Tsuchigumo (5e Race)

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You'd think them driders or that Lolth ilk, but you'd be wrong.

Physical Description[edit]

A Tsuchigumo spellcaster (by Varkarrus)

Tsuchigumo are quadrupeds with four arms. Despite this monstrous composition, their torsos are fairly humanoid and their legs are much closer together than a centaur. They are covered in a slightly furry carapace, albeit one that doesn't provide significant durability. They have two large mandibles on their cheeks, and have four eyes. Their legs spread out, giving them a wide stance.


Tsuchigumo are creatures believed to originate from normal spiders that have lived particularly long lives, thus gaining magical powers. This is a common happening in the continent of Kara-Tur, home to creatures like the hengeyokai. Tsuchigumo have been hunted often in history by warriors to prove their just natures. However, tsuchigumo are not particularly evil in any way. While they resemble something out of drow experiments, they are in no way connected to Lolth in actuality.


Tsuchigumo society prides itself as collectors of knowledge. The largest encampments of tsuchigumo in the world are far smaller than even an average city of humans, with very low population density, but absolute multitudes of libraries, with knowledge spanning from every civilization in the world. Many of the more religious tsuchigumo worship not a deity, but a non-sentient force that they call the "Web of Knowledge," and the most zealous of their kind seek to fuse with it altogether. Tsuchigumo live very communal lives, often raising each other's children, but many are known to leave home and integrate with other cultures, so as to raise the sum total of all knowledge tsuchigumo have.

Tsuchigumo Names[edit]

Tsuchigumo have names commonly originating in the language of Wa.

Male: Kumomaru, Dokumaru, Hitoshiro, Chuusuke

Female: Kumo, Orihime, Dokugumi, Biko

Tsuchigumo Traits[edit]

Twice the arms, twice the legs! Imagine!
Ability Score Increase. Your Constitution and Dexterity scores each increase by 1.
Age. Tsuchigumo live slightly longer than humans, but not notably. You reach maturity at 20, and live to an average age of 90.
Alignment. Tsuchigumo raised alongside a mainstream society strongly lean towards lawful.
Size. You are not significantly taller than a human, but your additional limbs cause you to take up slightly more space and become heavier as a result. Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet. You can also climb at this speed, as per the Spider Legs trait.
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.
Poison Adaptation. When receiving poison damage, you can use a reaction to reduce the damage taken as if you were resistant to it, or nullify it completely if you were already resistant to it. Alternatively, you can use an action to end the poisoned condition on yourself. You can only use this feature once, regaining its use after finishing a long rest.
Multilimb. You have four arms, which you can use to wield weapons and objects as usual. You do not gain any additional attacks per round, but are eligible for the Multi Wielder prestige class. You can wield a single Oversized weapon with all four arms. While wielding a two-handed weapon, you cannot benefit from a shield or wield a second two-handed weapon.
Spider Legs. You have four legs. You can scale walls and ceilings at a speed equal to your walking speed, and you have advantages on rolls to avoid being knocked prone. You wear two pairs of pants.
Languages. You can speak, write and read Common.

Random Height and Weight[edit]

4′ 11'' +2d8-2 145 lb. × (1d6) lb.

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

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