Igor (5e Race)

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“I'm an Igor, thur. We don't athk quethtionth."

"Really? Why not?"

"I don't know, thur. I didn't athk.”

—A conversation overheard between a man and an Igor, from the book Making Money by Terry Pratchett

Physical Description[edit]

Igor and Scraps, from The Art of Discworld by Paul Kidby

Igors resemble humans. At least, the overall structure and the bits and pieces they're made of do. No two Igors are quite alike in physical appearance, but in terms of mannerisms, they usually all speak with a lisp and walk with a limp, albeit the only reason they do so is for tradition's sake.

One Big Family[edit]

While, yes, Igors are technically human- well, at least all the important bits are-, over the years, they've kind of become their own thing. Each Igor is a member of an extremely extended family known only as, well, Igors. The origin of the Igors has been lost to time, but it's been hypothesized the first Igor was the servant to a deranged scientist or noble vampire. As such, it's been a tradition for creatures of such wealth to have a family Igor in their employ, and, indeed, a tradition of Igors to be in the employ of a wealthy family or individual.


Nearly all Igors are expert surgeons, especially in the realm of transplantation. This, coupled with their efficiency and general dislike of wastefulness, finds them treating good organs and limbs as heirlooms to be passed down from generation to generation. If an Igor says that he has his grandfather's hands, it's probably not a figure of speech.

Igors like to leave the stitches from surgeries they've undergone in, or even just put stitches in for cosmetic reasons or for symbolic purposes. The easiest way to differentiate between Igors is by the patterns and style of stitches on their face and other visible areas.

The Igor's Code[edit]

Igors have a slogan: A spare hand where needed. Oftentimes, an Igor will find themselves requested to provide their medical services to victims of accidents or misfortune, and they will do so without expectation of payment or regard for religion, nationality, or species. An Igor will treat the patient, reattaching any lost limbs, sewing up wounds, and maybe even putting in a better heart if one is available. All that an Igor expects in return is for the patient, after hopefully living a long and fulfilling life, to donate their organs to the Igor after they have passed since they won't have any use for them anymore. Igors tend to have an uncanny knack for being able to tell when this passage into the next life will take place, and often arrive a couple days early to the event. The patient always has the right to refuse to give up their organs, and at the bedside, in their final moments, if they choose to do so, the Igor will leave without a fuss. However, no Igor will aid the family of the patient or the village they reside in ever again.

Additionally, Igors have a set of rules they've defined for themselves while in service to an employer in order to keep up appearances. No good Igor would talk without a lisp without feeling ashamed, and they also try to walk with a limp whenever possible. When summoned by an employer, a good Igor appears immediately and mysteriously behind the employer or by stepping out of some dark corner of the room. Igors are expected to be discreet, never gossiping about the bad or weird things their master has done, and are expected to lend a hand where needed. Igors are also expected to do research in their spare time and maintain lists of donors and recipients for organ transplantation.

The most important part of an Igor's code, surprisingly counter-intuitively, is that a good Igor has no inherent loyalty to his employer. The employers of Igors are.. morally dubious at best, and when the angry mob storms the castle gates to demand justice for the new latest experiment gone wrong, the Igor is often long gone, vanished silently through a sneaky little passage only they knew of.

Igor Names[edit]

All Igors are known as Igor, save for the females, which are known as Igorinas. Despite this, Igors have no trouble distinguishing between other members of their race by name. This is because, to the trained ear, the pronunciation of the name "Igor" actually differs ever so subtly for each Igor (or Igorina). However, to the common man, who likely does not possess a trained ear, the naming conventions of Igors can lead to great confusion, especially when your friend Igor tells you to go give a hand to his brother, Igor, over on Treacle Mine Rd., and to say "Hi" to his cousin Igor if you see him on the way there.

Male: Igor, Igor, Igor, Igor, Igor

Female: Igorina, Igorina, Igorina, Igorina, Igorina


Female Igors are somewhat different from their male counterparts. Igorinas tend to lisp less and show less of their stitches, although they might have a couple of rings around a finger to show allegiance to a clan. Surprisingly, Igorinas are often considered quite beautiful, even to non-Igors. Then again, what would you expect from a family of surgeons good at all specialties, including cosmetic?

Igor Traits[edit]

Design Note: While Master of Flesh does not forbid trans-species transplantations, the acquirement of any additional features beyond the simple restoration of a missing body part due to such is entirely up to the discretion of the DM. However, if your DM allows it, don't be afraid to get creative! Creativity is the spirit of the Igor, after all.

A race of humanoids who typically serve as professional servants.
Ability Score Increase. Your Intelligence score increases by 2, your Wisdom score increases by 1, and one other score of your choice increases by 1.
Age. Igors live just as long as humans do, if not longer. They reach adulthood in their late teens and can live to little over a century.
Alignment. As Igors live by their code, and value their own survival rather highly, they tend towards either lawful neutral or true neutral.
Size. Just like humans, Igors vary widely in height and build, from barely 5 feet to well over 6 feet tall. Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
Specialization. You have proficiency in one set of tools of your choice.
Medical Knowledge. You have proficiency in the Medicine skill and may use your Intelligence modifier instead of your Wisdom modifier for checks using it.
Master of Flesh. Igors are masters of the art of surgical transplantation. Provided that they have the parts on-hand, some sharp knives, and a needle-and-thread, an Igor can spend 10 minutes of work and a DC 15 Medicine check (alterable at the DM's discretion) to transplant an organ or limb into/onto a creature that needs it. Body parts successfully transplanted by an Igor are fully functional and typically do not elicit an immune response. However, the body does need time to rest, so until the recipient can finish a long rest they have disadvantage on all checks made with the transplanted limb or organ. An Igor can obtain body parts by harvesting them from recently-deceased bodies, which usually does not require a Medicine check unless the body is of a particularly exotic creature. Parts harvested by an Igor are preserved by special methods and do not decay as long as they are not directly exposed to the elements.
Not Seen, Nor Heard. Igors have an almost supernatural knack for appearing in places without any hint as to how they got there. Using this ability, you can cast the 2nd-level spell pass without trace once, without components and affecting only yourself. You regain use of this ability once you have finished a long rest. This ability is considered non-magical for the purposes of magical detection and anti-magic zones.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and one other language of your choice.

Random Height and Weight[edit]

4′ 8″ +1d20 115 lb. × (2d4) lb.

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

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