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Medusan

Medusans are humanoids who have small, writing snakes in place of the hair on their heads. Said to be descended from the gorgon sisters Medusa, Stheno, and Euryale, medusans have long since become nearly human in their natures. Their snakes can take on a variety of looks, from green to black, to any other color or type. They are usually a foot long and seem to move of their own accord, hissing and snapping, though medusans can calm them if they wish.

Ancestral Traits

Historically, medusans were women and it is still the case that most medusan babies are female, but some medusans are men or other genders as well.

Age. Medusans reach adulthood in 30 years and live to about 300 years.

Size. Medusans are human in size and shape. Your size is Medium.

Speed. Your base speed is 30 feet.

Arresting Gaze. Though medusans can no longer transform their enemies into stone, they still retain a vestige of that power. You can turn your gaze and that of all your snakes on a foe, stopping them in place. As an action, choose a creature that you can see that can see you within 30 feet. That creature must make a Constitution saving throw versus a DC equal to 8 + your proficiency bonus + your Charisma modifier. On a failed save, the creature is restrained until the end of your next turn. Once you have used this trait, you cannot use it again until you have completed a short or long rest.

Serpent Haired. Like their monstrous forebears, medusans have writhing snakes for hair. These snakes snap and bite at any within range. As an action, you can use your snake hair to make an unarmed strike. On a hit, the snakes deal 1 piercing damage and 1d4 poison damage.

Cultural Traits

Medusans have a few communities scattered in less settled areas of the lands, perhaps in part because there are some who still fear them, mistaking them for true gorgons like their forebears, and capable of petrifying their enemies. Despite prejudices, medusan communities are peaceful and friendly places, filled with people of many ancestries and genders.

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

Alignment. Medusan culture tends to be nurturing and protective of its own, valuing the good over specific rules. As such, its members weakly lean toward goodness.

Medusan Education. Medusan communities tend to retain certain skills from medusan history, especially their work with snakes, as well as their elders’ preference for certain weapons. You are proficient in Animal Handling and have advantage on any Animal Handling check involving snakes. You are also proficient in the longbow and shortsword.

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

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