Kōchū are wingless, bipedal, beetle-like humanoids who are native to the deep forests of Tsurukoku. They are renowned for their mastery of ikebana, the bamboo flute, and mushroom farming.
Kōchū resemble human-sized beetles, complete with antennae, mandibles, and compound eyes. They stand a foot or two taller than humans and weigh nearly twice as much. Unlike their small insect cousins, kōchū only possess four limbs: two segmented legs and two segmented arms ending in three-fingered hands.
Kōchū possess an exoskeleton made up of numerous plates separated by thin sutures. This provides maximum protection while maintaining flexibility. Their exoskeleton is typically jet black, though kōchū delight in painting themselves bright colors.
Like humans, kōchū exhibit sexual dimorphism — males tend to be a bit taller and a bit heavier than females.
Kōchū possess a rich and deep appreciation for the natural world. They are creative and nurturing, deliberate in movement, and peaceful in countenance. They tend to be slow to anger, quick to make friends, and eager to forgive slights.
Kōchū are herbivorous and fungivorous. They organize themselves into clans in the forests of central Tsurukoku and raise mushrooms, flowers, and trees.
Kōchū society exhibits many of the traits of eusociality, the highest level of sociality an animal species can attain: they cooperatively care for their children and multiple generations of kōchū live together under one roof. Unlike their true insect relatives, however, they do not divide themselves into reproductive castes, nor do they go through a larval stage. All kōchū are equally capable of reproducing and all contribute equally to their clan.
One might assume that other races have a hard time relating to the kōchū due to their insect-like appearance, but the opposite tends to hold true. Because of their calm and easygoing nature, kōchū tend to get along well with everyone.
While kōchū are highly social creatures, they are also relentlessly artistic and creative. Many young kōchū set out from home looking to see the natural world and its wonders so that they can bring new knowledge back to their clans.
Kōchū favor names related to nature or artistry.
Ability Score Increase. Your Constitution score increases by 2, and your Strength score increases by 1.
Age. Kōchū reach maturity at the same age as humans and live more than twice as long, averaging around 200 years.
Size. Kōchū are between 7 and 8 feet tall and weigh between 300 and 400 pounds. Your size is Medium.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.
Keen Senses. Your antennae and compound eyes enhance your ability to sense your environment. You have proficiency in the Perception skill.
Powerful Build. You count as one size larger when determining your carrying capacity and the weight you can push, drag, or lift.
Natural Armor. You have a hard exoskeleton made up of chitinous plates. When you aren’t wearing armor, your AC is 13 + your Dexterity modifier. You can use your natural armor to determine your AC if the armor you wear would leave you with a lower AC. A shield’s benefits apply as normal while you use your natural armor.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write your ethnic language (e.g. Tsurukokan, Khümüüs, Rajput, Watu, or Xin) and one extra language of your choice.