There are seven races presented here, but the GM should feel free to introduce custom ones into his campaign. Not every race is available to the PCs in every campaign; for example one set in the modern times or the future is unlikely to have goblins, and even in a typical fantasy setting it might be wildly inappropriate for a character to play as an orc.
Physical Description: Look at yourself in the mirror. Chances are, you are a human. Humans are among the tallest of the seven races, topped only by orcs.
Personality: Humans are the most diverse and adaptable of the seven races. They are capable of learning and doing almost anything they set their minds to. They are extremely diverse in their customs and traditions
Physical Description: Elves resemble humans from a distance, although the differences become readily apparent up close. Elves are shorter and slenderer than humans typically are, with an average height of about 160 cm (5é4”), without any noticeable height difference between men and women. They move with an innate grace that many humans find attractive, and have characteristically pointed ears. Elves are by far the longest-lived of the seven races, with an average lifespan of roughly 1,000 years, but very rarely have children. An elf is not considered an adult until she has reached her hundredth year.
Personality: Elves, due to their incredibly lengthy lifespan, tend to look at the world in a very different way from humans. They are much more conservative in their thinking, and while they donét necessarily dislike new ideas, it frequently doesnét occur to them that there might be a better way to go about it than they have been for the past several centuries. Elves tend to take the long view in thinking, remaining aloof from what they view as minor squabbles (a decades-long war is the blink of an eye to them). Their long lives result in incredibly deep relationships between elves, who have known their friends, and family for longer than most human nations exist. This results in what to a human might seem disproportionate rage at the death of a loved one. Despite this, elves take lives only on very rare occasions because, to an elf, a life cut short is a horror unlike any other. For this reason, their behaviour can, again to a human, seem cowardly at times ä they have much more to lose if they die in a meaningless battle.
Physical Description: Halflings get their name from being much shorter than a human, with an average height of about 100cm (just over three feet), and an average weight of about 15-20 kg. They more than make up for their small stature in verve, however, and are known to (when absolutely necessary) show extraordinary resolve. Halflings are much more likely to have curly hair than straight, and Halfling men rarely have facial hair.
Personality: Halflings are, generally calm and conservative folk. However, they have been known to push themselves to accomplish feats of bravery that stagger the larger races. Halflings are rumoured to have a loose view of the finer points of property ownership, a fact which they fervently deny. Halflings are known for their upfront honesty, which may only be because they are so rarely caught lying.
Physical Description: Dwarves are short, stocky humanoids with well-developed muscles and a tendency to grow long beards. Dwarves rarely grow more than four feet tall, but make up for their lack of height in thick muscles and tough hide. Dwarf females are almost identical appearing to dwarf males (they have beards, too), leading to rumours that there are no dwarf women.
Personality: Dwarves are generally honest and conservative, and tend to dislike new ideas. They have a deep hatred of goblins caused by generations of war, and frequently attack them on sight. Outside of their homes in the mountains and underground, dwarves are rarely seen unarmed.
Physical Description: Orcs are massive, slow-witted, green-skinned humanoid creatures. Their tall bodies are covered in rippling muscles, and their teeth are long, pointed, and fanglike. Orcs, when standing straight, would be more than seven feet tall, though they usually walk in a lazy slouch.
Personality: Orcs love violence, and they love it up close and personal. Generally, they avoid ranged combat â although whether they avoid it because they are terrible shots, or whether they are terrible shots because they avoid it is unclear. When they do use ranged attacks, they like to find the largest, flashiest weapon they can get their hands on.
Physical Description: Goblins are slightly shorter than humans. They are quick and have a knack for moving around completely silently. Goblins have disproportionately large eyes for seeing in the dark.
Personality: Goblins have a tendency towards cruelty and violence. They are fairly cowardly at heart (though not so cowardly as Gretchin, who are famous for it), and will generally not fight to the death.
Physical Description: Gretchin are even smaller than Halflings, and always seem to be moving slightly. They never stand perfectly still. Gretchin have remarkably good posture to maximise their minimal height. Despite their size, they are deceptively tough and quick.
Personality: Gretchin are clever and skilled with machines, but due to their lack of size they are frequently captured and enslaved by Orcs and Goblins. This has led Gretchin, as a species, towards a cynical and cowardly way of life.