Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Birthplaces for Tieflings and Dragonborn

Welcome back friends of Greyhawk! In an effort to balance my last post, which had little to show off, I threw together this nice randomized chart based on the character birthplace charts in the 1983 boxed set Glossography. This one is for you 5E fans who like to use the playable races of dragonborn and tiefling which actually became popular during 4E and survived going forward. Fiend-blooded tieflings in fact go farther back to 2E when they were a playable race in the Planescape setting. Along those lines I'm not sure how closely dragonborn are to Dragonlance's draconian race, so there's that precedent, but their current origins derive from 3E as magically transformed servants of Bahamut (thanks Armitage).

Disclaimer: despite being official D&D, neither is truly a Greyhawk favored character race to use. There is no published regions that currently support these uncommon races. The goal of this chart is to show that tieflings (those of infernal heritage) and dragonborn (enhanced lizardmen essentially) can have a place in the Flanaess. They could be from scattered tribes found in the darkest recesses of the map or found among the urban masses of Oerik's major cities. *Even more plausible is that these races come from "Beyond the Flanaess" where across vast prairies and over widest oceans there is rumors of draconic cultures and decadent civilizations yet undeveloped. Only recently, has these races come into contact with this part of the world and may yet join the ranks of Greyhawk's heroes. 

Enjoy.

BIRTHPLACES FOR UNCOMMON CHARACTER RACES
Area
Tieflings
Dragonborn
Most Common
Alignment




Amedio Jungle
01-02
01-02
CN
Bandit Kingdoms
03-07
03-06
CN, CE, NE
Beyond the Flanaess*
08-30
07-29
Any
Blackmoor
31-32
30-31
LN. NE, LE
Bone March
34-35
32-33
N, CE, CN
Bright Desert
36-37
34-35
CN, CE, N
Dreadwood
38-39
36-37
CN, N, CG
Dry Steppes
40-41
38-39
Any
Dyvers
42-44
40-41
Any
Ekbir
---
43-44
LG, NG
Fellreev Forest
45-46
45-46
CN, N, CE
Frost, Ice or Snow Barbarians
---
47-48
CN
Great Kingdom
47-51
49-50
Any
Greyhawk
52-56
51-55
Any
Hepmonaland
57
55-56
CN
Horned Society
58-60
57-58
LE
Irongate
61-62
59-63
LN, NG, LG
Iuz
63-67
64-67
CE, CN, NE
Keoland
68-69
---
LN, NG, CG, CN
Ket
70-72
68-72
LN, LE, N
Land of Black Ice
---
73-75
CN
Nyrond
73
---
LN, LG, NG, CG
Perrenland
74-76
76-78
LN, LG, N
Pomarj
77-79
79-81
CE, CN
Rel Astra
80-82
82-84
Any
Sea of Dust
83-84
85-87
CN
Sea Princes
85-87
---
CN, CG, N
Tenh
---
88-89
LN, N
Tusmit
88-89
90-91
LE, LN
Ull
90-92
92-93
CN, CE
Vesve Forest
93
94-95
CG, CN, N
Wild Coast
94-97
96-98
Any
Zeif
98-100
99-100
LN, N

5 comments:

Armitage said...

Dragonborn go back farther as well. They originated in 3e, where they were members of other races that had been transformed by a magical ritual when they pledged themselves to the service of Bahamut. 4e just changed their origin.

Mike Bridges said...

Really Armitage? Cool. I thought 3E was all about the half-dragons. I remember Paizo had a moratorium on them once in their APs. I will edit that fact, thanks.

MP said...

While neither race has support in published Greyhawk works, I think there is precedent for tieflings: look no further than Iuz himself. (I know the Old One is actually a cambion, but it's pretty much the same thing.) Lands with traditions of demonic consultation probably also have traditions of demonic "conjugation" as well. :P Tieflings would fit right into those evil realms.

Dragonborn are a harder sell... Maybe the human-loving Greyhawk dragons are somehow responsible?

Armitage said...

@Mike Bridges:
They originally appeared in Races of the Dragon.
Their original appearance also resolved the "reptiles with breasts" issue that some people like debating. When someone was transformed into a dragonborn, they still retained some physical traits from their original race. Ex-dwarf dragonborn were short and stocky, ex-elf dragonborn were slender, ex-halfling dragonborn were really short, and female dragonborn still had breasts.

Mike Bridges said...

Armitage: Ohhhh yeah it's all coming back to me now haha.

MP: True, I'm not sure how I didn't slip in the cambion/alu-demon reference. Well I did consciously reflect that in the chart. You have a 5% chance of being born in Iuz. And overall a 15% chance of being born somewhere in his extended empire (post-wars). That's probably too light in retrospect. I wonder if I should've narrowed my list down...hm.