“I’ve never had someone make a portrait of me, so I guess we’re even on that favor…” – Rhys, Factol of the Transcendent Order, to Kylie the Tout
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.