History InterspeciesRomance / DungeonsAndDragons

31st Dec '16 12:29:59 PM nombretomado
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* The changeling race, from the {{Eberron}} campaign setting of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', are theorized to be descended from the viable offspring of humans and dopplegangers coupling, though this is unconfirmed (various factions have their own varying theories about why, exactly, changelings exist).

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* The changeling race, from the {{Eberron}} TabletopGame/{{Eberron}} campaign setting of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', are theorized to be descended from the viable offspring of humans and dopplegangers coupling, though this is unconfirmed (various factions have their own varying theories about why, exactly, changelings exist).
26th Sep '16 9:43:46 AM Morgenthaler
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*** Night hags, according to DragonMagazine, are different in that their daughters are normal humans (if perhaps with a talent for magic). They need to perform a ritual on them before they enter puberty to transform them into more nighthags.

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*** Night hags, according to DragonMagazine, Magazine/DragonMagazine, are different in that their daughters are normal humans (if perhaps with a talent for magic). They need to perform a ritual on them before they enter puberty to transform them into more nighthags.
26th Sep '16 9:43:16 AM Morgenthaler
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26th Sep '16 9:43:00 AM Morgenthaler
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*** One DragonMagazine article also mentions, as part of an article on magic items, a grisly fetish made from the ShrunkenHead of a green hag who fell in sincere and reciprocated love with an evil human ranger, only to be captured, have her MouthStitchedShut, and be forced to watch as her sisters tortured him to death out of jealousy, after which they beheaded her.

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*** One DragonMagazine Magazine/DragonMagazine article also mentions, as part of an article on magic items, a grisly fetish made from the ShrunkenHead of a green hag who fell in sincere and reciprocated love with an evil human ranger, only to be captured, have her MouthStitchedShut, and be forced to watch as her sisters tortured him to death out of jealousy, after which they beheaded her.
26th Sep '16 9:31:28 AM Morgenthaler
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* Elf/dragon hybrids, although perfectly feasible (with shapechanging assistance) under 3E rules, are such an unthinkable taboo to both species in the {{Eberron}} setting that producing one got the Death-dragonmarked elven lineage of Vol exterminated. The hybrid still exists, but only as a lich.
* {{Planescape}} presented a forerunner of third edition's half-dragons: the Duthka'gith (descended from an other-dimensional race called the githyanki and their occasional red dragon allies.)
* According to DragonMagazine #385, human royals have been known to accept [[FantasticSlur Glee-Born]], dragonborn with a more jovial, fun-loving nature than is normal for their taciturn race, as courtesans. Dragonborn, by the by, are humanoid in form, but have four fingers and three toes to a hand/foot (all of which are tipped with big, but blunt, claws), have scales for skin, "dreadlocks" for hair (actually a specialized form of scale), blunt-muzzled reptilian heads, fin-like ears, and grow close to seven feet tall. And typically have physically proportions like dwarves... meaning that some dragonborn women are bigger and buffer than most human ''men''. Of course, there are still relatively slender and feminine dragonborn, but still.

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* Elf/dragon hybrids, although perfectly feasible (with shapechanging assistance) under 3E rules, are such an unthinkable taboo to both species in the {{Eberron}} ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'' setting that producing one got the Death-dragonmarked elven lineage of Vol exterminated. The hybrid still exists, but only as a lich.
* {{Planescape}} ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'' presented a forerunner of third edition's half-dragons: the Duthka'gith (descended from an other-dimensional race called the githyanki and their occasional red dragon allies.)
* According to DragonMagazine Magazine/DragonMagazine #385, human royals have been known to accept [[FantasticSlur Glee-Born]], dragonborn with a more jovial, fun-loving nature than is normal for their taciturn race, as courtesans. Dragonborn, by the by, are humanoid in form, but have four fingers and three toes to a hand/foot (all of which are tipped with big, but blunt, claws), have scales for skin, "dreadlocks" for hair (actually a specialized form of scale), blunt-muzzled reptilian heads, fin-like ears, and grow close to seven feet tall. And typically have physically proportions like dwarves... meaning that some dragonborn women are bigger and buffer than most human ''men''. Of course, there are still relatively slender and feminine dragonborn, but still.
20th Aug '16 9:57:05 AM nombretomado
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* While it doesn't get a lot of mention, the novels for the {{Dragonlance}} setting admit outright that humans can cross-breed with just about any of the humanoid races. Not only is a half-elf one of the main characters of the first trilogy, but several mentions have been made of half-kender, and at least one half-ogre, half-dwarf, half-goblin and half-gnome has each turned up over the course of the novels.

