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D&D Races: An Exalted Conversion

To-Do List ==

  • Add a friggin' legal disclaimer.
  • Add D20 Modern races.
  • Add D20 Modern: Apocalypse races.
  • Add Etherscope races.
  • Add Forgotten Realms races.
  • Add Planar Handbook races.
  • Add Psionics Handbook (Expanded) races.
  • Add Races of Destiny races.
  • Add Races of Faerun races.
  • Add Races of Stone races.
  • Add Races of the Dragon races.
  • Add Races of the Wild races.
  • Add Ravenloft races.
  • Add Urban Arcana races.
  • Add a description to each race.
  • Add suggestions for where they belong in Creation.

Changes =


  • Removed secondary attribute decrease for Half-Orcs, Shifters, and Warforged.
  • Added Glacier Dwarves, Ice Gnomes, Neanderthals, Snow Elves, and Uldra.


  • Added Afflicted Kender, Asheratis, Badlands Dwarves, Baaz, Bhukas, Centaurs, Dargonesti Elves, Dark Dwarves, Dimernesti Elves, Gully Dwarves, Half-Ogres, Irda, Kagonesti Elves, Kapak, Kender, Mad Gnomes, Minotaurs, Ogres, Painted Elves, Qualinesti Elves, Scablands Half-Orcs, Silvanesti Elves, and Tinker Gnomes.
  • Created subpages for Elves, Dwarves, Gnomes, and Half-Breeds.
  • Edited Humans.
  • Edited and clarified To-Do List.


  • Modified Attributes:
    • Increased (Attribute): (Attribute) maxima are one higher than allowed by Essence - for example, a maximum rating of •••••• at Essence •••••.
    • Decreased (Attribute): (Attribute) maxima are one lower than allowed by Essence - for example, a maximum rating of ••••• at Essence ••••••.
  • Racial Specialties
    • A race with racial specialties has one or more specialties at zero cost.
    • Characters of this race recieve the benefits of these free specialties only if they have at least • in the related Ability.
    • Racial specialties do not count toward specialty caps.
  • Statures
    • Small Stature: Remove one success from all Strength-based rolls. Gain a •• bonus to Dodge DVs.
    • Large Stature: Recieve •• penalty to Dodge DVs. Add one success to all Strength-based rolls.
  • Vision
    • Low-Light Vision: Any sight-based penalties involving light, for anything less than absolute darkness is negated. Vision is colou.
    • Darkvision: Any sight-based penalties involving light, including absolute darkness, are negated. In complete darkness, vision is black and white.
  • Sensitivity
    • Light Sensitive -2 penalties when acting in bright light, and are considered entirely blind when acting in full daylight.
    • Surface Sensitive: -2 penalties when acting outside of water, with an addition -2 for every day spent out of water.
    • Water Sensitive -2 penalties when acting in water or when soaking wet. Cannot hold breath in water.
  • Broken Spirit: Willpower is configured using the second and third-highest virtue, as opposed to highest and second-highest.
  • Heat Resistant: Character requires a quarter of the water others do, and gains two bonus dice on any survival roll involving the desert.

Racial Subpages

The Dwarves, which contains:

  • Dwarves
  • Badlands Dwarves
  • Dark Dwarves
  • Glacier Dwarves
  • Gully Dwarves
  • Hill Dwarves
  • Mountain Dwarves

The Elves, which contains:

  • Elves
  • Dargonesti Elves
  • Dimernesti Elves
  • Kagonesti Elves
  • Painted Elves
  • Qualinesti Elves
  • Silvanesti Elves
  • Snow Elves

The Gnomes, which contains:

  • Gnomes
  • Mad Gnomes
  • Tinker Gnomes
  • Ice Gnomes

The Half-Breeds, Which contains:

  • Half-Elves
  • Half-Ogres
  • Half-Orcs
  • Scablands Half-Orcs



  • 1B/1L/0A Additional Soak.
  • Darkvision, which functions in sand as well.
  • Heat Resistant.
  • Water Sensitive.
  • Gains the equivilant of the Water Aspect anima power, but in reguards to sand.


