Power Couple of the Planes

Planescape has had a lasting legacy in D&D. Tiefling, a race that now appears in the Player’s Handbook, got its start in Planescape.  There were quite a few other Planar races in that first box and in later expansions, and my personal favorite was the Bariaur. It always stuck with me that they gave different features and class restrictions based on if the character was male or female, a feature also present in the Devaronians in Star Wars.  It just made the universe feel more strange and alien when a particular race had males and females that looked vastly different.  With that concept in mind, I present the Buolg, a race native to Outer Planes.


The Buolg are an honest hardworking race native to Bytopia, a plane that in many ways  represent the dichotomy of the race.  They are honest, hardworking folk but can also be fearsome opponents.  While most of the race sticks to the safer areas of Dothion, parties looking for resources often travel to the more wild Shurrock, and some roaming colonies embrace the challenge of living on the more wild side of Bytopia.  Buolg are respectful to nature but also love to build and craft items, share wild stories, and are fond of what some would consider loud music.  While they are most common on Bytopia, the race has spread all throughout the Outer Planes, and even to some Prime Material worlds.  The division of labor in the Buolg is not fixed, and a Ban-Buolg who wish to craft or an Amn-Buolg who wish to hunt are not looked down upon. Quite the opposite, in fact.

Affable and Strong
Female Buolg, called the Amn-Buolg, are considered tall by most other races standards (usually taller than six feet) and are also quite strong.  The women in Buolg society are often expert crafters and storytellers.  They’re known for forging weapons, carving sculptures from wood or stone, and building homes.  Amn-Buolg typically have pale green skin (although darker shades are common enough), and their hair reflect the colors of the seasons, browns, white, dark green, or sandy blondes, in equal measure.  But the most obvious mark of a Amn-Buolg are the small antlers that grow from their foreheads, usually with two small points.

Quick and Wise
Male Buolg, called the Ban-Buolg, are considered shorter by other races standards, typically around 5 feet tall.  In build, most would consider them somewhat stocky but not as much as a dwarf.  The males in Buolg society are often hunters and spiritual leaders of the tribe.  They form the majority of hunting parties that push into the more wild parts of Bytopia.  They also love stories, and they’re responsible for passing down the stories of the tribe’s past accomplishments.  Ban-Buolg have dark orange brown skin tones, but they too have hair colors of the seasons.  Like the women of the tribes they also have antlers, but Ban-Buolg typically have longer antlers, and they grow new points for every decade they are alive.

Buolg Traits

Age.  Buolg mature slightly faster than humans, but they are considered young until they hit the age of 20.  Buolg have a similar lifespan to humans, although elders reaching the centenarian age is not unheard of.
Alignment.  Like their home, Buolgs are often Good but tend to be either neutral or lawful.
Size.  Amn-Buolg are tall usually 6 feet or taller, Ban-Buolg are shorter than humans and are typically 5 feet tall, though they’re taller if you count the horns.  Your size is medium.
Speed.  Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
Darkvision.  Due to adapting to the uncaring wilds of the Outer Planes, you have superior vision in dark and dim conditions.  You can see in dim light within 60 feet of you as if it were bright light, and in darkness as if it were dim light.  You can’t discern color in darkness, only shades of grey.
Planar Legacy.  You know the Produce Flame cantrip.  Once you reach 3rd level you can cast the Longstrider spell once per day as a 2nd-level spell.  Once you reach 5th level, you can also cast the Pass Without a Trace spell once per day.  Amn-Buolg uses your Charisma modifier as your spell casting ability for these spells, while Ban-Buolg uses your Wisdom modifier.

Amn-Buolg (Female)
Ability Score Increase.  Your Strength score increases by 2, and your Charisma increases by 1.
Master Craftswoman.  You gain the ability to cast the Mending cantrip.  Furthermore you can cast the Identify spell as a ritual.
Gift of Amn.  The Amn-Buolg are long known to be gregarious and charismatic.  You have proficiency in the Persuasion skill.

Ban-Buolg (Male)
Ability Score Increase.  Your Dexterity score increases by 2, and your Wisdom increases by 1.
Treewalker.  You are used to hunting in the wilds, ambushing others from the trees.  You have a Climb speed of 30, but only if you are using your movement to climb and move though trees.
Gift of Ban.  The Ban-Buolg are known to be clever when dealing with others.  You have proficiency in the Insight skill.

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