It’s finally here. On October 8, 2021, D&D released the Travelers of the Multiverse Unearthed Arcana (UA), heralding the long (and often humorously) anticipated Spelljammer setting’s arrival in 5th Edition D&D. This UA features six new ancestries for D&D 5e:
- Astral Elf
Let’s focus on Spelljammer’s hipponynmous creature: the Giff.
Giff, the famous bipedal hippo race, hail from Spelljammer. The Giff’s first 5e appearance was in Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes (MTF) as a monster. MTF’s entry emphasized the Giff’s role as a mercenary military culture, with a penchant for gunpowder and a distaste for magic:
It’s not just flavor text–MTF’s mechanics enforce Giff’s cultural association with modern warfare. They have a musket and a pistol, supplemented by a 1/day grenade. Giff features drive this further, allowing them to ignore weapon loading due to firearms knowledge, and granting multiattack for their pistol (but not…
View original post 557 more words