Kemonomimi (5e Race)

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Kemonomimi

Wait?! Could it be?! Are you perhaps, a Friend?!
—Kemonomimi

Physical Description

The kemonomimi looks like normal humans except with animal-like features, such as ears and a tail of the animal. Although there are some born without a tail, all of them will prominently show the ears. However, due to their nature of acting like humans, they lack the dexterity and strength in their tails to grip and hold. Mainly using it for balance if they have the tail. They can hide these physical features, such as with a hat, and look nearly identical to a human in nearly all ways. Their hair and eye colors varies to the entire rainbow, and for some of them, their hair also have unique patterns similar to the one you can find on the respective animal's breed and species with the females having more of a tendency to stripe more than the males due to the nature of how genetics work. Among these differences, they gain various other animal-like features such as wings or horns in addition to their ears.

The child of a kemonomimi is random based on the parents' lineage. For example, if both parents are Dog-Eared, their child being Cat-Eared means one or more of one of the parents' ancestors must have also been a Cat-Eared kemonomimi. Similarly, this can also cause 2 human parents to give birth to a kemonomimi.

History

The kemonomimi, for a long time, have been stuck in a perpetual cycle of civil war among their many splintered clans; In-fighting over trivial matters such as land, honor, and revenge. Reasons such as carnivores being the top of the food chain or the survival of the fittest were thrown around as reasons for the wars. The losing clan would ultimately become slaves or livestock; being robbed of their land and possessions by the victorious clan. This eventually leads to revolt and rebellion months or years later thus continuing the cycle of their endless civil war full of hate and vengeance.

During this era, being pure breeds are of high importance as a show of loyalty towards their clan. Thus leading to the murders of infants when it has different ears from the parents, sometimes the mothers or fathers too. This was an era where being a mix-breed would lead to persecution and death should it ever be found. Thus many mixed-breed kemonomimi proclaiming themselves as a pure breed despite not being so, and thus causing trouble for themselves in the future where the other party realizes of their lie.

However, nearing over thousands of cycles of civil war, one clan, upon their victory against this other one, did not rob or steal from the losers, instead, they stretched their hand to take them as an equal, as a "friend". And then with that, one friend became 2, thus creating a new cycle of love and friendship. Though some defeated clans were lying and deceitful upon becoming friends, with others betraying the clan. The clan persevered and still accepted the traitorous clans. And then finally, the civil war ended, and all of the kemonomimi became united, as "friends".

Society

Over time, the kemonomimi have adapted the same concept as human societies. Thus they can understand the basic mannerisms for being in a civilized society and their benefits, especially if they lived in them their entire life. And years pass since the end of their civil war, the kemonomimi has long since made up with each other, referring to each other and other people they meet as "Friends"; a trend that grew as an homage towards how that one clan united them all. And after many years, mixed-clan mating have grown to become common-place and the sight of a different eared child than the parents is not seen as a curse anymore. The kemonomimi have built their own cities but also integrate into other societies due to their human-like appearances. Similarly, this also made them applicable to a wide variety of jobs and occupations.

However, not all the kemonomimi have grown accustomed to this era of peace. Some still yearn for the fighting, glory, and slaves in the era of civil war and have thus fallen into the dark side of societies. Among these kemonomimi are pure breed fanatics, who care for the pureness of their lineage. These people continue the pure-breed philosophy leading to the death of an infant for being born different eared. And many times, the father or mother will be killed as well for lying.

Kemonomimi Names

When the Kemonomimi integrated into other societies, they've developed and obtained names with that culture, but typically have these names which can be read different ways.

Male: Norio, Boris, Ritsuka, Kyou, Ikuto, Toby

Female: Eris, Kiriya, Holo, Himari, Ai, Hanekawa

Kemonomimi Traits

A human-like race with animal ears and/or tails
Ability Score Increase. Increase an Ability Score of your choice by 2 that did not get a increase from the sub-race. E.g. if you picked Dog-Eared, then increase an Ability Score by 2 that is not Charisma.
Age. The kemonomimi reach adulthood in their late teens and live less than a century, just like a normal human.
Alignment. The kemonomimi tend towards no particular alignment. The best and worst are found among them.
Size. Due to their similarity to humans, their average range from being barely 5 feet to well over 6 feet tall. Though you can be shorter or taller. Regardless of your position in that range, your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
Languages. Similar to humans, you can speak, read, and write Common and one extra language of your choice.
Subrace. You must choose from one of the many sub-races, depending on what animal ears and/or tail you have.

Bear-Eared

You have the small round bear ears and a stubby bear tail.

Ability Score Increase. Your Strength score increases by 2
Hibernation Preparation. Bears need to hibernate through the winter, but you don't. After eating at least 1 pound of food beyond your requirement for the day, you gain 1d6 temporary hit points for the next hour.
Keen Smell. Bears have a good sense of smell, thus you have proficiency in the Perception skill.
Mama Bear. When an ally creature is hit while you're within 5 feet of them, you can use your reaction to do a melee weapon attack on the attacker if they are within your weapon's reach. You regain usage of this feature when you finish a short or long rest.

