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Myrmidon

The myrmidons were originally worker ants. Aeacus, a son of Zeus, and his mother were the only survivors of a plague that wiped out the population of Aegina. When Aeacus saw that ants were unaffected by the plague, he prayed to Zeus for a means of repopulating the island with people who were “as hardy as the worker ants.” Aeacus got his wish. Zeus transformed the ants into humans, both fierce warriors and loyal subjects.

A Little Off

A typical myrmidon appears as a normal human but exhibits unnerving behavior. Given their unusual heritage, myrmidons all look the same, with dark features, olive complexions, and coal-black eyes.

Myrmidons blink too slow, speak in strange rhythms, and work in perfect unison. They tend to be followers instead of leaders and are not eager to venture opinions unless they feel it is shared by their comrades. They work well in a group but are less sure of themselves when alone.

Peerless Warriors

Myrmidons are greatly desired by war chieftains and kings, as their organization and loyalty are unparalleled. They work well in groups and are excellent hoplites, as the tactics lend well to their sense of organized warfare.

Myrmidons adventure in entire groups. They hire out their services to powerful warlords. Their legendary discipline makes them excellent recruits for military groups. They excel at leading other myrmidons but have difficulty with less organized (i.e., everybody else) troops.

Myrmidons worship Zeus, their progenitor.

Master Excavators

Myrmidons form small, independent kingdoms, led by a king. Socially, Myrmidons live in communal harmony— everyone knows their place and what is expected of him or her. Myrmidons excavate the earth in the way ants do, by spreading the soil over the rocks in order to have some ground to till. They also live in the dugouts, refraining from the use of soil for making bricks. Myrmidons are known in Aegina, Epirus and Thessaly.

Traits

Your Myrmidon heritage manifests in a variety of traits you share with your kin.

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

Age. Amazon reach adulthood in their late teens and live less than a century.

Alignment. Without a doubt, myrmidons are more lawful aligned. They value an established hierarchy too much to be very chaotic. Conversely, myrmidons also tend to be notably without strong ethics, usually neutral in alignment.

Size. Myrmidons stand between 6 and 7 feet tall and usually weigh between 180 and 250 pounds. Your size is Medium.

Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet. You have a burrow speed of 10 feet.

Poison Immunity. You are immune to poison damage and the poisoned condition.

Hive Mind. When you can see another myrmidon within 60 feet and make a Wisdom saving throw, you can use your reaction to gain advantage on the roll. You can use this trait immediately before or after you roll, but before any of the roll’s effects occur. You can speak telepathically to any myrmidon you can see within 60 feet of you.

Mental Discipline. You have advantage on saving throws against the charmed and frightened conditions.

Myrmidon Lore. You have proficiency with the Athletics, Stealth, and Survival skills.

Stonecunning. Whenever you make an Intelligence (History) check related to the origin of stonework, you are considered proficient in the History skill and add double your proficiency bonus to the check, instead of your normal proficiency bonus.

Pack Tactics. You have advantage on an attack roll against a creature if at least one of your allies is within 5 feet of the creature and the ally isn’t incapacitated.

Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common.

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5E RPG: Ancient Adventures. Copyright 2020, Mal and Tal, LLC; Author Michael Tresca.