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Race refers to any of the species that can be player characters in GemStone IV. There are thirteen playable races.

Playable Races

Race Description Height Lifespan
Human1.gif With an average stature, humans are rather stocky and tend to be somewhat rustic in appearance. Men often sport a beard or mustache while the women tend to be sturdy and good-natured.

Most humans hail from the Turamzzyrian Empire, the dominant power in western Elanith.

5' to 6'
(max 6.5')
80
Giantman1.gif Tall, well built and physically strong. Great warriors and builders, their intuition matches their physical prowess. However, they are not especially quick or agile. 6' to 6.5'
(max 7')
100
Halfelf1.gif Appearing as humans with slightly pointed ears and sharp features, half-elves are agile and dexterous like elves, yet full of strength and stamina like humans. Unfortunately, they are shunned in many lands due to the enmity between humans and elves. 5' to 6'
(max 6.5')
400
Sylvankind1.gif Long ago, when the elves moved from the forests to build their Seven Cities, some remained and became sylvan. Extremely rare outside of the forest, few sylvankind ever leave their wooded homes. Slight and lithe, they move about the woodlands and hills with ease, preferring garbs of forest green and brown. 5.5' to 6'
(max 6.5')
1500
Darkelf1.gif Long ago exiled after the Undead War, dark elves' skin grew dark from exposure to the mana foci of Rhoska-Tor. Distinguished by sharp features, they possess a great love of knowledge and learning and have mastered spiritual and elemental magic as no other race ever could. Many are still bitter and resentful of their political status. 5.5' to 6'
(max 6.5')
1500
Elf1.gif Tall, slender and agile with fine features, elves are resistant to the ravages of time and disease. Their senses are extremely keen but their long lifespans bring a natural lack of discipline. Elves are talented in many things and consider themselves superior to other races, especially humans.

The Elven Empire is in its twilight and only five of the original Seven Cities remain, but they still hold sway over much of eastern Elanith.

5.5' to 6'
(max 6.5')
1500
Dwarf1.gif Dwarves are a hardy race, short, strong, and stout. They're quite fond of mining, forging, and ale. Their beards are a matter of great pride, often long and elaborately braided. Some dwarven females are bearded, some are not. Neither agile nor quick, they have a natural resistance to certain forms of elemental magic. 4' to 4.5'
(max 4.75')
180
Halfling1.gif Smaller than most, halflings are rotund and have large feet endowed with luxuriant hair. Preferring the simple pleasures of life, such as good food (mostly tarts), drink and companionship, their inquisitive manner frequently lands them in awkward situations. 3' to 3.25'
(max 3.5')
100
Forestgnome1.gif Forest gnomes protect their dwellings with camouflage, deadly traps and poisonous foliage. They have become stronger and wiser in order to survive. Despite their cautious nature, Forest gnomes can be friendly and are known to be great lovers of poetry and rumination. 3.5' to 4'
(max 4.25')
200
Burghalgnome1.gif Burghal gnomes live in, under, or near the cities of other civilizations. Excellent scavengers and thieves, their true delight lies in the art of tinkering. Burghal gnomes take great delight in puzzles and games, though some prefer pranks and dirty tricks. 3' to 3.25'
(max 3.5')
180
Halfkrolvin1.gif Half-Krolvins have pale skin with a slight blue or blue-gray tinge. Particularly hairy, their long arms have delicate fingers with swollen-looking knuckles. Half-Krolvins benefit from strong able bodies, but often get into trouble due to poor judgment or short-sighted reasoning. 5' to 5.5'
(max 6')
100
Erithian1.gif Erithians are tall, thin and have slightly pointed ears and almond-shaped eyes giving them a somewhat elf-like appearance. Hardy and deceptively tough, both genders are often balding with just a fringe of hair. Erithians mysteriously appeared in Elanthia only 1500 years ago. 5.5' to 6.5'
(max 7')
430
Aelotoi1.gif Aelotoi are thin with large heads and big round eyes totally devoid of white. They have diaphanous wings of varying color but they are too weak to fly. It is often easy to tell how an Aelotoi is feeling based on the position of his or her wings. 5' to 6'
(max 6.5')
80

Cultures

Each race of people is made up of many cultures. A well-defined character should have a special background, or cultural history, which could have significantly impacted the unique person that they have become as they take their first steps into their new home town.

