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Historians report that humans developed fairly recently, compared to many other ancestries. Despite their relative novelty, those of human ancestry have spread across the land and established human communities virtually everywhere.

Ancestral Traits

Your human character has a few traits in common with all other humans, regardless of their upbringing.

Age. Humans reach adulthood in their late teens and live less than a century.

Curiosity. Your natural curiosity leads you to dabble in a variety of activities. You gain proficiency in a skill of your choice, as well as with an artisan tool of your choice.

Size. Humans vary widely in height and build, from barely 5 feet to well over 6 feet tall. Regardless of your position in that range, your size is Medium.

Speed. Your base walking speed is 30 feet.

Cultural Traits

Human culture is defined by its curiosity and love of novelty. As such, its members vary widely, adopting new practices more frequently than those of other cultures often do.

Ability Score Increase. Your ability scores each increase by 1.

Alignment. Those raised in human cultures tend toward no particular alignment, just as human cultures themselves tend to change and vary as well. The best and the worst are found among them.

Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common and one extra language of your choice. Human communities typically learn the languages that its members brought from their own heritages. Because so many elves and dwarves live among humans, for example, members of human society are fond of sprinkling their speech with words borrowed from other tongues: Orcish curses, Elvish musical expressions, Dwarvish military phrases, and so on.

Human Variations

If players find human culture uninspired, GMs can allow players to create humans with fewer ability score increases in exchange for some other benefit, such as a feat. Such characters would have two different ability scores of the player’s choice increase by one and gain a feat, such as Grappler.

Human Paragon

Source More Ancestries & Cultures, Copyright 2020, Arcanist Press LLP.

Paragons are a distinct human culture that claims it originates in a community of legendary heroes a thousand or more years ago. Over the generations, they have passed down the tales and values of those epic heroes in tales, practices, and beliefs. These communities welcome others into their number who are willing to take up the values and commitments that they hold dear. Thus most members of paragon communities have the following traits.

Ability Score Increase. Your ability scores each increase by 1.

Alignment. Members of paragon communities trumpet the values of duty, honor, and sacrifice they claim the legendary heroes exemplified. As such, they tend to be lawful.

Heroic Conviction. The beliefs and practices of paragon communities endow its members with bravery and fortitude. You have advantage on saving throws against being frightened.

Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common, Celestial, and a language of your choice.