Races of the Forgotten Realms

Choose One of the Following

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All of the following races are available as player characters. They’re also the most common NPC races.

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Proud, honorable warriors, born from
the blood of an ancient dragon god

Born to fight, dragonborn are a race of wandering mercenaries, soldiers, and adventurers. Long ago, their empire contended for worldwide dominion, but now only a few rootless clans of these honorable warriors remain to pass on their legends of ancient glory.

Play a dragonborn if you want …
✦ to look like a dragon.
✦ to be the proud heir of an ancient, fallen empire.
✦ to breathe acid, cold, fire, lightning, or poison.
✦ to be a member of a race that favors the warlord, fighter, and paladin classes.

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Graceful and deadly, at home
in the depth of darkness

Drow are a decadent race of dark elves whose beauty and sophistication fail to mask hearts all to often tained in evil. The vast majority of dark elves base their behavior and attitudes on worship of the chaotic evil goddess Lolth, also known as the Spider Queen.

Play a drow if you want …
✦ to be good at skulking, striking quickly, and employing a variety of dirty tactics.
✦ to play a hero in search of redemption, or one who struggles to rise above the wickedness of her people.
✦ to be a member of a race that favors the ranger, rogue, and warlock classes.

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Masters of stone and iron, dauntless
and unyielding in the face of adversity

Carved from the bedrock of the universe, dwarves endured an age of servitude to giants before winning their freedom. Their mighty mountain fortress-cities testify to the power of their ancient empires. Even those who live in human cities are counted among the staunchest defenders against the darkness that threatens to engulf the world.

Play a Dwarf if you want …
✦ to be tough, gruff, and strong as bedrock.
✦ to bring glory to your ancestors or serve as your God’s right hand.
✦ to be able to take as much punishment as you dish out.
✦ to be a member of a race that favors the paladin, cleric, and fighter classes.

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Graceful warriors and wizards at home
in the eldritch twilight of the Feywild

Creatures of magic with strong ties to nature, eladrin live in cities in the twilight realm of the Feywild. Their cities lie close enough to the world that they sometimes cross over, appearing briefly in mountain valleys or deep forest glades before fading back into the Feywild.

Play an Eladrin if you want …
✦ to be otherworldly and mysterious.
✦ to be graceful and intelligent.
✦ to teleport around the battlefield, cloaked in the magic of the Feywild.
✦ to be a member of a race that favors the wizard, rogue, and warlord classes.

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Quick, wary archers who freely
roam the forests and wilds

Wild and free, elves guard their forested lands using stealth and deadly arrows from the trees. They build their homes in close harmony with the forest, so perfectly joined that travelers often fail to notice that they have entered an elven community until it is too late.

Play an Elf if you want …
✦ to be quick, quiet, and wild.
✦ to lead your companions through the deep woods and pepper your enemies with arrows.
✦ to be a member of a race that favors the ranger, rogue, and cleric classes.

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Born heroes and leaders who combine
the best features of humans and elves

Descended from elves and humans, half-elves are a vital race in which the best features of elves and humans often appear.

Play a half-elf if you want …
✦ to be an outgoing, enthusiastic leader.
✦ to be a charismatic hero equally at home in two different cultures.
✦ to be a member of a race that favors the warlord, paladin, and warlock classes.

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Quick and resourceful wanderers,
small in stature but great in courage

Although members of this race were originally called “quickling faen,” humans named them “halflings” due to their stature, and the name Halflings are a small race known for their resourcefulness, quick wits, and steady nerves. They are a nomadic folk who roam waterways and marshlands. No people travel farther or see more of what happens in the world than halflings.

Play a halfling if you want …
✦ to be a plucky hero who is all too easy to underestimate.
✦ to be likable, warm, and friendly.
✦ to be a member of a race that favors the rogue, ranger, and warlock classes.

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Ambitious, driven, pragmatic—a race
of heroes, and also a race of villains

Of all the civilized races, humans are the most adaptable and diverse. Human settlements can be found almost anywhere, and human morals, customs, and interests vary greatly.

Play a human if you want …
✦ to be a decisive, resourceful hero with enough determination to face any challenge.
✦ to have the most versatility and flexibility of any race.
✦ to be able to excel at any class you choose.

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Heirs of a shattered empire who live in
the shadows and do not fear the dark

Heirs to an ancient, infernal bloodline, tieflings have no realms of their own but instead live within human kingdoms and cities. They are descended from human nobles who bargained with dark powers, and long ago their empire subjugated half the world. But the empire was cast down into ruin, and tieflings were left to make their own way in a world that often fears and resents them.

Play a tiefling if you want …
✦ to be a hero who has a dark side to overcome.
✦ to be good at tricking, intimidating, or persuading others to do your will.
✦ to be a member of a race that favors the warlock, warlord, and rogue classes.

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The triumph of magic, the mystery of life,
and the horror of war personified.

Created as soldiers for a war that spelled the end of an age, warforged are artificial beings that display a human level of intelligence and self-awareness. Warforged sentience developed as a side effect of their creators’ desire to have fully functional, adaptive battlefield units. With no great war to fight, no ancient legacy to claim, and only the vestiges of a culture developed within the past century, warforged are an emergent people. Integrated into the societies of peoples more numerous than they, warforged are famed for their endurance and focus, in labor as well as combat.

Play a warforged if you want …
✦ to be strong, tough, and built for battle.
✦ to play a nonliving hero with a magical origin.
✦ to be a great defender, particularly a fighter.

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