Doomborn (5e Race)
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"To one who knows the exact method of their death, fear of death itself is a distant speck on the horizon, a problem for another day." - Archduke Draken
The Lost Shadows have been described as "shadow men", mostly because they don't fully exist in any realm, causing them to be slightly transparent in appearance. They resemble dark, transparent humanoids with the exception of their face, which appears featureless below their eyes, as though they were wearing a wispy mask. Their coloration tends towards the darker end of the spectrum, with most possessing grey, black, or dark brown skin. This also applies to their hair color, with the majority of Lost Shadows having black or dark brown hair. Eye color is the exception to his rule, as the Lost Shadows are known to have vibrant eye colors. Though beyond exceedingly rare, albino Lost Shadow are known to exist, possessing white hair and skin with pink eyes.
The Lost Shadow spontaneously appeared in all the realms and have slowly started to search for their "home land" despite the fact that none can recall the time before their sudden appearance, or their lives before. This amnesia present in all Lost Shadow and of equal magnitude in all of them, but so is the desire to return home.
The Lost Shadows have no fixed society, possessing no memories of their own, and usually just join the first society they come across, if they are accepted there. Many societies are highly superstitious and view the Lost Shadows as one might view the boogeyman, terrifying nightmare demons. Possessing an affinity for the darkness, and a dislike for the sun, Lost shadows are more common in the societies which live underground, such as dwarven settlements and the caves which make up the Underdark.
Lost Shadow Names
Lost Shadows have two names a "death" name and a "common" name. In an attempt to leave their death as a distant future event, most Lost Shadow conceal their "death" name so it cannot be used against them.
Male common names: Alix, Richard, John
Female common names: Sam, Jill, Ann
Male death names: Sword, Hammer, Poison, Crush
Female death names: Dagger, Magic, Fire, Drown
Lost Shadow Traits
Lost Shadow's know how they will die at the moment that they "appear" and will exist until slain by it.
Ability Score Increase. Strength +2
Age. The age they appear at is variable, and they live as long as it takes to meet their doom.
Alignment. Lost Shadow's tend towards neutral, though they can be easily influence by good or evil, as they posses no memories of what it means to be either.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 35 feet.
Shadow Form. You gain advantage to stealth checks made in dim light and darkness.
True Death. At 9th level you can spend 1 hour consuming 500 gp worth of materials to protect yourself against death. While so protected, if you die you are restored to life 1 hour later as though the raise dead spell had been cast on you. You cannot use this feature again until the penalty you suffer for coming back from the dead disappears (that is, four long rests.) If you were slain by a means associated with your death name, you die permanently and cannot be restored except with a wish spell.
Out of Phase. You do not need to eat or drink. You must meditate for 4 hours per night in place of sleeping; you are considered to be asleep for this effect.
Telepathic Mouth. You communicate telepathically with creatures within 40 feet that you can see and that you share a language with.
These Lost Shadow's are less transparent than other Lost Shadow's, owing to the fact that their death involves a clearly physical element, and their secret death name relates to this.
Ability Score Increase. Constitution +1
Fearless. You have advantage on saving throws made against being frightened.
Death Skill. You gain proficiency to weapons of one type.
These Lost Shadow's are more transparent than other Lost Shadow's, owing to the fact that their death involves a clearly magical element, and their secret death name relates to this.
Ability Score Increase. Wisdom +1
Immaterial. You are resistant to non-magical weaponry
Death Knowledge. You may add one cantrip from any classes list of spells to add to your list of known cantrips.
Random Height and Weight
|Base Height||Height Modifier||Base Weight||Weight Modifier|
|5′ 0″||+2d8||125lb.||add (1d10) x 10lb.|