Schwarzfee (5e Race)

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Down the dark corridor of thine worst fears from youth... what doth thou gazeth upon but a dark mirror of what is innocence and purity? That looking glass be the perversion of what sweet fairy tales thine parents hath in thine ears whispered as night fell, and the world grew darker.

Wooden Fey[edit]

Schwarzfee are beings that resemble a vague human shape composed of wooden and natural elements. Their torsos are usually wholly exposed, revealing their bodies made of twigs, stems, and other natural matter. This form entwines parts necessary to allocate them as limbs. Where there is supposed to be a separation from the torso for the neck and head is a wooden or ivory mask that forms the cephal area. This mask often resembles a handsome man or a beautiful female human face. It can sometimes be adorned with odd horns or twigs that stick out from it. It is a stationary mask, so people don't know where on their body schwarzfee voices come from, as their lips do not move. A schwarzfee eyes are completely black and very shiny. As beings of nature, they are known to adorn themselves with flowy, ancient garments, leaves and grasses, as well as things like cobwebs and butterfly wings. These obsessions with beauty eventually manifest on them as some great metamorphosis, granting them a new form. This can be considered a form of maturity for them.

Lost And Found[edit]

These creepy fey creatures are usually seen in times of strife and unrest in natural areas. They are believed to have been created by the lesser deity Eilistraee, or at least taken under her umbrella of followers. It is believed the schwarzfee were once drow, or creatures similar to them, who worshiped the Dark Seldarine. Among the deities, Eilistraee, who strode to be a light to the peaceful drow, was their main patron. Upon reaching the surface as they wished, many were unprepared for the harsh light and opposition that awaited them. These who died left their trapped souls within nature where they fled, which become the schwarzfee.

For a good while, they lost faith. Eilistraee fought a losing battle against the influences of Lolth. Upon her defeat, the schwarzfee lapsed into despair and many turned into maddened monsters who relished harming lost travelers within their forest domains. They stole children, drowned women, and hung men from the trees. When the Second Sundering occurred, and Eilistraee returned to life, she came back to reconcile with these lost followers of hers. She gave them her blessing, and restored some semblance of their old bodies to them, as well as a mark of beauty. Their wooden, unmoving faces wept tears of sap and blood. They swore to remain faithful to the ways of good Eilistraee stood for, and to guard nature in her name forever.

Dark Guardians[edit]

Schwarzfee live among secluded forests in gatherings called friedwalds, literally "forests of peace." There are usually only about three or so schwarzfee in a friedwald. They have been commonly mistaken to be hags due to their appearance and gatherings. Within their friedwalds, schwarzfee travel within the shadows of trees, watching over their territory. Their areas are usually avoided by woodsmen, as they find there to often be unsettling eyes, as well as a good deal of rotting matter in those forests. It is true that schwarzfee forests are unnaturally quiet during the day. Some say that seeing a schwarzfee in daylight is bad luck.

Natural Beauty[edit]

Eilistraee is a goddess of beauty and grace as well as nature. The schwarzfee strive not only to uphold nature in her image, but to also take on a better form despite their bodies. It is believed that after the Second Sundering was when they purposely changed their masks to resemble the graceful creatures they once were. Despite this, schwarzfee are not any more vain than some human noblewoman. They are very quiet creatures who find such serenity beautiful, and they do not always like to be seen. Rather than speak, they prefer to act. They are obviously therefore not fond of loud, all-talk people. Sometimes they will opt to scatter their friedwalds to go out into the world and better protect the domain of Eilistraee. All await when the goddess' blessing will grant them a form of their desire for beauty.

Schwarzfee Names[edit]

Schwarzfee have retained some drowic tongue for names, but not for speaking. They use this along with Sylvan, the language of nature, and have discarded the second part of the names common for drows.

Male: Vethfein, Dikris, Zorraen, Marlin, Bavernim

Female: Dameiv, Neersys, Enykazalle, T'ristrana

Schwarzfee Traits[edit]

Shadowy forest beings of former drow
Ability Score Increase. Your Constitution score increases by 2, and either your Wisdom or Charisma score increases by 1.
Age. Schwarzfee are usually risen, fully mature, rather than born by natural forces. They can live to be nearly 500 years old before their bodies are ultimately discarded and break away.
Alignment. Emulating Eilistraee, they try to be good. But schwarzfee are fully capable of evil and monstrous acts.
Size. These odd beings are usually 4 to 6 or 7 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.
Fey Ancestry. Your creature type is fey instead of humanoid. You have advantage on saving throws against being charmed, and magic can’t put you to sleep.
Plantoid Body. Your body is made of plant matter. You have disadvantage in saving throws against fire damage. You can attempt to Hide even when you are only lightly obscured by foliage, heavy rain, falling snow, mist, and other natural phenomena.
Wooden Face. Your face is unmoving, the perfect poker face. You are proficient in Deception checks.
Natural Body. Your body is composed of mainly plant matter, preventing most poisons from taking effect. You have advantage in saving throws against being poisoned and poison damage.
Metamorphose. When you reach a certain point of change, your form changes to something of greater beaut and grace, a blessing from Eilistraee. At 5th level, you choose one of the Beauteous Enhancements listed below.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and Sylvan.

Beauteous Enhancements[edit]

At 5th level, your desire to emulate beauty and grace, as well as a body you may have lost, manifest thanks to Eilistraee's blessing. This takes the form of one of the following options:

  • Great Wings: Beautiful wings like that of a butterfly sprout from your back, made of lightweight wood and foliage. You have a flying speed of 30 feet.
  • Extra Limbs: An extra pair of arms grow from your body, granting you greater dexterity. These additional limbs can hold objects and wield weapons as normal. While wielding a two-handed weapon, you cannot benefit from a shield or wield a second two-handed weapon.
  • Web Robe: Your body is enrobed in a fine and light garb made of nature's silk, which is crawling with some surprises. You can cast the flock of familiars spell at lowest level, without spell components. When you use this version of flock of familiars, you can only summon familiars in the form of spiders. Once you cast this spell, you can't cast it again with this trait until you finish a short or long rest.

Random Height and Weight[edit]

4′ 2'' +3d12 156 lb. × (1d6) lb.

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

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