Umbral Human

The Shadow Realm twists beings with its magic, and in the case of the umbral humans, this influence can have radical effects. These umbral folk are not merely humans corrupted by shadow but rather slowly transformed by their exposure to shadow over generations, gradually becoming inured to it. These are the changelings.

Beyond shadow’s natural and inevitable influence, the shadow fey have long experimented with the shadows and its effects on mortals, whether to punish the foolish or to create better servants—or just for fun—and some umbral humans, those that survive, are the result of these rituals. These twisted souls are often labeled as the gifted by others, but they rarely if ever think of themselves in such terms.


Your umbral human character has certain characteristics in common with all other umbral humans.

Ability Score Increase. You may choose one score to increase by 2 and a different score to increase by 1.

Age. Your natural aging process slows and becomes similar to that of an elf or shadow fey.

Alignment. Umbral humans have often walked a troubling path to become what they are. This tends to push umbral humans toward neutral or chaotic alignments, but all variations exist.

Size. Your size is Medium.

Speed. Your walking speed is 30 feet.

Darkvision. You can see in dim light within 60 feet as though it were bright light and in darkness as if it were dim light. You can’t discern color in darkness, only shades of gray.

Dark Infusion. You have resistance to cold damage.

Fade Away. While standing perfectly still, you can use an action to become invisible. You become visible again if you move or take an action. You can use this feature a number of times per day equal to your proficiency bonus.

Language. You can speak, read, and write Common and Umbral.

Subtypes. The generational infusion of shadow manifests itself in different ways, but two especially noteworthy categories of umbral humans exist: changelings and the gifted. Choose one of the two subraces presented below.

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