Table of contents for Sword Coast adventures mentions VARIANT Tieflings, Aasimar!

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Table of contents for Sword Coast adventures mentions VARIANT Tieflings, Aasimar!

It LOOKS like we might finally have Planescape-style Tieflings back in an official 5th edition sourcebook, going by what I read in the preview of the new FR Sword Coast Adventures table of contents posted over on Enworld. Let's all cross our fingers (and other appendages...)

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Ugh. Judging from comments

Ugh. Judging from comments from people who actually have the book, the new variants are still tied to the Asmodeus story. Damn.

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That's weird, since I thought

That's weird, since I thought Forgotten Realms tieflings were tied to Narfell (which was associated with demons, not devils) even in 4th edition.

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It depends on how you define

It depends on how you define "Forgotten Realms". If you mean the 4th edition roleplaying game rules and books , then as far as they were concerned the Asmodeus-blooded Tieflings were the only ones mentioned or presumed to exist. Now, I understand that in the FR novels, it was a different story. There, the Planescape-style Tieflings were still mentioned and assumed to exist.

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According to the Sword Coast

According to the Sword Coast book, after the Spellplague, Asmodeus and 13 warlocks cursed all FR tieflings to appear infernal, for some weird reason. It does mention other tieflings in Calimshan, the Old Empires (the God-kings descendants), and Thay, but nothing about Narfell.

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Yes, now that I have the book

Yes, now that I have the book, I am pleased to report that - as Rolro states - not ALL tieflings, not even all FR tieflings, are tied to Asmodeus (who is still a god in FR, despite the return of Azuth). The books points out that tieflings existed before Asmodeus tampered with them, that he only changed the batch that happened to be on Toril at the time of his ritual (and their descendants), and that other types of tieflings have appeared in the Realms since then. The exact wording is "Since not all tieflings are of the blood of Asmodeus..." While a specific origin is not given for these other tieflings (i.e. as the descendants of fiendish and mortal mating), and the word "Planetouched" is not used, it does say "Your tiefling might not look like other tieflings" and provides a short list of features: small horns, fangs or sharp teeth, a forked tongue, catlike eyes, six fingers on each hand, goatlike legs, cloven hooves, a forked tail, leathery or scaly skin, red or dark blue skin, cast no shadow or reflection, exude a smell of brimstone (you roll for 1d4+1 of these). You can also play a "Feral" tiefling (INT+1, DEX+2), take "Devil's Tongue" (gain Vicious Mockery cantrip, and later Charm Person and Enthrall, choose "Hellfire" (the Burning Hands spell) instead of Hellish Rebuke, or choose to have batlike wings (fly 30 feet). Oddly, the tieflings of Mulhorand are believed to carry the blood of the Mulhorandi gods (Ra, Horus, Set, etc.)

While we're on the subject of FR, it's worth mentioning that "Eladrin" are not mentioned in the book... all FR elves are back to being called elves (with the usual sub-groups of Sun Elves, Moon Elves, etc.)

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"That Old Black Magic" article

WOTC has posted a new Unearthed Arcana article with more info on variant Tieflings, renaming the PH Tieflings as "Infernal Tieflings" and offering "Abyssal Tieflings" as another option. (Theey get randomly-chosen spells, for instance.) Some Demon-summoning spells are also included!

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Looking in the 4th edition

Looking in the 4th edition Forgotten Realms campaign guide, they did tie tieflings to ancient Narfell, but claimed the ancient Nars had made pacts with devils.

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In the Forgotten Realms they

In the Forgotten Realms they are sometimes clueless, similar thing happened during the Last Mythal trilogy where demons and devils fought on the same side.

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I think it makes sense to

In the Last Mythal, the fiends were bound by Prime spellcasters who seemed to have little to no interest in --or knowledge of-- the Blood War. Bound fiends do as they're commanded, until they can find a way around their orders. Although, the Realms rarely seems to mesh terribly well with Planescape.