Notes on Banned Races
Dwarves – retreated into their impregnable citadels; NPC only
Dragonborn – swept up in the dragon hordes; NPC enemies only
Dragonsky allows the relatively large selection of player races listed below. The pressure of the dragon hordes have forced disparate tribes into polyglot communities focused on survival.
Human – as PHB (the human variant that starts with a bonus feat is also fine)
Humans had several kingdoms pre-fall, including The Grand Kingdom of Kron-Nesis, the Kingdom of Vesh, Eamonvale, and the distant Kingdom of the Sea Lords.
Halfling – as PHB
Mostly lived peacefully among humans pre-fall
Shadar-kai – Homebrew; humans who in ancient times made a pact with the shadowy great god Malice
The Crow King is an ancient shadar-kai who ruled the kingdom of Nyrae. Like the other nations, Nyrae fell to the dragon hordes, but the The Crow King is rumored to still be alive and contesting the dragon hordes in and around his fallen kingdom. Most shadar-kai lived in Nyrae but some were caught in other lands by the hordes.
Spirit Folk – Homebrew;
Wood elves who have given more of themselves to the Fey. They often live within lands claimed by elves, especially in Estorna, the pre-fall wood elf kingdom also known as The Greenlands
Elf – as PHB
High Elf; mostly lived within the borders of their kingdom, Illvandrin.
Wood Elf; often live with their close cousins the spirit folk. Pre-fall the wood elves held a small kingdom known as Estorna
Drow – as PHB, but it’s complicated
In Dragonsky, drow give their devotion to Destruction, who they name Lolth. Drow claim that Lolth is the true name for Destruction, although scholars of other societies posit that it is merely a translation of destruction into the Fey language.
In these strained times the few good drow that existed never got a chance to explain themselves and were either cut down by fellow drow or never let into survivor communities. The drow cities deep in the Underdark are safe and full to the brim with refugees from the surface that the drow have enslaved.
In other words if you’d like to play a drow there’s a burden to come up with one heck of a back story.
Half-Elf – as PHB
Half-elves adapt easily to living in either human or elf communities
Tiefling – as PHB
Rumors persist that the island kingdom of Ithell still holds out against the dragons, but the small populations of tieflings on the mainland are all refugees
Gnome – as PHB
Many gnomes live in or around the great dwarf citadels. Gnomes
Half-orc – as PHB
Half-orcs get along fine in both human and orc settlements. They were most common along the eastern border of Eamonvale and the wild lands near the city of Skraag.
Hobgoblin – Hegner Homebrew!
Although the great empire of Morazuin had fallen into ruin long before the arrival of the dragon hordes, hobgoblin legions were commonly used as mercenaries by many of the pre-fall nations.
Goblin – Hegner Homebrew!
Roving groups of goblins plied the trade lanes between the pre-fall nations. Welcome nowhere, hated nowhere, goblin merchants and entertainers led uneasy existences living in all nations but members of none.
Bugbear – Hegner Homebrew!
Goliath – TBD