Vaskalar (5e Race)

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Rules are rules, meant to be broken. But you do so at your own risk. Even if you think consequences are over... watch your back.
—Szsh, Vaskalar mercenary

Physical Description[edit]

The vaskalar are humanoid beings with infernal ancestry similar to tieflings. However, they are closer related to pit fiends than the bloodlines from the Lords of the Planes Below. As such, they are larger and bulkier, with more prominent devilish features that include a raised spine, scaly skin, prominent fangs, and claws. Their eyes are entire black and their faces are known to be chiseled and angular, often framed by black hair. However, rather than being utter brutes, vaskalar hold themselves with an air of power that befits nobility rather than that of ogres. They like to dress in robes of fine quality, but not overly flashy. Jewelry to them is a status of power, so long as it is not too extravagantly sightly. They are attracted to rich colors like red and blue, and prefer the tint black.


Originally, the vaskalar were created as the Asakar caste of devilkind. They were shaped by Asmodeus himself to be a planeswalking spy among humanoids, more loyal to him than the bastardized tieflings. The Asakar were able to blend with humans using magic, usually, and they displayed a very open-minded attitude to the world. This was a boon to gathering information, but it worried Asmodeus, since it meant the Asakar curiosity could lead them to discover powers that they should not have access to. Asmodeus ended up placing a bounty for devils to kill his own creation when the first signs of mutiny began to form in the Asakar's minds. They were stripped of any status that they had and essentially exiled to die, being renamed the vaskalar.


Having essentially been "discontinued," the vaskalar are a bit of a rarity, seen as a dying breed of fiendish humanoids. Their numbers range from about only 300 to 500 and they are scattered around the world in a very thin population density. Due to their wanted status, vaskalar decided not to cluster, therefore never forming societies. They blend in among other communities, sometimes passing themselves off as tieflings. However, their naturally curious nature for magic power and specified design shows with more prominence, lending them greater magical prowess than typical tieflings. Vaskalar take pride in their use of magic over physical labors, despite their rugged appearance, and they are deceptively clever and charismatic. They often see people as resources. Some are more valuable than others. However, this extends to themselves, too, and vaskalar are thus wary to open up to others. They are always prepared in case they will become the betrayed.

Vaskalar Names[edit]

Typically, vaskalar take tiefling names to better blend in with them. For vaskalar who are able to attain higher societal status, they utilize more Infernal influences in their names to sound more regal.

Male Names: Zunchess, Argaa, Sansaator, Orborax, Szsh

Female Names: Eruditzia, Shaeras, Jezebel, Ternata, Urah

Vaskalar Traits[edit]

Devil creatures exiled for their dangerous curiosity
Ability Score Increase. Your Constitution score increases by 1. Either your Intelligence or Charisma score increases by 2.
Age. Most vaskalar have human-like lifespans, usually growing old at around 30 and then rarely going beyond 100. This is partially a result of their exile by Asmodeus. Due to this, vaskalar also are unable to reform within Baator.
Alignment. Most vaskalar remain lawful evil as schemers and plotters. However, following their exile, the hold of their origin on their mindset has slipped and allowed them to think more about their place with others as they live out their lives no longer tied to Asmodeus' will.
Size. The vaskalar are taller on average than humans, and heavier, with dense bodies. Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
Devil's Sight. You have the special vision of devils to penetrate darkness. 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. In addition, magical darkness doesn't affect your darkvision.
Magic Scholars. Known for being very power and knowledge hungry, the vaskalar are well-read in magic lore. You are proficient in either the Arcana or History skill.
Infernal Lineage. Your creature type is fiend instead of humanoid. As such, you are immune to spells like crown of madness or dominate person because they specifically target humanoids. You are also resistant to fire damage.
Asakar Manifestation. Despite your exiled status, you retain the power to call forth your full potential as a former Asakar. You can use your action to unleash the infernal wrath within yourself, causing an intense and fiery aura to exude from your body. Your transformation lasts for 1 minute or until you end it as a bonus action. During it, you shed bright light in a 10-foot radius and dim light for an additional 10 feet. In addition, once on each of your turns, you can deal extra fire damage to one target when you deal damage to it with an attack or a spell. The extra fire damage equals your level. Once you use this trait, you can't use it again until you finish a long rest.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common, Undercommon, Infernal, and Abyssal

Random Height and Weight[edit]

5′ 3'' +4d4 180 lb. × (2d6) lb.

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

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