False Elf (5e Race)

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False Elf[edit]

I lieth not, for we are elves. See'th thee not our ears?

Physical Description[edit]

By Yanied

False elves are creatures that pretty much resemble elves outwardly. Their eyes are usually green or a golden yellow. Their hair is long and thin, and their ears are pointed like elves. Like elves, they have high cheekbones and a graceful, sleek build for dexterous movement. One can tell the difference in that their nails are a bit too long, and their eyes have the slant like that of a serpent or feline. Additionally, their teeth in the back of the mouth are quite sharp, and their tongue comes to a distinct point. Also, they age faster than elves, and get quite gaunt and ugly when they do. Some say their true nature is revealed as they get skeletal, with diseased looking skin and a demonic face. This is exacerbated when they are prepared to devour prey, as their jaws can open very wide due to the skin of their mouths being flexible.


False elves are actually a kind of humanoid thought to originate among the monstrous side of the spectrum like hobgoblins, goblins and other goblinoids. They evolved to have this elvish appearance in the same way some insects use mimicry to close in on prey. Many have joined hands with the orcs in the past, acting as assassins in their wars against elvenkind. They would usually pose as wounded elves and sneak into the citadels and homes before murdering their hosts. As their kills got alarmingly close to the hierarchy top, elves began to be very suspicious of each other. False elves played pivotal roles in sowing discord among elves. Eventually, some elves just thought to try and inspect everyone for certain physical abnormalities to root out the odd ones. False elves became much less active after.


False elves are rather few among goblinoids and monstrous humans. They usually live among the war camps of hobgoblins or an area set aside for goblinoids in an orc camp. A good number of false elves find Gruumsh, the orc god, attractive, and so scar one eye to show their allegiance. Other false elves remain faithful to Maglubiyet despite the rise of Black Lord Bane. These two rivaling factions of false elves drives a split in their community, because Maglubiyet does not like the orcish followers of Gruumsh. However, since the Spellplague and the waning of the exarch, the two sides have managed to uneasily reconcile somewhat.

False elves believe that elves are the bane of all existences. They hate and want to kill all of them, out of all the fey in the world. Some are more sadistic, and like to kidnap women and children to torture and rape. False elves also like to eat elves, unlike goblinoids. Goblins usually take slaves. False elves do as well, but only of elves. It is said that, to get a false elf moving, all one need do is tell them an elf is around.


False elves are naturally born and bred hunters, specified in their prey. They love to show their most horrific and sadistic sides to helpless elves in their torment. To others, they show indifference. Other humanoids or fey do not elicit much reaction from them, and false elves find them bland like a beige background. However, their zeal for elven slaughter is unparalleled even among the brutes of orcs or scheming goblins. They love to be up close and personal to enjoy the kills and chases. As they are mimicry hunters, false elves are excellent liars and very studious of their subjects to avoid slip ups and discovery.

False Elf Names[edit]

False elves usually use the gendered names of elves for an alias. Their true name is a mix of monstrous dialects and lacks gender.

True Name: Vundarol, Gherg, Karkol, Sagokik, Jutface

False Elf Traits[edit]

Specialized elf hunters
Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 2, and your Charisma score increases by 1.
Age. False elves live up to about 150 or so years, usually maturing around 20, or when they kill their first elf.
Alignment. False elves do not see what they do as evil. It is more like survival. They range from pure evil to neutral.
Size. As they mimic elves, they share about the same height and build. Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 35 feet.
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.
Elvish Impersonator. Elves cannot really distinguish you from their own. You have advantage in Charisma (Deception) checks against elves.
Mimicry Hunter. You are proficient in the Deception and Stealth skills.
Pursuit. You don't let prey get away. As a bonus action, you can tense yourself in expectation to lash at those who flee. For 1 minute, creatures provoke opportunity attacks from you even if they take the Disengage action before leaving your reach. You regain use of this trait after you finish a long rest.
Languages. You can speak, read and write both Common and Elvish, as well as your choice of Goblin or Orc.

Height and Weight[edit]

5′ 9'' +1d8 145 lb. × (1d4) lb.

*Height = base height + height modifier
**Weight = base weight + (height modifier × weight modifier)

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