I have a question about the appearance of hexbloods in D&D 5E. In their description, it reads:

Some who enter into bargains with hags gain their deepest wishes but eventually find themselves transformed. These changes evidence a hag's influence: ears that split in forked points, skin in lurid shades, long hair that regrows if cut, and an irremovable living crown.

Does that mean all hexbloods get all of the physical properties, or can choose just one of them?


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All hexbloods show these traits, but the details differ

Van Richtens Guide to Ravenloft, p. 18 continues

Along with these marks, hexbloods manifest hag-like traits, such as darkvision and a variety of magical methods to beguile the senses and avoid the same.

All hexbloods have the Darkvision feature. As this feature is gained along with these marks, all hexbloods have these marks. Nothing in the text suggests it would only be one of the marks, or some if the marks, so "these marks" are all of the marks.

The text further says (emphasis added)

Every hexblood exhibits features suggestive of the hag whose magic inspires their powers. This includes an unusual crown, often called an eldercross or a witch's turn. This living, garland-like part of a hexblood's body extends from their temples and wraps behind the head, serving as a visible mark of the bargain between hag and hexblood, a debt owed, or a change to come.

So the details differ by hag type. For example a sea hag hexblood would have blueish skin, while a green hag hexblood would have -- you guessed it -- greenish skin. There even is a picture with three different kinds of hexbloods on the page, and they all have all the marks: the crown, long hair, pointed ears, and garish skin.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ But what about the other question. Does they have to have all 4 features or just 1 would be enough? \$\endgroup\$
    – Bay Pacman
    Commented Sep 27, 2023 at 21:14
  • \$\begingroup\$ All 4, the texts says "these marks" \$\endgroup\$ Commented Sep 28, 2023 at 4:43

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