Gungan (5e Race)

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Gungan[edit]

You know, I find that Jar Jar creature to be a little odd.
—C-3PO to R2-D2 on Jar Jar Binks

Physical Description[edit]

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Gungan Jar Jar Binks

The gungans are a sentient amphibious species. They resemble tall humanoids with a flexible cartilaginous skeletal structure and strong leg muscles which allowed them to live in the waters of Naboo. Their earlobes, called haillu, are a means by which they display their emotions. Gungan have life cycles similar to frogs. They are born as tadpole creatures, and develop limbs within months of being hatched. Equipped with hardy lungs, they were capable of holding their breath for extended periods of time. The long gungan face has a tough yet flexible bill for burrowing and rooting out food among mud and shallows, though some find this ugly. Some gungans have whiskers on their bills as signs of maturity. They have long, muscular tongues with which they could scoop edible critters from the swamps.

There were two known races of gungan: the lanky otolla, who sport prominent bills and eyes set on short stalks, and the heavier ankura, whose eyes were hooded. The haillu, are more prominent on the otolla.

History[edit]

Gungans originated on the planet of Naboo, where they had a tense relationship with the planet's human population for quite some time. This was only reconciled when the Trade Federation invaded Naboo, and the two had to work together to ensure survival. The gungans proved instrumental in fending off the foreign invaders, and were able to join the Galactic Federation not long after. During the Clone Wars, the gungans were accused of supporting separatist causes. While this was quelled, their planet was soon made a major target of the separatists operation to scour planets clean. They were ultimately saved by the arrival of the New Republic.

Society[edit]

The gungan government is comprised off urban clans and city governments that answered to a High Council, which dealt with disputes between cities. Highly stratified, the society placed a high value on overall peace, shunned violence, and condemned even minor crimes such as vandalism with severe corporal punishments or even exile. Each city maintained an army to defend its honor and bolster its pride in its own territories and dominions. Despite a harsh hierarchy, it is believed even an exile can rise to the ranks of officials, as was the case of famous gungan, Jar Jar Binks.

Despite their emphasis on peace, the Gungans remain a proud warrior race. Unlike their human neighbors, they maintain a large gungan Grand Army, which acts as the standing Gungan defense force. It participated in the Battle of Naboo during the Trade Federation's occupation of the planet. During the Clone Wars, the Grand Army saw action against separatist forces on both Mon Cala and later Naboo itself.

Technology[edit]

Though sometimes dismissed as primitive due to their initial impressions, the gungans had advanced technology, including bubble projectors, bongo submarines and weaponry. The gungans preferred using technology that was related in some way to the ecology of their world, which is not wholly aquatic. For example, they use energy plasma that was mined from their planet's crust to power their cities and their weapons. The gungans also domesticate animals for use in transport and combat, such as the kaadu, the falumpaset and the fambaa. They have also been successful in making swamp farms for cultivation of food sources.

Gungan Names[edit]

Gungan names can consist of multiple, short parts, usually three. They can also be terse and single.

Male: Rugor Nass, Teers, Jar Jar Binks

Female: Peppi Bow, Roo-Roo Page, Bardotta

Gungan Traits[edit]

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Ability Score Increase. Your Charisma score increases by 1.
Age. Gungans are typically considered adults at 16, and live to 55-65 years of age.
Alignment. Gungans tend to be Lawful good alignments, though other lawful alignments are not uncommon. Chaotic alignments are often found in outcasts from gungan society.
Size. The average weight of gungans is around 165 pounds. Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet. You have a swim speed of 20 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.
Expanded Lungs. Gungans lost their ability to breathe in water upon changing out of tadpole phase. But they have adapted to be able to hold their breath underwater for extended periods of time. You can hold your breath for up to one hour at a time.
Tongue Grapple. Gungan tongues are well formed to catch prey. You may use a bonus action to make a special weapon attack with your tongue at a target up to 5 feet away. On a hit, they are grappled and can attempt to get out of the grapple with a Strength (Athletics) check on each of their turns as normal. You must finish a short or long rest before using this trait again.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write in Common and one other language of your choice.
Subrace. Choose from the otolla or ankura subraces.

Ankura[edit]

Ability Score Increase. Your Constitution score increases by 2.
Stocky. You count as one size larger when determining your carrying capacity and the weight you can push, drag, or lift.

Otolla[edit]

Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 2.
Hooded Eyes. You have advantage in saving throws against being blinded.

Random Height and Weight[edit]

Base
Height
Height
Modifier*
Base
Weight
Weight
Modifier**
6′ 6″ +2d6 165 lb. × (2d4) lb.

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


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