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Races Reimagined[edit]

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Drachenmagier
A simple way to modify an existing race is to change its appearance. Changes to a race's appearance need not affect its game elements. For example, you could transform halflings into anthropomorphic mice without changing their racial traits at all. [...] In your world, elves might be desert nomads instead of forest dwellers, halflings might live in cloud cities, and dwarves might be sailors instead of miners.
—DMG p.285

Just because you imagined it, doesn't mean you need to build a dedicated unique race entry for it. In fact, for many ideas, that is entirely unnecessary. The core races are fairly generic, and can easily be reimagined as something thematically similar without any need for mechanical alteration whatsoever. To encourage this activity, rather than endless heaps of redundant race entries, this page was created. Here, we can list all the things we have used the core races to represent. Note that this is only for purely cosmetic and thematic alterations, not mechanical ones. Mechanically altered core races are variant races.

Humans[edit]

Anthro-Rodents
Rats
Star-Trek
No change necessary
Warhammer 40k
Space Marine
Pokemon
Pikachu, Mr. Mime
Elder Scrolls
Imperial, Nord, or Redgaurd
Marvel
Asgardians, with no extra powers?

Feats Variant[edit]

Star-Trek
Bajorans, maybe? Really, humans and bajorans are basically interchangeable.
Pokemon
Any of the Pikachu clones - Marill? Emolga?
Warhammer 40k
Maybe the ability to summon other space marines, or perhaps guardsmen?

Elves[edit]

High Elves[edit]

Human Stereotypes
Snobby academics
Anthro-Rodents
Hares
Star-Trek
Vulcans
Pokemon
Espeon or Sylveon
Warhammer 40k
Eldar
Elder Scrolls
Altmer

Wood Elves[edit]

Human Stereotypes
The wirey, agile swashbuckler acrobat types.
Anthro-Rodents
Rabbits
Pokemon
Leafeon and Glaceon
Marvel
Groot

Dark Elves, Drow[edit]

Human Stereotypes
The Tweenage-Fiction Antihero
Anthro-Rodents
Weasels
Star-Trek
Cardassians
Pokemon
Umbreon
Warhammer 40k
Dark Eldar
Marvel
Still Dark Elves

Dwarves[edit]

Hill Dwarves[edit]

Human Stereotypes
The pudgy sidekick
Anthro-Rodents
Groundhogs
Pokemon
Diglett

Mountain Dwarves[edit]

Warhammer 40k
Squat
Human Stereotypes
The little tough-guy
Anthro-Rodents
Gophers
Pokemon
Geodude
The Elder Scrolls
Dwemer

Gray Dwarves (Duergar)[edit]

Human Stereotypes
The Little Boss from Hell
Anthro-Rodents
Beavers
Marvel
Nidavellir Dwarves
Warhammer
Chaos Dwarves

Halflings[edit]

Lightfoot Halflings[edit]

Human Stereotypes
Child thieves
Anthro-Rodents
Mice
Pokemon
Pichu
Warhammer 40k
Ratling
Marvel
Rocket Racoon

Stout Halflings[edit]

Human Stereotypes
Fat Kids
Anthro-Rodents
Hamsters
Pokemon
Dedenne

Gnomes[edit]

Forest Gnomes[edit]

Human Stereotypes
Children
Anthro-Rodents
Squirrels
Pokemon
Rattata and Raticate

Rock Gnomes[edit]

Human Stereotypes
Child Prodigy
Anthro-Rodents
Chipmunks
Pokemon
Sandshrew

Deep Gnomes (Svirfneblin)[edit]

Human Stereotypes
Grey Children
Anthro-rodents
Possoms
Pokemon
Alolan Raticate

Half-Elves[edit]

Human Stereotypes
Fops and Dandies
Anthro-Rodents
Capybara
Star-Trek
Ferengi
Pokemon
Jolteon, or maybe Flareon
Horror campaign
Vampires or Half-Vampires

Half-Orcs[edit]

Human Stereotypes
Big, strong, threatening people
Anthro-Rodents
Badgers
Star-Trek
Klingons
Pokemon
Machamp or Barbaracle
Marvel
Titans

Dragonborn[edit]

Human Stereotypes
The In-Laws
Anthro-Rodents
Reptiles
Star Trek
Breen or Jem'Hadar
Pokemon
Charizard, Dragonite, Goodra, Tyranitar, Tyrantrum, Salamence or their previous forms

Tieflings[edit]

Human Stereotypes
Ex-Lovers
Pokemon
Mimikyu
Warhammer 40k
Mutant

Aarakocra[edit]

Human Stereotype
Batman Cosplayer
Anthro-Rodents
Bats
Pokemon
Aerodactyl

Warforged[edit]

Human Stereotype
Free Labor
Marvel
Iron Man, War Machine
Sci-Fi
Android
Anthro
Protogen

Wiki Races[edit]

When making a reimagined version of a race here on the wiki, always leave a link back to that race for others to view it.

Alraune[edit]

Human Stereotype
Hippie/"Tree Hugger"
Marvel
Flora Colossus (i.e. Groot's race)
Pokémon
Basically any Grass-type
Starbound/Wargroove
Floran

Fireborn[edit]

Human Stereotype
Pyro
Pokémon
Flareon
Marvel
Fire Giant

Stormborn[edit]

Human Stereotype
Weather Man
Pokémon
Jolteon, Pikachu, Pichu, Raichu
Marvel
Thor, Storm

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