Lecteur'Fou (5e Race)

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It's gone I tell you! It's gone and has made off with my collection of herbological texts!
—Mortimer, alchemist

Physical Description[edit]

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Lecteur'fou are stout and stocky much like dwarves, but much more ape-like in their gait. They are known for their large, singular, unblinking eye which is located roughly between their shoulders. Their rough skin can range between blues and greens, with dark splotches dotting their hides.


Lecteur'fou are artificially created creatures meant to originally serve as research assistants to scribes and wizards. Over time, however, a defect in all lecteur'fou was discovered: a ruthless pursuit of knowledge. Given enough time and research, a lecteur'fou will leave of its own volition in search of more knowledge. After this was discovered, the creation of lecteur'fou fell out of practice. Today they can be found touring libraries and adventuring dungeons for the sake of their own academic pursuits.


Like-minded lecteur'fou have been known to travel in groups called Lecteurs'Errants. These groups will search restlessly for their subject of choice, utilizing the knowledge collected by their members to locate and extract the book in question. The methods of Lecteurs'Errants vary from group to group, with some doing odd jobs to pay for their targeted tomes and others resorting to thievery.

Lecteur'Fou Names[edit]

The names of lecteur'fou are given by wizards and artificers that created them, giving a wide spectrum of variety.

Lecteur'Fou Traits[edit]

Stout and monocular creatures that compulsively search for knowledge.
Ability Score Increase. Your Intelligence score increases by 2 and your Constitution score increases by 1.
Age. Lecteur'Fou can live up to 120 years.
Alignment. Lecteur'Fou favor neutral paths.
Size. Lecteur'Fou are stocky in build, ranging between four to just under five feet tall. Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
Speech Without Sound. You can communicate mentally with another creature that knows at least one language within a 60-foot radius. This creature doesn't need to share a language with you but unless they have telepathy themselves they can only receive and respond but can't initiate or terminate a telepathic conversation. You must be conscious to use this trait and cannot telepathically communicate with multiple creatures at once.
Combat Academic. You know the true strike cantrip.
Sharp Eyed. You are proficient in the Perception skill.
The Evil Eye. At 11th level, you can cast the eyebite spell once with this trait, requiring no material components, and you regain the ability to cast it this way when you finish a long rest. Intelligence is your spellcasting ability for this spell.
Languages. You can read, and write Common as well as two other languages of your choice. Lecteur'Fou doesn't have mouths and as such cannot speak.

Random Height and Weight[edit]

4′ 2″ +2d4 130 lb. × (1d4) lb.

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

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