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Rakshasans

Rakshasans are humanoids descended from a particular kind of fiend known as a rakshasa. Like tiefling, rakshasans descend from humans who either entered into an infernal pact with a fiend or had children with one. The details of the rakshasans’ origin is lost to history, however, which is fitting, given then rakshasa’s secretive and deceitful nature. Like tieflings, though, rakshasans only carry the outward appearance of their fiendish ancestry and bear no evil tendency or nature.

Ancestral Traits

Your rakshasan character has a few traits in common with other rakshasans, regardless of culture. Like their fiendish forebears, you are a humanoid tiger, with a tiger’s hear and a fur covered, human body. You also bear the distinctive hands of the rakshasa, with palms and thumbs on the opposite sides from a human’s.

Age. Rakshasans reach maturity at the same rate as humans but live a few decades longer.

Size. Revuians vary widely in height and build, from barely 5 feet to well over 6 feet tall. Regardless of your position in that range, your size is Medium.

Speed. Your base speed is 30 feet.

Limited Magic Resistance. You can’t be affected or detected by cantrips. You also have advantage on saving throws against spells of 2nd level or lower.

Tiger’s Claws. Your fingers end in sharp claws resembling a tiger’s. On a hit, you deal slashing damage equal to 1d6 + your Strength modifier.

Cultural Traits

Rakshasans are few and can usually be found living together in small communities. Perhaps because those who are familiar with their fiendish forebears do not always trust rakshasans, their communities tend to keep to themselves. These communities tend to value the finer things in life, such as fine food and wine, gentle music, and art. In general, most who grow up in a rakshasan community gain the following features.

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

Alignment. Rakshasan communities value order, peace, and trust. As such, those who live in them tend toward law.

Rakshasan Magic. The young in rakshasan communities are taught traditions of magic that date back to the dawn of rakshasan people. You know the mage hand cantrip. When you reach 3rd level, you can cast the disguise self spell once with this trait. When you reach 5th level, you can cast the detect thoughts spell once with this trait, without requiring a material component. You regain the ability to cast these spells when you finish a long rest. Charisma is your spellcasting ability for these spells.

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

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