  • Stamina ••.
  • Increased Stamina.
  • Decreased Intelligence.
  • Racial Specialty: "Diseases" in Resistance.
  • May glide at half-walking speed with wings.
  • Additional 3B/3L/1A Soak.
  • +0L unarmed attack.
  • An additional one -1, and two -2 health levels, as if they had the Ox-Body Technique charm.
  • Baaz recieve five less bonus points at character creation.


  • Dexterity ••.
  • Increased Dexterity.
  • Decreased Strength.
  • Survival •.
  • Racial Specialty: "Dousing" in Survival.
  • Heat Resistant.
  • Water Sensitive.


  • Dexterity ••.
  • Stamina ••.
  • Strength ••.
  • Increased Dexterity.
  • Increased Stamina.
  • Increased Strength.
  • Decreased Intelligence.
  • Decreased Wits.
  • Large Stature.
  • Darkvision.
  • May not wear armour.
  • +1L Kick Attack.
  • An additional two -1, and four -2 health levels, as if they had the Ox-Body Technique charm.
  • Centaurs recieve ten less bonus points at character creation.


  • Linguistics •.
  • Changelings are granted immunity to shape-changing and Wyld-based effects, as if they were Lunars.
  • At any time, a Changeling may grow or shrink up to a foot in height, widen or narrow by a foot in length, and change any aspect of their physical appearance, such as eye color, skin tone, hair color, facial features, or gender. Mimicing someone exactly, or temporarily raising their appearance may require a Charisma + Performance roll, and such transformations may only last for a scene. Shapechanging in combat takes three Initiative ticks. Items, unless attuned, do not change shape with the Changeling. Changelings revert to their original form when they die.


  • Halflings begin with Dexterity ••.
  • Increased Dexterity.
  • Decreased Strength.
  • Racial Specialty: "Listening" in Awareness.
  • •• to all DVs. This stacks with their size bonus for Dodge DV.
  • Small Stature.


  • Humans gain an additional seven bonus points at character generation.


  • Charisma ••.
  • Intelligence ••.
  • Increased Charisma.
  • Increased Intelligence.
  • Decreased Stamina.
  • May, with the expenadture of a Willpower point, change into any other race or subrace, gaining any physical abilities, disabilities, and attribute shifts. Transformation may last as long as they want. Irda revert to their original form when killed.
  • Irda recieve five less bonus points at character generation.


  • Presence • and Socialize •.
  • Kalashtar begin with •• Social DV bonus.
  • Kalashtar are able to form a telepathic link with anyone with an Intelligence score. It allows them to communicate as a free action. It lasts for one scene. Forming a bond requires a Charisma + Permenant Essence roll. Only one bond may be formed at a time, even between two Kalashtar. This ability does not count as a charm, and may not be disrupted as such.


  • Dexterity ••.
  • Stamina ••.
  • Increased Dexterity.
  • Increased Stamina.
  • Decreased Intelligence.
  • Decreased Wits.
  • Racial Specialty: "Diseases" in Resistance.
  • Racial Specialty: "Called Shots" in Archery, Martial Arts, Melee, and Thrown.
  • May glide at half-walking speed with wings.
  • Darkvision.
  • Additional 6B/6L/2A Soak.
  • +0L unarmed attack.
  • An additional two -1, and four -2 health levels, as if they had the Ox-Body Technique charm.
  • Kapak recieve ten less bonus points at character creation.

Kender, Standard

  • Dexterity ••.
  • Increased Dexterity.
  • Decreased Wits.
  • Decreased Temperance (Treat as Attribute Decrease).
  • Larceny •.
  • Racial Specialty: "Taunting" in Socialize.
  • Racial Specialty: "Fear" in Integrity.
  • • to all DVs. This stacks with their size bonus for Dodge DV.
  • Small Stature.

Kender, Afflicted

  • Dexterity ••.
  • Increased Dexterity.
  • Decreased Wits.
  • Athletics •, Larceny •, and Stealth •.
  • • to all DVs. This stacks with their size bonus for Dodge DV.
  • Small Stature.


  • Strength ••
  • Increased Strength.
  • Decreased Dexterity.
  • Additional 3B/3L/1A soak.
  • Athletics •, and Sail •.
  • Merit: Code of Honor.


  • Stength ••
  • Stamina ••.
  • Increased Strength
  • Increased Stamina.
  • Decreased Dexterity
  • Decreased Intelligence.
  • Awareness • and Survival •.
  • Racial Specialty: "Clubs" in Melee.


