"Vestri" is a word meaning "Westerner", in High Elven, referring to the peoples descended from the fallen kingdom of Nord. It is said that Nord was the first great king of Man, ruling over all the lands of the East, which at that time was covered in thick forest, before the Age of Fire, before even the First Sunrise, when only the Moon's light did cover the world. In time, they began to spread even beyond the Great Sea, to the Western Lands. Unfortunately, during the first Dark War 6,000 years ago, the dökkálfar unleashed a terrible weapon, turning the fertile lands of the south into desert. As the conflict between the dökkálfar and ljósálfar grew worse, eventually leading to the fall of the once mighty kingdom.

While nearly all human races are descended from the people of Nord, it is the people known as the Vestri who most embody their appearance and might. The West is much unlike the East, with a harsh contempt for life and ground to hard to take shelter below the hills and mountains. As such, the Vestri are divided between a number of city-states, led by powerful warlords. Philosophies and religions vary, but most put a strong emphasis on personal strength. Most Vestri superficially resemble light elves, with blonde hair and fair skin; however, they tend to be broader of shoulder and lack the iconic pointed ears.

  • Ability Score Increase: Your Strength score increases by 2.
  • Age:
  • Size: Your size is Medium.
  • Speed: Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
  • Boreal Hide: Accustomed to the frost, you have resistance to cold damage.
  • Many Strengths: You are proficient in one skill of your choice.
  • Savage Attacks: When you score a critical hit with a weapon attack, you can roll one of the weapon damage dice an additional time and add it to the extra damage of the critical hit.
  • Languages: You can read, write, and speak Vestri (an antiquated tongue closely related to High Elven) and Tradespeech.

Watcher from the Trees

  • Ability Score Increase: You Dexterity score increases by 1.
  • Eagle-eyed: When at least 100 feet above ground level (such as on a tree or hill) you can see half a mile away without penalty, and can make ranged attacks at long range without disadvantage.
  • Hunter Training: You are proficient with the shortbow and longbow.

Runner in the Hills

  • Ability Score Increase: You Constitution score increases by 1.
  • Fleet of Foot: Your base walking speed is 40 feet.
  • Sure-footed: When you use the Dash action, difficult terrain doesn't cost you extra movement on that turn.

Speaker of the Dawn

  • Ability Score Increase: You Wisdom score increases by 1.
  • Healing Hands: As an action, you can touch a creature and cause it to regain a number of hit points equal to your level. Once you use this trait, you can't use it again until you finish a long rest.
  • Light Bearer: You know the light cantrip. Charisma is your spellcasting ability for it.
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