Harpos (5e Race)

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General Description[edit]

drawing of a cloaked and masked harpo

Named after the greek god of silence, Harpos are almost always hidden under a hooded cloak with a mask. They're skin colour varies but is usually a pale variant of their original race. the colour of their cloaks are very faded or mute if not grey or black but can sometimes be brighter colours. The design of a harpo's mask usually consist of a few colours incuding white formatted as if they were broken apart. The size of a harpo can heavily vary from the size of a halfling to taller than an elf depending on the origin of the harpo. Harpos' horns also heavily vary in shape length and size. Because of a harpo's inherent loss of a voice they can only speak by repeating things words they have heard recently by essentially mimicking the voice they heard (this may be optional depending on your dm).


Harpos used to be average races but had their voices stolen and their bodies modified by a group of nomadic mages seeking to use their voices for power. they were then forced underground into a village of people who befell the same fate. Some harpos try to seek vengence on the sorcerers who cursed them while others resign themselves to their life underground.


outside of their village Harpos generally try not draw attention to themselves but somewhat stand out in a group of people. The harpo village itself operates on a socialistic barter system in which housing, food, and clothing is provided but goods must be exchanged for other goods.

Harpo Traits[edit]

Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 2 and your Wisdom increases by 1
Age. harpos have a lifespan similar to elves, once this lifespan runs out they become Hollow, essentially becoming a hostile zombie
Alignment. Harpo Alignments are generally neutral
Size. Harpos are generally the same size as their original race, however if the original race is a size above medium it is shrunk down to medium size
Speed. Harpos are incredibly nimble, your base walking speed is 40 feet. flight speed is determined by the flight speed orignal race of the harpo cut in half (if the flight speed of the original race is 0 it stays 0)
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.
Armor Proficiency. Harpos have proficiency with light armor
Weapon Proficiency. As a harpo you can choose one bladed weapon to be proficient in
Skill Proficiency. As a harpo you can choose one skill out of acrobatics, arcana, stealth, and survival to be proficient in
Languages. Harpos can speak, read, and write their own name and words they heard up to an hour ago


The subrace of a harpo depends on the original race, The traits of the subrace are generally most of the racial traits cut in half, you might want to talk to your dm about how exactly to balance this.

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