Papallona (5e Race)

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Physical Description[edit]

A blue Papallona Maluc, Blue Morpho by drachenmagier

The papallona are a race of female-exclusive, butterfly-like people. They are peace-loving creatures, and are purely vegetarian. They stand between 5 and 7 feet tall, have many beautiful features and voices, and enjoy to either be left alone in the wild or be in the wild with friends. Papallona come in two different subraces, papallona maluc and papallona columna. A maluc's wings are on the hip, and a Cclumna's wings are on it's back in between the shoulders. The colors of a papallona's chitin vary, most of the time being bright and beautiful shades of blue, orange, green, and purple, but it can also be brown, black, yellow, red, and white. The legs of the papallona are pointed like a spear, and can be used as a weapon. Without the balance and lift provided by their wings, the papallona would be unable to walk.


The papallona have lived in the forests of the eastern continents for many centuries. The papallona once tried to live among the Shou, attempting to adapt to their culture, rituals, and lifestyles. But the Shou hunted the papallona for their glimmering chitin when they discovered the papallona first. Since this incident, they have sheltered themselves from other intelligent creatures, as they feel that they would be hunted once again otherwise.


The papallona live pleasing lives and while life expectancy might be lacking, their joy and communication with nature helps relief most of their issues. The papallona live in groups of up to 24, but a leader of said group is never elected. Religion holds no importance at all in their lives and, if anything, has made them more light-hearted. The papallona are quite spiritual, however, and have tied themselves to the world, the nature, and the skies. When formally introducing themselves, papallona maluc curtsy with their wings, and papallona columna bow forward. The papallona do not mate, for from the moment they mature, eggs have already begun to form. The cause of this extraordinary phenomenon is unknown. The papallona tend to not use weapons, but they can if it's a life-or-death situation.

Papallona Names[edit]

Papallona maluc tend to have the same names of nymphs, while papallona columna have the same names as sirens and harpies.

Papallona Maluc Names: Themis, Coridella, Phelousa, Thesipha, Idaise, Ophiolyse

Papallona Columna Names: Glorete, Drena, Arane, Laive, Coriris, Cladella

Papallona Traits[edit]

The beautiful butterfly nymphs of the East.
Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity, Wisdom and Charisma scores each increase by 1.
Age. Papallona only live for about 150 years, maturing at the age of 5.
Alignment. Papallona all tend to be good, though there may be some exceptions.
Size. Papallona are between 5 and 7 feet in height. Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 25 feet. You also have a flying speed of 30 feet. You do not gain the benefit of flying if you are wearing any armor.
Natured Soul. You know the dancing lights cantrip. When you reach 3rd level, you can cast the faerie fire spell once and need to finish a long rest before you can cast it again. When you reach 5th level, you can also cast the locate animals or plants spell once and need to finish a long rest before you can cast it again. Charisma is your spellcasting ability for these spells.
Natural Armor. When you aren't wearing armor, your AC is 12 + your Dexterity modifier. You can use your natural armor to determine your AC if the armor you wear would leave you with a lower AC. A shield's benefits apply as normal while you use your natural armor.
Trance. Papallona don't need to sleep. Instead, they meditate deeply, remaining semiconscious, for 4 hours a day.
Powerful Legs. Your legs are natural weapons, which you can use to make unarmed strikes. If you hit with them, you deal piercing damage equal to 1d6 + your Strength or Dexterity modifier, instead of the bludgeoning damage normal for an unarmed strike.
Butterfly Wings. You have a flying speed of 30 feet. You cannot use this speed while wearing medium or heavy armor. Additionally, you cannot fly higher than 20 feet until you reach 5th level.
Languages. You can read and speak Common and Sylvan.

Random Height and Weight[edit]

5′ 0″ +2d12 70 lb. × (1d4) lb.

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

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