In appearance, Hadozee are quite distinctive: they are large, roughly orangutan or chimpanzee-like, sapient apes with pronounced patagia (limb-linking membranous "wings", ala a flying squirrel). This allows "deck apes", as they are commonly called, to glide and is quite handy in their preferred environment: the rigging of ships.
Hadozee first appeared in Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition in The Complete Spacefarer's Handbook, a PC-orientated splatbook for Spelljammer. They shared this role as setting-unique races alongside the dracons, the Giff (who had first appeared as monsters in The Lorebook of the Void, one of the two booklets that made up the Spelljammer core boxed set), the grommams, the hurwaeti, the lizardfolk (who had earlier appeared with a racial writeup in The Lorebook of the Void), the rastipedes, the scro and the xixchil.
Originating from a warm, temperate world, the hadozee have a rare positive affection for the Imperial Elven Navy. The details are kind of obscured with the mists of time, but in a nutshell, the IEN once believed hadozee to be a kind of goblinoid, but were proven wrong when the hadozee were willing to help the elves during the First Unhuman War. To this day, the hadozee are amongst the rare races who not only speak nicely of the elves, but are actually eager to serve alongside them aboard spelljammers - even if the pointy-eared bastards look down on the hadozee like every other race.
Fans would later expand upon the hadozee background slightly, giving them the homeworld of Gaya, a subtropical world of high mesas and deep, jungle-filled canonys within a crystal sphere known as Grommspace, because the hadozee share Gaya as the homeworld with the grommans.
Nowadays, the hadozee can be found throughout Wild Space, as whilst serving on an IEN vessel is a particular honor, spelljamer in general is hugely exciting to them. They love to be aboard ships and whole troops (mixed-gender bands of 20-30 hadozee) will eagerly sign on to any ship that's willing to take them.
Most ships are quite willing to take them. Yes, the hadozee are infamously sharp-tongued, with a love of verbal coarseness, vulgarity, complaints and insults that can make all but the most seasoned star-sailors blush, but they're hard-working, friendly, diligent, and very loyal. Plus, gliding apes are naturals when it comes to working the rigging.
- +1 Dexterity, -2 Charisma
- Natural Climbers: +20% to Climbing rolls.
- Gliding: Can move through the air by gliding, moving forward 1' for every 1' fallen, with a movement rate of 18 and a manueverability class of D.
- Can dual-wield weapons without penalty, as if they had the Ambidexterity proficiency.
- Cannot wear shields; their patagia get in the way. Can use bucklers, though.
- Permitted Classes & Max Levels: Cleric (level 8), Fighter (level 14), Thief) (level 15), Fighter/Thief, Fighter/Cleric
- Thief Ability Adjustments: PP +5%, OL +5%, F/RT +5%, MS -5%, CW +20%, RL -5%
In 3rd edition, the Hadozee were brought back as one of the "aquatic themed" races in Stormwrack, being defined mostly for their status as a race of natural sailors rather than the amphibians and swimmers of their fellows.
For the most part, these hadozee haven't changed much. They're less foul-mouthed and no longer remember their homeland, but are still born sailors who have a strong wanderlust and love to travel the ses. Their entire culture is now bound up in their constant traveling, to the point that hadozee society mostly talks about their practice of establishing communally shared houses in ports where hadozee casually leave their kids behind until they happen to sail back that way again.
In a mythology gag, they do tend to be unusually fond of elves, though.
- +2 Dexterity, -2 Charisma
- Base land speed 30 feet
- Gliding: Hadozee who are falling can use their patagia to glide. This negates all falling damage and lets them travel 20 feet horizontally (speed 40 feet, average manueverabilitry) for each 5 feet of descent.
- +4 racial bonus to Balance and Climb
- Superb Climbers: A hadozee does not lose its Dexterity bonus to AC whilst climbing, nor is it impeded if it tries to climb whilst holding something in one hand.
- Favored Class: Rogue
Tentative 5e Apperance
Hadozee finally made a return to Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition as a playable race (well, prototype) in the Unearthed Arcana "Travelers of the Multiverse", alongside the Giff and two Spelljammer monsters; the Autognome and the Plasmoid. Fan hopes were thusly sparked for the impending release of something, anything, Spelljammer related for 5th edition.
Being a post-Tasha's race, they don't have racial ability modifiers.
- Creature Type: Humanoid
- Size: Medium or Small
- Speed: 30 feet, Climb 30 feet
- Dexterous Feet. You can take the Use an Object action as a bonus action.
- Glide. If you are not incapacitated or wearing heavy armor, you can extend your skin membranes and glide. When you do so, you can perform the following aerial maneuvers:
- When you fall, you can move up to 5 feet horizontally for every 1 foot you descend.
- When you would take damage from a fall, you can use your reaction to reduce the fall’s damage to 0.
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