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DnD 5e - The Vedalken Handbook

Last Updated: September 4th, 2020

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Introduction

Vedalken are a race of partially-amphibious, blue-skinned humanoids resembling earless humans in body paint. Introduced in Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica, vedalken have a cultural drive to pursue improvement toward perfection. They tend to be rational and private, and are driven toward intellectual pursuits like history, medicine, and picking pockets for some reason.

Mechanically, the Vedalken is an excellent option if you want to play a clever spellcaster, but they lack anything to support a class which uses weapons. Their ability increases are in Intelligence and Wisdom, and no class can make use of both (disregarding skills). Beyond that, they match the Gnome's Gnome Cunning feature, providing significant protection against many spells, and Partially Amphibious largely removes the need for spells like Water Breathing. Perhaps most notable is Tireless Precision, which offers a proficiency in a skill and a tool plus a bonus d4 on the roll whenever you use either. The skill list is limited, but still contains several excellent options, and there's nothing stopping you\ from combining it with Expertise.

Classes (Default Rules)

This section assumes that you're not using the option "Customizing Your Origin" rules presented in Tasha's Cauldron of Everything. If you are using those rules, scroll up to the previous section.

Artificer

An Intelligence increase is all that you really need to succeed as an artificer. Vedalken Dispassion will offer some additional protection against spells, so you'll be very durable if you equip yourself well. Be sure to get proficiency in Perception to capitalize on the Vedalken's Wisdom increase.

Barbarian

Bad ability spread.

Bard

The additional skill/tool proficiencies and Tireless Precision are the only thing which really caters to the Bard.

Cleric

Wisdom increase and Vedalken Dispassion.

Druid

Wisdom increase and Vedalken Dispassion, which should still work in Wild Shape since it's a mental trait rather than a feature of your body. You won't get to be a partially-amphibious wolf, sadly.

Fighter

Bad ability spread.

Monk

The Vedalken's best option for a martial class, but it's not a good choice.

Paladin

Bad ability spread.

Ranger

Bad ability spread.

Rogue

Bad ability spread, which is a shame because combining Expertise and Tireless Precision seems like so much fun. Maybe worth 1-levle multiclass dip?

Sorcerer

No Charisma increase.

Warlock

No Charisma increase.

Wizard

An Intelligence increase, and Vedalken Dispassion will help protect you. You'll still be frail, but when some other spellcaster tries to mind control you you'll have some extra protection.