I loves me some Planescape and I wanna make sure my creations get out there to an audience who loves it just as much! So, here’s a look at what my three posts have to offer! Part of this is to help drum up interest in a revival for one of my favorite settings and prove that planar versions of these races are still viable in the modern era of D&D! Please, take a look and help to spread the word!
… How much jink do ya have on your threads n purse there? I’m more astonished and worried at this point, but it gives me a warmness to see you chose me as a tout for so long! Now, there are other kinda of planar bloods out there! I didn’t really leave ’em out, I was just gathering a bit of information in the meantime. But, don’t worry, you come for the penned know-how, I provide at a premium! So, what barmies ya wanna learn about today, eh?
Author’s Note: Who would have thought this would be popular? Anyway, I wanna tackle even more options, including sub-races for other races to give some Tiefling and whatnot flair! This includes half-orcs/orcs, elves and then some! Also, by this point, the cat’s probably out of the bag. These are all playtest bits right here. My ulterior motive is for a DM’s Guild work in celebration of Planescape. Or at least, that’s the plan. Barring that, I’ll keep working on these, either releasing them as generic content and leaving them up here for all prying eyes to gaze upon! (At least till a revision post pops up!)
Aye? You’re back now, ‘uh? Well, you got the jink and I got the know how! So you wanna know more about the planetouched, eh clueless? Sorry, since you show a genuine interest in the locals, that makes you much better than most primer berks. Now, what’s a good topic for this time… Ah, the opposite to us Tieflings, the Aasimar!
To the average bubber, you see the brightest and best of goodness and whatever. A whole race of goodie goodies raised on the blood of absolute good! That’s how it works, right? WRONG! Any cutter with enough wits in the old thinkin’ box knows this is never the case. It’s like saying my blood makes me just like the sickly things down below. Nah, plenty of Aasimar are miserable and glum, they are! All that pressure of that goodness stereotype might just make one crack like a cockatrice egg! Of course, some who already went rotten might exploit all the dark on their Radiant Holiness to their benefit. Plenty of jink to be made on suckers, right? *Ahem* Anyway, here’s what you need to know!
Author’s Note: If I do Tieflings, I have to do this too, right!? So, let’s dive right in, shall we? Also, pardon the lateness. I’ll post something good over the weekend, hopefully!
The Planetouched, truly incredible beings. Such people can trace their ancestry to a powerful planar phenomena. Perhaps they were literally born from an ancient union of mortal and creature. Perhaps they are the result of arcane dabbling with such powers. Maybe they’re the consequence of a warlock’s pact! No matter the cause, the planetouched are usually the result. Outside of hubs like Sigil, the City of Doors, such beings are extremely rare. Some can be found in more accommodating locales like Mulhorand on Abeir-Toril or The Rock of Bral in Wildspace. Either way, it’s likely that the average person will either never encounter such people or never know that they have.
Despite contrary claims, it is quite challenging to pin the plane-touched to a unified species or entity. While some are indeed more unified than others, this is not the case as a whole. You may see a Tiefling with horns and a tail; another with large monstrous clawed feet, a serpentine tongue and scales traveling parts of their body. Likewise, you might see the most gorgeous Aasimar in existence, while another one is uncanny and horribly alien.
No matter whatever the case may be, I’m so glad you chose me as your Tout… That’s cager for (usually paid) source of information, a guide of sorts! So, plant your hind in a decent enough seat, now’s your time to learn a thing! (It might save your head later!) Also, please focus on me. My little friend Dib will behave himself, I promise you… as long as you cork your bone-box and open an ear.
Author’s Note: This was one I’ve always wanted to do. While not much of a “challenge” for me to tackle compared to other stuff, it mostly came down to filling gaps I noticed in 5E. A lot of awesome planar flavor was missing and I wanted to remedy that the best I could. So, here’s some extra options for planar races and then some! Many tend to stick to a formula of sorts, but that’s what you get from sampling from similar races from various similar sources such as the Planescape setting, various Dragon articles and Pathfinder. Sure, it’s not as open as the original charts, but this is a compromise of old and new. Also, with the amount of attention touts such as Kylie have gotten recently through podcasts like Commander Holly’s “Trapped in the Birdcage”, I had to borrow her for an article! Enjoy.
*XGtE refers to Xanathar’s Guide to Everything.
*SCAG refers to Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide.
Pardon the somewhat inconsistency in my posts. I’ve been trying to revise old work while work on some personal projects I hoped to get out on the web (like this one), while balancing a stressful work life and home life. But I digress, I was never too happy with my original planar spells posts. Some were blatant rip-offs of previously existing D&D spells, while others were just poorly worded. So, I did a fair bit of clean up while making some other not-so-subtle homages! But, no matter, here’s over 15 pages of extraplanar goodness for your 5E Spellcasters! Enjoy.
A Planar Grimoire is Pay-What-You-Want, you may find it here.