Cultures are roleplaying choices and have no effect on game mechanics. For more information, see the individual race articles.

Statistics

These racial modifiers are added to the statistic bonus (not raw stat).

BONUS = (STAT-50)/2 + RACIAL MODIFIER
Table: Statistic Bonus Modifiers By Race - edit
Race Strength Constitution Dexterity Agility Discipline Aura Logic Intuition Wisdom Influence
Aelotoi -5 0 +5 +10 +5 0 +5 +5 0 -5
Burghal Gnome -15 +10 +10 +10 -5 +5 +10 +5 0 -5
Dark Elf 0 -5 +10 +5 -10 +10 0 +5 +5 -5
Dwarf +10 +15 0 -5 +10 -10 +5 0 0 -10
Elf 0 0 +5 +15 -15 +5 0 0 0 +10
Erithian -5 +10 0 0 +5 0 +5 0 0 +10
Forest Gnome -10 +10 +5 +10 +5 0 +5 0 +5 -5
Giantman +15 +10 -5 -5 0 -5 -5 0 0 +5
Half-Elf 0 0 +5 +10 -5 0 0 0 0 +5
Half-Krolvin +10 +10 0 +5 0 0 -10 0 -5 -5
Halfling -15 +10 +15 +10 -5 -5 +5 +10 0 -5
Human +5 0 0 0 0 0 +5 +5 0 0
Sylvankind 0 0 +10 +5 -5 +5 0 0 0 0

For racial modifiers to statistic growth, see the article on statistic growth rate.

Table: Other Characteristics
Race Max Health Base Regeneration Spirit Regeneration Decay Timer Weight Factor Encumbrance Factor Maneuver Bonus Elemental TD Spiritual TD Mental TD Sorcerer TD Poison TD Disease TD
Human 150 2 1 per 3 min 14 min 0.90 1.00 Average 0 0 0 0 0 ??
Giantman 200 2 1 per 3 min 13 min 1.20 1.33 Average -5 +5 0 0 0 ??
Half-Elf 135 2 1 per 4 min 10 min 0.80 0.92 Good -5 -5 0 -5 0 +50
Sylvankind 130 1 1 per 4 min 10 min 0.70 0.81 Good -5 -5 0 -5 +10 +100
Dark Elf 120 1 1 per 5 min 10 min 0.75 0.84 Good -5 -5 0 -5 +10 +100
Elf 130 1 1 per 5 min 10 min 0.70 0.78 Excellent -5 -5 0 -5 +10 +100
Dwarf 140 3 2 per 5 min 10 min 0.75 0.80 Average +30 0 0 +15 +20 +15
Halfling 100 3 2 per 5 min 16 min 0.45 0.50 Excellent +40 0 0 +20 +30 +30
Forest Gnome 100 2 2 per 5 min 16 min 0.45 0.60 Excellent 0 0 0 0 0 0
Burghal Gnome 90 2 1 per 3 min 14 min 0.40 0.50 Best 0 0 0 0 0 0
Half-Krolvin 165 2 1 per 4 min 13 min 1.00 1.10 Average 0 0 0 0 0 ??
Erithian 120 3 1 per 4 min 13 min 0.75 0.85 Good 0 0 0 0 0 ??
Aelotoi 120 1 1 per 4 min 10 min 0.65 0.75 Good 0 0 0 0 0 ??


