Gelf (5e Race)

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Physical Description[edit]


The history of the gelf is mostly undocumented. The few gelf that joined civilization have conflicting stories. A lone gelf bard named Nept spoke of underground cave villages and others like the great gelf wizard Wazzok spoke of an advanced civilization on another plane. The truth is unknown and many feel not even the gelf know their true origin or lives. All gelf seem to not remember their origins or families as they have no memories of before adulthood, at least that's what they say.


Not much are known of the gelfs. Many question if gelfs are real or if they are just a myth. Those that have reported seeing them describe them as tiny elves that quickly vanish. They have been sighted in deep forests, caves, jungles and in crowded cities. Most reporters question if they truly saw a gelf or if it was just a gnome.

The gelf have a way of passively confusing those around them. Many question if what they are seeing is a gelf or just another race disfigured. The gelf passively are known to add features of other races even without realizing it. The gelf tend to try and be what is the dominant race in an area to blend in. Once a popular gelf named Gibbles convinced everyone he was a child dragonborn including himself. It is unknown why they do this not even to the gelf.

Gelf Names[edit]

Gelfs appear to have wacky or made up one-word names according to the five "known" gelfs (Nept, Wazzok, Gibbles, Jitterous, and Caloops). Other suspected gelfs tend to use names of what other races they encounter. They appear to have no clan or family names unless they take one on. There is no difference between boy and girl names and they are known to use either.

Names: Abis, Artyby, BonkBonk, Belius, Cramper, Candlemen, Dipples, Dundles, Eishmas, Edlebuck, Fishmix, Fidna, Galoop, Galpal, Herv, Henduck, Indo, Ickle, Joop, Jundus, Klef, Kloopers, Loofus, Limpff, Moosh, Melk, Nutlag, Nucktuck, Ookle, Obious, Pundles, Pembdles, Qudoop, Quinblop, Rifdimf, Rafthempf, Sleeds, Slamps, Triffles, Timbills, Unk, Uvinus, Vittiamins, Valnup, Walump, Welkthrup, Xanlark, Xannler, Yiffles, Yerple, Zendals, Zlap.

Gelf Traits[edit]

An elf that
Ability Score Increase. Your Charisma increases by 1 and one other score increases by 2.
Age. The gelf reach adulthood before they turn 100 but it is not known how long they live. Some say it is between 500 and 1,000 years thought its never been confirmed.
Alignment. Gelf are rarely seen and the ones that are, flee. The few Gelf on record were known as generally good beings. Gelf seen in the wild tend to appear neutral. No evil gelfs have been reported though they may have made it that way.
Size. Gelfs look and appear like normal elves in every way except they are between 2 and 3 feet tall and weigh around 40 pounds. Your size is Small.
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.
Art of Escape. You can use your action to shrink in size for a short period of time. For the next 10 minutes or until you take an attack action you become a size Tiny creature, and you become 10 inches tall. You also add +5 to all Dexterity (Stealth) Checks during this time. Everything on you shrinks with you in size and unshrinks with you. You can not take this action again until you finish a long rest.
Easy to Fool. You gain proficiency in Deception and the disguise kit.
Fey Ancestry. You have advantage on saving throws against being charmed and magic can't put you to sleep.
Hidden Talents. You gain proficiency with one of any of the following: any musical instrument, any gambling set, and any tool kit.
Languages. You can read, speak and write Common and Elvish.

Random Height and Weight[edit]

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

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