Xortan (5e Race)

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"And that's how we kicked him back into his own cave. Jobo."
"Ok...just one question."
"Whats that? Jobo."
"Do you have to do that?"
"Do what? Jobo."
- Conversation between Dradvaar the elven wizard and Jobo the xortan monk

Physical Description[edit]

Xortans are gruff and hardy desert dwellers. They are short and stout, standing at only around 5'3" but can weigh as much as 190 to 210 lbs. They have dark tan skin and amazingly bright green or blue eyes. They are muscular and speak with a low slightly scratchy voice. Xortans are minimalists when it comes to clothing only wearing what is necessary. Therefore seeing xortan men shirtless or xortan women with single strips of fabric across their chest is not uncommon as a result of their desert surroundings.


The fact that xortans even existed wasn't discovered until the Battle of Burning Valley. When human troops prepared their outpost against the orcish invaders, they went to take a small town of what they figured would be blue dragonborns or maybe a trading caravan and were shocked to find the blazing eyes and wondrous hospitality of the xortans who agreed to assist them. Their assistance turned the tide of battle and the xortans had made their presence known. The history of the xortan people was unknown for thousands of years until an expedition of mages decided to dive into the lives of these musty desert warriors. They found them to not only be surprisingly friendly but they also had a rich and diverse history to share with the rest of the world. The xortan people were created by a powerful arcane monk named Xorta. According to the many scrolls detailing her accomplishments she had a particular affinity for lighting and fire magic, but could also levitate, read minds, stop waterfalls and landslides, and produce other remarkable feats of arcane control. Her deeds are the creed by which the xortan live their life. At the time of her death her deity assumed to be Kord or another deity of athletics or strength, granted her the ability to "live on forever" splitting her psyche into the race that is now the xortan people.


Xortan society is a strange combination of calm serenity and boisterous social gathering. Although they can be loud and obnoxious, no race is as quiet and serious as a xortan on a mission. However, when they are in their homes and with loved ones, xortans are kind and friendly albeit a little on the loud side. Xortan villages usually don't contain more than 20 or so individuals meaning that they are usually very close to one another. The xortans are people of pride and combat and they love nothing more than fighting whether it's a friendly sparring match with a neighbor or defending the village from a band of thieves.

Xortan Names[edit]

Xortans have developed an odd quirk that no one knows the origin of. Xortan names are almost always two syllables (ending in "o" for men and "a" for women) and they slip their names randomly into sentences usually at the end.

Male: Jobo, Hojo, Godo, Norbo

Female: Hoda, Kuka, Boka, Dirka

Xortan Traits[edit]

Musty desert people who love parties as much as fighting.
Ability Score Increase. Your Constitution score increases by 2 your Strength score increases by 1.
Age. Xortans reach maturity at 24 but can live to be as old as 700.
Alignment. Xortans are rarely chaotic because of the revered teachings of Xorta but other than that they can be any alignment.
Size. A typical xortan stands slightly over 5 feet. Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
Elemental Gift of Xorta. You are resistant to lightning or fire damage. Once chosen you cannot change which damage type you are resistant to.
Natural Hardiness. If you fail a Constitution saving throw, you can roll the die again and must use the new result. Once you use this trait, you must finish a long rest before you can use it again.
Desert Experts. A xortan only needs half the food and water of a normal creature and is not slowed by naturally occurring difficult terrain in the desert or similar arid environments.
Low Light Vision. You can see in dim light or darkness within 30 feet of you as if it were bright light.
Languages. You can speak, read and write Common.

Random Height and Weight[edit]

4′ 1″ +1d6 190 lb. × (1d4) lb.

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

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