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* While it doesn't get a lot of mention, the novels for the {{Dragonlance}} Literature/{{Dragonlance}} setting admit outright that humans can cross-breed with just about any of the humanoid races. Not only is a half-elf one of the main characters of the first trilogy, but several mentions have been made of half-kender, and at least one half-ogre, half-dwarf, half-goblin and half-gnome has each turned up over the course of the novels.
1st Sep '15 3:04:13 PM BlackSunNocturne
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** Lurkers are the result of a gnome trying to shadow walk through a cloaker, or the children of such accidents.
1st Sep '15 1:58:38 PM BlackSunNocturne
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** Half-gnolls, born of similar situations as the better-known half-orcs. Sterile, thankfully.[[note]]If you need an idea of what they look like, the Shriek of the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series look fairly similar, just less hairy.[[/note]]

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** Half-gnolls, born of similar situations as the better-known half-orcs. Sterile, thankfully.[[note]]If you need an idea of what they look like, the Shriek breed of Darkspawn of the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series look fairly similar, just less hairy.[[/note]]
1st Sep '15 1:57:55 PM BlackSunNocturne
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* While a third-party sourcebook, "Bastards and Bloodlines" is highly illuminative of how much use ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' can use this trope. In addition to the above mentioned Aellar and Half-Ogres (here presented as both human/ogre and orc/ogre crosses), a large number of races only born through magic, it includes:

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* While a The third-party sourcebook, "Bastards "''Bastards and Bloodlines" Bloodlines''" is highly illuminative of how much use ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' can use this trope. In addition to the above mentioned Aellar and Half-Ogres (here presented as both human/ogre and orc/ogre crosses), a large number of races only born through magic, it includes:



** Half-gnolls, born of similar situations as the better-known half-orcs.

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** Half-gnolls, born of similar situations as the better-known half-orcs. Sterile, thankfully.[[note]]If you need an idea of what they look like, the Shriek of the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series look fairly similar, just less hairy.[[/note]]



** Pipers can result from elven or halfling women who dally with satyrs.

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** Pipers can result from elven or halfling women who dally with satyrs. They're also implied to be the result of most of the other halfbreeds in the book.
14th May '15 4:43:10 PM SpectralTime
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** The fact that half-orcs are pigeonholed into always having a ChildByRape origin has actually lead to a certain level of backlash in recent years. In D&D 4th edition, this aspect has been diluted severely, and even then, interbreeding (willingly or otherwise) is just one of the possible origins.

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** The fact that half-orcs are pigeonholed into always having a ChildByRape origin has actually lead to a certain level of backlash in recent years. In D&D 4th edition, this aspect has been diluted severely, and even then, interbreeding (willingly or otherwise) is just one of the possible origins.origins, since in many frontier lands man and orc have so thoroughly interbred that everyone's just a ''little'' half-orc.



** Though in ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' the Derro are actually descended from [[HollowEarth Darklands]] fae who've [[TheFairFolk become insanely evil]], with no odd breeding practices involved.

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** Though in ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' the Derro are actually descended from [[HollowEarth Darklands]] fae who've [[TheFairFolk become insanely evil]], with no odd breeding practices involved.involved, since the gith and illithids are all trademarked by Wizards and unavailable for use under the OGL.