Cow-Eared

You have floppy cow ears, a long furry cow tail and the horns of a cow/bull.

Ability Score Increase. Your Strength score increases by 2
Charge. If you move at least 20 feet in a straight line towards a creature and then make a successful attack with your horns, the target must make a Strength saving throw or be knocked prone. The DC equals 8 + your proficiency bonus + your Strength modifier.
Horns. In addition to your cow-ears, you have natural horns. When you do an unarmed attack, you can instead use your horns to do 1d6 piercing damage using your Strength as attack and damage modifiers as normal.
Improved Digestion. Your single stomach has more digestive compartments, and thus you can eat things humans normally can't digest like grass and it'd count as food for you. However, you need twice the amount of food a normal Medium-sized creature requires each day.
Powerful Build. You count as one size larger when determining your carrying capacity and the weight you can push, drag, or lift.

Wolf-Eared

You have the pointed ears of a wolf and fluffy wolf's tail.

Ability Score Increase. Your Strength score increases by 2
Darkvision. 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.
Keen Smell and Hearing. Wolves have a good sense of smell and hearing, thus you have proficiency in the Perception skill.
Pack Tactics. You have advantage on an attack roll against a creature if at least one of the your allies is within 5 ft. of the creature and the ally isn't incapacitated.

Cat-Eared

You have the triangle-shaped ears of a cat and a long furry cat tail.

Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 2
Cat Burglar. As a cat, you enter and exit without being noticed. You are proficient in Stealth.
Darkvision. 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.
Hunter. You are a natural hunter, and you focus on your prey with conviction. You can cast the hunter's mark spell once. You regain usage of this feature after you complete a long rest.
Naturally Graceful. Cats always land on their feet. You have resistance to fall damage.

Feather-Eared

You have small feathered wings where your ears are, a feathered bird tail, along with their feathered wings.

Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 2
Bird Wings. In addition to your ears and tail, you have bird wings between the shoulder blade and hip area and you gain a flight speed of 30 feet. While flying, if you do not move at least half your speed during your turn, you fall to the ground. You may not fly in normal backpacks or armor. The cost to alter your gear to be suitable for flight is equal to half the cost of the gear.
Keen Sight. Birds are very good at spotting and finding prey. You are proficient in Perception.

Raccoon-Eared

You have the pointed ears of a raccoon and a stripped furry fail

Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 2
Darkvision. 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.
Natural Bandit. As a scavenger, raccoons naturally steal things. You are proficient in Sleight of Hand and Thieves' Tools.
Tree Climber. Raccoons can climb trees, but since you have human-like hands, you can't climb as well. When attempting to climb trees with an Athletics check, you may use Dexterity as the modifier instead of Strength.

Horse-Eared

You have the ears of a horse or pony, along with their long-haired tail.

Ability Score Increase. Your Constitution score increases by 2
Charge. If you move at least 20 feet straight towards a creature and then attempt to shove it to knock it prone, the target instead must make a Strength saving throw or be knocked prone. The DC equals 8 + your proficiency bonus + your Strength or Dexterity modifier.
Swift Steed. Your base walking speed increases to 35 feet.
Work Horse. When you are reduced to 0 hit points but not killed outright, you can drop to 1 hit point instead. You can’t use this feature again until you finish a long rest.

Pig-Eared

You have the large ears of a pig and their coiled tails

Ability Score Increase. Your Constitution score increases by 2
Keen Smell. Pigs are very good at foraging with their nose, thus you have proficiency in the Perception skill.
Pig Fat. Your fat gives you more endurance, your hit point maximum increases by 1, and it increases by 1 every time you gain a level.

Sheep-Eared

You have the long pointed ears of a sheep, along with their wool-like hair, curved horns, and cute little tail.

Ability Score Increase. Your Constitution score increases by 2
Horns. In addition to your sheep-ears, you have natural curved horns. Your unarmed strikes using your Horns deal 1d4 bludgeoning damage.
Sure-Footed. You have advantage on Strength and Dexterity saving throws made against effects that would knock you prone.
Woolly Hair. Instead of hair, you grow wool on your body instead, giving you extra protection. When unarmored, your Armor Class is equal to 12 + your Dexterity modifier.

Bat-Eared

You have the large wide ears of a bat, bat wings growing out your back, and possibly a tail if your species had one.

Ability Score Increase. Your Intelligence score increases by 2
Bat Roost. When grabbing fixtures on a ceiling (such as chandeliers or stalactites), or long appendages sticking out (such as a flagpole sticking on the side or branches of trees), you can hang upside-down on them without making an ability check if you occupy both your hands on it. You cannot hang upside down on smooth surfaces where there's nothing to grab onto. However, you're not a real bat and you have human hands instead of claws, so the blood will rush to your head and you will lose your grip. Thus, you can only hang like this for a minute without moving. At the end of the minute, if you did not move, you start falling.
Bat Wings. In addition to your ears and tail, you have bat wings between the shoulder blade and hip area and you gain a flight speed of 30 feet. But due to the short wingspan due to being a kemonomimi, while flying, if you do not move at least half your speed during your turn, you fall to the ground. If you are wearing armor you are not proficient in or any medium or heavy armor, you may not fly.
Echolocation. You can perceive your surroundings without relying on sight within a specific radius. You have a blindsight range of 10 feet. You can't use your blindsight while deafened.

