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Nictator

Nictators are amphibian humanoids, resembling frogs, with green, shiny, warty skin. A nictator can absorb water and oxygen through their skin, though this permeability also means they lose water more easily. Their large, bulging eyes rest near the top of their heads, and each eye has a nictitating membrane that protects it underwater.

Ancestral Traits

Your nictator character has several distinctive traits, thanks to your aquatic ancestry.

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

Size. Nictators stand between 4 and 5 feet tall and weigh between 75 and 150 pounds, with females generally being larger than males. Your size is Medium.

Speed. Your base speed is 30 feet and you have a swim speed of 30 ft.

Amphibious. You can breathe air and water.

Moist Skin. Nictators must keep their skin minimally moist. Once a day, you must either submerge in water or pour the equivalent of a waterskin of water on yourself. If you do not, you receive the poisoned condition the next day as your skin dries and cracks.

Panoramic Vision. Because their eyes are placed atop their heads and can rotate independently, nictator can see in 360 degrees. You have advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on sight.

Cultural Traits

Nictator communities are underwater and see themselves as having an affinity with the element of water; indeed, some even call them the Children of Water. Individual nictator dwellings are largely free of water, with larger settlements are built within water-free domes. As a rule, their communities are matriarchal chiefdoms, valuing honor and the keeping of vows—to break a vow is a major offense.

One way a member of nictator community can amass honor is through tending to the community’s agricultural and pastoral assets, either by cultivating the aquaitic plants that they plant and harvest or by shepherding the schools of small fish they domesticate.

Eating together is a sacred fellowship, so they do not dine with enemies. The springs that are the source of major rivers are often sacred sites for nictator culture.

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

Alignment. Nictator culture values the keeping of promises and, as such, tends toward lawfulness.

Languages. You know Common and Aquan.

Aquatic Naturalists. Nictator communities train their young to tend their plants and fish. You have proficiency in the Survival and Animal Handling skills.

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