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Genasi
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Abilities +2 Int, and either
+2 Str or +2 Con
Skills +2 Endurance
+2 Nature
Size Medium
Speed 6
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 a player character race in 4th edition Dungeons & Dragons.[FRPG:10]

Racial traits Edit

Genasi receive the following racial traits.

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.
Elemental Manifestation
Choose one elemental manifestation: earthsoul, firesoul, stormsoul, watersoul, or windsoul. That manifestation is part of your nature. Each elemental manifestation offers particular benefits and provides an associated encounter power. Dragon 380 added corrupt manifestations for abyssal genasi, and Dragon 396 also added Athas manifestations.
Standard manifestations
Manifestation Racial power Other benefits
Earthsoul earthshock You gain a +1 racial bonus to Fortitude defense, and a +1 racial bonus to saving throws.
Firesoul firepulse You gain a +1 racial bonus to Reflex defense, and resist 5 fire per tier.
Stormsoul promise of storm You gain a +1 racial bonus to Fortitude defense, and resist 5 lightning per tier.
Watersoul swiftcurrent You can breathe underwater. You also gain a +2 racial bonus to saving throws against ongoing damage.
Windsoul windwalker You gain resist 5 cold per tier.
Corrupt manifestations
Causticsoul acid surge You can breathe underwater. You also gain resist 5 acid per tier.[Dr380:19]
Cindersoul firedeath You gain a +1 racial bonus to Fortitude defense, and resist 5 fire per tier.[Dr380:19]
Plaguesoul plaguebearer You gain resist 5 poison per tier, and a +5 racial bonus to saving throws against disease.[Dr380:19]
Voidsoul void assumption You gain resist 5 psychic per tier, and a +1 racial bonus to Will defense.[Dr380:19]
Athas manifestations[Dr396]
Embersoul ashfall evasion +1 racial bonus to reflex and +4 racial bonus to saving throws against ongoing fire damage.
Magmasoul Flowing magma +1 racial bonus to fortitude. Whenever you take fire damage, your melee attacks deal 1d6 extra fire damage until the end of your next turn.
Sandsoul Sandslide +4 racial bonus to acrobatics and athletics when taking the escape action. +2 racial bonus to saving throws against effects that immobilize, restrain or slow.
Sunsoul Sun flare +4 racial bonus to saving throws against ongoing damage that includes fire or radiant. You and your equipment suffer no ill effect from ambient temperatures between -50 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Immune to sun sickness.

Physical qualitiesEdit

Every genasi constantly manifests an element. (Genasi have no neutral, nonelemental state.) All genasi are born with one elemental manifestation, a genetic trait handed down from his or her parents. Genasi are roughly the size and shape of humans, though they tend toward broader physiques that are evidence of their physical strength. A genasi's body is etched with energy lines that glow in a color associated with the element the genasi manifests.

  • Earthsoul: Brown skin; golden energy lines and eyes; bald with golden energy lines glowing on the head.
  • Firesoul: Ruddy bronze skin; fiery orange energy lines and eyes; flickering flames coming out of the energy lines on the head.
  • Stormsoul: Purple skin; silvery energy lines; glowing crystalline silver spikes on the head.
  • Watersoul: Seafoam green skin; bright blue energy lines; bald with blue energy lines glowing on the head.
  • Windsoul: Sliver skin; light blue energy lines; glowing blue and gray ice crystal spikes on the head.
  • 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 featsEdit

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

Feats that require one of the manifestations:

Genasi paragon pathsEdit

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

Further readingEdit

  • Dragon 367, "Ecology of the Genasi", page 11.
  • Dragon 380, "Abyssal Genasi", page 18

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