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Utility Powers for Dwarves, Half-Elves, Halflings, and Humans
By Robert J. Schwalb

Updated 10/18/11

Character race is a key decision you make when you create a new character. The traits you gain from your race provide significant benefits, ranging from ability score modifications to potent powers that give you an edge in battle. When race is combined with class, you have the fundamental building blocks in place to carry you forward through all thirty levels of adventuring.

Yet after you choose your race and record its benefits, that choice often does not affect your character’s development. It’s true that certain feats might interact with your racial traits, and many races have access to racial-themed paragon paths. Although these options can help develop your character, the most interesting gains can come through the choices granted by your class whenever you gain a level.

To help you enhance the importance of your character’s race, this article introduces racial utility powers. Racial utility powers represent an awakening of natural talent and capability inherent within all peoples in the Dungeons & Dragons world. Taking a racial utility power demonstrates your character’s ability to call upon his or her heritage and natural abilities.

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