Kage-shun

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Kage-shun are a reptilian race in the Vistelo galaxy. They are inextricably tied to their history of war and conquering; even those that have renounced the ways of their ancestors still feel the privilege granted by the empire they have established.

Etymology and Other Names

Kage-shun is a term from their own tongue, meaning "conquering people". Other languages can be less kind in their meaning; the corvician term niagua means "warlords".

Biology and Anatomy

There are two "morphs" of kage-shun. One has a row of spines going down its back, while the other has a small neck frill, like a Triceratops. Skin colors and patterns can vary wildly among kage-shun, with some having naturalistic camouflages of blue-green hues, while others have vivid display colors.

Both morphs have bizarrely dexterous eyes that give them a wider range of vision than most races, long prehensile tails, and long tongues with a sticky end. Their fingers and toes are long and thin, with hooked claws.

Sociology and Culture

Up until a century ago, the kage-shun were a militaristic culture of conquerors, with advanced military technology and large armies routinely sent to pull in new territory. As such, much of Fervidus is current or former kage-shun land, including the most controversial, the island of Bako-chun.

Due to their expansive range, the culture of the kage-shun is a melting pot of different cultures they've conquered.

Behavior

Kage-shun often emote with their tails. When angry, their tail will lash back and forth, and their skin's color may flush a little more vividly. When at peace or content, their tail will relax and lay on the ground. They will sometimes gesture or point with their tail when talking.

Naming

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Notable Kage-shun

Racial Traits

3.5e/Pathfinder

Kage-shun are a Medium race, incurring no benefits or penalties thereof. A kage-shun character may opt for +2 Dex -2 Con or +2 Wis -2 Cha.

  • Lashing Tongue: Once per combat, a kage-shun may use their tongue to pull an enemy within 15' to a square next to them. This takes a successful ranged touch attack, and deals 1d4+Str mod damage.
  • Balancing Tail: Kage-shun get +2 to Balance and +1 to Climb.
  • The Empire's History: If in a current or former kage-shun territory, a kage-shun may roll Know(History) without the usual untrained cap, or with a +2 bonus if trained.

5th Edition

Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity increases by 2.

Size. Your size is Medium.

Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.

Balancing Tail. You have advantage on Acrobatics checks to keep your balance.

Subraces. Kage-shun are split in two closely-related races, the Kame-shun, and the Igu-shun.

Kame-shun

Ability Score Increase. Your Charisma or Wisdom increases by 1 (your choice.)

Darting Eyes. You have proficiency in Perception.

Igu-shun

Ability Score Increase. Your Intelligence or Strength increases by 1 (your choice.)

Aquatic Escape. You have a base swimming speed of 20 feet.