I, and I think others, feel that using the basic human from SRD is very limiting.
I appreciate there are issues with using Variant Human, however as TacticalAdventures has already made customized sub-race variants as well as sub-classes I don't see any reason why this can't be done to improve the lot of Humans.
Here is something I came up with relatively quickly, the goal being to improve humans as a racial choice within the lore & flavor of Solasta
- Move: 6
- Ability Score Increase: +1 to All ability scores
- Languages: Common, Old Tirmarian and one language of your choice
- Human Adaptability: Animal Handling, Survival, One of Choice
- Scion of Tirmar: Choose one of the following Cleric Cantrips (Light, Resistance, Guidance)
Why Human Adaptability & Scion of Tirmar?
"Unlike the elves, they knew how to build, farm, and survive without magic, which was a great advantage in a mana-depleted world, and even their divine magic relied on the power of the gods instead of the mana of the world."
"Tirmar was a world of gods. Instead of studying arcane magic, humans worshipped the gods, and strengthened them through their devotion. There were gods for every aspect of life on Tirmar, even for the darkest purposes. In return, they gained a mastery of divine magic."
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