"Blood of" heritage race trait is which type of racial trait?


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There are
1. background traits that you can choose 2 of when making your character, including regional traits, race traits, and so on, and there are
2. racial traits that are always part of that particular race.

In all (but one) of the "blood of" books, each heritage has 2 race traits listed at the bottom of their description. I think that they are background traits, and not standard race traits like dwarf stonecunning, darkvision, and speed unmodified by encumbrance.

For example, Devil Spawn in Blood of Fiends have the race trait Blood Stalker, giving +4 to Survival checks in certain circumstances. I'm reading that to mean that, at character creation I can choose background traits to be, say, a courtesan bandit - in which case I would not take the Blood Stalker racial trait.

The other reading I can see is that Blood Stalker is added to the other Tiefling traits such as Fiendish Resistance.

Thanks.
I feel like I should start a "dumb question of the week" blog sometimes.


You're right, they're background traits.

You are wrong on this being a dumb question, though. Ain't your fault Paizo made the racial trait/background trait thing painfully confusing.


Arachnofiend wrote:

You're right, they're background traits.

You are wrong on this being a dumb question, though. Ain't your fault Paizo made the racial trait/background trait thing painfully confusing.

Thanks so much!

It is confusing, but too late to change now. Changing it would only make it more confusing.

Grand Lodge

For each heritage in Blood of Fiends,

  • Ability Modifiers, Alternate Skill Modifiers and Alternate Spell-Like Ability at the top of the page under the white-on-black heading are racial traits replacing those of the basic tiefling,
  • the listings at the bottom of the page beginning with "Traits, The following are race traits for x", which I think you mean, are additional selections of traits (APG) of the race group, available for characters of that heritage to choose. The Social chapter contains more race traits available to any tiefling.


Starglim wrote:

For each heritage in Blood of Fiends,

  • Ability Modifiers, Alternate Skill Modifiers and Alternate Spell-Like Ability at the top of the page under the white-on-black heading are racial traits replacing those of the basic tiefling,
  • the listings at the bottom of the page beginning with "Traits, The following are race traits for x", which I think you mean, are additional selections of traits (APG) of the race group, available for characters of that heritage to choose. The Social chapter contains more race traits available to any tiefling.

Thanks for the confirmation.

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