Player Character Races
Many factors affect a character's background. Two of the most important are
his race and his character class (see Chapter 3 , "Player Character Classes"). In a sense, a character's class is his
profession. Some characters are fighters, some are mages, some are clerics, and so on.
A character's race affects which character classes are available to him. Only
humans have unlimited class options. All non-human races are limited to some
extent. There are two reasons for this:
First, the restrictions are intended to channel players into careers that make
sense for the various races. Dwarves are, to a certain degree, anti-magical
and incapable of shaping magical energy--they can't be wizards. Halflings,
despite their ties to nature, lack the devotion and physical will to be druids.
Similar situations exist for the other demihuman races.
Second, the demihuman races have advantages that are not available to humans.
Flexibility, the ability to choose from among all the classes, is one of very
few human advantages.
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