Vishkanya

Physical Description

Vishkanya are a race of exotic humanoids with poisonous blood. Possessed of an alien beauty, these graceful humanoids see the world through serpentine eyes of burnished gold. Their supple skin is covered with tiny scales, often of a light green, which are sometimes arrayed in patterns not unlike those of a serpent.

Society

Vishkanya are the mortal descendants and unquestioning servants of their Immortal Mothers; Medusa. They center their culture around the service of their immortal matriarchs. Only a handful of reclusive settlements exist.

Though there are both male and female Vishkanya, only the females may ascend to positions of power within their society. Males tend the crops, build the roads and shining cities and defend the clan holds.

Assistance from the Medusa Oracles was key to the defeat and destruction of the Naga Imperium. They aligned themselves with the lizardfolk, relying on their numbers and brute force to defeat the Nagaji armies and destroy the Imperium.

Each remaining Medusa rules her own clan numbering, at most, in the hundreds of individuals. It’s whispered that these immortal rulers are all that remain of powerful progenitor beings on Andrus.

Relations

Vishkanya exist to serve their clan and their matriarch. Their interactions with outside cultures is limited to trade and those seeking an audience with the Medusa Oracles.

All dealings are approached with an eye toward benefiting the Clan or Mother and minimal commitment of resources.

Alignment & Religon

Vishkanya cannot be generalized as good or evil, but since they truly speak with forked tongues, they are content to accept the gold they’re offered and leave questions of morality to others. Once a deal is struck, the Vishkanya will deliver but be wary of the details.

Vishkanya tend toward lawful and neutral alignments. Their immortal mothers are all Lawful Evil.

Vishkanya serve the immortal mothers with the same fervor that other cultures would serve their ideals and philosophies. There is no room for another faith.

Adventurers

Adventuring for the Vishkanya is less about personal glory or gain and more about increasing the power and influence of their immortal mothers or clan. Rogues and bards are not uncommon additions to entertainment troupes that travel from city to city.

Vishkanya are also master assassins often infiltrating otherwise impossible locations to reach their targets.

Sample Names

Vishkanya Heritages

Vishkanys, like the ancestor serpents from which they evolved, display a variety of different traits.

Python

These vishkanya display a size and strength like few others. They excel at grappling and gain a swim speed of 15.

Viper

Some vishkanya are natural born hunters. They possess

Ancestry Feats

Keen Senses Feat 1

Boost to Perception checks

Limber Feat 1

Boost to Escape Artist and Stealth checks


Poison & Petrification Resistance Feat 5

Racial bonus equal to total hit dice on Fortitude saves vs Poison or Petrification effects.

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Hit Points: 6

Size: Medium

Speed: 25 feet

Ability Boosts

  • Dexterity
  • Charisma
  • Free

Ability Flaw(s)

  • Wisdom

Languages

  • Common, Vishkanya
  • Additional languages equal to your Intelligence modifier (if it’s positive). Choose from Draconic, Iruxi, Jotun, Sylvan, and any other languages to which you have access (such as the languages prevalent in your region).

Low-Light Vision

You can see in dim light as though it were bright light, so you ignore the concealed condition due to dim light.