Harpy, Variant (5e Race)

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An all female race of bird like demi-humans. They can fly but their wings make weak hands. Many are quite bird-brained

Physical Description[edit]



Harpies have been around for a long time and typically mate with multiple humanoid males as only female harpy exist. Their are legends of harpy leading men to their death with a soothing song, however these legends are greatly exaggerated, though some accidents have happened with them dropping their mate while trying to fly somewhere or even forgetting about them entirely due to their bird brained nature. Most Harpies even as adults actually look like children due to needing a slight frame to sustain flight. Their tendency to forget things and overall nature only adds to many seeing them as children. More predatory species look a bit older however. Some sub species are also more intelligent.


There is not much to say about harpy society as while there are many rules to their ways, such as migrating patterns and finding multiple mates many harpies either forget these rules or simply ignore them being free spirits. They tend to colonize in mountain sides.

Harpy Names[edit]

Harpies tend to have simple names due to short attention spans and a lack of creativity due to generally low intellect, though variation exists more in the more intelligent sub breeds.

Female: Papi, Talon, Harpy, Aeria

Harpy Traits[edit]

A humanoid race with the wings and feet of a bird, their hair generally matches their feathers.
Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 2.
Age. Harpies reach maturity at 18 but still tend to act child-like their whole life. They only live about as long as a human around 100 years.
Alignment. Harpy tend to be chaotic as their nature tends make them forget laws anyway. Good and evil harpies do exist but they are often neutral but care about those close to them. More intelligent species tend to be able to choose an aliment more freely
Size. Harpies tend to be just over 4 ft though this can vary by sub species. Your size is Medium."
Speed. Your base walking speed is 25. Your flight speed is 40.
Night Blindness. You have trouble seeing in the dark even more so than humans and are limited by the light sources you are in, disadvantage on all Perception checks exceeding a the reach of a light source that involve sight.
Sharp Talons. Your unarmed strike does slashing damage with your talons 1d4 + Strength mod. Uses proficiency to hit.
Languages. Common and a language of your choice. Harpy tend to have trouble with a second language but not always
Subrace. Harpy, Poultry, Land Breed, Raptor, Owl

Basic Harpy[edit]

The most common harpy tend to have colorful wings and hair and have all the traits list above.

Ability Score Increase. Your Wisdom score increases by 1.
No Fingers. With your wings you cannot use weapons or do somatic components to spells (no your feet can't use these things either) however simple tasks and griping smaller objects is possible. You have disadvantage on dex checks using your "hands"


An egg laying species produces daily. They are flightless and not good fighters but their natural vulnerability makes others tend to want to protect them, though some may just want to profit from their eggs. They tend to have white hair and feathers with a red crest on their head. Common chicken feather colors also exist.

Ability Score Increase. Your Charisma score increases by 1.
Flightless. Poultry cannot fly and do not have a flight speed your walking speed is 30 as you do not have larger wings slowing you down as much on the ground
Egg Laying. Poultry tend to lay multiple eggs a day, these eggs are edible if not fertilized and may sell at double the price of a regular chicken egg or help feed the party. Must be cooked to eat and poultry will not eat their own eggs generally as they prefer eat plants and seeds.
Week Wings. While they cannot fly their wings still lack the dexterity of human hands and cannot wield weapons or do somatic components to spells, though they can manipulate things for simple tasks. However, you have disadvantage on dex checks using your wings

Land Breed[edit]

Land Breeds cannot fly but are built like an emu and can run much faster than other breeds, they also are not night blind like basic harpies. They are much taller than other harpies and even a bit taller than humans at about 6 to 8 feet tall. They are also have better dexterity with their wings being able to use simple weapons and tools that other harpies cannot grip properly, however martial and ranged weapons still cannot be used. They tend to have earthy feather and hair tones and be darker skinned.

Ability Score Increase. Your Constitution score increases by 1.
Powerful Legs. Your walking speed is 40
Sharp Talons. Your talons are stronger than your average harpy giving a 1d6 slashing to an unarmed strike using your legs.
No Hands. While you can use simple weapons and tools due to less developed wings but you cannot use martial or ranged weapons or do somatic components.


Raptors are the hunting breeds of harpies and are about the same size as a human. They are faster at flying but less dexterous than normal harpies. Raptors are also stronger than other harpy and excel at swooping from the sky to attack. Their hair and feathers tend to be in line with bird of prey such as hawks, and eagles and their feathers have patterns. They only eat meat.

Ability Score Increase. Your Strength score increases by 1.
Swooping Attack. while diving your flight speed is doubled and your talons do more damage.
Sharp Talons. normally your unarmed strike using a kick does 1d6 slashing damage however at the end of a swooping attack, if you have dived more than 30 feet your unarmed strike does 1d8 slashing damage.
No Hands. Cannot use any weapons or tools or do somatic components, you have trouble manipulating objects even when compared to other harpy and have disadvantage on wing based Dexterity checks that involve manipulation of objects. (DM may impose higher DC as their wings are even worse at manipulation than other harpies)


Owls are very similar the raptor breed but more varied in size and more intelligent than other harpies. They are better at figuring out how to use simple tools than others but still lack the dexterity in their wings to use weapons. They can use tools well enough that some have become inventors or tinkerers with their superior intellect

Ability Score Increase. Your Intelligence score increases by 1.
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.
Sharp Talons. 1d6 slashing with unarmed strike using talons, and 1d8 after diving more than 30 feet
No fingers. While capable of using some tools, weapons and somatic components do not work with an owl harpy's wings.
Swooping Attack. while diving your flight speed is doubled and your talons do more damage.

Random Height and Weight[edit]

′ ″ + lb. × () lb.

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

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