For a typical humanoid, the metaphorical book of her life is punctuated with a beginning, her birth, and an ending, her death. For a samsaran, however, birth and death are but the opening and closing paragraphs of individual chapters in life, each chapter its own lifetime. Each samsaran knows that her present life is but one of many incarnations. She has lived before as someone different, and will live again as someone new when her time in this life has ended. Across the ages of their many lives, samsarans strive to attain spiritual enlightenment so that their souls might make one final journey, after which they no longer reincarnate.
Samsarans have the following racial traits.
Increased Ability Score. Samsarans have an insight into many different professions and experiences that others would not expect. Your Intelligence score increases by 2.
Age. Samsarans mature as quickly as humans but typically spend many years in a profession or trade. While a samsaran sees all the humans around her grow old, she barely ages a day. Samsarans typically begin adventuring around 60 and can live to be 500 years old.
Alignment. Samsarans tend towards a lawful good alignment since many try to seek harmony with the world around them. However, samsarans that are disenchanted with the endless cycle of reincarnation tend towards the chaotic or evil alignments.
Size. Samsarans typically stand between 5 and 6 feet tall. You are Medium size.
Speed. Your base speed is 30 feet.
Darkvision. Samsarans are at home in the dark. Within 60 feet of you, treat dim light as if it were bright light and darkness as dim light. When in darkness, you see only shades of gray without any color.
Lifebound. You have an advantage on saving throws against necrotic damage and resistance against necrotic damage.
Shards of the Past. You are proficient with any one of these skills: Animal Handling, Arcana, History, Medicine, Nature, or Religion.
Languages. You can read, write, and speak Common and Samsaran.
Subraces. Exactly how a samsaran connects to her past lives divides the race into subraces. The two most common are companion samsarans and dreaming samsarans. Choose one of these subraces.
Your past lives manifest as a voice in your head that you can talk to.
Increased Ability Score. Speaking with generations past gives companion samsarans unique insight. Your Wisdom score increases by 2.
Tool Memory. For one check per day, you are proficient with any one set of artisan’s tools.
Words of the Past. Words that are otherwise meaningless to others are perfectly understandable to you. You can cast comprehend languages as a ritual.
As dreaming samsaran, you have clear, if ephemeral, memories of your past lives. You might not remember anything specific but a sense of deja vu can strike you at any moment, leading you to avoid dangers that would otherwise be impossible to recognize.
Increased Ability Score. Dreaming samsarans recognize the sign of danger, seeing previous incarnations deal with them every night. Your Dexterity score increases by 1.
Sense of History. You have a keen connection with history thanks to your previous incarnations. You have an advantage with all History skill checks.
Weapon Proficiency. You are proficient with one weapon of your choice.