I've been reading the fluff on them, and both [dwarves and orcs] are presented as socially-cooperative cultures. For the dwarves it's a genetically ingrained work ethic that lets them pull off surprising accomplishments and which is key to their being by far the most accepted of the meta humans. For the Orks, they spawn multiple children in short order and form complex extended family groups -- which requires a good deal of pulling together.
Trolls get lumbering because they're less agile and it balances their extended reach. They're also not stupid, but they do tend towards a lack of education -- and I thought it was more interesting than sticking them with yet another stat modifier
OK, I can see your logic. I'm mostly inclined to go with it; however, there are a few things that give me pause. Please note it's late for me so I'm not going to try to address a fix right now. I'll look at that tomorrow since I'm off work.
Also, are Close Ranks
, Pull Together
, and Uneducated
your own design? I didn't see them on the wiki, but I like them.Dwarves
I'm a little concerned that the 20ft movement and a -2 Dex plays too heavily into the fantasy tropes about dwarves being slow. Throw in Restricted Actions
and it's Gimli all over again. I'd like to see some type of boost to Will saves as well.Elves
Perfect. I'm calling this one done.Orcs
I'm having trouble seeing the Close Ranks
ability. I'm guessing that you're bouncing that off the culture as presented in some of the fluff? Also, I'm tempted to give orcs the same Uneducated
penalty as trolls b/c of the setting; given that they are minorities and all. However, I don't want orcs and trolls to be copies of each other either. More thought needed.Trolls
I assume Slam I
is meant to model the sheer physical power of the troll? If so, I like it. Would you see the Uneducated
penalty applying to knowledge checks based off interests like Local Gangs
? If so, this is a little concerning. In many cases, trolls lack book knowledge but have a high degree of street skills - mostly because it's one of the few avenues open for them.