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Flamekin (Pyrean)

Flamekin are fiery humanoids. Known as the Pyrean, their ancestors were shaped from primordial fire. Their skin tones can be shades of red, yellow, and orange, and they use their mastery of fire to create outstanding works of art.

Pyrean Forged

Flamekin artisans are known for their elaborate, intricate metalwork. Skilled crafters are able to manipulate heat in precise ways, allowing them to combine rare materials and forge fine details.

Weapons, armor, and jewelry created by the best flamekin crafters are known as “Pyrean Forged” and are highly valued for their beauty.

The Vaults

Many flamekin communities live underground near lava tubes or volcanoes. They used to have sprawling outdoor cities, but the massive eruption of the Io volcanoes left them in ruins.

Reeling from the destruction, the survivors fled into their ancient underground lands.

In order to survive the devastation, the flamekin turned their underground homes into massive vaults. Completely cut off from outside contact, they tried to remain self-sufficient until the surface was safe again. Some vaults were successful, but others were lost due to poor management or monsters the eruption unleashed.

Most flamekin vaults have opened, and they are catching back up with the world they left behind for years. There are hidden flamekin vaults in the underground that have not reopened, either because they still fear what is outside, or because there’s no one left inside to unlock them.

Flamekin Names

Flamekin have a given name and a surname. The surname is inspired by a job or position held by their most respected ancestor.

Example Names: Eva Magnus, Trost Hammerglyph.

Flamekin Traits

Flamekin share certain traits as a result of their elemental heritage.

  • 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. Flamekin mature and age at the same rate as humans do.
  • Size. Flamekin are generally built like humans. Your size is Medium.
  • Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
  • Fire Body (Minor Feature). You have resistance to fire damage. In addition, you can ignite unattended flammable objects you touch with an action.
  • Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and Ignan.

Major Features

Choose two of the following major features. You can exchange one major feature for two additional minor features. You can only choose one feature with the (Magic) tag.

  • Destructive Fire Magic (Magic). You know the fire bolt cantrip. When you reach 3rd level, you can cast the burning hands 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 scorching ray spell as a 2nd-level 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.
  • Fiery Empowerment. When you damage a creature with an attack or a spell, you can cause the attack or spell to deal extra fire damage to the creature. The extra damage equals your level. Once you use this trait, you can’t use it again until you finish a short or long rest.
  • Fire Nova. As an action, you can unleash a burst of fire in a 5-foot radius around you. Each creature in the area must make a Dexterity saving throw. The DC for this saving throw equals 8 + your Constitution modifier + your proficiency bonus. A creature takes 2d6 fire damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one. The damage increases to 3d6 at 6th level, 4d6 at 11th level, and 5d6 at 16th level. After you use this ability, you can’t use it again until you complete a short or long rest.
  • Life Fire. When you take fire damage (or would take fire damage if you weren’t immune), you gain temporary hit points equal to your Constitution modifier after the damage is dealt. In addition, you gain advantage on your next attack roll, saving throw, or ability check within the next minute.
  • Manipulative Fire Magic (Magic). You know the produce flame cantrip. When you reach 3rd level, you can cast the burning hands spell as a 2nd level 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 heat metal 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.
  • One with Fire (Requires Resistance to Fire Damage). You are immune to fire damage.

Minor Features

Choose one of the following minor features, or three if you only chose one major feature.

  • Darkvision. You can see in dim light within 60 feet of you as if it were bright light and in darkness as if it were dim light. You can’t discern color in darkness, only shades of gray.
  • Enchanted Resistance. You have learned the secrets of a magical enchantment. During a short rest, you can carve temporary runes into a piece of jewelry. A creature that wears the jewelry gains resistance to one of the following damage types, chosen when you create the enchantment: acid, cold, fire, force, lightning, necrotic, poison, psychic, or radiant. You can only have one enchantment active at a time. If you create a new enchantment, the old one disappears.
  • Fluent. You can speak, read, and write two additional languages of your choice.
  • Heat Acclimation. You are adapted to the most extreme hot environments. You ignore any of the drawbacks caused by a hot environment.
  • Magical Crafter. You have proficiency in one set of artisan’s tools of your choice. When you make a Wisdom (Arcana) check or ability check involving your tools, you can roll a d4 and add the number rolled to the ability check.
  • Trained Tools. You have proficiency in two tools of your choice.
  • Vault Knowledge. You have proficiency in the History skill.
  • Weapon Training. You are proficient with two weapons of your choice.
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