Rakasta (5e Race)

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Conversion from the D&D Next monster into a 5e playable race

(not to be confused with Rakshasa)

Physical Description[edit]

Rakasta are medium height, usually between 5-6 feet tall, slightly shorter than humans. They appear as anthropomorphic cats. Fur covers their body, except for the palms of their hands and feet. The fur can be a solid color, stripes, spots, or patched and is usually black, brown, orange, yellow, gray, white or a combination of these. They have long tails that are about the 1/3rd the length of their bodies. When open, their mouth displays a row of sharp teeth including short fangs, but they also possess molars (as they are omnivores). They possess sharp, retractable nails on both hands and feet.

Males and females are roughly the same size. All are lithe and usually slim.

Females have two larger breasts approximately where human breasts would be located and four smaller breasts slightly below, for a total of six. All of which are small compared to human breasts. When pregnant or nursing these will engorge in pairs depending on the number of offsping, and will return to normal size when the kits are weaned.

Males will sometimes have a ruff or mane around the face and/or down the back.

Height & Weight
Race Base Height Height Mod Base Weight Weight Mod Average
Race 4' 11" +1d12 120 lbs. x(1d4) lbs. 5' 7" 141 lbs.

Society[edit]

Rakasta are social animals, but usually keep to their own family group, or Pride. These are usually led by the strongest, but the wisdom of the old is revered. The oldest breeding female also has a special role (sometimes it is the same individual) {see below}.

Prides share a territory with other prides to the mutual benefit of all. This grouping is called a Colony.

All non-pregnant adults will defend the pride and colony's territory, but some individuals specialize as scouts, warriors, and cavalry. The cavalry is often mounted on great cats (tigers, lions, sabre-tooths, etc.)

Habitats and Dwellings[edit]

Rakasta have a remarkable ability to adapt to their environment. The oldest breeding female has a (psychic? magical?) ability to guide the expression of genes in her pride. Within two generations, the Rakasta's fur and other minor features can change to blend with and better adapt to their environment (i.e. stripes in grasslands, larger, more furry feet to better walk in snow-heavy areas, etc.). This ability to adapt has led some to mistakenly believe that the most common Rakasta (found on tropical planes) are the only Rakasta.

Rakasta will make use of their environment to construct structures to live in. These are usually huts or caves. But occasionally they will live in tents or more traditional buildings.

Rakasta Traits[edit]

Ability Score Increase. One other of choice increased by +1 and Dexterity +2
Age. The average lifespan for the Rakasta races is around 60 years of age, reaching puberty around 7, and fully maturing at about 15. Around 55, they begin to show signs of old age.
Alignment. Rakasta tend toward good.
Size. Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.  
Darkvision. Your crepuscular heritage gives your excellent night vision. 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 color in darkness, only shades of gray. 
Pounce. While not wearing heavy armor nor wielding a two-handed weapon, you may extend the reach of your melee weapon by 5 feet (usually to 10 feet). This represents the Rakasta's ability to pounce in, make an attack, and pounce back out before the opponent can react
Claws. You have retractable claws on your hands and feet. When making an unarmed strike, you may choose to do slashing damage instead of bludgeoning damage. In addition, your unarmed strikes have the finesse property. 
Rakasta Weapon Training. You are proficient with the Javelin, Atlatl, and Kasa. For Rakdasta the javelin has the finesse property. If you are a monk, both the javelin and kasa are monk weapons for you. 
Skills and Tools. You are proficient with one of the following skills: Animal Handling, Acrobatics, Perception, or Stealth skills. You are also proficient with Mounts (land). 
Feline Empathy. Rakasta, when dealing with cat-like (feline) creatures, may add their proficiency bonus to social interactions (Animal Handling, Insight, Deception, Intimidation, and Persuasion) checks, if not already proficient in these skills.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and one other language of your choice..


Exotic Weapons[edit]

Rakasta use two Exotic Weapons:

Notes[edit]

If you are looking for an official cat-like race, you may wish to look at the Tabaxi from Volo's Guide to Monsters.

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Facts about "Rakasta (5e Race)"
Ability ModsOne other of choice increased by +1 and + and Dex +2 +
AuthorRlyehable +
Base Height4' 11" +
Base Weight120 lbs. +
Dexterity+2 +
FeaturesAge +, Alignment +, Size +, Speed +, Darkvision 60 +, Pounce +, Claws +, Rakasta Weapon Training +, Skills and Tools +, Feline Empathy + and Languages +
Height Mod+1d12 +
Identifier5e Race +
Is Racetrue +
Rated ByDingobabee + and Aarnott +
RatingRating Pending +
SizeMedium +
SummaryConversion from the D&D Next monster into a 5e playable race +
TitleRakasta +
Weight Modx(1d4) lbs. +