Inchling (5e Race)

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Design Note: See the Tiny Player Characters (5e Variant Rule), however you can squeeze into spaces as small as 1in, and your carrying capacity is a 10th of a Medium sized creature.

Long, long ago, there lived an old couple. Having no children, but desiring one very much, they went to a shrine and prayed: "Please let us bear a child, even if they would be no larger that a grown man's finger." Eventually, the child was born, but as it turns out, their wish was fulfilled to the letter: the young child was barely the size of the old man's pinky finger. This was the birth of the first member of the Inchling race: the legendary Issunboshi.

Physical Description[edit]

Issunboshi, the very first Inchling. From Kannou Mukashibanashi, by Otomate

Inchlings look very similar to humans. The only notable physical difference is that of size and weight.


The Inchling race began with the legend of a man known as Issunboshi. Born from little more than an old couple's prayer, he was a fierce warrior, filled with determination to become a great swordsman. He was jokingly hired as a bodyguard for the princess of the land, until said princess was attacked by two Oni. One of them mocked his size before swallowing Issunboshi whole, but the samurai-to-be fought his way out with his trusty needle, fighting off the second Oni by stabbing its eye.


Inchling society is greatly shaped by the legend of Issunboshi, and many aspire to be like him. This makes them focus on honing their combat skill, especially against much larger opponents. Inchling society is a warrior society; those who are not polished in the art of combat are often treated with scorn.

Inchling Names[edit]

Inchlings, while being very much akin to humans, have a few different naming conventions.

Male: Issunboshi, Isamu, Senshi, Akio, Daisuke

Female: Shinmyoumaru, Chiharu, Emiko, Katsumi, Mai

Inchling Traits[edit]

Inchlings are a race very similar to humans, although they are of a much smaller size.
Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 2, and one other ability score of your choice increases by 1.
Age. Inchlings age and mature at the same rate as humans, but due to their size, tend to not live as long.
Alignment. Due to the strict training in the Inchling warrior society, this race tends toward Lawful alignments.
Size. Inchlings are very rarely seen standing at more than 3 inches tall. Your size is Tiny. You can squeeze into spaces as small as 1 inch, and your carrying capacity is a 10th of a Medium-sized creature.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 20 feet, and you have a climb speed of 20 feet.
Inchling Mobility. When you take the Dash action, you move an additional 20 feet. You may long jump only up to half your Strength score in feet instead of all your Strength score, and you may high jump a distance equal to 1 + your Strength modifier feet.
Acrobatic. You have proficiency with the Acrobatics skill.
Will of the Small. While you have less than half your maximum hit points, you have advantage on Wisdom saving throws.
Super Light. Due to your incredibly tiny size, you are also very light, you do not take fall damage. However, when you get hit by a weapon attack, you are also pushed back 5 feet.
Super Tiny. Due to your incredibly tiny size, you have trouble finding things that fit you. You cannot equip anything made for Small and bigger sized creatures, and they must be tailored to fit you. You can only equip and use weapons with the Undersized property. However, this also makes you really hard to hit. When you're being attacked, using a reaction, you can add your proficiency bonus to your Armor Class against the triggering attack.
Unnoticed. Due to your really small size, your movement does not trigger opportunity attacks from creatures that are Small or larger.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and one other language of your choice. Inchlings, like humans, often learn the languages of races they tend to associate with.

Random Height and Weight[edit]

Table: Inchling Random Height and Weight
Base Height Height Modifier Base Weight Weight Modifier
1 in + 1d2 in 12 oz. x2d4

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