To understand Aerin it’s important to understand E’lonn; these humanoids live in the seas around Caldera. They have a reputation for being naturally inquisitive and intelligent; this is aided by their long lives – E’lonn can live anywhere from 200 to 300 years. Although they may be found throughout the oceans, they have a central kingdom, ruled over by a king or queen chosen by blood (there are no preferred genders among the E’lonn). Although there are many dangers in the deeps, the capitol is very safe and food is plentiful; for this reason, E’lonn have little understanding of the troubles of surface life. Even the demon invasion and the shattering affected them little.
Human and E’lonn have interacted for as long as humans have existed; many, in face, believe that humans are the landed descendants of the E’lonn, a theory supported by the fact they they are the only two species able to breed with each other. Although individual attitudes will vary, on the whole, E’lonn are protective of their ‘young cousins’ on land; they see them as inexperienced and all too solemn. They pity the ‘cages of land’ that the humans are bound to, as well as their shortened lifespans. For their part, some humans are infatuated with the E’lonn, and seek to emulate them in deed and culture. Mostly, humans care as much for them as they do any other race, and many humans actively dislike the E’lonn, casting them as capricious, mischievous and alien.
The point of conception
Each Aerin is conceived in a way unique to them. Sometimes their parents know each other and enter into a relationship before conception. More often however, Aerin are a result of a momentary impulse, alcohol, and the adventurousness of youth. This often means that Aerin who grow up on land are usually a member of a single parent household, or even orphaned when they’re born or soon after; some humans see Aerin as a good omen and a people to be cherished, whereas many others only see something unnatural, unnerving or unlucky. Those born into E’lonn society are usually embraced openly, even if only as a curiosity. A vast majority of Aerin are born on the coasts of Lethium, where human and E’lonn societies mix most freely.
Ability score increase: All Aerin inherit the E’lonn capacity for learning. Your Intelligence score increases by 2
Age: Aerin grow much as humans do, reaching maturity around 16 years of age. However, they can live to around 150.
Alignment: Many Aerin are prone to the same curiosity as their E’lonn heritage, and so skew towards blue.
Size: Tall and thin, you stand between 5 and 6 feet tall. You weigh 50 to 60kg.
Speed: Your base movement speed is 30ft
Superior darkvision: E’lonn have eyes that allow them to see even in the darkest depths of the ocean, and Aerin inherit this gift. You can see in dim light within 120 feet of you as if it were bright light, and in darkness as if it were dim light. You can’t discern colour in darkness, only shades of grey.
Amphibious: You can breathe both air and water
Strong swimmer: You suffer no penalty to swim speeds (can move your normal movement speed when swimming). You also have advantage on swim checks.
Slipper: Aerin skin is slick; you have advantage when trying to escape a grapple or hold.
Languages: You speak Aerin and Common
Subrace: Choose one of the following subraces:
You grew up in human society. You have had to get by with a people who look nothing like you (some may even straight-out despise you), so you’ve had to try to make friends when you could. You’ve also had to improvise as you work to find your place in a society you just don’t quite belong in.
Ability score increase: Your Charisma score increases by 1
Quick reassessment: If you fail a skill check, you may immediately roll another using a different skill; this can be used to try to complete the same task, or another. The DC requirements of the task, feasibility of the skill selection, as well as the outcome are up to the DM to decide. You may use this ability once between short rests.
Quick learner: You gain proficiency in two skills of your choice.
You grew up in the oceans with the E’lonn. They have passed on to you a great curiosity and love of learning, as well as a strong understanding of the seas and the creatures within it.
Ability score increase: Your Wisdom score increases by 1
Speak with aquatic animals: Through sounds and gestures, you can communicate simple ideas with the creatures who live in the ocean. They may communicate back with gestures and sounds, though they don’t speak a language of their own.
Well-read: Whenever you make an Intelligence (History) check related to magic items, alchemical objects, or technological devices, you can add twice your proficiency bonus, instead of any proficiency bonus you normally appIy. You can also speak an extra language of your choice.