Bearfolk Lineage

Resolute and noble, the bearfolk are broad-shouldered, bipedal humanoids that strongly resemble upright bears. Though they lack a bear’s sharp claws, their hands are as dexterous as any human craftsman. Despite their brutish appearance, bearfolk tend to be deeply spiritual and artistic. They are covered in black or brown shaggy fur that often have light frosting on the chest, shoulders, and upper back. The color of their fur sometimes gives clues as to a particular bearfolk’s heritage and what tribe they hail from. As they get older, the fur around their muzzle begins to silver, giving them a distinguished look.

Bearfolk society is built around tight-knit families. When a cub reaches 5 or 6 years of age, they are drawn by a powerful urge to wander and explore the surrounding region, especially the homes of non-bearfolk peoples. Bearfolk tribes are built around many individual families, who each support any cubs that wander in. The bearfolk elders are highly respected for their experiences and perspective, many wearing scars as badges of honor and a life well lived. These elders are still expected to carry their weight and offer proactive support to their community.

Bearfolk often hail from the cold climates of Midgard’s Northlands, standing against both the challenging environment and more fearsome neighbors with their size and might. Some may even be found in nations of light carved out of the Shadow Realm.


Your bearfolk character has certain hereditary traits dictated by their lineage.

Age. Bearfolk reach adulthood in their late teens, living up to 80 years.

Size. Your size is Medium. Bearfolk are typically large and muscular, reaching a height of over 7 feet and weighing anywhere between 250 and 350 pounds.

Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.

Noble Presence. You and allied creatures within 5 feet of you have advantage on saves against becoming frightened while you are conscious and not incapacitated.

Passionate Strength. When you make a CHA check, you may add your STR or CON modifier to it (choose which during character creation). You may use this trait a number of times equal to your PB and regain all expended uses when you finish a long rest.

Powerful Build. You count as one size larger when determining your carrying capacity and the weight you can push, drag, or lift.

Thick Coat. You are resistant to cold damage.


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