July 16, 2021 10 min read
Dragons are to a Dragonborn as turtles are to a Tortlein Dungeons & Dragons 5e. Tortles live a relatively nomadic and simple life as farmers near coastlines, with their shells protecting them from harsh weathers. As a relatively peaceful ancestry, Tortles are rarely violent and aggressive. However, they do have a thirst for adventure, with a longing to explore the wilderness outside their homes. Players interested in creating a character with an innocent desire to explore the world can find the Tortle perfect for their needs. Moreover, their strong stature and timid nature holds a lot of character development potential.
As with other exotic ancestries in D&D 5e, making a Tortle can be difficult for new players. This guide will help you build a Tortle that fits the kind of character you want to make while making room for you to add your creative flair.
Tortles tend to be conflict-averse creatures, something reflected both by their cultural characteristics and their ancestral traits. Given domesticated lives, some might notice that Tortles are experienced when it comes to manual labor and living simpler lifestyles. However, some Tortles in more compact communities may also follow a more complex sociocultural system - which may also enable them to undertake more complex roles that can fully expand their capabilities. Here are some noteworthy traits of the Tortle:
Despite the rather pacifist or conflict-averse nature of the Tortle, it doesn’t mean they can’t fight. In fact, thanks to their ancestral traits, Tortles can become very efficient when it comes to combat - making them fit for melee roles. However, Tortles may also resort for professions that rely more on helping them support their community, be it as healers, laypersons, or protectors of the land. Here are some of the best Classes that can take full advantage of the Tortle’s offerings:
As nomads, not a lot of Tortles end up taking up the mantle of an adventurer. However, when they do, Tortles become extremely dedicated to their cause and their goals while exploring the land. Players might want to take advantage of the rather friendly or even careful nature of the Tortle to get more acquainted with the lands they try to explore. Likewise, Players may want to fully immerse themselves with the domestic and coastal life by choosing a Background inclined with these characteristics. Here are some Backgrounds their Tortle can take full advantage of: