Bullywug

Croakers from the murky deep.

Below the dark waters of the Grimbog lay in wait a fearsome predator. Large, yellow eyes protruded from the surface, raising up drifting aquatic flora as it peered across the water in search of unsuspecting prey. Glurgh's wide mouth pulled into a grin at the thought of all the tasty treats he'd drive his spear through, today. All he had to do was wait.


Life as a Bullywug is nasty, brutish, and wet. Bullywugs do not hydrate by taking in water orally. Instead, these frogheaded amphibious humanoids must stay moist, dwelling in rainy forests, marshes, and damp caves. Always hungry, Bullywugs overwhelm opponents with superior numbers when they can, but they flee from serious threats to search for easier prey.


Slimy, Slippery, Sticky.

Bullywugs have green, gray, or mottled yellow skin that shifts through shades of gray, green, and brown, allowing them to blend in with their surroundings. Some more exotic tribes of Bullywug may sport more vibrant coloration. They wear crude armor and wield simple weapons, and can deliver a powerful bite to foes that press too close.



Lords of the Swamps

Bullywugs consider themselves the right and proper rulers of the swamps. They follow an etiquette of sorts when dealing with outsiders and each other, subject to the whims and fancies of their leader- a self-styled lord of the muck. Bullywugs introduce themselves with grand-sounding titles, make great shows of bowing and debasing themselves before their superiors, and endlessly vie to win their superiors' favor.


Bullywugs love nothing more than lording over those who trespass on their territories. Their warriors attempt to capture intruders rather than simply slaying them. Captives are dragged before the king or queen-a bullywugs of unusually large size- and forced to beg for mercy. Bribes, treasure, and flattery can trick the bullywug ruler into letting its captives go, but not before it tries to impress its "guests" with the majesty of its treasure and its realm. Struck with a deep inferiority complex, bullywug lords fancy themselves as kings and queens, but desperately crave the fear and respect of outsiders.

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Bullywug Names

Bullywug names are monosyllabic. These names are mostly unisex, though some may suit a particular sex better than the other. Bullywugs do not have tribe names or surnames. Instead, they take the name of one of their parents as a last name. Males usually take their father's name with the prefix Ur(son of). Females most often take their mother's name, prefixed with Ir (daughter of).

an example Bullywug name would be Blib Ur'Crok


First names: Arp, Blunk, Cer, Dot, Ekh, Fith, Gronk, Hepp, Ilk, Jet, Kex, Lawl, Mukk, Nash, Olp, Plick, Quor, Yawl, Zurk.

Bullywug Traits

Your Bullywug character has certain traits unique to its race.

Ability Score Increase: Your Dexterity increases by 2 and your Constitution increases by 1.

Age: Bullywugs reach adulthood around their 15th year and most are expected to live approximately half a century.

Alignment: Bullywugs are mostly neutral. Not distinguishing between good and evil, they usually choose the path of least resistance.

Size: Adult Bullywugs range between 3.5 and 6 feet tall, averaging at roughly 4.75 feet. Their average weight lies between 100-200lbs, but large Bullywugs sometimes grow to be over 300lbs. Your size is medium.

Speed: Your base walking speed is 30 feet.


Amphibious: Your skin absorbs oxygen when submerged, allowing you to 'breathe' underwater. You also gain a swim speed equal to your base movement speed. Additionally, due to your third eyelid (or nictitating membrane), your vision is not affected by being underwater.

Speak with Frogs and Toads: You can communicate simple concepts to frogs and toads when you speak in Bullywug.

Slimy Skin: You have advantage on Strength(Athletics) and Dexterity(Acrobatics) checks to escape or resist a grapple, so long as you spent at least 1 minute moisturizing your skin within the last 8 hours, or 4 hours in arid environments.

Swamp Camouflage: You have advantage on Dexterity(Stealth) checks in swampy terrain, and you may take the Hide action when lightly obscured by murky water.

Frogleap: You are always considered to have a running start when jumping.

Tongue-lash: So long as the use of your tongue is not inhibited, your unarmed strikes are considered to have the Reach property. Additionally, you can make minor interactions with your tongue, such as activating buttons, casting touch spells or retrieving small items, from a distance of up to 10 feet.

Languages: You can speak, read and write Common and Bullywug. Bullywug is an odd, guttural language spoken mostly by contracting the windpipe and inflating/deflating airsacs. As such, it can be spoken with a closed mouth.


Credits

  • Plavraw Shaman (Red Bullywug) owned by Umbrafox.
  • Bullywugs in a swamp owned by Warren Mahy.
  • Original race concept by Redditor Brynden_Greyjoy.
  • Refined concept by

    CaptainDeathCap.

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