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Strangers in a Strange Land
by Bruce R. Cordell

Don’t like chocolate with your peanut butter? Sci-fi in your fantasy? Warforged in the Realms? Well, at least one of these ideas isn't so far-fetched anymore. In “Origin Stories,” we’ll give you plenty of ideas for incorporating genasi into your Eberron game and warforged into your Realms campaign. Using these ideas, you might not find their inclusion so difficult to swallow.

The Forgotten Realms and Eberron campaign settings can accommodate every one of the core D&D rules. A campaign setting has a particular set of stories to tell, however, and sometimes the best stories are those that are proscribed in some fashion. For instance, in our published games and novels, you might never see a warforged character in the Forgotten Realms setting or a genasi character in the Eberron setting. However, with the release of the Eberron Campaign Setting, you’ll have the option of choosing a warforged as a character. You might even have that choice sooner, if your DM allows you to use the rules for playing warforged released in Dragon #364. Likewise, with the release of the Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting, you have the choice of choosing a genasi as a character. However, in a vacuum of official support for a race not described in a campaign setting, you might wonder how your nonstandard race came to exist in the campaign. If so, this article aims to provide you with a list of several official possible origins for your game character.

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    About the Author

    Bruce R. Cordell is an Origins award-winning game designer for Wizards of the Coast, Inc., and co-wrote the new Forgotten Realms Campaign Guide. His long list of professional credits includes Open Grave: Secrets of the Undead, out this month, and the Forgotten Realms novel Plague of Spells, among many others.