Lithe and graceful
“With Ashtani grace” is a saying used all over Caldera, and one born from truth. Whilst other mortal races saunter across Caldera, the Ashtani practically glide.
Many Ashtani take to the wider world just for curiosity’s sake; “what’s around that next hill?” can quickly turn into “I wonder what’s over that ocean!” This natural curiosity isn’t confined to geological expeditions either, the Ashtani are known to explore the boundaries of physical, mental and spiritual pursuits as well.
Proud and prejudiced
The Ashtani are a proud people, quietly believing themselves to be more developed than the other races. In their minds they are stronger and sharper. Ashtani are often decisive, taking what they want with little regard for the feelings of others. Others may take this as rude, or even dangerous, but the Ashtani don’t value ownership like the other races – there are few physical things they really care for, and they therefore don’t understand or appreciate the attachment that others place in objects. Instead, Ashtani place value in their tribe, their friends and their families.
The notion of a ‘nation state’ where a single ruler holds sway over large groups of subjects is fairly new to the Ashtani. Previously, they lived in extended tribes with vague territorial boundaries. One-hundred and twenty years ago however, inspired by the kingdoms of the other mortal races, the Kalim tribe brought many others into their own. They did this either by force or negotiation, and the process wasn’t always pretty, but the Ashtani have flourised since then, forming a great capital in Azera. Many tribes still staunchly hold onto their independence however, and they eschew the cities in favour of the wide open savannah.
Ability score increase: Your Dexterity score increases by 2
Age: Ashtani reach maturity around 12 years of age, and rarely live past 80
Alignment: Most Ashtani are red; they are creatures of impulse and intangible bonds
Size: You stand between 5 and 6 feet tall. You weigh 50 to 60kg
Speed: Your base movement speed is 30ft
Darkvision: Accustomed to hunting at night, Ashtani have superior vision in dark and dim conditions. 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 colour in darkness, only shades of grey
Refined senses: You never have disadvantage on Perception checks (unless caused by a non-natural source)
Graceful landing: You suffer half damage (rounded down) from falling
Rending claws: You are proficient in unarmed strikes. You deal 1d4 slashing damage, plus your Dexterity or Strength modifier, if attacking unarmed.
Languages: You speak Ashti and Common
Subrace: Choose one of the following subraces:
You are a member of the Ashtani kingdom, either from the original Kalim tribe, or one of the others it has since absorbed. You might have grown up in the great city of Azera, in the shadow of the King’s Palace; or perhaps you were raised in one of the many villages that service Azera. Either way, you grew among people with a strong belief in their kingdom and its people.
Ability score increase: Your Strength score increases by 1
Savage roar: As a free action once per encounter, you let out a mighty roar. Enemies withi 15 feet who can gear you, must make a save against DC10 + your proficiency bonus or they become frightened (they have disadvantage when attacking you). The fear wears off if they flee or if they manage to hit you with any attack.
You grew up in the wide expanse of the Zulanti savannah. You are wilder than your city cousins, and more in tune with the natural world. You and your people are fiercely independent.
Ability score increase: Your Wisdom score increases by 1
Nimble: Your base movement speed is increased to 35ft
Mask of the wild: You can attempt to hide even when you are only lightly obscured by foliage, heavy rain, falling snow, mist, and other natural phenomena.-