Solaire (5e Race)

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Solaire[edit]

The vast farmland of the ranch began to grow alive as all of the livestock and wild animals woke up for the day. You were lucky enough to convince the owner to allow your party to stay the night there. Birds sang and soared through distant trees, horses sniffled and pawed at the dewy earth, and barn cats napped out in the warm sunlight. But of course, that peace was quickly interrupted by the sudden presence of a brown-brindled Solaire, who rushed through the grass with all the grace a squat little dog could manage.

"Oi!" They yelled, scampering towards your group on all fours, "Does one a' you have a rope or know any telekinesis spells? My idiot son fell down the bloody well again, an' I ain't got any spare rope."

You agree to help, seeing as they might be a ranch hand, but there's important questions to be asked first.

"Again? How exactly did he get down there the first time? And why's he in some crusty ol' well again?"

The solaire sighed and shook their head. "We really ain't that smart, love. Especially the kiddos."

Physical Description[edit]

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A Boston Terrier, the dog the solaire race is based off of

Solaire are divided into 3 different types - the terrier, the courser, and the french bulldog. Terriers and coursers are considered "regular" or "true" solaire, while French Bulldogs are different and more genetically distinct from the modern-day solaire. French bulldogs are sometimes just called frenchies. Solaire come in all of the colors and markings a normal boston terrier does. These colors are black, dark brown brindle, seal, and seal brindle. They always have that white 'tuxedo' marking. They have black noses, and either black or pink paw pads. French bulldogs, however, come in fawn, fawn brindle, cream, dark brown brindle, black, and white. Their markings include ticking, a black mask, piebald or 'splash', or random white patterns. They can have black, red, or pink noses, and black or pink paw pads. While true solaire can be either stout and bulldog-like in appearance or more like a thin and sleek terrier, frenchies are always bulky. A true solaire's ears are triangular, while a frenchie's are rounded. There are always exceptions to normal looks. A regular solaire may be born red or with high amounts of white fur, or a frenchie might have floppy ears. Instances of mutations or improper markings are fairly uncommon, but they still happen. When standing upright, their hind feet are digitigrade. They prefer to walk on all fours as it looks less awkward and allows them to move faster. Frenchies are more likely to walk on two feet than a regular solaire.

History[edit]

The solaire race was first created when a dog-loving sorceress enchanted all of her pet boston terriers, giving them the gift of speech, the ability to walk upright and use their paws as hands, and the intellect of an average human. However, she was sorely disappointed when she came to discover that they were not gifted in the arcane arts and very disobedient towards most people. Knowing she would be unable to handle their rambunctious nature, she gifted them to a beastmaster who then started using them as hunting companions. She attempted the same enchantment process on a pack of French Bulldogs, and was pleased when they came out exactly the way she had envisioned - little magical companions. After she died, they started their own settlements in nearby meadows, steadily increasing in number and prominence. The name solaire comes from the surname of a ranger who later popularized their use as vermin hunters.

Society[edit]

Widely regarded as some of the least wise of all canines, the presence of a solaire can quickly spell disaster in serious or fragile situations due to their tactless and rather unintelligent demeanor. They are known for their bark - a demanding "BOOF" sound. While some find it endearing, others absolutely hate noisy solaire. The solaire of course rarely ever care what others think. Solaire tend to live in the underfoot of other larger races, like humans, giants, minotaurs, and dwarves. They enjoy the company of people, but are not always willing to listen to their commands. Most rural people embrace them, as they're helpful with farm work and herding. Many urban civilizations despise them due to issues with thievery. Frenchies are used by mages as assistants, and are also favored by royalty in some countries.

The rivalry between true solaire and french bulldogs is incredibly tense. Terriers and coursers believe that because they existed first, they are the true standard for solaire. However, frenchies believe that because they are what the solaire's creator originally intended for them to act like, they are the true standard for solaire. These conflicting ideologies have been the source of all strife between the three subraces.

Solaire Names[edit]

The solaire people name themselves once they are adults, and discard the name their parents gave them. Even though their race's name is of Sylvan origin, solaire typically use Common names. They like to have short, easy-to-pronounce names with hard consonant sounds, but it isn't necessary. A frenchie may have a Sylvan name instead. Gender-neutral names tend to be colors or markings. A solaire individual may choose to use a gender-neutral name regardless of gender identity. They only take on surnames when among other races and foreign civilizations.

Male: Iggy, Booker, Felix, Dex, Jojo, Zeke, Jesse, Vince, Percy, Esmé

Female: Maxine, Eva, Loretta, Grace, Zoe, Candace, Lacy, Callie, Kara, Noémie

Gender-neutral: Brook, Alex, Harley, Merle, Raven, Jackie, Georgie, Darcy, Carmine, Sable, Tawny, Briar, Vic, Lou

Solaire Traits[edit]

Boof! Solaire are a race of mischievous fighters and thieves who resemble boston terriers.
Ability Score Increase. Your Charisma score increases by 2.
Age. They mature around 20, and start to physically and mentally deteriorate around 80 before dying at 100.
Alignment. Solaire are almost exclusively chaotic.
Size. Solaire are small enough but not tiny to be stuffed in a bag. Your size is Small.
Speed. Because of your short legs, 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.
Quadrapedal. While your hands are empty, you may use a bonus action to drop on all fours to increase your mobility, or stand back up on two legs. While quadrapedal, your base walking speed is 40 feet.
Slippery. Solaire are notoriously fast and difficult to catch due to their size and nimble gait. You have advantage in checks to resist being grappled.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write in Common and Sylvan.
Subrace. Choose from the terrier, courser or french bulldog subrace.

Terrier[edit]

Terriers are are generally better at things that require stealth or a silver tongue with their sleek, lithe bodies and intuitive minds.

Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 1.
Intuitive. You have advantage on Wisdom (Insight) checks to determine if someone is lying to you.
Nimble Thief. You are proficient in the Acrobatics and sleight of hand skills.
Arcane Drought. Due to your origin, you are not able to cast spells higher than that of cantrip level.

Courser[edit]

Coursers have thick bones and large chests, and will never turn down a challenge.

Ability Score Increase. Your Strength score increases by 1
Bulker. You are proficient in the Athletics skill.
Husky. You count as one size larger when determining your carrying capacity and the weight you can push, drag, or lift.
Arcane Drought. Due to your origin, you are not able to cast spells higher than that of cantrip level.

French Bulldog[edit]

These later solaire fancy themselves the smartest with their access to high arcane arts.

Ability Score Increase. Your Wisdom score increases by 1.
Arcane Blood. Frenchies are able to innately cast magic, much to the jealousy of terriers and coursers. You know one 1st-level spell of your choice from the wizard spell list which you can cast once, at lowest level, without material components. You must finish a long rest to use the spell again. Charisma is your spellcasting modifier for this spell.
Adorable. You are very popular for your looks. You are proficient in the Persuasion skill.

Random Height and Weight[edit]

Base
Height
Height
Modifier*
Base
Weight
Weight
Modifier**
3′ 0″ +1d8 50 lb. × (1d20) lb.

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


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