In the beginning, there was but one race, the race of Man. The sons and daughters of mankind were strong and powerful, and they quickly learned how to rule over the beasts and animals of the world.
Among the early children of Man was Bartholomew the Black, who mastered the dark arts and became a Wizard, and then a God. He looked upon the children of Man and said, "Surely there can be more than this! How boring is a human, withno wings, no claws; soft and weak, lost in the dark, fragile in the light! Thework of the Elder Gods is flawed, and I shall put it right!"
With that, Bartholomew set about creating new races. He used Man as his template, and all of the races of Bartholomew featured two arms, two legs, and a head. But to some he gave the gift of flight, while to others he provided the ability to see in the dark using hidden wavelengths of light. Some he made immune to the fires of lava, and others he gave tough skin to turn the blades of their foes. Claws and teeth, strength and power, gills and lungs;Bartholomew the Black worked, and the new races took shape.
Then he tinkered with the minds and nervous systems of his new creations. Races smarter than Man took shape, and races better able to wield a sword or axe, club or knife. In some cases Bartholomew had to sacrifice attributes of his creations; a slower learner, perhaps, in exchange for greater speed, or a loss of dexterity imposed by the need to balance more muscle and sinew. Some races he aligned with the forces of goodness, while others were inclined to evil deeds, and would suffer if they diverted from their natural bent.
Some of the races were large, and some were small, and while this would require different garments and armor for members of each race, Bartholomew found this price acceptable. After all, he was a god, and these trifles did not bother him.
Players may choose to reincarnate to another race, but only within the halls of the afterlife, the white room. Here, if a player meets all the prerequisites of their desired new race, they may reincarnate. Doing so however will shed the player of their existing experience and levels, as will wipe out any unused stat points and skill ranks.