Nymph (5e Race)
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We heard a musical laugh and saw a splash. None of us could turn away. A girl, impossibly beautiful, bathed alone in the spring. The sway of her hips made the ogling men groan. Soon, it was all we could do to please her. Even the caravan's livestock obeyed her. And we would have done anything for her to scratch us behind the ear the way she did my horse. We fought to give her everything we had, and she rewarded us with a touch on the chin. It was more than generous so we wished her happily on her way. Eventually, we came to our senses. None of us wanted to report to King Jorsen how we'd given away all our treasure to a forest nymph, so we pummeled one another and told him we'd been robbed by bandits.
|—Trading Places, by Jadon Chandler, Merchant|
Nymphs are nature’s embodiment of physical beauty, and they guard the sacred places of the wild. They are so unbearably lovely that even a glimpse of one can blind an onlooker. Most nymphs hate evil and any who would despoil the wilds for any reason. A nymph’s demeanor is wild and mercurial. Like nature, she embodies both great beauty and fearsome danger. She can be kind and graceful to mortals who revere the wild places of the world but is also quick to strike against mortals who take more than they need or who treat nature thoughtlessly. Most nymphs are bound to a glade, or pool of some kind, however, there are a few that wander the Feywilds and the prime material unbound.
|Hester Tatnell |
The personality of a nymph is also a reflection of nature. Nymphs are mercurial creatures who may act with kindness but are also quick to strike against those who tread on nature by acting greedily or thoughtlessly. As caretakers of the woods, they favor deep forests and often shun the other races. However, due to their playfulness, curiosity and carefree nature, the strongly individual nymph can be found all over supporting a wide variety of different causes.
Embodiment of Nature
Nymphs, unless they choose to do so, do not reproduce, but are rather generated by the beauty of the natural world. The beauty of a nymph is so difficult for the mind to comprehend that the brain of an onlooker often simply stops processing visual stimuli to avoid sensory overload. Nymphs are not merely reflections of their environment but are intimately intertwined with it. If the home of a nymph is burned, used as a dumping ground, or otherwise despoiled, the nymph may fade away or become twisted. Similarly, if a nymph is injured, the beauty of the surroundings is likewise diminished, and if a nymph is killed, the area will become twisted and wither.
Although the nymph may embody a forest or some larger aspect of nature, a nymph's home is a particularly secluded and pristine area, such as a grove, a pool, or a hilltop. Nymphs will defend this area against all intrusion. Nymphs will often use non-lethal force at first unless given reason to believe the intruders have ill-intent or if they reply with deadly attacks of their own.
Friends of nature, such as druids or rangers, may be given an opportunity to explain their presence, and if there is a good reason, maybe offered aid.
Nymphs have several names. Their first name is in the fashion of the nearby civilization. Their secret name is in Sylvan and usually has to do with nature such as river, wind, deer, jaguar, willow, spring, etc. Many Nymphs choose to have a "last name" to reflect their personality such as a Nymph of the Tree named Tyrande Whisperwind.
Female: Aegle, Aglaia, Alcyone, Amphitrite, Arethusa, Atropos, Calliope, Calypso, Celaeno, Clio, Clotho, Clymene, Chrsothemis, Daphne, Dione, Dryope, Echo, Electra, Erato, Erytheis, Euphrosyne, Euterpe, Galatea, Hesperia, Lachesis, Lotis, Melpomene, Merope, Penelope, Polyhymnia, Procris, Maia, Scylla, Sterope, Taygete, Thalia, Thetis, Urania
Your nymph character has a variety of supernatural abilities, due to their fey blood.
Ability Score Increase. Your Charisma score increases by 2, and your Wisdom score increases by 1.
Age. Nymphs age at the same rate as elves, reaching physical maturity by age 20. Once they reach adulthood, they do not age further, and they do not die of old age.
Alignment. Nymphs tend towards chaos and goodness, but can be of any alignment.
Size. Nymphs are slightly shorter and lighter than elves. Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet. You also have a swimming speed of 30 feet.
Blinding Beauty. As an action, you can force all humanoids within 30 feet of you to succeed on a Constitution saving throw or become blinded until the end of your next turn. The DC for this saving throw equals 8 + your Charisma modifier + your proficiency bonus. Once you use this ability, you can't use it again until after you next roll initiative.
Darkvision. Accustomed to twilit forests and the night sky, you have superior vision in dark and dim conditions. 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.
Fey. Your creature type is considered to be both fey and humanoid. Additionally, you have advantage on saving throws against being charmed, and magic can't put you to sleep.
Unearthly Grace. While you are wearing no armor and not wielding a shield, your AC is equal to 10 + your Charisma modifier.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common, Elvish, and Sylvan.
Random Height and Weight
|4′ 5″||+2d8||80 lb.||× (1d4) lb.|
*Height = base height + height modifier