Kitsune Race Details
When you mention the word "kitsune" the local populace, the general reaction will be annoyance or fear. It is rightly so. My folk are known as tricksters with no morality by human standards. It also doesn't help that some of my kind were corrupted by the Abyss and turn them away from Inari's teaching. These were called nogitsune. The nogitsune only added the flame of racism against us. It was inevitable that the human populous would commit a genocide and banned the teachings of Inari. After a century of hiding, the fox has exited its burrow. Years of suffering by humanity are finally over. Due to many years of hard work, I finally achieved trust to other mortals of this plane.— Katsumi, Zenko kitsune of Inari
In their natural form kitsune are anthromorphic foxes with diditigrade limbs. Kitsune have fur in various shades of red and brown with the rarity of black and white. Their eyes hyave vertical slit pupils that have an arrange of colors from cobalt blue to golden yellow. They also have a tail that helps them balance. Due to their diditigrade limbs they have a hard time wearing shoes like a human. Most kitsune wear getas or sandals while their in human form. Claws, while more pronounced than a normal humans fingernails, are impractical to use in combat due to the victim having a shallow scratches as a result. Their fangs on the other hand are deadly if one is not careful. The kitsune uses fangs as a last resort in close quarters combat.
Nogitsune are the same as their kitsune brethren except that they have black fur and blood red eyes. Their fangs are a lot more deadly than ordinary kitsune. They use their fangs to drain the life-force of the target and feed on it to heal their wounds.
Kitsune have great mental fortitude that is on par with the high elves. They have remarkable cunning that they use solve problems in the most unlikely solutions imaginable. Due to their familiarity to illusions and enchantments, kitsune often use honeyed words or pranks to oppose their enemies instead of the sword. They can use what humans called 'foxfire', a harmless blue flaming orb that floats on the ground. Skilled kitsune can weave illusions using this ability.
Due to their natural shapeshift ability. Kitsune interact with other races as easily as a human. Here is what kisune thought about other races.
Dwarves. “Loved their loyalty. But they are to orderly and stiff.”
Elves. “Can't stand them. They speak like their 'holier than thou' most of the times.”
Halflings. “They are great people to be around. Sadly they are not adventurous.”
Kitsune are descendants of their nine-tailed Deity Inari. While its not uncommon to see a kitsune with multiple tails. It is very rare for kitsune to acquire their ninth tails. Kitsune can gain additional tails through hard work and enlightenment. In special circumstances Inari rewards tails to kitsune who has done a good deed. The amount of tails also shows the amount of authority they have in the kitsune political structure.
Due to their nature, kitsune had an inborn ability to take a form of a human. Their human form is unique as their natural form. They can shapeshift into a specific human of the same gender. Like humans, both natural and human forms are heredity. Most kitsune in their natural/human form are people from Wa in Kara-Tur. Some kitsune master their shapeshifing art to the point where they can shift into a fox or shift into a person they have seen recently.
Kitsune TraitsThrough the rumors of foolish humans only these racial traits are true.
Ability Score Increase
Your Dexterity and Charisma score Increase by 1.
Kitsune reaches adulthood at the age of 15 and can live up to a millennium.
Kitsune tend to go towards a chaotic alignment. Nogitsune are more evil aligned while Zenko kitsune are more good aligned.
Kitsune have a lithe form, from under 4 feet to barely under 6 feet tall. Regardless of your position in that range, your size is Medium.
Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
You can speak, read, and write Common and Sylvan.
Due to hunting at night you have superior vision in the dark. You can see dim light within 60 feet of you as bright light and in darkness as if it was in dim light. You can't discern color in darkness, only shades of grey.
In your natural form you gain a Bite attack that does 1d4 piercing damage.
As an action, you can assume the appearance of a specific single human form of the same sex. You always take this form when you use this ability. You cannot use your bite attack in human form. In order for anyone to see your true nature, they have to succeed on an Investigation check with a DC 8 + your Deception modifier.
You have a number of tails equal to the highest level spell you can cast (minimum of 1).
Due to either extra life-force energy or a blessing from Inari you have an innate spell casting ability. You can cast the cantrip dancing lights.
You gain proficiency in Acrobatics.
Nogitsune are kitsune who has been corrupted from a outside influences. They became slaves to their bloodlust yet have not remove their intelligence. They are more cunning then their brethren and enjoy drinking lifeforce from their victims. Some nogitsune have been redeemed but their blood is still cursed. Many kitsune tried to find the cause and end it before it became a problem like lycanthropy.
You have resistance to Necrotic damage.
Ability Score Increase
Your Strength score has been increased by 1.
Nogitsune have a natural ability to drain a lifeforce from a target.
When you make a bite attack the target needs to make a Consitution saving throw. The DC for this saving throw equals 8 + your Constitution modifier + your proficiency bonus. A creature takes 2d6 necrotic damage on a failed save, and no damage on a successful one. The damage increases to 3d6 at 6th level, 4d6 at 11th level, and 5d6 at 16th level.. Then the damage you dealt heals you equal to the necrotic damage. After you use your life drain, you can’t use it again until you complete a long rest.
Yako Kitsune are your average kitsune. They are the balance between the nogitsune and zenko kitsune. They are more skilled using their words than their other brethren.
Ability Score Increase
Your Charisma score is increased by 1.
Zenko Kitsune are known as celestial foxes. Blessed by birth by their deity Inari, Zenko kitsune are more friendly and compassionate than the rest of their brethren. They are good mediators to kitsune/non-kitsune matters. Most of them dedicate their lives to Inari through different means. Some stay in a temple in a community, some are wandering priests, and some are bards. You could never ask for a better friend than a Zenko Kitsune.
Restriction: Zenko Kitsune only worship Inari or a deity similar to Inari.
Ability Score Increase
Your Wisdom score increases by 1.
You are blessed with parts of Inari's power. Pick one of the following cleric domains;
- Arcana: You gain the Arcana Initiate cleric class feature.
- Forge: You gain the Blessing of the Forge cleric class feature.
- Life: You gain the Disciple of Life cleric class feature.