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In any version of the D&D core rule books, all traits are genetic. For example, in D&D 3.5e an elf raised by dwarves would not only have lowlight vision and resistance to sleep effects, they would also be proficient in bows rather than the dwarven war ax. That being said, there's nothing to stop you house-ruling things on a case by case basis, ...


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Yes, the Entertainer background is exactly that - a 'background' feature. It reflects what the PC did before they took up the life of adventuring. The overlap of having two musical instruments thus applies. It reflects that your Bard character's entire life has been immersed within the world of entertainment - as such, they have mastered (and possess) a ...


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A bit of both. As an exaggerated example, look at size and automatic languages: size is clearly not nurture, and languages are clearly not nature. Page 171 of the 3.5 Dungeon Master's Guide explains how to account for being raised by a different race: you make a new race. The example it gives is the "half-human;" a half-elf raised by elves instead of by ...



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