Hey Game Fans, we’re back for the last part of our feature on the races for the setting of Lakeport. Today we’re going to look at humans, and their two primary cultures, the Lakefolk and the Horse Lords. These represent a mechanical issue with the way we’ve wanted to present Lakeport. There’s an internal discussion on whether or not they should be a subrace or a background.
Mechanically, the Lakefolk and the Horse Lords are the exact same people with very few differences in their stats. Their changes are minor, and focus on specific aspects of their culture and the primary conveyance they use to get around the world. However, if we make them a background, we take away the ability for a Player to make a Lakefolk Artisan, or a Horse Lord Noble. We pigeonhole them into their specific culture instead of giving their culture the same breadth of options that the other cultures can select.
So we’re going to present these options as subraces (which are usable with either configuration of human from the Player’s Handbook). This is presented as an augmentation to the information provided in the Player’s Handbook, and the subrace represents additional cultural traits exclusive to the Horse Lords and the Lakefolk. There are other smaller groups but these lack a unified culture that pulls them together. The full range of heights, weights, complexions and descriptive elements from the Player’s Handbook are available. Let’s take a closer look at the Horse Lords and The Lakefolk.