Prothean (5e Race)

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Protheans are an ancient alien race that mysteriously vanished over 50,000 years ago. They arose from a single planet and developed an immense, galaxy-wide empire encompassing many other spacefaring species. Not much is known about them, but many of their artifacts, ruins and technology have survived the ages.

Physical Description[edit]

Protheans are an anthropoidal race. They have two pairs of eyes, with each eye possessing dual pupils, and three pairs of nostrils. Their eyes have some ability to see through cloaked objects or entities. Their heads are covered in a thick, layered carapace that gives them a distinctive shape. The skin surrounding this carapace can be a pale blue-gray or brown color mottled with muted yellow spots. Their hands each have three fingers, and their feet each have two widely-spaced toes. Prothean blood is red.

A unique attribute of prothean physiology is an experiential exchange system based on physical touch. By touching something or someone, a Prothean could recall its experiences. This system can transfer complex ideas, with a prothean being capable of learning a new skill or foreign language with a single touch. This sensory mechanism arose because the protheans evolved as hunters and needed to be thoroughly aware of their environment. This is similar to the idea of psychometry.

From the few specimens of Prothean genetic material that have been found, modern scientists have learned that Protheans have a unique "quad-strand" DNA structure. It has also been hypothesized that Protheans were resistant to low levels of radiation because of the discovery that Prothean comm towers produced small but significant amounts of ionizing radiation, enough to damage the DNA of Edan creatures such as fruit flies and bees.


Very little is known about the origins of the Prothean race. Even the name and location of their homeworld has been lost to history. It is unknown precisely when Prothean civilization arose and how long it persisted, but one of their communication devices discovered on the planet Fehl Prime has been dated to as early as 68,000 BCE.


Prothean society consisted of a strong caste, with protheans reigning above numerous other species they conquered. Soldiers are second only to scientists in terms of respect, and the prothean hierarchy consists of a lineage of both. Protheans designated certain important individuals as avatars, or exemplars, of particular traits (i.e. bravery, strength, cunning, etc.).

Prothean Names[edit]

Protheans name themselves, being called “Little One” before then. In accordance to their native their language, they often contain a number of hard syllables. Prothean names are unisex.

Names: Janiri, Javik, Ksad Ishan, Pashek Vran, Lucen

Prothean Traits[edit]

The long-dead rulers of the galaxy.
Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 1, and your Wisdom score increases by 2.
Age. Protheans mature around the age of 15 and die from 200 to 400 years of age.
Alignment. Protheans are mostly neutral.
Size. Protheans are roughly the size of humans. Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
Quad-Strand DNA. Your quad-strand DNA helps to protect you against radiation and cold. You are not affected by extreme heat or cold as described in chapter 5 of the DMG.
Eight-Eyed. Your additional sets of eyes grant you proficiency in either Perception or Investigation.
Psychometry. You have advantage on ability checks to identify and detect a creature's lies while you are touching them.
Languages. You can speak, read and write in Common and Deep Speech.

Random Height and Weight[edit]

Table: Prothean Random Height and Weight
Base Height Height Modifier Base Weight Weight Modifier
6′ 0″ +2d6 150 lb. × (2d10) lb.

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