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Kitsune are anamorphic foxes that have the body structure of a human, but features of a fox. Being born of both Aphrodite and Hermes, the kitsune embrace both the love and beauty from their mother and the mischief of their father. When you walk through town, you will like see them as a beautiful woman or that of a vexatious child. In the wilderness, you will likely encounter a playful fox. Both would approach you with good intentions, but do delight in all sorts of harmless trickery and mischief. They are prone to getting caught up in the stories of adventurers and may even join them, whether or not they know it, to satisfy their inquisitive nature. Many kingdoms and powerful individuals employ kitsune as valued messengers, spies and thieves.
The Kitsune is a playable race that uses Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition ruleset.

Natural Shapeshifters

Aphrodite and Hermes had a child that was conceived while they were both in fox form. This child was named Kitsune, which transferred to the name of the race. Kitsune can be born in either a humanoid form or a fox form. This is dependent on what form the child’s parents were in when it was conceived. If they were both in humanoid form, the child will be born a humanoid and vice versa. Kitsune will only mate when both are in the same form. When they come of age generally between 50 and 75 years old, they will be gifted with their other natural form. This comes spontaneously and generally during the night time hours. If they are gifted with the humanoid race, it will be the same as their mother. If they are gifted with a fox form, they tend to be brown tones to red in color. Kitsune that are in arctic regions, they tend to be pure white.

Endearing Pranksters

Kitsune are extremely inquisitive and fascinated with the people of the world and their stories. This tends to have them find a natural fit with storytellers and loremasters. Some find that they are suited for the theft of this knowledge and make excellent thieves and spies. Regardless, Kitsune absolutely love to play pranks on others. These are rarely anything more than simple, harmless tricks. Anymore more may cause those around them to be less tolerant of them and cause them to be driven away.

Kitsune Names

Kitsune are named much like elven and human names, depending on which race they are near.
Male Names: Titus, Marcus, Decius, Gianni, Alexios, Anlyth, Erendriel, Taeral
Female Names: Accia, Sulpicia, Cinnabar, Lucida, Nesterin, Pettwoode

Kitsune Traits

Ability Score Increase Your Charisma score increases by 2, and your Dexterity score increases by 1.
Age Kitsune mature slowly, achieving adulthood at around 50 to 75 years and can live up to around 700 years.
Alignment. The mischievous nature and general good nature of Kitsune tend to have them lean towards Chaotic Good alignments, however, it is not unknown to find them following the strict rule of Law or finding delight in the deeds of Evil.

  • Humanoid Form (Medium): Kitsune, in humanoid form, are about the same size as humans, running 5ft to 6ft in height and average about 100 to 160 lbs.
  • Fox Form (Tiny): When the Kitsune is in fox form, they are no larger or smaller than a normal fox.

Speed Your human form base walking speed is 30 feet and your fox form is 40 feet.

  • Humanoid Form (Medium): Base speed is 30 feet.
  • Fox Form (Tiny): Base walking speed is 40 feet.

Darkvision Kitsune, being both humanoid and fox, can see in darkness as well as in light. 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.
Languages You speak, read, and write Common and Sylvan.
Kitsune Magic You know the dancing lights cantrip. Once you reach 3rd level, you can cast charm person once per long rest as a 2nd level spell. Once you reach 5th level, you can also cast invisibility on yourself once per long rest. You don’t need material components for these spells. Charisma is your spellcasting ability for these spells.
Shapeshift You can spend an action to transform between your fox and humanoid form at will. This ability functions as the druid’s Wild Shape class feature with the following exceptions:

  • You may speak as normal and use Kitsune Magic while in your fox form.
  • When you transform, you retain your existing hit points and damage instead of assuming the beast’s hit points.

Fox Tiny beast, unaligned

Armor Class 12
Hit Points 2 (1d4)
Speed 40ft

Ability Scores
3 (-4)
15 (+2)
10 (+0)
3 (-4)
12 (+1)
7 (-2)

Skills Perception +3, Stealth +4 Senses Passive Perception 13
Languages None
Challenge 0 (10 XP)
Keen Smell The fox has advantage on Wisdom (Perception) checks that rely on smell.

  • Bite — Melee Weapon Attack: +2 to hit, reach 5ft., one target.
  • Hit: 2 (1d4) piercing damage.

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