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An Elf and an Orc Had a Little Baby: Parentage and Upbringing in D&D

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Now you can play an elf-orc raised by dwarves! Or a gnome-halfling raised by kobolds! Even a grung-warforged raised in Avernus is a possibility!

“...this supplement is truly an informed, aware and inspired step forward in continuing discussion about who, how and what makes up a D&D character, and how to create them just how we envision them.” - Curse of Sebs

An Elf and an Orc Had a Little Baby: Parentage and Upbringing in D&D is a 112-page rules supplement that entirely replaces chapter 2 of the Player’s Handbook. Instead of D&D’s bioessentialist approach, this title separates biological traits and cultural traits into two categories: parentage and upbringing.

To create a new player character using this supplement, players choose two birth parents and an upbringing. (Then they go on to choose a background and class, as normal.) Players can feel free to create any combination to create a unique and vibrant character.


Inside this title, you’ll discover

  • 35 Parentages, from aarakocra to yuan-ti; 

  • 80+ Upbringings, from being raised by abjurers to water mages; 

  • an adaptation of all 12 dragonmarks for Eberron play; and

  • a robust system for making your own parentage and upbringing options.

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What Do I Need to Use This Product? You only need a copy of the Player's Handbook or the free Basic Rules.

Any of the 35 Parentages Work Together? That's entirely up to the people at your table. Whatever you all decide, this book contains rules to make it a viable in-world reality.

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If you're interested in alternatives to race and want to see other options, check out these titles:
Ancestry & Culture Grazilaxx's Guide The Half-Race Handbook
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Arcane S May 20, 2024 1:18 am UTC
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I just realized I'm unsure of one of the traits and I can't find it defined in the three books. For the trait Long Lived, when it says "If you inherit this trait from your other birth parent also, your lifespan is relatively long." What do you mean by "relatively long"? Is it an average between the parents or just an undefined longer lifespan? I'm probably overthinking it...
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Adam H May 20, 2024 11:29 am UTC
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It's an undefined longer lifespan.
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Justice S April 12, 2024 2:27 am UTC
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Just wondering how long it takes to receive a physical copy. i love this book and have bin waiting 11 days for an update
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Adam H April 12, 2024 10:44 am UTC
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Hi Justice,

Just so you know, the folks in charge of printing/shipping probably won't see this message. Recommend using the Contact Us link in the footer of this webpage.

Thanks!
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Alex B November 27, 2023 11:18 pm UTC
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I really love this resource and the entire concept behind it! I plan on getting the rest of my party introduced to it as well. I do wonder though, will books 2 and 3 become available for hardcover print as well?
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John Henrik K July 23, 2023 7:36 pm UTC
I bought the roll 20 version last week and it's the best purchase I have done, both me and my players absolutely love it, and I can't wait till the next books comes out there too.

Is there any planned time for more of them to be released for roll 20, I need more of this!
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Adam H November 29, 2023 2:17 pm UTC
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We're watching the Roll20 conversion sales waiting for the time when it would make sense to do so.

Thanks for the question!
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Juliet F June 25, 2023 2:02 pm UTC
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hullo! i really love this series, they've been so helpful creating my custom celestial-fey unicorn inspired character! i was wondering, if i've got a character whose parents are both elves, am i allowed to take fleet of foot twice to get an extra 10 feet of movement?
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Juliet F June 25, 2023 3:28 pm UTC
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oops, nevermind! i found the rule under the traits section
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Kiki P June 04, 2023 2:24 pm UTC
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I was interested in this and pairing it with those who wander without realizing its some of the same authors so now im excited to look through this even more because thats a great book!
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Adam H June 04, 2023 2:34 pm UTC
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Thanks for saying so!
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David P May 12, 2023 5:57 pm UTC
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Do you have this for Foundry VTT?
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Adam H May 12, 2023 6:14 pm UTC
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Foundry? No, I'm afraid not.

We do have Fantasy Grounds and Roll20 coming soon.
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David P May 13, 2023 4:30 am UTC
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too bad ok i would love to see it there.
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james D February 21, 2023 8:50 am UTC
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is there any plans to update the upbringings to a point system like in book 2?
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Adam H February 21, 2023 2:36 pm UTC
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You can find exactly that in the appendices, starting on page 108.
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Jack D February 20, 2023 1:57 pm UTC
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Is there any chance of a roll20 conversion for this and its sequels?
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Adam H February 23, 2023 7:08 pm UTC
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Currently looking into it. Thanks for the question.
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Andrew E October 26, 2022 6:26 pm UTC
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Are Upbringings different from the Official 5e Backgrounds (in which you can use them) or are they the same?
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Adam H October 26, 2022 7:45 pm UTC
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Great question. Parentages and backgrounds are different, and a character made using this product will have both.

Thematically, a parentage is who your parents were and your biology, upbringing is your childhood and early adolescence, background is what you did pre-adventurer, and class is your career as an adventurer.

Mechanically, parentage and upbringing replace "race." Then you go on to choose a background and class, as normal.
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Davon H September 27, 2022 1:10 am UTC
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Are Parentage points separate from upbringing?
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Davon H September 27, 2022 1:37 am UTC
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That was my bad I didn't get to that part fully yet
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Gillian M August 09, 2022 8:32 am UTC
Apologies if this has been answered elsewhere.

Is this compatible with character sheets in DnDBeyond?

What’s the usage policy for streamed or recorded games?
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Adam H August 09, 2022 1:13 pm UTC
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I've used "Elf and an Orc" with D&D Beyond, but you have to input your parentage and upgrading traits as a custom race to do so.

You're welcome to stream or record games playing characters made with this product.
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Carter S July 27, 2022 10:59 pm UTC
Is there a physical book?
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Adam H July 27, 2022 11:29 pm UTC
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There's about to be! Look for it in about a month.
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Caris W July 15, 2022 9:30 pm UTC
I'm looking to build a half naiad.
Is there a naiad or wavekin or water nymph in either of these books?
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Adam H July 16, 2022 1:06 am UTC
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Not a naiad, no.

We do have options for sea elves, mermaids, tritons, and marids.
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Doug C July 05, 2022 1:53 pm UTC
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AWESOME book! Quick note for the next update: On page 68, a bunch of the text is on top of the image of Vutunn. Looks like an anchor point got away from you.
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Kaylea S June 08, 2022 12:04 am UTC
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I seem to be having issues actually opening the PDF and idk what to do. When I download it in my phone, it for some reason opens ibis paint. When I put it in drop box, it won't open at all. Is there anything I'm doing wrong?
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Kaylea S June 08, 2022 12:08 am UTC
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Nevermind. I'm just dumb and wasn't actually opening it lmao
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