Inspired by the Father’s Day holiday celebrating dads across the world as well as my friend Brian Colin from Creature Curation and the World of Revilo I wanted to make something fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons related with my kids. The other day I was taking a walk with my eight year old daughter and I issued a challenge to her: come up with an idea of a race of creatures or a monster to be used in 5E D&D. She has been playing roleplaying games since she was four. Just a few months before her fifth birthday we played No Thank You Evil! by Monte Cook Games and quickly transitioned into 5E D&D. Now with several years of irregular gaming and quite the imagination I wanted to see what she would come up with on her own.
Fun frog race for 5E D&D
When I asked my daughter to give me an idea I thought she would say something along the lines of, “Let me think about it,” or, “I will,” and I would have to reminder her several times. I was blown away by her immediate reply about wanting to make a race of tadpole people. She barely had time to draw in a breath before she was a whirlwind of ideas about the race detailed below, taking inspiration from her current obsession with frogs as well as incorporating the serious global health crisis and turning it towards something positive with her creativity.
Before I get into the details let me take this moment to thank all fathers out there raising children. It takes someone special to choose another life as parents do, and we know we typically have to take a back seat for those we are lifting up and showing the world. So thank you!
Without further ado, allow me to present the polywug, small creatures caught by a virus which stunted their growth. They grew distant from their original bullywug culture after the older generations’ evil ways were washed away by childish pranks and a better way of life.
A settlement of bullywugs was hit by a strange affliction that affected the whole society. Fully grown adults had no issues but young tadpoles were far more susceptible. It was detrimental to the growth of such creatures and thereafter every generation grew to only 2 or 3 feet tall. This difference caused them to eventually consider themselves a new creature entirely.
Most creatures who encounter a polywug only see a childlike humanoid frog race and wonder where the creature’s parent could be. The polywug race has evolved to keep their nature a secret to get the better of other races. Though mischievous, their pranks are generally harmless and childish. Polywugs are good hearted unlike the race they originally spawned from.
More Tadpole or More Frog
Polywugs look like they are in a state of change. Frogs transition from tadpole to frog, but the middle state when they have both a long tail to be excellent swimmers and fully functional limbs are where the polywugs stopped evolving. They are fully adapted to walk and hop about on land or dive into the water and swim and stay underwater. Because of this polywug settlements are mostly underwater.
Ability Score Increase
Polywugs are agile, likable and cunning. You add +1 to your Dexterity, Wisdom and Charisma scores.
Polywugs mature very quickly. They tend to reach maturity within 5-10 years and rarely live more than 40 years.
Polywugs are good natured but have a childish view of many things. This way of thinking leans them toward chaotic good. You may choose any alignment when making your character.
Polywugs tend to be around 2-3 feet tall. Your size is Small.
Your base walking speed is 25 feet. Your swim speed is 35 feet.
You can speak, read and write Bullywug and Common.
You can breathe air and water.
Croak and Chirp
You can speak to frogs and toads and they can understand and communicate with you. The animals are still limited to their base understandings and their Intelligence scores, but simple concepts of food and a place to hide are known to all.
Where Did They Go?
You are proficient in the Stealth skill. Furthermore you have advantage on any Dexterity (Stealth) checks made to hide in swampy terrain
Hop, Skip and a Jump away
You have advantage on any Strength (Athletics) check made to jump. In addition, whenever you make a long jump or high jump roll a d6 and add the result to the total distance of your jump.
Need more frogs in your 5E D&D?
We’ve got a frankly bizarre amount of content here at Nerdarchy the Website!
- Monstrous Mutations and New Froggy Feats for 5E D&D
- Hooked on Adventure — A Froghemoth in Your Throat
- Beware the Werefrogs of Muckwuggle, the Frog God for 5E D&D
- New Circle for Druid 5E D&D — Worshipping the Froghemoth
- Out of The Box D&D Encounters, Series 2, #14 – “Frog Princess”
- Two New 5E D&D Feats for Grung
- Real World Adventure Hooks for D&D — the White Grung
- Learning the Secret History of Merfolk
Thanks for reading. Until next time, stay nerdy!