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Dog Folk

Dog folk are humanoids that resemble dogs, though they have humanoid hands. Their appearance can vary as broadly as that of dogs, with fur of virtually any kind or color. Some family lines inherit a keen sense of smell; others, hearing. Some have long fur that keeps them warm, while others are sleek.

Ancestral Traits

Those of dog folk ancestry have the following traits.

Age. Dog folk mature quickly, reaching adulthood in just 7 years, with lifespans of roughly 50 years.

Size. Dog folk vary widely in size and shape, ranging from four feet to six feet tall. Your size is Medium.

Speed. Your base speed is 30 feet.

Bite. Your canine teeth are natural weapons, which you can use to make unarmed strikes. On a hit, you deal slashing damage equal to 1d6 + your Strength modifier.

Enhanced Sense. As a result of your canine heritage, you have one well-honed sense, either hearing or smell. You have advantage on any Wisdom (Perception) check that relies on your chosen sense.

Fur coat. Some dog folk have heavy coats, whereas others have a coat fit for hot weather. Choose whether you have a short coat or a long thick coat. If you have a thick coat, you have resistance to cold damage. If you have a short, sleek coat, your base speed is 35 feet.

Cultural Traits

Dog folk communities often form small tribes or packs of close-knit kin and companions, hunting together. Despite the focus on hunting, the leaders of such communities usually are the most charismatic of the pack, rather than the strongest or fastest, though those traits are valued as well. Charisma, competence, and kindness define dog folk communities, with loyalty being the most valued virtue of all.

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

Alignment. Members of dog folk communities tend to form close knit bonds with their kin and companions, doing whatever is necessary to help when they are in need. This loyalty and compassion tend them toward goodness.

Dog Charm. Though not very good liars, members of dog folk communities often exude a kind of natural charisma that makes it hard not to like them. You have proficiency in the Persuasion skill.

The Thrill of the Chase. Dog folk communities revel in the hunt, particularly chasing game. You have proficiency in the Athletics skill.

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

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