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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 113-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.

FAQ

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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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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Chris L May 19, 2022 2:58 am UTC
Is there any chance this becomes a physical book? I saw this on a video from Ginny Di, but was kinda bummed to find that I couldn't add it to my collection of physical D&D books.
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DJ H May 16, 2022 6:01 pm UTC
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Will this or it's sequel get updated for new official races that are released? for example Draconic parentage could have quite a few more options now that there are 5 subraces of dragonborn (3 from Fizban's Treasury of Dragons, 2 from Explorer's Guide to Wildemount). Also curious about plans since there are will be several new races coming out when the Spelljammer setting drops in a couple months.
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Adam H May 17, 2022 7:33 pm UTC
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V.J. and I have been discussing a new installment. Good to know people are interested in one!
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Jan Carlo O May 18, 2022 6:44 pm UTC
I'd be interested in that too.
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Caleb N May 13, 2022 7:27 pm UTC
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Duergar Resilience has no point value or anything. Does the player just get it with Duergar Magic?
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Caleb N May 13, 2022 8:32 pm UTC
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Also, I am a little confused because some races such as centaurs gain fey for 0 points, but satyrs have to spend 2 points for it. Is this intended or accidental?
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Adam H May 17, 2022 7:48 pm UTC
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Thanks! Look for a couple of corrections in our next update.
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Logan A May 01, 2022 2:01 pm UTC
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Recently purchased it, and while I'm enjoying it, I find that some of the parentages are very lacking. Infernals, for example, only get three options. Of those three options, really only two of them feel unique. Are there plans to expand on some of them?
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Adam H May 01, 2022 2:36 pm UTC
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Yes, search for the sequel "An Elf and an Orc Had a Little Baby 2."

It's got lots more parentages and expanded options for existing parentages, including infernal! You can take a look at the first 50 pages in the full-page preview for free.
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Tyler F April 23, 2022 11:05 am UTC
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Amazing book, can't wait to submit my review. Minor typo on p91 under Languages. I think the rare language for halflings was intended to be Sylvan not "Sylan," well unless they are intended to speak with the mountain ranges bordering Norway and Sweden.
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Adam H May 17, 2022 7:51 pm UTC
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We'll slay that typo in the next update. Thanks!
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PC M April 22, 2022 10:06 am UTC
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I've just paged through the preview of this book, and it's absolutely incredible! This is everything I want from D&D's race system that they've never given me. An INSTANT buy, plus a subscribe to this creative team to check out their future work. I can't wait to write a full review.
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Adam H April 22, 2022 1:17 pm UTC
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Thanks so much!
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Darkhos D April 20, 2022 2:20 am UTC
I was wondering how same parentage should be handeled, I like the idea of choosing just one race as normal, but having to choose an upbringing to dont fall in the bioestialism trope, but for some races you cant choose all traits with your pool of points, and while I understand that some upbringings are really usefull and it would make sense for balanace just not get every racial trait, it feels weird to me as a player, so I was wondering if you have a intended way of dealing with same race parents or even if there is a way to trade upbringing points for a few racial points
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Adam H April 20, 2022 2:39 am UTC
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It's totally doable to make a character with two elven birth parents. In that case, you would spend all 16 points to get traits in the Elven Parentage entry, as you said. Obviously, that isn't enough to get everything. That's meant to emulate D&D 5e's subclass system. A wood elf and a high elf are both elves, but they have different biological traits. In an E&O, you have more flexibility is all.

