Your character’s name and physical description might be the first things that the other players at the table learn about you.
It’s worth thinking about how these characteristics reflect the character you have in mind.
Your character’s race description includes sample names for members of that race.
Put some thought into your name even if you’re just picking one from a list.
You can play a male, female, or other character without gaining any special benefits or hindrances.
Think about how your character does or does not conform to the broader culture’s expectations of sex, gender, and sexual behavior.
For example, a male drow cleric defies the traditional gender divisions of drow society, which could be a reason for your character to leave that society and come to the surface.
You don’t need to be confined to binary notions of sex and gender.
The elf god Corellon Larethian is often seen as androgynous or hermaphroditic, for example, and some elves in the multiverse are made in Corellon’s image.
You could also play a female character who presents herself as a man, a man who feels trapped in a female body, or a bearded female dwarf who hates being mistaken for a male.
Likewise, your character’s sexual orientation is for you to decide.
Height and Weight
You can decide your character’s height and weight, using the information provided in your race description or on the Random Height and Weight table.
Think about what your character’s ability scores might say about his or her height and weight.
A weak but agile character might be thin.
A strong and tough character might be tall or just heavy.
If you want to, you can roll randomly for your character’s height and weight using the Random Height and Weight table.
The dice roll given in the Height Modifier column determines the character’s extra height (in inches) beyond the base height.
That same number multiplied by the dice roll or quantity given in the Weight Modifier column determines the character’s extra weight (in pounds) beyond the base weight.
Random Height and Weight
|Race||Base Height||Height Modifier||Base Weight||Weight Modifier|
|Human||4'8"||+2d10||110 lbs.||x (2d4) lbs.|
|Dwarf, Hill||3'8"||+2d4||115 lbs.||x (2d6) lbs.|
|Dwarf, Mountain||4'||+2d4||130 lbs.||x (2d6) lbs.|
|Elf, High||4'6"||+2d10||90 lbs.||x (1d4) lbs.|
|Elf, Wood||4'6"||+2d10||100 lbs.||x (1d4) lbs.|
|Elf, Drow||4'5"||+2d6||75 lbs.||x (1d6) lbs.|
|Halfling||2'7"||+2d4||35 lbs.||x 1 lbs.|
|Dragonborn||5'6"||+2d8||175 lbs.||x (2d6) lbs.|
|Gnome||2'11"||+2d4||35 lbs.||x 1 lbs.|
|Half-Elf||4'9"||+2d8||110 lbs.||x (2d4) lbs.|
|Half-Orc||4'10"||+2d10||140 lbs.||x (2d6) lbs.|
|Tiefling||4'9"||+2d8||110 lbs.||x (2d4) lbs.|
Other Physical Characteristics
You choose your character’s age and the color of their hair, eyes, and skin.
To add a touch of distinctiveness, you might want to give your character an unusual or memorable physical characteristic, such as a scar, a limp, or a tattoo.