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Genasi
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Abilities Intelligence, and either
Strength or Constitution
Skills Endurance
Nature
Size Medium
Speed Moderate
Vision Normal
Languages Common, Primordial
Traits Elemental Origin
Elemental Manifestation
Avg. height 5'7"–6'2"
170–188 cm
Avg. weight 130–225 lbs.
59–102 kg

Genasi is one of the player character races in Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition introduced in the Forgotten Realms Player's Guide.[1][FRPG:10]

Elemental Origin
Your ancestors were native to the Elemental Chaos, so you are considered an elemental creature for the purpose of effects that relate to creature origin.[1][FRPG:10]
Elemental Manifestation
Choose one elemental manifestation: earthsoul, firesoul, stormsoul, watersoul, or windsoul.[1][FRPG:10]

Racial traits

Genasi receive the following racial traits.

Elemental Origin
Genasi ancestors were native to the Elemental Chaos, so they are considered an elemental creature for the purpose of effects that relate to creature origin.[1][FRPG:10]
Elemental Manifestation
Each genasi manifests one of the following elemental manifestation, which represents the elements they are imbued with: earthsoul, firesoul, stormsoul, watersoul, or windsoul. Each elemental manifestation offers particular benefits and provides an associated encounter power. Dragon #380 added corrupt manifestations to reflect those genasi who have succumb to the Abyss' corruption, and Dragon #396 also added Athas manifestations to reflect the genasi that are present in the Dark Sun campaign setting.[1][FRPG:10]
Standard manifestations
Manifestation Racial power Other benefits
Earthsoul earthshock You gain a minor racial bonus to Fortitude defense, and a minor racial bonus to saving throws.[FRPG:10]
Firesoul firepulse You gain a minor racial bonus to Reflex defense, and resist to fire per tier.[FRPG:10]
Stormsoul promise of storm You gain a minor racial bonus to Fortitude defense, and resist to lightning per tier.[FRPG:10]
Watersoul swiftcurrent You can breathe underwater. You also gain a minor racial bonus to saving throws against ongoing damage.[FRPG:10]
Windsoul windwalker You gain resist to cold per tier.[FRPG:10]
Corrupt manifestations
Causticsoul acid surge You can breathe underwater. You also gain resist to acid per tier.[Dr380:19]
Cindersoul firedeath You gain a minor racial bonus to Fortitude defense, and resist to fire per tier.[Dr380:19]
Plaguesoul plaguebearer You gain resist to poison per tier, and a moderate racial bonus to saving throws against disease.[Dr380:19]
Voidsoul void assumption You gain resist to psychic per tier, and a minor racial bonus to Will defense.[Dr380:19]
Athas manifestations[Dr396]
Embersoul ashfall evasion You gain a minor racial bonus to Reflex and moderate racial bonus to saving throws against ongoing fire damage.
Magmasoul Flowing magma You gain a minor racial bonus to Fortitude. Whenever you take fire damage, your melee attacks deal extra fire damage for a short duration.
Sandsoul Sandslide You gain a moderate racial bonus to Acrobatics and Athletics when taking the escape action. You gain a minor racial bonus to saving throws against effects that immobilize, restrain or slow.
Sunsoul Sun flare You gain a moderate racial bonus to saving throws against ongoing damage that includes fire or radiant. You and your equipment suffer no ill effect from ambient temperatures. Immune to sun sickness.

Physical qualities

Genasi are planetouched humanoids that constantly manifests their related element. This elemental manifestion is related to the genasi's heritage, and they are roughly the same size and a shape of humans. Some genasi have their bodies etched with energy lines that glow in a color associated with the element those genasi manifests.[1][FRPG:10]

  • Normal
    • Earthsoul: Brownish-Tan skin; golden energy lines and eyes; bald with golden energy lines glowing on the head.[1][FRPG:10]
    • Firesoul: Ruddy bronze skin; fiery orange energy lines and eyes; flickering flames coming out of the energy lines on the head.[1][FRPG:10]
    • Stormsoul: Purple skin; silvery energy lines; glowing crystalline silver spikes on the head.[1][FRPG:10]
    • Watersoul: Seafoam green skin; bright blue energy lines; bald with blue energy lines glowing on the head.[1][FRPG:10]
    • Windsoul: Sliver skin; light blue energy lines; glowing blue and gray ice crystal spikes on the head.[1][FRPG:10]
  • Abyssal
    • Causticsoul: Green skin; green-black energy lines; bald with green-black energy lines glowing on the head.
    • Cindersoul: Ashen gray skin; dim fiery-orange energy lines; faint trails of ash or wisps of smoke emanate from the head.
    • Plaguesoul: Dried blood-colored skin; black energy lines; ruddy shreds on the head as of rust.
    • Voidsoul: Black skin; energy lines of the deepest lack of color; bald with utter darkness rising from the head.

Genasi feats

The following feats have the genasi race as a prerequisite. Other prerequisites are noted.

Feats that require one of the manifestations:

Genasi paragon paths

Refer to the Genasi pargaon paths on the Paragon Path page or the Genasi paragon paths category.

See Also

  • Dragon 367, "Ecology of the Genasi", page 11.
  • Dragon 380, "Abyssal Genasi", page 18
  • Dragon 396, "Winning Races: Genasi of Athas"

Appendix

References

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 Rob Heinsoo, Logan Bonner, Robert J. Schwalb (2008, September). Forgotten Realms Player's Guide. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 10-12. ISBN 978-0-7869-4929-8. Retrieved on 2019-06-14.
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