Thursday, April 9, 2015

Tengu, D&D 5e Style

Similar to my previous Catfolk post, another of my players is playing one of the "Ravenfolk", also known as Tengu, Huginn, or Heruti.

So here is the Racial Template I plan to use for Tengu. It is based off of Kobold Press's "Advanced Races 5 - Ravenfolk" book by Wade Rockett, which is released under the OGL. (The Open Content of his product includes new feats, spells, magic items, gear and player character race abilities, the last of which is what I am using for inspiration.)

Note: this edit includes numerous suggestions from James Ray, Benjamin Eastman and others I don't mean to slight by not remembering.

Tengu/Ravenfolk Traits

  • Ability Score Increase: You are fast and highly observant. Your Dexterity increases by +2 and your Wisdom by +1.
  • Age: Tengu leave the nest at 12 years of age and can live to over 100 years.
  • Alignment: Tengu favor no particular alignment, and are as diverse in outlook as Humans.
  • Size: Tengu are medium sized creatures. They stand roughly 5 feet tall and due to their hollow bones, weigh roughly 100 pounds.
  • Speed: Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
  • Keenly Observant: You have innate proficiency in Perception.
  • Darkvision: You can see in dim light within 60 feet as if you were in bright light, and in darkness as if it were dim light.
  • Natural Weapon: Bite (1d4 Piercing)
  • Languages: You can speak, read and write both Common and Feather Tongue
In the original text, Tengu also had proficiency in all sword-like weapons, due to their cultural upbringing, but I think that in 5e, that might be better left to a Background, so I have not included it. Likewise, though "gifted linguist" is part of their back story, I'm not sure how best to represent that in 5e. Maybe they take much less time learning a language than normal?

Also, I'm balancing the original race's high Dex/Wis by making them naturally proficient in Perception. I considered the suggestion to drop Perception in favor of Stealth, but Dex+2 and Stealth sort of shoe-horns them into Rogues. Also, in my view of Ravenfolk, making them fast (Dex+2) but keenly observant (Wis+1, Perception) fits them better.

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