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Weird and Wonderful: Unique Lineages System


The various official materials released for 5e include more than 65 individual races/lineages, allowing characters to represent a wide array of different peoples and species. But what if even that pool of lineages is not enough to satiate your tastes? What if, as a player, your particular character concept doesn't neatly fit any of the official lineages - or as a DM, if you want to populate your setting with weird and wonderful peoples the likes of which we haven't seen in a dozen other games?

Introducing the unique lineages system.

Originally developed from /u/JamesMusicus's 5e Basic Race Feature Analysis framework, this simple and intuitive point-buy system allows you to create new and unique custom lineages/races, all within a robust framework that guarantees reasonable balance against the lineages and races found in official 5e materials without sacrificing your ability to select from a range of interesting and unique features and abilities.

The unique lineage system improves upon previous approaches to lineage balance calculators by streamlining the feature selection for ease of use by players and DMs alike, as well as adding new features and updating the features that are listed to match the current 5e design principles evidenced in recent official 5e material (up to Mordenkainen Presents: Monsters of the Multiverse).

Included in this supplement:

  • The unique lineage system for creating custom lineages/races.
  • More than 120 lineage features for use in custom lineages, plus an appendix offering insights on how to include custom features.
  • Bonus guide for using the unique lineage system for designing custom feats.
  • Three new custom lineages/races: the nycters, shardminds, and elan.
  • 1 custom feat.

Artist credits are listed on page 3 and alongside the artwork were possible. Designed and formatted with Scott Tolksdorf's The Homebrewery.

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