Inhuman Origin

Origins vs. Backgrounds

The origin described below applies to characters in modern, super-heroic settings.

Deviants are the result of a variety of different events. While the Rise is responsible for bringing deviants to the forefront, there are a multitude of other reasons why people gained these powers.

This takes on the form of The Rise speeding up evolution in some, changing and mutating a creature on a molecular level, or supercharging someone during an accident that would otherwise be a mundane issue. Because of this, they come from a multitude of different origins. Some may gain the powers from being bitten by a radioactive insect, their keen intellect and wealth may allow them to create powerful suits of armor, or they are the result of laboratory experiments to create the ultimate soldier. The origins of heroes are nearly endless. Thus, it makes for an opportunity to build on your character’s story and powers.

It’s important to note that while the origin of your character’s powers grants them extraordinary gifts, it’s not the only thing that defines them.


Not all heroes are born on the same planet. Some come from beyond the stars. These heroes are species and races entirely alien to humanity.

Many Inhumans possess strange and otherworldly gifts that, although commonplace amongst their own species, are wholly foreign and ineffable to human onlookers. For every extraterrestrial Inhuman, their powers come from a feature of their cosmic background, whether that be their alien anatomy or a holdover from their home world.

However, there are some Inhumans that find their home amongst the humans. Of these more terrestrial beings are two unique varieties. As the result of an indeterminate cosmic phenomenon, some animals have been gaining sentience and strange abilities. This mix of naivety and power have left them vulnerable to power-hungry manipulators. Additionally, there exists a race of humanoids – divulged in evolutionary line long in the past – that have been hidden from humanity’s consciousness for thousands of years, but whether inadvertently or consciously is yet to be determined.

Inhuman Traits

Alien, animal, or otherwise invariably nonhuman in origin, Inhumans carry with them abilities unique to their species or home.

Inhumans can come in almost any form, and with nearly as varying backgrounds and abilities.

They perceive the universe differently than that of humans, both literally and figuratively. They do not have perceptions that are common to the human experience, whether that be of family structures or socioeconomic backgrounds.

Similarly, they may not even have the same five senses that are found amongst humanity’s general makeup, experiencing the world through means yet unimaginable and – in some ways – more advantageous to humans. This alien way of understanding the universe additionally provides Inhumans with a unique filter through which they are often readily able to see through most means of supernatural manipulation. They are uniquely in tune with the universe from their species’ perspective; however, that can sometimes make reasoning from humanity’s perspective a difficult and laborious process, often leading humans to seek out new and alternative perspectives to effectively communicate with these powerful outsiders.

Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 2, and one other ability score of your choice increases by 1.

Size. Medium.

Speed. 30 feet.

Languages. Common and one other of your choice.

Darkvision. You perceive the world differently than humans. You can see in dim light within 120 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.

Alien Mind. You have advantage on saving throws against being charmed and frightened. Additionally, you have advantage on Intelligence saving throws against powers.

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