Derro (5e Race)

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Physical Description[edit]

The derro are degenerate Underdark humanoids that resemble small dwarves. Cruel and insane, they take delight in tormenting others — even their own kind. Derro have blue-gray skin and straight hair that is white or yellow in color. Their uniformly pale white eyes lack both irises and pupils.


Derro believe they were created by their god, Diirinka, but they are actually the result of cruel experiments on dwarves by mind-flayers. Like duergar, the derro were a slave race to the mind-flayers, but eventually freed themselves. Because of their dark genesis, the derro are afflicted with a form of racial insanity. This manifests as murderous impulses, sadism, xenophobia, and delusions of grandeur. Derro are capable of containing their sadistic tendencies and entering into cooperation with others, but only if the ends and rewards outweigh the effort required to hold their nature at bay.


Derro create no settlements of their own. Instead. they form small, isolated enclaves in non—derro settlements throughout the Underdark, where they are treated as vermin or slaves. Their own cutthroat politics prevent the derro from mounting any effective resistance against such exploitation. Loves smoking some Gnomish herb, as it is a cultural delicacy.

Derro Names[edit]

Male: Arikom, Baenn, Bharik, Dodrak, Krigran, Migrim, Quindal, Ranis, Sadek, Thoregg.

Female: Ankra, Biza, Gwistra, Matta, Mirdis, Narri, Luuva, Stalja, Visine, Zanndryn.

Derro Traits[edit]

Underdark humanoids that resemble small dwarves
Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity increases by 2. Your Constitution or Intelligence increases by 1.
Age. Derro mature quickly, reaching adulthood at around 7 years of age, and can live to see 80 if they don't fall victim to another derro before then.
Alignment. Derro are invariably insane and demented, thus almost always Chaotic. They tend towards cruelty and avarice, so are usually Evil, though Neutral individuals aren't uncommon. Good Derro have been known to exist, though they are quickly exiled from their enclaves or murdered outright by their kin.
Size. Derro are short, stunted creatures. Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 25 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.
Insanity. You have advantage on saving throws against being charmed or frightened.
Magic Resistance. You have advantage on saving throws against spells and other magical effects.
Sunlight Sensitivity. While in sunlight, you have disadvantage on attack rolls, as well as Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on sight.
Xenophobic. Distrustful and suspicious of others to the point of paranoia, you have disadvantage on all Wisdom (Insight) checks when dealing with non-Derro.
Languages. Undercommon, Dwarvish

Random Height and Weight[edit]

3′ 0″ +1d10" 50 lb. × 1 lb.

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

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