand any movement on your turn in combat, the space you occupy becomes lightly obscured if it isn't already heavily obscured and returns to normal once you move from that space.

Random Height and Weight[edit]

Table: Death Qaz Random Height and Weight
Base Height Height Modifier Base Weight Weight Modifier
7′0″ +1d6 45 lbs. × 1d4 lb.

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