Nightbleeders (5e Race)

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Nightbleeders[edit]

"In peace may you leave the shore. In love may you find the next. Safe passage on your travels until your final journey to the ground. May we meet again." -The Nightbleeder death ritual

(Author's note: This race is based on a TV show called The 100. I took a few creative liberties, so this is gonna be a lot different from what you know.)

Bad Blood[edit]

Nightbleeders look almost exactly like humans. The only defining outward factor is that their hair tends to grow to waist length for both men and woman. They also have a unique trait, where their blood is pure black, which is the inspiration for their names. Many other races consider it a warning sign that this race is cursed. Nightbleeders, however find great pride in their blood. Stories are told that this blood is the reason why they survived.

Before the Beginning of Time[edit]

Nightbleeders claim a history that predates the existing universe. They inhabited a world much like our own, until the the world was consumed by a primordial flame, which they call “Primfaya”. Legend says that only 100 members of each of the three clans could survive in a bunker, and when they emerged, the world was reborn as it is today.

Few other races believe such tales, but the Nightbleeders insist it’s true. All historical records from so long ago were destroyed, so there is no possible way to confirm if Nightbleeders are truly from before time itself.

The Commander[edit]

In times before Primfaya, the Commander, or the leader of the clans was selected by the Flame- a magic item that would kill whoever is unworthy to wield it. When one was worthy however, the Flame gave them great strength and wisdom. One commander even managed to unite the warring clans in a battle against “Mount Weather”.

After Primfaya however, the Flame was lost. The people then decided that the Commander would be selected a new way. A warrior from each of the clans would be selected to fight for the right to lead. The only way to win was to kill the other two participants and take a necklace given to them by a Flame-Bearer, the priests of the Nightbleeders.

Among the Nightbleeders are three subsets that are often at odds with each other. Even within their own clans and a Commander there are often power struggles and unclear laws. Wars are frequent and bloody, though rarely involve other races.

Despite this, Nightbleeders will all set aside their differences once a year to celebrate “Unity Day”. This is held on the anniversary of the end of the world to celebrate their shared survival. All grudges and wars are suspended for a single day as they light a large bonfire and drink around it.

Nightbleeder Names[edit]

Male: Monty, Bellamy, Markus, John, Thellonius, Jasper, Lincoln, Finn, Wells, Roan, Charles, Illian, Nathan, Carl, Kyle, Brian, Titus, Gustus

Female: Luna, Anya, Becca, Emori, Harper, Abigail, Raven, Clarke, Oktavia, Ontari, Niyla, Ecco, Maya, Gina, Indra, Gaia, Nia, Hannah

Nightbleeder Traits[edit]

"In peace may you leave the shore. In love may you find the next. Safe passage on your travels until your final journey to the ground. May we meet again." -The Nightbleeder death ritual
Ability Score Increase. Your Constitution score increases by 2.
Age. Nightbleeders mature as fast as humans, but tend to live longer, averaging at 130.
Alignment. Having both a warrish nature and a strict leader, Nightbleeders do not tend towards Chaos or Lawful. However, they do tend towards Good, wanting to help their people more than anything else, even willing to die for them.
Size. They stand roughly between 5 and 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.
Survivor. Nightbleeders survived the end of the world when it was engulfed in radiation. You have resistance to Radiant damage.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and one other language of your choice.
Subrace. Nightbleeders belong to one of three clans. You must choose one, Trikru, Skaikru, or Flowkru, and you gain the benefits of that subrace.

Trikru[edit]

"Blood must have blood." -Lexa, the most respected commander in Nightbleeder history.

Trikru are warriors above all else and value combat mastery more than everything. They are at home in the woods, settling into several villages across a large forest.

Ability Score Increase. Your Strength OR your dex score increases by 1.
Combat Training. You know one Maneuver from the Fighter’s Battle Master subclass. You also gain two Superiority dice (d6, which scale if you take this subclass).
Nature's Warriors. You have Proficiency in Nature and Animal Handling

Skaikru[edit]

"Technology holds the answers." -Clarke, a revered Skaikru diplomat.

Skaikru consists of thinkers. They enjoy researching technology and try to make friends with everyone whenever possible. Skaikru thrive in city settings.

Ability Score Increase. Your Intelligence score increases by 1.
Tinkerer. You have proficiency with three tool kits of your choice.
Investigator. You have proficiency in Investigation and advantage on checks to determine what an item (Magical or non-magical) is or does.

Flowkru[edit]

"From water we are born, to water we return." -Luna, the leader of the Flowkru.

Flowkru live by the sea. They are philosophers and fisherman. They do not believe in fighting or conquest, but are well armed and ready to defend themselves if need be.

Ability Score Increase. Your Wisdom score increases by 1.
Masters of Water. You know the Shape Water Cantrip at 1st level. You also know the spell Wall of Water at 4th level and Tidal Wave at 7th level. You can cast them both once per long rest as a 3rd level spell. Wisdom is your spellcasting ability for them. (Author's note: All of these spells are from Xanathar's, and may not be allowed in some campaigns.)
Mariners. You have proficiency in the Nets and water vehicles.

Random Height and Weight[edit]

Base
Height
Height
Modifier*
Base
Weight
Weight
Modifier**
4′ 11″ +2d6″ 120 lb. × (1d10) lb.

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

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