Voidborn Tiefling (5e Race)

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Voidborn Tiefling[edit]

Malphys walks through the bustling financial district, cowl raised to hide his appearance. Speaking to as few people as possible, he is here for no reason other than to procure his daily bread. One child spots him, pointing in awe at his odd appearance. Quickly turning to blend into the crowd behind him, Malphys attempts to escape the prying eyes and judging whispers of the masses. He bumps his downturned head into someone's back. The priestess of the local chapel, the last person he wanted to see him. As she sees his shame filled face, the priestess gives Malphys a look of understanding and mercy. She hands him a loaf of bread and smiles. As he returns to his home in the slums, Malphys can't help, but smile to himself.

Physical Description[edit]

Voidborn Tieflings are really no more an oddity than a normal tiefling, but if you were to ask the latter, they would denounce the former as the truest of abominations. Voidborn Tieflings are born with charcoal grey skin, and most commonly have black or grey hair. Their eyes are always an oily black and their horns are always downturned, rather than upturned. At close inspection, a dim black mist can be seen rising from their bodies.


Voidborn Tieflings are somewhat artificially called tieflings as it was not the same infernal compact that created the tieflings that brought this race into being. They were born of no contract, but a curse placed upon them and their posterity by Orcus.


Voidborn Tieflings rarely get along with others, even of their own race. This can be mostly attributed to the hatred thrust upon them by others. Voidborn often choose to live lives of seclusion, as far away from others as possible, as such, adventuring voidborn are fairly rare.

Voidborn Names[edit]

Voidborn Tieflings tend to name their children after ideals, either as reminders of the adversity that they will face in life, or an ideal to live up to.

Male Names: Salt, Prejudice, Burden, Perseverance, Rise, Stride

Female Names: Desert, Tundra, Fury, Respite, Joy, Forgiveness

Voidborn Tiefling Traits[edit]

Stained Black by the cruelty of a wrathful god.
Ability Score Increase. Voidborn Tieflings survived the curse of Orcus, and are notably stronger for it. Your Constitution score increases by 2, and your Strength score increases by 1.
Age. Voidborn Tieflings live about 100 years before becoming frail, and dying by about age 120.
Alignment. Voidborn Tieflings are stained with hatred and wrath, and as such, always feel the pull of evil, though especially strong willed voidborn can fight their inherent darkness.
Size. Voidborn Tieflings average between 5'4" and 6'6". Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
Blackened Soul. You are vulnerable to radiant damage, but are resistant to necrotic damage.
Born of Shadows. You see through dim light, and darkness as if it were bright light up to 90 feet.
Magic of the Void. You know the minor illusion Cantrip. At the 3rd level, you learn to cast armor of agathys as a 2nd level spell, requiring a long rest before it can be cast again in this way. At the 5th Level, you learn to cast darkness as a 2nd level spell, requiring a long rest before it can be cast again in this way.
Wrath of Orcus. When knocked down to or below 0 hit points by an attack, you cast hellish rebuke as a 1st Level Spell without expending a spell slot. You must complete a long rest to use this feature again.
Hated and Feared. You have proficiency in either Intimidation or Stealth.
Languages. You can read, write, and speak Common, and Abbysal.

Random Height and Weight[edit]

5′ 0″ +2d12 100 pounds lb. × (1d100) lb.

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

Suggested Characteristics[edit]

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

d8 Personality Trait
1 I don't believe in luck or ill fortune; I am entirely responsible for my position in life.
2 I believe that the kindness of others always comes with a caveat or condition.
3 I am reserved and generally avoid direct contact with others.
4 I do not care for others' opinions of me.
5 I fully accept my Abyssal heritage as a part of who I am.
6 I struggle to deny my evil inclinations.
7 I do not take well to pity and misguided kindness.
8 I am more used to being greeted with violence and hatred than respect.
d6 Ideal
1 Equality: I care not for matters of blood or background; all people are equal. (Any)
2 Loneliness: I must keep my distance from others for the sake of their safety. (lawful/good)
3 Destruction: To call my Abyssal blood a curse would be foolish. This power is incredible! (chaotic/evil)
4 Power: I have the power to become whatever I want, and no one can stop me! (chaotic)
5 Purpose: I am this way for a reason. I will learn my place in this world. (lawful)
6 Peace: I simply desire to be left alone. (neutral)
d6 Bond
1 A cleric taught me that my bloodline does not define me.
2 I was taken in by a petty criminal that taught me how to live a life of freedom.
3 A foreigner took interest in me; we are becoming steadfast friends.
4 My parents taught me not to rely on the aid of any other.
5 A group of Tieflings took me into their group. It is a nice sort of commonality.
6 A very good friend of mine was killed for protecting me from an angry mob.
d6 Flaw
1 I distrust everyone upon meeting them.
2 I sometimes suffer bouts of unwarranted rage.
3 I am cynical and take a small bit of pleasure in the misfortune of others.
4 Large crowds cause me a great deal of discomfort.
5 My skin crawls in the presence of a chapel or cleric.
6 I am in a perpetual state of anger. It takes little to set off my temper.

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