My group is starting a new campaign and one of my players asked about any races that display symbiotic relationships.

Basically, like Venom or Carnage from Spider-Man but in a fantasy setting.

Does something like this exist? It doesn't have to be alien, mind you. We are playing in the Forgotten Realms setting using 4th edition rules. Though if someone knows of a house rules race like this, that's okay too.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Well, Kalashtar sort of have a psychic symbiosis with Quori... but those are Eberron and not that outwardly visible. Sounds like your player is looking for something more visually dramatic, though. \$\endgroup\$ – Frezak Sep 26 '14 at 8:40
  • \$\begingroup\$ Are they looking for mechanical similarities to Marvel universe symbiotes or more for story/rollplay opportunities? \$\endgroup\$ – Joshua Aslan Smith Sep 26 '14 at 12:25
  • \$\begingroup\$ Well, I believe it's a little bit of both, but mostly a visual thing. \$\endgroup\$ – ajani-greatmane Sep 26 '14 at 14:32
  • \$\begingroup\$ I told him we could always reskin the werewolf background to make it something closer if there's no canon thing like that. Would that work? \$\endgroup\$ – ajani-greatmane Sep 26 '14 at 14:33

Solve it with flavour. Just take a race and reflavour it. Both Longtooth and Razorclaw shifters have a racial ability that triggers when they are bloodied, that could be flavoured as a symbiote kicking in when the host is in danger.

You could go for a Genasi with multiple manifestations, and have each one and the associated benefits determine whether the host or the symbiote is most prevalent. (and later getting a Paragon feat allowing you have two manifestations active at once, and flavour that as some kind of perfect balance)


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