Can Prestidigitation color people’s skin?

The Prestidigitation spell in D&D 3.5 specifically says that it is possible to use it to color items (see SRD). Given the wording, “items” can be interpreted either as “inanimate object” or more generally as “physical entity”. It’s therefore not clear if the spell can be used to color a person’s face (for example, as a joke, or as a rough disguise). The fact that the spell description reports that the saving throw is “see text”, but nothing is actually said in the text leaves me even more baffled.

Do we know what skin tones humans can have in D&D lore?

This question is inspired by What different skin colour can a tiefling officially have?

From the 5e Tiefling player race description, Infernal Bloodline section (PHB, p. 42):

Their skin tones cover the full range of human coloration, but also include various shades of red.

Emphasis mine.

It occurred to me, I don’t think we have the full range of human skin colours described anywhere. D&D Beyond says:

humans of the Silver Marches have every possible variation of coloration and features.

But is it every possible variation from real life? If so, does it include blue, for example? Or is it every possible from existing lore?

Fifth edition rules and lore would be preferred, but given that data on this topic seems scarce, older editions or lore not tied to specific edition would be OK, too.

If rules or lore are world-specific, please specify what world is it. I’m mostly interested in most popular worlds, like Forgotten Realms, to keep answers useful for most “regular players”.

What different skin colour can a tiefling officially have?

I’m interested in knowing how different colours a tiefling’s skin may can be, with official backing. By official backing, I mean, there are plenty of fan-images out there of tieflings of all sorts of colours, but I’m primarily interested in official art for any edition of D&D, and better yet, such skin colours explicitly stated in the text.

Typically, as I pointed out in my previous question, tieflings (in 5e, at least) have either “human skin colour”, red skin, or somewhere in between.

From the 5e Tiefling player race description, Infernal Bloodline section (PHB, p. 42):

Their skin tones cover the full range of human coloration, but also include various shades of red.

Examples of other colours (all non-5e references come from this answer):

  • Blue skin: In 2e, The Planewalker’s Handbook, p. 80, blue skin is an option. In 3e, Races of Faerun, pp. 125-126, blue skin is attributed to having night hag heritage. In 5e, Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide, p. 118 mentions this in the Tiefling Variants sidebar (“red or dark blue skin”).
  • Green skin: In 2e, The Planewalker’s Handbook, p. 80, green skin is an option.
  • Purple skin: In 5e, the main art for the Tiefling player race is purple (thanks @Guybrush McKenzie), although given that this is on the same page of the PHB as the first quote above, and it is a rather reddish-purple (as opposed to a more blueish-purple), it may be argued that it counts as a “shade of red”?
  • Honourable mention to the ivory white tiefling, although there’s Q&A that concludes that it counts as a “human skin tone”, so that may not count here: Can a tiefling have permanent ivory white skin?

Are there any other tiefling skin colours, either shown in official art or, better yet, mentioned in any official text? I’m not considering novels, only rulebooks and lorebooks. Also, ideally, I’d like images to be backed up by text (hence, are there any mentions in any text of the purple tiefling, for which I only have a picture to infer that it is possible?) where such text exists.

It would be great if answers could include lore explanations for each skin colour, as per my previous question, but since that had a whole question just for blue skin, I’m going to consider that a “nice to have” rather than a hard requirement for answers, lest this become too broad (but it would save me asking “what’s the lore behind green?”, “what’s the lore behind purple?”, etc).

What lore justifications exist for tieflings with blue skin?

Tieflings (in 5e, at least) have either “human skin colour”, red skin, or somewhere in between. I think 4e changed how tieflings look between 2/3/3.5e and 5e, standardising the red skin/Asmodeus look, but I believe that the tiefling’s skin colour has always been within this range from the little I know of the previous editions.

From the 5e tiefing player race description, Infernal Bloodline section (PHB, p. 42):

Their skin tones cover the full range of human coloration, but also include various shades of red.

All official art I’ve seen of tieflings in 5e (and, again, the little I’ve seen of previous editions) backs this up, showing mostly red tieflings.


However, from Tiefling Variants sidebar (Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide, p. 118):

Rather than having the physical characteristics described in the Player’s Handbook, choose 1d4+1 following features: small horns; fangs or sharp teeth; a forked tongue; catlike eyes; six fingers on each hand; goatlike legs; cloven hoofs; a forked tail; leathery or scaly skin; red or dark blue skin; cast no shadow or reflection; exude a smell of brimstone.

So there is a rule here that allows tieflings to have blue skin. Unfortunately, this is the most I’ve seen in 5e material that refers to tieflings having blue skin.

What lore justifications exist for why a tiefling might have blue skin as opposed to the more usual red or “human skin colour”?

I’ve heard some people (online and IRL) say that it relates to the different bloodlines as per the options presented in Mordenkainen’s Tome of Foes, but reading that section of that book, it doesn’t mention skin colour at all, so I’m not sure where this interpretation came from but it doesn’t appear to be RAW.

I’m looking for official lore, ideally from 5e but lore from previous editions is welcome too (I’m guessing AD&D Planescape stuff might shed some light on this?). I’m looking for lore from any official setting, but if that’s not specific enough, let’s say Forgotten Realms.


Related:

  • Is there a way to determine what physical traits your character could have based on their Diabolic bloodline? (closely related, but it asks “what appearances are for which fiendish bloodline”, whereas I’m after any lore explanation for skin tone specifically)
  • Can a tiefling have permanent ivory white skin? (loosely related, as this question was just asking to justify a skin tone choice without much emphasis on lore explanation)

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Can you wear armor over an Aegis Astral Skin?

Can you wear armor over an Aegis Astral Skin?

Astral Skin: When formed in this way, an astral suit resembles a psychoactive skin.

Psychoactive Skins: A deployed skin completely covers the wearer and all his equipment like a second skin, allowing the wearer to see, hear, and breathe normally. It rolls away from various parts of the body as needed, such as when the wearer needs to eat or access a backpack. Held items or items specifically excluded are not covered by a psychoactive skin.

Now does the statement “completely covers the wearer and all his equipment like a second skin” prevent armor being worn over it. The Astral Skin give no armor bonus unless Custom Point are used for it, I get that. If you can wear Armor over the Astral Skin, will this hamper other suit options like, Augment Weapon, a second application Nimble, Flight, or Underwater Breathing and Swim Speed?

How does the Astral Skin of the Astral Suit work?

The Aegis have an Astral Suit, which comes in 3 flavors: The Astral Skin, Astral Armor, and Astral Juggernaut. One line in the description on the Astral Skin entry reads:

An astral suit in this form does not count as any type of armor, but does count as a psychoactive skin and follows all the rules of a psychoactive skin.

There are many different Psychoactive Skins, and they have different abilities, and cost is based on the abilities. Skins range from Skin of the Claw which costs 16,000 gp, to Skin of the Psion which costs 151,000 gp.

The Aegis gains the Astral Suit at Level 1. Does this mean a Level 1 Aegis can manifest his suit as an Astral Skin with the same abilities as an item that costs 151,000 gp, or does it only mean to act in the following way, with no extra abilities?

A deployed skin completely covers the wearer and all his equipment like a second skin, allowing the wearer to see, hear, and breathe normally. It rolls away from various parts of the body as needed, such as when the wearer needs to eat or access a backpack. Held items or items specifically excluded are not covered by a psychoactive skin.