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There are various issues I've wanted to deal with concerning races in 5th Edition D&D. On the whole, the races are rock-solid, both mechanically and thematically. That being said, the simplifying of some areas--like senses-- is a bit too overdone for my personal taste. Additionally, some items seem to be valued quite highly that I value very low (such as natural weapons and exotic languages). With this guide, I am showing what I use for the races in my own games, including the expanded senses that are available (and the implications such senses have on a game world, such as races with the ability to see ultraviolet light or changes in temperatures). 

The aarakocra--one of the most divisive races simply due to being a flier--was the first race redesigned throughout this process, and once they were in a good spot, every other race was pulled up to be in line with them, rather than trying to pull the more powerful races down to match the overall average races. 

While not presented in this guide, there's a lot under the hood that went into making this guide. The races presented do have values assigned to basically everything they gain, and all fall in-line within a narrow window of acceptable ranges of value. 

There are 45 races in this guide, most modified versions of existing races from official Dungeons & Dragons materials such as the Player's Handbook, Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes, and Volo's Guide to Monsters (along with a few other supplements). A handful--the aranea, cansin, cryion, darfellan, fairy, frogfolk, gnoll, mul (half-dwarf), mechantrix, serpentfolk, tari (ratfolk), thri-kreen, wilden, and zenythri--have not been presented in any official products that I'm aware of as PC races. There are also 26 new feats, 3 modified feats, 3 new weapons, and 18 new spells (some of which you might recognize from my Air, Earth, Fire, and Water cleric domain supplement). There are also two conditions--the anosmic and odorless conditions--which do for smell what blinded and invisible do for sight. 

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