Lumen (5e Race)
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Lumen are humanoid wolves. They have the fur, paws, snout, ears, and the usual. However, unlike regular lycanthropes, however, their fur shimmers like silver in the daylight. At night, their fur gleams with sparkles like that of fresh snow. Others say it is as if someone plucked stars from the heavens and dotted the lupine body with it. Regardless, their fur is unusually lustrous and luminous. Sometimes this luminescence can take the form of markings along the body and fur like tattoos. A little detail also separating them from the usual werewolf is their inability to be hurt by silver, as well as their claws, which gleam like metal.
Lumen are said to be lycanthropes coming from the reaches of the lunar plane. They are sometimes dubbed the original ones, due to their coming from the moon. It is said the disease of lycanthropy descended from their plane. Within their home is just lupine creatures like them. However, their usually civil manner and luxurious and glowing fur set them apart from the usual werewolf. People were greatly enthralled by their beauty. Many wanted their pelts. Others revered them as some kind of wolf deity from the heavens bearing stars on their bodies.
Lumen were often able to beguile those who would try to trap them for their fur, weaseling their way out with words. Hunters called them silver-tongued foxes in wolf clothing. They were an elusive species for a long time. Eventually, some lumen managed to weave their way into the politics of some large cities. Seizing key spots in government, they were able to put their under protection, framing themselves as beautiful and peaceful creatures that are hunted wrongly. Some believe them to be telling sweet lies to spread a hidden agenda. Of what, we know not.
Lumen societies are difficult to locate, as individual members are elusive. They are said to live in complex forest homes dangled in dense trees and bridged by planks. They have an unnatural climbing ability most canids, even humanoid ones would lack. These locations of their residences are hard to find without a guide. They are all said to be posited to abut a tear in the lunar fabric, which leads back to the plane from which they came. But as no one has ever really been in a lumen village, much less been allowed to stay for an extended amount of time, it is highly speculated.
Within their little villages, lumen attend small schools headed by single teachers. They sharpen their minds with fellow peers and rehearse scenarios of encounters with hunters. These often turn into a roast session about how stupid their pursuers are. While lumen do have claws and sharp teeth with which to defend themselves, these are considered commonplace and brutish. Lumen pride themselves in intelligence to outwit predators and stun other races, which would take them for no more than a filthy beast with a pricy coat.
Lumen will often give themselves a nickname of something that they like. Their parents sometimes name them something that tides them over the years, but many eventually rename themselves to distinguish their individuality.
Male: Bone, Moon, Elm, Warren
Female: Star, Hawthorn, Violet, Eddy
Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 2, and your Intelligence score increases by 1.
Age. Lumen age faster than humans and reach adulthood at 15 and live until around 130
Alignment. Lumen usually grow up with werewolves and or plain wolves. Lumen are usually thereby chaotic and rarely lawful.
Size. Lumen vary widely in height and build, from barely 4 feet to well over 6 feet tall. Your size is Medium.
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.
Silvertongue. You are proficient with the Persuasion skill.
Natural Weapons. What you were born with is not your preferred weapon but it is yours to use nonetheless. Your claws and fanged maw are natural weapons, which you can use to make unarmed strikes. They deal slashing or piercing damage equal to 1d6 + your Strength or Dexterity modifier, instead of the bludgeoning damage normal for an unarmed strike.
Climbing Canid. You have an uncanny ability to scale surfaces other lupine creatures might not be able to. You have a climbing speed of 20 feet.
Starlight. Your starry pelt gleams differently depending on night and day. You emit bright light up to 10 feet and dim light for an additional 10 feet when you would otherwise be in darkness.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and one other language of your choice. You also understand what any type of wolf says.
Random Height and Weight
|4′ 6″||+2d10||240 lb.||× (1d4) lb.|
*Height = base height + height modifier