Giff (5e Race)

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This is a noncanon version. An official version is available in the publication Astral Adventurer's Guide
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For other uses of Giff, see Giff (disambiguation).
Author: Rlyehable (talk)
Date Created: 2018-12-13
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Unofficial Conversion
of the Giff monster.
If you like loud bangs and flashes of light, the giff may be your best friend ... unless they are on the other side of the battlefield!
—Hyson the Brash, Speech to the Valstauti Regulars, 3rd month 19th year of the reign of King Golgarii


The giff appear to humans as hippopotamus-headed humanoids.


Pompus Louts

Humans and Halflings view the Giff as pompus, brash, and loud.

Elves see as needlessly destructive, and uncaring of nature and magic.
Dwarves respect their battle prowess, but lacking artisans and craft.
Loxodon view them as dullards, caring only for war.


Most every giff has served in the military either in a grand army or as part of a mercenary organization. In fact, their whole culture is built around military service. Every giff has a rank from birth, which they strive to be worthy to promoted above. They love the excitement of battle and the glory it affords. One is lucky if one can escape from an old giff without hearing an hour's worth of war stories.

The Soldier or Mercenary Veteran backgrounds are the most common for giff characters.

They work best if there is a obvious chain of command, obeying their superiors and expecting those under their command to obey. They seem uncomfortable and to socially flounder without a hierarchy to guide them.

Most giff view magic warfare as dishonorable. Magic outside of war is unworthy of the Giff, time better spent in a military career. That is not to say that there are no giff cleric or wizards, but they are rare.

Giff Adventurers[edit]

Giff adventurers may be on special assignment from their command. They may be disgraced and discharged from service, looking for validation. They may be spellcasters, and feel unwelcome in giff society.

Giff Traits[edit]

Giff UC[1]

Creature Type. Humanoid
Ability Score Increase. Strength +2, Constitution +1
Age. If a giff does not die from violence, it has a lifespan of roughly 60 years, maturing at the age of 10.
Alignment. Most giff are Lawful Neutral. But all alignments can be found in the species.
Size. Giff average over 7 feet tall and can easily top 500 lbs. Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base speed is 30 ft. feet.  
Firearms Knowledge. Giff are proficient with the use of the Musket, Pistol, and Fragmentation Grenade. They also ignore the Loading property of these weapons. A giff character starts with either a pistol or musket; 10 bullets, and one gunpowder powder horn in addition to their normal starting equipment. (see Dungeon Master's Guide (5e) p.268) 
Militant. All giff have at one time or another served in military service. They have proficiency in one of the following skills: History, Intimidation, Stealth, or Survival 
Gunpowder Knowledge. Giff may apply their proficiency bonus to Arcana skill checks (if not already proficient in Arcana) when trying to make or handle gunpowder. 
Headlong Charge. The giff can use its movement and action to try to knock a creature over; if the giff moves at least 20 feet in a straight line that ends within 5 feet of a Large or smaller creature, that creature must succeed on a DC 14 Strength saving throw or take 2d6 bludgeoning damage and be knocked prone. Once this action is taken, it may not be attempted again until the giff finishes a short or long rest.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common

Random Height and Weight[edit]

Height & Weight
Species Base Height Height Mod Base Weight Weight Mod Average
Giff 6' 6" +2d8 400 lbs. x (2d8) lbs. 7' 3", 517 lbs.

Sources and Notes[edit]

  1. Unofficial conversion of 5e creature to a playible race. Conversion by user:Rlyehable 2018-12-13. Unofficial conversion licensed: CC-BY-SA with original copyrights recognized and unchallenged.

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Facts about "Giff (5e Race)"
Ability ModsStr +2 + and Con +1 +
AuthorRlyehable +
Canontrue +
Constitution+1 +
FeaturesAge +, Alignment +, Size +, Speed +, Firearms Knowledge +, Militant +, Gunpowder Knowledge +, Headlong Charge + and Languages +
Identifier5e Race +
Is Racetrue +
Race NameGiff UC +
RatingUndiscussed +
SizeMedium +
SortTextGiff UC +
Strength+2 +
SummaryMilitant Hippo-people with guns. +
TitleGiff +
TypeHumanoid +