I'm preparing to play my first game of D&D and I want to play a dwarf fighter. The Players Handbook says they are small but heavy and can carry a lot. Is a dwarf fighter able to use a heavy blade, like a great sword or long sword?

Also I thought I saw somewhere in the Players Handbook the different regions the dawrfs live in but now I cant find it. I would like to use a dice to randomly select my region to help build my backstory/personality.

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    \$\begingroup\$ ^ Right, we are genuinely unable to give you any answers about mechanics until we know what edition you're playing, let alone give you recommendations. \$\endgroup\$ Dec 7, 2016 at 1:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ Unfortunately, just removing the sentence that says you don't know which edition you'll be playing doesn't help. Besides, getting answers for a random edition won't help you anyway, because how each one works is different. Check with your group and find out for sure which one you'll be playing. Once you know which, edit this question to let us know which. \$\endgroup\$ Dec 7, 2016 at 1:14
  • \$\begingroup\$ would love to check with my group if we all haven't played before. we also dont have a DM we are in the possess of finding an experienced DM. so im just ganna go with that i can use a heavy blade based on what ive read. our group wants a fun RP experienced were we arent super concerned with the rule. would still like any additional info u can give with pros and cons as far as im aware all the editions are pretty similar just give me a generalization if u must. THANK YOU! \$\endgroup\$
    – DoctorG
    Dec 7, 2016 at 1:25
  • \$\begingroup\$ The editions are superficially similar, but not similar in any way that really matters for mechanical questions. Something like what weapons a race can use and the pros and cons of weapon options changes regularly between editions. \$\endgroup\$ Dec 7, 2016 at 1:29
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    \$\begingroup\$ Also (belatedly), welcome to the site and to the game! There are lots of people with experience across lots of role-playing games. You're going to get help here, I assure you. It's just been our experience that holding a question until uncertainties are sorted out will get you excellent answers; trying to suss them out dialogue-style as answers come in, question is revised, new answers try to address new details... just leads to poor answers. \$\endgroup\$
    – nitsua60
    Dec 7, 2016 at 1:33

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The Players Handbook says they are small

No, it does not. While Dwarves are short in terms of their description, the 4E Player's Handbook is very clear that they are Medium-sized creatures as far as the rules are concerned. As such, they have no special size-based restrictions on weapons relative to other Medium-sized creatures.

So yes, Dwarves would be just as able to use Greatswords and such as Humans or other Medium-sized creatures.


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