Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition – Custom Race – The Simians

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custom raceHere for your perusal is my custom race for Dungeon and Dragons 5th edition: The Simians.

Deep in the untamed forest lives a race of intelligent Apes and Monkeys.  Whether they exist due to natural evolution or as the result of a druid who began awakening them no one knows for sure.  One thing is known They have staked out their own territory and guard it fiercely.

Simians are fierce at what ever they do.  They are fiercely loyal if you have gained their trust.  They are fierce competitors if you feel the need to engage them in combat.  Those filled with compassion, love with the heat of a volcano.  And lastly those who have been wronged will hunt down the one who wronged them until the end of days.

Being a creature of nature they build their homes in trees and at times you might look into the trees and see nothing out of the ordinary as they try to blend their homes into the natural surroundings for protection. They live off of the land and are a part of it.

5th Edition – Custom Race – The Simians

Simian Traits

Your Simian character has a variety of natural abilities.

Ability Score Increase.  Your Wisdom Score increases by 1

Age.  Simians reach maturity rather quickly 8-10 years.  They typically live between 50-60 years.

Alignment.  Simians feel a part of nature and some long to protect it.  Rarely do they unify on any sideDungeons and Dragons of law and chaos or good or evil.  They tend toward neutrality.  Player character Simians may be of any alignment.

Speed. You have a walking speed of 30.  You also have a climb speed of 30.

Subrace.  Your ancestral heritage determines you overall size and abilities.  Ape or baboon each with its own abilities and appearance.

Simian Ape

As an Ape you are the more powerful and larger of your simian brethren.  Your subrace are the natural leaders of your kind.  Apes tend to be more serious then their babboon cousins.

Ability Score Increase.  Your Strength score increases by 2.

Size.  Simian Apes tend to be between 6 and 7 feet tall.  You have a humanoid build but your arms are longer than an average human of your size.  Your size is medium.

Naturally athletic.  You are proficient in Athletics.  Some Simians train in physical traits but all of them posses a natural affinity with using their strength.

Physically Intimidating.  Once a day as an action you can release a roar against an enemy within 30 feet of you.  The target must succeed on a Wisdom saving throw equal to 8 + your proficiency bonus + your Wisdom Modifier.  If they fail they must drop what they are holding and are frightened by you for 1 minute.

Simian Babboon

As a babbon you are smaller than your Ape relatives.  While they are strong you are agile.  You use this 5th editionsome times for grace other times for fun.  While you still adore natue you tend toward a more carefree lifestyle.  Perhaps that is why the apes are the leaders.

Ability Score Increase.  Your Dexteritys core increases by 2.

Size.  Simian Babboons tend to be between 4 and 5 feet tall.  You have a humanoid build but your arms are longer than an average human of your size. Your size is medium.

Naturally agile.  You are proficient in Acrobatics.  From an early age you swing through the trees without a care, flipping and swinging the whole time.

Prehensile tail.  You have a tail that can be used as an appendage.  It can hold an object, pick something up or even open a door.  It may not be used to make an attack or carry a shield to gain an AC bonus.

5th Edition – Custom Race – The Simians

So there it is a new race for you to play with for your 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons game.

Until Next Time, Stay Nerdy!

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The nerd is strong in this one. I received my bachelors degree in communication with a specialization in Radio/TV/Film. I have been a table op role player for about 20 years 17 of which with the current group. I have played several itterations of D&D, Mutants and Masterminds 2nd and 3rd editions, Star wars RPG, Shadowrun and World of Darkness. I am an avid fan of books and follow a few authors reading all they write. Favorite author is Jim Butcher I have been an on/off larper for around 15 years even doing a stretch of running my own for a while. I have played a number of Miniature games including Warhammer 40K, Warhammer Fantasy, Heroscape, Mage Knight, Dreamblade and D&D Miniatures. I have practiced with the art of the German long sword with an ARMA group for over 7 years studying the German long sword, sword and buckler, dagger, axe and polearm. By no strecth of the imagination am I an expert but good enough to last longer than the average person if the Zombie apocalypse ever happens. I am an avid fan of board games and dice games with my current favorite being Quarrios.

3 Responses

  1. Pete van W (@Mr_van_W)
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    I do love me an Apeling and this seems really cool.

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    I have a mini of an orangutan, so I guess I’ll have to squish these two sub-races together, to make the one I need.

  3. Charles
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    Baboons don’t have prehensile tails.

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