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]

Lecteur'fou are stout and stocky, much like dwarves, but a bit more simian in their gait. Their arms are thick and long, reaching well to their knees and even past. They are known for their large, singular, unblinking eye which is located roughly between their shoulders. It encompasses their head entirely, almost, with no real room for a neck. 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. It is not exactly known how or who may have committed this error in their creation. 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 in dungeons for the sake of their own academic pursuits, now free from the shackles of servitude.


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. Regardless of their methods, the lecteurs'errants seldom stay in any one place, as knowledge's siren song brings them from coast to coast in search of the scholarship they so desire. They are not always welcome, unfortunately, despite their initially harmless modus operandi. Their eye is known to unnerve many, and some have unfortunately been on the receiving end of their evil eye power.

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 usually, and are born extremely precocious.
Alignment. Lecteur'fou favor neutral paths, preferring learning over the battles of good and evil.
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.
Bookworm. You have a ravenous appetite for knowledge and a memory to match it. When you make a Intelligence (History) check related to magic or books, you are considered proficient in the History skill and add double your proficiency bonus to the check, instead of your normal proficiency bonus.
Sharp-Eyed. That large eye is made to see detail in the world around as well as within tomes. You are proficient in the Perception skill.
The Evil Eye. While not known to be belligerent, lecteur'fou have the optical prowess to zoom in on weak points, as well mild magic to sap the life of creatures. You know and can cast the true strike cantrip. You can also cast the hex spell once, at its lowest level, without material and verbal components. Once you use this spell, you must finish a long rest before you can cast it again with this trait. When you use this version of hex, the spell's range increases to 120 feet, as you have remarkable eyesight. Intelligence is your spellcasting modifier for these spells.
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. For the purposes of spellcasting, any spells with a verbal component you may cast by substituting it for a somatic component. For lecteur'fou, this often means manic eye gestures as well as hand weaving of arcane signs.

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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