Also known as hedgehogfolk, pokees are famous for their love of the finer things in life such as tasty beverages, warm socks, and the company of good friends. Certainly, they’re not the strongest, wisest, or fastest of the small humanoid races, but their presence is always felt and admired.
Sadly, there are not many pokees left in the world. The few that are around live just south of Ammathluir. Their celebratory and joyous nature resonates well with the halflings that hail from that side of Lurien.
On the odd ocassion that pokees do travel away from home or take on the mantle of the adventurer, it’s usually in the form of a traveling minstrel, healer, or even a sorcerer or warlock. Unimpressed with loot and treasures, Pokees delight more in the thrill of the adventure itself and the anecdotes each encounter offers.
Pokees are quite small, typically standing no more than 1-1 1/2 feet tall. Of course, their greatest defense is a strong back of spiky quills. When challenged, a pokee can curl itself into a ball to protect itself. Still, their greatest defense is found in their ability to make anyone who meets them laugh and smile–even the grumpiest dwarf.
- 10/12/2018: gave the pokee multiattack and upped its Dex.
Tiny humanoid, neutral good
Armor Class 12 (natural armor)
Hit Points 10 (3d4 + 3)
Speed 25 ft
Abilities Str 6 (-2), Dex 12 (+1), Con 12 (+1), Int 10 (+0), Wis 11 (+0), Cha 14 (+2)
Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 10
Languages Common, Halfling
Challenge 1/8 (25 XP)
Quills. When the pokee takes the Dodge action, in addition to the normal benefits of Dodge, a creature that touches the pokee or hits it with a melee attack while within 5 feet of it takes 2 (1d4) piercing damage.
Multiattack. The pokee makes two shortsword attacks.
Shortsword. Melee Weapon Attack: +2 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 3 (1d6) slashing damage.
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