Yata (5e Race)

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Yata[edit]

You know, there are places where the crow isn't a big bad omen...

Physical Description[edit]

Yata appear to be normal humans save for a third leg. This leg moves as a normal leg does. Yata always have raven colored hair and dark eyes. They have the ability to turn into crows. While in this form, they are distinguishable from normal crows by their red eyes and a third leg.

History[edit]

The yatagarasu was a legendary three-legged crow with roots as a motif of the sun, found across religions in nations all over the Kara-Tur continent. It was a symbol of rebirth after great tragedy, unlike how most perceive them to be bad luck or omens of death in Faerun. The yata are believed to have been humans who underwent this process of rebirth. Those who died in great tragedy have a chance at a second life, returning as a yata. In doing so, they become an image of the yatagarasu themselves and perpetuate the myth. Yata have, in some circumstances, been revered in place of yatagarasu, since they can take on their form. Yata who are risen experience that they know the "tongue of the gods" even.

Society[edit]

Yata are rare but by no means endangered. They live mainly among humans or other humanoid races. Their third leg usually gives them away as something of the supernatural, though people are usually a bit wary to oust them, particularly those who know the legend of the three-legged crow. The yata thus enjoy a celebrated status among others. In their own groups, small numbers of yata gather in covens, which are sometimes call murders, like a group of crows. They never stay long, usually just scattering off in their changed form. Because of their individual experiences, yata rarely get along, thinking themselves the more special one among their peers.

Yata Names[edit]

Yata take names from the lives they lived before rebirth sometimes. Others just rename themselves after grandiosity.

Male Names: Hiroshi, Tanjiro, Ozeki, Rinmaru

Female Names: Natsuki, Sora, Akira, Fune

Yata Traits[edit]

Yata are people with three legs who turn into ravens
Ability Score Increase. Your Wisdom score increases by 2, and your Intelligence or Charisma score increases by 1.
Age. Yata normally live between 40-50 years, but some have lived to be as old as 75 after their rebirth.
Alignment. Yata are typically neutral, though some may have a tendency towards good.
Size. They have the same size as humans when not being a crow. Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 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.
Yatagarasu. As an action, you may polymorph into a raven as per the polymorph spell and back into your true form as a bonus action. If you are reduced to 0 hit points in this form you revert back into your true form. Any damage you take in your changed form is transferred over to your own hit points.
Eight Span Knowledge. You learned things through the renaissance after tragedy and are now connected to the way of the sun. You always know your general cardinal directions as long as you can see the sun. Additionally, you are resistant to radiant damage.
Yata Magic. You light the way for those in the depths of despair. You know the light cantrip and can cast it without material components.
Languages. You can speak, read and write in Common and Celestial.

Random Height and Weight[edit]

Base
Height
Height
Modifier*
Base
Weight
Weight
Modifier**
4′ 9″ +2d12 90 lb. × (1d4) lb.

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


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