Is there an alternative word to be used in place of Humanoid?

I find the term Humanoid to be (obviously) human centric, and am looking for a more generic term to use in place of it to define all intelligent creatures that exist in standard society of these fantasy worlds. A few examples of what I’m looking for:

  • A small hamlet town consisting mostly of gnomes, halflings, dwarves, and a small spattering of humans likely wouldn’t refer to themselves as "humanoids," so what would they call themselves?
  • A human player character is new in town and walks up to an elven resident, the elf would find it quite rude to be asked "What humanoids make up the general population here?" I suppose ‘races’ or ‘species’ might work here, but I think those would also be taken offensively.
  • A Beholder looks down on the intelligent residents of the realm and laughs at "those pitiful humanoids!" What if the beholder had never met a human, only the more rare races; where did it get the term ‘humanoid’ then?

My campaign is DND 5e set in Eberron, but any term from any setting or TTRPG or otherwise would work.

Can a druid of spores revive a zombie as a reaction if the humanoid died last turn?

There is a class feature for spores druids called Fungal infestation, and in the rules it is stated:

If a beast or humanoid that is Small or Medium dies within 10 feet of you, you can use your reaction to animate it, causing it to stand up immediately with 1 hit point. The creature uses the zombie statistics. It remains animate for 1 hour, after which time it collapses and dies.

So, if a bandit dies within 10 feet of a druid of spores, and the druid doesn’t revive him (already spent reaction on the turn or whatever) can he use the reaction to revive next turn?

Is there any way for a Mind Flayer to go back to their original human(oid) form?

According to 5e lore, the Mind Flayer / Illithid lore reproduces via ceremorphosis: a tiny illithid-creature eats its way into the (sentient) target’s brain, forcing transformation to occur some time later.

Under what conditions is this either preventable &/or entirely reversible (Regeneration or Mind Protection rings, restorative / regenerative spells, back-up clones, polymorphs… anything at all)? Is there, once again, nothing lower level than Wish to solve this?

This is valuable for DMing & story-construction: many transformed illithids might / would / could miss their previous existence (such as an Illithid Arcanist or Mind Witness might). If such a reversal is possible, it would be fine to know.

Can a Large humanoid wield a two-handed weapon?

Some class and race features allow a character to “count as one size larger when determining your carrying capacity and the weight you can push, drag, or lift.” (Eberron warforged Juggernaut) or “Your carrying capacity (including maximum load and maximum lift) is doubled, and you have advantage on Strength checks made to push, pull, lift, or break objects.” (barbarian path of the totem bear)

Would these characters be able to wield a two-handed weapon (eg maul) with one hand?

Can a humanoid creature, specifically a player character, be born on the Astral Plane?

I’ve been looking at the “This is Your Life” tables from Xanathar’s Guide to Everything, and in particular there’s an entry on the Birthplace table on page 62:

    98      On the Astral Plane or the Ethereal Plane

However, the DMG says this about the Astral Plane on page 47:

Creatures on the Astral Plane don’t age or suffer from hunger or thirst. For this reason, humanoids that live on the Astral Plane (such as the githyanki) establish outposts on other planes, often the Material Plane, so their children can grow to maturity.

So it would seem that it would be impossible for an embryo to grow inside, say, a githyanki mother, so doesn’t that make giving birth on the Astral Plane impossible?

When reverting back to humanoid after being polymorphed, can a character have remaining movement speed in that turn?

A hag transforms my character into a frog, which gives my character a movement speed of 20 feet. Let’s say that as a humanoid I would have had a speed of 30 feet instead. I use the frog’s full movement, before the hag uses a reaction to strike me with an Attack of Opportunity.The hit does nough damage to revert back to my original form.

Do I now have 10 feet of movement remaining this turn, since I only used up 20 of my maximum speed?


How do changes to your speed affect your available movement?

This question doesn’t answer my question, since it doesn’t a) give a clear yes or no to my question, and b) specifically address the context of having different shapes during a turn.

Is the ‘copy’ from Simulacrum a humanoid or a construct?

In previous editions of D&D it was possible to have two base forms or (in some editions) a creature ‘template’. In 5e the base form is important and always singular: many spells &/or magics only work on specific creature type(s). The problem we encountered: can a Simulacrum be Reincarnated? You will note that the Simulacrum specifies that it can only be cast on humanoids and the spell claims it creates an exact duplicate. That said, this exact duplicate cannot accept healing &/or learning. What’s more, this replicant has only half the hit points.

With Reincarnation you will note that the recipient creature must be a humanoid. Previous editions were much more open to include many other living creatures but 5e is very specific. Thus, this spell will allow the reincarnation of exotic creatures such as Xvarts, half-dragon kobolds or even Nagpas – but not any beast, giant, or fae, regardless of how identical they are to humans. But i digress. The long and short of this: a construct will NOT be reincarnated. It is devoid of the life required to incarnate in the first place (in fact, it is odd that a construct is considered a ‘creature’ and not a ‘magic item’).

What is odd about D&D constructs, they are far more alive than most people. They heal after a short or long rest. The Simulacrum does not get this. Many a construct (or animated dead) does not suffer exhaustion – but a Simulacrum does.

Perhaps it would be wise to ask the gathered audience and jury to first see Edward Scissorhands and discuss if Johnny Depp has a soul or not. Does Winona Ryder ultimately regain her soul in Stranger Things or in Star Trek? I digress.

Truth is, the ‘Real World’ concept of Reincarnation would be poor source material as many faiths believe that all animals, insects and possibly even plants return in some justly-deserved shape. Does your dog have a soul? Does your cat have more of a soul than, say, Mike Bloomberg? How about the spirit-in-car-golem Herbie the Lovebug. Why not reincarnate this car… again?

Thus / the Question: does anyone know if the ‘creature’ created by the Simulacrum spell is considered a humanoid or a construct?

Edit: will modify and re-combobulate this draft as required by any reasonable suggestion. I apologize for the state of my mind, it is not your fault. Thanks for reading and putting up with my horrible editing abilities (or lack thereof).

What humanoid or monster races have a matriarchal society?

What humanoid or monster races have a matriarchal society?

It is obvious Drow are:


Females are the top figures in drow society. At the head of each house is someone who is a shrewd business operator, a skilled tactician, a high priestess of Lolth, and probably also a merciless assassin with blood on her hands. Unlike with many other races, female drow are typically taller and more robust than males.

To rise to the top echelons of power, a female must first become a priestess of Lolth. Then, to ascend to the status of high priestess, she must take advantage of powerful connections or craft special alliances. The path to ultimate power in drow society is never direct and is always paved with death.

(Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes, p. 51)

But, other than the Drow, are there other humanoid or monster races that have a matriarchal society in D&D? I am looking for any examples of this, from 5e or previous editions.

EditionCan I use weapons and old abilties when true polymorphed into dragon and then shapechanging back to humanoid?

If I am permanently turned into a brass dragon with true polymorph and then use the shapeshange ability to become a humanoid again, can I can buy new weapons and use them? Can I use my class abilities and my spells like before?

Edition: D&D 5e.

Books: Player’s handbook (true polymorph), Monster manual (ancient brass dragon).