Goatfolk – A High Dwelling race for D&D 5th Edition

“A Beast?  A Fiend?  I’ll show you both…”

 “I’ve seen it, a spawn of the Demon Prince of Beasts!  It walked like a man, but looked like a goat.  The creature carried strange sorceries upon them too, like nothing of this world.  Surely, there must be more…” – A traveler’s encounter with a fiendish-goatfolk warlock.

Born from the Planes

Many rumors have spread of a race of beastly creatures born from demons.  They have prominent goat features and walk upright, with a strange speech that’s a cross of humanoid and animal.  In truth, the origins of these creatures have nothing to do with fiends at all, but the fair folk or the fae.  The ever dubious and tricky denizens of the wyld plane are known for creating strange things on a whim, sometimes using outside creatures mutate into new ones.  The goatfolk is one such case.  During a fight between the unseelie and fiendish powers, warped goat-like creatures known as “hooved horrors” were unleashed as infantry forces for the fiends.  For the most part, the creatures were vanquished.  Those that were captured were used by the fey for experiments.  Most of them had their fiendish corruption purged as they were made into protectors of the Wyld Plane.  However, some still had a lingering fiendish essence that festered and manifested in later generations.

Swift and Athletic

The Goatfolk tend to dwell in steep crags, harsh mountaintops and rocky hills.  Many are adept at jumping about the otherwise dangerous surfaces.  As such, they value dexterity and maneuverability as important skills within their society.  Ironically, their strange hoof-like fingers make them less likely to train in ranged weapons.  However, those who have had success with such weapons are regarded as near-royalty.  For those who aren’t disposed towards weapons, sorcery is more than common upon the goat people.  This is likely the result of their distant underworld heritage, though the tampering of the fey could have caused a magical awakening all the same.  However, magic users are seen as eccentric and strange within much goatfolk culture.  Many see it as an unnecessary oddity, especially when physical prowess is held in such high regards.  Some even see it as cheating one’s way to power or improving themselves artificially.

AUTHOR’S NOTE: GOATS!  Sure, the connections to devils and the like was a bit easy, but I wanted to roll with it as a player option.  I guess it fits under the anti-hero category because of that, but whatever.  To be fair, this started as a variant tiefling option… which is also below.  Also, I guess I owe a minor apology to the many people who wanted content that could translate into Undertale… especially when I either didn’t deliver or was crabby about it.  (In short, I’m not a fan of Undertale.  I just couldn’t get into it.)  No matter, here’s my early Crimbo present to you!  Or should I say, Merry Krampus!

But yes, come for the goat race, stay for the Tiefling options!

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Penumbra, Lord of Nightmares – A Fey Villain for D&D 5th Edition

“Something horrid lurks and hides, the Chained Islands are where he resides!  He waits for you to fall asleep, for then it’s time for him to reap!  He’ll find your dreams thanks to his schemes, he’ll squeeze your mind till it’s a rind, he’s stuck in your head until you’re dead!  Oh Penumbra, he’s quite the sight!  Yer lucky if ye die o’ fright!” – A bardic tune about Penumbra

Many fear the evil of “The Dream Thieves“, but never question where they are from.  The Faerie Folk of Arcadia hold several mysteries and several realms cloaked in darkness.  The realms of dreams and nightmares is no exception.  Long ago, the Lady of Dreams fell silent to her deranged brother.  This being is not seen by anyone, save for those about to die in their sleep.  This stalker in our one place of solitude has given him notoriety.  Even without his dream thieves, he’s quite the capable slayer.  However, he prefers not to get directly involved, save for the most worthy of opponents.  Unlike many lords and ladies of the court, he has an almost feral hunting instinct, paired with a keen intellect rivaled by some of the greatest scholars of the realm.

Unlike his minions, he enjoys torture to what he defines as hilarious extremes.  For him, a subject must suffer in glorious ways, as he finds new manners to break his prey into submission and death.  The true hunt is the process of psychological destruction.  He often stews and broods within the dream realm that he has corrupted over time.  He is a petty and bleak creature, who shall never know any joy, merely taking it from others instead.  At one time, he might have been similar to his vanished sister, but hatred and despair have polluted his mind and made him into what he is now.  Hiding between layers of reality, his true form is equally masked away in obscurity.  It’s unknown if this lurking master of darkness even remembers his true form, only seeking another fearful mind to take a new form.

Author’s Note: I wanted to make a NPC super villain for your disposal, taking from my own setting as well as a variety of inspirations.  I’ve seen plenty of incredible epic level demons (a la Rage of Demons), Dragons (a la Tiamat) and the like.  In fact, we’re probably due for epic threat Giants when the newest adventure arrives!  That said, I haven’t really seen epic Fey threats.  So, I figured it was only right to craft what I imagined one would look like.  With that, here’s an evil and powerful creature of the fae as well as another contribution to the June 2016 RPG Blog Carnival theme.  Also, this is something I plan on using in a game at some point.  So, to any players in my games…  stop reading here!

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