Unless of course the dead refuse to follow, which means that the place is crawling with the undead. Later materials introduce the idea that it also contains a specific class of monsters found nowhere else. These beasts are essentially anthopormorphic - slightly - emotions, and congregate in places where the living may tread. Like its brother-plane the Feywild , the Shadowfell still harbors mortal life despite its many problems. Shadowfell dwellers tend range from evil to insane to unusually and often eerily quirky - it says something when the Shadar-Kai , a race of vivaciously hedonistic, sadomasochistic, arrogant adrenaline jockies, are the consistently nicest race of natives.
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The Shadar-kai are extraplanar human-like creatures with tattoos, scars and piercings. The Shadar-kai love to rejoice in battle and have shadowy abilities that are associated with the their home in the Shadowfell.
Many, many monsters can be made to easily fit an encounter in the Shadowfell as well. About the Shadowfell When the material world was born, so were its two siblings the dark Shadowfell and the bright Feywild. The Shadowfell is a dimension where nearly everything is black or colorless. This shadow plane is the opposite of the Feywild, a place where darkness consumes the light and the sky is bleak and dim.
The Shadowfell is a dark echo of the material world, touching it in places of gloom, death and deep shadow, called Shadow Crossings. When the material world and Shadowfell share familiar landmarks, those on the shadow side appear as twisted and warped copies. The plane is not fully evil, but those who inhabit the Shadowfell generally are drawn to the darkness. By 4th edition see Dragon Magazine , the Shadar-kai were set-up as the Fey of the Shadowfell, the opposites of the Eladrin of the Feywild.
Ages spent in the Shadowfell have shaped the Shadar-kai into a people that live passionately and fearlessly to combat the apathy and gloom of their home plane.
Shadar-kai society is meritocratic and based on power and prestige of great deeds. Most Shadar-kai do not fear death and live for the moment, or risk succumbing to ennui and fading out of existence, experimenting in all sorts of stimulation and extremes.
Cold of heart and dark of eye, passion burns still within these people of shadow and deep winter. Appearance The goth-like, Shadar-kai seem to draw in the shadows around them. Their skin ranges from white to dark gray and their eyes are black and lustrious without any white or clear pupil. Their drab or raven black hair is often died and worn in a variety of styles including long and loose, braided, or elaborately shaved.
Shadar-kai are usually depicted as having human looking ears. While drab in appearance, these people like dark clothing, jewelry and weapons decorated with a splash of color.
They are usually found with tattoos, scarifications, and piercings. Names Shadar-kai will occasionally take names from elves or humans, but they usually take names of heroes from their own people or great warriors they respect from outside their people.
Shadar-kai Traits Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 2, and your Intelligence score increases by 1.
A Shadar-kai reaches adulthood at the age of 20 and generally live until they die from their extreme life or fade away centuries after their birth. Most Shadar-kai are chaotic neutral, but lean towards evil.
Shadar-kai are similar to humans, but slightly shorter and thinner. Your size is Medium. Your base walking speed is 30 feet. Accustomed to the dim, colorless Shadowfell, 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. Born in Shadow. You have proficiency in the Stealth skill. Shadow Jaunt. As a bonus action, you move like a wraith and teleport up to 15 feet to an unoccupied space you can see.
You regain the ability to do so when you finish a short or long rest. Due to your connection to the Raven Queen, you can reroll a failed death saving throw. You regain the ability to do so when you finish a long rest. Shadar-kai Weapons Training. You have proficiency with the spiked chain and whip. You can speak and write Common and one extra language of your choice.
One hundred different side effects from spending too much time in the Shadowfell. You have become albino. You gain Sunlight Sensitivity and Superior Darkvision. Your dark vision is increased by 30 ft. You have honed your other senses living in the bleakness so that you now have the Tremorsense ability out to 30 feet. You can hear all heartbeats within ten feet of you.
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