Lost Child (5e Race)
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Named after their appearance, a Lost Child does a good job at pretending to be human. They certainly look the part, and they act like a child who has lost their parents; shy, nervous, and slow to open up to others. There are, however, some red flags. A child who speaks using archaic terms, for example, is suspicious. Performing feats of magic that should be impossible for a child is another clue. However, there currently exists only one surefire way to determine whether an individual is actually a Lost Child: when they're alone, when they think no one is watching, or when they simply forget to control themselves...
In appearance, Lost Children are identical to human children, with the same ranges in height, weight, skin tone, hair color, etc. Most Lost Children appear to be about 10 years old, but do not age. When they speak, they most naturally use archaic dialects, so often sound a bit out of place.
A Lost Child will typically always wear the same clothes, but changes in clothing have been observed. These clothes tend to be loosely fitting and in muted colors to blend in. Many Lost Children will also wear a hat or hood to further conceal themselves.
Once thought to be a subrace of Spectrals, it was later proven that they are unrelated. While a Spectral is essentially a ghost with physical form, Lost Children never died; indeed they were never alive to begin with. There are some spirits, called Ga'ast, which simply exist with the world. Lost Children are Ga'ast that have been granted, through unknown means and for unknown reasons, a physical form. Like Spectrals, Lost Children are incredibly rare, and most who meet one do not know it.
A Lost Child, upon physical manifestation, will almost always find the nearest village and integrate themselves quietly. They tend to be found in orphanages, or living alone in a alleyway. In rare cases, a Lost Child can even be found with a small family.
Lost Children are typically very shy and quiet, and will try to avoid speaking with strangers. All known Lost Children have only intentionally revealed their true nature to those it sincerely trusts, but gaining this trust is not an easy task.
Lost Child Names
The Ga'ast are not given names: they tend to try and avoid contact with others. However, for convenience, and to fit in, a Lost Child will often take on the name types of the races they are most surrounded by.
Lost Child Traits
Physical manifestations of immortal spiritual beings, which look and act like human children.
Ability Score Increase. Your Wisdom or Dexterity and score increases by 2 and you can choose any score that you haven't previously to increase by 1.
Age. Lost Children do not age physically or mentally.
Alignment. Lost Children tend to be fairly polarized. They can have any alignment, but Neutral Good and Neutral Evil are most common.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
Incorporeal. You are resistant to force damage.
Spiritual. You can sense the presence of spirits. You can determine their size, location, and general intent, but cannot directly interact with them.
Levitation. You float gently just above the ground. You ignore difficult terrain or hazards that require you to touch the ground. You always take the minimum possible damage from falling: 1 bludgeoning damage for each d6 that would be rolled.
Disguise Self (At Will). While you tend to play the role of an innocent child, there are times when you must hide within the faces of others. You can cast Disguise self at will, but you will still be the height of a child.
Copycat. You attempt to copy the most recently used damage dealing spell. Roll a d4: if you roll a 4, the attack is successful. Otherwise, roll a d6 and consult the below table to determine the result.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common, abyssal and one additional language of your choosing.
Possible Copycat Failure Results
|2||You take 1d6 radiant damage.|
|3||The attack hits the target, but for only 1 damage.|
|4||The attack backfires and hits you for 1 damage.|
|5||The attack backfires and hits a random ally.|
|6||You gain a level of exhaustion.|
Random Height and Weight
|Base Height||Height Modifier||Base Weight||Weight Modifier|
|4′ 4″||+d6"||58lb.||+ (d16) lb.|