Jotnar (5e Race)

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The dragon was finally driven off, seven great harpoons gleaming in the twilight of dusk. As the fires rage across the city, a home collapses in the market quarter and priceless reams of silk give to ash. An elderly elvish woman lies trapped in the debris, smoke filling her lungs. The door slams open and she sees a hulking figure with vicious horns and burning eyes. He rushes forth with thunderous steps and dread fills her heart; surely this demonic emissary has come to drag her to the burning hells. Finally, she sees the fiend for what he truly is: a plate-clad paladin of Pelor.

Volcanic Spirit[edit]

A Jotnar warrior. source.

Jotnar are taller and stronger than humans, but not so grand as their goliath parents. They can inherit all manner of fiendish or giant-like features including horns, a tail, cloven hooves, vestigial wings, red or blue skin, goliath markings, or natural baldness. Few people ever see two different jotnar in their lifetime, if even one, leading folks to develop skewed preconceptions of what jotnar look like.

Intimidating Presence[edit]

Jotnar are born when a devil or a tiefling courts a goliath, and it shows. Their obscurity lends to a wide variety of potential origins - a jotnar may have been raised by fiendish cultists, responsible goliaths, or their own instincts. They face all the same prejudice known to tieflings, most typically manifesting as fear owing to their imposing size. When even allowed into a city, they often find that most people will actively avoid being anywhere near them. Jotnar without homes usually struggle to find a place and a people who will accept them, but they may find themselves among company ranging from marauders to paladins. Their attitudes and beliefs vary nearly as widely as those of humans, save for a shared affinity for self-sufficiency.

Jotnar Names[edit]

Jotnar names often follow the naming conventions of tieflings or goliaths depending on how they are raised, though some have names which are blends from the two tongues. Some jotnar come to reject their given names in adulthood, choosing a single, unique name for themselves.

Male: Aukkos, Barathi, Dama-Kan, Lladori, Ormus, Paamos, Thermak

Female: Brys-Al, Criethi, Nemeth, Ou, Reitlai, Syr, Vausta

Jotnar Traits[edit]

Jotnar are the fierce descendants of goliaths and tieflings or other fiends.
Ability Score Increase. Your Strength and your Charisma scores each increase by 1, and one ability score of your choice increases by 1.
Age. Jotnar have lifespans comparable to humans. They enter adulthood in their late teens and usually live less than a century.
Alignment. The lawful pull of a jotnar's goliath heritage clashes with the chaotic bent of their tiefling ancestry, leaving them to tend toward neutral alignments.
Size. Jotnar are between 6 and 7 feet tall and weigh between 240 and 300 pounds. Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
Darkvision. You can see in dim light within 30 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.
Weathered Soul. You have resistance to cold and fire damage.
Imposing Disposition. You know the thaumaturgy cantrip. Charisma is your spellcasting ability for it. In addition, you gain proficiency in the Athletics and Intimidation skills.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and your choice of Giant or Infernal.

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