Tonberry (5e Race)

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Tonberry[edit]

   "O brothersss of rancor, take up thy lanternsss, 
   The truth we shall illuminate. 
   O sistersss of rancor, take up thy knives, 
   To cleave our foesss with barren hate."

- Tonberry battle chant


Physical Description[edit]

History[edit]

Tonberry as a whole have no singular history. They are anomalous creatures which simply spring up in places where great loss of life or tragedy has left an area otherwise desolate, most commonly underground or in large, ruined buildings that the earth has reclaimed. It is said that all Tonberry are the result of a singular curse left behind by a spiteful god, but this is completely unverifiable and only a handful of the most ancient members of the race have any idea where they came from or why they exist. These few indeed speak of an ancient goddess who was herself twisted into a foul perversion by a vengeful enemy, and supposedly this twisting passed forth into whatever ancient race the first Tonberry were mutated from. As Tonberry are, as a whole, quite mad this is still taken with a grain of salt.

Society[edit]

Tonberry society is a loose affiliation of twisted souls who come together in places where tragedy has occurred. They have no particular hierarchy, but are like minded enough on most issues that a chain of command isn't particularly necessary. Ironically, small numbers of Tonberries can sometimes seem almost human, developing hobbies and personalities, often related to ascetics or, bizarrely, cooking. Large concentrations however become exponentially feral in their wild hatred, until any concept of society breaks down and the area is little more than a deathtrap of deranged lizards eager for the next kill. Some Tonberries form spontaneously from concentrations of vengeful spirits and misery, while others are members of another race which have been mutated by the same conditions. Tonberries themselves make no distinction between these two origins, and a newly mutated one tragically loses all concept of its former self.

Tonberry Names[edit]

Tonberry amongst themselves have simple names, usually a single syllable of their native tongue followed by 'berry'. Those who find themselves among humans will adopt a human sounding name, but have a tendency to misspell them; It is uncertain if this is on purpose or not.

Native: Bigberry, Hilberry, Calberry, Vulberry
"Humanized": Rohbert, Toemas, Byll, Anthiny

Tonberry Traits[edit]

Vengeful demihumans lurking in the dark
Ability Score Increase. Your Wisdom score increases by 2 and your Constitution score increases by 1
Age. Tonberries are born fully formed and have no known maximum lifespan.
Alignment. Tonberry are creatures born of rage, constantly tormented by the whispers of the vengeful damned. It can be difficult for them to pull away from the spiral of Evil inclinations this brings them, but they also lean toward venting this evil in a Lawful manner.
Size. Tonberries rarely grow beyond four feet in height, aside from a few freakish specimens that grow much larger than a human. Your size is Small.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 20 feet. With relatively short legs and a methodical demeanor, Tonberries move very slowly even for their small size.
Despite being perfectly at home in forgotten dungeons and ancient ruins, a Tonberry has no natural ability to see in the dark and relies heavily on its lantern to move about.. Normal Vision.
Toughness.. Your hit point maximum increases by 1, and it increases by 1 every time you gain a level.
Chef's Knife. All Tonberries have a peculiar and uncanny affinity for knives of all shapes and sizes. They may wield any dagger with proficiency, and may even wield a dagger designed for a Large creature without disadvantage or issue. If a Tonberry's class grants proficiency with daggers, they may wield a knife designed for a Huge creature, but take disadvantage on all such attacks.
It's Sharp!. When determining attack bonus or damage of any attack made with a dagger, the Tonberry may use its Wisdom modifier in place of Strength.
Burning Grudge. Any lantern, in the hands of a Tonberry, resonates with their deep seated rancor, using it as fuel to burn with uncanny brightness. The effective radius of any lantern is doubled as long as the Tonberry holds it aloft and is conscious. A Tonberry can suppress this light by simply lowering the lantern.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and one other language of your choice. A Tonberry may choose between Deep Speech, Undercommon, Infernal, and Abyssal.
Subrace. Master, Giant

Master[edit]

A Tonberry that lives a very long time and has communed with and avenged a vast number of vengeful dead becomes a Master Tonberry. This is essentially a straight upgrade for higher level scenarios, placing the character on par with a Mountain Dwarf or a monstrous race.

