The darfellan were once a peaceful race of hunter-gatherers who lived among the surf and sea stacks of forbidding coastlines. Dar warrior poets were legendary defenders of sailors and the sea, until the dar found itself caught in a war against the vicious sahuagin. This struggle lasted for over a century, and almost ended in the extinction of the darfellan race. The remaining darfellan are brooding wanderers who crave the chance to exact a final measure of vengeance against the sahuagin who wiped out their kin. Their society, formerly melding both artistry and combat, has begun to focus almost entirely on the latter.

A darfellan’s most striking feature is their jetblack skin, glossy and hairless, broken by varied white markings. The size, shape, and location of the white areas distinguish family groups and quickly identify an individual’s heritage to other darfellan and those who know how to read dar markings. Occasionally individuals are born who are entirely black or, much more rarely, wholly white. Such births are always seen as portentous, and the children are destined to hold positions of importance among the people.

Dar heroes of old were warrior poets and musicians. No dar did just one thing: every soldier knew how to play an instrument, and every musician could fight. The great epics of the dar are all about those who powerfully blended the two. Now that their society has been nearly wiped out, dar poets and musicians are few and far between, but many dar elders still make an attempt to preserve the oral tradition of their people.

Darfellan Features

Ability Score Increase. Your Strength score increases by 2, and your Charisma score increases by 1.

Age. Darfellan are always born in the water and begin swimming immediately. Under normal circumstances, a healthy darfellan can live upwards of 100 years, and some isolated communities have elders far older.

Alignment. Darfellan can be of any alignment. Many younger darfellan have an affinity for chaotic alignments because they’ve never lived in an ordered society, while many older darfellan trend towards lawful alignments in an attempt to maintain the traditions of their past.

Size. Darfellan are tall and muscular, standing over 6 feet tall and weighing more than 200 pounds. Your size is Medium.

Speed. Your base walking speed is 25 feet. Your base swimming speed is 35 feet.

Darkvision. To hunt in the ocean’s depths, you have developed the ability to see in dark and dim conditions. You can see in dim light within 60 feet of you as it if were bright light, and in darkness as if it were dim light. You can’t discern most colors in darkness, only shades of blue and gray.

Born Swimmer. You have advantage on Athletics checks related to swimming.

Dar Weapon Training. You have proficiency with the trident and the net.

Echolocation. As long as you are underwater and not deafened, you have blindsense within a range of 35 feet.

• Hold Breath. You can hold your breath for 1 hour.

Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and Darfellan.

HB This is a homebrew 5e version of the 3.5e Darfellan.