Tortles are intelligent humanoid tortoises. They live a nomadic lifestyle and rarely build anything that can't easily be packed in a few hours. Tortles are peaceful and reclusive, and tend to get along well with others with similar habits and personalities.
An adult Tortle stands just under 1.90 m tall (6 feet) and weighs more than 200 Kilos (450 pounds). Tortles have leathery, reptilian skin and shells that cover their backs and bellies. These shells are capable of containing their entire bodies and provide ample protection against danger. They walk upright with a ponderous, rolling gait.
Tortles have skins ar mostly olive or blue-green. Their back shells are usually shinier and darker than their skin, while their front shells tend to be lighter, with a yellowish cast. Their bodies are stocky, but most of their weight comes from their shells, so they tend to remain at the same weight throughout their adult lives, never growing fat or thin. Their arms and hands are shaped like those of humans, but thicker and with sharp claws attached to them. Because of their shells, Tortles can't wear clothing like the other races can, though some may wear cloaks, belts, or harnesses for carrying tools and supplies. Some Tortles have mouths that are beak-like and toothless while others have mouths filled with razor sharp teeth.
Tortles mature at a rate twice as long as humans. Not reaching adulthood until the age of 40, but they live almost four times longer, living from 350 to 380 years. They can mate well into their 300th year, without sign of encroaching infertility. Mating takes place every four years in late summer, laying eggs during the fall. Each female lays 4 - 24 eggs, which hatch about six months later. When their young (called younglings) hatch from their eggs, they spent their time learning about the live experiences of the elder Tortles and their survival skills. Younglings are expected to be able to fend for themselves, so any that fall behind the group that is under the age of 8 are usually left abandoned, but those that survive this abandonment and find their way to any other Tortle group are accepted with open arms as one of their own.
Years of travelling and surviving in the wilds Astrohanasia has forced the survival of the fittest on the Tortles, making the race surprisingly strong for a race so peaceful. These travels have also allowed Tortles to learn about the world around them, and they eagerly share these facts with each other and anyone who lends them an their ears. Tortles have thick sharp claws that form an natural form of defence. The shells on their backs form their homes and Tortles can retreat into them for protection if necessary.
The shape of their shell makes it impossible for Tortles to wear armor, however.
Most Tortles have the notion of having their houses on their backs, which means that they rarely feel homesick or the need to lay roots in any single place. Those Tortles that posses large objects like furnaces or supply crates usually move them around in hand-drawn carts.
Tortles are eager to learn about new customs that they come across on their travels and find beauty in the most ordinary things. Despite spending much of their lives isolated, Tortles like to form strong friendships with those that they meet along the way, expecting to meet them again some other time
All females who are ready to produce eggs gather in a specially prepared compound, which the males guard against all attacks. Because of the number of younglings, tribes are often massive, after egg hatching season spanning miles upon miles of land, though a big part of these younglings will die off in the next 4 years. Because of such large families and tribes, the young are often taught and raised by their grandparents or surviving uncles and aunties.
Male names: Aranck, Beshil, Chimaca, Dustu, Eke, Gork, Haku, Itzel, Jalen, Kaimana, Lanu, Mahkah, Nastas, Panka, Ratan, Singh, Tahet, Ujarak, Wehi
Female names: Abetzi, Bodhi, Chetana, Doya, Ehawee, Gotama, Holoki, Iwala, Kuwanya, Leimomi, Mituna, Nila, Oneida, Padma, Rayen, Sokow, Talulah, Uma, Veda, Waiola, Xothil, Zanyu
Your Tortle character has a number of traits in common with all other Tortles.
Ability Score Increase. Your str score increases by 2 and your wis score increases by 1.
Claws. Your claws are natural weapons, which you can use to make unarmed strikes. If you hit with them, you deal slashing damage equal to 1d4 + your Strength modifier, instead of the bludgeoning damage normal for an unarmed strike.
Hold Breath. You can hold your breath for up to 1 hour at a time. Tortles aren't natural swimmers, but they can remain underwater for some time before needing to come up for air.
Natural Armor. Due to your shell and the shape of your body, you are ill-suited to wearing armor. Your shell provides ample protection however; it gives you a base of AC 17 (your Dexterity modifier doesn't affect this number). You gain no benefit from wearing armor, but if you are using a shield, you can apply the shield's bonus as normal.
Shell Defense. You can withdraw into your shell as an action. Until you emerge, you gain a +4 bonus to AC, and you have advantage on Strength and Constitution saving throws, as well as disadvantage on Dexterity saving throws. While in your shell, you are prone, your speed is 0 and can't increase, you can't take reactions, and the only action you can take is a bonus action to emerge from your shell.
Survival Instinct. You gain proficiency in the Survival skill.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and Primordial. The Primordial language is known to sound as a cacophony of nature itself, its a deep language that can sound like an long sigh with lots of hissing S'es and rumbling R's.