Onbongo (5e Race)

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Thee of skin darker than night and hair, bright as light, art doomed to suffer hereforth...

Physical Description[edit]

The onbongo are humanoids characterized by their pale white hair and ebon dark skin. Their hair shimmers with a lustrous glow in contrast to their skin, which does not have even a gleam when wet in light. Cracks that pulsate with inner light decorate their otherwise dark bodies. Their eyes tend to range from golden to green, and their bodies are slender and naturally lithe in build. Onbongo are known to be able to actually absorb light into their skin and refract it by their hair and the cracks on their body. They therefore tend to wear darkly colored clothing, if not pure black, to further accent this.


Onbongo trace their history to that of something beyond, likely in the Far Realm. They were allegedly birthed from the deranged thoughts of a dark being who was cast out by beings of light. As a result, they embody the dark's desire to snuff out the light. However, the onbongo take it a step further, and can redirect it instead. They are believed to have fallen or mysteriously landed in the Material Realm, as well as other worlds. They say that this is due to the punishment rendered onto them as creations of the dark being. The cracks on their bodies are scars they bear, marked through even lineage, as a result of this punishment.


Strangely, onbongo can mate with other humanoids. If a male onbongo mates outside their race, the result will almost always be a new onbongo. They thus choose often to linger among other humanoids. Onbongo are heavily biased towards pity, seeing themselves as an abused race who never asked to come about. They like for non-onbongo to know of their plight. They may organize into small covens within human towns often, or even elven, typically in the slummier areas. In these covens, they share resources and go out to proselytize of their pitiful pasts, as well as beg and such. Not all onbongo take part in this, and many are solitary wanderers who wallow in self-pity while trying to make a living in their lives of punishment.

Onbongo Names[edit]

Onbongo names typically try to help them blend in with the society where they take shelter. There is a slight alien edge to it, of course, from their origin somewhere beyond in the sea of stars.

Male Names: Altharoth, Zayn, Kazik, Psin

Female Names: Elthera, Ralyath, Orkkio, Cathandre

Onbongo Traits[edit]

Beings fallen from the stars of dark and light
Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 2, and your Charisma score increases by 1.
Age. Onbongo reach adulthood at around 15 years of age and usually die at around 100 years.
Alignment. The onbongo tend towards neutral behavior, being very focused on their own sad tragedy of a life rather than the plights of others.
Size. 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.
Ebon Skin. Your dark skin pretty much absorbs light and makes you very hard to find in dark places. You have advantage in Dexterity (Stealth) checks to hide in darkness.
Light Eater. You are resistant to radiant damage.
Radiance Burst. When you take radiant damage, you may use a reaction to instantly absorb all the photons in the air and unleash it back out in a blinding flash. All creatures within 5 feet of you must make a Constitution saving throw (DC = 8 + your Charisma modifier + your proficiency bonus). On a failure, they take radiant damage equal to the original damage dealt to you (before resistance calculation), and are blinded until the end of their next turn. You must finish a short or long rest before you can use this trait again.
Pity Me. You can really sell a sob story. You are proficient in the Persuasion skill.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common, and one other language of your choice.

Random Height and Weight[edit]

5′ 10″ +3d6 150 lb. × (1d6) lb.

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

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