Shadowborn, Variant (5e Race)

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Beings born through the Shadow fell, many chose to stay, but you have ventured from home into the Material Plane

Physical Description[edit]

Shadowborn are very similar to the look of dark elves (or drow) with pitch black eyes. Their height tends to stay within the 5"5 to 6"8 height range, as they are very reminiscent of the elven races.


Shadowborn were created by powerful shadow demon who inhabited the Shadowfell after corrupting an over interested elf who was attempting to learn to much in the dark arts. They then multiplied, not knowing of the original corruption, but bringing forth the birth of many shadowborn.


Shadowborn tend to keep to themselves when on the material plane, they will often keep away from large events where they may be recognized as best they can, however, there are some who have been accepted in communities and are now working members of the societies the reside in.

Shadowborn Names[edit]

Most shadowborn follow the common elven names as they have been passed down through their culture.

Male: Enrial, Thenrys, Serendil

Female: Sariel, Illana, Verelia

Shadowborn Traits[edit]

Shadowborn are a race born of the Shadowfell. These elf-like beings feel more comfortable and even enjoy being in the shadows.
Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score is increased by 2, and your Constitution score is increased by 1.
Age. Shadowborn can live much longer than normal elves and average with a life expectancy of about 5,000 years.
Alignment. Shadowborn tend to lean towards the chaotic alignments. However, it is not unheard of for them to be of neutral or even lawful alignments.
Size. Shadowborn often stands between 5'2" and 6'8". Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 40 feet in dim light or darkness, and 25 in daylight or within magical light.
Superior Darkvision. You can see in dim light within 120 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 grey.
Shadow Comfort. You feel more at home in the shadows and find it easier to hide in them. When you make a Stealth check while you are in darkness, you can add half your Dexterity modifier to the roll.
Shadow Manipulation. Starting at 3rd level, you can cast darkness spell once at will, without expending a spell slot or requiring material components. You must finish a long rest before you can cast it again.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common, Elvish, and pick one of the three groups of languages below.

Giant, Goblin, and Orc

Abyssal and Infernal

Deep Speech and Undercommon

Random Height and Weight[edit]

5′ 6″ +9 115lb lb. × (50) lb.

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

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