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SpaceFaring Jellyfish - A D&D 5E Playable Race

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As of this writing, it is an *exceptionally* exciting time for D&D players. Books that have deeply added to the game have been continually released, and even more are being teased. Only Wizards of the Coast can know for sure, but it’s my bet that we’re in for more renovations of classics and additional race options… in future months.

While we wait, let’s limber up our imaginations and just have some fun… and to that end, I present to you something modeled on Earth’s jellyfish or Portuguese man o’war and flavored with a little Sci Fi spice:


SpaceFaring Jellyfish


 
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Peter K November 24, 2018 11:36 pm UTC
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The idea behind this is neat. I like the concept of star traveling, drifting jellyfish with an innate 3D sense of direction. But the details seem a little "off":

* Jellyfish are usually seen as being wispy, fragile/weak things. But the PC race gives them a small increase in Strength and natural armor. Seemed an odd choice.

* Poison tentacles make some sense since since cnidarians have poison barbs. But the text cross-references their ability to Yuan Ti stats in Volo's Guide, without giving details. Which isn't really helpful since Volo's isn't a core book. Wouldn't it make more sense to give them an ability copying the effect of the Poison Spray cantrip which is OGL material? Alternately, since the effect is really a touch effect, maybe natural ability duplicating Shocking Grasp cantrip (but with a poison keyword instead of electricity) would make sense.

* Also, I really liked the idea that they were expert navigators due to their natural environment. But...See more
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Jennifer H November 25, 2018 11:25 pm UTC
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Thanks for purchasing!

These are solid suggestions; I really mean that.

Some things I can't comment on because of DMsGuild regulations (as I discovered), but there is a reason they are that way. That said, I like switching to referencing Poison Spray because it might be easier (since this is a homebrew race, it's already non-core, so referencing Volo's over the PHB isn't that big of a deal in and of itself to me).

Also, focusing in on navigation would be a good fit although, tbh, since there's no "navigation" skill and no officially released setting here on DMsGuild that might offer official mechanics along that line, I wasn't able to dig into that at this time. I'm hoping to be able to in the future.

I hope you can enjoy and modify as you wish for now and to be able to tweak as future books are released.
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