Ink Bound (5e Race)

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Ink Bound[edit]

They squirm forth from the abandoned or desecrated texts and writs of old and forgotten times, perhaps in search of vengeance or to add to the grim records that are already held in their damned tomes.
—Historian Gebb Zandder

Physical Description[edit]

Ink Bound possess a vaguely humanoid form that constantly warps and twists with an ethereal grace, with a thin wispy cloak-like shroud of misty ink surrounding them.



Spawned forth from the ink of tainted spell tomes and magical scrolls, Ink Bound are a known in their native lands as the holders and guardians of ancient knowledge. While the date of the first spawning is unknown, the oldest historians claim that they date back as far as the first tomes written by the founding practitioners of magic.


Ink Bound have a powerful and deadly connection to the script that they were spawned forth from. They will be fiercely protective over this text, not only out of respect for the information it holds, but because it is tied to their physical being. If their spawning text is destroyed, they themselves will perish. Because of this, they allow only their most trusted allies to so much as view their book or scroll.

Ink Bound Names[edit]

Ink Bound will name themselves after the title of their text, or will take short excerpts from it for a name.

Ink Bound Traits[edit]

Shadowy beings formed from the ink of long-forgotten, tarnished books and scrolls by witchcraft.
Ability Score Increase. As an Ink Bound, you gain a +1 bonus to Dexterity and a +2 bonus to Intelligence.
Age. Ink Bound will live so long as their Spawning Tome remains intact.
Alignment. Ink Bound tend to favor neutral alignments, but may lean in a specific direction based on the content and emotional subtext of their Spawning Tome.
Size. Ink Bound have variable height, based on the intentions of their creator, but are always somewhat underweight for their stature. Your size is medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
Inky Pool. As an action, you may reduce yourself to a jet black pool of ink. In this state, you may move through cracks and other small openings, gain advantage on stealth checks, and are resistant to nonmagical bludgeoning, piercing, and slashing damage, but are vulnerable to elemental damage. Any items, armor, or weapons on your person changes form with you. While in this state your speed is reduced to 10 feet. You may return to your humanoid form as a bonus action.
Viscous Anatomy. While not wearing armor, your total AC equals 13 + your Dexterity modifier. As you are functionally bloodless, you are immune to poison, disease, and the poisoned condition. You don’t need to breathe or eat, but in hot climates, you need to drink three times as much water as usual. In addition, falling damage you take is halved.
Nourishing Writ. Ink Bound may consume other texts to gain their knowledge without having to read them. Doing this grants 1d4 + your Intelligence modifier in temporary hit points, and advantage on history checks on subjects relevant to the text's contents. You can also use this to extract and preserve short notes you discover, and replicate them perfectly down to the handwriting style. You cannot alter notes you absorb; you may only recreate them as you absorbed them.
The Spawning Tome. You are bound to the defining Tome that brought you into this world in the form of a book or a scroll, which additionally contains your experiences, memories, opinions, record of possessions, and all other information detailing you, though it can only be read by you or someone else attuned to it. Should this be destroyed, you will perish and fade from this world, dying instantly with no chance at saving yourself and no opportunity of revival, unless a Wish spell is used to remake your Tome (it will fail if only attempting to remake you). This may play as a strength to you, however, as you can only truly die if your Tome is destroyed; failing all death saving throws will bring you to be reborn from the Tome in 1d8 days, spawning within the nearest adjacent space of the tome (-1d6 hit points for each 5 feet away you are forced to spawn), with all your possessions but under the penalties of the Resurrection spell. If someone else is in possession of and attuned to the Tome, they can choose to deny you the ability to respawn until they decide as much or end attunement to the Tome. Additionally, edits to the Tome with magical ink (as used by wizards for their spellbooks) risks changing your memories or personality permanently.
Languages. You read, write, and speak Common and two other languages of your choice. If your Tome was explicitly written in a specific language, that is one of them.

Random Height and Weight[edit]

5′ 10″ +2d4 90 lb. × 1 lb.

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


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