Races of Faerûn

A variety of cultures and societies populate the world of the DUNGEONS & DRAGONS game, some made up of humans but others made up of fantastic races such as elves, dwarves, and tieflings. Adventurers and heroes can arise from these various peoples. Your choice of character race provides you with a basic set of advantages and special abilities. If you're a fighter, are you a stubborn dwarf monster-slayer, a graceful elf blademaster, or a fierce dragonborn gladiator? If you're a wizard, are you a brave human spell-for-hire or a devious tiefling conjurer? Your character race not only affects your ability scores and powers but also provides the first cues for building your character's story.

Your choice of race for your player character establishes many of the fundamental traits that define your roleplaying experience. Specific values, perspectives, and motivations are associated with each race in the FORGOTTEN REALMS campaign setting. Although your selection of geographical background informs your character's outlook, race is a primary contributing factor.

The eight character races detailed in the Player's Handbook are major forces in the FORGOTTEN REALMS setting. The information in this section builds on the Player's Handbook material, tailoring each race to fit its special niche in the world.

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