San’Shyuum (5e Race)

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"Who would doubt the Prophets? What have we foretold that has not come to pass?”

High Prophet of Truth

Physical Description[edit]

San’Shyuum members of the high council.

The San’Shyuum are roughly the size and shape of a human, with a few exceptions. Foremost, due to their position as leaders and other non-physical rolls, they are exceptionally frail. Their necks are exceptionally long, and their heads are oblong and bald. Their skin ranges from light brown to gray and is constantly flushed. Their skin slightly droops, and their eyes are gray or white. Their backs are naturally hunched and are easily tired.


Before taking to the stars, the San’Shyuum were a fairly normal sentient race. However, unbeknownst for millennia, an ancient, spacefaring dreadnaught laid dormant on their homeworld. Once it was discovered, the race broke into two factions, Reformists who wanted to use the dreadnaught to further their technology, and staunch Stoics who wanted to maintain the simple lives they held. The Reformists powered on the dreadnaught, stranding the Stoics and heavily damaging their own gene pool. This resulted in numerous laws being passed to limit genetic deformities. While rooting through the ship’s databases, they discovered writings detailing a spiritual ascension to an eternal, perfect existence through the activation of massive superstructures located somewhere in space. These writings quickly spread, becoming the main doctrine of the Covenant, both their religion and society. Unbeknownst to them, these writings were mistranslated and were instead warnings of weapons capable of wiping all life from the universe in an instant. They would later introduce races such as the Sangheili, Kig-Yar, Unggoy, Lekgolo, Huragok, Yanme’e, and Jiralhanae into the Covenant through numerous wars, though none lasted very long due to their highly advanced technology.


For the San’Shyuum, the Covenant is everything. They live by its doctrines and seek out ancient pieces of technology to further inform their writings. Due to their lacking gene pool and infrequency of fertility cycles, numerous sexual ethics doctrines are found in their scripture, and a child’s birth is treated as an event to be celebrated by all. They hold a strict social hierarchy headed by a High Council seated in their massive space station capital, High Charity. The High Council is only shared with a single other race, the Sangheili. Many, if not all, San’Shyuum spend a majority of their life in High Charity. Excluding themselves and the Sangheili, and later the Jiralhanae, the San’Shyuum see other races as cannon fodder. Worse yet is their view on humanity. Due to the ancient civilization that created their technology’s focus on humanity, the San’Shyuum wish to eliminate them from existence and appropriate their inheritance.

San’Shyuum Names[edit]

True San’Shyuum names are never to be spoken, and as such, their etymology is unknown. They are instead given a concept and a title which changes with their political authority. They are either referred to as “[Title] of [Concept]”, or simply by their concept. Titles listed are sorted in descending order of power.

”Names”: Regret, Truth, Tolerance, Obligation, Restraint, Mercy, Supposition, Pity, Disdain, Objection, Stewardship, Conviction, Candor.

Titles:High Prophet, Lesser Prophet, Minister, Vice-Minister, Junior Minister, Cleric, Scribe.

San’Shyuum Traits[edit]

The prophetic masters of the Covenant.
Ability Score Increase. Your Wisdom and Charisma score each increase by 2.
Age. Thanks to their advanced medical equipment, San’Shyuum can live for hundreds of years. Some have been known to live for 1,000 years.
Alignment. San’Shyuum are almost always lawful, and they tend to be evil.
Size. San’Shyuum are similar to humans, but with thin, lanky appendages. Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 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.
Warriors of Intellect. You are proficient both the Persuasion and Deception skills.
Artisan's Understanding. You are proficient one tool of your choice.
Languages. You can speak, read and write Common, Deep Speech and two others langauges of your choice.

Random Height and Weight[edit]

6′ 0″ +2d12 150 lb. × (1d4) lb.

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

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