Weight and Encumbrance

Main article: Encumbrance

There are three factors that determine body weight: base race weight, race weight factor (see table below) and the statistics (Strength + Constitution). Note that the strength and constitution stats are weighted equally. Base weight is the character's weight with (theoretically) zero (STR + CON) stats. As the STR and CON stats increase so does body weight.

Body weight is determined by the formula:

Body Weight = Race Base Weight + ((STR stat + CON stat) * Race Weight Factor)

Note: Use only even number STR and CON stats. If the stat is an odd number, subtract 1 from its value. For example, if the STR stat is 89 use 88 (89 - 1) for the calculations. The formula is accurate when both stat values are 50 or greater. If either stat value is less than 50 the character's actual weight will be slightly higher than the formula's calculated weight.

Maximum weight is 3x the race base weight.

Race Weight Factor Base Weight (lbs.) Maximum Weight (lbs.)
Burghal Gnome 0.40 40 120
Halfling 0.4533 45 1/3 136
Forest Gnome 0.4767 47 2/3 143
Aelotoi 0.6767 67 2/3 203
Elf 0.70 70 210
Erithian 0.7233 72 1/3 217
Sylvankind 0.7233 72 1/3 217
Dark Elf 0.7767 77 2/3 233
Dwarf 0.7767 77 2/3 233
Half-Elf 0.8233 82 1/3 247
Human 0.90 90 270
Half-Krolvin 1.00 100 300
Giantman 1.20 120 360

Body Weight Formula

Body Weight = Base Weight + [(STR stat + CON stat) * Weight Factor]

A human has 70 strength and 60 constitution stats.

Human base weight: 90
Human weight factor: .90
(90) + (130 * .90) = 207 lbs total body weight

Body Weight and Encumbrance

The amount of weight that a character can carry is primarily a function of body weight and the strength stat. Each character can carry a certain amount before becoming encumbered. That amount is:

Carrying Capacity = [trunc to .XX((STR Stat - 20)/200) * body weight] + (body weight/200).

Our human, with a body weight of 207 and a strength stat of 70, has an unencumbered carrying capacity of:

[((70 - 20)/200)* 207] + 207/200
(.25 * 207) + 1.03 = 52.78 lbs of unencumbered carrying capacity.

Once you become encumbered each 1% of encumbrance is simply 1% of body weight. In the example above with 207 lbs. body weight each 1% encumbrance = 2.07 lbs

Trade Modifiers

Shops in towns have racial biases that modify the cost of buying and selling. For more details, see the Trading article.

Table: Trade Bias Factors - edit
Location Human Elf Dwarf Giantman Halfling Half-Elf Dark Elf Sylvan Burghal Gnome Forest Gnome Half-Krolvin Erithian Aelotoi
Wehnimer's Landing 0 0 0 0 0 0 -5 0 0 0 -25 0 0
Icemule Trace 0 0 0 0 +5 0 -5 0 -5 0 0 0 0
Pinefar 0 0 0 0 +5 -5 0 0
Northern Caravansary 0 0 0 0 0 0 -5 0 -5
Solhaven +5 0 0 0 0 -5 -25 -15 -5 0 -15 0 0
River's Rest +5 -10 0 0 0 -5 -15 -5 0 0 -15 -5 -5
Ta'Vaalor -10 +5 -15 -5 -5 -15 -25 0 -5 -5 -15 -5 -5
Ta'Illistim -10 +5 -15 -5 -5 -15 -25 0 -5 -5 -15 -5 -5
Sylvarraend -10 +5 -15 -5 -5 -15 -25 0 -15 -15 -5
Cysaegir -5 0 -5 -5 -5 -5 0 0 -5 -5 -15 -5 +5
Kharam Dzu 0 -15 +5 0 0 -5 -25 -15 -5 -5 -5
Zul Logoth 0 -15 +5 0 0 -5 -15 -15 -5 0 -5 0 -5
Khazar's Hold 0 0 0 -25 0 0 0
Zhindel's Post 0 +5 0 -15 -15 0 0
Mist Harbor 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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