All that being said, you can talk to your DM if you feel like there are too many traits you want with the allotted 16 points. They might allow you to go to 18, 20, or even higher. It's a higher-powered game in that case, similar to how adding more points to purchase ability scores in the point-buy method would be.
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Darkhos D April 20, 2022 3:02 am UTC
Thanks for the reply, the races I had in mind were the warforged and the grung, but I totally makes sense, also, the 18 o 20 sound about right for special exceptions. Nice thing is that im the DM in this case, I just wanted first hand information on how I could approach the situation
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Chad H April 19, 2022 12:58 am UTC
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I Thought warforged couldn't be parent's coz they are machine's built by someone in Eberron or am i missing something???
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Adam H April 19, 2022 1:57 am UTC
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We could think of several ways a warforged could (such as a wish spell), especially if you're not tied to the official lore, so we decided to include them and let each table decide for themselves.
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Kat L April 15, 2022 12:25 am UTC
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Really exited about this resource. the idea the other races only cross-breed with humans does not make sense to me, so looking forward to creating my tiefling-tabaxi character. But... I have to say that the idea that warforged (or any other construct) can reproduce with humanoids is a bridge too far for me.
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Adam H April 15, 2022 7:01 pm UTC
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Yup, that's fine. If some of the options don't make sense at your table, feel free to omit them.
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Jonathan H April 14, 2022 11:12 pm UTC
I have to ask, does this include a parentage for Shifter or any other "lycanthrope" type of race? Also how does it handle tribrids or the children of one or more mixed race parents?
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Adam H April 14, 2022 11:27 pm UTC
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Good questions!

Yes, we've included a Shifter parentage. You can see all the options on the table of contents (along with the first 50 pages of the book) by clicking on 'Full-Page Preview.'

And you absolutely can create characters with more than two parentages. Check out the introduction for details.
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Bartimaeus T April 14, 2022 8:10 pm UTC
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in the section on Dwarven Traits, Duergar Resilience has no associated cost, is it meant to included with Duergar Magic?
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Adam H April 14, 2022 8:31 pm UTC
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Good eye! Duergar Resilience should be 6 Points.
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Mo E April 14, 2022 1:23 pm UTC
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Hello! I just got the bundle and realy like the options.
I just got a question to some traits that have negative points (Sunlight Sensitivity for example has -6). so would you need to pay the points to NOT get the trait?
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Adam H April 14, 2022 2:52 pm UTC
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Good question!

No, it means you get those points to spend elsewhere. For example, I start with 16 points (8 per birth parent). If my first selection is Sunlight Sensitivity (-6 points), then I now have 22 points to spend as I like.
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Mo E April 14, 2022 3:32 pm UTC
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oh, ok got it. thanks!
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Logan A April 05, 2022 1:11 am UTC
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Hello! I have a character who is half orc, half orc, and raised by dwarvish nobility. Does this book have everything I'd need for that?
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Adam H April 05, 2022 3:25 am UTC
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Yes, you absolutely can! There are a few ways to go about it, but perhaps the most obvious way is to pick up both orc birth parent options and the labor soldier upbringing (and then the noble background in the PHB).
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Logan A April 05, 2022 1:27 pm UTC
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Oops! I meant to type half orc, half dwarf. Thank you for the response though.
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Adam H April 05, 2022 1:47 pm UTC
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Yes, you can totally play a mixed dwarf too!
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Cristian M February 15, 2022 10:54 pm UTC
Hi! Would the options from this book be difficult to implement if my players use dndbeyond to create their characters?
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Adam H February 16, 2022 12:45 am UTC
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Funny you should ask, my home campaign is using the options from this book using D&D Beyond. You have to create custom races, which isn't super intuitive, but it's definitely doable.
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Derek B December 18, 2021 3:48 pm UTC
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I absolutely adore these rules and mention them to anyone interested in racial options whenever possible. One question, as more and more player races are released for 5e are you continuing to add to this book or is a sequel expansion planned?
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Adam H December 18, 2021 6:22 pm UTC
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What a serendipitous comment!

Yes, we're planning on a sequel. In fact, it'll release this month or early January!
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Derek B December 18, 2021 7:07 pm UTC
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That's wonderful, I look forward to picking it up.

I've actually been trying to figure out a good way to hybridized your upbringing rules and the background rules to give character origin a more cohesive structure. Point-buy all the way through stats, racial traits, upbringing, and background, y'know? It'll be great to have fresh content for all the newer player races to work with.

Thanks!
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