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Monster Manual 5e - Githyanki - p160

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Githyanki

Monstrous Manual 2e - Githyanki - p153

Fiend Folio 1e - Githyanki - p43


Githyanki.
Githyanki
General Information
Type Natural[1] humanoid[2]
Subtype Gith,[3] extraplanar,[2] psionic[4]
Alignment Lawful evil, neutral evil, chaotic evil (1e/2e/3e)[5][6][2]
Evil (4e)[1]
Challenge Rating 1[2]
Vision Darkvision[2]
Average Lifespan Usually up to 200 years[citation needed]
Homeland(s) Astral Plane[2]
Language(s) Common, Deep Speech, Draconic[2][1]
Appearance
Average Height 6 ft (1.8 m)[6][2]
Average Weight 170 lb (77.1 kg)[2]
Skin Color Yellow[2]
Hair Color Russet[2]
Distinctions Harsh, physically durable, psionically gifted, keen mind, cautious, distrustful[2]
History
First Appearance White Dwarf #12

The githyanki were a once-human race of Astral Sea-dwellers.[1]

EcologyEdit

All githyanki children possessed minor telekinetic abilities, but only a few worked to develop them. Githyanki generally preferred magic over psionics.[citation needed]

CultureEdit

Githyanki society was martial, with both males and females training heavily in magic and combat. Although they were loyal to each other, they were also fiercely individualistic. Raiding illithid strongholds was considered a rite of passage.[citation needed]

Dwelling in the timeless Astral Plane, the githyanki inhabited numerous fortresses constructed from materials imported to the plane as well as cities built atop god-isles, the vast stone corpses of deceased deities. Their capital and largest city, Tu'narath, was built on the god-isle of a deceased power known only as the One in the Void.[citation needed]

The githyanki used a unique form of writing called tir'su. It was an alphabetical set of runes in which words were formed in circles instead of linearly, with the letters of a given word being linked in a ring clockwise from the top. Sentences were formed by a series of these rings. Much as runes were given a mystical significance, the Githyanki employ the tir'su when creating magical wards and symbols.[citation needed]

HistoryEdit

The ancestors of the githyanki were once human slaves of the illithids, a race devoted to mentally dominating sentient humanoids to work as the backbone of their vast empire. It was believed these original human slaves were transformed through selective breeding. After eventually developing mental resistance to their masters' mind control, the slaves revolted, thus causing the fall of the illithid empire.[citation needed]

Not satisfied with the destruction of the illithids alone, the war spread to any race that could potentially enslave them again. At the Pronouncement of Two Skies, the once-slave race splintered into the githyanki and the githzerai, the latter of whom was hated by the githyanki because their betrayal allowed the surviving illithids to retreat to isolated subterranean strongholds. The two races were at war ever since.[citation needed]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Mike Mearls, Stephen Schubert, James Wyatt (June 2008). Monster Manual 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 128. ISBN 978-0-7869-4852-9.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual 3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 127. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
  3. Doug Stewart (June 1993). Monstrous Manual. (TSR, Inc), p. 151. ISBN 1-5607-6619-0.
  4. Bruce R. Cordell (April 2004). Expanded Psionics Handbook. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 198. ISBN 0-7869-3301-1.
  5. Don Turnbull (1981). Fiend Folio. (TSR Hobbies), p. 43. ISBN 0-9356-9621-0.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Doug Stewart (June 1993). Monstrous Manual. (TSR, Inc), p. 153. ISBN 1-5607-6619-0.
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