August 02, 2021 10 min read
Of all ancestries in Dungeons & Dragons 5e, it's perhaps the Warforgedthat offer one of the most interesting dynamics in parties. Unlike other ancestries, Warforged are mechanized beings gifted with sentience by mysterious makers. These Warforged come in the form of warriors, spellcasters, or even explorers of civilizations lost in time. And if you're the kind of player who wants a character struggling to define what it means to be "alive," the Warforged is a perfect addition to your 5eparty. Not to mention, you can tinker with your Warforged to add various trinkets and gadgets!
This quick guide will give you the perfect gist into the life and culture of the mechanized Warforged and how they function in an adventuring party. You can make your own multi-functional Warforged explorer, a Warforged just trying to find its maker, or whatever floats your reactor with this guide.
In the original Eberron setting, Warforged are war machines created by one of the ancient houses of the continent during the Last War. However, Warforged are created to have free will and sentience, eventually gaining the equivalent of “human rights” in the Eberron setting. This backstory in itself could be the basis of a Warforged’s history in an adventure. However, Players and Dungeon Masters may also use this as a backdrop of how a Warforged can tie into their setting. Here are other considerations for Warforged characters:
Warforged can excel in any role they’re given, thanks to their programming. As such, a lot of Warforged may find themselves with “predisposed” roles that define their reason for creation. It’s this very reason that some Players may want to create their Warforged’s story to be in-line with the Class they choose. Likewise, a Warforged may showcase its sentience by choosing a Class completely separate from its “intended purpose,” adding a thrill to the Warforged's story in the adventure. Here are some Classes that fit any Warforged character:
Despite being one of the most popular ancestries in the game, Warforged also has one of the best opportunities to come with a unique backstory. Thanks to their “artificial” nature, any Warforged can have a bizarre backstory based on their life prior to their gaining of sentience. As such, Players and Dungeon Masters may even use this as an opportunity to connect Warforged's history with what’s happened to Warforged in their world in general. Here are some Backgrounds that can be extremely beneficial for any Warforged’s story: