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Avian

Note

In order to make the existing 5e ancestries balanced with the ones presented in these rules, we’ve made adjustments to the existing 5e ancestries. You can play with the original ancestries as originally presented, but if you want to utilize the Major/Minor Feature system, we’ve redesigned them here.

These ancestries replace the official 5e races. Some have been rolled up into larger categories, like the reptilian category capturing kobolds, lizardfolk, and snakefolk.

Avian is a catchall term for humanoids with bird-like traits. Some avians have wings that allow them to fly, and others are flightless.

Avian Traits

  • Ability Score Increase. You gain a +2 and +1 bonus to two different ability scores of your choice, or +1 to three different ones.
  • Age. Avians reach adulthood in their early teens, but can live up to 70 years.
  • Size. An avian’s size depends on the type of bird they take after, but generally are about the same size as humans but much lighter due to their bone structure. Your size is Medium.
  • Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
  • Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and Auran.

Major Features

Choose two of the following major features. You can exchange one major feature for two additional minor features.

  • Air Magic (Magic). You know the gust cantrip. When you reach 3rd level, you can cast the feather fall spell once with this trait and regain the ability to do so when you finish a long rest. When you reach 5th level, you can cast the gust of wind spell once with this trait and regain the ability to do so when you finish a long rest. You don’t require material components for these spells. Charisma is your spellcasting ability for these spells.
  • Avian Wings (Costs Two Major Features). You have a flying speed of 30 feet. To use this speed, you can’t be wearing heavy armor.
  • Flock Tactics. Once per turn, you can gain 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.
  • Light Wings. You have a flying speed of 30 feet, but you must land at the end of your turn or begin falling.
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