Big Mac wrote:I guess I need to start going through 4th Edition rules, maybe starting with races, to ask:
"What is new to 4e?"
"What has been modified for 4e?" and
"What has been removed from 4e (and presumably Nentir Vale)?"
There aren't Prestige Classes, there are Paragon Paths. I guess both share the same function, and you can convert PPs into PrC. There are also Epic Destinies, that are new to 4e, but there is "3.5 conversion" of sorts in Dragon 363. We can use those as the only ones in this "hardback", or use those as models to convert EDs.
Big Mac wrote:
Going with the 4th Edition core rulebooks, we get the following Races of Nentir Vale
- Human and
My idea, at least in the Gazetter, is "convert" from the Essentials. Mechanically, Essentials and vanilla 4e is the same, but lorewise not. Vanilla 4e have little fluff, if have any. The first two PHBs don't reveal nothing about the world of Nerath, and gave us next to nothing about the roles of races and classes in that world. The Essentials books, on the other hand, are full of lore, revealing to us the place of the races in the world, or why they choose to follow x class.
The Essentials books divide races in two categories (those categories remained in 5e, in fact): common and uncommon races. Common races are introduced in Heroes of the Fallen Lands, and as you can imagine, are the majority in the Nentir Vale and the Nerathi League region. They were all first-class citizens in the Nerathi Empire. Heroes of the Forgotten Kingdoms give us the uncommon races. They maybe are more numerous in far away places, but in the Nentir Vale they are fewer in number. Most of the uncommon races were part of the "monstrous" races, but became more common when they were "annexed" to the Nerathi Empire as second class citizens. Other are just few in number. The "essentialized" books give us a few races that are more common in other planes, but less common in the World (or the prime material, in 3.x terms).
- Elves: Also known as wood elves. Neverwinter campaign setting also introduced the wild elves subrace to 4e. Can be raided to Nerath.
- Dwarves: Neverwinter campaign setting also introduced the gold and shield subraces. Can be raided to Nerath.
- Eladrin: Also known as "high" elves, they are native from the Feywild, but thanks to being first-class citizens in the Nerathi empire, they became pretty common in the Prime Material of Nerath. Mind, those aren't the eladrin from the Outer Planes. In "Planescape terms", they would be "minor" eladrin, less powerful variants of the eladrin from the chaotic good planes, that in Nerath's world are known as "noble" eladrin.
Rare in the Prime but more common in the Echo Planes:
- Dragonborn: afraid that the dragonborn could create another powerful empire like Arkhosia, Emperor Magroth created a law that prohibited dragomborn from gathering in large numbers. Nerath has been destroyed 100 years before the starting year in the campaign, but dragonborn still live in small numbers in cities and towns of other races.
- Tieflings: They were first class citizens in Nerath (at least, by the time Siege of Gardmore Abbey takes place), but the race simply have had few members since the Dragon-Devil Wars, when the tiefling race was driven to near extinction after the fall of Bael Turath (and not by the dragonborn, but by their own slaves). Tieflings of Nerath's world are called "asmodean tieflings" in Toril. Meaning they are not descendants of any devil or demons, but from those who did pacts with Asmodeus himself.
- Drow: Some drow scape from the Underdark from time to time. Some even join with the civilized races.
- Half-elves and half-orcs: They just don't have the numbers to be common in the World. Half-elves were first class citizens, while half-orcs weren't as privileged.
- Vryloka (living vampires)
There are some Dragon articles that includes monster races (such as gnolls and hobgoblins), or other humanoids races from other planes (like devas or shadar-kai).
Big Mac wrote:Does anyone know of retro-conversions for Dragonborn and Eladrin?
I do not know how much of pathfinder is compatible with 3.5 (I know 3.5 is the base for pathfinder, but also that pathfinder did their own rules and improved some stuff, and whatnot), but this Eberron conversion for pathfinder has stats for dragonborn
. I guess is easier to convert stuff from pathfinder to 3.5 than from 4e.