  • Strength •••.
  • Stamina ••.
  • Increased Stamina
  • Increased Strength
  • Decreased Dexterity
  • Decreased Intelligence
  • Decreased Wits
  • Darkvision.
  • Large Stature.
  • Additional 3B/3L/1A soak.
  • An additional two -1, and four -2 health levels, as if they had the Ox-Body Technique charm.
  • Ogres recieve ten less bonus points at character creation.


  • Dexterity ••.
  • Increased Dexterity.
  • Decreased Manipulation.
  • Athletics •.
  • Shifters gain, with the expenditure of one Willpower point, the use of Deadly Beast Transformation for a scene. Shifter DBT does not stack with Lunar DBT (and thus may not be active at the same time), does not produce a tell, and does not count as using a charm (and may not be disrupted as such). Shifter DBT should be built as a standard DBT, or it's second edition equivilant.


  • Stamina ••.
  • Increased Stamina.
  • Decreased Strength.
  • Lore • and Survival •.
  • Uldra are ice-based elementals. As such, they do not make Survival checks involving cold.
  • Small stature.
  • Darkvision.


  • Stamina ••.
  • Increased Stamina.
  • Decreased Charisma and Wits.
  • Warforged recieve an automatic 3B/3L/1A bonus to soak.
  • Warforged may not wear armor.
  • Warforged have a +0L unarmed combat modifier.

Comments, Complaints, and Death Threats Go Here

I don't have much time, but I gotta say that this is very cool. I am glad that you did it, it brings forth new concepts and character types to play with. I definitly like it, and with an indepth read probably will find way to fit it in. - Heru

Thanks. And here I was convinced people weren't going to like this. - bassist159

I made the page more legible for you. It's often easier to define terms once rather than about six times; it keeps your information density dense.

In most cases, I don't agree with the "Increased (one Att), Decreased (two social Atts)" form; this works in D&D because it's a game designed for specialist characters, and, importantly, having a weakness tends to mean that a character's significantly less good at accomplishing stuff, but it doesn't make the character much less good at enduring stuff. The impact of a penalised Attribute in Exalted is a lot harder. Similarly, the impact of an increased Attribute is a lot sharper; you can be sure that the world of D&D-Exalted is populated by elvish, halfling, and shifter sword princesses.

Finally, what's with the specialties? Two to four XP worth of "free" purchases that you can't make choices about, and resultantly constrict your concepts and effectiveness, are a penalty, not a bonus, when they occupy your 3-specs-per-Ability slots. - willows

First off, the edit is appreciated. This was originally written one race at a time, making such redundancy nessicary, but yes, this looks a lot nicer. As for specalties, I'm thinking that they actually shouldn't count against caps, if it's something the entire friggin' race has. As for the Attributes - well, I'm willing to take suggestions. I kept it pretty close to the D&D formula because it fit the character concepts - Halflings aren't naturally as strong as other races, Half-Orcs aren't as intelligent, and so forth. If you think in some cases (ie, Shifters, Half-Orcs) one of the penalties should be dropped, I could see that.-Bassist159
I'm not sure about the dot modifiers, but I do agree partially. In D&D, Strength is the Prime Ability, and thus tends to force drops in multiple other Abilities to match its increase. That's definately not true in Exalted. Similarly, I would agree that racial specialties shouldn't count towards one's Specialty caps. - FrivYeti
Yeah, I'm thinking that's not a bad idea myself. Thus, changed it. - Bassist159
Another possibility for the specialties is that characters can purchase their racial specialty for the normal XP, but it doesn't count towards the specialty cap. Stanoje
Another good idea, one worth considering in later revisions. - Bassist159
And in a similar vein, perhaps Increased Att. and Decreased Att. modify the XP cost required to raise the particular attribute? -- Somori
I might actually tack that on for buying the last dot in the Decreased Att. - Bassist159

Only one issue I see: Everyone should want to be a human. Totally. Point-wise, they're far superior to the others at creation, and then they only get better. Amazing. -- GreenLantern

Yeah, maybe the xp bonus is too much? And frankly, I'm more worried about the unbalance of the other strains of Humans (and most the ECL 2+ races with lots of inborn bonuses.) as compared to others. - Bassist159, who is utterly amazed at his ability to keep from making a Green Lantern joke/reference.