Monrel (5e Race)
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|“||Why do people always assume we're bats? We're foxes!||”|
Monrels are tiny beasts that resemble foxes. They are capable of standing bipedally, but never even reach a height of 2 feet. Their bodies are mainly vulpine but lack some of the fur density one would expect. Its fur is closer to the length of bats. even their bushy tails are reduced in volume to reduce drag. The fur color varies from unusual shades of brown to the typical red, black, white and grey fox colors. Under their arms are flaps of skin which spread when they stretch out their arms in midair. They do this after jumping off trees to glide in a fashion similar to flying squirrels.
Monrels are creatures native to far off tropical islands. They are believed to have originally been foxes on the land before the islands broke off. Thus, their size shrunk due to the island rule. These islands are always full of trees and fruits, which the monrels evolved to reach and eat for survival, as well as to hunt smaller critters that could fly in the canopies. Monrels retained their predatory features despite having developed a diet that was mainly frugivorous. They were initially hostile to travelers who first came upon the islands, attacking in swarms. After initial skirmishes, the monrel diplomats were bought back to the mainland to establish peaceful relations and begin trade. Prosperity flourished a little on their islands and the monrels multiplied. It wasn't too long before the islands were too claustrophobic for them and they migrated to the mainland in droves. They were eager to explore new lands and have new adventures and experiences.
Monrels live in tribes back on their islands, each revolving around the central chieftain figure who leads. The chieftain also assigns jobs to tribe members and oversees rotation of resource management, hunting and gathering, and constructions. Tribes and their villages will often host incoming guests in tournaments with contests of skills. These are mainly voluntary and in good fun. There are, however, classes within their tribes which can be influenced by their skills in these games. The higher classes enjoy higher prestige in their villages. Some despise this system and go out to adventure, free from their village constraints. If they return and are successful, they are more likely to climb a class in their tribe.
Monrels are described to have an urge for exploration from a young age. Young monrels learn to be resourceful and versatile, rather than strictly strong or book smart. They can be a jack-of-all-trades kind of adventurer, with all the skills they hone back in their tribes. They can also be extremely determined if they have a set goal in mind. Even death will not deter them from this goal.
Monrels use names that resemble human names in Common, but with a slight twist of the tongue or spelling.
Male: Artifice, Bemon, Daido, Brenard, Popue
Female: Suka, Veltom, Babia, Naea, Anxa
Tribal vulpine beings with flaps
Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 2, and your Charisma score increases by 1.
Age. Monrels mature quickly, reaching adulthood in 5 years. They possess a relatively short lifespan of 45-50 years.
Alignment. Monrel have no true bonds to any alignment or code. Most are neutral.
Size. Monrels never even broach 2 feet. Your size is Tiny.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 20 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.
Forest Flier. Living in the trees and jumping two and fro helps you scale and glide along other surfaces as well. You have a climbing speed equal to your walking speed. Additionally, you have a glide speed of 40 feet, being so small and light.
Skill Trained. Whether you liked it or not, you had to impress your elders back home by learning a few skills to participate in the tournaments. You are proficient in two skills of your choice.
Tribal Fighter. Despite being tiny, the monrels made use of their numbers to swarm foreign invaders with their weapons. You are proficient with the javelin, net, and scimitar.
Languages. You can speak, read and write in Common, Sylvan, and one other language of your choice.
Random Height and Weight
|1′ 0″||+1d6||5lbs lb.||× (1d4) lb.|
*Height = base height + height modifier