August 09, 2021 8 min read
Author:Rhenn Anthony Taguiam
Meta Description:Humans in Dungeons & Dragons 5e don't always have to be the "typical" knights, mercenaries, and wizards. In this D&D 5e guide, we'll explore Humans as a 5e race and their story potential.
Humans are perhaps the most familiar race we'll ever get with Dungeons & Dragons 5e, as they're the TTRPG's analog to humans in the real world. Most campaign settings portray them as the most common species in the realm: of humans conquering lands, establishing cities, and expanding their empires. Unfortunately, this also makes players think Humans in D&D 5ecampaigns won't have anything new to offer. Thankfully, your creative mind can change that.
In this quick guide, we'll explore Humans from D&D 5eand how you can transform one of the most common races in any TTRPG into something unique in your adventure.
Most adventure settings consider Humans as the most common, yet the most diverse set of creatures. While their Medium humanoid appearance makes them very similar to other races in any campaign setting, Humans tend to lack any particular “special” characteristics that other races often have. As such, Humans compensate for their inquisitiveness, thirst for adventure, and sheer bravery. Here are some other traits:
Players can also choose to become a Variant Human, which enables players to have:
Despite being "ordinary," Humans usually get a lot of room for creativity as one of the more "mundane" humanoid races. They don't have many traits to go with, which makes them rather "ordinary" in adventuring parties. However, their sheer willpower and desire to make the most of their short lives make them great adventurers.
Technicalities-wise, Humans don't get many features and instead get an Ability Score Increase for their attributes (for non-variants). This factor further stresses the reality that it's not with characteristics that make a human special, but rather the skills and the trade they pick up in their adventures. Here are some nifty classes for your Human character:
Players and in-game characters generally look at Humans as very “generic” and “ordinary.” After all, we’re already Human, so what difference does that make? Interestingly, players might find the “generic” nature of humans as the very key in making them special.
In fact, adventure settings that make Humans as one of the most common races may motivate players to put them in roles that can reflect the more mundane or the more “unexplored” stories in usual D&D 5egames. Here are some examples: