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Let me start by saying that this is a well-known potential "fallacy" in the settings/rule interaction Human Level 1 Fighter: "Let me get this straight. You're a hundred and twenty." Elf Level 1 Fighter: "Right." Human Level 1 Fighter: "And I'm sixteen." Elf Level 1 Fighter: "Right?" Human Level 1 Fighter: "And we're equally skilled even though ...


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Elves don't get their first character level until age 120. That means they spend a lot of time until then doing... well... something. If we look at humans and what they learn in their first 15 or so years, we can come to quite a range of different subjects. As toddlers, we learn to communicate. This takes quite a few years to do proficiently. Making ...


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Constitution is everyone’s second-most-important ability That’s it, that’s all it comes down to. There are elf subraces without a Constitution penalty; those are fine. But for “Elf” race, and most elven subraces, you get −2 Constitution, and that’s just terrible. Even if Dexterity is your most-coveted ability score, you can get +2 ...


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Well, Wizards released an entire web enhancement devoted to cats as an April Fools article, which has a lot of cool options for cats. It does have at least one “playable” cat (Cheshire Cat, to be exact), but it’s not really a very playable option because it has LA +3. If it lost the DR, toned down the ability score bonuses a bit, it could ...


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The easiest way to handle this is to simply reflavor. Pick whichever race has the abilities that you think fit best, and whatever class (probably fighter) and just say it's a hobgoblin. Done. Doing anything else is going to be way more pain than gain. If it looks like a hobgoblin, smells like a hobgoblin, and acts like a hobgoblin, it's probably a ...


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Yes they do: Elf Blood: Half-elves count as both elves and humans for any effect related to race. -PRD Half-Elf Racial Traits


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Half-dragon Someone who has strong draconic ancestry, e.g. half their ancestry (one parent, or child of two half-dragons, whatever; someone who was, strictly-speaking, a quarter dragon or eighth dragon might still be modeled with the half-dragon rules). Literally is a dragon, in game terms and in fluff terms, though with a roughly humanoid body shape. ...


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UPDATE: The Skinny: If you'd like, you should definitely consider allowing for characters to gain weight dynamically! This could even potentially provide a relevant in-character explanation for increases to the character's STR modifier that they may earn through leveling. The Details: AS @SteveJessop pointed out, the weight of an athlete fluctuates over ...


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The answer you are looking for is in the 372th issue of the Dragon magazine, namely the article "The Gnome, The Bad and The Ugly." It is an article by James Wyatt, where he explains like this: First he points out how cute and adorable gnomes are and the issues related to creating "badass gnome" as he had troubles playing such gnome in DnD and WoW ...


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This is a matter of plot, not rules, but warforged have the stats you want In Eberron, warforged are made in Creation Forges of either Cannith or (spoilers) Quori design. The renegade mastermaker prestige class from Magic of Eberron details one way that a flesh-and-blood creature can become a living construct, there through literally grafting warforged ...


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Sources: PBR: Players Basic Rules, Chapter 2: Races SRD: System Reference Document, 5e, "Races" at pp.3-7 PHB: Player's Handbook, Chapter 2: Races DMG: Dungeon Master's Guide, "Creating New Character Options" at pp.285-287 PotA: Princes of the Apocalypse, Appendix A: Genasi EE: Elemental Evil Player's Guide, Chapter 1: Races SCAG: Sword Coast Adventurer's ...


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Yes High Elf simply states: Cantrip. You know one cantrip of your choice from the wizard spell. While cantrips are described as: Cantrips A cantrip is a spell that can be cast at will, without using a spell slot and without being prepared in advance. Repeated practice has fixed the spell in the caster’s mind and infused the caster ...


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Traditionally,1 humans (and dragons2) in D&D are just... amazingly, maybe magically, compatible with other races. Massive numbers of them. Any time a race is “half” something, the other half is human 90% of the time. And there are numerous races that are human hybrids without “half” in their name.3 For the last several editions at the very least, half-...


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There is no hard rule about alignments and classes, or classes and races. The book specifies generalities, and also gives counter examples. For example, in the Paladin class under the Oath of Vengence Tenets (page 88 of the Player's Handbook), it says that Oath of Vengence Paladins are often Neutral or Lawful Neutral in alignment. A neutral good tiefling ...


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You would have four cantrips. The general rule is that features from your race, class, archetype, or whatever, are additional to one another. Features do not stack only when explicitly noted by the rules.


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The only thing that determines a creature's susceptibility to Lycanthropy is creature type. "Lycanthrope" is a template that can be added to any creature of the humanoid or giant types. There are no other requirements for the template, though one can only contract the Lycanthropy affliction from a lycanthrope within one size category of the target. To ...


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If your GM doesn't mind, there's no reason why a centaur couldn't work. You'd want to keep him roughly balanced with other races; 4e doesn't really have the same concept of monster levels as 3e did, so he needs to be on par with other races from level 1 onwards. Building Your Own Based On Another Race Each 4e race gets +2 to two stats. For the centaur, I'd ...


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3.5 elves are both woodsy and civilized, wild and cultured. Elves are short and slim, pale-skinned with dark hair and green eyes (but no facial hair). Elves "trance" instead of sleep, and they live more than 700 years. But the 3.5 PHB1 reveals a fundamental problem with elves which just gets worse as the edition continued to talk about them in other books. ...


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Aasimar are addressed in Blood of Angels. "Women that carry an aasimar child report easy pregnancies and deliveries..." There's an entire page of info on Childhood, another on Adolescence, etc. They don't come out and say it explicitly but there's no sign of any time disparity; they are described as maturing to age 5-6 like other human kids and having some ...


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Bluff Works - In Character (IC) Only So long as Elan and Human are indistinguishable at a glance, Bluff will do what you need. If they're obviously different just by looking, you'll also need Disguise or magic. The harder part is keeping it a secret Out of Character (OOC). If you don't want the other players to know, then you'll have to take some extra ...


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There are some major advantages and major disadvantages to playing a large PC. Here are a couple I can think of right off the top of my head Advantages Access to Large weapons. This increases the weapon die size by one. As a defender they have the ability to draw in more targets there are 12 squares around them instead of 8. larger close bursts. defender ...


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From the Unofficial Pathfinder FAQ (Q: Do Elves Trance?), quoting Creative Director James Jacobs: Elves not sleeping is indeed relatively setting specific, and while trances are in Elves of Golarion, it's something we'll honestly probably be moving away from in Golarion. We've done a fair amount to reimagine our elves, and by having them sleep (or at ...


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Small Races with Strength Bonus I’ve found three: Earth Mephling, Planar Handbook, +2 Str, Cha, −2 Dex, Int. Humanoid (Extraplanar). Gains a Burrow speed, a Breath Attack, a +1 Caster Level bonus on [Earth] spells. LA +1. Marrulurk, Sandstorm, +2 Str, +6 Dex, +4 Con, +6 Wis, +4 Cha. Yes, that is +22 in ability score bonuses, and yes, that is ...


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Reskin Razorclaw Shifter to be Lizardfolk First and foremost reskins/refluffs of existing classes/races/etc. work really well in 4e because everything works off of mechanical keywords. Thus you are free to rename and redescribe a mechanical something as a very different story something without affecting the game in any real way. Razorclaw Shifters stand ...


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Yes. The best "playable" undead race is the necropolitan, found in (I believe) Libris Mortis. The link has the stats, not reproduced here because of potential copyright violations. This template is the best choice for a PC because it has no level adjustment, merely causing the character in question to lose a level. Therefore, any build is possible with this ...


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Player's Handbook 3's race entry for Minotaur depicts one male and one female minotaur. Also note that they clearly specify male and female name examples. Player's Handbook 3 p. 102 depicts a female minotaur in the Runepriest section. Primal Power p. 109 Warden paragon path Emerald Guardian depicts a female minotaur. Dragon Magazine #389 p.32 Winning ...


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I'm going to teach you how to fish, here. Firstly, you should look this reddit post up and the google doc it links to. It shows the work done by /u/JamesMusicus and /u/Aranim, and I have been using it for homebrewing balanced races myself. Even if you don't find a particular ability (like a Hobgoblin's Martial Advantage ability) there, you will likely get a ...


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I’d say those guides are wrong. Racial bonuses don’t tend to be super-important in general; as long as you don’t literally have a penalty to an important score, it’s probably fine enough. What are some things a druid wants from his race? A bonus feat. Well, yes, dwarves don’t get this and it’s amazing. Shame to miss out. But this also applies to almost-...


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In Spelljammer and Planescape there's the "Mercane" (aka "Arcane" in pre-3e writeups) that are interstellar and interplanar magic merchants. They have writeups in the Manual of the Planes and the Epic Level Handbook and are in the d20 SRD.


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Not really, no. Being size small has few, if any, direct benefits. Theoretically the small races (halfling, gnome) receive sufficient other benefits to balance out being size small, but it's primarily a sacred cow from 3rd edition (note that dwarves are not size small). With minor situational exceptions: Weapons with the Goblin Totem enchantment give an ...



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