Kryptonian (5e Race)
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"In this world, there is right and there is wrong...And that distinction is not difficult to make. The powers we have...The things we do...They're meant to inspire ordinary citizens...Not intimidate them...Not terrify them."- Kal-El of Krypton
Many know the famous story of Kal-El, the Superman of Earth that sought refuge on Earth but became its protector. Fewer know of the countless other Kryptonians who traveled across the heavens on missions of conquest and exploration prior to the destruction of the planet, or of the other Kryptonians that may have escaped Krypton to other worlds. This race, best coupled with the 'Kryptonian' class allows players to role play one such character.
Members of the dominant species of the planet Krypton are indistinguishable from humans in terms of their appearance; their physiology and genetics, however, are vastly different- Kryptonians are difficult to clone because their DNA is so complex that human science is not advanced enough to decipher it. The cellular structure of Kryptonians allows for solar energy to be absorbed in extremely high levels. On the planet Krypton, whose parent star has often been depicted as an ancient red supergiant with relatively low energy output, their natural abilities were the same as humans. When exposed to a young yellow star like Earth's Sun, which is much smaller than their own sun and with vastly higher energy output, their bodies are able to absorb and process so much energy that it eventually manifests as vast superhuman powers.
Kryptonians have a physical appearance considered beautiful by other races; they have naturally dense physiology that results in a naturally chiseled and muscular physique. In addition, they are tall with bright gleaming eyes and pale ethereal skin. Such is their standing amongst races that recognize them that they are generally greeted with respect or admiration immediately and are often called upon to mediate disagreements between other races. Others, however, view the Kryptonians as proud or even arrogant and are secretly hateful of the celestial visitors.
Kryptonians were once a proud and decadent society reminiscent of the Roman Empire close to its fall. Krypton had an Empire that spanned far beyond its own world based on advanced technology and the slave labor of clones. However a revolutionary war sparked by an alien presence resulted in the death of all clones and as a result, Krypton retreated into itself. Its government became distrustful and insular, banning all but a few sanctioned missions off-world. An unstable planet core would later lead to the destruction of Krypton and the death of any Kryptonian who had not escaped the planet.
The average citizen of Krypton led a life of luxury and decadence, supported by robotic servants and other technological advancements.
Kryptonians are allocated a role in society based on their genetics and aptitude; the three pillars of Kryptonian society were the Science Council, the Military and the Government (who also acted as heads of the justice system). Kryptonians who became members of these guilds were often treated with additional levels of respect and renown, some achieving fame or infamy for their actions.
- Houses and their values
House of El- Descended from the sun god Rao himself, their symbol represents hope
House of Zod- Family at the head of Krypton's Military for many years
House of Ko – peace, reflection, calmness
House of Re – ethics, morals, honesty
House of An – law, justice, integrity
House of Mer – nature, beasts, environment
House of Dar – trees, roots, ancestors
House of Van – family, hearth, home
House of Ak – art, inspiration, beauty
House of Nu – renewal, consistency, stability
House of Kann – ideas, communication, speech
House of Zar – abundance, wealth, success
House of Ran – influence, relationships, persuasion
House of Lor – journey, evolution, rhythm, dance
House of Veks – beginning, question, birth
House of Am – change, cycle, destiny
House of Zu – sacrifice, surrender, ritual
House of Tor – secrets, mystery, ambiguity
House of Da – harmony, synergy, music
House of Gosa – strength, air, battle
House of Ur – attack, crisis, chaos
House of Em – end, completion, conclusion
- Example Names
Male: Ago, Don, Dru, Erok, In, Jax, Jor, Kal, Nim, Seyg, Ter, Ty, Van, Zor
Female: Allura, Asha, Cir, Faora, Kara, Lara, Zara
Kryptonians have a series of traits in common with one another regardless of the light they find themselves under. Kryptonian powers developed under a yellow sun are detailed within the Kryptonian class.
Ability Score Increase. Your Strength score increase by 2 and Constitution score increase by 1.
Age. Kryptonians reach adulthood faster than humans at around 16 years of age. They can live to ages close to 100 and tend to maintain peak physical fitness until 80.
Alignment. Krytopnians tend towards a good or lawful good alignment, however, their tendency toward cold analytical views of a situation can lead them towards an evil alignment even with noble intentions.
Size. Kryptonians are often around 6 feet tall. Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
Flight. You have a flying speed equal to your Movement speed + 10 feet. To use this flight, you can’t be wearing medium or heavy armor.
Powerful Build. Your carrying capacity (including maximum load and maximum lift) is doubled. At level 12, this is increased to quadruple.
Senses. You have advantage on investigation and perception checks made to either hear or see.
X-Ray Vision. When you reach level 12, You can see into and through solid matter for 1 minute. This vision has a radius of 30 feet. To you, solid Objects within that radius appear transparent and don't prevent light from passing through them. The vision can penetrate 1 foot of stone, 1 inch of Common metal, or up to 3 feet of wood or dirt. Thicker substances block the vision, as does a thin sheet of lead.
Vacuum Survivability. You can hold your breath for an hour and you double your con modifier when dealing with suffication.
Languages. You can speak, read and write Common and Kryptonian. Kryptonian is a strong and heavily pronounced language that uses the Primordial script.
Random Height and Weight
|Base Height||Height Modifier||Base Weight||Weight Modifier|
|5′ 10″||+1d6||140 lb.||× (2d4) lb.|