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Rat Folk

Rat folk are humanoid rats. They have rat-like heads, with large ears, long snouts, whiskers, and large, strong teeth. Their bodies are covered in short fur but are otherwise human in form.

Ancestral Traits

Your rat folk character has a few traits in common with other rat folk, regardless of culture.

Age. Rat folk reach maturity more quickly than humans, becoming adults after ten years. They live to be about sixty.

Size. Rat folk tend to be about four feet tall and fairly thin. Your size is Small.

Speed. Your base speed is 30 feet.

Heightened Smell. Rat folk share a sharp nose with their rat kin. You have advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on smell.

Iron Stomach. Perhaps as a feature of your rat heritage, you can eat virtually anything without concern. You have advantage on saving throws against poison, and you have resistance against poison damage.

Cultural Traits

Rat folk communities can be found in and around large urban areas. These communities tend to be eclectic and diverse, with those of rat folk ancestry welcoming others to join them with open arms. Indeed, rat folk communities collect not only members but virtually anything they can find, with members often patrolling the cities in which they live and bringing back piles of junk to repurpose. To outsiders, rat folk communities often resemble piles of trash, but rat folk tend to find the clutter comforting. And despite the refuse and garbage they collect, the rat folk community members themselves are as clean as any other citizens of the city. In general, most who grow up in a rat folk community gain the following features.

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

Alignment. Rat folk communities revel in variety, color, and collections. Friendly competitions to collect complete sets of things are common, as are eccentric home decorating parties. As such, most in rat folk culture tend toward chaos.

Rat Folk Appraisal. Rat folk communities often support themselves by collecting finding things of value from amidst the cast offs and garbage of other communities. You have proficiency in the Survival skill. When you are searching in an urban area for useful things or things of value, you have advantage on the check.

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

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