Yetikin are humans who live in arctic environments in close proximity to lairs of the yeti. Whatever strange icy magics created the yeti have had their effects on the tribes of humans in their vicinity, because some centuries ago these humans gradually transformed, becoming the yetikin.

Yetikin Ancestral Traits

Yetikin appear to be humans with shaggy white hair on their heads, the sides of their faces, and over much of their bodies. Unlike true yetis, the yetikin still wear leather and hide clothing, cook with fire, and in other ways behave as humans. In their appearance and certain other ancestral features, however, the yetikin have developed certain unique traits.

Age. Yetikin mature at the same rate as humans and live for about as long.

Size. Yetikin are somewhat larger than human, but not as big as true yeti. Your size is Medium.

Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.

Chilling Gaze. Yetikin have evolved to have an attack that yeti themselves also have – a gaze that freezes people in place. You can use your action to target one creature you can see within 30 feet of you. If the target can see you, the target must succeed on a DC 10 Constitution saving throw against this magic or take 3 (1d6) cold damage and then be paralyzed until the end of their next turn, unless it is resistant or immune to cold damage. If the target’s saving throw is successful, or if the effect ends on it, the target is immune to the Chilling Gaze of all yetis and yetikin for 1 hour. Once you have used this ability, you cannot use it again until you have completed a short or long rest.

Ice Veins. Yetikin are influenced by the magical, icy forces that swirl around them. You are resistant to cold damage.

Yetikin Cultural Traits

Yetikin communities are found in arctic regions or, occasionally, in glacial mountain ranges, where their members live lives of grim survival. The yetikin hunt and fish for a living, working year-round to collect enough for their people to live. Because of the challenge of living in such places, members of yetikin communities have learned much of their environment and how to thrive in it.

Ability Score Increase. Your Constitution score increases by 2 and your Wisdom score by 1.

Alignment. Yetikin communities focus more on survival and comfort than law or rules. As such, they tend toward chaos.

Snow Camouflage. Due to their white fur or clothing and their familiarity with the environment, members of yetikin communities have advantage on Dexterity (Stealth) checks made to hide in snowy terrain.

Yeti Friend. Those who grow up in yetikin communities learn certain behaviors and calls that true yeti recognize. You have advantage on any Charisma check concerning yetis.

Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and Yeti.

Elemental, Ice
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