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Cat Folk

Cat folk are feline humanoids, roughly human is height but thinner and usually weighing less. They are covered in short fur of as wide a variety of colors and textures as wild felines exhibit, including panthers, jaguars, leopards, cheetahs, tigers, and even lions. They have cat-like teeth and claws and a feline tail that seems to have a mind of its own.

Ancestral Traits

Your cat folk character has several distinctive traits, thanks to your feline ancestry.

Age. Cat folk mature more quickly than humans, reaching adulthood by 16 years old. On average, they live about 80 years.

Size. Cat folk stand between 4.5 and 6 feet tall, but tend to be more lithe than humans, averaging about 120 pounds. Your size is Medium.

Speed. Your base speed is 30 feet.

Senses. Darkvision. Cat folk have a history of nocturnal behavior, granting their descendants superior vision in dark and dim conditions. 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.

Cat’s Grace. Cat folk have an uncanny ability to land on their feet from birth. You have proficiency in the Acrobatics skill.

Claws. In addition, your claws are natural weapons, which you can use to make unarmed strikes. If you hit with them, you deal slashing damage equal to 1d4 + your Strength modifier, instead of the bludgeoning damage normal for an unarmed strike.

Pounce. Cat folk have long legs and light frames, affording them superior jumping ability. Your jumping distances are doubled.

Cultural Traits

Cat folk communities tend to be diverse spaces, with each member adopting their own way of life and being. Despite this variety, some trends do exist, such as their shared love of hunting, which is taught from an early age.

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

Alignment. For the most part, cat folk society values individual expression and autonomy, eschewing strong leaders or a sense of group membership. Indeed, nothing is harder than herding cat folk. As such, they tend toward chaos and away from law.

Ambush Hunter. Those who are raised as cat folk learn hunting techniques that rely on stealth and surprise. You have proficiency in the Stealth skill.

Self-assured. Cat folk society values knowing one’s own mind, rendering its members peculiarly resistant to having their minds changed. You have advantage on saving throws against being charmed.

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

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