Unggoy (5e Race)

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When in doubt, flee.

Physical Description[edit]


Unggoy are on average about five feet tall and are relatively weak compared to other species. Although they can easily walk upright on two legs, they may often use their arms to move in a quadrupedal fashion. While carrying armaments, they are forced to walk upright so that they may support their weapons with their hands, but while trying to flee, or while patrolling without a weapon drawn, they use their oversize arms as forelegs to add speed or stability to their gait. Their eyesight and hearing is average, and they seem to have a very well-developed sense of smell, sometimes sniffing the air to detect traces of foes or hidden enemies. This is facilitated through the olfactory membranes installed in their masks.

Most unggoy have flat, three-toed feet, with another toe on the back of their feet, though others may have four reptilian toes in front. While they are small, stocky, and lacking in agility, they are quite sturdy; most unggoy use light plasma pistols, and some unggoy appear to be surprisingly strong, able to carry an undeployed plasma cannon or fire a fuel rod gun with one hand without toppling from the recoil. As rank-and-file unggoy are clumsy and tactically inept, more powerful weapons are likely only issued to those who are more disciplined and experienced.


Unggoy are believed to be descendants of amphibious primates. They are believed to once have had a splendid civilization, but that crumbled due to their over-industrialization of their planet. In their hapless state, they were ruled under the protection by the Librarian and, under the subsequent relocation process, they rebuilt their culture. However, in 2142, as they were trying to rebuild, they were conquered by believers of the Covenant religion, who soon took over with little resistance. While the unggoy remain one of the lowest members in the ranks of the Covenant, their survival nonetheless was thanks to the religion. In 2462, they gained the respect of the higher religious officials during the Unggoy Rebellion and were subsequently allowed into the military.

In the Human-Covenant war, the unggoy proved to be a great asset to any side due to their reproductive rates. Because they obeyed the religious movement more out of fear than faith, they remain largely impartial in terms of true alliance. After the war, the unggoy returned to their lives in their homeworld Balaho. In 2558, they aligned with Cortana and the Created and were granted limitless resources of technology and ships, allowing them to traverse space as they pleased.


The unggoy's culture has been largely erased by their incorporation into the Covenant. They have been granted very few civil rights in comparison to other members of the Covenant and on a good day they are treated like second-class citizens. Despite the advances in civil rights granted after the Unggoy Rebellion, including the right to carry weapons and hold places among infantry units, their representation on the High Council is mostly powerless. The negative aspects of their existence are offset by the irony of their continued survival due to the acceptance of the Covenant. The entire species is no longer at risk of being eradicated by two consecutive horrible winter seasons, as they had on their homeworld of Balaho, a swampy planet with a methane atmosphere. Infant mortality is now below 50 percent. Average life expectancy has more than doubled (not including combat personnel). Geronticide is no longer a necessity for the survival of the tribe. Producing enough food to last through the winter season and burning plague victims no longer rank as the top two priorities on their daily chores.

Unggoy Names[edit]

Unggoy often have names which reflect a language of very simple phonics. Common names are just two syllables with duplicated sounds. Their names were not associated with gender.

Names: Plal, Zlif, Fisiz, Smik, Wufuf, Kafaz, Yayap

Unggoy Traits[edit]

Strong, tenacious, information sponge that are greatly underestimated.
Ability Score Increase. Your Strength, Constitution and Intelligence scores each increases by 1.
Age. Unggoy can live up to 150 yrs old.
Alignment. Unggoy tend to follow tribal structures leaning towards more lawful alignments
Size. Unggoy tend to be heavily built and barely 5 feet tall. Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
Quick Learners. When learning a skill or a language, you take half the amount of time necessary.
Keen Smell. You have advantage in Wisdom (Perception) checks using your sense of smell.
Quick Draw. You are proficient in any one ranged weapon of your choice.
Luminous Blood. Your blood glows a bright blue. While you are below your hit point maximum, you have disadvantage in Stealth checks. You emit dim light in a 10 foot radius.
Stocky. Unggoy are strong and stout of stature. You have advantage in saving throws against effects that move you against your will or knock you prone.
Languages. You can speak, read and write in Common, and Deep Speech.

Random Height and Weight[edit]

5′ 0″ +1d4 70 lb. × (1d6) lb.

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

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