Palademon (5e Race)

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Palademon[edit]

Physical Description[edit]

Palademons look almost human at a distance, but up close it becomes obvious that they are anything but. An individual palademon's appearance depends on their subrace, detailed below. Some take on their celestial heritage, looking almost angelic but only just. Others take on their infernal heritage, looking almost demonic, but not quite to the unnatural chill that demons give.

History[edit]

Palademons are the unholy union of demon and angel. How they are brought about remains a mystery to recorded history. Perhaps they were created as an experiment to test the powers of the divine, perhaps fallen angels have affairs with demons in disguise, who knows.

Being a mix of infernal and celestial blood, palademons are almost guaranteed to be hunted by one or both of their heritage races. Some redeem themselves to one of their heritage races, becoming great warriors and ambassadors, though this causes the other heritage race to increase efforts hunting down the palademon.

Society[edit]

Being so rare, most palademons can go their entire lives without ever knowing of or meeting another like them. Despite this, palademons take refuge in whatever society they can find themselves being comfortable in and make this their home.

However, it is not unheard of to have two palademons meet each other. When this occurs, it either results in the best friendships ever known, or the bitterest rivalries ever forged in the mortal world.

For the most part, palademons live lives of solitude or lives disguising their true nature out of fear of what mortals will think of having a demonic creature in their midst.

Palademon Names[edit]

Palademons take three names: one angelic, one demonic, and one copying the civilization they took as their own, if any. Below are two example names given for demonic and angelic names, in that order

Male: Carac, Gumir, Gadreel, Cassiel, and a male name fitting the society they have become accustomed to.

Female: Hismaia, Dorbis, Neriah, Azrael, and a female name fitting the society they have become accustomed to.

Palademon Traits[edit]

Palademons look to be humanoid, namely of whatever race they hide as; But when embracing their divine nature, it is impossible for them to hide who they truly are. After reaching five years of age, a palademon's true nature begins to show, whether angelic or demonic.
Ability Score Increase. Your Constitution score increases by 2
Age. Palademons mature at a slightly slower rate to humans, reaching maturity at around age 24, and in turn have significantly longer lifespans; Though a Palademon has never been known to die of old age, as most reach an early demise by either end of their divine heritage. The oldest Palademon known lived to be 240 years.
Alignment. Palademons take alignment to the extremes, based on their subrace. An angelic palademon is most always Lawful Good, and infernal palademons are almost always Chaotic Evil. Variances and neutralities have been known to happen, but angels are never evil and demons are never good.
Size. Palademons are roughly the same size and build as humans, standing at around 5 to 7 feet, but can slowly change their appearance over years to fit better in other civilizations. 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.
Dual Divine Nature. Your creature type is considered to be celestial and fiend
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and one other language of your choosing
Subrace. Choose from either Angelic or Infernal heritage


Angelic Heritage[edit]

Ability Score Increase. Your Wisdom score increases by 1
Angelic Form. Beginning at level 3, as an action, you can form your angel wings and gain a flying speed of 30 for 1 minute. You can use this ability a number of times per long rest equal to your Con modifier (Min 1). At 7th level, your form surges your weapon with holy energies, granting it an additional 1d6 of Radiant damage and a +1 to all attack rolls.
Celestial Resistance. You gain resistance to Radiant damage
Celestial Tongue. You can speak, read, and write in Celestial
Angelic Speech. You have advantage on Charisma (Persuasion) checks make against humanoids of non-infernal descent.

Infernal Heritage[edit]

Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 1
Demonic Form. Beginning at 3rd level, as an action, you can form your demon wings and gain a flying speed of 30 for 1 minute. You can use this ability a number of times per long rest equal to your Con modifier (Min 1). At 7th level, your form also grants you demonic claws that deal 2d6 Necrotic. These claws have the Finesse property, and you are considered proficient with them.
Infernal Resistance. You gain resistance to Necrotic damage
Infernal Tongue. You can speak, read, and write in Infernal
Devil's Sight. Magical darkness doesn't impede your darkvision

Random Height and Weight[edit]

Base
Height
Height
Modifier*
Base
Weight
Weight
Modifier**
5′ 6″ +2d12 100 lb. × (2d4) lb.

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

Suggested Characteristics[edit]

When creating a Palademon character, you can use the following table of traits, ideals, bonds and flaws to help flesh out your character. Use these tables in addition to or in place of your background's characteristics.

d4 Personality Trait
1 Everyone can be good. I work to prove that, even if it means laying down my life.
2 The world has gone to the Nine Hells and back. No use saving it.
3 My parents believed I was born to shatter the warring barriers between Angel and Demon. I try to live up to their example and work towards peace in the divine.
4 My parents believed I was born to bring ruin to the divine, of both Angel and Demon. I live to show them that I am no such monster.
d6 Ideal
1 I must help those below me (Good)
2 Damn them. Damn them all. (Chaotic)
3 All are below me. Even those in power (Evil)
4 I respect all beings that respect authority. (Lawful)
5 All beings are equal in creation. I am a prime example of that. (Neutral)
6 Some beings require a step up. Others must take one down, or I will make them. (Neutral)
d6 Bond
1 My parent(s) sent me to complete a mission before their death(s). I will finish it.
2 A mere human saved my life during my early years. I am forever indebted to their noble act.
3 A human saw my true self. Now I am indebted to them, lest they reveal my secret.
4 I will find a way to avenge my parents.
5 No one will hold my will against me. Only those I deem my friends shall get that honor.
6 The world is dark, but beautiful. I align myself with those that seek to shed light on that long lost beauty.
d4 Flaw
1 I always work to help others, often at my own expense.
2 My ego prevents me from associating with others easily
3 I don't understand why others don't just help themselves get ahead. It's worked for me my whole life.
4 My works to make the world good often lead to my own life being endangered. I do not care

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