If there’s trouble, all us freaks have is each other.
In Hellboy (2004), Abe sapien plays Big Red’s trusty sidekick. An aquatic, half-man/half-fish being with telepathic powers, Abe is a memorable character with unique powers. Similar to genasi, but distinctive enought to be an entirely separate race, the Icthyo Sapien is a great addition to the Races of 5th Edition.
Icthyo Sapiens are a truly rare race of beings. Offshoots of normal humans, Icthyos are the result of magic, worship and otherworldly influence. Through various pacts, icthys are an amalgamation of their human ancestors, mixed with aquatic features.
Far Realms Pacts
Worshippers of Far Realms entities who call upon their benefactors can form lasting pacts that are binding and last through generations. The result of these strange arcane couplings are the icthys. Icthyos largely resemble humans in form but have distinct fish-like appearances. They all posses scaly skin with webbed appendages between their fingers and toes as well as a pair between their torsos and upper arms. These aid in icthys ability to swim, making them incredibly fast underwater despite being bipedal. They also have raised gills which allows them to breath underwater and for an extended period out of water as well. Their most distinctive features are their heads – every icthyo sapien is bald with large, pupilless black eyes, a pair of slits for nostrils and thin lips, giving them an obvious fish-like comportment.
Inquisitive and Empathic
Due to their alien ancestry, icthyo sapiens are gifted with near psychic intuition. They can discern motives and intentions easily and this awareness makes them incredibly sensitive to the experiences of others. Combined with their own rarity, icthys are very inquisitive about other mortals, eager for any opportunity to learn about other creature’s encounter. They gravitate towards beings who are as inquisitive and open as themselves, especially those who have an affinity towards study or expertise in a particular hobby or profession.
Icthyo names are generally simple and monosyllabic – easier for others to feel more comfortable in their presence. Most often, their names reference a famous local, whom the itchyo may come to idolize and emulate over the course of their long lives.
Your icthyo sapien character has certain characteristics in common with other icthys.
Ability Score Increase. Your Wisdom score increases by 2, and in addition, your Dexterity score increases by 1.
Age. Icthys mature at about the same rate as humans and reach adulthood in their late teens. Once mature, icthys can live for several centuries, some living well into their first millennia.
Alignment. Icthyo sapiens tend towards more open-ended thoughts, guided by a sense of inquisitiveness and empathy over rigid predictablility. They are more often chaotic and almost always good.
Size. Icthys range from under 5 to over 6 feet tall and have slender, flexible builds. Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet and you have a swim speed of 35 feet.
Insightful. You have proficiency in the Insight skill.
Limited Amphibious. You can breathe in water and for up to 8 hours out of water. If you have not completely submerged yourself in salt water for at least 1 minute at any point within the last 8 hours you fall unconscious and can not be awoken until you are submerged in salt water for at least 1 minute.
Empath. You can cast the sense emotion spell once with this trait and regain the ability to do so when you finish a short or long rest. When you reach 5th level you can cast the detect thoughts spell as a 2nd-level spell once with this trait and regain the ability to do so when you finish a long rest. Wisdom is your spellcasting ability for these spells.
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