Gods in the Machines
Due to the long, slow orbit of the planet Rhysis, its seasons last for generations. Nearly two hundred years pass before summer begins to change to winter, and back again. The races of Rhysis have adapted to this shift, over time, and none moreso than the Toru, the planet’s dominant race. Toru are cat-like in appearance, lightly furred in the Summer and thickly coated in the Winter, with pointed ears and lithe movements.
Ability score increase. Choose either Dexterity or Charisma. That ability score increases by 2.
Age. Toru mature more quickly than humans do, reaching adulthood by the age of 14. Their adulthood lasts much longer before they are considered old, however, and they rarely live longer than 80 years.
Alignment. During the Winter, Toru value community and careful observance of the social order necessary to survive the long, harsh decades. During the Summer, however, Toru are more individualistic and self-reliant. No matter the season, they value generosity and kindness, and tend towards good alignments.
Size. Toru are about the same size as humans, ranging from 5 to 6 feet tall. Your size is medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
Darkvision. Thanks to their cat-like eyes, Toru can see 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 gray.
Versatile. You gain proficiency in one skill of your choice, and with one weapon, tool, or language.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Torun. Spoken Torun is a tonal language, often requiring two tones to form a word, something only possible because of the construction of Torun tongues. Other races can never learn to speak Torun perfectly, though some can learn to speak it passably. Written Torun is complex, beautiful, and ideographic. The basics are simple, but it can take a lifetime to learn the nuances of the brush strokes required to communicate fluently. Those Toran who master the written language are considered artists of the highest caliber, and Toran singers are prized around the solar system for their ability to sing chords.
Subraces. There are two main kinds of Toru, and few Winterborn ever meet a Summerborn in their lifetime, and vise versa. The third kind of Toru, the Transitional, comprise a single generation that acts as a suffer between the two extreme seasons.
Winterborn Toru are physically prepared for the years of snow and ice.
Ability score increase. Your Constitution increases by 1.
Thick fur: You’re naturally adapted to cold climates, as described in chapter 5 of the Dungeon Master’s Guide.
Ability score increase. Your Strength increases by 1.
Active: You have advantage on Athletics checks.
Transitional Toru are viewed either as heralds of Summer’s return, or pariahs foretelling its end. In either case, their arrival takes on a mystical significance, and they bear a solemn responsibility to prepare their world for the coming changes.
Herald of change. You gain one feat of your choice.