Lisen (5e Race)

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Lisen[edit]

The Big Bad Lisen will come and set you on fire if you're not a good little girl!
—Unknown

Physical Description[edit]

Their human form is relatively small and slim and they still have fox ears and tail. In “fox” form they only have red fur and a black muzzle; this trait makes them all seem almost identical to one another to those who are not Lisen themselves. Their bodies seem to be like liquid, fitting into almost any space like a cat. All Lisen are born very speedy and any slow moving Lisen are killed by the group to prevent the “defective” genes from spreading. As well as being fast, they are also able to produce fire from within their body; when they are kits the power is not very easily controlled. If a kit cannot produce fire it will be killed. Measures like these only let the most powerful Lisen keep living. They do not grow much and once they hit their adulthood they do not change, even as elders they do not grow grey hairs. They live to be upwards of a thousand one hundred years, a thousand two hundred is considered ancient. A Lisen is considered an adult at age five and is given full responsibilities or taken to learn the ways of the masters (Lisen Training).

History[edit]

Lisen have only lived with their own kind for tens of thousands of years and are very weary of outsiders. They live in charred up forests or in areas that are barren and do not have any other races. If anyone does approach their clan they run to the ground and hide in the holes of their houses. Making contact is the last thing they want to do. The Lisen have a heavy hold with their religion and their rituals. Every year the Lisen hold a very important ritual that takes ten days or a Lisen week to complete. It involves sacrificing at least one rabbit each day to their god which they say cannot be named. None of their texts ever name their god and anyone who attempts to name the god will be torn apart limb by limb. They also stop eating for the ritual and the whole other year prepares them for the ritual. On the tenth morning they sacrifice one kit and one elder to their god and then pray for forgiveness of sins for the rest of the day. The next day is a day of celebration where they feast on rabbits and drink rabbit blood. The more younger/modern Lisen that have taken to mixing in with the rest of society are less keen on their religion but still follow the rabbit part of the ritual far away from home. Although away from home and less of a religious follower that’s almost all that changes when they merge with society. They are very cruel to outsiders and do not trust others easily, even in their clan. Due to their cold heart they do not feel guilt when hurting others or manipulating them. Society views their race as evil and dangerous, yet alluring because of the little amount they share about themselves. Often the younger Lisen that venture out of the clan are spit on or attacked if they return home, especially if they aren’t as religious as they should be.

Society[edit]

Their society is very closed off to others and even in their clans they do not like to connect with others of their kind. They are solitary and even mothers do not hold much of a love for their children. Any “love” or affection goes to their god or instructing their young. Mating is done only once a year and it is only to grow the clan and not out of love. All of them understand that even though it is somewhat pleasant to mate, they must not overdo it. They also think that they must not dirty their race with feelings that blur judgement and create unnecessary conflict. There is no marriage in their clans and kits are raised in a more of a collective. This stops Lisen from attaching to one another and being “sad” about death. To them death is more of something that is deserved as a punishment if something bad is done: like betraying their god. This is why Lisen know not to stray from their rules as doing that means death. Occasionally if a different race starts to settle near them they sneak into the town and set the houses on fire until they leave the area. If the race does not leave they will ambush them at night, take all the weapons and kill the inhabitants. The younger Lisen that are with society are still cruel and distrusted. Other races find it difficult to see why Lisen are so hateful. Young are told that the “big bad Lisen will come and set you on fire if you’re a bad kid.” Lisen often don’t understand the repercussions of killing someone and will end up with evil groups.

As you can imagine, the relations Lisen have with other races are often hostile. But, contrary to what you might think their most hostile relations are not with humans but with their kinder and playfull cousins, the Kitsune. This is mainly because both races look down upon eachother in some way, the Lisen belive the Kitsune to be too emotional and foolhardy while the Kitsune belive the Lisen to be dense and cold hearted, This is also because the Kitsune partialy blame the Lisen for the Genocide that almot drove their race to extinction because the Kitsune belive that many of the spook stories about Kitsune are actually about the more evil inclined Lisen.

Lisen Names[edit]

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Female:

Lisen Traits[edit]

Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 2 and Charisma by 1 .
Age. Lisen mature by age 5 and live up to around one thousand one hundred years, the oldest known to live as long as one thousand two hundred years.
Alignment. Lisen are evil creatures and its alignments are usually between Evil and Neutral.
Size. In humanoid form Lisen range from 4 to 5 feet tall. Your size is Medium. In shifted form your size is Small.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet
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 Senses. You have proficiency in the Stealth skill.
Fey Ancestry. You have advantage on saving throws against being charmed, and magic can’t put you to sleep.
Truesight. Due to your magical blood, you have the ability to see the world as it really is. At level 1, you can see normally in magical or non-magical darkness out to 30 feet as if the area was in bright light. At level 3, when you are within 10 feet of a visual illusion you automatically detect their true nature and succeed on saving throws against them. Also, within 10 feet you determine the true form of a shapechanger or a creature transformed by magic. At level 15, when you are within 10 feet of an invisible creature or a magically hidden door or object, you can see them. At level 20, double the range of all of your Lisen Truesight abilities.
Fox form. You can assume fox form or turn back into human form as a bonus action all your gear drops to the ground where you shifted and can be retrieved later. In shifted form, with a red, white, and black coat, you are indistinguishable from regular foxes. You are considered Small. Your health is the same but your unarmored AC is equal to 11 + Dexterity. Your speed increases to 35 feet. You are perceptive. You can add your proficiency bonus to Perception checks (or double your bonus if you are already proficient).
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and Sylvan.

Random Height and Weight[edit]

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


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