Drurkk (5e Race)
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|“||Even the orcs call them 'demons'...||”|
|By Eric Lofgren|
The drurkk are horrific beings with mixes of orcish and demonic features. They bear the physique of orcs, though with some slightly leaner builds, appearing a bit more haggard, with sunken eyes. This augments their fright factor. They are typically pale, with tinges of red or unnaturally scarlet-hued skin. Their eyes are fiery red, flickering like flames. They have ears that are more pointed and angular, and teeth and tusks sharper than a normal orc. Their bodies are commonly riddled with veins and scars.
Where tanarukks are demon orcs, drurkks are similar, in that they have partaken in the taint of fiendish blood. However, where tanarukks were made by breeding enslaved orcs with tanar'ri and influenced by the traditions of demons, drurkks had a more orcish origin. Like the sanguis, drurkk came about from the use of the substance droth. The blood of the demons corrupted the orcs bodies and minds, creating the drurkk. At first, they were utilized similar to Yurtrus' infected, being used as separate fodder and soldiers away from the main body of orcs. But they were very sane and plotted, succeeding eventually in escaping. Away from the other orcs, they came to forge a different culture, differentiating themselves as a race which could breed with their own.
Like orcs, drurkks adhered to a tribal structure. But since their numbers were volatile, females are treated much better than in a typical orc tribe. Drurkks pillage as orcs do, and will often harvest blood from their victims to sate their literal bloodlust. They ritualistically use blood from the slain to mark their bodies in rituals of honor. Despite how primitive this may seem, drurkks also display an interesting degree of societal engagement with others. They commonly trade with other fishy and underworld sources for droth as well as weapons. It is possible that they have some enhanced cerebral capacities mirroring the cunning of fiends.
Names of drurkks are usually derived from Orcish. But they developed an Infernal edge to them. It is not typical Infernal however, as the drurkks did not dwell or exchange culture at the Hellgates. They themselves do not know Infernal inherently, but it strangely makes sense sometimes in increments.
Male: Nadgaj, Thrakker, Drepar, Faavhas
Female: Moahv, Bukra, Ligha, Kjani
Orcs changed by demon blood
Ability Score Increase. Your Strength score increases by 2, and your Constitution or Charisma score increases by 1.
Age. The demon blood in orcs did not necessarily augment their lifespan. They commonly live to 40.
Alignment. They tend to lean toward chaotic alignments.
Size. Your size is Medium
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 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.
Demon Tenacity. Like a demon, you can keep going amazingly even after being beaten down on. When you are reduced to 0 hit points but not killed outright, you can drop to 1 hit point instead. You can't use this feature again until you finish a long rest.
Hellish Fortitude. Your body is strengthened by the droth to take more punishment. When you take damage, you can use your reaction to reduce the damage by an amount equal to the total of your character level + your Constitution modifier + your proficiency bonus. After you use this trait, you can’t use it again until you finish a short or long rest.
Blood Rush. The sight of your kills splaying their life essence sends you into a thrill coded deep into your bones. When you kill an enemy that can bleed, you gain temporary hit points (minimum of 1) equal to your Constitution modifier. You can't use this trait again until you finish a short or long rest.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and Orc. You can read and understand bits and pieces of written and spoken Infernal, but you are not proficient in it.
Random Height and Weight
|5′ 0″||+2d8||150 lb.||× (1d6) lb.|
*Height = base height + height modifier