Tartarus: Wrath of the Titans
“While searching for the Nemean lion, Herakles fletched some arrows to use against it, not knowing that its golden fur was impenetrable; when he found and shot the lion and firing at it with his bow, he discovered the fur’s protective property when the arrow bounced harmlessly off the creature’s thigh. After some time, Herakles made the lion return to his cave. The cave had two entrances, one of which Herakles blocked; he then entered the other. In those dark and close quarters, Herakles stunned the lion with his club and grappled the beast, yet even his immense strength would not prevail. The lion bit at him, and in the struggle bit off its own paw. Herakles took up the claws like daggers between his fingers, punching and piercing the beast’s armored hide with its own weapons. With one mighty blow the lion was slain, and Herakles stood victorious.” — The Twelve Labors of Herakles
A woman casts a cold stare at an encroaching mob, keeping even the bravest among them at bay. A man lifts an overturned card with incredible strength, freeing a child stuck underneath. A child kneels in a temple, praying to the only one who seems to understand her – her mother, the goddess Hestia. The gods and goddesses above have long intermingled with the mortals below, and Godblooded are the fruits of their unions.
TWO WORLDS, ONE SOUL
Godblooded are humans with celestial heritage, either directly sired by a deity or descended from such a union long prior. Those with more distant blood appear completely human by all standards, generally considered a mere mortal. Those born of recent unions, however, often have bolder characteristics that expose their heritage. This could be an ever-present halo, radiant eyes, en echoing voice or perhaps hair that flows as if underwater. These more striking Godbloods often hide their appearances for concern of causing fear or rival anger amongst other humans.
IN PLAIN SIGHT
The majority of Godblooded, while aware of their divine heritage, choose to live discreet and ordinary lives amongst other humans. They are farmers, tradesmen, politicians, priests and soldiers alike. If discovered they often relocate to a less familiar city or village. Others, however, take pride in their blood and boldly announce their semi-divinity. These self-proclaimed heroes set out to prove their worth or potentially rise anew as a demigod or deity in their own right.
VOICES FROM ABOVE
All Godblooded, regardless of how strong their bloodlines are, have a divine connection to their ancestral deity. Some struggle to forge communication with the heavens, while others seem chosen and guided personally. Still others rebuke their divinity, ignoring the whispers in their mind and supernatural signs around them. However, it is only when they accept their nature that Godbloods truly begin their paths toward destiny.
Godblooded adventurers are those who have decided to step beyond their mortal lives and become heroes. This could be due to a wrong that must be righted, a personal quest, or possibly the will of their divine ancestor. Godblooded serve in the same capacity of adventuring humans, be they warriors, mages or ambassadors.
Because Godblooded are human, born into human society, they have the same naming conventions as Humans.
Your divine ancestry grants you traits in common among all your kind.
Ability Score Increase. Your Wisdom Score increases by 2.
Age. Despite their supernatural blood, Goodblooded mature at the same rate as humans and live only slightly longer.
Alignment. Like Humans, and the gods themselves, Godblooded may be of any alignment. The best and worst can be found among them.
Size. Godbloods tend to have more athletic builds than standard humans. They stand anywhere from just under 6 feet to over 7 feet tall and weigh between 160 and 250 lbs. Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
Brave. You have advantage on saving throws against being frightened.
Divine Knowledge. You are proficient in Religion.
Thaumaturgy. You know the thaumaturgy cantrip. Wisdom is your spellcasting ability for it.
Languages. You can speak, read and write Celestial and Hellenic.
Subrace. Godblooded are essentially all alike, though differing ancestors have inherently created two primary subraces: Olympians and Outsiders. Choose one of these subraces.
As an Olympian, you are descended from one of the Hellenic gods or goddesses of Olympus. You are familiar with their temples and rituals, whether you practice them or not. You realize you are always under their watchful gaze.
Ability Score Increase. Your Strength score increases by 1.
Commune. If you are the same alignment as your divine ancestor, you can cast commune once per day. If you are one alignment step away, and no more, you can cast it once per week. You must be inside a temple or within 10 feet of an altar dedicated to your ancestor to use this ability. Wisdom is your spellcasting ability for it.
Sanctuary. If you are within 60 feet of a temple or altar dedicated to your divine ancestor, you are treated as if under the effect of the sanctuary spell.
As an Outsider, you are descended from a god or goddess outside the Hellenic Pantheon. You are likely a foreigner yourself, both keenly aware of your alien status and interested in learning more of this new culture.
Ability Score Increase. Your Intelligence score increases by 1.
Guidance. You know the guidance cantrip. Wisdom is your spellcasting ability for it.
Infidel. You have advantage on any save against divine spells or spell-like abilities, except those from your own pantheon.