For this campaign, the PCs will be magically sent into the past,
occupying bodies at their destination. The exact details of how this
happens is not controllable by the PCs or players (Mordenkainen will
simply grimace and say ``It’s difficult.‘’). If you would prefer not
to play in the `unexpected’ end of the chargen pool, then you should
restrict yourself to the more common races in the world of Greyhawk:
- `Normal’ Races
are openly recognized, known, and treated as citizens nearly
(i.e. Ket) everywhere.
– Human (Baklunish, Flan, Oeridian, Olman, Rhennee, Suloise, Touv)
– Elf (Wood, Grey)
– Halfling (Tallfellow, Deep)
- Semi-monstrous Races
are all widely known to exist, but are not typically seen out and
about in cities; they’re `monsters’ to most people.
– Orcs are openly accepted in certain regions
– Half-Orcs are openly accepted in certain regions
– Changelings are known to exist but are instantly persecuted if
their disguise is pierced.
– Shifters might be able to pass as another race, but suspicion of
lycanthropy is a dangerous thing, with a `stab with silver first
and maybe apologize later’ attitude being the expected default.
- Monstrous Races
can expect to be attacked openly, denied entry, and generally
distrusted without explanation.
– Tieflings do exist but the vast majority of people can’t tell a
tiefling from a cambion and would have the same reaction to both
regardless (fear, distrust, immediate `fight-or-flight’).
– Drow do exist and are openly hated, feared, distrusted, and
attacked. There are no `good’ Drow, as far as most people are
– Dragonborn would likely be seen as some strange form of lizardman
or troglodyte (depending on distance and personal hygene), and are
very very likely to be considered monsters.
– Revenant can expect to be turned, destroyed, have the ashes
burned, and the remains widely separated and possibly ritual’ed
against rising again.
- Races That Do Not Natively Exist
but the world is a weird place…
- Special Races
are known to exist but still are not commonly seen, and so will
attract attention basically everywhere.
– Eladrin (High Elves)
are known to exist but are basically never seen outside of their
enclaves, and so would be very unusual. The Grey Elves capture
some of the same flavor, and might work instead.
– Deva (Aasimar)
do exist but are not widely understood, and are conspicuous.