Salori (5e Race)

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If you ever see the black ape, run. Run as fast as you can.
—Unknown hunter

Physical Description[edit]

Salori, from a distance, with their backs turned, resemble great, black apes. As one nears, however, they realize their possibly fatal mistake. Salori commonly stand, hunched on all fours like a simian, but their forearms are actually a pair of thick, muscular, ebon tentacles. Their ears are a bit longer and angular, sticking out of the sides of their head, and are grayish. Finally, as they turn around, one sees they lack a face, instead having a smooth, mask-like front of a head. Salori are known to stand on their two hind legs as well, but run on all fours and use their tentacles to easily scale trees in the swampy forests they call home.


Salori were once normal apes. However, it is believed they were altered by odd radiation or other unnatural means. Their appearance is absolutely aberrant and people thought them monsters when they first surfaced into public knowledge. True enough, they wreaked havoc on settlements near the areas they frequented, raiding villages for food and stealing their children and women. They were known to be vicious and feral, particularly when food was scarce or it was mating season, having no qualms about murder. Some scholars believe they were apes infected by a parasitic aberration which changed them forever into the monsters they are today.

Others have a different opinion, believing the salori are connected somehow to the illithids, a well-known aberration. These scholars claim salori are an utterly alien body which likely were accidentally taken to the world when the illithids and their alien culture first arrived. They claim the first sightings of salori in fetid swamps near openings of the Underdark as supporting evidence. The two origin theories dispute frequently, though no one knows the real truth. It is not a heavily urgent matter for them or the salori either.


Salori behave like apes. They live in tribes where the alpha male governs and gets all the females, leaving sloppy seconds to the lower males. Their main habitats consist of swamps within forests, where they can swing from the mangroves and wade in shallow pools to find mollusks and crustaceans. Living in these areas, they are often competing for territory with other races like bullywugs. Salori tribes have been found in places even in Underdark caverns, where their fur serves as excellent camouflage in darkness. They behave animalistically, able to screech and howl despite seemingly have no mouth. However, it has been observed that they can speak in odd, gargling tones with one another.


Like the impudent apes, salori can be a bit chaotic. They chitter like children at the fools who think screaming at them scares them. When they are enraged or hungry, they can go as far as murdering wantonly. They are highly territorial and good at memorizing the ways about trees, as well as what trees exactly make up their borders and are therefore "theirs." Some creatures like tieflings and aberrations have reported nonviolent interactions with the salori, as they sometimes display harmless curiosity. There was also a tiefling who once nearly drowned in a swamp and was rescued by a salori. They are enigmatic, acting like hulking childish beasts.

Salori Names[edit]

Salori don't seem to have normal names. Their addresses sound like a mix of slurping and gargled noises, as well as ululations. It is believed their mouth is somewhere under the blank mask that is their face, though none have ever seen it.

Male: Rololo, Slurp, Hrgleglurp, Murburble

Female: Glargaglurp, Plrssht, Olololol, Gorolol

Salori Traits[edit]

A black, faceless, sentient ape with a set of tentacles to add to the horror.
Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 2, and your Wisdom score increases by 1.
Age. Salori age extremely slow, dying at around the age of 600.
Alignment. Those of this race have tend to not be lawful, as society has almost no meaning to them.
Size. Salori grow to around 6 feet, sometimes taller. Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 35 feet.
Blindsight. Salori have no visible eyes on that odd, creepy blank face. They can perceive their surroundings and such without use of sight. You have a blindsight range of 60 feet, but are blind beyond this radius
Tentacles. Your tentacles function as hands. Due to the suckers on them, they are as good as arms when it comes to climbing. You have a climbing speed of 25 feet.
Ebon Fur. Your body's coloration makes you ideal to hide in the dark. When in darkness, you have advantage in Dexterity (Stealth) checks.
Faceless. Because you have no face, reading your mood and intentions is a challenge. You are proficient in the Deception skill.
Languages. You can and write in Common and Abyssal. For the verbal components of spells, you make harsh, guttural noises paired with slurping and gargles.

Random Height and Weight[edit]

6′ 0″ +2d6 140 lb. × (1d4) lb.

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

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