* In fact, it was implied that humanoid sorcerers have some draconic ancestry, as sorcery is how the dragons use magic - and they're pretty much the oldest race, outside of celestials and fiends - as well as explicitly stated that dragons can mate with AnythingThatMoves. Which fits well with their high Charisma and [[PowerPerversionPotential shapeshifting abilities]]. Nowadays it's implied that sorcerers have a touch of magical blood, but this can be from dragons, angels or demons, with different effects depending on which.

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* In fact, it was implied that humanoid sorcerers have some draconic ancestry, as sorcery is how the dragons use magic - and they're pretty much the oldest race, outside of celestials and fiends - as well as explicitly stated that dragons can mate with AnythingThatMoves. Which fits well with their high Charisma and [[PowerPerversionPotential shapeshifting abilities]]. Nowadays it's implied that sorcerers have a touch of magical blood, but this can be from dragons, angels or demons, with different effects depending on which.which, a move started by ''Pathfinder'' and enthusiastically adopted by 5e.



** Acording to ''Dwarves Deep'', humans, gnomes and halflings are cross-fertile with dwarves. And it's not just a theory, but accepted practice among the Shield Dwarves: dwarves' fertility is dangerously low (due to exposure to nonorganic poisons, later [[CloningBlues The Spawned]] taint was added) and the quarter-bloods will be proper dwarves.

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** Acording to ''Dwarves Deep'', humans, gnomes and halflings are cross-fertile with dwarves. And it's not just a theory, but accepted practice among the Shield Dwarves: dwarves' fertility is dangerously low (due to exposure to nonorganic poisons, later [[CloningBlues The Spawned]] taint was added) and the quarter-bloods will be proper dwarves. 5e offers dwarfish blood as a possible source for the heartiness and resilience of the stout halfling subrace.



* {{Planescape}} presented a forerunner of third edition's half-dragons: the Duthka'gith (descended from an other-dimensional race called the githyanki and their occasional dragon allies.)

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* {{Planescape}} presented a forerunner of third edition's half-dragons: the Duthka'gith (descended from an other-dimensional race called the githyanki and their occasional red dragon allies.)



* Al-Qadim, being [[FantasyCounterpartCulture quasi-Arabic]] setting, has polygamy limited by tradition to four wives. That being ''Al-Qadim'', this number is justified by the legend about the first sha'ir, who had four [[OurGeniesAreDifferent genie]] wives -- one per element. Marriages between a mortal and a genie are not quite stuff of legends, though of course rare and many are troublesome -- given how capricious and powerful genies are, few can hope to hold one's interest for long, let alone be a more or less equal match. Mortals of Zakhara are immune to FantasticRacism, so romance between humanoids happens now and again, though rare except human-elf and human-orc pairs -- they are known to be inter-fertile, so it's much less of a big deal.

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* Al-Qadim, being [[FantasyCounterpartCulture quasi-Arabic]] setting, has polygamy limited by tradition to four wives. That being ''Al-Qadim'', this number is justified by the legend about the first sha'ir, who had four [[OurGeniesAreDifferent genie]] wives -- one per element. Marriages between a mortal and a genie are not quite stuff of legends, though of course rare and many are troublesome -- given how capricious and powerful genies are, few can hope to hold one's interest for long, let alone be a more or less equal match. Mortals of Zakhara are immune to FantasticRacism, don't have the same FantasticRacism as most ''D&D'' settings, so romance between humanoids happens now and again, though rare except human-elf and human-orc pairs -- they are known to be inter-fertile, so it's much less of a big deal.



** Mind Rippers are half humanoid, half mind-flayer, and strongly implied to be born... the traditional way.

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** Mind Rippers are half humanoid, half mind-flayer, and strongly implied to be born... the traditional way.way after dozens of mind-flayers merge together into a hideous ooze.


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** Later on, "genasi" became the term for any humanoid with elemental ancestry, what a tiefling is to a fiendish race or an aasimar to a celestial.
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