Rock Shell Tortle (5e Race Variant)

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Tortle Variant[edit]

A race of Tortle that chose the underground as home since the beginning of times. After living in the underground for so long, they acquired the ability to see very well in dark spaces. Their skin has became grey like the rock. Their shell became like rock, growing a rock-like figure and texture. Their eyes are crystal blue or bright grey like the minerals found deep underground. They are very recluse and lonely creatures, making hard for them to form a proper society, but they still help each other when they can, often exchanging fish or other edible things that are found on their habitat. Because of their choice of home, they have became very resistant to cold. Living underground, the Rock Shell Tortles usually encounter elementals that chose to live beneath the surface, because of this, they have learned the languages of one another.

Rock Shell Traits[edit]

Ability Score Increase. Your Constitution score increase by 2, and your Dexterity score increases by 1 (Replace base ASI).
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet. Your swimming speed is 35 feet.
Sturdy Shell. You have a natural armor of 16 + half your Constitution modifier or Dexterity modifier (rounded down, use whichever is higher). In addiiton, when you take bludgeoning, piercing, or slashing damage, you can gain resistance to that damage type until the start of your next turn (resistance applied to provoking attack). You can gain resistance to these damage types with this trait a number of times equal to your proficiency bonus and regain all expended uses when you finish a long rest.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common, Aquan and Primordial (these replace your languages).
Sturdy Resistance. You have advantage on saving throws made against very low temperatures, have resistance to poison damage, and have advantage on saving throws against the poisoned condition.
Age. There are reports of them living since the beginning of times.
Underwater Breath. You can breathe underwater.
Dark Vision. You have dark vision up to 60 feet.
Growing Shell. If your shell cracks, whatever the cause is, after 8 hours it heals back.


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