Eagle-folk (5e Race)

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Physical Description[edit]

By Tiger Territory

Eagle-folk look like, well, eagles. Martial eagles to be exact. They are extremely strong, but agile. They are smart, but humble. They have beaks and feathers like birds, but the physique of humanoids. They are 6 to even 8 feet tall, and weigh around 180 lbs. Their wingspan is at least as wide as they are tall. Although they are descendants from birds, the females have mammary glands, akin to human breasts. They also have the same kinds of reproductive systems as other humanoids, but that is often covered with feathers. Their feathers are often grey on the back and white on the stomach and head. The rest is all brown. Their feet are yellow vicious talons.


These creatures are one of the most amazing races anyone can ever meet, being so majestic like any fantastic beast. However, they are an endangered species. Long ago, people used to worship them and even erect temples. Eagle-folk usually live in hard-to-reach places high up in mountains.

One day, a particular zealot, obsessed with eagle-folk, did the unthinkable. He murdered one and devoured its flesh and drank its blood, even kept the bones for soup. All this he did to be "closer" to his deities. People shouted in outrage and had him hanged. However, he set a dangerous precedent. People got curious about the blood and bones of their gods.

A renowned shaman obtained some remains of a carcass from a fallen eagle-folk. Pandora's box opened. He found the blood of eagle-folk was a valuable chrome color that could coat materials and increase their worth drastically. The bones of these bird men also held great medicinal properties. When word got out, poachers sharpened their sabers and got ready to line their pockets. Buyers met them instantly for parts of or even whole eagle-folk. Some would even pay to abduct eaglets from nests and raise them in domestication.

The hunt was on and it was open season on the eagle-folk. At the time, they were not too far from the reaches of adventurers and so many were slaughtered in droves at first. As a result, eagle-folk are heavily endangered today. Seeing the world turn on them, they fled and vanished, abandoning their temples and prestige. They settled in isolated, barren peaks, hoping to recuperate in peace. People relentlessly pursue them to this day, however.


Eagle-folk have big families, often with 2 parents and up to 20 children in a single nest. There are around 7 families in a tribe, which would settle on a single peak or cliff side. Their tribe-leader is the oldest of the bunch, often a female, because the males are off defending the tribe on patrol. Females take a lot of roles in eagle-folk society, being the versatile ones.

Due to their status of being hunted, eagle-folk are highly suspicious of other races and strangers. They can be very hostile and violent if they believe themselves in danger. They despise humans in particular due to the shaman who had gained fame from his exploitative research being human.

Eagle-folk Names[edit]

Eagle-folk names are often either aarakocra names or human names. The human names come from old traditions of when they used to be worshipped. Aarakocra names are from some of their current comrades in wings, whom they confide with now more so than that of other races.

Male: Ici, John, Hacas

Female: Jenny, Yaci, Melissa

Eagle-folk Traits[edit]

Eagle-folk are strong and agile
Ability Score Increase. This depends on the subrace.
Age. Eagle-folk are mature at the age of 3. They can live to 120, but rarely do so.
Alignment. Eagle-folk live in the wild, but in tribes. So they can range from chaotic to lawful, which often comes with age. They are rarely evil, but mostly mistrusting.
Size. These creatures are fairly massive. They reach 6 to 8 feet tall. the men are very muscular,around 200 lbs, while the females are slim, around 150 lbs. Your size is medium their Wingspan is at least as wide as they are long
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet. You also have a flying speed of 30.
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.
Flight. You have a flying speed of 30 feet. To use this speed, you can’t be wearing medium or heavy armor.
Bird of Prey. Your strong, powerful talons make it easy for you to grab things. You have advantage in Strength (Athletics) checks to grapple. You also count as a size larger for determining your characters carrying capacity.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common, Auran, Giant Eagle and 1 other exotic language.


Bald eagle-folk have a white feathered head.

Ability Score Increase. Your Strength, Dexterity and Charisma scores each increase by 1
Powerful Build. Bald eagle-folk can fly, even with medium or heavy armor equipped.


Unlike their usual counterparts, golden eagle-folk are wholly covered in brown feathers than can shimmer with gold hues as they fly in the light at an angle.

Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 2, and your Wisdom score increases by 1.
Watchful Eye. Golden eagle-folk have more perceptive eyes than their counterparts. You are proficient in Perception checks.

Random Height and Weight[edit]

Eagle-folk male

6′ 0″ +2d12 160 lb. × (2d4) lb.

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

Eagle-folk female

6′ 0″ +2d12 120 lb. × (1d4-1) lb.

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

Suggested Characteristics[edit]

When creating a Eagle-folk , you can use the following table of traits to help flesh out your character. Use this table in addition to or in place of your background's characteristics.

d6 Personality Trait
1 I'm extremely claustrophobic.
2 I make friendships easily.
3 I don't make friendships easily.
4 My family shut me out.
5 I use paint to look different.
6 I was orphaned and now I live by a human family.

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