Hattí

The hattí are a race of reptilian humanoids indigenous to the Libyan and Sahara deserts. They are a nomadic race, of course, but their culture is rich in oral tradition and wisdom. They are shrewd merchants—various clans of hattí have become very wealthy by transporting cargo across the desert for human merchants—and many of them have successfully integrated into human society, despite their appearance and the prejudice of the Roman Empire.

Hattí have thick, dry, leathery skin much like that of a snake. They average about seven feet tall, and are relatively broad by human standards; they have a lot of body fat, which helps in water storage. Their heads are large and round; their eyes, too, are large and give the appearance of staring. Like other reptiles, the hattí have two sets of eyelids — one translucent set which protects their eyes from sand, and another opaque. With the translucent set closed, the eyes of hattí appear glazed and humans are likely to think they are asleep or drugged, but the hattí are very much aware of their surroundings. The noses and ears of hattí are simply small holes, with flaps of skin which protect them from sand and other foreign objects. Their mouths appear as gashes across the face.

Hattí tend to be slow-moving, contemplative, spiritual, and perceptive. The action-oriented humans of the Empire perceive these traits in a negative light: hattí are thought to be terminally indecisive, frustratingly slow, and downright boring, besides being idealistic and impractical. On the other hand, the hattí themselves deeply respect these qualities in an individual of any race; coolness of temper and great forethought are highly valued. Because these traits are rare in humans, hattí are not overly fond of humans, though they tend to be more bemused than hostile. Hattí have a deep respect for dwarves and, to a lesser extent, elves, but dislike gnomes. Their hatred for the desert goblins is rivalled only by that of the dwarves.

The hattí are an extremely wise people; their society centers upon the elders, who are the repositories of oral tradition in the clan. They love and respect wisdom, and most of their traditions are in the form of proverbs and admonitions rather than stories. They also love poetry, however, and they pass on songs and epics from generation to generation.

Hattí Traits

Your hattí character has the following racial traits. 

Ability Score Increase. Your Constitution score increases by 2, and your Wisdom score increases by 1.

Age. Hattí reach maturity around age 14 and rarely live longer than 60 years. 

Alignment. Most hattí are neutral. They see the world as a place of predators and prey, where life and death are natural processes. They wish only to survive, and prefer to leave other creatures to their own devices. 

Size. Hattí are significantly bulkier and taller than humans, but your size is still Medium. 

Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet. 

Cunning Artisan. As part of a short rest, you can harvest bone and hide from a slain beast, construct, dragon, monstrosity, or plant creature of size Small or larger to create one of the following items: a shield, a club, a javelin, or 1d4 darts or blowgun needles. To use this trait, you need a blade, such as a dagger, or appropriate artisan's tools, such as leatherworker's tools. 

Hold Breath. You can hold your breath for up to 15 minutes at a time. 

Hunter's Lore. You gain proficiency with two of the following skills of your choice: Animal Handling, Nature, Perception, Stealth, and Survival. 

Natural Armor. You have tough, scaly skin. When you aren't wearing armor, your AC is 13 + your Dexterity modifier. You can use your natural armor to determine your AC if the armor you wear would leave you with a lower AC. A shield's benefits apply as normal while you use your natural armor.

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

Desert Born. You're naturally adapted to hot climates, as described in chapter 5 of the Dungeon Master's Guide.

Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common, Hattí, and one other language of your choice. Hattí have their own language, which includes a number of sounds (sibilants and clicking sounds) which are very difficult for human tongues to reproduce. Under normal conditions a hattí might learn from among the following languages: Greek, dwarf, gnome, desert goblin, and the tongues of the various human groups of the desert (Tuareg, Garamantes, Agysmba, Hoggar, Tuat, etc.). Because of their differently-constructed tongues and mouths, however, hattí will never speak a human language without a thick accent.

Height and weight can be randomly generated for hattí as follows: Height = 5' 6" + 2d6, Weight = 265 x (2d4) lb.

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