Pandaren (5e Race)

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Pandaren[edit]

“To ask why we fight... is to ask why the leaves fall. It is in their nature. Perhaps, there is a better question. Why do we fight? To protect Home and Family... To preserve Balance, and bring Harmony. For my kind, the true question is: What is worth fighting for?”

— Chen Stormstout

Physical Description[edit]

Pandaren are humanoid bears, covered in fur from head to toe. The males stand at an average of 7'6", while the females average around 7'. Every pandaren has two colors of fur; one is always white but the other color ranges from black to brown to red. They have paws for hands and feet, with three fingers, a thumb, and three toes. Each digit is tipped with a black claw. They refer to their hands directly as paws. While the species has a tail, there are two distinct forms. The common form is around the stub of their fur, but the second form, which is long and thickens out by the end, is exclusive to red-and-white females.

History[edit]

While the pandaren are predominantly a peace-loving race, their history is marked with turmoil and strife. The pandaren were among the races who settled in the lands surrounding the Vale of Eternal Blossoms roughly 15,000 years before the First War. Thanks to their wise and peaceful nature, they forged a strong bond with four Wild Gods who dwelled in the area — Chi-Ji, Niuzao, Xuen, and Yu'lon. Referring to the Wild Gods as the "August Celestials", the pandaren formed a system of worship around the four, and in turn, the Celestials granted the pandaren knowledge and helped them hone their ties to philosophy and nature. Even in the ages before the old empire, there is evidence that the pandaren love of learning had created epic poems, agriculture, and medicine.

Society[edit]

Each pandaren belongs to a shao'din, which is their word for “clan”. Pandaren society has changed from its origins. Where once the pandaren were a mighty empire, standing proudly beside their elf allies, now they are a simple people who want only peace and a safe home. Yet the world is a dangerous place, and only through an acceptance of the violence that comes with life can the pandaren continue to prosper. Pandaren society is, in many ways, compartmentalized. At their core, the pandaren treasure peace and creativity. Most pandaren are poets and singers, and the craftsmen of their culture are truly revered. The danger of their lives, however, has necessitated the evolution of a class of warriors to defend those ideals — it is these warriors, from the simplest pikeman to the great shodo-pans, who ensure that pandaren culture survives.

Pandaren Names[edit]

Pandaren naming practices are similar to those of humans: each pandaren has a given name and a surname. The names themselves, of course, are different.

Male: Chen, Jinto, Kesha, Masha, Mushi, Polo, Sinjo.

Female: Huan, Jiang, Lian, Mei, Ping, Shui, Zi.

Surnames: Earthsong, Greentouch, Honeybrew, Lightgrace, Reedwine, Sweetbarrow, Swiftpaw.

Pandaren Traits[edit]

Hailing from the Pandaren Empire they are humanoid pandas on the World of Warcraft series.
Ability Score Increase. Your Constitution and Charisma score each increases by 1.
Age. Pandaren reach adulthood in their late teens and live a bit longer than a century.
Alignment. Most pandaren have a good alignment.
Size. Pandaren are between 7 feet to 8 feet tall. Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 25 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.
Keen Smell. You have advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on smell.
Bouncy. You are proficient in the Acrobatics skill and you take half as much damage from falling.
Gourmand. Pandaren are excellent cooks and brewers, you are proficient in the cook’s utensils and brewer’s supplies.
Natural Healer. You gain proficiency in the Medicine skill.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and Pandaren. Pandaren is described as elegant and playful but also empowering. It mostly consists of short words like nom, chi or fu. Recent discoveries have shown that it might be the oldest written language.
Subrace. Depending on which clan you've joined, you get additional ability score increases.

Red Crane clan[edit]

Ability Score Increase. Your Wisdom score increases by 1.

White Tiger clan[edit]

Ability Score Increase. Your Strength score increases by 1.

Jade Serpent clan[edit]

Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 1.

Black Ox clan[edit]

Ability Score Increase. Your Constitution score increases by 1.

Random Height and Weight[edit]

Base
Height
Height
Modifier*
Base
Weight
Weight
Modifier**
7′ 5″ +2d6 180 lb. × (1d6) lb.

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


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