Kabutops (5e Race)
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Kabutops is a bipedal pokémon with a skeletal, arthropod build. It has a flat, half-circular head with a point on each side and two small eyes on the front. Its gills are located around where the base of its head meets its neck. It is mostly brown, except for its light gray chest and abdomen. There is a ridge down its back with three flat spines on either side and it has a flat, pointed tail. Instead of hands, its forearms have large, sharp, gray scythes. Its thin legs are brown lead to small feet with two large gray claws. Its body shape is meant to be able to fold and allow it to increase its speed when in water.
Kabutops is a fossil pokemon brought back to live via means of reanimation. It formerly was believed to be a species that populated the ancient shorelines of the Kanto region, where its fossils are mainly found. Their name derives from an Eastern word for helmet, describing their hard, plated heads. Also, their pre-evolution of kabuto resembled small little helmets. Kabutops were fierce hunters in water, but their prey eventually evolved to go onto land. They lacked the evolutionary speed to catch up and it is theorized their species starved to death. Others theorize an oceanic disaster caught them before they were fully transitioned onto land.
Regardless of how their species became extinct, they are back, thanks to the proliferation of fossil reanimating technologies. Due to the scarcity of this technology still, as every region only usually has one revival center, these fossil pokemon across the regions remain relatively rare and are kept often in captivity due to their ecosystems having collapsed long ago. Some readmission efforts have worked, like building among coves were shellder and even slowpoke live. Kabuto gather there in droves, resembling shiny rocks, waiting to evolve into kabutops.
Kabutops live in small groups despite easily being alpha hunters in their element. They reside in seaside coves where erosion bores holes and caverns into the stone, making safe places for defenseless kabuto young to grow. Kabutops are highly territorial and despise outside bodies coming near their designated areas. They also seem wary of other pokemon, which are technically descendants of the ones which outlived them. They have been known to be familiar with other fossil pokemon like omanyte and omastar, however. People are known to poach these rare fossil pokemon, as some believe their parts sell for good medicine while others believe they can be trained to be killing machines.
Kabutops, being old beings, know of the ancient language Primordial. They are proficient in the Aquan and Terran dialects specifically, having lived on both. Their names usually venerate sturdiness and swiftness as traits of virtue. They also do not differentiate based on gender.
Names: Rockhead, Clifface, Steelscythe, Swiftedge
Fossils bought back to life with scythe hands
Ability Score Increase. Your Constitution score increases by 2, and your Dexterity score increases by 1.
Age. Kabutops can live almost indefinitely, always growing into new shells and shedding to get bigger from when they were kabuto. Usually, however, they wear down near 1,400 years before shriveling up and dying. They mature slowly, however, at the age of 40.
Alignment. Kabutops are usually neutral, preferring to stay to their own affairs and not be bothered by others
Size. Kabutops are light and relatively short in stature, being built for speed. Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
Rock Shell. You have tough skin like rock. When you aren't wearing armor, your AC is 12 + your Constitution modifier. You can use your natural armor to determine your AC if the armor you wear would leave you with a lower AC. A shield's benefits apply as normal while you use your natural armor.
Scythe Hands. Your arms end in sharp blades rather than fingers, which you can use to make unarmed strikes. If you hit with them, you deal slashing damage equal to 1d4 + your Strength or Dexterity modifier, instead of the bludgeoning damage normal for an unarmed strike. When using items, you must use both hands on account of having no fingers.
Carcass Sucker. Kabutops are known to use their scythes to cut up enemies and suck them dry for nourishment. Over the course of a short rest, you can harvest the innards and fluids from a beast or humanoid creature of size Small or larger that has died within the last hour to regain 2d6 hit points. You must finish a long rest before using it again. The number of hit points regained increases to 3d6 at 6th level, 4d6 at 11th level, and 5d6 at 16th level.
Swift Swim. Kabutop are known to be able to swim as fast as 29 knots in water. You have a swimming speed equal to your walking speed.
Amphibious. You can breathe both air and water.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common, Aquan and Terran.
Random Height and Weight
|4′ 3″||+1d8||89 lb.||× (1d4) lb.|
*Height = base height + height modifier