Sphinx Folk

Sphinx folk are humanoids who resemble anthropomorphic lions. Sphinx folk loremasters report that sphinx folk originated in an order of monks who dedicated themselves to the service of a powerful group of sphinxes in the distant past. As a reward, the monks were transformed to resemble the sphinxes they served so well. Since then, some of their children have remained in service to the ancient sphinxes, but just as many have ventured out to find their own fortunes in the world. Now, sphinx folk can be found in a variety of places.

Ancestral Traits

Sphinx folk are human in size and shape, though their bodies are covered with short, yellow or golden fur. Their heads resemble lions, either with or without manes. Because of this mystic ancestry, you have certain traits.

Age. Sphinx folk reach maturity by age 30 and live two centuries.

Size. Sphinx folk are human sized. Your size is Medium.

Speed. Your base speed is 30 feet.

Senses. Darkvision. As part of your magical ancestry, you can see well in darkness. 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.

Inscrutable. Sphinx folk are immune to any effect that would sense their emotions or read their thoughts. Wisdom (Insight) checks made to ascertain the sphinx folk’s intentions or sincerity have disadvantage.

Lionine Claws. Sphinx folk have lion-like claws at the tips of their fingers. You can scratch as an unarmed strike. On a hit, you deal piercing damage equal to 1d4 + your Strength modifier.

Mental Fortress. Sphinx folk have inherited some of the psychic strength of the sphinxes. You are resistant to psychic damage.

Time Sense. The sphinxes have a unique relationship with time and sphinx folk are also attuned to time to a lesser extent. You always know how many hours have passed since the last dawn.

Cultural Traits

Sphinx folk communities are as rare as sphinx folk themselves. When sphinx folk do come together to form a community, however, they often form libraries or monasteries dedicated to learning and knowledge. Once these bastions of learning are established, the sphinx folk open them to people of any ancestry who respect the community’s mission.

Ability Score Increase. Your Intelligence score increases by 2 and your Charisma score by 1.

Alignment. Sphinx folk communities value knowledge and learning above all else. As such, they tend toward neutrality.

Loremasters. Members of sphinx folk communities spend many hours with books and scrolls. You have proficiency in History.

Sphinx Magic. Sphinx folk communities celebrate their magical heritage and pass along a set of magical traditions. You know the prestidigitation cantrip. When you reach 3rd level, you can cast the detect magic spell once with this trait. When you reach 5th level, you can cast the locate object spell once with this trait, without the material component. You regain the ability to cast these spells with this trait when you finish a long rest. Intelligence is your spellcasting ability for these spells.

Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common, Sphinx, and one other language of your choice.

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