User:Quincy/Were-Wolf Twins (5e Race)
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Two Wolves - A Cherokee Parable
An old Cherokee chief was teaching his grandson about life...
"A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy. "It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.
"One is evil - he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt, and ego.
"The other is good - he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.
"This same fight is going on inside you - and inside every other person, too."
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"
The old chief simply replied, "The one you feed."
In most aspects they will look like humans, and drawn to tribal societies and ways of life. These humans vary in color as any other human, however drawn to the dichotomy of the Waya. When emotions or thoughts are becoming more non neutral, the good or bad wolf begins to show by the slowly shifting of the face and body. More intense the thought or emotion, quicker the shift.
The history is rich, and the people of all indigenous peoples can find stories that are similar. This race hails from some tribe far or wide and can be significant as Nation that governs Tribes that govern clans. The Aniwaya only being one, however this is not that clan...this is something different, even if similar. Any native can have this happen to them. It happens to us all on some level. However only native peoples have developed this to an extent of change. The two reside with in, and, it is up to the player what one they use when.
When a tribal member struggles the hardest between these two...a shaman may try to help, however when something happens for unknown reason yet to be discovered, the twins appear.
This picture is a sample of some of the artifacts of the Aniwaya, some may help the soul bearing the twins.
Tribal, as mentioned in history, they are governed as a Nation, matriarch, patriarch or council. They remain out of the cities, for the most part, however these are drawn to the tribal life once more.
The names are as they were before the change and often are changed again after they are understood to be the Twins.
Some names may be like Waya 2 tails and such.
Indigenous Peoples: Wolf: Good/Evil
Ability Score Increase. 1d4 to one stat.
Age. As human
Alignment. Both, good and evil.
Speed. 30 in human form. 40 in wolf Form.
General Human Traits. As per human.
Low Light Vision. They generally have Low Light Vision, like any wolf.
Twins: Shapechange. Depending on their mood or deep thought, they can change from Human to bipedal to wolf. This is not a controllable shift unless the person is a druid. Or some other class that grants them some sort of control directly or indirectly. When they shift to bipedal wolf they loose ability to use non modified gear built for that form, in all regards they are half wolf and half human, and loose and gain features accordingly, like speech, spell casting (in some cases), as well as gain the tracking abilities of the wolf and claw/bite attacks. When in full wolf form, they are treated as such and loose abilities relating to humanoid abilities. They maintain their HD and other appropriate attribute related modifiers and such.
Outcast. Despite their charming good looks or other delightful features, they are nearly always treated as outcast for their lack of control of the wolf aspects. They may not be negatively sensitive to silver, however social aspects can get a little...hairy. Mechanically they take on more extremes on social skills. The mild reactions are moved to one spectrum or another.
Silver Divide. Silver can be used to help them remain in human/bipedal form, as a calming agent as can some herbs. It is a sedation that simply suppresses the uncontrollable urges. this might be calculated as for every 5gp worth of silver equipment they are wearing they gain 1% control. If they shift while wearing silver, a small silver line can be seen dividing the good wolf from the bad wolf.
Dire Decision. At a level determined by your DM (Suggested 10th) You can make a final decision to be good or evil and this takes form of you being able to shift into a dire wolf of that alignment. Once a dire good/evil is chosen, it cannot be undone. You will shift to that form from now on when using your wolf form. You are supposed to be a leader now, so now act like one.
Languages. Their Native Language, Common and Wolf.