Half-Devil (5e Race)

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Half-Devil[edit]

Have you ever met them? They look like tieflings, some of them... The more dangerous ones you can't tell they ain't human at all.

Physical Description[edit]

Half-devils are humanoids with features both human and devil. They have the form of humans, with respect to their shape of having limbs and a head on a neck. Their ears are usually pointed to a degree, though wider and sharper than an elf. When young, they may have small horns or sharp teeth. These devilish properties have chances of either being emphasized or reducing visibility as they mature. Their skin can sometimes look ashen maroon if their devilish blood is particularly strong. All half-devils are known to have slit-pupil eyes, though to a lesser degree than other creatures like fiends or dragons. Many have regular human skin tones. Often the mature half-devils are described to have more angled features, like a long nose, pointed chin, and leaner body than the regular human. these small differences sometimes are the only thing that can help identify half-devils at a glance.

History[edit]

Half-devils are the offspring of a mortal species and one of the nine greater devils of the Hells. Often times, half-devils only are seen in the levels of Hell, as they were usually killed upon birth in other places. even though they are allowed to live in the Hells, however, they are not regarded highly and are typically the subject of discrimination. Tieflings and other hellish beings alike consider half-devils inferior "half-bloods"; descendants of infernal beings who couldn't mix their devilish blood completely with their mortal bodies. Their bodies are the subject of their shameful limit, unable to fully encompass the powers other creatures have. They are a rather rare creature in the Hells, though that is possibly due to their concealment.

If a human bore a conspicuous half-devil and it was known, the child would be drowned in purified salt water and the parent would thusly become a pariah as well. Therefore, when such a child is born, they are usually kept a secret in societies. Not only humans have recorded half-devil births, but elves and dwarves and many others as well. Sometimes the child is allowed to grow into their society and remain hidden. Other times, they mature and their secret can no longer be obscured and they flee from their birthplace in the Material Realm. They keep with them what they learn from their society which raised them and wander, trying to settle and not be persecuted some day.

Society[edit]

They lack a true society due to their small number. However, they traditionally take after the parent who raised them. Half-devils find it hard to live with others due to their physical traits, so many try to hide their features. In known societies of the Material Realm, they try to imitate others within that society to fit in. Normally, that is the society where one of their birth parents chose to keep them, so they often have some claim to the traits of that lineage. However, sometimes they are misplaced, abandoned perhaps, and taken in unknowingly by another society. Half-devils are amazingly adaptable and versatile. As children growing up, their bodies are wired to gain the advantageous abilities of that around them to best aid survival. So to fit in with elves and avoid being found out and killed at a young age, the child may develop properties alike to the elven ancestry and grow immune to magical sleep. Despite this, half-devils are often found out and ousted, forced to be wanderers of a disowned race.

Half-Devil Names[edit]

Half-Devils have names either given to them by their devilish or human parent depending on who is raising them. Sometimes if they are orphaned or despised, they are given a derogatory name often linked to either their cursed devilish nature or weak mortal self.

Male: K'nukurrith, Smallsword, Bane

Female: Bratia, Cain's Wife, O'Hretia

Half-Devil Traits[edit]

A being borne of human and a greater devil.
Ability Score Increase. Your Constitution score increases by 2.
Age. Half-devils mature around 25 and do not physically or mentally age beyond that point.
Alignment. Half-devils have received a lot of abuse, leading them to often be evil. However, some who did experience some compassion can be otherwise.
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.
Hellish Ancestry. You are resistant to fire damage and vulnerable to radiant damage.
Languages. You can speak, read and write Common. You also know one more language given by the subrace of your half-devil.
Subrace. Half-devils can be deterministic and choose a path for themselves, eschewing their past and carving out their own destiny. Alternatively, they can utilize their past of growing up in a certain society to emulate the values of that society. Choose one from either the paths of magic, power, shadows, or beauty, or the societies of human, elven, dwarven, or gnomish. You can only choose either one path or one society, not one from both.

Path of Magic[edit]

You choose to be a wielder of magic, whether you come from a race that is one of proficient spellcasters or not.

Ability Score Increase. Your Wisdom score increases by 1.
Arcane Cunning. You are proficient in the Arcana skill.
Training of the Mind. You are resistant to psychic damage.
Languages. You can read, write and speak Abyssal.

Path of Power[edit]

You want to pursue physical prowess, even if your original parent left you with less than desirable strength.

Ability Score Increase. Your Strength score increases by 1.
Close Combat. Your fists are powerful as you hone them. If you hit with them, you deal bludgeoning damage equal to 1d4 + your Strength modifier.
Fiery Power. In battle, you can deliver a hard punch that burns with the flames of hell. As a bonus action, you can make a special attack with your close combat. If the attack hits, it deals its normal damage, and additionally deals fire damage equal to your level + your Strength modifier. You can't use this trait again until you finish a short or long rest.
Languages. You can read, write and speak Abyssal.

Path of Shadows[edit]

The world despises you, so you learned to hide from the world, no matter where you hail from.

Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 1.
Silent Stalker. You are proficient in the Stealth skill.
Dark Heritage. You are resistant to necrotic damage.
Languages. You can read, write and speak Abyssal.

Path of Beauty[edit]

No matter where you come from, it is the looks that first determine your fate. So you decide to be irresistible.

Ability Score Increase. Your Charisma score increases by 1.
Art of the Word. You are proficient in the Persuasion skill.
Bewitching Words. You can cast the charm person spell once with this trait, and you regain the ability to cast it this way when you finish a long rest. Charisma is your spellcasting ability for this spell.
Languages. You can read, write and speak Abyssal

Human Society[edit]

You grew up in a normal place, with human norms. You internalized their ways of thought and their versatile lifestyles of choice.

Ability Score Increase. One other ability score of your choice increases by 1.
Skill Versatility. You are proficient in one skill of your choice.
Tool Versatility. You are proficient in any one weapon or tool of your choice.
Languages. You know one other language of your choice.

Elven Society[edit]

Having been around the elves and their proud fey ancestry, you learned to adapt some of their traits for your own out of survival.

Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 1.
Fey Ancestry. You have advantage on saving throws against being Charmed, and magic can’t put you to sleep.
Keen Senses. You are proficient in the Perception skill.
Languages. You can read, write and speak Elvish.

Dwarven Society[edit]

You grew up among the stalwart dwarves and learned their craft, which you carry with you to this day.

Dwarven Combat Training. You are proficient with the battleaxe, handaxe, light hammer, and warhammer.
Stonecunning. Whenever you make a Wisdom (History) check related to the origin of stonework, you are considered proficient in the History skill and add double your proficiency bonus to the check, instead of your normal proficiency bonus.
Toughness. Your hit point maximum increases by 1, and it increases by 1 every time you gain a level.
Languages. You can read, write and speak Dwarvish

Gnomish Society[edit]

You learned the love of wit and humor from gnomes, whose imprint cannot be washed away.

Ability Score Increase. Your Intelligence score increases by 1.
Gnome Cunning. You have advantage on all Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma saving throws against magic.
Languages. You can read, write and speak Gnomish.

Random Height and Weight[edit]

Base
Height
Height
Modifier*
Base
Weight
Weight
Modifier**
5′ 6″ +2d6 175 lb. × (2d4) lb.

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


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