Dragon-Eared

You have the wings and horns of a dragon along with their scaled tails.

Ability Score Increase. Your Intelligence score increases by 2
Breath Weapon. You can use your action to exhale destructive energy, just like a dragon. Choose one type of dragon on the Dragonborn's Draconic Ancestry table determines the size, shape, and damage type of the exhalation. This counts as your draconic ancestry, but it does not give you the damage resistance. When you use your breath weapon, each creature in the area of the exhalation must make a saving throw, the type of which is determined by your draconic ancestry. The DC for this saving throw equals 8 + your Constitution modifier + your proficiency bonus. A creature takes 2d6 damage on a failed save, and half as much damage on a successful one. The damage increases to 3d6 at 6th level, 4d6 at 11th level, and 5d6 at 16th level. After you use your breath weapon, you can’t use it again until you complete a short or long rest.
Dragon Wings. In addition to your ears and tail, you have dragon wings between the shoulder blade and hip area and you gain a flight speed of 30 feet. If you are wearing armor you are not proficient in or any Medium or Heavy armor, you may not fly. Must keep moving. While flying, if you do not move at least half your speed during your turn, you fall to the ground.

Mouse-Eared

You have the large round ears of a mouse and their long pointed tail.

Ability Score Increase. Your Intelligence score increases by 2
Darkvision. 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.
Keen Smell. Mice have an amazing sense of smell, thus you have proficiency in the Perception skill.
Nimble. You can move through the space of any creature that is of a size larger than yours.
Scurry. Your base walking speed increases to 35 feet.

Monkey-Eared

You look almost entirely human, except for your long furry monkey tail.

Ability Score Increase. Your Wisdom score increases by 2
Prehensile Tail. Your monkey tail can be used to hold and manipulate objects. However, your tail is not as strong as your arms, and thus, you cannot use your tail to hold things heavier than 10 pounds, nor use it to wield weapons with the heavy or two-handed property.
Smart Monkey. You can speak, read and write one extra language of your choice.
Tree Climber. Monkeys climb and swing from trees, you are proficient in Acrobatics.

Rabbit-Eared

You have a pair of floppy or pointed rabbit ears in addition to a small fluff ball tail.

Ability Score Increase. Your Wisdom score increases by 2
Fleet of Foot. Your base walking speed increases to 40 feet.
Lucky Rabbit's Foot. When you roll a 1 on an attack roll, ability check, or saving throw, you can reroll the die and must use the new roll.
Superior Hearing. Your large rabbit ears grants you an increased awareness of your surroundings compared to other kemonomimi. You are proficient in Perception.

Squirrel-Eared

You have pointed squirrel ears in addition to your large fluffy curved tail.

Ability Score Increase. Your Wisdom score increases by 2
Constant Prey. People are always out for your big fluffy tail, you have a +5 bonus to your passive Wisdom (Perception) score.
Forager. Squirrels can naturally find food. You are proficient in Survival and you have advantage on Survival checks when foraging.
Keen Senses. Squirrels are very good at noticing threats, you have proficiency in the Perception skill.

Dog-Eared

You have a variety of dog ears to pick from in addition to their wide variety of different tails, appearing like the breed you are.

Ability Score Increase. Your Charisma score increases by 2
Alpha Dog. You are inspiring and a natural leader. You know the guidance cantrip. Additionally, you can cast heroism using Charisma as your spellcasting ability modifier. You regain the use of this feature when you complete a long rest.
Keen Senses. Dogs have good hearing and a sense of smell, you have proficiency in the Perception skill.
Puppy Dog Eyes. No one can withstand your puppy dog eyes. You gain proficiency in the Persuasion skill.

Fin-Eared

You have the pectoral fins of the fish you are where your ears are, but no tail, however your seemingly human pair of legs transform and appear as your tail fin allowing you to move very fast in the water.

Ability Score Increase. Your Charisma score increases by 2
Darkvision. It is very dark underwater where you live. 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.
Fins. Your legs are your tail. As a bonus action, you can combine your legs for form your fish tail. Anything you're wearing from the waist down is automatically removed and is dropped on the floor unless it can fit your legs' new form. While in this form, your base walking speed is reduced to 15 feet and you gain a base swim speed of 50 feet.
Gills. You are the kemonomimi of the sea, and thus you can breathe air and water.

Fox-Eared

You have the pointed ears of a fox and their bushy tail

Ability Score Increase. Your Charisma score increases by 2
Darkvision. 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.
Fox Cunning. You have advantage on all Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma saving throws against magic.
Foxy. Your foxy demeanor makes you hard to resist, before making a Charisma based skill check you can choose to grant yourself advantage. You regain usage of this feature when you complete a long rest.

Random Height and Weight

Base
Height
Height
Modifier*
Base
Weight
Weight
Modifier**
4′ 8″ +2d10 110 lb. × (2d4) lb.

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



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