Hamingja, Celestial Inspiration

“Fortune, my friend, I’ve often thought,
Is weak, if Art assist her not:
So equally all Arts are vain,
If Fortune help them not again.”

-Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Love Epistles of Aristænetus

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Hamingja


Descended from a peculiar type of celestial being, a hamingja (Pronounced: HA-min-gya) resembles an exceptionally beautiful human from the waist up, and have a lower body like that of a snake covered in gleaming, lustrous scales. They sometimes have unusual hair colors, often extremely bright or metallic, and tend to dress either in ornate finery or not at all, having interest in clothes or armor only if the garments match their own beauty. They are often considered to be harbingers of good fortune and many nobles will jockey with one another to have one attend their court.

The First Bards

Hamingja are descended from—and resemble smaller, wingless versions of—powerful celestial beings who serve deities of goodness and freedom, especially those concerned with love, beauty, pleasure, joy, and artistic expression. These celestial forebears of the hamingja possessed the ability to create magical effects through music, song, and dance. Legend has it that since the hamingja retain enough of this power innately that the first few generations of hamingja, ages ago, were able to master it as a skill and teach it to other mortals.

Champions of Freedom and Fortune

Due to the variety of celestial power which runs in their veins, hamingja frequently possess a strong wanderlust and relish for new experiences, as well as a near-compulsive aversion to cruelty, tyranny, or excessive rules and hierarchy. Most spend at least some time as an adventurer and many of the more martially-inclined hamingja become paladins, fighting to protect and inspire the downtrodden and despairing.

Free Spirits

While there are exceptions, most hamingja are pansexual and non-monogamous, and consider intimate sex with a close partner, casual sex without attachments, and sensual but non-sexual touching and grooming to be distinct (if related) forms of positive experience to each be celebrated in their own ways. While hamingja most often default to having a feminine upper body with breasts, they can change their build and figure to suit the tastes of whomever they wish to be pleasing to. Their genitals, when not aroused, resemble outer labia covered in fine, flexible scales, and can choose just as readily as they change their upper body whether the genital slit contains a vulva, a penis, or a pair of penii. Most hamingja do not have a single concrete gender identity and revel in the freedom and experience of any or all genders, while a few seek to explore a single gender experience to its fullest.

Hamingja Names

Hamingja usually have names in one of two styles. The first are names derived from Vanmál—a dialect of Celestial primarily spoken in chaotic good aligned outer planes. The other style is to take the name of a virtue which they seek to represent or spread in the world.

Example Vanmál Names: Amund, Astridr, Bergljot, Dagný, Eydís, Eyvindr, Fritha, Gudlaug, Gulbrandr, Guthridr, Hákon, Hallthóra, Havardr, Hróaldr, Ingunn, Kári, Mundi, Olvir, Ragnfridr, Sindri, Torgisl, Trygvi, Unnar

Example Virtue Names: Abundance, Benevolence, Courage, Delectation, Extravagance, Exultation, Finesse, Glory, Gravitas, Hospitality, Innocence, Joy, Liberty, Magnificence, Mercy, Nobility, Perseverance, Righteousness, Satisfaction, Tenacity, Virtuosity, Wit

Hamingja Traits

As a hamingja, you have the following traits.
    Ability Score Increase. Increase one ability score of your choice by 2 and a different score by 1, or alternatively increase three different ability scores by 1 each.
    Creature Type. You are both a Celestial and a Humanoid and are subject to effects that apply to either one of these types.
    Size. Hamingja are roughly the same size as humans, though they can adjust their height freely simply by raising more of the snake portion of their body upright. Due to their muscular snake body, they weigh about two to three times what a human of the same build would weigh. Your size is Medium.
    Speed. Your base walking speed is 25 feet. You also have a climbing speed of 25 feet and do not need to use your arms while climbing.
    Aura of Awe. When you aren’t wearing armor and are either nude or wearing revealing clothing or fine clothing, your Armor Class is equal to 13 + your Charisma modifier. You may benefit from a shield as normal while using this armor class.
    Celestial Resilience. Choose cold, fire, poison, or lightning. You have advantage on saving throws against it, and resistance to damage of that type.
    Legacy of Inspiration. Starting at 3rd level you can cast Heroism as a 1st level spell with this trait and starting at 5th level you can also cast Enthrall with it. Once you cast a spell using this trait you can’t cast that spell with it again until you finish a long rest. However you can still cast these spells using any spell slots of an appropriate level. Choose Intelligence, Wisdom, or Charisma at character creation. The chosen ability is your spellcasting ability for these spells when you cast them using this trait.
    Wings of Light. You have a pair of immaterial wings made of light which you can hide or reveal as an action. When revealed, your wings shed bright light in a 30 foot radius and dim light for an additional 30 feet.
    Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and Celestial.

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