D&D 5E Who Are the Thri-Kreen?

Parmandur

Book-Friend
I saw the map but didnt know that there were Dark Sun monsters in the Spelljammer bestiary. Guess we'll find out soon enough. Im not opposed to a portion of the adventure being set on Athas but it seems a little strange to me as that worlds material plane/crystal sphere was always extremely isolated from the other campaign settings. But its been so long I forgot the particulars on how to get to and from Athas, but I remember it not being easy.
If you think about.it, a nearly.impoasivle to reach desert isl...planet, I mean planet...is a perfect destination for a MacGuffin hunt for some sort of space treasure.
 

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Charlaquin

Goblin Queen (She/Her/Hers)
I saw the map but didnt know that there were Dark Sun monsters in the Spelljammer bestiary. Guess we'll find out soon enough. Im not opposed to a portion of the adventure being set on Athas but it seems a little strange to me as that worlds material plane/crystal sphere was always extremely isolated from the other campaign settings. But its been so long I forgot the particulars on how to get to and from Athas, but I remember it not being easy.
Yeah, that would seem to be a sign of whatever changes they may be making to the setting for 5e. I’ve been onboard with the 5e updates of other settings so far, but this one has sent up red flags for me. Hopefully I’m just over-reacting.
 

Yeah, that would seem to be a sign of whatever changes they may be making to the setting for 5e. I’ve been onboard with the 5e updates of other settings so far, but this one has sent up red flags for me. Hopefully I’m just over-reacting.

I'm cautiously optimistic for this, but whatever I don't like I can modify or just ignore.
 




el-remmen

Moderator Emeritus
Finally started watching this, what the heck is a THRIGH-KEEN?

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The vrusks from Star Frontiers were two arms and six legs. The thri-keen are two legs and four arms.

vrusk-214x300.jpg


I wonder if the thri-keens are well-balanced or overpowered with the four arms. They can carry an one-hand weapon, a two-hand weapon and a shield.

And with the four arms they can't wear most of shirts, breastplate and other clothing for chests by two-armed humanoids.

Some times I imagine the Spelljammer races lineages as action-figures in the toy-shop within boxes with a retro 80's style look.

* Can thri-kreens be cursed by werevernims?
 


Corinnguard

Explorer
The vrusks from Star Frontiers were two arms and six legs. The thri-keen are two legs and four arms.

vrusk-214x300.jpg


I wonder if the thri-keens are well-balanced or overpowered with the four arms. They can carry an one-hand weapon, a two-hand weapon and a shield.

And with the four arms they can't wear most of shirts, breastplate and other clothing for chests by two-armed humanoids.

Some times I imagine the Spelljammer races lineages as action-figures in the toy-shop within boxes with a retro 80's style look.

* Can thri-kreens be cursed by werevernims?
After seeing this d20Future pic of the Vrusk, I am glad that WoTC decided to go with the Thri-Kreen. :p
 

RoughCoronet0

Dragon Lover
I’m so excited that these little buggers are finally being officially added to the game! The Thri-Kreen are one of my favorite races and the race of one of my favorite PCs I ever got to play. They are also one of my favorite psionic inclined races too, plus insect creatures are just so cool!
 


There are a lot of people here who don't remember/realize that the thri-kreen were major players in 2e Spelljammer, something entirely seperate from their role as major players in 2e Dark Sun.
 



Kurotowa

Legend
... and the original Spelljammer Vrusk analog, the Rastipede.
And not only did Rastipedes get PC stats in The Complete Spacefarer's Handbook, but the same book introduced the Xixchil, another insectile race. Only the Xixchil were modeled on the praying mantis and had a fixation on biotech augmentation.

You can begin to see why both were pushed aside in favor of the better known and more play friendly thri-kreen. The design space was cluttered and thri-kreen look more like a He-Man action figure than something that's going to trigger someone's entomophobia.
 


It's suggested in one version of their origins, that the Kreen came from Athas, discovered spelljamming and spread through out the Prime.

I think it's easy enough to group Rastipedes and Xixchil into the Kreen. And for PCs who's origin is that were altered by the Xixchil, use the Simic Hybrids stats from Ravnica.
 

I saw the map but didnt know that there were Dark Sun monsters in the Spelljammer bestiary. Guess we'll find out soon enough. Im not opposed to a portion of the adventure being set on Athas but it seems a little strange to me as that worlds material plane/crystal sphere was always extremely isolated from the other campaign settings. But its been so long I forgot the particulars on how to get to and from Athas, but I remember it not being easy.
Opposite. Getting to Athas was not particularly complicated, leaving was the hard part.
 


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