Imperatrix (5e Race)
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Hi, my name is Sorrel Glintwing. So far I'm the only Imperatrix but, I guess there could be more out there, who knows?
Imperatrix(both singular and plural) resembles bipedal Wasps with three-fingered hands. Their bodies are coated in exoskeletons which can morph into various stark contrasting colors, including black with amber wings, black and yellow bands, various reds with brown and finally many colors in a metallic tone. Unlike most humanoids, Imperatrix possess six limbs, walking on two legs and possessing four arms, each ending in four prehensile, claw-like fingers. The lower two arms are smaller and less powerful than the upper two. Their heads possess highly acute compound eyes, generally matching wing colors or a mottled combination of their colors, slicked back antennae, and compact mandibles. Despite their mandibles, they have no difficulty speaking Common and most other humanoid languages. They wear long flowing hooded cloaks as to not draw attention to their alien appearance. Typically not seen wearing armor, as anything heavier than light armor impedes their ability to fly, they are willing to do so if it helps them in combat. Curiously, Imperatrix lack a functional stinger and venom, which in fact makes them a stingless wasp.
Their wings are very powerful and, because of their exoskeleton, they are proportionally much lighter than most humanoids of their size. Combined, these traits give them exceptional reflexes and speed. This is true both on the ground and in the air.
Since living a primarily solitary life and having a magical knack, they are drawn to the classes of Sorcerer and Wizard most commonly. Other classes they would be drawn to are Rogue, Druid and Ranger.
Being winged creatures they prefer to be up high to survey their surroundings. They have no true culture to speak of as only one so far is known to exist. Although they seem not to have any taboos regarding either cannibalism or the consumption of the flesh of other sapient creatures.
Although they do not hunt for sport, they will hunt for survival which can be for any form of prey, if it does not have any use aside from food in that instant. Due to their appearance they have difficulties in communicating with most humanoids, most humanoids regard them with disdain or outright disgust.
Although Imperatrix experience all emotions that other humanoids do, they are generally a very passionate race and sometimes tend to act rashly in defense of someone or something they care about.
Imperatrix are only female and reproduce asexually. The parent must have made the decision to reproduce and have eaten a required amount of calories. Once this has occurred the Imperatrix will look to find a suitable place to lay her eggs. After the eggs have been deposited it will be approximately a week before the young Imperatrix emerge. They will eat and shed their exoskeleton up to 4 times before reaching full adult height.
Mostly speculation due to the rarity of the species. However, from her very fuzzy memories on the account she has given us her thoughts on how her species came to be. The creation of the Imperatrix seems to be as most things, random chance. The confluence of events that lead to the birth of the first of their kind is absolutely astounding. Somewhere a Mind Flayer was bringing one of its larva to implant into a not so willing host. When a mundane parasitic wasp mistook the tadpole for a caterpillar and laid an egg within it. After the Larva was implanted into it's host it began the process of Ceremorphosis. However, the wasp larva began consuming the Illithid larva. This caused a radical mutation in the wasp larva. It became sapient and finished its meal devouring the Illithid larva. The grisly process had already taken hold inside the hosts brain but as time went on instead of becoming a Mind Flayer the host slowly regained it's memories and its skin got tighter and tighter slowing rotting. Eventually the wasp creature realized the memories it had were not its own and what it's true nature was. Finally it sheds it hosts skin and emerges as Sorrel Glintwing the first of the Imperatrix. She assures us that the use of a host is not necessary for her to reproduce and we are inclined to believe the giant wasp person.
Imperatrix are only known by one specimen Sorrel Glintwing.
Agile flyers Imperatrix are also sturdier than they appear. Seeming to have no affinity for any particular type of open terrain. They are not fond of close enclosed spaces. Mostly they just strive to find their place in a world that doesn't know they exist.
Ability Score Increase. Your Constitution score increases by 2, and your Dexterity score increases by 1.
Age. Since only one is documented it is unknown how long they live, but i'm sure she hopes it's a very long time.
Alignment. Imperatrix have virtually no social structure other than the bonds they form with their closest allies. The notion of sophisticated rules for social behavior is foreign to them. They are almost always chaotic in alignment but are often neutral with regard to good and evil.
Size. When an Imperatrix stands up to its full height it is somewhere between 5' 10" and 7' 11". Your size is medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 35 feet.
Darkvision. Your compact eyes and deep instincts give you superior vision in dark and dim conditions. 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.
Exoskeleton. When you aren't wearing armor, your Armor Class equals 13 + your Dexterity modifier.
Multiple Limbs. You have an additional set of smaller arms. You may interact with an additional object or feature of the environment for free during your turn. You can carry an additional one-handed weapon using each of these extra arms, and you cannot use the versatile property of weapons carried in these extra arms. You cannot use these extra arms to initiate grapples or wear shields. These hands can be used for other tasks, such as opening doors, carrying torches, using tools, or performing the somatic components of spells, without difficulty when they are not holding weapons.
Sleepless. Instead of sleeping, you enter a torpid state, during which you remain fully aware of your surroundings. After four hours of torpor, you gain the same benefit that a human does from 8 hours of sleep. Also, magic and magical items cannot put you to sleep.
Wasp Wings. Imperatrix have four wasp-like wings that grant agile powerful flight. you have a flight speed of 45 feet. This can only be done if wearing Light or no armor. There must be sufficient space to maneuver for the Imperatrix to even consider taking off in the first place. Damaged wings are bad news.
Force spell Affinity. Imperatrix have an affinity to force based magic spells and gain the use of one 1st level spell with the force descriptor which they can cast at will without the use of a spell slot.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and curiously Thri-kreen.