Ability Score Increase. Master Tonberries gain no additional ability modifiers.
Savage Attacks.. When you score a critical hit with a melee weapon attack, you can roll one of the weapon’s damage dice one additional time and add it to the extra damage of the critical hit.
Innate Magic.. You know the sacred flame cantrip. When you reach 3rd level, you can cast the wrathful smite spell once and need to finish a long rest before you can cast it again. When you reach 5th level, you can also cast the hold person spell once and need to finish a long rest before you can cast it again. Wisdom is your spellcasting ability for these spells.

Giant[edit]

Rarely, a larger than average amount of related grudge will crystallize around a single, unusually willful soul. The result is a so called Giant Tonberry, though despite the name they are only as large as a human.

Ability Score Increase. A Giant Tonberry gains +1 to Strength instead of Constitution, for obvious reasons.
Massive Grudge. A Giant Tonberry is Medium. This has no effect on the Chef's Knife racial feature, but increases its base walking speed to 30 feet.
Spread Thin. As the malice that sustains a tonberry is spread thin by its impressive size, a Giant Tonberry loses the Toughness racial feature of its smaller kin.

Random Height and Weight[edit]

Base
Height
Height
Modifier*
Base
Weight
Weight
Modifier**
3′ 0″ +2d6 75 lb. × (5) lb.

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

Base
Height
Height
Modifier*
Base
Weight
Weight
Modifier**
6′ 0″ +4d6 150 lb. × (10) lb.

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

Suggested Characteristics[edit]

When creating a Tonberry character, you can use the following table of traits, ideals, bonds and flaws to help flesh out your character. Use these tables in addition to or in place of your background's characteristics.

d8 Personality Trait
1 Honestly I just want to cook.
2 When I'm not culling unworthy lives, I enjoy spelunking in the caverns surrounding my home.
3 I've never been able to go back to my old burlap robes since I learned about human clothing.
4 I spend far more time than is average maintaining my knife and lantern.
5 I stab first and ask questions later.
6 There is something wrong with me, and I feel only sorrow for those who have died tragic and meaningless deaths.
7 I truly believe that when all the guilty have been punished, my kind will be released from these horrid forms.
8 I don't really care about punishing anyone in particular. I just like killing and revenge is as good a reason as any.
d6 Ideal
1 Revenge. I must avenge those who have died unjust deaths. (Good)
2 Revenge. I must avenge those put to the sword by the so called 'law'. (Chaotic)
3 Revenge. I must avenge those murdered in pursuit of so called 'justice'. (Evil)
4 Revenge. I must avenge those lives snuffed out by the chaos of this world. (Law)
5 Revenge. I must avenge the humans my kind has persecuted unfairly.
6 Revenge. I must avenge my fellow tonberries slain by heartless adventurers.
d6 Bond
1 I was raised by humans who taught me to ignore the voices.
2 Another member of the party is truly innocent, and this both fascinates and perplexes me.
3 I am haunted by a single, particularly willful ghost instead of many weak ones.
4 I killed a member of the party's father/mother in error, and have since dedicated my life to watching over them.
5 I was created artificially in an arcane laboratory and know nothing of my race.
6 Only the friendship of a particular party member prevents me from becoming like the rest of my kin.
d6 Flaw
1 I am funny looking even by Tonberry standards.
2 I never make sure my victim is completely dead before moving on.
3 I vaguely hear the cries of the damned, but can't actually tell what they're saying.
4 Any meal I try to prepare comes out warped beyond recognition.
5 I get cold very easily.
6 I often leave my lantern laying around and forget where it is.

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