Podge (5e Race)

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What wolves are to lapdogs, Orcs are to Podges. Orcs are wild, untamed warriors while Podges are docile and humble.

Physical Description[edit]

Podges have similar body types to Orcs, but are shorter, fatter, and less muscular. A Podge's frame is naturally broad and even an emaciated Podge will have shoulders much wider than a human. They also have much softer features too.


Millenia ago, Orcs conquered the simpler minds of a lesser species; Wolves. And soon dogs were born. But, there are alien minds that are to Orcs as Orcs are to wolves, and in turn they were conquered the same way. Enter; the Podges. A docile subrace of Orc, created after centuries of breeding by massively powerful Aberrations, existing on incomprehensible planes. These Podges spent generations trapped wandering a hospitable but incomprehensible and alien environment until some, by chance or great effort, found themselves back in the lands of their ancestors. But, even now, they cannot shake off their docile breeding, and they find themselves as followers and minions as opposed to leaders and innovators.

Podge Names[edit]

Free-born Podges use the same names as Orcs. Those who were born in captivity have pet-names in Deep Speech.

Podge Traits[edit]

What wolves are to lapdogs, Orcs are to Podges. Orcs are wild, untamed warriors while Podges are docile and humble.
Ability Score Increase. You get +1 Strength and +2 Constitution
Age. Podges mature just as fast as Orcs, reaching full maturity at 14, but they live longer lives and can reach the age of 90.
Alignment. Podges can be any alignment, if they let themselves be pushed into it.
Size. Orcs are more stout and less muscular than their hulkish cousins.
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.
Humble. Podges are no foreigners to greater powers. You add your proficiency bonus to persuasion or religion checks to prostrate yourself before a superior. You also gain advantage on rolls to resist being frightened by a more powerful being.
Docile. Podges are somewhat slow to react to violence, a trait many have a hard time overcoming. The first time a Podge with more than half their hit points acts in combat, they make attack rolls at disadvantage, unless they have the drop on the enemy.
Strength in Blood. Podges may be docile, but they are still descended from orcs. When you have less than half your hit points, you may score critical hits on a 19.
Relentless Endurance. The first time you fall to 0 HP, if you are not killed outright, you fall to 1 HP instead. This can only happen once until you take a Long Rest.
Languages. Common, and either Deep Speech or Orcish.

Random Height and Weight[edit]

5′ 1″ +2d8 140 lb. × (6) lb.

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

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