Can disguise self hide an Aarakocra's natural wings because they are hiding as a "different race"? Would this allow a creature to create wings to become an Aarakocra? If a creature has wings and hides them, would they be revealed if used in flight? If a creature manifests wings while under disguise self's effects, would they need to recast it to hide them?


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It can make the wings look like a different limb, but your Aarakocra is stuck with 6 limbs.

Disguise self says:

You can't change your body type, so you must adopt a form that has the same basic arrangement of limbs.

The phrase "same basic arrangement of limbs" indicates that an Aarakocra with 6 limbs using disguise self must have 6 limbs.

You can probably work around this with some creativity and generosity from the DM.

Disguise self also states:

You make yourself--including your clothing, armor, weapons, and other belongings on your person--look different

This leads me to believe we should be able to conceal the extra limbs with some sort of pack on our back. As a kid I read a book about a young girl with dragon wings who always wore a back pack to hide them. Disguise self should be able to produce a similar effect, but your mileage may vary depending on your DM.

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    \$\begingroup\$ AFAIK it only exists in 5e homebrew at the moment, but Thri-Keen would be a six-limbed option. Whether a giant bug-humanoid is less distinctive than an Aaracocra is another matter... \$\endgroup\$ Feb 10, 2021 at 17:41
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Punintended I imagine the prevalence of entomophobia far exceeds that of ornithophobia. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 10, 2021 at 17:52
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    \$\begingroup\$ Ugh, way to trigger my sesquipedalophobia \$\endgroup\$ Feb 10, 2021 at 17:57
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    \$\begingroup\$ Searching google suggests the book might be Raising Dragons, by Bryan Davis ( Goodreads link ), in case it interests you. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 10, 2021 at 20:45
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    \$\begingroup\$ @BardicWizard That is the one. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 10, 2021 at 20:48

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