5e Vishkanyas


Not much is known about the mysterious Vishkanya. Since they usually keep to themselves, most other races have little knowledge about them aside from the reptilian elements of their appearance and the danger that their venomous blood and saliva pose. Because of the latter, Vishkanya often get associated with assassins. But while many Vishkanya tend to accept the generous coin they often get offered due to their reputation, the truth is that no sweeping generalizations can be rightfully made.


Vishkanya look like lithe and tall humans with only a few but important differences in appearance. Most noticeably, there eyes are featureless and of a shining golden color. Their skin looks particularly smooth from just a few feet away but it is actually made up of tiny scales. These scales are usually of a dark human skin-tone but can display various intensities of green. In same cases, they are of multiple colors, forming patterns not unlike those of a snake. A Vishkanya’s final distinguishing feature is its forked tongue.

Vishkanya are generally taller than humans but surprisingly light and flexible. The average Vishkanya stands about 6 feet high and weighs a mere 130 pounds.



The blood and saliva of all Vishkanya have a poisonous effect on other living creatures. While the poison is not deadly on its own, its victims quickly find themselves disoriented and feeble, becoming easy prey for any previously equal opponent.

It comes as no surprise then that many Vishkanya are fascinated with poisons in general. In fact, poison plays a central role in Vishkanya culture on most worlds and most Vishkanya get educated in the make-up and application of a multitude of poisons from an early age.


You have several traits in common with all Vishkanya.

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

Size. Vishkanya are half a foot larger than humans on average, ranging between 5? and 6? feet. Yet, they only weigh 160 pounds on average. Your size is Medium.

Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.

Darkvision. 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.

Predator's Resilience. Given their own venomous blood, Vishkanya display an inherent resistance against poison. You have advantage on saving throws against poison, and you have resistance against poison damage.

Escape Artist. Vishkanya are very limber. Whenever you make a Dexterity (Acrobatics) check to escape grapples or bindings, you are considered proficient in the Acrobatics skill and add double your proficiency bonus to the check, instead of your normal proficiency bonus. 

Poison Proficiency. You have proficiency with the blowgun and the poisoner’s kit.

Toxic. Vishkanya often coat their weapons with their own venomous blood or saliva. As an action, you can cover one melee weapon or three pieces of ammunition in venom for one minute. 

A creature hit by an attack with a coated weapon or projectile must succeed on a Constitution saving throw or become poisoned for one minute. The DC for this saving throw equals 8 + your Constitution modifier + your proficiency bonus. The target can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a success.

If a target's saving throw is successful or the effect ends for it, the target is immune to your venom for the next 24 hours.

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

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