Racial Portals of Faerûn
with portals that bridge the gulf between planes, the land of Faerûn
is a crossroads for all manner of strange beings. Some arrive on Toril
by chance, others by choice, and still others because of magical summons.
Some are devils and archfiends from the vilest planes; others are djinn
and efreet traveling from the elemental planes; and others are the servitors
of the gods who have been sent by their masters on errands meant to forward
the spread of their particular beliefs. All have left an indelible mark
upon the land.
traces take many forms: Sometimes they are in the landscape or in strange
artifacts left behind by a careless deity. Sometimes, traces of an outsider's
passage are found in the blood of the races of Faerûn. The planetouched
bear the burden of an outsider's parentage -- the aasimar, descendants
of good beings who are forced to live with the markings of their celestial
lineage; and the tieflings, forever stigmatized with the physical manifestation
of their infernal heritage. The genasi, product of the union between a
mortal and an elemental being, dwell uncomfortably between their parents'
different worlds: cut off from both, belonging to neither.
the planetouched and genasi are uncommon in their appearance, they at
least conform to accepted ideas of mortals, magic, and their relationship
to the world. Stranger still than the planetouched or the genasi are those
traces left by the gnome deity Gond. His followers, the Lantanese gnomes
and their descendants, venerate technology. Unique throughout all of Faerûn,
the gnomes of Lantan present more than an academic curiosity -- they represent
an alternative to the dominance of magic in the mortal world. As such,
they challenge the status quo of Faerûn, which is a dangerous movement
that may one day change the face of the mortal world.
following selection of portals detail the avenues by which these
powerful extraplanar beings come and go through Faerûn. Certainly more
portals exist than those listed here. The history and the future
of the races of Faerûn have been forever changed because of these portals
and the ease with which they allow powerful beings to enter the mortal
portals have impacted the races of Faerûn:
Masters who wish to utilize these portals in their campaign may
want to have these books on hand:
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