Horned Lavernicus (5e Race)
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The Horned Lavernicus visually resemble the Lizardfolk in many ways, and as such are often mistaken for variants of them. Their scales are far spikier, however, with horn-like protrusions popping up on their upper body, and their color pallet consists of far more yellows, browns, and oranges. They are a relatively tall race, but not enough to be significantly taller on average than the majority of sapient races.
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The society of the Horned Lavernicus is one that while full of pitfalls, is the only way to survival for their people. The Horned Lavernicus are extremely nomadic, with the only commonly sighted groups being family units composed of five members or less. When two of these units meet with enough children, it is commonplace to have any male and female offspring leave their units to form their own family units. The Horned Lavernicus are highly social creatures and are highly inclusive of others into their community. Their original extreme naivety was ruthlessly beaten out of them through the continuous events described under 'History', however. In the present day Horned Lavernicus, while sometimes overly trusting, understand that not all creatures are as socially minded as they are.
Much of the history of the Horned Lavernicus has been erased from existence due to the frequent purges of their people. Said purges are not caused by an age-old war or a hated enemy. Instead, the greatest enemy of the Horned Lavernicus is xenophobia. The fall of the Horned Lavernicus was due to the fact that the discovery of the Horned Lavernicus only occurred after numerous aggressions by the Lizardfolk against other sapient races. As such, the trusting and naive nature of the Horned Lavernicus, combined with a similar pattern to the Lizardfolk, resulted in a surprise attack by a hostile empire that nearly wiped out their people. The remnants scattered, but many found a similar fate awaited them when they attempted the same with other races. As such, they were forced to retreat into their present society to preserve their existence. Small communities of Horned Lavernicus exist, however they take the careful concern to not expose their existence to the outside world. Horned Lavernicus history is most often passed down orally, with the few ancient books and scrolls they have been treated as valuable treasures.
Despite their visual similarities, the history of the Horned Lavernicus' relations with the Lizardfolk have been brutal and aggressive. After the first great purge of their people, one of the prominent races that the Horned Lavernicus attempted to seek aid from was the Lizardfolk. However, the Horned Lavernicus' more civilized sensibilities and more sensitive mindset ensured that they did not have the stomach for Lizardman trade relations. As such, the Lizardfolk have since then taken advantage of the Horned Lavernicus in nearly any way possible whenever they meet.
Compared to the Lizardfolk they are commonly mistaken for, the Horned Lavernicus prefer far hotter temperatures. Most Horned Lavernicus will be found traversing the desert, as though they do not mind most other temperatures, they have adapted to face extreme heat and dehydrated to better suit their nomadic society. This has resulted in most of their hidden civilizations deriving most of their stealth from simply being in places too hot to otherwise reach.
Horned Lavernicus Names
In accordance with their heavily orally historic society, Horned Lavernicus derive their names from their ancestors, stretching back through the generations. Each Horned Lavernicus has a three letter name given to them at birth, composed of one vowel and one consonant. The newly born Horned Lavernicus recieves their father's set after their own, then their mother's, their paternal grandfather's, then their maternal grandmother's. Example: A Horned Lavernicus has a father given "co", a mother given "az", a paternal grandfather given "zo", and a maternal grandmother given "em". The child is given "ak". The child's full name would be "Akcoazzoem."
Male: Acukinneme, Ecqutiineke, Poerevemen
Female: Yunoorokal, Ippeertuun, Qoretoyenu
Horned Lavernicus Traits
The Horned Lavernicus' inherent traits and gained abilities combine to make them powerful (yet reluctant) foes in their desert home.
Ability Score Increase. Your Constitution score increases by 2, and your Wisdom score increases by 1.
Age. Horned Lavernicus' reach maturity at around 5-year-old, but most rarely survive past 50.
Alignment. Most Horned Lavernicus' are good or neutral, though they can vary on either side of the chaotic or lawful spectrum. It is the rare Lavernicus, however, that falls into the darker side of their race.
Size. Horned Lavernicus', while tall, are only marginally taller than the average human, with a height ranging from 5 to 7 feet. Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet. Additionally, you have a climbing speed of 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.
Desert Adaptation. You’re acclimated to Extreme Heat, as described in chapter 5 of the Dungeon Master’s Guide.
Ichor Tears. As an action, you may rupture vessels around your eyelids to fire a stream of blood at a creature within 15 feet of you. The creature must succeed on a Dexterity saving throw or be blinded for 1 minute. The DC for the saving throw is equal to 10 + your Constitution modifier + your proficiency bonus. Once you use this trait, you can't use it again until you have completed a long rest.
Reptilian Regeneration. Over the course of a week, you may regenerate a single limb that has been severed, regaining use of it at the end of that week.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and Draconic.
Random Height and Weight
|5′ 8″||+2d8||160 lb.||× (1d8) lb.|
*Height = base height + height modifier